Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Waterlilies - Paradise Apparel to Perfection

Sacramento Street, San Francisco Boutique Pique
By: Erica Hahn @ Boutiquing

Set the Scene: While you may not think of beachwear when you think of San Francisco, you might very well forget where you are as you make your way into this small swim shop on Sacramento Street. From a relaxing retreat in the desert to a secluded sanctuary in the Seychelles, nothing seems too far away when surrounded by Hampton-worthy hats and bright bikinis. With impeccable lighting, cozy chairs, and warm wood accents, comfort is key at Waterlilies (which is saying a lot when you are daring to slip into swimwear). The amazing service and friendly faces of the adorable owners (with the cutest accents to match) adds to the ease of shopping.

Labels We Love: An extensive collection of designer swimwear from Eres, OndadeMar, Melissa Odabash, Milly, Heidi Klein, LeTarte, and Jets by Jessika Allen. Cover-ups and clothing from Jean Paul Gaultier's Soleil, Tysa, and Cool Change, and warm-weather travel must-haves: pareos made of silk cotton from Sri Lanka.

Prepare To Pay:
SWIMWEAR - $125 to $400
CLOTHING - $75 to $350
HANDBAGS - From LA-based Hat Attacks line Biji Baja totes at $75 to stellar raffia weekenders by Australian designer Helen Kaminski with luscious leather accents up to $400.
JEWELRY - An amazing selection of local designer Jennifer Tuton's colorful baubles from $50 to $300.
ANYTHING UNDER $80? Tons of tidbits to finalize your look like Jack Rogers sandals, wide-brimmed hats, pareos and Kukula bangles (they are the only US store to carry of these vintage wallpaper wrapped peices!).

Sale Sighting: Having just been raided by a Spring Break rush, there was no need for a sale rack, but let that speak volumes about the wisely edited collection of suits at every price.

Summed Up in a Sentence: Wherever your tropical travels may take you, your first stop should always be Waterlilies for a sophisticated yet stylish, luxurious but relaxed, comfortable and cool, altogether sun-sational ensemble.

3440 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

2 El Paseo Lane
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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