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Elizabeth Street Cosmetics Gets Inspired by San Francisco Neighborhoods

POSTED ON : September 8, 2013 | Posted in Shopping, Uncategorized

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Dear Fashionistas,

In her non-Fashionista life, Erica’s job is to make maps of neighborhoods. So imagine her joy when she learned that Elizabeth Street Cosmetics line of lip glosses, lipsticks, and balms were all inspired by San Francisco neighborhoods.

The founder and entire creative force, Kelly Crispen, says walking inspires her. She frequently traverses all over of San Francisco, drawing ideas from the buildings, streets, and people along the way. Her first gloss came from her home neighborhood of Noe Valley, but now there are forty different glosses in her line (plus lipsticks and balms), each drawing from the character of a San Francisco neighborhood: Mission is a bold and classic red, Castro a dusty rose, Treat a warm plum.

Appropriate to this walking spirit, Elizabeth Street Cosmetics can be found all over the city. Kelly sells out of several stockists, which she stops in and visits regularly (usually on foot). In addition, Kelly hand-delivers throughout the city and sees clients by appointment, where she’ll help you pick the perfect lip color and apply her decades of makeup experience to your own supplies.

While speaking to Kelly, Erica confessed up front that her own lips are frequently unadorned – but you must understand that this is due to a lack of knowledge and not a lack of interest. Kelly thought for a moment, and then asked a few questions about Erica’s makeup preferences before opening her bag. From a vast plethora of gloss tubes she took out Balmy, explaining that if Erica wanted to play up her eyes (she was wearing only mascara and liner that day), the best bet was for something shimmery or nude. Nothing too distracting.

Balmy, as it turns out, is almost the exact color as Erica’s lips, only with a slight shimmer. As a test, Erica put it on before she went to work a couple days later. She found that it goes on thick and stays on: she only needed to re-apply a couple times. The color and shimmer were just the right combination of statement without overwhelming the rest of Erica’s makeup, exactly what she was looking for in a day-to-day gloss.

If you’d like to get your hands on Kelly’s glosses, lipsticks, and balms, here is a list of stores where you can find them. Colors are never discontinued, and the with a city as vibrant and varied as San Francisco, we can’t imagine Kelly running out of inspiration any time soon.

 Ta Ta,
Erica Fagin, Fashionista San Francisco Contributor
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I die! Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

POSTED ON : August 6, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping
Red Mini Plaid Lamé Notch Collar Dress with Patch Pockets and Leather Belt

Red Mini Plaid Lamé Notch Collar Dress with Patch Pockets and Leather Belt

Taupe Striped Wool Two Pocket Collared Coat with Leather Belt

Taupe Striped Wool Two Pocket Collared Coat with Leather Belt

 Black Pinstripe Vest and Black Hammered Satin Long Wrap Skirt

Black Pinstripe Vest and Black Hammered Satin Long Wrap Skirt

Rose Finn Real Raccoon Fur Bed Jacket and Burgundy Panne Velvet Knee Length Tank Dress with Crossback Straps

Rose Finn Real Raccoon Fur Bed Jacket and Burgundy Panne Velvet Knee Length Tank Dress with Crossback Straps

Dear Fashionistas,

I Die! for Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Yes, I am quoting to the famous Rachel Zoe but it all is in good fun I assure you.  Marc Jacobs is known for his iconic designs and as Creative director for Louis Vuitton.  Since branching out on his own, he really took a step forward into creating his own iconic look.

The collection for Fall/Winter reminds Fashionista San Francisco of old glamour but back with a vengeance.  Loving the Plaid Lamé.  So 70’s but yet so chic.  If you can make plaid look this fabulous, you know your in good hands. Plus! Anything with pockets is a win win for us.

The taupe coat above with collar  and leather belt is phenomenal.  But what stands out are the flared sleeves that are shaped with a hint of a Japanese Kimono. This shape can make anyone look gorgeous.  The vest above we were not crazy about but the skirt rocks.  Picture this with a silk tank of any color and gobs of gold necklaces.

Finally, the ultimate glamourous look.  A satin knee length dress with a raccoon fur jacket. Real or Faux, you got us looking forward to the cooler weather.

Fashion in San Francisco doesn’t have to be jeans and boots.  Slip on Marc Jacobs and I will guarantee you will just die.

