Crimson Mim Gift Wrapping Party
We can’t be the only ones who’ve seemingly attacked presents with some tape and paper … with embarrassing results. Now, we can become wrap stars thanks to Crimson Mim’s gift-wrapping party. The shop will be teaching a slew of fancy pressie decorating techniques to make us pass as one of Santa’s elves this holiday season. Once your parcel is decorated, you get to unwrap a gift from Crimson Mim, too.
When: Los Altos: Wednesday, December 5, at 2, 4, and 6 p.m., Palo Alto: Thursday, December 6, at 2, 4, and 6 p.m.
Where: Crimson Mim, 322 Main Street (between 1st and 2nd streets); 650-947-7463, and El Camino Real, Suite 35 (near Stanford Avenue), Palo Alto; 650-323-2277.
Asterisk Pop-Up Shops
It’s pretty common for a standout pop-up shop to make us giddy, but the fun usually ends as quickly as it came. At this upcoming Anaïse, Lofti, and Chris Koehler shindig, we can actually get our hands on the threads, kicks, and paper goods throughout the entire weekend. Long live the goodies!
When: Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Asterisk Magazine, 3156 24th Street (at Shotwell Street); 415-839-9707.
Hawthorn Winter Revelry
We have a pretty serious fashion crush on all things Ali Golden. So, we're doing backflips now that we can get our hands on some exclusive pieces this Thursday! Head over to Hawthorn and score the designer’s latest dip-dyed bags (um, more like we die!), scarf down some cupcakes, and wash them down with refreshing libations. We’re not sure which will be stronger, the sugar or fashion high, but we’re eager to find out!
When: Thursday, December 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Hawthorn Boutique, 5854 College Avenue (at Chabot Road), Oakland; 510-594-8380.
Jingle & Mingle Fundraiser
All these roundups of covetable stuff can hypnotize us into forgetting what the holidays are really about: giving! Now that we’ve reminded you, direct your philanthropic attention to this stellar fundraiser bash. At Jingle & Mingle, take part in the designer wreath silent auction, grub on some tasty cocktails and fare, and bust a move on the dance floor — all for a good cause! Proceeds benefit Children of Shelters, and this event is bound to expand any heart that’s two sizes too small.
When: Thursday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop (near Infantry Terrace); 415-561-5444.
Cost: $200; Buy tickets here!
La Boutique Holiday Vendor Fair
Get ready to die and wake up in Parisian heaven. La Boutique L’Art et la Mode and The Bold Italic are throwing an ultra-extravagant European shopping rendevous that has us saying, “Sacré Bleu!” Featuring a dozen vendors from across the pond, we can shop the can’t-find-anywhere-else merch by grabbing our wallets, and leaving our passports at home. Très Magnifique!
When: Thursday, December 6, at 6 p.m. through Saturday, December 8, at 6 p.m.
Where: La Boutique L’Art et la Mode, 414 Jackson Street, Suite 101 (at Sansome Street); 415-693-9950.
Photo: Via Ali Golden
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