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if you're going to san francisco...

no, ac and i won't be wearing flowers in our hair but we will be renting a convertible mini cooper (i love zipcar) and washing the brooklyn out of our hair for a few days. we're headed to san francisco until sunday (to housesit for a fellow blogger) so i'll be back on monday with regular posting [if you have any good shoe shopping recs please feel free to leave them below!]. until then i hope you all have a wonderful week and check out some of the sites on the blogroll (down on the left hand side of the blog) if you need a quick design fix.

also, if you're in san francisco this friday, june 29, come by the (super laid back) d*s meet up. a group of my favorite bay area designers will be stopping by and ac and i hope you can swing by and have a drink with us. nothing fancy, just a little after dinner drink + chat fun. the details are below, hope you can make it.

  • date: friday, june 29
  • time: 9:00 PM- whenever
  • place: sky terrace 2524 mission street (the rooftop of medjool restaurant, 360 view of the city)
  • details: it's a cash bar upstairs but there is an ATM in the restaurant if you need one. if you can't find us just ask downstairs at medjool for me or kelly sperbeck of relish.

[stay tuned on monday for a very special sneak peek. we'll be getting the first look at a fellow blogger's house- according to the d*s reader survey from this summer she's the site you read the most along with d*s. need a hint? she was the talk of this year's stationery show...]



Anonymous Anonymous said...

if i was going to san francisco, i would visit two places for sure.

1) Miette Cakes, http://www.miettecakes.com/

2) Magnetron, decorative magnet store, at Pier 39 (to look at the highly detailed 3-D food magnets)

here is a picture from someone's blog at magnetron.


5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun! Wish I could go to the meetup :)


5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm recently arrived in SF from Williamsburg so I've been trying to find cute places too... So, far the only ones I know of are near my apartment, but I have been loving Margaret O'Leary on Washington & Fillmore - lots of cute clothes and shoes too.

5:21 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Have an amazing time in SF. Splendora has a great list of groovy places to shop for shoes. Enjoy!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Camilla said...

i hope you enjoy this fantastic city!

shoe stores i like:

*http://www.shoebizsf.com(in the haight as well as on valencia in the mission and on 24th in noe valley) - for fun retro sneakers and casual shoes

*Nida on Hayes in Hayes Valley has gorgeous (but spendy) French shoes in addition to lots of gorgeous french clothes

*My Roommate's Closet on lower Fillmore is a boutique outlet (clothes and shoes) and you can score some GREAT shoes - bettye muller - at 50% off

*CandyStore on 16th in the Mission
www.candystore-sf.com - they have all kinds of wonderful items, including shoes

*Therapy on Valencia for fun, inexpensive shoes

People also like Gimme Shoes and Bulo - both on Hayes - but they are kind of expensive. Also, I think Nest and Erica Tanov (both wonderful stores on Fillmore) have a few pairs of shoes - tucked in among the rest of their fantastic wares...

have a blast.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Paulo on Fillmore. Great shoes.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi grace! try out paolo on fillmore for gorgeous leather shoes and messenger bags and huf on sutter for the greatest selection of hip sneakers. given at 575 castro a must-see for treasures of all kinds (gems, love the gems) and bell & trunk on 18th in potrero for gorgeous little note cards. have fun!

jen in sf, bunny & bee

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to go to Eden & Eden at Columbus and Jackson! The shop has a well-curated, fun aesthetic, and the owner, Rachel, is super nice. So's all the staff for that matter. It's my favorite little shop in SF.


6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um... Paolo theres really no place that even comes close to Paolo in Hayes Valley or Fillmore St. (For shoes that is)

And for clothes Minnie Wilde is a must visit. Its on 21st off of Valencia.

Have fun!

7:49 PM  
Blogger katewoodrow said...

I second all these shopping recommendations! If you're in Hayes Valley at Gimme Shoes, don't miss dish, alla prima, and Rose + Radish!

I'll try to swing thru Medjool Friday night.

x, Kate P. from Chronicle Books

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're looking for something cool to do on Sunday morning, do what the European tourists do and come to Glide Memorial Church on Sunday.

This is the church featured in Will Smith's "Pursuit of Happyness" and it has the *best* gospel music. (Hence the busloads of European tourists.)

The congregation is a very SF mix of hipsters, gays, African-American families, aging hippies and the formerly homeless and includes people of all faiths (including Buddhists, Jews, Atheists and Agnostics).

