Matthew Williamson Capsule Collection Launches at Macy’s Tomorrow

Sketch from Matthew Williamson for Macy's Collection. Photos courtesy of Macy's.

I’m usually all for checking out fashion designer collabos, especially when it means getting a piece of luxury design at prices that don’t equate to the monthly mortgage. The launch of the Matthew Williamson for Macy’s capsule collection tomorrow is no exception, with the unveiling of limited-edition spring separates and ’70s-inspired dresses priced between $50 to $300.

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My Favorite Outfit: Designer Zara Marin Franks

Berkeley-based knitwear designer Zara Franks specializes in crafting beautiful hand-dyed scarves. The founder of Venn Apparel,  Franks studied socially conscious design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and prides herself on getting back to quality in American craftsmanship. Recently she’s become “obsessed with landscapes,”  especially sunrises and sunsets, in the design of her pieces. “The challenge there is to translate them in a way that I’m satisfied with,” Franks says. “I can’t copy a sunrise. I don’t want to. But I can use yarn as a describer.”

Looking through her cozy, earth-tone pieces reminded me that this particular installment of “My Favorite Outfit” seemed like the perfect way to kick off April. After all, the leap into spring means summer (fog) is right around the corner—and that means you’ll be needing a scarf wherever you go!

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My Favorite Outfit: Beauty Merchant Elena Leong

It’s a rare moment that I make a big beauty purchase without consulting my good friend Elena Leong. A true beauty buff—and  industry vet—Elena has tested more lotions and potions than you would think were even humanly possible, both on the job and off.

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What I Love About Greece: Baklava, Yogurt, and Korres

View from my desk today: Korres' Spring Lip Collection and Oak Collection, launching mid-February.

Its economy might be tanking, and, sure the country’s been experiencing what might be euphemistically called a bit of social unrest. But from a total American outsider’s perspective, Greece still has these three things going for it: baklava, yogurt, and Korres.

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My Favorite Outfit: Fashion Grad Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith. Photographed on the roof of her NY apartment share by roommate and stylist Rayna Basta.

Caitlin Smith is one of those people who effortlessly oozes style. I knew this when she showed up at my office for an editorial internship at 7×7 a couple years ago, and mere moments after meeting her I knew that she had the gut fashion instinct needed for the job.

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My Winter Beauty Obsession: Benefit’s Bella Bamba Blush

Courtesy of Sephora.com

Benefit’s Bella Bamba boxed blush may be a mouthful, but the dazzling color is definitely worth talking about. So perfect is this universally flattering shade of watermelon pink, Benefit hails it as “a 3D brightening pink face powder”—and I couldn’t agree more.

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All Saints Flagship Store Opens in Union Square (and 25% off sale going on now)

Courtesy of All Saints

If you haven’t stumbled upon the new All Saints store in downtown San Francisco, you’re missing out. The UK retailer opened a gorgeous, two-story flagship in recent weeks, which I wrote about in the December issue of SFIS, on newsstands now.

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Inside the Sephora Employee Sample Sale

There are definite perks to working at an international beauty company, one of them being the annual Sephora Employee Sample Sale that I eagerly partook in for the first time just before Thanksgiving. The sale is more like an epic company-wide event, where tickets are sold weeks in advance for entrance and the chance to score sweet deals on products ranging from high-end hair tools to pricey skin creams that claim to be better than Botox.

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Life at Sephora and My Can’t-Live-Without Concealer

Some time has passed since I last posted, mostly due to the fact that I’ve been getting up to speed at my new job at Sephora, where I recently started as a writer and editor for Sephora.com. While I am a total fashion hound, beauty is not far down on my list of major obsessions, and Sephora has ended up being a really great fit. (Besides, anywhere where painting your nails in the office could be considered serious “on-the-job research” has to be a pretty awesome place to work!)

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Score Chic European Finds at the New MellieJ Showroom

 

Melanie Flood, owner of MellieJ Showroom, in the Mission.

 

MellieJ is one of those inspiring little discoveries in the Mission District that will remind you why it’s cool to live in SF. Open typically to industry buyers by appointment only, the new fashion showroom owned by Nob Hill resident Melanie Flood is like a treasure trove of interesting European brands you’ve never heard of.

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