above: a shot of the interior of Harput's Market in San Francisco, with three Vespa scooters parked near a sunglass display case
above: a display of belts at Harput's Market
I'm still recovering from an action-packed weekend in San Francisco! While I was originally in town to attend a friend's wedding, I couldn't, of course, resist the temptation to check out some local boutiques. The Mr. and I were staying near Union Square, and even though I know rough geographic layouts due to my college years in the East Bay, I had forgotten how far neighborhoods can be from one another... without the assistance of a car or bus. The BART will only get you so far!
Some standout boutiques included the quirky charm of Harput's Market, which sells not only cutting edge labels such as Pleasure Principle and Y's, but racks of its own, versatile, fashion-forward line, Harput's Own. The in-store label looks surprisingly plain on the hanger, but, through the magic of styling and manipulation of fastenings, can be worn in many different ways. We were pleasantly surprised by the laidback atmosphere of the shop and delighted by the colorful belts and custom-made belt buckles on display in the loft-like space.
I also picked up a boyfriend-style sweater at Candystore Collective, a charming boutique in the Mission district-- Thanks for the tip, Lorraine of SF Indie Fashion!
above: a band of Segways spotted near the church on wedding day
On Saturday, the perfect sunny day for a wedding, the Mr., my sister, her boyfriend and I made our way to a charming North Beach church to witness the union of our mutual friend, Ian and his beloved now-wife, Jenny. The bride ran a little late due to a parade cutting off traffic across Market Street. We were all a little tense about that, but once he began reciting his vows, Ian broke down in tears and we were all so moved.
above: the altar at the church- talk about old school!
After the ceremony, the party headed to a Chinese restaurant for a traditional style Chinese wedding banquet. The bride's family is Chinese, and they threw a really fun party, complete with a wedding singer (who as it turns out was the owner of the restaurant) who stole the show singing hits all night, including Chris de Burgh's Lady in Red and Spandau Ballet's True.
above: a shot of the elaborate fascinator veiled hat worn by the bride, in lieu of a traditional veil-- a really neat idea
above: another modern touch: instead of floral arrangements, the couple placed some fashion editorial-worthy shots at each table