May 22, 2015

In Pane Sight: Acre/SF

Acre/SF, 301 Union Street.

In the window at Acre/SF: the allure of Blue Bottle Coffee and a cozy sitting space with stylish apparel and accessories at arm’s length is a sight for sore eyes after the near-vertical walk to this North Beach shop’s location. A quick reward comes in the form of an accessories table with Karen Walker sunglasses and Joomi Lim Spike bracelets just through the door.

Well worth the walk, the store beckons with a gorgeous view of the Bay and neatly displayed, contemporary clothing and jewelry by labels such as Cheap Monday, Something Else by Natalie Wood and harder-to-find modern designers splayed out perfectly on wooden racks.

Maybe a bit of a treck for your lunch break? You’ll find a similarly hip aesthetic at Acre/SF’s sister boutique, Acrimony, located at 333 Hayes St in Hayes Valley.

Vintage chairs and racks of magazines welcome you from the window, as does that cute Laugh, Cry, Repeat canvas bag strategically placed in the corner.

Michelle Vale clothing gives a shopping cart unexpected allure.

Photography by Sara Iravani

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In Pane Sight: Picnic

A loose printed skirt and chic sheer button down in the window at Nob Hill's Picnic

In the window at Picnic: just in time for the holiday season, this posh shop’s window got us staring with sumptuous scarves, cozy coats, sweaters to swaddle yourself in by the fire, vintage-inspired housewares, stocking-worthy extras and accessories to compliment your next party dress.

Situated atop Nob Hill, Picnic carries local designers such as She-Bible, ses petites mains, GAMA-GO and jewelry from Zachary Pryor, a.k.a designs, Ofina and Molly M, among many others.

See it for yourself at 1808 Polk St. (between Washington St & Jackson St).

Some of Picnic's apparel and housewares, perfect for gifting!

Perfume perched atop a vintage table

A beautifully detailed butterfly pillow and tree perfect for hanging jewelry

An orange dress cinched with a gold-accented belt is a chic alternative to the holiday season's traditional reds.

Photography courtesy of Rachel Kemp

In Pane Sight: Swankety Swank

Prim and proper dress with pretty print and little white gloves

In the window at Swankety Swank: popping colors, bold blazers, refurbished furniture, trendy housewares and plenty of stylish threads made by local master-craftspeople with the conscious consumer in mind.

Swankety Swank is an artist retail co-op that carries an assortment of locally-made (and reasonably-priced) goods, including Art Furniture by Yabette (founder of Swankety Swank), wearable art by Phoenix Zoellick, Miranda Caroligne’s clothing made from salvaged textiles, deliciously-scented Neives Natural Handmade Bodycare, wild-inspired jewelry by Sexi Seaweed and so much more.

Below, a few quick shots of the shop from our window-stalking adventures.

Clothing for men and women that's handmade by local artisans.

A paint-splattered blazer makes a bold statement.

A modern approach to a 1920s-style hat.

Swankety Swank, located at 289 Divisadero Street, a Panhandle boutique specializing in local, handmade goods.

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

In Pane Sight: Costumes On Haight

Costumes on Haight, between Scott and Pierce streets, is one of the go-to shops for party-going San Franciscans.

Yes, today is Halloween, and no it’s not too late to get with the spirit of the occasion and don a costume– particularly if you stop by Costumes On Haight, the lower Haight Street staple specializing in costumes of all kinds (for sale and for rent), including many gorgeous vintage items, with options from Buffalo Bill to Bonnie and Clyde.

Need something easy and last-minute, but especially horrifying? Go the route of a head-to-toe scary and beastly Bigfoot-type creature with a ripped intestine accessory, or play it safe and pick up a scary clown mask. If your prerogative is more va-va-voom than creepy, the shop has a copious selection of wigs, pasties and sequined accessories.

Costumes on Haight is located at 735 Haight Street and is open 11 am to 7 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 12 pm to 6 pm on Sunday.

The front windows of Costumes on Haight are decorated year-round, but are always extra spooky for Halloween.

A beast and some oh-so-lovely faux entrails decorate one of the shop's windows.

A psychotic clown mask always makes a good impression.

Perhaps a creepy zombie mask is more your style.

Wigs and and sequins for a Halloween filled with sparkle and bright hues.

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

In Pane Sight: Piedmont Boutique

Halloween-worthy sparkles and spangles, wigs and bright hues reign in the window at Piedmont Boutique on Haight Street in San Francisco, CA.

In the window at Piedmont Boutique:  Halloween is just around the corner, and, like every year, the pressure is on to bust out your best, most-ass-kickingest costume ever. So, will you bedazzle yourself silly in sequins, channel your alter ego with a colored wig, get seductive in some sexy stockings or throw on some hot pants and be a disco diva? For any of these, look no further than Piedmont Boutique.

No matter how tame, tacky or straight terrifying your taste may be, you are bound to find something to fulfill your Halloween hopes at this Haight shop. Just look for the giant legs in red heels hanging over Haight. You can’t miss it. But if for some reason you do, Piedmont resides at 1452 Haight Street (cross street: Ashbury).

A twisted take on Miss America, perhaps?

Or a wilder version of Wonder Woman?

Another option: think pink.

The famous Piedmont gams

Photography courtesy of Rachel Kemp 

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