Between a surefire plan to sneak in some cardio with a side of retail, and slashing those names off your gifting list, there's still some time to find yourself something special. Our list is jam-packed with killer discounts, beauty benders, and of course, fashionably indulgent shindigs. That warm fuzzy feeling you're experiencing? That's the joy of giving, either that or a Kathryn McCarron sweater...
Erica Tanov Holiday Party
It's time to buckle down and get serious about your holiday festivities with your good friend Erica Tanov. The cult favorite will be hosting an evening of food, drinks, and music while you meet the store's latest artist obsession, Afton Love. It will be serving up a sweet 20% off the entire store, so no dillydallying! Test run your prettiest holiday ensembles, and get ready to shop!
When: Thursday, December 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Erica Tanov, 1827 4th Street (between Delaware and Hearst streets), Berkeley; 510-849-3331.
Valencia Corridor Holiday Block Party
Our go-to Mission nook is hosting a pretty holiday-centric party, and our most beloved friends such as Boutiika, BellJar, Cary Lane, and more will be bustling on their block! Mira Mira will be showing spirit, in the most stylish way no less. With a whirl of nail art featuring Pams & Kin, and live music by Vestals, you will be immediately ready to deck the halls, with glitter of course. Shop the goods, and chill out with your favorite gals while being spoiled with the shops best treats.
When: Friday, December 6, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Valencia Street.
Marquee Salon Presents Marquee Market
The Marquee Market has returned and has partnered with Subrosa Coffee for its Craft Fair to bring guests a hefty amount of artists and designers (over 25 to be exact). Those hard-to-shop-for girlfriends who seem to have everything? You will most definitely come upon the perfect present. From local choices like Heritage Mercantile, Micaela Greg, Band of Gold and Five Flavor Herbs, to name a few, you will be filling your reusable tote to the brim! Bring the kiddies because a special Wheel of Misfortune will be giving out prizes to lucky ones who dare to give it a spin.
When: Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Marquee Salon, 419 and 420 40th Street (at Webster Street), Oakland; 510-285-6679.
Looksie Optometry Opening Party
Your eyewear game just got the memo to step it up, because the newly opened Looksie Optometry boutique will be providing some serious four-eye envy. With suavely selected brands like Anne et Valentin, Andy Wolf, Paul & Joe, Orgreen, Persol, and Miu Miu, you will be making room for a new pair of frames every day of the week. The evening will have bites and cocktails, but it's the Persol giveaway that's the big draw.
When: Thursday, December 5, 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Looksie Optometry, 1314 Polk Street (between Bush and Pine streets); 415-593-5348.
SFIEC Master Beauty Class
In the dead of winter, our skin often needs a minor revival to get back that natural glow. Well, luckily the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology has heard your pleas, and is hosting a complimentary crash course on how high technology is changing the face of beauty. Get hands-on experience with the latest gadgets, such as the revolutionary Clarisonic, and some seriously golden tips to keeping your skin dewy year round.
When: Wednesday, December 4, 6 p.m.
Where: SFIEC, 1067 Folsom Street, Suite 200 (between 7th and Sherman streets); 415-355-1734.
Ayla Organic Pharmacy Event
For more on the beauty front, check out Organic Pharmacy the newest brand to hit the shelves atAyla Beauty. A master makeup class, along with a chance to get done up by the brand's top makeup artists will set the refresh button on your cosmetic bag. With its totally natural products, and on-the-spot consultations, you will be leaving with a face that will impress even your derm.
When: Thursday, December 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Ayla HQ, 1825 Bush Street (at Octavia); 888-920-2952.
The Storenvy Maverick Holiday Market
One-of-a-kind pieces always make the best giving material. That's why swooping by The Storenvy Maverick Holiday Market will have you checking off that list faster than you can say "Santa Baby." Dabble in some retail therapy with the offerings of over 30 brands, from fashion to home decor trinkets and more. If that hasn't roped you in, the fact that there will be gift wrapping and a photo booth should really tie the bow on top.
When: Wednesday, December 4, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Crocker Galleria, 50 Post Street (at Market Street); No Phone.
