May 30, 2015

Martha Davis Spring-Summer 2015 Preview



Head to Hayes Valley this weekend to take a gander at the always-lovely latest from a San Francisco designer during the Martha Davis Spring Summer Preview.

Among the styles in the current collection are fringe-y handbags, low moccasin-inspired flats and a pair of wedge booties that will make you want to go West and fast.

Worth noting, for sure, regular prices start at $130 for the smallest bag.

Nails, Hair, Fashion: KaoVey’s Romantically Wired

A collision of local fashion, nail art, makeup madness and styling talent sums up the Romantically Wired editorial photo shoot from the FiDi’s Salon KaoVey. With avant garde nail creations courtesy of Wild Orchid Nails Studio’s Sindy Mark, fashion by Justin Jamison and Lana Shapiro’s makeup, the result is a heady mix of urban edge, fantasy and real grit.

Credits: Creative Director/Hair Artist, Kao Vey Saephanh of Salon KaoVey; Director/Nail Specialist, Sindy Mark of Wild Orchid Nails Studio; Photographer, Haleigh Tevini; Designer, Justin Jamison; Makeup Artist, Lana Shapiro; Wardrobe Stylist, Alex Floro; Models, Kao Vey Saephanh, Christina Louis, Sindy Mark, Justin Jamison, Lana Shapiro, Alex Floro and Haleigh Tevini at Salon KaoVey.

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Natural Beauty: Etta and Billie’s Organic Bath and Body Line

It may seem early to start thinking about gifts, but is it really? This week brings us into November, and we’re accustomed to the weeks flying by after that. With that in mind, there’s no time like the present (sorry) to start collecting locally-made giftables for the special people on your list. A current fave: bath and body products from San Francisco’s Etta and Billie.

Made right ‘tchere in the city, the line of sustainably-made soaps, lip balms, exfoliants and moisturizers relies on organic ingredients, as well as fair trade and natural essential oils. You’ll find an eclectic array of scents with appeal for bohemian and strictly modern sensibilities alike. For example, there are products featuring lavender, patchouli and cedarwood. But for the less earthy among us, bitter orange, bergamot ginger and peppermint lime concoctions provide crisp, lively alternatives.

Bringing it all together is the pleasant packaging: holiday soaps arrive in neatly tied bundles wrapped in eco-friendly corrugated cardboard, while the eco-friendly gift box pictured above features a quartet of nicely-labeled goodies. And while it’s what’s inside that counts (of course), the outward appearance makes items from the line even easier to give as stocking stuffers and hostess gifts – or to leave as nice surprises for visiting guests (family or Airbnb!).

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Pretty Sight: Lashfully Grand Opening in San Francisco

Lashfully, Beverly Hills, CA

San Francisco’s Marina district just got a lot more luxurious with the opening of the latest Lashfully, a new destination for eyelash extensions and a dose of glamour. The grand opening event held earlier this month treated guests to lash love and a chance to chat with Lashfully stylists and local beauty fans.

While longer lashes are the main reason to go, Lashfully locations are also known for posh, pretty interiors done up in soothing grays, chandeliers and touches of Old Hollywood-inspired glam. Founded by veteran esthetician Liv Contreras and business partner Matana, Lashfully offers customized eyelash extensions, lash tinting, glamour lashes and makeup services.

Lashfully, Newport Beach, CA

With a bountiful assortment ranging from bright colors to glitter, eyelash options on offer mean many chances to personalize your look, whether it’s for an easygoing night out or a major event. Customers can get anything from a full set of extensions that lasts up to two months to light pieces that last only two to three days.

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Fall Looks from Saffron Rare Threads (+Q&A with Priya)

The Diya dress is flirty and feminine, but as comfy as a pair of sweats.

The versatile Eila dress features a figure flattering Chevron pattern.

The Palika trench offers a short take on a classic silhouette.

Fresh out with its fall collection and busy planning a fall cocktail party and fashion show to be held in San Francisco next week, Saffron Rare Threads is continuing to build on its rep as a Financial District haven for women seeking polished, professional, yet original apparel that’s made in San Francisco. We caught up with longtime local designer Priya Saraswati to discuss her label, inspired by the world’s most coveted spice.

Tell us about the fall collection photo shoot. Where was it shot and why did you choose the location? I wanted the San Francisco couple with a cute guy, very in love and very urban. When my photographer Billy Winters was previewing the collection, he saw the fabrics and decided on North Beach.

You’ve been designing your line since 2004. How has being in San Francisco helped develop the aesthetic of Saffon Rare Threads over the years? It has mostly influenced things like fabric choices or silhouettes. For example, we sold maxi dresses with sleeves this summer because there aren’t many opportunities here to wear a sun dress. Instead of doing long, wool coats, we’ll do a shorter, herringbone trench because it speaks more to our customer.

Speaking of your customer, how would you describe the Saffron Rare Threads woman? Our customer is (usually) a working professional woman, working moms, women who do not have a lot of time to go shopping. We have a personal relationship with our customers. Even on our buying trips, we have customers in mind. We’ll wonder about taking a chance on something and then list six customers off the top of our heads that would be into the style.

How has the brand changed and progressed over the years? When I first started out, I was doing really “matchy-matchy” suits and now that has turned into a cute pair of shorts and a matching vest that a girl will wear with tights, booties and a little chunky sweater. People are dressing more casually, and we have to accomodate that.

Any favorite pieces from the fall collection? The Eila dress is just a great piece. It’s a great print and will just work well on every body type. We carry sizes from XS to XL. I fit myself (an extra small), and we just go up from there. We want every customer to feel there is something here for them.

Want to see it for yourself? Stop by Saffron Rare Threads on Friday October 19th for the label’s fall cocktail party and fashion show. Check out the SF Indie Fashion Calendar for more info.

Photography by Billy Winters for Saffron Rare Threads

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