Five Quick Snaps

SF Giants, Giants Game

I wouldn’t call myself a sports fan. On the contrary, I historically yelled “Go Giants!” during the excitement of the 49ers playing in the Superbowl. Oops. But strangely enough, I’ve grown to truly love baseball over the past few years. With my office mere steps away from AT&T Park, it’s hard not to catch baseball fever. I have a hard time getting behind wearing orange (#sorryimnotsorry), but I definitely get into the team spirit. Jim’s happy enough to have a break from the fashion-y events that speckle our calendar, so everybody wins.

P.S. Did you know that there’s a little Irish Pub inside AT&T Park? Bass and Guinness FTW!

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Two // Yep, that’s a selfie. I couldn’t resist—how often do I wrangle Jim into a suit? The two of us stepped out in black tie on our 4th anniversary, which coincided wonderfully with the SF Opera BRAVO! Club Gala. Even though I can’t say that I’ve made an opera fan out of Jim, the night was truly magical, with delicious food, tasty drinks, and the opportunity to meet some fabulous new friends (I’m looking at you, Hadley!).

Dirty Habit SF

Three // A scene at Dirty Habit, AKA my new obsession. I’ve waxed poetic time and time again about my love of rooftop and garden bars, and this newly revamped hotspot in Hotel Palomar doesn’t disappoint. The drinks are delicious, the ambiance is lovely, and the al fresco setting (complete with heat lamps) is perfect for San Francisco.

Jane Fillmore SF

Four // I try to mix up my routine from time to time, but somehow I find myself gravitating to brunch at Jane over and over again. Not only is is the perfect spot for a boot photoshoot or stylish pondering, it’s tasty, easy, and run by some of the most interesting people in the city. Just don’t try to take my favorite table.

Jeremy's Department Store SF

Five // Speaking of obsessions, I have to mention Jeremy’s. It used to be a legendary place far, far from my apartment, but now that I work a blog away, I’m a certified “regular.” Whether that’s a good thing or bad thing remains to be seen. My last two visits yielded a last-minute black tie gown (for said gala mentioned above) and a pair of Helmut Lang leather pants (80% off, thankyouverymuch). Whatever you need, they have it, and on the cheap(ish).

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The Year of the Horse at Bloomingdale’s

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Westfield San Francisco Centre

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Last Thursday, San Francisco’s Bloomingdale’s transformed into a Chinese New Year celebration to behold, complete with an undulating dragon and noodle cutting (so much tastier than ribbon cutting). The collaboration between Westfield, the Asian Art Museum, and M.Y. China celebrates the Year of the Horse in all its galloping glory. The kick-off cocktail party featured an array of products designed to get you in the spirit of the holiday, from horse-themed home decor to blazing red frocks.

There are more Year of the Horse celebrations to come at Bloomie’s , including lion dancers, tea tastings, and a contortionist. The pop-up shop pictured below is only open through February 1st, so be sure to stop by this week to check it out! The other celebrations culminate on February 15th, the date of the annual parade. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended, but I’ll definitely be there this year! If you haven’t been before, get there early with a large thermos of coffee and purely functional footwear (yes, I know, this is me saying this. Trust me).

Many thanks to Bloomingdale’s for being such a fantastic host and celebrating such an important part of San Francisco’s cultural traditions. A Happy Chinese New Year to all, and to all a good night!

Unless otherwise credited, all photos by James Winstead.

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Ferragamo on Post

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A new year, a new store. Last Thursday, Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo opened a new store in downtown San Francisco, nestling in to a block of Post Street chock-full of high-end boutiques and specialty shops. The new boutique opening served double duty as the kick-off event for the Mid-Winter Gala, one of San Francisco’s major philanthropic fundraising events. A percentage of sales from the evening benefited the Fine Arts Museums.

The store’s lofty two-story layout lets it play around with the different facets of the designer’s collections. The feminine downstairs features a display of heels and handbags that would make Carrie Bradshaw swoon, while the masculine upstairs boasts enough ties and structured work bags to please the most discerning fashionisto.

Blame it on my Midwestern upbringing, but I can’t help stopping well-dressed women to compliment them on something beautiful that they’re wearing. From structured shifts to frothy, floaty skirts, nearly every person I stopped was dressed in Ferragamo. It’s one thing to see a design on a mannequin, but it’s twice as inspiring to see it on a vibrant, champagne-sipping guest.

Even if the closest you come to Ferragamo is a trip through San Francisco’s best thrift stores, it’s well worth your while to peek into the new location. Part art museum and part retail store, the visual merchandising alone is well worth a visit for any fashion lover.

Photography by Drew Altizer (except for the last one!).

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Kathryn Lasater, Trevor Traina, Vanessa Getty and Allison Speer.

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