Hurry - run out the door! There's a kagillion fashion events calling your name as we type! If you can't make it, that's OK, just clear your schedule this weekend for a fabulous summer sale in Walnut Creek: sun, music, discounts = fab. Plus, we've got the inside scoop on savings at your favorite boutiques, and a roundup of local blogs and news.
NoMa Summer Stroll NoMa - the hotter (temp-wise), suburban cousin of SoMa - hosts a shopping event this weekend to benefit the "Foster a Dream" organization. Boutiques along North Main Street ("NoMa") in Walnut Creek are offering yummy treats, 20 percent off purchases, and live music. Even if you're short on cash, consider this a chance to check out all that independent boutiques that WC has to offer. Plus, it's the perfect excuse to wear a cute summer dress! When: Sat., July 14, all day Where: North Main St. at Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek
3.1 Phillip Lim Trunk Show
Check out new designs from the collection of 3.1 Phillip Lim while sipping cocktails.
When: Fri., July 13 5-8 p.m.; Sat., July 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Metier, 355 Sutter St., between Stockton St. & Grant Ave., San Francisco
Lucky 13 Katwalk & Trunk Show Check out this runway and sample show featuring more than 30 Bay Area independent designers. Music by DJs R Rever and PCONN. When: Fri., July 13 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: 111 Minna, San Francisco How much it'll cost ya: Free!
Sol. 07 Fashion Show Benefit This fashion show hosted by Dena Marie Productions features designs from five emerging, eclectic designers: Gelareh Roudsari, Antoniya Ivanova, Chris Wan, Ferrell Hapgood, and Lauren Craig. Enjoy pre-party appetizers and full bar starting at 9 p.m. The event benefits Room to Read. When: Fri., July 13, 10 p.m. Where: Sub_Mission Studio, 199 Capp St., San Francisco
New Store Alert: White House | Black Market
It's hard to imagine a viable store based on two colors alone, but the folks of the moderately-priced White House | Black Market seemed to have accomplished this feat. White House | Black Market (an unfortunate name, really), celebrates its grand opening at the ever-expanding Westfield Center in San Francisco. Considering the huge white trend (and the fact that black is never really out of style), seems like they shouldn't have any trouble. Plus, who wears more black than San Franciscans? Check out their clearance sale (up to 70 percent off) online.
Where: Westfield San Francisco Center, 865 Market St., San Francisco
When: Call for store hours. (415) 979-0610
Sales Sales Sales Courtesy of Lucky Mag, check out these local discounts, good through Sun., July 15: **Chrissy Bee Save 20 percent storewide on items from designers like Yumi Kim and Corey Lynn Calter. Where: 622 Shrader St., San Francisco Store Hours: Mon.-Tues., 11-7; Thurs.-Fri., 11-7; Sat., 11-6; Sun., 11-5 **Mixed Use Save 20 percent storewide on this home and apparel store. Where: 463 Union St., San Francisco Store Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 11-6; Fri.-Sun., 11-7 **Flicka Save 50 percent on spring and early summer pieces during the summer sale. Find tops priced as low as $29 and linen pants starting at $69. Where: 1932 Fillmore St., San Francisco Store Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11-7; Sat., 11-6; Sun., 12-5 ** Azalea Clearance items are marked down even further this week. The sale extends to online shoppers too; save an additional 10 percent online with coupon code HITOBI. (P.S. We love the pic of the freezing couple on the fogged-in beach on their homepage -- Doh! This isn't LA!) Where: 411 Hayes St., San Francisco Store Hours: Mon.-Sun., 11-7 Plus... Insider's Outlet Semi-Annual Sale Save on spring handbags, shoes, accessories, designer apparel, spring outerwear, Bloomingdale's jewelry, and more. Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: 40th St. at Watts, Emeryville, CA
We Scour the Web So You Don't Have To:
Here's what other local style/shopping bloggers are buzzing about:
DailyCandy: Exploring the phenomenon of leaving leftovers on top of trash cans, i.e. the Replate movement.
Dressed: Celeb fashion continued, and a kick-ass photo of adolescence.
NovoMetro: Thanks to the BC reader who reminded us this Oakland news-site also covers shopping! This week, the spotlight's on new Grand Ave. boutique Melt. "Teen debutantes are photographed at Positive Images, marking the beginning of their adulthood, while Sunset Casket Outlet inexpensively provides for a funeral. Between the teens and discount caskets, two-month old boutique Melt (582 Grand Ave) outfits life at its most vividly stylish." Wow.
OaklandGoods: New Day of the Dead Coffee House on Grand Ave.
ShopMyCloset: Electro Bird Pinafore Jumper Dress, $22!
TopButton: Ongoing sales.
Jane Magazine to Close That's right. After nearly ten years on newsstands, Jane Magazine is calling it quits. Their last issue will be this August. While many are lamenting the loss of the left-of-center women's mag, others are saying it's been a long time coming, even before founder Jane Pratt left two years ago. Now the question is, will collectors start scrambling for archived issues? We checked eBay, and found only the Lindsey Lohan and Pamela Anderson issues gaining top bids. Got any Jane paraphernalia?
Pedicures Go Organic There's so many things wrong with nail shops. First, you've got a middle-aged woman who could be your auntie scrubbing your feet. Second, there's enough toxic chemicals onsite to make Chernobyl look "green." Third, lack of proper germ-scrubbing could probably spawn some alien monster in the footbaths. Need we say more? So we were pleasantly surprised when we say this post on SFist about organic mani-pedis. Turns out, there are not one, but TWO East Bay nail shops boasting of such au-natural ingredients. Cure in Emeryville offers formaldehyde- and toluene-free polishes that are also dibutyl phthalate-free, and vegan polishes that aren't tested on animals. While Polish on Piedmont specializes in natural-ingredient indulgences like the "Lavender au Lait" pedicure and organic facials. Of course their services are way more expensive than your typical nail shop, but at least you can look good - and feel good - at the end of it. Otherwise, there's always home treatments!
Summer Concert Fashion Say you're going to Shoreline for a concert festival: you'll swelter during the day -- searching for any corner of shade, chugging pints of beer in the mist tent -- then freeze once the sun goes down. You've got to be prepared! The ladies of Venus Zine, which covers music and DIY-crafting for women, understand this dilemma perfectly. Their guide to summer concert fashion features practical styles that (hopefully) won't get you molested. Can't say we'd tie an apron around our boobs, but hey, the Bra-ket is rather cute! Every Friday, Buy Curious dishes on the hottest fashion trends, news, and sales in the East Bay and beyond. If you've got suggestions for shops or Web site to feature, comments on the blog, or a burning style question you'd like us to answer in our occasional column, Buy Clueless, send them our way! BuyCurious[at]EastBayExpress[dot]com