May 28, 2015

How to Apply Nail Foils + Unique Designs from a Local

Black and white dots in an all-over graphic print

Nail foils are gaining traction as a quick, not to mention cheap, way to get a wildly patterned mani at home. Selections can be small at local drugstores, meaning you might end up with the same print as the chick next to you on Muni. To the rescue: limited edition non-metallic nail foil sets from Mariposa Allure in designs that range from graphic dots to Halloween-themed ghosts and ghouls.

Launched in September, the San Mateo-based company offers European-made foil sets ($9.99 for hands, $12.99 for toes) in over 30 designs. Yes, there’s animal print. And python, as well as girlie flowers and sporty soccer balls. Each comes with 20 foils sized for different nail beds, a cuticle stick and a file to shape them into place.  A less expensive, just-for-teens line made to fit smaller nails is in the works.

For those new to the nail foil process, it’s pretty simple, but there are a few key tips you can use during the application process, which takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Mariposa Allure founder Veronica Maldonado gave us a few tips:

“Make sure the nail is completely clean of old nail polish. Then apply a clear coat. I find this helps a lot to ‘glue’ the foils together with the nail bed. Apply the product as close as possible to cuticle without touching skin. File off the excess and apply another coat of clear, and you are done,” she advises.

To view designs, visit the online shop.

Sets for your toes let you match hands and feet.

This Halloween set featuring skulls and stars - like all sets - comes with 20 different foils in different sizes. You choose the foil that best fits each finger and file into shape.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

Design, music, free hugs, sunshine, and a do-it-yourself attitude were on display at Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill during Sunday’s Indie Mart, where local designers show off wares ranging from to tiny top hats to hardcore harnesses for Bay Area shoppers, all while supporting the Kelly Malone Cancer Fund (all donations went to the fund).

Indie designers, vintage scourers, artists, screenprinters, DJs, bands, fresh cupcakes, cheap beer and five dollar tee-shirts were all to be found at the latest Indie Mart, along with costumed revelers on their way to the Burning Man Decompression party. The weather was lovely, and everyone seemed happy to be out of doors after all the unseasonal rain we’ve had recently.

A row of bikes created a fence outside the Indie Mart entrance.

A wooden rack of recycled clothing at the One-Of-A-Kind booth.

Skull earrings, geometric necklaces and vintage apparel by Alexandria Vaun

Accessories occupy a vintage suitcase courtesy of Resurrect Designs

Making a statement with Le Petit Hats

Vintage Vantage's closeout sale, with five dollar tees and free hugs

Handmade jewelry and keychains by Big Things

Tees silk screened by hand from Mary Weather.

San Francisco-inspired designs on tees by Amos Goldbaum

Leather harness and leather cuffs by Skins On Skins.

"Magic is Real" necklaces and other accessories from Alchemilla by Jen Lorang

Leather bags and goods adorned with automobile details from Black Heart Industries

In the spirit of Halloween, face masks by One-Of-A-Kind

Rooster necklace by Rock Candy Jewelry Design

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Photography courtesy of Alexandra Naughton

Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Capsule Design Festival

Sunshine, music, and a fashionable spirit filled the air of Hayes Valley on Sunday for the Capsule Design Festival outdoor market, featuring 130 independent and local designers. Thanks to the gorgeous and warm late-summer day, seemingly everyone in the neighborhood was out and about to partake in the fun.

Clothing for men, women, children and pets dominated the majority of the booths, although there were quite a few vendors selling jewelry, accessories, handmade paper products and goods for the home.

The defining factor? Participating sellers are chosen based on their originality in design and sustainability. Below, highlights from the event:

Local musicians convene for park side melody-making.

Danielle "the dressmaker" Pettee poses with her designs.

Colorful collars for our furry friends by Usagi Team

Eco Fashions Recycled Candy Wrappers purses

Pretty vintage-inspired dress by Effie's Heart

"Good grammar is sexy" and other Studio Nico goodies at The Workshop's booth

Hayes street throw pillow by Casa Murriguez

The sun was out and the sky was exceptionally clear in Hayes Valley on Sunday.

Disguise kit for kids at the Kira booth

Kiu Designs' custom made handbags

Free mustache photos, courtesy of Scoutmob

One-of-a-kind pins, totes, accessories and crafts by Random Nicole

Polka-dots and Asian-inspired dresses by Rebe

Brightly-hued socks from Rockn Socks

Ring holder made from vintage teacups by Who Made It

Fun and funny greeting cards by The Workshop

Photography courtesy of Alexandra Naughton

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Alexandra is a San Francisco writer with a passion for style and creativity. You can find her on Twitter @theTsaritsa


We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Indie Mart

A gorgeous sunny summer Sunday, a slew of designers and a crowd hungry for beer and D.I.Y. set the stage for last weekend’s Indie Mart at Thee Parkside in lower Potrero. After an eight-month hiatus, the well-attended event, a fundraiser for founder Kelly Malone’s ongoing cancer treatments, was back with gusto and a serious assortment of independent designers displaying their latest.

We strolled through the outdoor market, past groups eagerly hovering over the make-your-own terrarium table and digging into locally-made edibles near the entrance, to find a pop-up from on-the-move shop Shotwell, new work from designer Mariele Williams, a selection of super bargain-priced samples from Turk + Taylor, cute onesies and tees from Animal Instincts, tribal necklaces from Rachael Kinsey Designs and striking steel earrings from Push Pull Designs, among many others.

Below, a few pics from our adventure.

Mariele Williams shows off accessories from her Mariele Ivy line.

Williams creates necklaces, headpieces and earrings that combine natural materials, chains and antique sensibilities.

Notably on-trend for fall, tribal elements were easy to spot in jewelry from Rachel Kinsey Designs.

While prepping for its new space to open, Shotwell brought a selection of offerings, including lots of vintage pieces, to the event.

As for the new location's opening date, we were told it could be any moment, though there is still some building out to do. So keep your eyes trained on the shop's Facebook page if you're one of the many waiting with baited breath.

Animal Instincts owner Jamai Lowell with his apparel line featuring original sketches, many of which include San Francisco icons. As you might guess, we're big fans of the Sutro design and its "play locally" missive.

The Turk + Taylor crew: designers Mark Lee Morris and Andrew Soernsen with friend Camilla Thompson.

Jewelry from Push Pull Designs achieves its bright-meets-rugged look by using pigment and rust on thin steel shapes.

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We Came, We Saw, We Shopped: Renegade Craft Fair

Inside Fort Mason

In a time of easy access to how-to videos and blogs, major craft fairs might only serve as inspiration for whatever your next D.I.Y. project might be. But walk inside the Renegade Craft Fair, and you’ll quickly learn that craft has gone far beyond the basics. Recycled book covers turned into laser-etched butterfly pins? Check. A necktie made out of wood? Check.

At the Fort Mason show last weekend, more than 200 vendors brought a variety of booths, filled with everything from incredibly detailed jewelry and hand painted dinnerware sets to funky screen-printed tees. Not only did this installment of the Renegade Craft Fair reveal that flare and innovation are still alive in today’s saturated D.I.Y. market, but the free-to-attend event also made the latest in craft accessible to all.

Here are a few shots of what we found at the Renegade Craft Fair:

Stone & Honey

Teresa Robinson from Stone & Honey


Carie Saxl

Laura Bruland from Yes & Yes Designs

Erin Feller


Linea Carta

Christopher Steinrueck from Wood Thumb

Photography by Lindsay Harte