Buy Curious: Pampering at the W and Eco-Friendly (and Chic!) Styles by Local Designers


Ugh, what a week for news! Abandoned, foreclosed-home swimming pools in East Contra Costa County are breeding grounds for West Nile Virus (which isn't going away, and oh, there's no budget this year to keep it in check); nine-year-old kids in Dallas are snorting low-grade heroin called cheese; social security is gonna be broke by 2041, Medicare by 2019; a chunk of ice seven times the size of Manhattan broke off a glacier in Antarctica, never to return; US death toll reaches 4,000 in Iraq; not to mention everyone's upset about the Fed's bailing out Bear Stearns. And the list goes on and on. The good news? At least one wolverine is roaming Tahoe. Sheesh. It's enough to make your head spin! So there's no better time than this weekend to soothe your soul with complimentary mani/pedis, makeovers, and massages — not to mention shopping. More fever-reducing news after the jump …


Style Lounge at the W Hotel
Boutiques must be all saled-out after last weekend's Easter bonanza. This weekend's a bit sparse, but if there's anywhere you should be, it's the Style Lounge at the W Hotel in SF, where you can shop local designers and boutiques, gets a complimentary manicure and spa treatment from local spas, and sip cocktails while enjoying tunes by DJ Beats. VIPs get a gift bag, free cocktails, and the chance to win up to $500 in designer goods and prizes. Shopping, pampering, music, alcohol - what more could you ask for? Thanks Dai!
Where: W Hotel (181 3rd St., 3rd Fl., San Francisco)
When: March 29, noon-6 p.m.
How much it'll cost ya: Two tickets for $15 or $60 for VIP.

Local Sale
Deliciouz: Take 20 percent off new spring lines in celebration of the boutique's birthday.
Where: 1506 North Main St., Walnut Creek
When: Thursday-Sunday, March 27-30.

Got an Eye for Fashion?
Then start pimping your portfolio. Crossroads Trading Co. is having its annual fashion photo contest. Submit your fashionable pics for a chance at a cash prize ($1000 for first place, $300 for second, $150 for third) and have your work used in the company's ad campaigns and promotions all year. Contest starts April 16 and goes through June 8. Click here for more details.

FASHANALYSIS: Style News & Views

Eco-Friendly, and Not Frumpy!
Local sustainable and recycle-friendly designers got a nice eight-page spread in the April issue of Diablo Magazine. For a while, so-called "green" designs tended to suffer from severe frumpy-ness (think drawstring hemp pants or shoulder-slung woven bucket bags), but this new generation is hip to structure: stream-lining, ruching, ruffles, and high-waisted skirts. Among the designers represented are Berkeley ceramicist Joanna Mendicino, Oakland's Fwraps, furniture-maker David Brunicardi, and organic denim line Del Forte (who knew?). Here's a list of local stores that carry the eco-friendly designs:
Atomic Garden, 5453 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 923-0543,
August, 5410 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 652-2711,
Laurel Book Store, 4100 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, (510) 531-2073
Magnet, 2508 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, (510) 848-1966
Treehouse Green Gifts, 2935 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 204-9292
Wildlife Works, 1849 Union St., San Francisco, (415) 738-8544 Upcoming Events
Keep your calendars clear for these upcoming events.

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

4/14-4/20 — National Spa Week
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.

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