For more of Marc Jacobs Collection, check out his website MarcJacobs.com or shop the store in San Francisco:

125 Maiden Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108

**all photographs are from Marc Jacobs website.

Ta Ta,

Nicki

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Meet Erica Fagin, Fashionista San Francisco’s Newest “It” Girl

POSTED ON : July 28, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, SF Designers, Shopping, Uncategorized

Meet Erica:

 

Unlike other women in her position, Erica wasn’t the girl who grew up with pages from Vogue taped to her wall and an inherent feel for what to wear every day. As a matter of fact, she didn’t get into this game until much later than most, when she started modeling for a couple of her college friends. Erica’s interest in how they constructed and styled clothes rapidly became an interest in the entire world of fashion. And now that she’s started truly exploring that world, she honestly can’t imagine what took her so long to get there.

 

Erica spent her childhood in Colorado, where she learned to snowboard. She attended school in Chicago, where she learned to speak Norwegian. And she moved to San Francisco in April 2013, where she now works as a cartographer.

 

Just as she’s only recently taken a foray into the world of fashion, her journey into the City by the Bay is also just beginning. She’s excited to share her discoveries with you on Fashionista San Francisco!

 

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This past weekend we took a trip to the East Bay. Walking down the quaint streets of Walnut Creek, we stopped in at Brandy Melville, mostly because we wanted to test the truth behind “One size fits all”. We were a little skeptical, and went in thinking that “one size fits all” would mean “one size fits waifish, slim, 5’ 8” beach blondes”.

 

However, we at Fashionista San Francisco are excited to report that all the clothes we tried out worked great! The brand’s style is very casual, loose, and not too tailored (very fitting for it’s whole laid-back, west coast look), so they flatter wider range of body types than you’d expect. There also seemed to be a very specific color palette and range of silhouettes, which meant it was easy to mix and match different items. And while most people we saw in the store were waifish, slim, 5’ 8” beach blondes; the curvier, shorter, darker-haired among us (like Erica) were doing just fine.

 

The verdict: For a brand that takes a risk by attaching itself to a “one size fits all” moniker, Brandy Melville manages to pull off a wide range of fashionable, trendy looks.


As proof, here one outfit of those looks, inspired by their casual attitude with our own amped up twist: We started with the stars and stripes tank top, and selected the more structured denim vest to layer on top. The cut-offs (because what’s more American than daisy dukes with the red white and blue?) we chose to match the wash of the vest’s denim. The red bottoms we picked because we’re of the firm belief that one of the places Louboutins belong is where you’d least expect them.

 

Vest: Top: Brandy Melville

Shorts: Topshop

Sunglasses: Vintage

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Erica Fagin, Fashionista San Francisco Contributor

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Tie Die Maxi Dress at Local Boutique Kula Sweet

POSTED ON : July 21, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping
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Kula Sweet Maxi Dress

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Kula Sweet Side View

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Kula Sweet Back View

Dear Fashionistas,

We’re crushing over this chic ombre maxi at Kula Sweet in The South Bay area.  This super girly boutique is an instant hit when you walk in the front doors. Chic white door frames and fairy lights to make you feel you are walking into a dream. But the best part is of course the various styles and brands they carry such as Elegantly Waisted belts and Made By to name a few.

Kula Sweet is at 380 Main St. Los Altos, Ca.

Ta Ta,

Nicki

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Hand Made Shoes In Florence Courtesy Of Lucky Magazine

POSTED ON : June 5, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping

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Dear Fashionistas,

First off sorry to keep you waiting! It’s been a couple of crazy travel weeks but we’re back and ready to share 😉

