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.

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The Chronicle’s New Style Section, Plus What’s Hot in Hayes Valley

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday Style section is re-launching this spring with a new look as it merges with its shinier cousin SFIS, the pullout style monthly the Chronicle has published in limited circulation. The marriage will hopefully result in a better, glossier weekly that will have a more design-y feel, added  color, and high-profile features on fashion, people, parties, and design.

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Rachel Zoe and Lauren Conrad: My Brush with the Queens of Reality TV

Rachel Zoe. Photography courtesy of QVC.

Are there any kindred spirits out there who obsess over  Bravo’s reality TV series “The Rachael Zoe Project?” While half the time I’m glued to the tube shaking my head thinking “I cannot believe she said/did/wore that,” I also can’t help but drool over the countless racks of designer clothes and shoes that show up in every episode, and the endless parade of celebrities. It’s eye candy— at its finest.

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Get Katy Perry’s Pinup Glam Look

Photo by Frank Micelotta/FOX

You’d be hard-pressed to open up a magazine, turn on the radio, or switch on the TV, for that matter, without seeing or hearing about pop princess Katy Perry. The media darling is everywhere, including the San Francisco Chronicle, where I wrote a story about Perry’s vintage-inspired style and put together a more affordable look using her Moschino Cheap & Chic cherry-print dress as inspiration. Check out the Style story here on sfgate.com, and be sure to look out for more of my celeb fashion reports for the Chronicle on Lauren Conrad and Rachel Zoe this coming Sunday!

Tips on Dressing for the Job Hunt

In the market for a new job? Or need inspiration for freshening up your work week wardrobe? Click here to read my cover story “Dressing for Interview Success” in today’s San Francisco Chronicle.

Bigger, Better Beauty Company in Russian Hill

Beauty Company's new storefront in Russian Hill.

Beauty buffs will be happy to learn that the former pint-size Beauty Company in Russian Hill has relocated to a bigger, brighter space less than a block away on Polk Street. The new boutique will still carry everything a beauty-obsessed heart could desire, from staple brands such as Kerastase, Wella, and Pureology to more exotic products by La Lavande, Propoline, Roger & Gallet and Apivita, among a ton of others.

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Fashion Dispatch from Paris: What is Hyeres?

Courtesy of Hyeres 2010 International Festival de Mode et Photographie

I’m in Paris for the next nine days before heading to the South of France to cover the 25th annual International Festival de Mode et Photographie in the city of Hyeres for the San Francisco Chronicle.

With all the chaos happening for the past week in Europe, caused by that now infamous and insanely-hard-to- pronounce Icelandic volcano, my husband and I were anticipating that our working vacation might be postponed. But as good luck would have it, we left without a hitch on one of the first flights out of San Francisco to Charles de Gaul, which finally reopened this morning. (It was obvious that a crowd of anxious Europeans who had been stranded abroad were on our flight when the plane erupted in lively chatter and applause as we touched down.)

Although not widely covered by the American fashion press, the upcoming festival in Hyeres (pronounced ee-AIR), which takes place from April 30 to May 3, is an influential fashion festival and competition that showcases up-and-coming talent from abroad, and has served as a launching pad for such designers as Swedish knitwear designer Sandra Backlund and women’s- and men’s wear designer Henrik Vibskov of Denmark. Viktor & Rolf are Festival d’Hyeres alumni, having won the prize in 1993.

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