Aside from the music, Glide is famous for helping the homeless and poor with three meals a day, free medical clinics, childcare, housing, recovery groups, etc.) Warren Buffett auctions off a lunch date every year to raise money for Glide. (Last year it went for $600k!)

We'll be at the 9 a.m. service, in the front row, with our 3-year old daughter. Drop me a line if you'd like to come along.

Also: Check out the Farmer's Market in the Ferry Building on Saturday and treat yourself to a Mexican breakfast at the Primavera stand way in the back of the market, right next to the water...

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of Villains on Haight Street. Usually a good selection of sneakers and nicer shoes as well... plus you're only a few minutes away from Golden Gate Park... If you happen to venture up Van Ness to Sutter Street, American Rag has a decent selection for shoes.


9:46 PM  
Blogger sfgirlbybay said...

enjoy the apartment, grace, and give coop and big hug for me. tell him i miss him!


11:13 PM  
Blogger Elka said...

for great local designs, go to RAG Co-op on Octavia in Hayes Valley and Little Otsu on Valencia in the Mission. My sister's hats are at both stores (www.ellykarl.com).

11:19 PM  
Blogger intellijen said...

ambience has some cutsie shoes.. ambience has some cutsie EVERYthing :)


11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun in SF Grace! I'm jealous that you get to house-sit such a lovely apartment!

5:16 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

"washing the brooklyn out of our hair" - love it! have a great time out west!

7:51 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I moved from SF 2 years ago, but my favorites from back then are:

Home stuff:
-Swallowtail on upper Polk St. I think you did a post on their Louis XV/ Sprouse camo chairs a while back.
-Zink Details in Fillmore
-If you happen to be in Cole Valley, check out Egg.

-M.A.C. (modern appealing clothing) in Hayes Valley. My absolute favorite clothing store in the city! Ask for directions when you visit Gimme Shoes.
-American Rag on Van Ness

-Tartine Bakery on Guerrero and 18th in the mission. Fantastic everything! Great place to have lunch or an afternoon coffee and snack after walking around the mission.
-Blue Bottle Coffee in Hayes Valley (again, ask around for directions)
-The Ferry Building *** MUST SEE ***

Have fun! I’m going back to visit in September and can’t wait.


8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second the farmers market, it's what I miss most besides my friends in SF. You won't be disappointed.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wowie you're house-sitting for Victoria - fun!

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! I just came back from San Francisco. I would have LOVED to have attended a d*s meet-up in SF.


kate (pm)

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely swing by Mingle on Union Street. They sell my FAVORITE handbags by local San Francisco designer Karen Nepacena. (www.nepacena.com) Her bags are high quality, adorable and completely unique!

have fun in SF!

11:12 AM  
Blogger erin said...

twentytwo shoes has a great collection, and they just opened an SF location (their original one is in rockridge, oakland)


2277 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
phone 415-409-2277

you might also want to check out rabat on 24th in Noe Valley, too.

enjoy San Francisco!

11:20 AM  
Blogger jawcey said...

If you've never checked out Fluevog shoes before, you have to visit their San Fran location: 1697 Haight Street. John Fluevog is a shoe designer from Vancouver, BC and his shoes are my FAVORITES! They're funky, unique, creative and fun and super comfortable.

Check his website: http://www.fluevog.com/

Have a great trip!

11:41 AM  
Blogger Shayna said...


i'd take your car over the bridge to 4th street in berkeley. it has a few great shops including my 2 favorites: the gardener and rabat shoes. also, don't forget about jeremy's, either in the city or in Berkeley.

Have fun!


11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

American Rag at 1305 Van Ness has a great and specific collection of shoes. They also have vintage & new clothes that leave me scurrying around with glee.(I think they are in LA as well.) If you get over to the East Bay, Magnet on San Pablo and Dwight is fantastic for clothing, and there are several other boutiques on the street, great coffee and lunchtime fish restaurant (Seasalt).

Have fun!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

i know you may not be in the market for tourist-y things, but if you have an afternoon, go to the de young museum in golden gate park. unbelievable!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I 2nd pretty much all of the comments above.
Really you had might as well just walk around all of Hayes Valley because, while mostly expensive, there's some great stuff.
I would also add Astrid's Rabat in Noe Valley @ 24th St and Sanchez.
Oh, and bring a sweater or two!

