Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a long, breezy summer. It's the ultimate holiday weekend for a getaway and, with so many options near SF (biking through Napa, road tripping to LA, lounging at Golden Gate Park), you'll need an outfit that can handle it all.
For a double-duty outfit, layer a wispy, sheer top and comfy black shorts over an architectural bikini. Pair that with chunky sunglasses, a woven fedora, and wedge espadrilles for the perfect, carefree-chic summer look. For an quick night switch, pack your favorite black mini and a clutch and take this outfit on the town.
With countless weddings, lawn parties and BBQs to attend, who can afford to wear a new designer frock to each event? My secret is consignment. Buy mint-condition pieces for a discounted price, sell your next-to-new goods, and sometimes even help a great charity. Check out these 7 must-shops:
1. Helpers House of Couture: International style icon and philanthropist, Joy Bianchi, turned her love of fashion and good deeds into this 9-room, 100% charity-driven boutique. It features everything from couture to brand-new, an entire men's room, a jewelry room, and one room where everything is under $100. Not to mention, it was named one of the 10 best fashion stores in Vogue's Best Dressed special edition last year. Prices range from $10-$10,000.
Kim Eschenmann, known to her friends as the "Mad Hattrix", is nothing if not fabulously expressive. She splits her time between Oakland and SF and works as a consultant in the dental world. While that's her left-brain action, Kim also has "an extremely hedonistic side that embraces fashion, food and frivolity." This is definitely the mode she was in last night when I caught her outside Starbelly in the Castro.
This Week in Fashion: Shotwell's 80% Off Moving Sale, Black V 2.0, Personal Hair How-To's + Martha Davis Shoe Party
1. Spring Sale at Metier (355 Sutter St.), Now, during store hours.
The Spring Sale at Metier kicked off this week with 20% off select items. I've had my eye on their Isabel Marant Jordan Jacket -- here's to crossing fingers and hoping it's on sale! P.S. Be sure to keep an eye on Metier's blog for additional markdowns.
2. 80% Off Moving & Housewares Sale at Shotwell (320 Grant Ave.), Now - Monday May 23, during store hours.
Shotwell is packing up their Union Square shop and bringing it on home to the Mission. I'm excited to scope out their new digs, but even more excited for their ginormous Moving Sale. Get up to 80% off their amazing apparel selection, and 50% off all furniture and plants.
May is National Bike Month and last Thursday was San Francisco's 17th Annual Bike to Work Day. Even Mayor Ed Lee joined in on the pedal-thon, biking from Golden Gate Park to City Hall. In case you missed it, the SF Bike Coalition has some great photos of all the cyclists who inspired this week's Look.
Whether you're dodging the city's onging parking battle or saving yourself from the curious scents of MUNI, urban cycling is one addictive alternative. Mix new technical fabrics with modern apparel design, and there's no need to compromise great style for a bike ride. Check out our fabulous finds and tips for chic cycling:
Everyone (including us) is always going off about local, local, local. It's a cultural and economic phenomenon that can't be ignored, and in the Bay, we're lucky enough to call everything from fancy Apple devices to yummy Miette pastries "local".
SFMade, a nonprofit with 145 local member small businesses, is taking a different approach to the "shop local" craze. Starting this Saturday, May 21, revel in SFMade Week: seven days of free insider factory tours, a pop-up shop, and a special Off the Grid at McCoppin Square.
I spotted Sean Wu, a Taiwanese art student, sitting out in Lower Pac Heights, relaxed, finishing a cigarette. He had a very cleaned-up Japanese grunge look, with fun details including his earring, watch, stitched boots and tattered jeans.
This Week in Fashion: Free Balenciaga Party at the de Young, Five Big Sales + Bacca da Silva Speaks at Mash-up
1. Half-off Express Treatments at Atelier Emmanuel (166 Geary St. Suite 1606), Now - Wednesday June 15.
The top-rated Union Square salon is offering 50% off express hair treatments with stylist Paul. With the discount, the express services will be around $30, and will even include a complimentary blow-dry. AE specializes in artful cutting, with an emphasis on great grow-out and, if you want, very little need for product. To schedule an appointment, call 415.362.8063.
Note: this one's definitely for the non-runners out there! If you're heading to the Bay to Breakers' 100th Anniversary 12k to drink, dazzle, and well, not run, then we have a lovely little outfit for you.
Borderline costumey, 100% wearable-cute -- this sailor-themed ensemble will earn many a glance, while keeping you nice and chic. Tip that hat, buckle those shiny blue shoes, and go nuts with the all-over glitter spray. Madness awaits!
The annual Academy of Art University Spring Show is consistently one of the most well produced fashion shows in SF. This year, the show featured 16 mini-collections from 23 talented students, graduating with BFA Fashion Design degrees in Accessory, Knitwear, Men's Wear, Technical, Textile and Women's Wear.
The students unveiled their work last week at the AAU Tent in SoMa. We went, we saw, and we picked favorites. Above are, in our opinion, the best technically designed, and overall most complete looks from the show.
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