8. Style Star: David

I literally leaped over a bench in the BART to get to this man and this is why:

I think instead of asking him shyly whether I could take his photo, I screamed: I have to take your picture!

I love seeing this kind of attention to detail and composition in an outfit. Turns out it was David's birthday (Happy B-day from SF Styleoscope!) suit (ha,ha), BUT he assured me he dresses like this on a daily basis. This makes me happier than I am comfortable admitting.

He works at Nordstrom's as a stylist, so if your style needs a pick-me-up, he is so your man.


7. Style Scoped Out: Doe

A feature we hope to have regularly on Styleoscope is Scoped Out, where we meet with stars of the SF fashion scene. Our first stop was the absolutely adorable Doe,

a well-edited boutique in the lower haight that carries everything from cute home decor to stylish accessories and clothing. Many of their designers are local and independent.

We asked owner Kati Kim to share her thoughts on style and Marielle graciously agreed to model some of Doe's fabulous merchandise. (Click on the images to see them full-size)

1. Why is your store unique?

* we offer variety of pricepoints – from $1 candy and $3 packages of Japanese stickers to dresses, coats, jewelry and shoes in the $300 range.
* most goods – especially clothing and accessories, designed and produced on the west coast
* family owned and operated
*sister-store in noe valley
*e-commerce site with employee-produced blog
* lots of collaboration with artists and designers to produce exclusive goods
* employees often create original items for the shop


2. What is one item of clothing you could not live without?

One style – two versions. A Prairie Underground dress from two years ago. One is blue in size medium, the other is size small in dusty rose. It’s woven cotton with lace inserts and adjustable ruching detail at the hem. The bustline is fitted and it has a bustle effect at the rear. I’ve machine washed and dried these dresses countless times and they’re still in perfect condition.

Also, I could never live without oversize earrings and wedge boots (in the winter), wedge sandals when it’s warm.

3. What is your fashion pet peeve/ nightmare?

* The two-bag look
* Vintage clothing that hasn’t been washed before wearing and is stained, smells bad, or both!

4. Where do you get your style inspiration?

* The doe girls
* The hair stylists who work at the countless salons in the neighborhood, particularly Edo - also located on the 600 block of Lower Haight
* My two little girls (6 and 2) – I like to dress them first and coordinate my outfits accordingly

5. What's your favorite place in the bay area?

I have a few –
Oakland Marine Aquatic Park
Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
Wholesale Flower Market at Halfmoon Bay
Japan Town

6. How would you describe San Francisco style?


MARIELLE'S GORGEOUS EARRINGS AND BAGS (yes, she makes them. Check her work out at Doe and here)

7. What was your favorite item of clothing as a child?

Oversized, cropped pink t-shirt screened w/ rows of puffy flamingos, from a tourist boutique called “Seaspray” in South Padre Island, Texas. I wore it tied at the side, usually with white short-shorts.

8. What's the weirdest/craziest piece of clothing you've ever worn?

Not one item, but a favorite outfit from fall 1998 – ankle-length green cord skirt by Nisa, rainbow striped v-neck top (pretty sure it was Esprit), purple patent high-tops w/ strawberry-print laces.

grey patent boots and Marielle's feather earrings

These awesome dove grey patent leather hidden wedge boots go with everything and are so fabulous. See:

9. What are the top songs/bands you're loving right now?

San Quinn’s Hyphy version of “San Francisco” kills me. Anything by Mac Dre. Sean Hayes, the Mountain Goats. Dolly Parton remixes.

10. Can you please suggest a fun DIY project to make as holiday gifts/decoration?

Paperwhite bulbs – buy them now before they’re gone!

You’ll need: Pebbles, a small cup or forcing vase, and a narcissus bulb. Fill container with pebbles, push the bulb so it’s ½ covered with stones, and water just to the middle of the bulb. When the plant blooms, the flowers will smell amazing! Also, with proper care and storage, the bulbs will bloom year after year.

Thanks so much, Kati and Marielle!
If you are interested in any of the items click on the links below for more info:
dark teal dress black ruffled dress purple dress printed dress grey boots metallic flats red bag


6. Haight and DeYoung Style

Not to keep harping on the DeYoung here, but for anyone with an interest in fashion in the Bay Area, I can't think of a more, ahem, productive way to spend the day than basking in the genius of YSL and then trotting over across the park to the Haight and scoring fabulous vintage finds while drinking many a creamy latte or chai or whatever your signature bev is. This past weekend the Goodwill had a everything is $2 sale!

Some great guy style below:

Glamorous in Goodwill:

Loving the lucite wedge pumps and the velvet scalloped jacket!


5. Yves Saint Laurent at DeYoung

You probably already know this. What you may not know is that the DeYoung is the only US museum to show the retrospective and that there are well over 100 pieces of his work. The show will be there till early April. Go!


4. Etsy Weekend Wishlist

We have some exciting posts coming up, including street style and interviews, so look for those in the coming weeks!

Today, we just so happened to find a few cute things on Etsy and with the holidays nipping at our heels, we thought we'd encourage you to support independent designers and perhaps rock some DIY. So get inspired!

Craving crocheted earrings. From PreciousMeshes and

Craving cozy knits. From Yokoo and Kelgwo.

Craving deconstructed bags. From Mishi,
Coterie Design
, Nixnaxsax, Delacy.

Have a great weekend everyone! If you have a favorite Etsy seller, leave their name in the comments!


3. Style Blogs We Love

If any of you are looking for inspiration, you'll find it here (of course) but we'd also like to share five of our favorite style blogs.

1. Sea of Shoes
Really great shoes (as implied) and really great job mixing high, low and vintage fashion. What is also unique about this blog is that both a girl and her mother pose, and there is never a single miss. They always look amazing and unique.

2. Garance Dore
French fashion at its absolute best. Consistently gorgeous shots and style.

3. Hel-Looks
Helsinki fashion at its absolute best. If you're looking for unique and thrifted, avant-garde and out of the box, this is fabulous. The accompanying interviews with the subjects are a must-read.

4. Kingdom of Style
DIY, incredibly unique and adventurous looks.

5. The Sartorialist
Everyone knows the Sart, so we're probably not telling you anything new, but we can't not put the Sart in our top 5.

Go and be inspired!
P.S. If you have any faves, leave them in the comments! We love discovering new fashion genius!


2. Model Matrioshkas

To celebrate Russian Vogue's 10th anniversary, fashion houses were asked to design matrioshka dolls to be auctioned off at a charity event. Below are our favorites alongside their real life inspirations:

Roberto Cavalli
Alena Akhmadullina
Maison Martin Margiela

Check out the rest of the dolls here!

{Images from Vogue UK and style.com}