A Guide to the Perfect Date in San Francisco
Our first ever shop-in-shop - inside Banana Republic in San Francisco - is near and dear to our hearts. What makes San Francisco so special, you ask? We sat down with our SF Store Manager, Kella Manuel, to discover her take on why this store is in the perfect location for dates, travel, and of course, beauty. Read on to see her best recs!
What do you love most about your city?
A: I am truly in love with San Francisco. The city is colorful and vibrant, plus there is something for everyone. Ultimately, the weather is the reason I moved here because I love the cold so much!
Q: What is your latest favorite beauty find?
A: I have super problematic skin and Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Pollution Serum has helped me tremendously. I use it day and night before my Zelens Hydro-Shiso Balancing Moisturizer to keep my oily skin under control. The Jenny Patinkin Rose on Rose Face Roller made from rose quartz is my new favorite item. I leave it in the fridge before I use it because I like the cooling effect and it helps penetrate the serums into my skin. I’m excited to welcome more beauty and love in my life!
Q: What is your favorite local tourist attraction?
The Golden Gate Bridge is my favorite tourist attraction - it’s expected, but so iconic! I have a favorite spot in the Marin Headlands to take a photo of by the bridge where it looks like you’re floating on top of it.
Q: What is your favorite hidden gem in SF?
A: Not sure if it’s hidden, but definitely underrated, is Japantown in San Francisco. There are cute restaurants and shops where you can immerse yourself in Japanese culture, plus as a beauty girl I love looking through J-beauty goods.
Q: We’re big components on self-care, what is your go-to for taking care of you?
A: As a working woman it is important to take time to pamper yourself. I set aside time to treat myself special with a Korean spa trip, where they really scrub every inch of your body and massage you from head to toe. At home after work, I love using the FlashMasque Hydrate Facial Sheet Masks from Patchology and I pamper my body with my favorite Clé de Peau Body Exfoliator and Restorative Body Cream.
Q: Describe your perfect date
A: Napa is a quick trip from SF. My perfect date consists of a private hot air balloon ride across Napa and dinner at my favorite restaurant Allegria. Dates are the perfect excuse for me to break out my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick for an all-around glow.
Q: What are your favorite date night hot spots in SF?
- The first would be the Redwood Room, a glam lounge inside the Clift hotel that always has great music playing.
- The second one is the two Michelin star restaurant Acquerello. It’s very old-school with a prixe fixe menu and their dessert cart is what keeps me coming back.
- Foreign Cinema in the mission also has a great bar and food selection. They screen a movie while dining outdoors, which is a fun backdrop for dinner.
- Alexander’s Steakhouse in Nob Hill presents this gorgeous presentation of their food plus the ambiance is super alluring.
Q: What beauty look would you do for a date night (mention must-have products)?
A: My signature look is a smokey eye. It’s always current. I love a good sultry eye and the Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows have all the colors I need to create my look. The Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner is my holy grail too because it doesn’t smear and is great for sensitive eyes like mine. For lips I use my favorite Lipsmart Treatment under the By Terry Terrybly Velvet Rouge in #1. This combination won’t compromise the formula of my lipsticks and it gives me that essence of pouty, kissable lips.
Q: What are you gifting your significant other?
A: I’m very single! However, if I did have a special somebody, I would 100% percent get them Golden State Warriors tickets. The men in the city are wild for their sports. I would also gift them the Tom Ford Oud Wood fragrance - it’s so fresh.
Q: What beauty product is on your Valentine’s Day wish list?
A: Slip silk pillowcases and scrunchies! I have one already but I would like to add a white pillowcase in my collection, plus all my girlfriends took my black scrunchies so I need new ones! My friends and I have a lot of hair so these Slip scrunchies are life changing for us.
Q: What will you wear for Valentine’s Day?
A: Banana Republic has such cute faux fur vests and coats. It’s inches away from us so I am very grateful for the endless options.
Q: What does your date night skincare routine consist of?
A: For date nights, I always use Natura Bissé Diamond Instant Glow. The 3-step ampoule treatment gives me plump, bright and lifted skin which helps me apply my makeup more smoothly. I’ve noticed that at the end of the night, I don’t need to touch up at all.
Q: What is your favorite date night song?
A: Simplethings by Miguel is my favorite song. His voice is so soothing and sets the tone for an amazing night.
Thank you Kella for your amazing #beautyelevated tips and recommendations.
Please note our shop-in-shop in Banana Republic SF is now closed for business. We had a lot of fun and are grateful to have experienced this unique concept in the heart of such a lively city.