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Tips from a hair-coloring Jedi, Oakland’s hidden shopping block, and advice from a top stylist.


Erika Pino








Hair Colorist

Personal Shopper/Stylist

Shopping Block

Dress to Impress

Time Crunch

More Winners



ShutterstockA Master of Color

Reader Pick | Hair Colorist

Think of Donald Kolinski at Danville’s Tribez Salon as a wizard when it comes to hair. He can take your dull, drab locks and turn them into something wonderful—and healthy. Here are three tips for choosing color, straight from the magician’s mouth.

Take the tone of your skin into consideration when choosing a color for your hair. Warmer skin tones look better with shades like auburn or golden brown, and cooler tones, you guessed it, work better with cooler colors like ashy brown.

If you crave the appearance of lustrous locks but have thin hair, color your hair a lighter hue. Lighter shades give your hair the illusion of thickness, while darker ones will thin it out.

Summer Glow
Want to make your skin look sun kissed without going to a tanning salon? Lighter hair tones will make your skin appear darker, giving you a late summer glow. tribezsalon.com. —Eliza Lamson


Mitch TobiasRetail Rethink

Reader Pick | Personal Shopper/Stylist

Racks stuffed with clothes. Flashy sale signs. Jeans and T-shirts stacked like Jenga pieces. Let’s be honest: Shopping can get a little overwhelming. Sometimes, it’s best to enlist professional help to guide you to that perfect outfit. Here, our readers’ favorite East Bay stylist, Danville-based Carolyn Rovner, shares her tips on how to shop with a trained eye. c2style.com.

Carolyn’s Tips

1. Pick flattering silhouettes.

If you’re full in the thighs and hips, you don’t want super skinny jeans because super skinny is like sausage casing. It’s not pretty.

2. Combo it.

If I know that a lace dress is a big trend this spring, and then I find it in emerald green, which is also a big trend—bam! Now we’ve got this super trend combination in one piece.

3. The "essence of."

If I see a beautiful leather motorcycle jacket for $1,000, I translate that into the “essence of.” I go to Zara and get the faux leather version for $150. It satisfies the need for the super trendy, but you haven’t broken the bank.

4. Know what’s in.

Stores will be selling “the trend.” If you're looking for an item that doesn't fit the trend, it will be tougher to find. And I can’t make it happen. We can tweak what’s in a little bit, but that’s all we’ve got. —Kristen Haney


Erika PinoHidden Treasures

Tiny Temescal Alley is an überhip retail destination.

Editor Pick | Shopping Block

When it comes to shopping, bigger isn’t always better—especially in the case of Oakland’s Temescal Alley. Tucked behind Pizzaiolo, the tiny alley’s carefully curated shops built in the stalls of an historic horse-drawn streetcar barn brim with unique merchandise.

Start at Esqueleto, the alluring jewelry shop where bones, fossilized stones, and rotating art installations accent the glistening gems. Owner Lauren Wolf, who makes ocean-themed cast silver and gold pieces, and gold stud earrings, will regale you with stories about each stunning piece. shopesqueleto.com.

Next, hit designer Ali Golden’s newly expanded studio and showroom to peruse her tailored and flowy separates. Golden offers everything from cropped silk blouses to glamour pieces like a long and loose maxi dress in a Golden-original print. aligolden.com.

Across the alley is Marisa Haskell’s, where you’ll find her Bohemian leather, brass, and turquoise- and crystal-laden jewelry. marisahaskell.com.

Grab something for your guy at Standard and Strange, a menswear shop that carries casual and clean-lined made-in-the-USA staples. You’ll have plenty to choose from among the stacks of denim, utility-style jackets, and crisp canvas bags from hard-to-find brands such as Tellason and Mobilized. standardandstrange.com.

Toward the back of the alley, Minds Eye Vintage owners Sarah Rainey and Maya Messoriano curate a high-quality collection of men’s and women’s pieces that mix the past with the present, from carved leather belts to turquoise rings. mindseyevintage.com.

For a midday pick-me-up, grab a cappuccino from The Cro Cafe, the pint-sized cafe serving artisanal Sightglass coffee. To keep your guy occupied, send him over to Temescal Alley Barber Shop for a classic shave. And when evening rolls around, settle into Pizzaiolo’s garden patio for a house-made cocktail—the perfect end to your day. thecrocafe.com, temescalalleybarbershop.tumblr.com, pizzaiolooakland.com. —Tessa Love


Angela DecenzoDress to Impress

Closet full of clothes but have nothing to wear? Here are our favorite East Bay boutique finds for men and women.


Reader Pick | Men’s Suit

When guys need to look sharp for a client, they head to Walnut Creek’s Daskalos. To keep things buttoned up without looking stuffy, veer away from black, and opt for a Canali suit in blue herringbone or light gray, paired with a colorful Robert Talbott tie. Or lose the jacket and tie, and go with an Eton sport shirt in blue check with contrasting stitching. daskalosfashions.com.