Jennifer (not the one above)

2:13 PM  
Blogger Flutterbot said...

I Now live in New York but I'm from San Francisco, places I recommend you visit are:

All the little shops on valencia I'd say 17th through 25th streets.

Brunch at The Pork Store the one in the Mission not the one on Haight st.

The Pirate Store (Dave Eggars) on 826 Valencia, its really not a store just an experience. Dave offerers children writing work shops in the back of the store but the city required a store front so he created the pirate store. Much like the superheros outlet store in brooklyn.

Green Apple books on Clement St. And while your there have a meal at Burma Superstar the coconut rice is to die for.

Kitaro Sushi on Geary around 23rd st. Best price and quality in town.

While your on Geary there are a few really great russian bakeries with all sorts of yummy treats.

If you want to have a really nice dinner I suggest Cafe Kati, its quaint but so yummy its a chinese french fusion restaurant. I know the owners they are wonderful chefs. Its on Sutter @ Fillmore.

24th Street in Noe Valley is always a great street to stroll along. There are some great bakeries, restaurants and shops along there.

I'll stop for now but have an awesome time! Oh and try to get your hands on some REAL Mexican food at one of the many taquerias in the Mission.

Have a great time!

2:40 PM  
Blogger Cat & Greg said...

For cute-as-can-be shoes, check out Gimme Shoes in Hayes Valley (www.gimmeshoes.com), or Shoe Biz (Mission or Haight), BUT you absolutely cannot leave the city without visiting Minnie Wilde (www.minniewilde.com, 3266 21st st
415-642-wild). Cutest shop and the cutest owners. Say hi to Ann from Cat!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Yes, Ambiance and Shoe Biz on the Haight for affordable, adorable shoes. And Bloomingdale's for um, drool-bucket shoes.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

Hi Grace!

If you have time before you leave for home on Sunday, you should definitely check out the The Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire (or just the Alameda Flea Market as I call it)
It's held the first sunday of every month and opens at 6 for the early birds. It's really huge and a bit overwhelming but it has some great treasures...

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

better shoes than in New York???

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Camper shoe store near Market St. All the shoes are so cute and won't kill your feet!

11:48 PM  
Blogger zelia said...

I'm going to try to make it to the meetup after attending Mati McDonough and Hugh D'Andrade's show at a.muse gallery.

I hope that you enjoy your stay in SF!

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here is a great place for shoes, they aren't in SF but they are still worth checking out, and def. cheaper than you'll find for the same shoes in NY or LA, and probably SF too:

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome to sf, grace! you'll love it. just be sure to bring a sweater/coat.

i second eden and eden. it reminds me a lot of rare device. and everything in hayes valley is fun.

will try to make it tomorrow night. will rena be there?


7:15 PM  
Blogger Miss J. said...

Don't forget North Beach! My neighborhood may be clogged with sightseers on the weekend, but Upper Grant has a few really sweet places you should consider:

AB Fits (mens' and womens' clothing; they have shoes by MELISSA LOVES SHOES)

ARIA (oddities shop, kind of in the same vein as PAXTON GATE, but with mostly French antiques)

AL'S ATTIRE (custom coats and garments - classic/vintage styles)

YONE (bead shop, half a block up on Union)

ALLA PRIMA, a lovely lingerie shope (this location is better than the one in Hayes Vly.)

There are a few other great boutiques to explore along Grant and Green.

Welcome to town.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check - American Rag on van ness st. great stuff. The LA counterpart.

9:28 PM  
Blogger mai said...

Gimmeshoes is on sale :)

11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

be sure to wear some flowers on your head.

9:34 AM  
Blogger mod*mom said...

i hope to briefly stop by to "meet up" with you after i skate the san francisco friday night skate with mod*tot in a pink babyjogger (my husband will watch her while i run in).
happy shoe shopping!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I have no recommendation, just here to say I also love Zipcar!

3:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

couple of good food joints:
-Tartine bakery on 18th/Guerrero
-Little Star Pizza on Divisadero and there is also one on valencia near 15th.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SF Shoe Recs: Villans, Ambiance, and Shoe Biz (all on haight st.) are good

11:38 PM  
Blogger Chai Chonagon said...

You must stop by Jeremy's
2 South Park & 2nd Street in SoMa by the Ball Park.

4:26 PM  

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