20 12 / 2012
Brace Yourself: 6 Bracelets for Arm Candy Fiends
We admit that we’re bracelet fiends, but now that winter has settled in it’s hard to wear a necklace over the camisole, shirt, sweater, jacket and scarf combo that we nestle ourselves into every morning. How does one fix this no-show-jewelry dilemma? Easy: the best place to add jewelry onto winter outfits is on the wrists. Bracelet fiends, feast your eyes on these six stunning pieces.
3. Imagine the Louvre Pyramid. Now, imagine the Louvre Pyramid wrapped around your wrist. Exquisite, right? This sterling silver faceted mesh bangle from Circle & Square is so fresh, we had to add it to the list.
4. If you’re the kind that enjoys wearing a simple, everyday bracelet, this one’s for you. This single knot brass bangle we found at HANGR 16 is perfect perfect perfect for all you minimalists out there.
6. This unique Etta Kostick hexagon bracelet from Circle & Square will get you noticed from across the room - we guarantee it. Even if you’re not big on chunky jewelry, it’s hard not to notice this masterpiece of a bracelet.
Want any of these pieces? You’re in luck because they’re all available for purchase on our site, ShopNear.Me! (You’re welcome!)
08 8 / 2012
Editor’s Picks: Blue, White and Rock Candy
With all the warm weather in San Francisco this week, it was impossible not to scout out summery items yesterday.
I ventured into BellJar over near 16th and Albion (between Valencia and Guerrero) and immediately fell in love with two sundresses. The first, by Dolce Vita ($138, but on sale for 20% off), is navy with tiny white stars on it. Cute enough up close, but subtle enough so as not look like a five-year-old. The back detail is an unexpected surprise and the dress is long enough that’s its tasteful for work or a meet-the-parents sort of look if styled right.
The second dress I found was by Myne ($253, but on sale for 20% off). It’s more white than navy so not as versatile throughout the year. Since it comes with a brown belt, that’s one less accessory to worry about when figuring out your styling.
Each would be cute with any type of footwear, but brown boots would especially be great for SF because of our chilly nights. In fact, adding another layer on top when weather fluctuates is also smart.
For a very casual weekend look, Trestics’ very soft hoodless blue sweatshirt does the trick ($42). Trust me, this sweatshirt is huggable.
For a more classic twist, adding a tailored shirt, like the ones sold at Taylor Stitch (over on Valencia), is a nice addition. This brand, a now four-year-old veteran of the San Francisco fashion scene, recently ventured into shirts for women. Each shirt (as well as the ones for men) are $125 and come in a variety of cuts and patterns. Personally I loved The Blue Linen Stripe best, but learned a ton of information about other shirts the brand offers as well from Taylor Stitch employee Kazu (trust me, this guy is a wealth of information).
He also didn’t mind when I geeked out over a satchel ($260). He got excited too and ended up showing me a whole range of bags produced by the same brand, Joshu Vela.
The white canvas tote ($240) would be a great addition to the blue and white outfits, especially to pack goodies in for a warm afternoon at Dolores Park or Fort Mason.
To jazz up these looks with some color, I vote for adding a piece of raw gemstone jewelry. I found options at both Bell Jar and Candystore Collective (a few doors down from Bell Jar). Bell Jar had some incredible rings (in the $100- $200 range) handmade by a couple in San Francisco. Candystore Collective had an incredible cut amethyst pendant by 1228, another local designer ($138). Either option would work, though personally I may save the cocktail ring for dressier occasions (large rings don’t work well when typing all day). Don’t these pieces look delicious?
Overall, the trip was a good one and I don’t know what I’m now craving more: the beach or rock candy. I can’t wait for Indian summer!
Contributed by @AshleyLaurel, Editor
25 7 / 2012
Editor’s Picks: Making a Statement
I was in complete (San Francisco) summer mode yesterday as I slipped my jacket on and off and on again while daydreaming about polka dots and sherbet colors. Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to see early Fall looks displayed the two boutiques I visited.
As I entered the first boutique, mira mira, located on 22nd and Valencia, the lovely store manager Tara greeted me. At the exact moment she showed me the brilliant African Diamond Necklace Dress by Clover Canyon ($233) it caught my eye as well.
This piece would be perfect with black leggings and flats and maybe a skinny belt in gold or bronze. It might even be nice to tone the look down a bit on occasion with a long black sweater or simple trench. The perfect bag? Rebecca Minkoff’s MAC clutch.
Another piece that immediately drew my eye was a corset inspired top in “gunmetal” (isn’t that a cool name for a color?). Despite the overall architectural shape of this top, made by Lifetime ($53), it’s made from incredibly soft fabric. It works perfectly under mira mira’s sheer black silk blouse by Funktional ($129), which is so billowy looking that a structured piece looks great underneath. To top it off, I added a necklace by Thief and Bandit ($32) that has a golden leaf made from fabric in the front and beading in the back. Though I personally would probably pair a pair of charcoal gray skinny jeans with this look, if you’re bolder, try a pair of skinny pants in a chevron or leopard print.
I left mira mira feeling like I’d visited the spa of boutiques. Between the sweet natured personality of Tara and listening to songs from music sensations like Fiona Apple and the Smashing Pumpkins, visiting mira mira was a nice haven away from the bustling streets of The Mission.
Once I entered HANGR 16 over on 16th and Albion, I felt an energetic atmosphere. I’ve been to HANGR 16 before (at one of the store’s city-wide famous parties) so the shop’s buyer Liddy and I recognized each other immediately.
As Liddy walked me through the store she pointed out an amazing taupe dress with leather accents by Boundary & Co. named Piper ($172). I paired the dress with a black BB Dakota blazer ($100), which looks basic from the outside, but has an amazing Native American style pattern inside.
Also on trend as of late is animal-print clothing. I spotted this horse printed blouse from QSW, a collection of Quicksilver’s ($78), and paired it with one of the Collarbone crystal necklaces from the boutique’s display case.
The necklace ($132) is actually made in Salt Lake City from a bullet and quartz crystal and would also work with the taupe dress and black blazer.
Other accessories spotted include these gold earrings, found at mira mira ($54) and (unisex!) WeWood watches from HANGR 16- great accent pieces for any of the looks found yesterday.
Overall, I had a great time coveting the pieces I played around with at mira mira and HANGR 16 yesterday. After seeing a taste of the early Fall pieces inspired by the tribal and military trends that are so hot for Fall I can’t help but be excited for more of the upcoming season’s styles to arrive in stores.
Contributed by @AshleyLaurel, Editor