Friday, September 21, 2007

Buy Curious: Shopping with Conscience ... and Plenty of Rum

Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 12:14 AM

This week, Buy Curious is all about making you feeling good. Step 1: Buy eco-friendly clothes at Appel & Frank's first ever Eco-Chic Shopping Event. (No hemp sacks required). Step 2: Scour Northern California's largest tiki sale with the help of some sweet, island-inspired drinks with names like "Missionary's Downfall." Step 3: Pick up a stylin' leather jacket made from recycled Cadillac car seats. Step 4: Pose in a book celebrating the "different faces of beauty." Step 5: Shop at a co-op and pick-up items for fall at an extreme (70 percent off) sale. Prepare to get happy!

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Consciously Chic We've blogged about Appel and Frank's fabulous shopping events before. Now, check out their first ever Eco-Chic event featuring more than thirty "green" designers - among them, organic denim from Del Forte (pictured), clothes from Anna Cohen and Lovelina, jewelry from mollymdesigns and the Weekend Store, Philippines-made handbags from Bahay Bag, cards printed on recycled paper from BZBdesigns.com, organic handbags from Envirosax, enviro-friendly diapers from Gdiapers, baby clothes from Mama Cow, and sustainable dog apparel from Green Dog Designs. Top it off with organic spa treatments, "green" treats and cocktails, and an organic, fair-trade coffee lounge with furniture made from material from San Francisco's dump (presumably not so smelly). The first 300 shoppers get an all-green goodie bag. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the event benefits Friends of the Urban Forest. When: Thurs., Sept. 27, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Where: The Regency Center, 1270 Sutter St., San Francisco How much it'll cost ya: $10

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Forbidden Sale Alameda's Forbidden Island may just be the coolest watering hole in the East Bay (voted best tiki bar in the EBX last year). Yes, it's a tiki bar, but even if you've never understood that kitschy craze, you'll find it hard to dislike anything about this place. From its island décor to its friendly staff to its fun bar menu, the Forbidden Island promises a good time all-around (not to mention a nasty hangover the next day). This weekend, the Island hosts its second annual parking lot sale, which claims to be "Northern California's largest sale of collectible & vintage tiki, Hawaiian, rockabilly, and mid-century modern goods." Pick up art, home décor, aloha shirts, furniture, and more. Plus, there'll be a humongous tiki bar offering drink specials! (21 & over only, sorry youngsters.) When: Sun., Sept. 23, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Where: 1304 Lincoln Ave., Alameda

Want to Help Change the Face of Beauty? While scouring Craigslist the other day, we came across this post looking for women to have their photo taken for project on "different faces of beauty." According to the post, the organizers are seeking women of "all different shapes, sizes, colors, and ages to participate in a photo project focusing on the many different faces and shapes of beauty." The images will be used on a web site and possibly a book on the subject. The shoot takes place on Sat. & Sun., Oct. 6 & 7. Nudity isn't required (they ask you to bring outfits you like).

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Rolling in My '64 ... Jacket Got a fondness for cars? Well, now you can ride in style ... in a design from VIN Jackets. The leather jackets are from a new line called Platinum Dirt, and are made from recycled seats from junked cars. And just so you can feel good about your unique purchase, each coat comes with its own VIN and hoodie ornament.

Sale on Sale Afterglow's slashing its prices on already discounted items. Mention their sale email and get 70 percent off yellow tag items (orig. 50 percent off) and half off orange tag items (orig. 30 percent off). Where: 4233 Telegraph Ave., Oakland Store hours: Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun.-Tues. by appointment

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Porcelynne Co-Op Grand Reopening Party Check out goods from eleven Bay Area designers, including lingerie, jewelry, menswear, and women's clothing. All items are 10 percent off. When: Sat., Sept. 22, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Where: Porcelynne, 487 14th Street @ Guerrero, San Francisco

Every Friday, Buy Curious dishes on the hottest fashion trends, news, and sales in the East Bay and beyond. If you've got suggestions for shops or Web site to feature, comments on the blog, or a burning style question you'd like us to answer in our occasional column, Buy Clueless, send them our way! BuyCurious[at]EastBayExpress[dot]com

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