Menswear is all about personal style. After you have the right fit, it's only a matter of how far you want to take it. That said, a lot of guys don't know what their personal style is. This Father's day, try something new -- mix a few fun pieces into your wardrobe for an instantly sharp, dapper look.
Just remember, fashion should be fun and, with menswear, the fun is in the details. Check out these reversible shorts, the leather vs. canvas contrast on these comfy (integrated Nike Air technology) wingtips, and the etched-in witticisms in these locally designed collar stays. Hint: these make great gifts, too!
Skincare can get a bit overwhelming, but we're finding refuge in the latest anti-aging craze: algae, from the local skincare line, Algenist.
Harrison Dillon and Jonathan Wolfson, Algenist co-founders, are anything but beauty buffs. Seven years ago, they set out to create renewable energy from algae, in their garage in Palo Alto. After studying thousands of strains of microalgae, they unexpectedly discovered a protective, regenerating compound called alguronic acid. When they took this to algae expert and Stanford professor Arthur Grossman, he basically told them they may have struck skincare gold.
I caught up with Jaynelle St. Jean, owner of Oakland's PieTisserie, last week at the Super Duper opening party. Not everyone can rock tan, high-waisted leggings, but Jaynelle wore them with confidence and she wore them well. I also love how her scarf and heels add color and instant sophistication to this otherwise casual outfit.
This Week in Fashion: Benefit Flash Sale, Sexy Fashion at Supperclub, Gilt's Juicy Event, WIRE Recycled Fashion + Big Sales at Carrots, Y&I and More!
1. Benefit's They're Real Flash Sale at Macy's (170 O'Farrell St.), Friday June 10, 10am-9pm.
Show off your real lashes with Benefit's new mascara, They're Real. The super sexy mascara features a custom brush that separates, while the unique formula sets a glossy finish. They're Real doesn't hit stores until July, but you can score it today only at Macy's Union Square (one of 6 US locations participating in the one-day preview!).
2. Caudalie Event at Sephora (2083 Union St.), Friday June 10, 4pm-7pm, Free.
Last week, we featured Caudalie's Beauty Elixir as one of our summer beauty must-haves. Today, Caudalie founder, Bertrand Thomas, will be in the Marina, talking on sun and skincare at Sephora. The French skincare line is full of sun-friendly products for achieving radiant summer skin. Don't be afraid to ask Bertrand which products are best if you like to tan, and which products work for the summer acne-prone.
For the most part, men are practical, so get them something they can use. Golf accessories and the latest gadgets are the obvious go-tos, but in our experience, guys are specific about their gadgetry and it's best not to interfere (unless you know exactly what they're eyeing). This year, our Father's Day picks feature hip local products that are sensible, won't break the bank, and will please even the toughest dads.
I spotted Severine Arend, a photographer, who lives in North Beach, sitting pretty in Union Square. I wouldn't say her outfit is earth-shattering, but her brooch did catch my eye. This photo is more about the enitre scene though--it was strange not seeing anyone moving up and down the stairs, and Severine was just sitting there--quiet and lovely.
This Week in Fashion: An Exobiological Fashion Show, Decadestwo Flash Sale, Palo Alto's Citywide Yard Sale, Gangs Of SF Opens Shop + Designer Spring Sales
1. Nightlife on Other Planets Fashion Show at SF Unitarian Church (1187 Franklin St.), Friday Jun 3, 7:30pm-10pm, $10.
Local designer, Ilanio's new line debuts tonight with an exobiological fashion show, set to the dancey psych-rock of Jai Young Kim. Expect fetishy, synthetic materials, neon colors, and odd shapes. To get even crazier, the SF Unitarian Church will play runway.
2. Cocktails and Clothing 4th Anniversary Party + Omala Bamboo Activewear Trunk Show at Informed Body (389 Grove St.), Friday June 3-4, see website for times, free-$45.
Informed Body is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a total wellness weekend. On Friday, shop the eco-bamboo activewear line, Omala, and sip on free cocktails. On Saturday, take in a pilates or yoga class ($30), and try a healthy food cleanse ($15) before more Omala shopping. Phone 415.626.1111 to RSVP.
With jet-setting season underway, you're likely to catch some sunshine this summer. While those rays add an envious glow, they also severely dry out your skin. In addition to using a broad-spectrum, high SPF sunscreen everyday, specialists also recommend treating your skin with the occasional summer facial. One of our current faves is The Plant of the Sea Facial at La Petite Rose.
We're loving this 80-minute wonder that calms, soothes, cools, hydrates, and leaves you feeling magically pampered. It's well worth the trek to the spa's Outer Richmond location.
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