When we were planning our trip to Italy we had a few things on our mind…food, wine, and of course fashion! We wrapped up our travels throughout Tuscany with a few days in Florence and got to spend them with one of our most Fashionista friends Elisia. Other than being a blast to catch up with and a total partner in crime at the Gelato Festival that happened to be right in front of our hotel (coincidence…?) Elisia is GREAT to travel with because she comes prepared with maps of all the major shopping places we need to hit and tons of behind the scenes finds. This time she brought along Lucky Magazines City Shopping Guide for Florence that included this total gem. Francesco da Firenze is a Florence shoe cobbler that has been making custom shoes for 3 generations. You pick the soles, the color of leather and the style of sandal and they measure your foot and make them for you within twenty.four.hours. Seriously. Elisia had spent some time in Florence before we met up with her and had already ordered a pair of siiiiiiiick bronze gladiators. We went with her to pick them up and hit meltdown mode when we saw this cute little shop and thought we couldn’t get a pair for ourselves before our morning flight the next day. Not only did Francesco whip them up in 2 HOURS he made us 2 pair! We grabbed some more gelato and when we came to pick them up he measured everything to the exact shape of our foot. We were out the door after snooping around his workshop and stealing a few quick pics (sorry for the quality….I was trying to hurry!) Check out a video of how they make the shoes here. Check out their facebook here to see tons of other styles including gorgeous mens shoes. Oh, and did we mention that we got both pairs of hand made sandals for $180 US?!!!!!

We can’t figure out which pair we love more…our classic black cage sandal or our tan lace up gladiator style. All we know is they are soooo comfy and we’ve gotten compliments every time we’ve worn them!

Thanks Lucky Mag & Elisia for the inside tip and thanks Francesco and team for making our Italian shoe dreams come true!!!

xoxo Kris

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A Bubbles Boutique Event In Sonoma This Sunday With Ben (as in The Bachelor) Pouring Wine!

POSTED ON : April 26, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping

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Dear Fashionistas,

We were so lucky to meet Ericka Peterson this week at one of our blogger events. This super adorable and super bubbly fashionista is the owner & founder of A Bubbles Boutique. A Bubbles Boutique is a one-of-a-kind networking & shopping experience, showcasing the season’s latest trends, pieces from your girlfriends’ closets and collections from local designers, paired with a glass of bubbly for San Francisco’s fashion savvy.  At her get togethers you can enjoy learning about today’s latest fashion trends and mingle with stylish industry professionals while sipping on fun champagne cocktails. Here comes the really fun part~ this Sunday she is throwing an event up in the beautiful and always sunny Sonoma at Envolve Winery. Envolve Winery is run by 3 (very cute) guys Ben, Mike and Danny that will be pouring the wines in their tasting room for you lucky ladies. (Shameless plug: Ben is THE Ben from The Bachelor!)

So get your girls together for a sweet little road trip up to Sonoma and do some shopping, tasting, and sight seeing.

xoxo Kris

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5 Items Every Fashionista Needs For The Perfect Beach Vacation

POSTED ON : April 15, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, San Francisco Designers, SF Designers, Shopping

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Fashionista San Francisco is jetting to Aruba in a week and we are all about one thing…Beach GLAM!!! That means a few key pieces: a monokini,  a maxi dress, chunky statement jewelry as always, sick sunglasses, and your ultimate beach vacation accessory….killer sandals (we aren’t and never will get with the “heels on the beach” thing). You can’t get more sexy and stylish than this combination. Yes itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikinis are still fab (we all have a million, right?) but do yourself a favor and just try on a monokini and you’ll know what we mean. We’re not talking your moms dated one piece from the 80’s…we’re talking about super sexy cut outs, criss cross straps, and still showing tons of skin but in a new way. Somehow having your back still exposed like you are in a true bikini but having your front slightly covered up makes you feel like you’ve got a secret to tell. Call it the swimwear mullet if you will…business up front, party in the back (and all gorgeous)! San Francisco based swimwear designer SAGA swimwear makes this hot hot hot version called The Narita that we can’t decide if we want in black or white so we’re just getting both. Union Street shop Canyon Beachwear has this gorgeous turquoise Melissa Obadash Safiah cover up that makes us want to book a trip to Morocco. That necklace is to die for too! Glam isn’t glam without killer shoes so we’re packing our Loeffler Randall Starla plank sandals and our Giuseppe Zanotti tribal cuff and fish skeleton gladiator sandals. The fish teeth kill us!!!!! Love them. Topping it all off and keeping with the black & white trend of the season is San Francisco’s own Westward Leaning shades. The No 5.2 Love The Neighbor style benefits the non-profit Love The Neighbor Mexico and features beading inspired by Mexican artisans. We think we’re ready for a margarita….

xoxo Kris

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San Francisco’s Most Stylish Interchangeable Watch Brand~Modify Watches

POSTED ON : April 8, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, San Francisco Designers, SF Designers, Shopping, Uncategorized

