Friday, January 12, 2007

Buy Curious: What is East Bay Style?

By Lauren Gard
Fri, Jan 12, 2007 at 3:26 PM

This week, Buy Curious ponders the question: what is East Bay style? To seek the answer, we hit up Craigslist to see what's coming out of the closets of the East Bay. And what we found ... horrified us. We discovered lace-up, leopard-print leather pants, that someone wanted actual money for. And men's shoes, worn "no less than 30 times." Does anyone actually wear this crap, let alone buy it? Please peoples, let Buy Curious save your souls! Oh yeah, and we've got sales. STYLEFILE If you've been following past installments of Buy Curious, you'd know that we always find at least one fashionable person to feature on our blog. But this week, we decided to peek into the closets of everyday East Bay folk, to see what items were selling on Craigslist. Yikes! Talk about our worst nightmare! OK, so we know that in these tough times, people are seeking all sorts of ways to make money. But is that any excuse to pawn off some raggedy-ass shoes you found in the back of your closet? We all need to be responsible to the world we live in, and that includes not propagating your horrific fashion travesties. Just throw it away. Or better yet, donate it! Are you guilty? Do these look familiar? How about a bunch of crappy purses for just $70?

Or custom-made leather pants, perfect for that night on the back of some random dude's Harley?

Has the homicide rate in your neighborhood skyrocketed? Try this urban, military-style jacket, just $40.

Looking for something that says "hobo chic?" Try these shoes, worn "no less than 30 times"!

Dying to look like a 6-year-old princess? This "beautiful" prom dress for $100 will handle that! Does your style rise above this crap? Please say "yes!" and send pics of your hottest East Bay look to BuyCurious@eastbayexpress.com

SHOP TALK OK, enough of the sarcasm. Make your New Year's resolution to look better, and feel better, too. These sales will ease your pain ... Winter Sales Head over to Hush and pick up pieces at half-price by of-the-moment designers 3.1 Philip Lim, Rachel Roy, 12th Street, and Vince. Where: Hush, 1354 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, 925-944-4874 Take 30 to 50 percent off at designs by Corey Lynn Calter, Mint, Trovata, Rachel Nasvik, Ananas, Bilingual, Iro, and more at Magnet. Where: Magnet, 2508 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley 510-848-1966 Silk dresses, cashmere sweaters, and wool trousers are all on sale at Dish. Wear these super hot looks for the remainder of winter, or stock up for next year. Where: Dish, 2981 College Ave., Berkeley 510-540-4784 Saks Fifth Avenue is offering 40 percent off already marked-down items from designers like See by Chloe, Theory, and Blugirl. Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, 384 Post St., San Francisco 415-986-4300 Online: If you can't make it to your local boutique, head online, where plenty of retailers have slashed their prices. Look for items that can transition your wardrobe from the chilly nights of winter to sunnier spring days. Here's a smattering: Shopbop.com Take up to 70 percent off looks from Citizens of Humanity, Daryl K, and Graham & Spencer. Try this Rachel Roy belted trench coat.

ActiveEndeavors.com Find significant discounts on items from Rachel Pally, Ya-Ya, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and more. Check out this wool blend coat from Catherine Malandrino, denim pencil skirt from Seven, or these tan buckled pumps from C Label Vivre.com Up to 65 percent off looks from Tory Burch or Michael by Michael Kors. Eluxury.com Up to 70 percent off denim, handbags, and shoes. RonHerman.com A deliciously inviting half-off sale on Charlotte Ronson, La Rok tops, C&C California, and colorful Vans. Buy adorable cards at discount. Write. Mail. Feel so damn good! We know you mean it when you say you're going to stop relying so much on technology to stay in touch with friends and actually put a pen to paper this year. So we're here to help you out. Two years back, we meandered into swanky Kate's Paperie in Manhattan and chatted up a friendly young illustrator named R. Nichols whose whimsical greeting cards the shop was promoting. (Turned out he also illustrated the best-selling diet book French Women Don't Get Fat, though we hope you just looked at the pretty pictures because the premise is simply not true). Nichols has since expanded his line to include scenes ranging from a day at the dog park to a trip to the local milliner's (that would be a hat shop, for those of you whose noggins largely goes uncovered). A box of eight typically runs $15, but enter the code CANDY at checkout to save 25% on everything you buy. (Yep, we're ripping off a Daily Candy promotion � thanks, DC!) Buy Clueless returns next week! Have a fashion dilemma? Send your quandary to Buy Clueless, the East Bay's first online fashion advice column. Send your query to buycurious@eastbayexpress.com.and Kathleen Richards Back to 92510, the East Bay Express news blog.

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