Off the Clock
Editor Pick | Men’s Weekend Wear

To go from lounging to drinks with the gang, start with Lafayette’s Venture Quality Goods’ merino wool Ibex polo and lightweight twill AG pants. Slip on a pair of clog-like OluKai shoes, which can be worn with the heel down or up, and add a slim Bellroy wallet. To transition into night, pull up the heels, and add a Blade and Blue button-down. You’ll look casual but put together. venturegoods.com.

On the Town
Reader Pick | Men’s Casual Store

To look good for a night out, consult the guys at Walnut Creek’s Atlas. Roll up a lightweight pair of straight-leg Hudson jeans in an unexpected color, and show off a little ankle in G Star’s leather-and-canvas wingtip brogues. Add a Stone Rose dress shirt, a deconstructed blazer from Penguin, and a vintage cuff outfitted with reclaimed numbers from an old locker room or stadium seat, and you’ll be ready to turn heads. atlasshops.com.

Erika PinoWomen

Reader Pick | Vintage Shop

Pick up designer rarities for hundreds less at Walnut Creek’s Labels Luxury Consignment. While stock changes frequently, look for a timeless combo like a black-and-cream Louis Féraud skirt suit paired with black patterned Dries Van Noten pumps and a Chanel bag. Or a slinky gray pleated top and skirt combo by Robert Rodriguez. Don a Phillip Lim blazer for work, and shrug it off for dinner. Don’t forget accessories from the expanded selection. labelsluxury.com.

Off the Clock
Reader Pick | Boutique

Lafayette’s Duchess excels at stocking breezy pieces that do double duty. While the selection changes, you can typically find a dress from Equipment or Parker for your base layer, which looks laid-back with a few Tai bracelets and a collection of stackable Melinda Maria rings. Amp it up with a striped blazer from Rory Beca and a statement necklace from AK Vintage. shopduchess.com.

On the Town
Editor Pick | Little non–black Dress

Another little black dress? Yawn. Swing by Piedmont’s McMullen for an edgier number. Start with a simple McMullen cami underneath a nude leather Dulkinys Davis bomber and a black pencil skirt by Phillip Lim. Complete the look with a Lizzie Fortunato chain-link necklace and a pair of black Jerome Rousseau heels. shopmcmullen.com. —Kristen Haney




Time Crunch

Find a beauty treatment to fit your schedule.

15 min: Tan
Editor Pick | Visit Soleil Tanning Salon at any of its East Bay locations to get your summer glow. Soleil has a variety of UV beds and offers sunless tanning spray that will leave you radiant without the radiation. soleiltanningsalons.com.

40 min: Nails
Reader Pick | Give your hands a buff up at Lafayette’s Lavande Nail Spa. Try the Rosy Rosie manicure, which includes a soak in rose essential oil, milk protein, and fresh mint; a scrub with rose and citrus; and a mist of rose water. lavandenailspa.com.

45 min: Blow Out
Editor Pick | The specialists at Walnut Creek’s Blow Dry Bar start with a shampoo using L’Oreal’s repair serum, before curling, straightening, twisting, or blowing your hair into a work of art. bdbstudio.com.

75 min: Facial
Reader Pick | Get the works with the signature facial at Walnut Creek’s SkinSpirit, which includes medical-grade microdermabrasion to shed dead skin, an enzyme exfoliation, and a copper peptide moisturizer that smoothes and rehydrates. skinspirit.com.

Two-plus hours: Day Spa
Reader Pick | Indulge in absolute relaxation at Changes Salon and Day Spa in Walnut Creek. Start with a 90-minute Nature’s Gift Pure Energy Massage Treatment, which includes hot-stone, reflexology, and pressure-point techniques. Extend your escape by purchasing a self-applied body treatment and heading to the steam therapy lounge to relax in steamy bliss. changessalon.com. —Eliza Lamson



More Winners!

Exercise Clothes

Lululemon Athletica
2956 College Ave., Berkeley, (510) 666-0418; 1201 Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 274-1253, lululemon.com

Eyeglasses Shop

Dublin Ranch Optometry
3708 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, (925) 551-3937, dublinranchoptometry.com

Hair Stylist

Rhea Bianco
Celebration Salon, 3195 Danville Blvd., Alamo, (925) 314-1760, hair2dye4.me

Maternity Couture Shop

Destination Maternity
1604 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 274-1006, destinationmaternity.com

Men’s Haircut/Barbershop

Katharina Hairstyles for Men
306 Rose St., Danville, (925) 451-2499

Place for Waxing

Lavande Nail Spa
3589 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, (925) 299-8877, lavandenailspa.com

Shoe Store

175 E. Prospect Ave., Danville, (925) 552-6638


Olgas Atelie
91 Gregory Ln., Ste. 1, Pleasant Hill, (925) 825-2327, olgasatelie.net

Women’s Hair Salon

Tribez Salon
4062 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., Danville; 111 Town and Country Dr., Ste. G, Danville, (925) 362-8600, tribezsalon.com


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