My Friday afternoon off found me wandering on Sacramento Street, a quiet tree-lined street in Laurel Heights where there are some great local shops. You will find a large contingency of great kids and baby stores there, but since that wasn't my thing, I kept to the womens fashion boutiques.
One store that I have been dying to visit since it opened is Philanthropist. This gorgeous store is based on a very unique business model: 100% of their profits go to Bay Area charities! What better reason to shop than that. I was very impressed with their designer offering: 3.1 Philip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, Doo.Ri, Stella McCartney, Rachel Roy... I could go on and on! Unfortunately I didn't find anything specific to suit my fancy, but that is all the more reason for me to go back (and soon).
Next I stopped into a boutique a few doors down, Luna, also chock full of lovely things. I was immediately drawn in by their impressive array of Autumn Cashmere... who doesn't need cashmere when winter is approaching?! I ended up trying on and loving a fabulous one-shouldered ruffle dress with an adorable black and white bird print (remember that post?). I can totally see it in both summer with cute sandals, and winter with tights and boots! And I found a great black and yellow printed scarf too.
Other great finds on Sacramento: Grocery Store (great tees and jeans), Sarah Shaw (beautiful offering of feminine designers, lots of dresses), a few good consignment stores, and a lovely florist called Birch.