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Dear Fashionistas,

We were invited to spend the day at the Modify Watches “Fashionista/Summer Campaign” photo shoot this weekend and couldn’t have been more stoked to participate. We featured them in a post here during the World Series last year and thought we knew everything we needed to know about Modify. They’re a San Francisco based company that makes watches with interchangeable faces and straps. Easy enough, right? Wrong. The day went something like this…

We showed up bright and early to an outdoor location in downtown SF. A little “misty” out (no shock here) but everyone was in warm spirits and ready to get this photo shoot underway. Super photog Antonio De Lucci and his crew were ready to roll. Our gorgeous model Kaitlyn arrived with hair & makeup (Tricia had her work cut out for her with the rain), and Liddy & Lauren from our favorite shop Hangr 16 were there to do the styling. The shoot got going and we were loving the concept of mixing these super fun, bright, eclectic watches with Vuitton heels and an Hermes Clutch. As we’re talking to the Creative Director for the company we’re starting to understand his motto for Modify ~ Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime. We’re wearing our staple oversized gold watch that we thought was the only thing that went with our blush pink Prada and starting to feel a tinge of jealousy seeing everyone in these sweet combinations ~ but we keep it to ourselves for now…

We did several sartorial shots in and around the alleyways (can’t wait to see them hit the press!) and headed back to Modify Headquarters in SOMA for wardrobe change and to pick up more models. Here’s where the magic started unfolding for us. We start to get it. Modify Watches is a company that sells watches. Really sweet watches that we are now fully obsessed with owning all of and getting everyone we know into. The beauty of Modify Watches isn’t just the really cool color combinations (camo face, glitter face and clear strap coming to a store near you soon!) but the fact that Modify is a lifestyle. We love the term so we’ll say it….it’s a movement. The small team behind Modify all have one thing in common ~ they want to build and be part of a community of people that are involved in something. After spending 15 hours with Ashil (Creative Director), Ayo (VP of Marketing),  Aaron (Co-Founder), and Michael (Marketing) we got the feeling that “that something” mainly requires having fun. They call their community the ModiFamily and it’s a worldwide network of peeps that not only rock their Mod’s everywhere but also design and vote on which designs are going to be produced. During March they did a “March MODness” Sweet 16 bracket where facebook fans voted on their fave watch faces and whittled it down to the final 4 this past Friday. We can’t wait to see which one gets made! In essence the ModiFamily controls what the company does and this will carry on far after the company moves from watches into other interchangeable goods (fingers crossed that more products are to come!).

We continued the shoot with the rest of the amazing models Lizzie, Jackie, Vince, Oscar (he rocked our favorite combo of the day- purple button up, purple bow tie, beanie and purple watch) and Modify’s own Michael Vlamis (who I didn’t find out until the END of the night was just on this episode of New Girl…What?! Tell us everything about Zooey!) and wrapped it up with a pool scene showcasing that the watches are water-resistant. Yes, Aaron ended up in the pool and this seems to be the only way he would have wanted to end the day. It was super clear that there HAD to be a spontaneous element happening in order for it to be true to the brand that is Modify and we love them for it.

As we wrapped up at ModiHQ they graciously let us pick some swag to rock (thankfully because at this point the desire to be part of the family was way too much. The gold watch came off and the Mod was on before we stepped out the door to grab a cocktail at the neighborhood bar). It became even more obvious with how long everyone took to find their perfect combinations just how awesome this whole mix and match concept really is. The possibilities are endless and the good news is the watch faces($25-$30) and straps($15-$20) are super affordable so you can buy enough options to have a “classic look”, and then 47 fun bright ones that pop. We ended up with the rose gold face and the crimson and black straps to keep it classy (check them out with the Prada and Marc Jacobs above) but know that our next purchase is one of the neons to spice things up. Side note – they come in mini (the one we got) and classic sizes.