Kathryn McCarron Holiday Sale
If the promise of drinks, discounts, and designer knits doesn't get you riled up, we don't know what will! Kathryn McCarron, master of all things beautifully woolen, will be offering a heart-warming 40% to 75% off at her evening of holiday celebrations. Those layers aren't going to pile on themselves you know, so treat yourself to one, or two, cuddly cardigans before the chilly wind gets you.
When: Friday, December 6, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Kathryn McCarron Studio, 744 Alabama Street, Suite 230 (between 19th and 20th streets); No phone.
North Beach Holiday Boutique Crawl
The North Beach hood really wants to ensure you get exactly what you want this season, and to put this into effect, Park and Pond is hosting a two-night boutique crawl. For the premiere evening, over 30 shops and galleries will be getting in on the action, such as Mashka, Modern Eden, and Annabella's. Follow the sweet sounds of Cover Girlz, The Ned Boynton Trio, and Andy Kong as you hit the hottest shops and enjoy complimentary beauty touch ups from the Pretty Parlor A GoGo Truck.
When: Friday, December 6, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Park and Pond, 1422 Grant Avenue (between Union and Green streets); 415-217-8864.
Ethos Holiday Celebration
We are endlessly thankful for boutiques in S.F. that add to our swagger. Which is why showing our appreciation to Ethos at its holiday shindig is totally necessary. Seeing cohost and award-winning creative director and blogger darling Kim Mitchell Stokes is reason enough to show yourself IRL, but since10% of the proceeds go to Charity Water your shopping is actually guiltless.
When: Thursday, December 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Ethos, 333 Sutter Street (between Grant Avenue and Stockton Street); 415-800-6707.
Bryr Pop-Up At Basil Racuk
With a pretty cozy collection of clogs, Bryr Studio has your feet ready for whatever the forecast may throw your way. To get in on this delightful comfort and style, it will be popping up chez Basil Racuk for a whole weekend. If you aren't familiar with Bryr, the awesome design lady behind the brand Isobel recently came on the scene after following her heart to shoe design. To kick off this joyous time, join in on the ultimate fun shopping happy hour. A whole bunch of footwear envy will be what you suffer from if you don't make it out to this event.
When: Wednesday, December 5, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Basil Racuk, 3458 18th Street, Suite A (between San Carlos and Lexington streets); 415-255-7457.
Holiday Artisan Fair in Temescal Alley
Well, it looks like our latest hobby can be categorized under craft-fair hopping, and we are proud of it! Never getting enough of local creatives and their works, Temescal Alley will be hosting its very first holiday artisan fair. The list is endless, but all your very favorite Bay Area craftsman will be there, including Fat and the Moon, Diamond Dazed, and Shapes & Colors Textiles. The usual shops will have their doors swung wide, but live music, food, drink, and pop-ups will bring that extra bit of a good time.
When: Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Temescal Alleys, 480 49th Street (between Telegraph Avenue and Clarke Street), Oakland; 415-990-8028.
Studio Choo Grand Opening
There isn't a floral arrangement that doesn't manage to put a smile on our faces, especially mid-winter. This is why the opening of Studio Choo's new shop really hits the spot. Just in time to deck the halls, attend the store's opening party to pick up a wreath or two and meet the lovely ladies behind the blossoming new biz. The evening will promise beautiful arrangements and good company.
When: Saturday, December 7, 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Studio Choo, 339 Baden Avenue (between Maple and Linden avenues); 650-634-0836.
Brew-Ha-Holiday Warehouse Sale
While you're out slashing away at that gift list, and running that plastic, your S.O. may be feeling a little unattended to. The Brew-Ha-Holiday Warehouse Sale will surely have you winning in the girlfriend department. Featuring an underground pop-up with Comrade Brewing, which includes the happiest of hours, a slingshot challenge, and of course, killer discounts. While the boys are distracted by the, ahem, activities, you may just get the chance to pick up presents for all the men in your life. With favorites from Alite Design and Boreas Gear, you will be hard-pressed to make a decision.
When: Friday, December 6, 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, 11 to 5 p.m.
Where: The Alite Designs Outpost, 2505 Mariposa Street (between York and Hampshire streets); 415-626-1526.