May 29, 2015

Party Seen: Mira Mira DIY Nail Night

Nails were the name of the game at Mira Mira’s recent D.I.Y. Nail Ladies Night, hosted by fashion blogger Santina of StylebySantina and Parris and Kiri of local nail line Pams and Kim. Check out the all the fun that went down at Mira Mira.

Photography by Jennymay Villarete

More San Francisco fashion….

Blogger Spotlight: For Show’s Christina Martinez

Custom-made ring from Mother of Gideon and Sally Hansen press on checkered nails.

Christina wears vintage sweater, striped blouse and coat, Opening Ceremony skirt, Doc Marten shoes, and glasses that belonged to her late Grandpa.

The highlight of a rainy filled week was my venture across the Bay to meet For Show fashion blogger, Christina Martinez. An L.A. transplant, Christina filled me in on Oakland’s style. Read on for her favorite haunts, watering holes and vintage hunting spots in her up-and-coming neighborhood.

Describe your style in three words.

Intelligent, with a sense of humor, and…colorful.

How did you come up with your blog title, “For Show”?

I’ve had a blog in some form forever. In high school it was Diaryland, no one remembers, then a Livejournal, and then Blogspot. I called it “For Show” on purpose, because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it, so I had to make a vague, broad title. I didn’t even start taking photos of myself until last year. It used to just be my photography, Polaroids, and I have this weird thing where if I find a crazy flyer or some strange bum art, I’d scan and upload it.

What drew you to Oakland?

Right now I’m a full time student [at UC Berkeley] studying comparative literature and art history, but I live in Lake Merritt. I’m also a submerged art writer, which is what I do for me.

Are there any differences in Oakland versus San Francisco style?

Well, San Francisco people do dress up. I don’t really see that in Oakland, because it’s a bit more casual. But that doesn’t mean people don’t try. When I go to San Francisco, girls will walk around in heels and dress up at night and I’m naturally an over-dresser. I noticed there is this thing in San Francisco, where it really wants to be a fashionable city, but everyone admires people that don’t try to hard. And I don’t really get that because everyone is trying to look effortless….People in the Bay Area are weird and stylish and have there own thing going on [versus in LA], where its more about being trendy. And I like that.

Do you have a style icon?

Not really, it comes from everywhere. I get totally psyched on people that I see. When I think about it, I have to say old cheesy country stars, like Dolly Parton. 1980’s skateboarders for their colors and gay punks from the 1970s for their attitude. Artists who work hard and just wear New Balances and sweats around. In the end, I want to be known as a writer who dressed well.

Best places for a night on the town?

I usually meet people at Art Murmer, and that’s fun because it’s everything you want when you go out. Usually I’ll keep it casual, meet people for dinner then have drinks at the Ruby Room, which is my favorite bar and right by my house. It’s a little, um, super dark in there. I don’t know, it might be really dirty [laughter]. That and bar 353, which is cleaner and cuter for a glass of wine and conversation.

If you could be any animal what would you be?

Mmmm. I think I’d want to be a really cute dog, but a big one. Because everyone is nice to you, but a little bit scared. That’s kind of evil, but that’s what I think I’d want to be.

Where are your favorite places to shop in Oakland?

Near my house, there are a couple places. A really weird vintage store called Juniper Tree, and I’ve gotten a lot of weird cool things there. There’s Pretty Penny. I get stuff from there all the time. It’s the perfect balance between cool stuff that’s not over priced – and they buy on the weekends. Any place that will buy vintage, I’m all about because I’m constantly recycling things. Mirabel, on Lakeshore Ave., doesn’t have a lot of vintage, but the goal there is unique and eclectic.

For more show and less talk, visit Christina’s fashion blog, For Show.

Photography by Sara Iravani

More San Francisco fashion

Wheel Deal: Calivintage & Public Bikes

Should you need further proof that it is, in fact, possible to wear a cute outfit and ride a bike on the same day, check out this dreamy little video by Jon Brown featuring Bay Area blogger Calivintage on a powder blue cycle from Public Bikes.



Credits: Calivintage Rides In PUBLIC from Jon Brown on Vimeo.

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: All Vintage Everything ft. Fancy Fine & Mousevox

All Vintage Everything drew vintage shoppers to the Mission.

New Generation Vintage had a full collections of bags, shoes, jewelry, clothing on sale for the evening.

Myra Joloya & Lirany Vasquez, the lovely ladies behind DNA (designers+artists) Pop-up shop.

At the recent All Vintage Everything pop-up shop from DNA (designers+artists), shopping and vintage fans turned up at the Sub-Mission Gallery for the clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry from a roster of vendor hosted by local favorites Fancy Fine and Mousevox Vintage.

The Sub-Mission Gallery’s discreet, unsuspecting location was the perfect setting for the pop-up of 10 different Bay Area vendors selling a treasure trove of items.

I bee-lined past the bar in front for the racks and, while perusing one stocked with designer labels and then venturing to other vendor tables, I found a huge assortment of affordable, hand-picked thrifted sundresses, blouses, silk trousers and more.

The sweet selection of goods is no accident.

DNA founders, Myra Joloya & Lirany Vasquez explained:

“We love vintage clothing, and we curate each pop-up shop to host vendors that we are familiar with and like. San Francisco is a hub for some of the best vintage. This shop makes it easier for people to afford designer brands and recycle clothing.”

Didn’t make it this time around? The creative collective organizes four, seasonal pop-up shops a year: one for fall, winter, spring and summer. Stay up to date by visiting the DNA facebook page and continue on for more shots from the night:

A shopper with featured bloggers Ashley Ording of Fancy Fine and Rachel Combs of Mousevox

There was no shortage of leather bags and gorgeous hats at this pop-up.

Clothing and accessories varied in price from well-thrifted steals to designer gems such as this black and red Moschino blazer.

Sellers taking a break to chat about their vintage finds.

Keepsakes and jewelry displayed amongst racks of vintage clothing.

Fashion Blogger Isla Murray and Fancy Fine's Ording share a drink and a few laughs in between clothing racks.

More San Francisco shopping

Photography by Sara Iravani

CrochetBlogger’s Tips for Wearing Crochet

As mentioned at the beginning of January, crochet-happy San Francisco blogger Kathryn Vercillo (a.k.a. @CrochetBlogger) has launched a 365 fashion project for 2012. It’s called 365 Ways to Wear Crochet. Crochet is trendy right now but it’s not always easy to make stylish. By wearing and photographing crochet every day, Kathryn has learned some tricks for making crochet work with a San Francisco wardrobe. Here, she shares five of her tips while goofing around in front of the cam:

1. Crochet cowls work in all types of San Francisco weather.

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