All in all what we took away from getting to spend the day with the Modify guys is this:

  • We want to be and now are part of the #ModiFamily. We could have snapped some pics and called it a day but we just. couldn’t. leave. and that’s a rare vibe to find
  • Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime. From grandparents to kids, athletes to cubicle folk, fashionistas to dogs (yes….dogs are part of the family too) everyone fits the lifestyle that is Modify
  • They actually care. Each order comes with a hand written note that starts your Mod relationship
  • They have a pretty awesome facebook and twitter thing going
  • These guys don’t take themselves too seriously (check out their website to see their favorite SNL skits and photos of them when they were kids) but they all clearly get what it means to love what you do, surround yourself with like minded people, and feel good about doing a really great job. And they’re on to something.

xoxo Kris

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Wear Green This St Patrick’s Day With Melissa Joy Manning

POSTED ON : March 16, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, San Francisco Designers, SF Designers, Shopping



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Dear Fashionistas,

Okay, wear green. But don’t think just because it’s a fun beer drinking holiday you have to dress in a head to toe green sweatsuit. Switch it up and wear green in your accessories instead! We think these Malachite slice drop earrings from Berkeley jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning would be the perfect lucky charm with a white & black ensemble, no? A super cute messy knot for you hair topped off with a bright pink lip will keep it cool and effortless and show these beauties off perfectly. While you’re scooping these up check out her capsule collection for Lucky Brand….LOVE!

xoxo Kris

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Summer Fashion For When It’s 70 Degrees~In SAN FRANCISCO?!!

POSTED ON : March 1, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping


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Fashionistas,

Anytime SF weather hits above a 63 we’re calling our ladies for a bikini wax. Nothing gets a Fashionista into a dress faster than the hint of an elusive SF sunny day and today we have it! Forecast of 70 degrees in the city which means if you are one of the lucky ones that aren’t working today you need to run, not walk to Azalea, pick up this adorable Parker Ruffle Jumper in Cheetah (bonus it’s on sale) and get your stylish self to Golden Gate Park with a blanket, some reading material, and some refreshments. Our favorite location is right at  the Conservatory of Flowers….the little dip in the grass means no wind and perfect sunning temps…and what a view!

See you there…

xoxo Kris

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Alla Prima Fine Lingerie~Helping San Francisco Fashionistas Stay Seriously Sexy

POSTED ON : February 5, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping

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Fashionistas,

One of the ultimate (and underpurchased) indulgences in life is gorgeous, high-end lingerie. The idea of spending money on something that not many people will see somehow hasn’t caught on here in the States like it has in France, but we think this is the perfect time to change all that. If your normal February 14th shopping list includes a trip to the closest Victoria’s Secret take a leap this year and check out one of the cities best lingerie stores. Alla Prima Lingerie carries top lines like Eres, La Perla, Andres Sarda, Epure, and Minuit Douze. They will make you feel special in either of their 2 locations – North Beach and Hayes Valley. 5 minutes in this shop and you’ll be coming up with many more reasons than Valentines Day to purchase one of their treasures. Whether you go all out with garter belts, stockings and a boa like the first photo of Gruppo La Perla, lean towards the Mad Men styling of the second Andres Sarda ensemble, or keep it a little more subdued (not really…) with a set like this green burnout velvet Gruppo La Perla you can be sure to knock some socks off. No special someone this year? Don’t worry…in the end lingerie this beautiful really is for our own satisfaction anyways, right? So go on and treat yourself to a little something unexpected.

xoxo Kris

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Get Foxy For Valentine’s Day With Our Salty Fox Jewelry Giveaway

POSTED ON : February 1, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, San Francisco Designers, SF Designers, Shopping

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CONGRATS TO ARIANA FOR WINNING THE ADELINE CUFF & VALENTINA NECKLACE!!! WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE PICS OF YOU ROCKING THEM IN HAWAII!!!! ENJOY!

 

Fashionistas,

You all know our love of local and our favorite new find is Salty Fox Jewelry. Handmade in San Francisco by designer Megan Stacy Salty Fox strikes that perfect balance we all seek of edgy and dainty. We sat down for a chat with this super talented local designer and were lucky enough to score not one but two of her amazing pieces! It was almost impossible to settle because we LOVED her Dalva ring set and the whimsy of her fish bone inspired Isadora earrings but we think we ended up with the perfect matching but mismatched cuff and necklace. LOVE!!!!!! Enjoy getting to know Ms. Salty Fox herself and after the interview enter our giveaway to win the Adeline Bracelet ($120) and Valentina bracelet ($98) (how appropriate for this time of year!) And don’t worry, we’ll be drawing Monday Feb 4th so you’ll get these beauties in plenty of time to craft an outfit to style them with for your hot Valentine’s date…whether that’s a night on the town with your ladies or your special someone. Good luck!

