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  • Charming Charlie

    Charming Charlie

    Make a statement with colorful, on-trend accessories ~ By Stephanie Simons and photos by Edwin Suarez. The shopping experience at accessories mecca Charming Charlie goes something like this: your brain is thrust into a dopamine-secreting spasm because the vast selection is arranged by color… glorious, unabashed, mood-altering color. Your eye is pulled one way and […]

    July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More
  • Women who dish …and the drinks that pair

    Women who dish …and the drinks that pair

    ~ By Leslie Sbrocco. In any other region, the classic James Brown song “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” could describe restaurant culture. Not here, though. From Menlo Park to Sonoma, San Francisco to Oakland, female chefs and restaurateurs rank among the top culinary pioneers and are among the most successful in the business. These […]

    April 4, 2013 | 0 Comments More
  • Modern edge

    Modern edge

    Spring style goes retro, with a big wink ~ By Donna Kato; photography by Chad Riley. Hot colors and warm weather. We’re counting on both. • One of the prominent style trends to emerge this season is the revival of the Modernist, giving clothes an edge and irreverence not seen since the ’60s. It’s cheeky […]

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  • The many lives of Linda

    The many lives of Linda

    Linda Jacobs Davis has been renegade, spiritual searcher and community beacon – all shaped who she is today ~ By Julia Prodis Sulek. Linda Jacobs Davis is a woman who understands the power of story. She’s been encouraging others to tell theirs for years. As CEO of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership in […]

    April 3, 2013 | 2 Comments More
  • Close escapes

    Close escapes

    Got a day, or a bit more? Napa beckons ~ By Katharine Fong. A quick check online reveals that the food truck Crossroad Chicken is stationed at Cuttings Wharf today. We turn south off bucolic Highway 12 onto Cuttings Wharf Road, heading toward the Napa River, passing vineyards, a few houses, then a mobile home […]

    April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
  • Muji

    Muji

    Design destination in downtown San Jose ~ Photo courtesy of Muji. The South Bay is all atwitter over Muji, the international apparel and home décor retailer with a cult following that opens April 16 in the annex of San Jose’s Fairmont Hotel. The West Coast’s second Muji store offers more than 4,500 square feet of […]

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  • Pump up the volume

    Pump up the volume

    Move fat from where you don’t want it to where you do ~ By Crystal Chow. So, those jiggly parts encircling your waist or hugging your thighs that stubbornly resist improvement through diet or exercise? Turns out they may be good for one thing at least. They make great donor sites for fat that can […]

    April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
  • The good witch of Silicon Valley

    The good witch of Silicon Valley

    Cheryl Bailey works her magic to help others in need ~ By Julia Prodis Sulek. The annual luncheon started small. Cheryl Bailey invited eight, maybe 10 friends, into her Saratoga dining room back in 2004 to catch up, relax and have a little fun before the mayhem of Halloween and kids’ costumes took over. The […]

    April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
  • Get a clue

    Get a clue

    Key trends for fall ~ By Donna Kato. The fashion cycle continues, with fall trends already on the radar of the style savvy. • A few key pieces made multiple appearances on fashion week runways in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Influential designers, too, had their say. Credit Marc Jacobs if we insist on […]

    April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
  • Interior desires

    Interior desires

    Modern prefab is not just bold exteriors, but sleek, sustainable touches inside, too ~ By Raquel Loren. Long gone are the days when the word prefab — as in prefabrication — meant drab architecture and unimaginative interior design. Even in the Bay Area, a prefab home can be an extraordinary dwelling, and offers attractive options […]

    April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More
  • Out & about in the East Bay

    Out & about in the East Bay

    Author and actress Marlo Thomas urged the audience at the eighth annual East Bay Women’s Conference to “never stop dreaming.” Thomas was the keynote speaker at the event, sponsored by the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, which drew about 560 women. Participants also heard from documentary photographer Lisa Kristine and inspirational speaker […]

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Fashion

Modern edge

Modern edge

Spring style goes retro, with a big wink ~ By Donna Kato; photography by Chad Riley. Hot colors and warm weather. We’re counting on both. • One of the prominent style trends to emerge this season is the revival of the Modernist, giving clothes an edge and irreverence not seen since the ’60s. It’s cheeky […]

