As I reflect on the impending Thanksgiving holiday, my thankful list is growing at a rapid pace. Though this year was full of many memories – great joy, sorrowful loss, personal rediscovery – I am most grateful to be living where I love, with the person I love, doing what I love.

Being a writer was always my dream job (for when I “grew up” – har har). This year I have followed my passions and expanded my writing from the unfortunate direction it was heading (neglected hobby) to where I want it to be (flourishing full-time!). Despite having been in the SF beauty/fashion scene for the last few years, albeit in different contexts, I was still amazed at the community support I discovered as I dove into my professional career.

There are a few particular organizations that have facilitated my writing career in 2012, and I hope to write about them each as we travel into 2013. First on my list is certainly San Francisco Fashion And Merchants Alliance, Inc.

Known as the largest and most innovative fashion organization in Northern California, SFFAMA sponsors numerous fabulous events which highlight local designers, start-ups, writers and more. I’ve attended a few great SFFAMA events, including at The Factory and JYJZ.  I love their dedication to connecting local talent. I have met countless inspiring San Franciscans that encourage me to keep pursuing my dreams.

As the holiday season continues full swing, I hope to keep reflecting on the multitude of treasures I have to be thankful for (including SFFAMA mentioned above). I hope you each have a thankful, delicious, happy holiday!

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” Margaret Cousins


.sf fashion week.

Caity of Moi Contre la Vie, Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage, Anné Jude of annejude.com

Sasha of Sasha Maks Vintage

San Francisco Fashion Week has taken the city by storm and I’m loving every minute of it! I started at the Factory for their Fashion Social, which is an ongoing fashion mixer located in various boutiques to showcase local fashion and targeting fashion entrepreneurs and fashion tech product developers. Marketing and PR for Fashion Social is by Owen Geronimo and  SFFAMA/Fashion+TechSF. Please click here for more information on the SFFAMA.

I love the Factory’s concept, which uses The Evans Group (based out of Los Angeles) to support independent and emerging designers. As their website states, you can observe the process of apparel  manufacturing as you shop – bonus! The Factory asks its guest “Do You Know Where Your Clothes Were Made?” and if purchased with them, you certainly do. I admire owner Jennifer Evans passion behind supporting independent design and love the exposed brick, lofty-feel of the retail space. I highly recommend a trip to SOMA to check out what The Factory has to offer!

My next party took me to a Pop-Up Sale for Fashion Night Out at 5 Claude Lane. There were many wonderful vendors, including my personal fav Sasha Maks Vintage and local hat designer Miko Fabulous. This mixer provided great opportunity to mingle with the SF fashion crowd and scope out upcoming fall fashion, and the turnout was terrific!

My final stop was at Kurt Geiger, at their US flagship location on Stockton Street. The drinks were flowing and the crowd was shopping as soon as we hit the entrance. Everyone inside was having a ball, and I ran into a few familiar faces. There were some massive shoe sales going on, so quite a few lucky ladies and gents were scoring kicks at a fraction of their value. It was a perfect place to end the party.

Tonight Fashion Week continues as I head to the Palace Hotel for the launch of Mondo Guerra’s eyewear collection for See. Mondo just may be my very favorite Project Runway contestant of all time (not to mention the All Star winner!) so I am thrilled to see his collection tonight. Plus, as a specs-wearing gal I am always on the hunt for quirky frames. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post with all the deets!

Jennifer Evans and Allison of The Factory Label

[ Photos by: Dario Smith ]