Megan, thanks for taking time to sit down with Fashionista San Francisco. Our readers love to know the person behind their pieces so let’s get started!

What inspired you to make the jump from clothing design to jewelry design?
I’ve always loved working with my hands so I started taking metalsmithing classes for fun a few years ago…it immediately felt more natural and inspiring for me to use those materials. I love the grittiness of metal work, and how the outcome is something delicate and lovely.
Where do you create your unique creations?
I make a lot of pieces in my apartment in the Mission, and when I need to solder or use solid equipment I rent time at the metalsmithing studio where I originally took classes – it’s fantastic!
 
Being that SF has so many iconic areas, do you pull any of your inspiration from your Bay area surroundings? If not what inspires you most when you’re working on new collections?
I do love geometric combinations so a lot of architecture is quite inspiring… I’m also inspired by the eclectic style of the ladies of San Francisco, I love seeing a bold statement piece or someone having fun with fashion. When it really comes down to it I always want to make pieces that I want to wear and hope that others will feel the same! We do!!!
As a jewelry designer you have access to everything…What is one piece of jewelry that you never leave home without?
I’m always wearing different pieces but I typically rotate between an awesome rectangular gold filigree ring that my mom gave me or the Dalva ring set from the Odessa Collection.
What’s next for Salty Fox? Any new projects on the horizon?
Right now I’m gearing up to start the next collection! Very exciting…
We have to know…what Bay Area boutiques can we find Salty Fox in?
Salty Fox can be found at Eden & Eden, Curator, Nida, The Blues Jean Bar, Wonderland SF and Needles and Pens.
And of course a must know for all our Fashionistas~what SF shops are a must hit for you on a day off?
I love Reliquary and Nida in Hayes Valley, and perusing the finds at Painted Bird is always fun- there’s sure to be an interesting piece to suit your fancy

Thank you Megan! What a pleasure getting to know you and Salty Fox Jewelry!!!

xoxo Kris

 

To enter the giveaway:

The drawing will be Monday Feb 4th at 6pm PST. Good luck Fashionistas!!!

 

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Chanel, Hermes & Prada For Less with TheRealReal.com & Fashionista San Francisco

POSTED ON : January 20, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping







Fashionistas,

When we come across a better way to get our hands on a Birkin, an Alaia pump, or a Chanel cross body and it involves not paying retail we have to share it. Let Fashionista San Francisco introduce you to The RealReal.com ~ the world’s premier online luxury resale store. Offering authenticated, pre-owned, women’s and men’s designer brands including Chanel, Hermès, Manolo Blahnik, Gucci and Cartier – all at up to 90 percent off retail prices -The RealReal eliminates the uncertainty of purchasing luxury brands online and places the world of luxury at your fingertips. Seriously! (We’re just heartbroken that we missed out on the best piece we found on the site – the Chanel Coco Jodhpur Bag above made of green stingray! Congrats to the lucky reader that got it-it would have been ours!!!!!!

This isn’t eBay ladies & gents…they have a team of stylists, photographers, and editors that put the pieces together by luxury designer or in themed flash sales. Love Chanel? Head right for it. Can’t get enough of the military trend right now? Click on the Modern Military flash sale. It’s like shopping in a specialty boutique just for you instead of scrolling through tons of items that you aren’t interested in to find your deal.

Enjoy TheRealReal one of two ways:

1) Consign your own fabulous items (luckily San Francisco is one of the 13 pickup locations they have across the country) and use that money to get another amazing piece from the site. As a consigner you get up to 70% of the selling price!

2) Start your fabulous collection right here! Fashionista San Francisco readers get $25 off a minimum $100 purchase with the code Welcome25.

Can’t afford that Designer piece quite yet? Don’t worry – they also have our favorite contemporary designers like Elizabeth & James, T by Alexander Wang, and Rachel Zoe to start out with. Either way head on over to the site and enjoy their shop….oh and let us know if you find something you like!

xoxo Kris

 

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Fix Your Winter Skin With Our GIVEAWAY From elizabeth W!

POSTED ON : January 13, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, San Francisco Designers, SF Designers, Shopping


CONGRATS TO JEANETTE FOR WINNING THE BODY CREAM!!! ENJOY!

