This Is What Happens When Veuve Cliquot Invites You to Dinner

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Last week, Veuve Cliquot hosted a dinner at Namu Gaji, a new-ish Korean restaurant in the Mission on Dolores. The food was amazing, and each dish was paired with a type of champagne, from vintage to rose. If you drink that much champagne and don’t feel hungover the next day, it’s clearly a testament to the quality of said champagne. It was such a fun night (despite my minor outfit regrets). I saw one of my oldest SF friends, Sarah Sung of Urban Daddy (above), new-ish (though it feels like we’ve known each other a long time!) friends Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things, Angela Tafoya of Refinery 29, Anh of 9to5 Chic, and Chanda Stacker of Pancake Stacker, and made some brand new friends. I was seated next to Dana Eastland of Tablehopper (who coined “Veuve Marigold” as the champagne’s trademark yellow) and Darya Pino Rose of Summer Tomato, who recently published the book Foodist. I loved our conversation about food, dogs, raccoons and wedding dresses and hope to dine with them again soon. Here’s a peek at what went down. Cheers!
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The New Fiat Lux Lookbook Is a Little Bit NSFW and a Lot Stunning

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Photos by Aubrie Pick, illustration by Lauren Napolitano

Alexei Angelides and Marie McCarthy, the betrothed team behind San Francisco jewelry store Fiat Lux (218 Church Street, San Francisco), were the subjects of one of the first features I did as editor at Racked SF. We had previously collaborated on a post on this site, but didn’t meet in person until the day of the Racked shoot (shot by Aubrie Pick as was the lookbook which you see before you).
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A Fast and Furious Denim Affair

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I haven’t been buying clothes for myself all that much in the past two years. I’ve bought some of vintage, and a new item here and there, but compared to before Frida came into our home, I’m like an Amish person. I have my uniforms that I wear over and over again, and the funny thing is I don’t even mind. I’ve purged my closet several times, selling stuff at Crossroads Trading Company Threadflip, and Poshmark and sending them off to the Score! Pop-Up Swap. And it feels pretty good to have tamed my previously over-indulgent self.

That must be why I’ve barely taken off these Goldsign “The Stevie” jeans since I bought them recently at Rand and Statler in Hayes Valley. I mean it’s kind of a problem. They are all I want to wear, to a fault. You’ve already seen them here, and there I am above wearing them at the park with the little missy. I rather like my Canadian tuxedo look, but I can’t say the same for all of my recent ensembles involving these jeans.
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Getting Fired, Growing Older: Gifts That Keep on Giving

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When you write a blog post about how you got fired, then get tons of supportive and kind comments from friends, colleagues, former colleagues and family members, it will feel super cathartic. You’ll feel a bit euphoric for a while. You might even say to yourself: “Man! I’m psyched I got fired!” You might get some employment offers—you did not see that coming.

And then one day you’ll walk into a press-only area at a huge music festival in your city, whereupon a former colleague will exclaim: “How’d you get in?” Other members of the press will look askance (You’ll find out later she sincerely meant no malice. She can’t help it if getting canned has made you a crazy-sensitive person.).
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Swap Clothes With Me on Thursday!

This Thursday, August 21 starting at 5pm, the SOMA StrEat Food Park will be THE place to grab some numminee(TM) for dinner, as well as a great place to snag some of my clothing for free! I’m a style partner with Score! Pop Up Swap, which is a charitable organization that throws clothing swaps, then donates the proceeds to charity.

Just buy a ticket for $10 (or $17 if you’d like a tote bag), then show up at the StrEat Food Park on Thursday with some clothes you’re no longer into. Other folks will do the same, and chances are you’ll love something they can’t even bear look at anymore and vice versa. Money from ticket sales goes to Hack the Hood, which provides design and technical training to low-income youth, who then use their skills to support local businesses and non-profits in the Bay Area.

You can also swap music, art supplies, housewares, books and other media. Check out the inside of my closet in the video to see if you might want a piece of that action.

Azalea Opens a Second Shop on Valencia Street in SF Today

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Here’s some good news for a Friday: Azalea, a must-shop clothing boutique for men and women at 411 Hayes Street that’s been in business for more than a decade, TODAY opened a sister shop at 956 Valencia Street! Be one of the first to shop the new digs on this gorgeous, sunny day. Look for brands including Alexander Wang, Comme Des Garcons, Naked and Famous, Obey and lots more.

Azalea’s new retail website is also pretty great. Happy shopping!

What if This Chocolate Peanut Butter Madness Were an Outfit?

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chocolate madness at chocolands Are you familiar with Chocolands at the Outside Lands Music Festival? It’s exactly what it sounds like: a land filled with chocolate, and decorated with chocolate-dipped strawberry skull lanterns hanging from the trees. It’s a delightful place. We went for the Sharona’s chocolate covered brownie, and the handmade peanut butter cup and omg we didn’t regret it. I ate half of the brownie, stashed the rest in my bag, and was SUPER excited to munch on that on the long shuttle ride home. And so I got to thinking, what if this deliciousness were an outfit? The above is what came to mind, and I kind of want everything, especially that Rachel Pally dress. Shop the look below!

Fiat Lux Gold Cuts rings, $55, for all other items shop below!

Check out my other Outside Lands posts about street style, old school find my friends techniques, what to wear, and how to get the most out of the festival.

Jenny Lewis, The Flaming Lips, Janis Joplin, and Festival Style at Outside Lands 2014

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Hello! I think I am finally recovered from Outside Lands 2014, and here are some festival style shots I snapped, as well as a couple from performances. My favorites were Jenny Lewis, Flaming Lips, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Petty (he sang Friend of the Devil on the anniversary of Jerry’s death, tears), Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan & Sarah, Phosphorescent, Grouplove, and Holy Ghost! (whom I’d never heard before!).

I was having a difficult time finding great fest style this year—I was looking for folks who are really owning their look, not just donning a flower crown and maxi dress because it was the thing to do. But apparently I wasn’t looking hard enough because Refinery 29 found some amazing styles (including yours truly!). Anyway, without further ado, here are the photos. Can’t wait for next year!
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What to Wear to Outside Lands Music Festival 2014: Shop Your Closet

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Outside Lands 2012, yes it was that cold. Photo by Jesus Diaz.

So you haven’t had a chance to go shopping for that perfect Outside Lands outfit? Well, the fest starts tomorrow, so it’s time to start shopping your closet. But don’t worry, you probably have most of these things lying around, possibly unworn for years. Time to break out those pieces and make them new to you. But if you feel like your closet is hopeless, don’t despair. I’ve included local shopping recommendations where you can find key items. Happy outfitting! See you at the park!
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How to Get the Most Out of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival

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I’ve been hauling myself to Outside Lands for at least 5 years now. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it—I love the bands, the food, the venue, and the sheer joy of running around at an outdoor music festival like a kid. Things I don’t love: the parking, the confusing weather (even for SF natives!), sore feet, crazy crowds, trying to see three bands I love who are all playing at the same time, the utter exhaustion after day 2. So here are some tips that will mitigate the misery of Outside Lands and highlight the fun.
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