This week, check out Oakland stylists as they go head-to-head in a fashion face-off to benefit needy kids, pick up a book that teaches you how to make money from your creative hobby, and discover an addictive new online program that'll change the way you dress.
Last December, the nonprofit performing arts center Oakland Box Theater kicked off its "Giving Back to Oakland" benefit concert series, featuring performances by Tony! Toni! Toné!, Goapele, and a fashion show. The goal: to help raise funds for Oakland nonprofits in need. This year's season starts will launch with the First Annual Oakland Hair and Fashion Show. Oakland Box Theater Marketing Director Shawn Granberry says the event will match ten local designers with ten stylists, who'll compete for the hottest look on the runway. Local hair magazine Flawless (see their models, pictured) will provide the judges, among them Suga-T. The event isn't cheap, but benefits a good cause: the Alameda County Independent Living Skills Program, which helps youth transitioning from foster care and the juvenile justice system to independent living. "When they turn 18, their benefits are cut," Granberry explained. "These are children with no mommy and no daddy."
When: Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Historic Sweet's Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland
How much it'll cost ya: $25. Buy tickets here or here.
Meg Mateo Ilasco began making wedding invitations for extra cash while in grad school. Since, she's sold her business, written two books, and started a housewares and gift company. Celebrate the launch of her latest, Craft Inc., described as the "hipster business primer for entrepreneurial crafters to turn what they do for fun into what they do for money." Met the author, and pick up some crafty giveaways.
When: Sat., Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m.
Where: 111 Minna, San Francisco
What to Wear
No doubt you've often wondered, will these shoes go with this skirt? Or this purse with that outfit? San Jose's Jianing Hu came up with this genius online application to help with such dilemmas. It's called Polyvore, and we wished we never found it! Like an online version of paper dolls, users can cut and paste items from web pages and photos into a blank canvas, editing them to create a complete look you might find in the pages of Lucky. Though it's not entirely flawless (images are clearer if they don't have backgrounds), it's undeniably addictive. Users title their works, others comment on them, rate them, and you can post them in your blog or Facebook profile. Dressing will never be the same. What Not to Wear
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