Dear Fashionistas,

We told you the amazing story behind the ultra luxurious San Francisco made elizabeth W products here. Now it’s time for one lucky reader to win our favorite product~ the Shea Butter Body Cream! We’ve picked it in the Citrus Verbena scent because who doesn’t need a little pick me up in these dreary Winter months?!  These citrus notes hit just the right spot. Rich, thick and intensely hydrating, this indulgent vegetable-based Body Cream is paraben and phytalate free.  Super-absorbent, they leave skin feeling silky, supple, and smooth.  Perfect for nourishing the hands or body, each Body Cream contains vital nutrients and vitamins including Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Sea Algae Extract, and Sweet Almond Oil. Your skin will be saying ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…….

It couldn’t be easier to enter:

  • enter your email on the right side of Fashionista San Francisco‘s home page to subscribe to our blog!
  • like us on Facebook
  • like elizabeth W on Facebook
  • comment on this post and let us know what your winter beauty rituals are…how do you get yourself ready for Spring?!
  • bonus entry if you follow us on twitter @FashSanFran!!

 

The drawing will be Tuesday night 9pm San Francisco time so get your comments in quick…GOOD LUCK!!!

xoxo kris

 

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GORGEOUS Locally Crafted Bath & Body Goods By elizabeth W

POSTED ON : January 10, 2013 | Posted in FSF Home, San Francisco Designers, SF Designers, Shopping




Dear Fashionistas,

Our favorite thing at Fashionista San Francisco is finding new items to take care of ourselves with, especially in the New Year! There is nothing better than spending your time lazily browsing around a shop sniffing all of the different scents (a few times) only to settle on one that is oh so uniquely you. It gets wrapped up in a pretty bag, you take it home, and every time you are getting ready and you reach for it’s beautiful packaging up on your dressing table (insert hand cream, lip balm, perfume here) you feel like you are finally taking that moment out for yourself. It’s one of our favorite rituals and we have found just this experience in elizabeth W ~ the ultimate combination of impeccable craftsmanship and buying local. From perfumes and candles, to lotions, creams, and bath salts their boutique is brimming with goodies.

You can find elizabeth W in chic stores (Anthropologie, Neiman’s, Saks, Nordstroms, Harrods in London) and luxury hotels (Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, St. Regis) on 5 continents but our fave place to find it is at their flagship boutique here in Ghirardelli Square! All of the products are hand made right here in Russian Hill where the artisans live near by and walk to work. If that doesn’t paint a quaint enough picture to make you run down and support them imagine this…all of their packaging is made in house on a vintage letter press! To die for!

In all seriousness we haven’t come across a company like this ever and think that it’s important that we take note. Not only are the products ultra luxurious but this is the ultimate in buying local. The backstory is just as enchanting…

Formerly an architect, Albert Nichols named his San Francisco perfumery after Elizabeth Wightman, his great-grandmother who founded a ranch in the Sierra Nevadas in the 1800s.  He says his strongest memories are the scents of summer as a kid on Elizabeth’s ranch. Violets, roses, lilacs, and magnolias surrounded the house, while inside, the kitchen was filled with freshly picked lavender, rosemary, and sage. Fragrance enveloped him and became his fascination. Before launching into the rarefied air of the perfume world, he was an architect. In 1995, he devoted himself to his true passion and created a perfumery and we are all soooo thankful. His business partner Michael Lindsay is from London, with a long and cherished family history in textile and fashion design. Together they bring us these beautiful products.

Our pick of the litter is the Citrus Verbena Shea Butter Body Cream. Head on down to Ghirardelli Square, get a sundae, and then treat yourself to something elizabeth W. Stay tuned later this week ….there may just be a special giveaway!

xoxo Kris

 

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Our Great Gatsby New Years Ensemble

POSTED ON : December 29, 2012 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping





Dear Fashionistas,

It’s decided…. we can’t help ourselves. There just too much inspiration out there to not take advantage of!  This year we’ll be heading off to the Black & White Superball in Lake Tahoe and repurposing our gorgeous ivory BCBG silk & chiffon dress from our dear friend Ashley’s Great Gatsby themed birthday party a few years back. Our style has grown a bit since then (and our hair is shorter) so we’re super stoked to try out one of these great hairstyles…we love Elizabeth Olsens hair AND makeup in the pic above (let’s face it we love everything about her). We’ll also be pumping up the pearls by layering chunkier shorter strands with the long delicate ones. A fur stoll and lace print hose finish off the look and we’re all set to party like it’s 2013!

