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Look of the Week: Picnic in the Park, SF Symphony at the 74th Annual Stern Grove Festival

There's no doubt the masses will flock to every park in the city this weekend for some get-it-while-you-can, quality sun basking. The usual suspects are, of course, the uber-hip fest at Dolores Park, BBQs at Crissy Field, or bike riding at Golden Gate. While those parks are always a-happenin', this Sunday, make the trek out to Stern Grove for the SF Symphony's free concert at the 74th Annual Stern Grove Festival.

Q&A With Local Crochet Extraordinaire, Violetta Vieux

From crochet to the art of couture, knitwear designer, Violetta Vieux, was designing in Paris, before she moved to the Bay Area in 2008. Her line,VioGemini, will launch a new bridal collection next month, but you can preview it this Thursday, along with her intricate crochet dresses, at the RAW: Natural Born Artists event at 111 Minna

SF Street Style: Hippie Festival Style in the Ferry Building

Courtney Durler is a Headlsburg native, who's been enjoying summer break with weekend play in SF. I caught her while shopping at the Ferry Building, and noticed her fun, festival girl look.

Rappel Down the Grand Hyatt This Week (Seriously)

Thought last year's urban zip-line in Justin Herman Plaza was cool? Try rappelling 36 floors off of the Grand Hyatt rooftop, right down into Union Square. Seriously. This Friday and Saturday (July  22-23) you'll have the opportunity to do just that at Over the Edge, an adrenaline pumping fundraising adventure, benefiting the Special Olympics of Northern California. Last year, Over the Edge raised $100,000 and, this year, they're looking to seriously up that number.

This Week in Fashion: The Tropics Grand Opening, Indie Mart Returns, Jonathan Rising Collection Preview, 'What I Wore' Book Debut + More

1. Waller Block Garage Sale and Craft Show on Waller St. (Waller St. between Fillmore and Steiner), Saturday July 16, 11am-4pm.

Talk about community and strong neighborhoods in SF! The Waller St. hood is teaming up for a 15 unit garage sale with 5 craft vendors this Saturday. You'll find everything from furniture to leather wallets to fine art -- new and used -- at bargain prices. 

2. The Tropics Grand Opening at The Tropics (727 Leavenworth St.), Saturday July 16, 7pm-10pm. 

SF based artist, Hannah Stouffer, is opening a small, highly curated boutique in the Tenderloin. The artist is stocking many of her own collaborations, along with other artist-printed good from lines like Blood is the New Black, Living Proof and Juxtapoze. Check out the new space and all of the goods, this Saturday, at the launch party.

Look of the Week: Glitz and Glam for the 2nd Annual Salsa Festival on The Fillmore

The 2nd Annual Salsa Festival on The Fillmore will take over 11 venues, with 12 live bands, this Friday and Saturday evening. Each night begins with a free outdoor concert and beginner salsa lesson, so no excuses! And even if you can't quite step to the rhythm, looking the part is half the battle. Here's a glitzy little number, perfect for an evening of the best SF salsa.  

Bag Giveaway: Hlaska's Artifact Wristlet in Charcoal

Hlaska, and 7x7 are giving away a Hlaska Artifact Wristlet ($195) to one very lucky reader. This locally-designed clutch packs some major style points with a bright, ikat-printed silk lining, two outer pockets, and classic charcoal leather.

SF Street Style: LA Lady Mixes Hermes with All Saints, Ksubi + More, in SOMA

Thanya Abigail Ponggawa, an Indonesian lovely, currently studying in LA. Thanya was in SF this weekend, "with [her] family for a weekend getaway from the heat in LA." When I first spotted her I actually only saw the back of her outfit, but was then happy to discover her stunning architecural sunglasses and adorable necklace -- the whole outfit is such a fantastic mix.

This Week in Fashion: Chanel Lovers at Simply Chic, Public Bikes' 1 Year Party, Banana Republic and Trina Turk Fashion Show, Styling the Modern Man + More

1. Public Bikes' One Year Anniversary at Public HQ & Store (123 South Park), Saturday July 9, 11am-3pm.

Block party it up this Saturday -- biker style -- at Public's One Year Anniversary. Meet the folks behind the cutest bikes around, enjoy free food (American Grilled Cheese Kitchen), a photo contest, loads of amazing discounts on merchandise and much, much more.

Look of the Week: Wicked Plants at the Conservatory of Flowers

This week's look is inspired by the Conservatory of Flowers exhibit, Wicked Plants: Botanical Rogues & Assassins, currently on display in the special exhibits gallery. The exhibit is built around the poisonous-as-they-are-pretty plants in Amy Stewart's 2009 New York Times Bestseller, Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities, which documents historically murderous plants.

Check out the exhibit this summer, and show your enthusiasm with a wicked floral print. From unconventional sunnies to kitschy Marc by Marc Jacobs wedges, we pulled together a collection of florals to accent any outfit.

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