Sorry for the delay, folks. As you may have heard, we've been busy over here at the EBX dealing with our newly independent status, which meant our shopping habit got (sob) put on hold. But now that we've saved up (at least $30) - and summer's apparently arrived - it's time for more fabulous bargain shopping in the East Bay! This week, we bring you a bevy of sales (from brand name to vintage), a blissful online store for shoe lovers, and some tips for keeping your crap at a minimum. Also, we scour the Web so you don't have to, with a roundup of what local fashion bloggers are talking about. And we tackle the toughest of all manufactured shopping holidays: Father's Day.
Paying for Your Shoe Obsession In case you haven't discovered it yet, the Amazon.com-built Endless.com is a shoe (and handbag) lover's dream. First: a near endless choice of styles and brands (think the kind you'd find at Macy's). Second: overnight shipping that subtracts $5 from your order. And best of all: a 365-day return policy (and they pay for return shipping). Now if that's not an incentive to buy something from this site, I don't know what is! And now's a perfect time since they're currently having a half-off sale. We scored these super-sexy stiletto patent mary janes for about $60 (orig. $225)!
Cute Yoga Apparel Anyone? Lululemon athletica celebrates the grand opening of its Berkeley store this weekend. The first 50 guests to enter the new yoga apparel store on Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17 will receive complimentary yoga kits, yoga mat, and passes to a local studio. Lululemon takes over the seemingly ill-fated location of Ashby and College avenues. Let's hope they can last! When: Sat., June 16 & Sun. June 17. Grand Opening celebration is Thurs., June 21 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Where: 2956 College Ave., Berkeley
What to Get Dear Ol' Dad?
Don't know about you, but when it comes to Father's Day gifts, it's near impossible to give anything I'd actually want him to have. The Chron also laments this problem. So what's on your list?
b) Old Spice gift set
c) Subscription to Blade Magazine
d) Something golf-related
f) Beard trimmer
g) Nose-hair trimmer
h) Beer-belly trimmer (we wish!)
Leave a comment and let us know!
Sales Sales Sales ** Twenty Two Shoes: Check out this awesome sample sale of styles from Fall 2006-Spring 2007. When: Fri., June 15 & Sat., June 17. (11 a.m.-7 p.m.), Sun., June 17 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) Where: 5856 College Ave., Oakland ** Vintage Sale: Clothing, accessories, and handmade sterling silver jewelry. When: Sat., June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: 2232 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland ** F.I.T.: If you're one of this Rockridge boutique's preferred customers (OK, we are), check out their private spring/summer sale this weekend. Take 40 percent off selected merch, plus another 10 percent if you got one of their postcards. The public sale starts Monday, June 18. When: Fri., June 15-Sun. June 17 (private sale); then Mon., June 18 and on for the public sale. Where: F.I.T., 5707 College Ave., Berkeley ** Hush: 50 percent of designers like 3.1 Philip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent, Velvet, and more! When: Now! Where: 1354 N. Main St., Walnut Creek
Cosmetic Surplus? If you've acquired one too many cosmetics from Clinique bonus gifts or goodie bags, don't throw them away! Take them to one of 18 drop-off locations for Working Essentials, which supplies them to homeless folks. Got other crap? Check out this handy Web site courtesy of San Francisco Magazine for a full list of where to (responsibly) get rid of your stuff, from computers mattresses.
We Scour the Web So You Don't Have To
Here's what other local style/shopping bloggers are buzzing about:
DailyCandy: Checking out SF design shop Chariots on Fire.
Dressed: Is this site turning into a less funny Go Fug Yourself? Dino-Ray Ramos muses on celebrity style: Brad Pitt, George Clooney, the MTV Movie Awards, and Lil Mama.
OaklandGoods: Exploring a new newsstand/record store on Piedmont Ave., a hidden boutique in the Dimond District, and a tip to StopWaste.org.
TopButton: Some sample sales, plus a special deal with Chrissy Bee Boutique in SF.
Got a local fashion blog to recommend? Let us know! buycurious [at] eastbayexpress.com
Rent Threatens to Close Living Room This isn't exactly style related, but our dear friends at the Living Room Gallery are facing closure as a result of their rent being increased and are asking for donations to stay open. Here's the release from Derek Schmidt: To all our circles of communities, I am writing to announce on the behalf of the Living Room Gallery that we have had our rent increased by our landlord, and we are in danger of being forced to move out. As our space is zoned as live/work, we do not have many of the same rights and protections as most people have in Berkeley, and perhaps have little standing to contest it. The rent increase itself is not wildly substantial, but it is just enough to add substantially to our overall stress- with finances, with the continuation of artists' receptions, music performances, readings, etc. For almost two years we have continued the Living Room experiment, creating a space and forum for emerging Bay Area artists and performers, with a mixture of financial support from its members and from door and beverage donations. As we have looked back these last two weeks with the impending move-out, we are most proud of the community that we have created- oftentimes being the first gallery an artist has shown his work at, inspiring others to begin or continue to create, establishing networks of likeminded people that are struggling to find their own way in the arts, and breaking down the conventional boundaries of engagement with art. We know we have done this, we know we would like to continue to do this. As informal as our little experiment is, it has already accomplished so much. Despite day jobs, our own creative pursuits and lives, we have made space for these endeavors in a way that has surprised all of us. As we have tried our best to contribute to the world around us, we are now forced to actively reach out for help from that same world, to continue this work. More to the point: we are in need of raising $2400 to offset the rent increase for one year. We have become adept at creating receptions, performances, and parties that have often come close to paying for themselves, and the small amount of money past that has always gone to future shows. As stated above, we are an informal institution, and we are tentative to formalize ourselves, distracting us from the real work that we enjoy. We are asking for grassroots support in the same way we have always done things around here. We would also appreciate support in the form of advice, fundraising ideas, etc. If you or anyone you think might be interested is helping with this challenge, please forward and distribute this as widely as you can. We are ready to thrown in the towel if need be, but not before we explore every possible option. In the meantime, the next show will be a solo artist's reception for Michael Deane, an incredible East Bay artist we are excited to host, Saturday, June 30th. Music will be provided by various Bay Area performers, such as Abby G., and Ship. If you have not already come to a Living Room show, we invite you now to come and see what it is we are so very proud of here. Thank you for reading this and for those of you who have already supported us in one way or another. We earnestly look forward to the future of the Living Room and all that it may offer. Sincerely, Derek Schmidt The Living Room 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! Write Kathleen and Lauren at BuyCurious[at]EastBayExpress[dot]com