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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rep SF: Destination Fragrances' Scents of San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM

DESTINATION FRAGRANCES
  • Destination Fragrances
There are parts of San Francisco that smell bad, I get that. Civic Center, parts of Downtown and the TL can be an olfactory nightmare. However, we are also home to the most glorious scents: fragrant trees, just-baked sourdough bread, Haight Street shops overflowing with wafting incense. Local brand Destination Fragrances decided to pay homage to the wonderful essences of the City by the Bay with its Scents of San Francisco candle collection. 

“Destination Fragrances was founded in 2013 when I started working with essential oils,” explains founder Catherine LaSasso. "I immediately fell in love with their natural properties and captivating aromas. I began developing fragrance blends that my husband Greg and I believed matched up with the mood of destinations we’ve enjoyed in and around San Francisco.”

This led to hand-poured, soy wax candles made in the Bay Area, blended with up to six essential oils, in an array of locally inspired aromas.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Urban Air Market Returns to Hayes Valley Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

You can ride in Das Bus! - URBAN AIR MARKET
  • Urban Air Market
  • You can ride in Das Bus!

San Francisco has infinite Vintage Paper Fairs and Maker Faires and bazaars and SFMADE Holiday Shows, but the Urban Air Market is near and dear to our hearts. It's become wildly successful, exporting itself to the Lower Haight and the East Bay and up and down the West Coast, but the Hayes Valley mothership remains our favorite. This Sunday, Sept. 13, Urban Air Market returns to Patricia's Green, turning a sizable swath of that tony nabe into a crafty aesthete's paradise, with 130 vendors.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Mother Knows Best: Q&A with "Parenthood" Star Monica Potter

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 8:14 AM

click image Monica Potter headshot - COURTESY OF AUSTIN LESHAY AT THE SCHIFF COMPANY
  • Courtesy of Austin Leshay at The Schiff Company
  • Monica Potter headshot

It's a bit of a mystery how NBC's Parenthood managed to, relatively,  stay under the radar for its entire six-season run despite great acclaim and ardent fans. The Berkeley-set series is weeks away from its finale and star Monica Potter is just as torn about it as everyone else.

However, she's got other fish to fry – literally. A quick scroll through her Monica Potter Home website reveals a nifty recipe for Hawaiian Ginger Mahi Mahi among other bits of home improvement that would make her television alter ego Kristina Braverman perk up with glee. 

Monica Potter Home is a labor of love for the Cleveland-born actress who grew up with an inventor for a father. Her online collection is a one-stop haven for all things home living and do-it-yourself novelty items.   

SF Weekly caught up with Monica Potter to discuss her family's past, her company's future and the end of Parenthood

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Burning Man in the Bay, Idea Four: How to Turn Treasure Island Flea Into a Burning Man-Like Experience

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Treasure Island Flea
  • Treasure Island Flea
Alright folks, for those of you who are bummed out that you missed this year’s Burning Man, there is still some action to catch at the Treasure Island Flea with its Dog Days of Summer themed event this month.

Like always, the T.I. Flea will include 400-plus curated vendors who sell handcrafted goods, art, upcycled furniture, antiques, collectibles and, or, vintage items. There will be food, drinks, live music, a scavenger hunt, DIY workshops at Maker’s Square, and a doggie bar crawl, of course. Here is how to turn this weekend’s Treasure Island Flea into a Burning Man-like experience — and you can bring your furry friends too.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Etsy of the Week: Longing for Summer

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 7:30 AM

SANFRANBLISSCO
  • Sanfranblissco

Etsy is often like a thrift store -- it can require a lot of time and patience to pick through a lot of crap (or more importantly, overpriced crap) to find the really well-crafted gems. In order to take the guesswork out of your valiant attempts to support local artists, each week we provide you with a few awesome shops.

Last week we offered up a series of artists to celebrate love with romantic depictions of sweet, sweet romance. This week we may have gotten a little carried away with all the accessories, but with four shops to choose from, you should be able to find plenty of gifts for your amour or yourself. The recent sunshine has us missing the beach, and it shows in this week's picks.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Local Etsy of the Week: A Heads Up on Innovative Hat Shops

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 8:30 AM

HOUSE OF NINES DESIGN
  • House of Nines Design

Etsy is often like a thrift store -- it can require a lot of time and patience to pick through a lot of crap (or more importantly, overpriced crap) to find the really well-crafted gems. In order to take the guesswork out of your valiant attempts to support local artists, each week we provide you with a few awesome shops.

In case you missed missed it, last week's Etsy of the Week featured cards for every occasion, from birthdays to apologies. Snail mail may have gone out of style, but hopefully it inspired some party invitations, so you can make use of this week's sweet headgear.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Local Etsy of the Week: Magical Unicorns and Garlic Apology Cards

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM

EMMA SANCARTIER ILLUSTRATION
  • Emma SanCartier Illustration

With a thriving creative community, it's unsurprising that San Francisco's craftspeople and artists have also taken to the Internet to promote and sell their creations. Etsy alone is home to thousands of handmade products, many hailing from the Bay Area. However, the result is often like a thrift store -- it can require a lot of time and patience to pick through a lot of crap (or more importantly, overpriced crap) to find the really well-crafted gems. So in order to take the guesswork out of your valiant attempts to support artists, here is your weekly dose of shops by locals.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dead Sexy: A Dia de los Muertos Makeup Tutorial

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

ERIKA HENRIKSON
  • Erika Henrikson

This Friday, San Francisco will once more pour out onto the Mission streets (those poor, battered, and abused streets!) for the 26th Annual Dia de los Muertos parade. Yet another pagan festival turned Catholic holiday, Dia de los Muertos is a hybrid celebration of Aztec/Meso-American reverence and remembrance of the dead and the Spanish-Catholic All Souls' Day. It is also yet another excuse for San Franciscans to don outrageous costumes, fantastical makeup, and dance around in the middle of the road! So, we're obviously excited about it.

See also:

Video of the Day: Dia de los Muertos Parade and Art Show

Podcast Review: The Grimaldis Are Dead

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BDSM on a Budget: Sex Toys You Can Make at Home

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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By Agnes Teesdale

BDSM and D.I.Y. craftiness go together like Lindsay Lohan and prescription drugs. But getting kinky can
sometimes be daunting to the novice player, what with all those expensive toys and fancy
outfits
. Even if you're an experienced player, making something for the special sadist in
your life can be a nice way to express your dirty, dirty feelings. With that in mind, here are three sex toys that are
easy, quick, and made with items you probably already have at home.

Rubber band flogger

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

MakeShift: Color Me Bad-Ass Room Decor

Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Megan being cozy and six months pregnant.
  • Megan being cozy and six months pregnant.

MakeShift is a new design series for city dwellers with roommates, space constrictions, and other such awkwardness. It's a conversation for people who are being artful with their space and kicking ass while doing it. 

Wanna be featured in the next MakeShift? Write to: makeshiftsubmission@gmail.com

For those of you dreaming in black and white and fearing that color might further implode your tiny hovel, let us not forget the wise acronym-slash-life-lesson of our teenagers -- "YOLO!" -- and blast up our walls like the Kool-Aid man is gonna crash through with eight new tropical flavors. 

High school English Teacher/Writer Megan and her husband, Creative Warehouse Manager Manny, candy-sweetened their two-bedroom home -- and they can. Because they "mix it with love and make the world taste good."

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