May 24, 2015

Snap Judgment: Hand-Dyed Galaxy Leggings

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: The spacey fun and nice price of the Hand-Dyed Galaxy Leggings, $25, by San Francisco’s The Littlest Feather. Each one-of-a-kind pair transitions from peach to splattered navy designed to look lifted from the cosmos.

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How to Rock Local Gear at Outside Lands

What to Wear to Oustide Lands

San Francisco’s music event of the summer is here: Outside Lands is bringing awesome bands, performers and local food vendors to Golden Gate Park this weekend. Why not show off the best the city has to offer with a killer outfit built from locally-designed pieces?

Ladies, try staying warm in a cozy Micaela Greg sweater. Let your jewelry be fun and functional with a map necklace to keep you from getting lost and a watch to make sure you see your favorite sets on time. Gentlemen, take in the tunes in mocs from Taylor Stitch and keep the fog at bay with a jacket from local denim maker Tellason.

Check our list below to find the goods pictured above. Need something else for San Francisco’s (colder and foggier) version of Coachella? Head to BeGood Clothing, who’ll be hosting an Outside Lands sale on all the new shop’s festival-worthy gear.

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San Francisco Map necklace, $24.

Micaela Greg Diamond Lace sweater, $308.

501 Original Fit Levi’s jeans, $78.

Taylor Stitch Red Patterned Chambray shirt, $125.

Convert + Jeffery Campbell Montauk sandal, $110.

Paolo Brown Buckle Ankle boots, $259.

Camilla Olson Silk-Chiffon Marigold scarf, $140.

Amour Vert Maxine Grey Stripes maxi dress, $114.

Ladies Steampunk Watch with Clockworks, $150.

Sarah Tejada Godfried bag, $176.

4sight unisex sunglasses, $49.

Young Love Outfitters Live Loud tote, $15.

Tellason Coverall jacket, $220.

Taylor Stitch Grey & Black California Bear Ballcap, $45.

Taylor Stitch Summer Linen Plaid shirt, $125.

Tellason Ankara Straight Leg jean, $198.

Green Chromexel Camp Moc (at Taylor Stitch), $230.

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Snap Judgment: Summer Blue Pearl & Flower Statement Necklace

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: a romantic statement necklace with turquoise blue beads and a delicate fabric flower, $22.00, handmade and crafted by San Francisco’s Snobish Design, a local maker of affordable modern, bridal and custom accessories capable of complementing a summer dress anywhere from a backyard BBQ to a night out with that special someone.

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Will San Francisco Millinery Die? That May Be Up to You.

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House of Nines Design is an independent, high-end hat design business by San Francisco’s Tricia Roush and one of the many local small businesses in the running for the Chase/Living Social Mission: Small Business program, whose voting ends June 30. Roush hopes to keep San Francisco millinery alive and well by opening a House of Nines Design shop in San Francisco. Like many local designers, she’s hoping for your vote to get her project off the ground.

Here’s the backstory: Over the past few years, hats have made a big splash in the fashion world. Who can forget Princess Eugenie’s blush colored Philip Treacy 3-D bow headpiece at the Royal Wedding? An extended global tour of Stephen Jones‘ anthology exhibition shows how hats have recaptured the fashion spotlight. Locally, many of Jean Paul Gaultier’s headpieces are on display at the de Young Museum. But even with so much attention on hats and milliners these days, San Francisco’s designer hat shops are dwindling. In early 2012, there were only four high-end local designer hat shops in the City. One of them is now gone, and Roush tells us that two others are currently preparing to close. Roush hopes to fill the local hat void by opening a House of Nine Design shop.

House of Nines Design sells foxy headwear throughout the country, online and by appointment. Described as “fancy hats for the fearless,” Roush’s individually-shaped, handmade designs are blend the artistic, whimsical and playful. She mixes modern and traditional techniques while using materials such as ribbon sourced from other small businesses and rare vintage veiling. The hats also include handcrafted trims made by Roush.

Roush designs three ready-to-wear collections per year (spring/summer, fall/winter, and bridal) along with custom pieces upon request. Prices range from $200-$1000. You’ll find additional shots of her work online in her etsy shop. Check out the gorgeous hats on her.

But back to the grant. Chase and Living Social have teamed up to offer 12 $250K grants to small businesses through Mission: Small Business. You may have heard of the program, as many local designers and small businesses are vying for the grants. The application process is intense, requiring extensive essays and a thorough business plan. Applicants also need at least 250 votes from the public by June 30 to be considered. The winners will be announced on September 15. Find out more information on the House of Nines Design blog, including how to vote for Roush or others in the running.

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7 Sweet & Local Etsy Mother’s Day Finds

It’s always tough to find something for the World’s Greatest Mother, but you can do it. We suggest something thoughtful, perhaps useful, but most importantly, aesthetically pleasing. We found seven sweet Mother’s Day gifts made by locals in our recent etsy adventures:

Some etsy sellers may even be willing to allow local pick-up, so you can still grab a unique gift in time for Sunday. Just message the seller and ask before you buy.

1. Parisian Macaron Variety Gift Set, $20

Show your undying love with a 15-piece set of assorted macarons. Each comes with five flavors and is completely gluten-free. You’ll have Mom eating out of the palm of your hand.

2. Teal Maiden Succulent Hanging Terrarium , $34.99

There are fruit fads (acai, pomegranate…), but these days it’s the succulent terrarium leading the way in trendy house decor. This low maintenance and personalized orb will withstand any not-so-green thumbs it may come into contact with it: it only needs attention every week or so.

3. Antique Jewelry Stand, $95.50

Store jewelry or serve tiny treats in a charming way. This stand is handmade usingnew and antique dishes. Adding to the versatility, the top knob is magnetic and can be removed to slip rings on for easy storage.

4. Hand Crafted Rubber Heart Stamp , $9.95

Give mom a personalized love note or cards with this rubber stamp set or gift her the stamp. She’ll have a new outlet to share her love for you after your next uh-oh incident.

5. Sunset Moth Framed Insect Art, $38

Maybe you’ve given Mom the same three things over the past 10 years. Mix it up this time around with a framed butterfly display made by a profesh entomologist (serious bug experts).

6. Aqua Mint, Vintage Inspired Earrings, $18.50

Maybe the best way to your mother’s heart is through jewelry? Try a pair of vintage-inspired earrings with Amazonite stones hung below antique floral and stem filigrees.

7. Personalized Hand Stamped Tokens, $42

Sure, new moms these days are quick to buy necklaces personalized with the names of their kids. Treat your mom to the trend and remind her that she’s got a permanent fan club by gifting her with a hand-stamped sterling tag necklace. You can dress it up by switching out the chain.

Whatever you choose, we hope this gift guide helps you find the perfect something for that awesome mom of yours.

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