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Monday, February 6, 2012

Graffiti- Is It An Art?

Since I moved back to San Francisco about 9 months ago, I've been noticing wonderful details about the city that I must have took for granted when I lived here. One of the things that fascinated me were the street tagging near my new neighborhood. If you drive down Alemany near Geneva, there is a row of graffiti that marks the backyard fence of many people's homes. I always pass and remember again and again how much I want to take photos of it, but never have my camera with me. Yesterday, I finally decided to go after visiting my friend Thip and seeing her awesome photographs of the graffiti near her place in the Mission. I dragged my friend Rena along and off we went. If you know me, you know that I am not a city girl, an urban girl, or by any means a great photographer. I am visually stimulated by beautiful things, usually in the forms of bags, shoes, and clothes. But I am also equally excited to see beautiful flowers, sceneries, and graffiti.

This past fall Hermes worked with graffiti artist KONGO on a artistic collaboration. His graffiti was made into Hermes' signature silk scarves. A client of mine had one on awhile ago and I could not help but fall in love with the vibrant splash of colors, the corners and edge of every letter, the marriage of luxury and street. Who would have thought that the ultimate luxury house would incorporate street art into their collection? But on the other hand, if anyone were to make street art fashionable, it would be the Hermes.

I guess you don't have to know much about anything to see beauty. I don't know much about graffiti, but I know it's art. Enjoy some of the photos I took and some pictures of the scarfs from Hermes.

This is my first post of 2012 and in a very long time.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Betty Lin- A gem in Pac Heights

Today I had the pleasure of having lunch and checking out Betty Lin and her boutique in Pacific Heights, SF. When it comes to fashion and good taste, Betty's got it and it shows in her buy for her boutique. I guess I should provide a little history on how I met Betty and come to really admire her sense of fashion.

I met Betty about 4 years ago through a friend who also happened to be my boss at the time. My boss told me that I had to meet her friend Betty and see what a fashionable, smart, and great person she is. I was also told that she had her own clothing boutique in Seattle and that it was doing really well. At the time, I had no intention of moving to Seattle, so I didn't think twice. However, when I did finally move to Seattle two years ago, I visited her store in downtown Seattle. I fell in love with her chic, eclectic pieces that she bought for her store. She carries both men's and women's and focused on Designer goods mainly. The beauty was that you can get these designer pieces at up to 80% off retail prices. Because Betty was once a designer buyer at a major retailer she was able to build strong relationships with vendors so that she can get past season's merchandise that were brand new and sell it at a fraction of what it retailed...heaven to me.

She brought the same concept to San Francisco and opened a store in Pacific Heights last winter. Her store is filled with beautiful pieces from Christian Dior, Thomas Wylde, Givenchy, Chloe, Gary Graham, Risto, L'Wren Scott, Junya Watanabe, Nina Ricci and the list goes on. In the Fall she will bring in current season merchandise from some of the most sought after brands that are not widely available in SF such as Helmut Lang, MM6 by Martin Margiela, Erdem, Rick Owens Lillies, and much more. I am so excited to see what she has in store for us.

The location of the shop is a destination, but the trip is worth making. There are plenty of parking spots and the neighborhood is cute and quaint. I highly encourage all fashionistas to visit her shop. You will find many things fabulous and it won't put a huge dent in your pocket. Currently she is having a friends and family sale, so if you go mention me or my blog and she will give you 30% off everything in the store. Betty and I are currently obsessed with her studded leather vest from Thomas Wylde. It retailed for over $2,500, you can find it at Betty Lin for $1,150 plus my 30% off friends and family discount. AMAZING!

Betty Lin
San Francisco
340 Presidio Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel. (415) 345-8688
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 6:30

Monday, April 18, 2011

NuFace New You

I recently discovered a new product, it is called NuFace. I am a skeptic when it comes to new cosmetic gadgets because there are so many invented everyday, what makes this one better than the next? However, the other day I was curious to see wether this product did what it is advertised to do, so I had an esthetician try it on me and it really works!

NuFace is a hand held device that you use to massage your face five minutes per day five times a week. It sends low levels of microcurrents to tone and lift the muscles on your face and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It is claimethat the more you use it the better your skin will look. After it was done on me, I saw immediate results. I also saw it performed on two other women, and their faces were dramatically different after. I definitely recommend this product, it's a mini face lift without the surgery!

Mother's Day is coming up, this would be a great present!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Back from Hiatus/ Rockin' Color Blockin'

Just like fashion, inspiration can change with the seasons and for the last month, I haven't been inspired to blog about fashion. Maybe it is the dreary Seattle weather, or the fact that I am yearning to move back to San Francisco as the days get closer to June, or I've been traveling and playing too much. Whatever the case, it's been over a month, and I am going to blog again.

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but in Seattle it seems like May, June, July will still be less flowers and more showers. Which means that the local fashion is still dark, with leggings and boots still roaming the city. As much as I hate to admit it, I have contracted a bit of Seattlitetis. Yes! You can catch me wearing long sweaters, and leggings tucked into boots! Ughh, I dread this very look when I first moved here, and now I am a guilty participant. There's nothing wrong with it I guess, but the majority of the population here has made it their signature uniform.

How do I get back to color, skirts, and sandals?! What inspired me to write this post was a recent visit to San Francisco. The sun was shining, the weather was beautiful for exploring and shopping. A stop at Zara in Union Square and I felt my fashion mojo coming back. Not only does Zara have amazing display windows, they make really cute, good quality clothes! Why can't they open one in Seattle?

Color blocking is the trend for Fall, and Zara already has a leg up on it for Spring. You will see color blocking from almost every design house this Fall, from Diane Von Furstenberg to Prada. For those of you who are not familiar with color blocking, it is literally that, putting bold, bright colors together without looking like a clown. It can be done in solids or stripes. Of course, there is always a tasteful and not so tasteful way to dress, and you have to be extremely careful when color blocking your outfit. If color blocking clothes are too bold for you, try adding it to your wardrobe with some color blocking shoes, or accessories.

It's time to pack up your tights and boots and throw them into storage, and get yourselves rockin' some color blockin'.