April 3, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Beauty & Wellness

Pump up the volume

Pump up the volume

Move fat from where you don’t want it to where you do ~ By Crystal Chow. So, those jiggly parts encircling your waist or hugging your thighs that stubbornly resist improvement through diet or exercise? Turns out they may be good for one thing at least. They make great donor sites for fat that can […]

April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More

People

The many lives of Linda

The many lives of Linda

Linda Jacobs Davis has been renegade, spiritual searcher and community beacon – all shaped who she is today ~ By Julia Prodis Sulek. Linda Jacobs Davis is a woman who understands the power of story. She’s been encouraging others to tell theirs for years. As CEO of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership in […]

April 3, 2013 | 2 Comments More

People

The good witch of Silicon Valley

The good witch of Silicon Valley

Cheryl Bailey works her magic to help others in need ~ By Julia Prodis Sulek. The annual luncheon started small. Cheryl Bailey invited eight, maybe 10 friends, into her Saratoga dining room back in 2004 to catch up, relax and have a little fun before the mayhem of Halloween and kids’ costumes took over. The […]

April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Home & Design

Interior desires

Interior desires

Modern prefab is not just bold exteriors, but sleek, sustainable touches inside, too ~ By Raquel Loren. Long gone are the days when the word prefab — as in prefabrication — meant drab architecture and unimaginative interior design. Even in the Bay Area, a prefab home can be an extraordinary dwelling, and offers attractive options […]

April 1, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Travel

Close escapes

Close escapes

Got a day, or a bit more? Napa beckons ~ By Katharine Fong. A quick check online reveals that the food truck Crossroad Chicken is stationed at Cuttings Wharf today. We turn south off bucolic Highway 12 onto Cuttings Wharf Road, heading toward the Napa River, passing vineyards, a few houses, then a mobile home […]

April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More

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A vision for good eating

A vision for good eating

The Chefs Collaborative helped start the food revolution In the summer of 1993, John Ash and Bradley Ogden were among a group of chefs who gathered in Hawaii to talk about environmental issues around food production. One of the goals of their daylong conversation: to use their collective voice and increasing influence to educate colleagues […]

March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
High energy

High energy

For Diana Helfrich, living and working “green” is the best — and only — option ~ By Anjela Hill; photos by Jose Carlos Fajardo. Her friends call her the Girl Scout. Anything anyone needs in an emergency — be it water, sunblock, bandages or the perfect shade of lip color — a poised and well-equipped […]

March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
411 for beauty 911

411 for beauty 911

Emergency: no time to wash your hair. Fix: First off, tell your friends or your guy you need some notice. If that doesn’t work, dust your hair with dry shampoo or baby powder and spray perfume on a brush before brushing your hair. Always carry a headband or hair accessory for worst case scenarios. Emergency: […]

January 27, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Get your svelte-est

Get your svelte-est

Do you have (gasp!) cellulite? If you’ve ever stood in the 3-way mirror in the unflattering, shadow-enhancing light in a Nordstrom fitting room your answer will undoubtedly be “OMG yes” but let’s not be so hard on ourselves… To truly diagnose whether or not you have cottage cheese, all you need to do is to […]

January 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Straight up and dirty

Straight up and dirty

The best time to straighten your hair a la Jennifer Aniston  is when it’s a wee bit oily, after a day or two of not washing it. But here’s a trick you may not have tried: conditioning your hair (without shampooing it) will make for even more smoothness and possibly less damage. The argan oil […]

January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Wave, hello!

Wave, hello!

Achieving wavy hair at home is not easy. If you’ve been blessed with hair that naturally mimics the motion of the ocean, consider your tresses blessed. Beachy hair is the end all be all of casual glamour. Of course, when you are all bundled up from head to toe with “beachy” hair in the middle […]

January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Easy, affordable mane-tenance

Easy, affordable mane-tenance

Hair is a woman’s crowning glory, but you needn’t spend a bundle to make it look and feel healthy. Consider all the money you’ve spent on your hair in the past year (and think of all the shoes you could have bought), then consider trying these tips based on things you already have in your […]

January 23, 2013 | 0 Comments More
The new hues

The new hues

While everyone else is hitting the slopes like powder is going out of style, some of us are hitting the stores already looking ahead to spring and stocking our closets full of floaty dresses and sandals we just-can’t-wait-to-wear on the first warm day. (And seriously, with this 30 degree weather, it’s starting to feel like […]

January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments More