Buy Curious: Cody's Clears Its Shelves, Moms Shop & Sweat, and a High-End Retailer Announces It's Moving to the East Bay


You've been working too hard lately. Take a load off this weekend by scoring some major guilt-free deals (books, anyone?) and engaging in a little pampering (moms, we're looking at you). Plus, we've got the scoop on the hottest upcoming Bay Area fashion events. You deserve it!


Photos of Local Street Fashion
If you're a devotee of Buy Curious, you might have noticed my small love affair with the Sartorialist. His sublime photos of the fashion elite and everyday trend-setters on the streets of Paris, New York, and Stockholm, have us drooling and inspired (almost) daily. Buy Curious has tried this repeatedly; alas, you inevitably see that rare non-frumpy East Bay'r while you're zipping by in your car or in a moment without your camera. Thankfully, one local person, named Mai, has taken up this worthy endeavor with zeal. Her photo blog, Fashionist, captures local flavor in all its forms, including Mission hipsters, ‘50s rockabilly types, bohemians, and suits on Market Street. While her focus tends to be in SF, she's got some recent shots from her trip to the Alameda Antiques Fair. Nice! Check it out.

Ah ... music to our ears.
Cody's Books:
In case you hadn't heard, Cody's Books on Fourth Street is moving to Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley. To prepare for its move later this month, the independent bookseller is having a storewide 40 percent off sale. Don't miss it!
When: Now, through March 14
Where: 1730 Fourth Street, Berkeley

The downtown Oakland boutique is having a 40 percent off sale on books, bodycare, and other goods. If you stop by today, they're open till 10 p.m.
Where: 33 Grand Ave. (at Broadway), Oakland
Store Hours: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.- Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. Baby Phat
If you're fond of Kimora Lee Simmons' line, you won't want to miss this sale.
Where: Washington Inn, 495 10th St., Oakland
When: March 6-March 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Call 510-452-1776 for more info. Afterglow Re-Opening/Porcelynne Lingerie Open House
Afterglow, owned by Amy Cools of AC Clothing and Bags, is celebrating the launch of its new design studio in Chinatown. Cools is neighbors with lingerie designer Jennifer Lynne or Porcelynne, who'll also be hosting an open house at the same time. Check out AC Clothing's new 2008 designs, peruse her sale rack, nosh on snacks, sip wine, and view some art. Cools says this will be part of a new ongoing Second Saturdays Fashion Night in Oakland. Hooray!
When: March 8, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Afterglow, 261 10th St # 202, Oakland "Meet, Groove, and Shop"
That's the slogan of an event this Saturday at Alameda's Crosstown Coffeehouse, according to the Alameda Sun. The free event invites moms and their babies to get free makeovers, shop for cute and affordable locally designed products (jewelry, T-shirts, cosmetics, etc.), and try a "sling and squat" exercise (with live music) with your little one.
When: Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Crosstown Coffeehouse, 1303 High St., Alameda Banana Republic:
20 percent off your entire purchase with this email Or 25 percent off if you use your BR card.
When: Friday, March 7 — Sunday, March 9

Active Endeavors
Enjoy 20 percent off purchases of $100 or more at this online retailer.

Don't Get Left Out!
Clear your calendars and RSVP for these upcoming can't-miss local fashion events.

3/16 — Guerilla Fashion @ Foreign Cinema 2534 Mission @ 22nd St. 11-4pm

3/29 - Dai @ the W Hotel
181 Third St., San Francisco, noon-6 p.m.

4/13 - Thread Spring Show The Galleria, SF Design Center, 300 Townsend, noon-6 p.m.

4/14-4/20 — Spa Week
Face it, you need more me time. Take advantage of this nationwide spa promotion event, in which participating spas offer services for just $50! Many of the services will be "green," (i.e., organic, herbal, detoxifying, etc.). Oakland spa Body By Melisa (4442 Piedmont Ave., Suite A, Oakland) will be participating. Here's a full list of spas in the area also taking part:
The Appearance Care Center
Banyan Spa at Club One Santana Row
Epi Center Med Spa
La Belle Day Spa
La Petite Rose
Mary Thé Skin Care
Red Door Spa
Skyline Spa at club One Silver Creek
Spa Solé
The Barber Lounge
Thermae Day Spa

5/25 - Capsule Design Fair
Hayes Valley Park 11-6 p.m.

FASHANALYSIS: Style News & Views

Neimans Coming to Walnut Creek
Further cementing its place as the East Bay hub for fashion, the developer of Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza recently announced it has successfully wooed Neiman Marcus to its ranks, reports the Contra Costa Times. After years of trying, the developer was apparently able to convince the store that there's still demand for high-end retail despite the slumped housing market, fear of recession, and some high-end boutiques seeing thinning crowds. Neiman Marcus plans to open its store in 2011.

Billie Joe's Stamp of Approval on Converse
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day will be participating in an upcoming ad campaign, along with other celebrities (please say no Avril!), marking Converse's 100th anniversary and the launch of its Century footwear collection. The new line will feature original designs and "reinterpreted classics." They're also partnering with the (PRODUCT) RED campaign, whose goal is to fight AIDs and other diseases.

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