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January 15

Take Me To San Francisco

By Ella Miista
San Francisco. It's a city of steep streets, colourful houses and amazing food. It's a city where you'll never struggle to find something out of the ordinary. The tech central it is, you might randomly bump into Mark Zuckerberg. You could stalk buffalo that roam Golden Gate Park. You might even unknowingly walk into a festival of some sort or another that involves lots of booze and dressing up in costume. If you have one day to spend in Golden City, make Mission your first mission. Take a walk down the Valencia street corridor and pop into some of the best stores for fashion, furniture, and amusement. Grab a coffee at Four Barrel, cruise down the street and enter Voyager for new threads. Poke around at Paxton Gate for something different. Among the more usual things you can find their taxidermy selection. It's bound to be something other than your standard high street experience. Grab a delicious dessert from Tartine and plop yourself down in Dolores Park to take in the views. When you've soaked up enough sun and Pabst out of a paper bag, head on over to the Dogpatch. Enjoy a pizza at Piccino and if there's still room in your stomach, top it off with a crazy ice cream flavour at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous. If ice cream isn't your thing, the original Hells Angels hangout Dogpatch Saloon isn't far away either. Come nightfall, take the muni (which is SF speak for their public transportation) over to the Embarcadero and watch the twinkling lights dance on the Bay Bridge. Between all the foodie delights and little shops of curiosities you can also find a number of boutiques that stock Miista. Always there to up your shoe game is Gimme Shoes. They focus on a lot of Italian made products (but obviously also on Spanish!) and stock their share of classic styles. There's a good mix of brands from Timberland to Dries Van Noten, and of course yours truly. Piper's Shoe Parlor is another treat for the shoe lovers. The shop has stood on Haight Street, the centre of San Francisco's hippie neighbourhood for over 20 years, though in its current form it's been going since last spring. Kipling Rowe bought the shop in April 2014 from its previous owners. In less than a month she turned it into a constantly evolving shoe haven for guys and gals alike. If you'd like to update the rest of your look while at it, Capulet hosts a real mix of things; exactly the place to build an outfit. The tiny little boutique is run by Lauren who is on a constant hunt for new designers. Shop Acrimony stocks 'the best, the coolest, and nothing else.' Naturally you can find our shoes there. Jenny travels the world from show to show, always hunting down the most amazing things to have at the shop. It's a destination for the rad. Then there's Voyager who keeps exploring the California cool, always taking it further. Only enter if you're willing to risk discovering something you couldn't possibly live without. Meanwhile, fashion bloggers have taken over the world. So, before running off to the shops to transform our wardrobes, we got in touch with a few that hail from San Francisco. Who better to give tips and define the local style than native Cali girls anyway? Let's meet Tina, Jennifer and Jess who will be sharing their SF insight with us. IMG_3083 Tina is a lawyer slash fashion blogger, a power woman if there ever was one. She's casual, chic and always fun. She's definitely also mega funny. jennifer 2 Jennifer has temporarily left SF for New York to study fashion at Parson's. She's a girly girl, her dress sense wandering between the edgy, romantic and playful. jess 2 Jess doesn't actually live in San Francisco anymore - originally from Sacramento, now based in LA, the jewelry designer has lived there in the past and identifies with the style. Minimal, casual, monochrome and menswear are the keys to her style; all of it influenced by her native California. What defines the San Fransisco style? Tina: San Francisco style is fresh, clean and cool. There's so much diversity in this city that you can go one mile in any direction and see amazing street style. From professionals, to hipsters, to the trendy set, there's a little bit of everyone here. Jennifer: I would describe the way people generally dress in California as being casual, laid back, fun, and relaxed. San Francisco, in particular, I feel has a more refined and dressier look to reflect the metropolitan lifestyle, yet it still manages to maintain the iconic ease of California style! Jess: LAYERS. In SF you never know what the weather will be. It changes drastically based on the time of day or the neighborhood you are in. I always do jeans, a t-shirt, a sweater and a jacket. You must always be prepared to add or subtract layers. jess 4 Best things to do in SF? Jess: Have tea or coffee at Blue Bottle in Heath Ceramics, go for dim sums at Yank Sing or grab a bite at Mission Beach Café, pop into Miette for a dessert. Lands End, Golden Gate Park/Conservatory of Flowers, Moma and De Young are the best places for art and culture, and Dolores Park and Hayes Valley are the best hangout spots. Jennifer: Going vintage shopping on Haight Ashbury (My personal favorite stores are Wasteland and Held Over), having bonfires celebrations at Ocean Beach, and eating at Spices, this amazing Taiwanese/Szechuan restaurant that I have loved ever since my parents discovered the restaurant a few years ago! Tina: Getting a Mission burrito, walking the dog along the Embarcadero at sunset, picking the best fresh cold-pressed juice to get on any given day, hitting 100 balls at the Presidio Driving Range/Golf Course and people watching at just about any coffee shop on a Sunday afternoon. jennifer 4 Three must-have items in any SF girl's wardrobe? Jennifer: A fashionable backpack to take on the go, a lace bralette, and a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans. Tina: Sweaters are a must, a great black coat, and a pair of cool and comfy booties. Jess: Black leather bootie! A nice block heel boot with a few inches for a night out, because with the hills of SF stilettos just don't work. A denim jacket is the best top layer – enough to not make you too hot but heavy enough to keep the wind out; and a leather tote. A SF tech girl needs to carry around her laptop in style. IMG_3095 jess 3 Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 10.01.01 We're sending love from London - live up the California dream!
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