My Favorite Outfit: Society Columnist/Photographer Moanalani Jeffrey


Moanalani Jeffrey photographed in her Nob Hill home with Jacques, her French bulldog. Photography by Clarine Wong.

Moanalani Jeffrey is the only person I know who can juggle shooting a party with a hefty camera while chatting up guests, taking notes, and teetering on four-inch stilettos–all with a brilliant smile. The society columnist for the SF Examiner and an event photographer about town, Jeffrey has an inimitable glam-it-up style that suits her ebullient personality. Whether she’s “click-click-clicking” her way through a Hollywood shindig or chasing after her next subject onto the dance floor, this trendsetting Hawaii-native always has the right mix of fabulous fashion meets practical function for her high-energy job.

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French Designer Shourouk Takes Statement Jewelry to Another Level

Last night I had a really fun chat with French accessory designer Shourouk Rhaiem, who’s in town to fete the launch of her spring/summer 2011 collection tonight.

The event is happening at La Boutique, one of my truly favorite SF-meets-Europe boutiques, where owner Carole Harari has transformed the shop to look like a little piece of Rhaiem’s atelier in the chic Marais district of Paris.

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Recalling Some of My Funniest Fashion Interviews

I’m typically the one asking the questions. So when friend and SF publicist Donna Berry Glass asked me to be interviewed for Landis Communications’ Meet the Media” feature, I was reminded of the challenge of being on the flip side. It turned out to be a fun exercise– and a jog down memory lane of some of my most hilarious, not to mention unconventional, fashion interviews. Here’s the mini Q&A that published yesterday. (Thanks Donna … and Landis!)

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The Quest for the Perfect Black Summer Trousers

People are always shocked when I tell them we have a color-based dress code at Sephora. The rules dictate that we dress “in concept,” even at the corporate offices, which in Sephora-speak means we are to wear black, gray, red, and/or white Mondays through Thursdays in the office. The limitation is actually a real test of my fashion creativity. It forces me to play with textures and details. It also means I have about a half-dozen pairs of black slacks of varying lengths and fabrications in rotation in my closet.

Daughters of the Liberation Coxswain Crop Pants, $88, at Anthropologie. Photo courtesy of Anthropologie.com.

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Design Watch: The Best of the SF Capsule Festival

Summery street style from SF's Capsule Design Festival on May 1, 2011. All photos by Edric Itchon.

It’s a rare moment when it’s sunny enough for San Franciscans to unearth  sundresses, straw hats, and even parasols from their all-season closets. But that’s what happened this weekend at the Capsule Design Festival in Hayes Valley. From crafters of one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry to masters of the letterpress, here are the photo-worthy scenes, on-trend fashions, and designers to watch from this festive, bi-annual event.

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Happily Knackered by the Royal Wedding Craze (Pardon my British)

William and Kate's balcony kiss seals the deal at Buckingham Palace. Courtesy of The Daily Beast.

Clearly, I underestimated my appetite for the whole royal wedding bonanza. Knackered as I was walking to work downtown yesterday, I passed by Fog City’s newsstand, brimming with Will and Kate covers, which immediately caught my attention.

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Weekend Shopping Alert: James Perse Sample Sale

I was walking to BART after work today when this sign stopped me in my tracks. I had missed last year’s cameo appearance by the James Perse sample sale in SoMa  (near Montgomery and Howard) when I happily stumbled upon this new location. Turns out the sale had just popped up in another spot in the Financial District.

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SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park Event Comes to San Francisco

SELF's Workout In the Park (Chicago). Photos courtesy of SELF magazine.

A nice little “side effect” of having tunnel vision about bathing suit season is my sudden and frequent bouts of wanderlust resulting in searches for tropical places to vacation (hopefully in the near future!). I’m more than a little addicted right now to scouring Jetsetter for, say, a boutique hotel deal in Zihuatanejo (it’s in Mexico, for those of you who, like me, had no idea until this morning) or a decadent spa retreat in Bali. The photos on this travel site are so luxuriously dreamy that I nearly hit the “buy” button every time I log in.

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Fashion Outtakes from the Ellie Goulding SF Show

It’s always a fun challenge interviewing people about fashion who aren’t in the business of fashion. They tend to give you unexpected answers and a fresh take on how “non-industry” people think about (or don’t think about) trends and putting together their own special look. Somehow the interviews tend to be a little more raw and a little less predictable.

British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding was no exception. Sipping on a cup of tea when I arrived at her W Hotel suite, she seemed exhausted from touring, but  still managed to rally on the last night of her tour, give me some thoughtful  answers to my battery of style questions for the Chronicle, and later perform an electric set.

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Swimsuit Season Has Arrived. Masala Bhangra … anyone?

It’s swimsuit season. I know this, even though it’s still erratically cold and rainy in SF, because every fashion and beauty email list I’m subscribed to reminds me on a daily basis that I need to shop for/fit into/agonize over my next swimwear purchase.

Courtesy of Roxy.com

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