What’s you style inspiration this year? Let us know!

xoxo Kris

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The 12th Day of Cocktails & Cashmere!!!

POSTED ON : December 24, 2012 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping


Dear Fashionistas,

It’s Christmas Day and what better way to close out our Cashmere love than Stockings?! Okay they may not exactly be the kind that are hung by the chimney with care but when you get down to it the reason we LOVE cashmere so much is that it’s soooooo comfie, right? And when we think of being comfie we always end up thinking about what we wear at home when we are lounging around just hanging out. For us that is always a worn in sweatshirt, plaid Abercrombie Flannel booty shorts, and the warmest pair of socks we can find. These socks above are exactly what we want! From the pink Frette Slipper Socks (Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto) to the grey Pure Collection Cashmere Bedsocks you can’t go wrong when your little piggies are swaddled in cashmere. It’s Christmas morning so let’s pop some Vueve and celebrate!!!! Happy Holidays from Fashionista San Francisco to you! We’ll see you in the New Year…..what will you wear when the ball drops?!

xoxo Kris

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12 Days of Cocktails & Cashmere-Day 11-The Snood

POSTED ON : December 23, 2012 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping

Dear Fashionistas,

We love a good scarf. In fact it’s one of the staples that we at Fashionista San Francisco rarely leave home without. To us it’s the perfect amount of coverage and at the same time you can really style it so many ways and in so many fabrics and patterns. Need a splash of color? Grab your brightly colored geometric print infinity scarf. Have busy patterned pants and a statement clutch? Sounds like it’s time for your black or grey pashmina to tone things down. When it comes to actual “winter” scarves the snood has been popping up all over runways (Missoni and Burberry above) as a chic way to be warm and not get beanie head. We love this Candace Angora/Cashmere Snood from Club Monaco. If you walked by the Fall windows of the store in Westfield Downtown then you would have seen all of the mannequins cozied up in these fuzzy cocoons…that’s where we first fell in love with them! And when it’s snood season it’s nog season so break out the bourbon and whip up Alton Brown’s Egg Nog! Ho! Ho! Ho!

xoxo Kris

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12 Days of Cocktails & Cashmere-Day 10

POSTED ON : December 22, 2012 | Posted in FSF Home, Shopping




Dear Fashionistas,

Chic! Chic! Chic! These gorgeous Hadleigh’s Audrey Cashmere Smoking Slipper will take you from Fall ’12 to Resort ’13 in style! We love the royal blue stripe up the back and of course Hadleigh’s signature gentleman H embroidery on the front. We found these babies on sale from $595 to $398 at Neiman Marcus so you know what that means….get them while you can. In the “smoking” theme we paired them with a cocktail featuring Mezcal– or smoked tequila. We love how it switches up a classic margarita and gives it super depth of flavor cutting the sometimes “too sweet”ness of a regular marg. And nothing screams Resort time like a margarita, right?!

xoxo Kris

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12 Days of Cocktails & Cashmere-Day 9

POSTED ON : December 21, 2012 | Posted in FSF Home, San Francisco Designers, SF Designers, Shopping


Dear Fashionistas,

Williams Sonoma is based out of beautiful San Francisco (right here by Fishermans Wharf!) and there’s no better way to get in the Holiday spirit that a trip into one of their stores. We are obsessed with the Union Square Flagship and could get lost roaming around in there for days. When Fall hits we love to pop in and let the smell of Mulled Apple Cider confirm that the seasons have officially changed, but when Winter comes around it’s all about the Peppermint Hot Chocolate. This red and white striped can has been in our Christmas stocking for almost 10 years now and it makes the richest cup of chocolate bliss ever. It’s actual chocolate shavings infused with peppermint oil that you stir into a pot of steaming milk until it melts…Yum!!! You will never open a packet of powdered stuff again! Of course when we are sipping our toasty mug we need to be snuggled under an ultra cozy Cashmere Throw and Williams Sonoma has a great offering for that as well. Head on in and get inspired…

xoxo Kris

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