Where is the Fox & Doll studio?
The studio is located in the Mission neighborhood in San Francisco, only 4 blocks from Mission and 16th Street BART. The address is 3150 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110.
The entrance is on Treat Street just around the corner from the listed address, between 17th and 18th Streets. My name on the buzzer system is under “Fox & Doll”, #259. PLEASE DO BUZZ ME TO BE LET IN, even if someone offers to let you in on their way in or out. Once I buzz you in take the stairs up to the second floor and walk straight through the walkway to the open balcony (you should see a glimpse of the Sutro Tower straight in front of you), then turn right, I am in space #259. My studio is open by appointment only, but if you want to drop by to see it or to pick up some products please call to set up an appointment.
Parking on street can be challenging at that time, there is a paid lot at Folsom at 17th if you need it. I sometimes have back to back appointments with clients and do not have additional waiting area, so if you do arrive early there is a wonderful cafe on Folsom Street around the corner, Stable Cafe, or you can always call my cell number (415.420.0527) to check if I am available.
Want to see pictures of my studio! Check out this blog post.
Where can I find Fox & Doll products?
Fox & Doll beauty products and jewelry are sold in Fox & Doll online shop, in my San Francisco studio by appointment.
The jewelry portion of my line is also available online and in these stores:
Curator, two locations in San Francisco, the Mission and Noe Valley
Foggy Notions, located in the Richmond district of San Francisco
Museum of Craft + Design, located in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco
Rare Device, two locations in San Francisco, the Mission and NOPA districts
Sunhee Moon, two locations in San Francisco, the Mission and Fillmore districts
What is your product return policy?
How far in advance do I need to book you?
The sooner, the better, but if you want to book me a week out and I’m available, I’ll do it. If you are seeking wedding makeup and hair services I suggest booking me as soon as you have a date set and venue booked. Some clients book me over a year in advance, and some book me just weeks before. Please remember that the date isn’t booked until a signed contract and deposit have been received, and I only take on a limited number of weddings per month, so definitely let me know as soon as you’re ready to book! Once I give you a contract I ask that the contract and deposit be returned within 48 hours.
How should I prepare for my appointment?
For hair, come with your hair 100% dry, one day dirty is just fine and actually preferred as long as your hair doesn't tent to get oily right away. For makeup, your face should be clean and free of any sunscreen or products. Bring pictures or web links for makeup and/or hairstyles. Bring pictures of what you will be wearing. And wear a neutral color with either a open neckline or something that is easy to take off once your makeup and/or hair are complete. Want more info of you are a bride, read the next section of this page.
What is the mailing address for returns and product samples?
Attn: Shana Astrachan, 171 Guerrero Street, Unit #2, San Francisco, CA 94103 (see above for physical studio address)
Visiting my studio and want to know what else is close by? (listed in order of distance, check hours and days open in advance)
- Gus's Market (everything you could want in a neighborhood market, plus a cafe and salad bar)
- Stable Cafe (outdoor seating and wonderful breakfast and lunch food in a casual and beautiful setting, 1 block away)
- El Tepa Taqueria (classic inexpensive mexican food, 1 block away)
- Gallardos Mexican Restaurant (good more expensive mexican food, 1.5 blocks away)
- Heath Ceramics (a bay area classic, and a popular spot for wedding registries)
- Tartine Manufactory (one of the best bakeries in town, and coffee too - located on the corner of the Heath Ceramics Building)
- Charles Chocolates (cafe, shop and factory)
- Siteglass Coffee (3014 20th Street)
- Salumeria (one of the best salads I have ever had, the little gem, and a nice little market for cheese and fresh made pastas)
Getting married at City Hall and want to know what special food and drink spots are near City Hall and recommended to make the day special?
Bars & Cafes (all within walking distance from City Hall) -
- 20th Century Cafe (one of my favorite places to eat ever, great for a casual yet special lunch)
- Fig and Thistle (wine bar)
- Raxakoule Wine & Cheese, the Cheese Cave in the back (sit down with wine and a cheese plate in their back patio)
- Smuggler's Cove (one of the best Tiki Bars around, excellent drinks, especially the Hot Buttered Rum)
- The Orbit Room (my FAVORITE cocktail bar, and a lovely art deco setting, crafted cocktails, over 20 years in business)
- Noir Lounge (a great spot for cocktails and small plates)
- Miette (cakes and candies, and pretty displays, a great spot to take some fun and colorful pictures)
Restaurants (some close to City Hall and some across town, but well worth the short cab ride) -
- Absinthe (a classic spot for a special dinner, very close by to City Hall)
- Beratta (contemporary italian food, in the Mission, private room for groups available)
- Delfina and Locanda (any of the Delfina group restaurants, some of the best food in the city, in the Mission)
- Foreign Cinema (a unique spot for a special dinner, in the Mission, private room for groups available)
- Greens (vegetarian in a lovely setting, lunch and dinner, across town at Fort Mason, on the water, private room for groups available)
- NOPA (open late, great food and excellent cocktails, weekend brunch is also popular, near Alamo Square Park)
- Rich Table (great food and excellent cocktail, very close by to City Hall)
- Slanted Door (a longtime favorite spot for a special lunch or dinner, at the Ferry Building, on the water, private room for groups available)
- Wayfare Tavern (a classic downtown San Francisco restaurant, private room for groups available)
Hotels in Downtown SF -
- The Alisa (a new hotel that quickly became my favorite)
- The Clift (hip and luxurious)
- The Fairmont (a San Francisco classic, and there is a legendary Tiki Bar in the basement - The Tonga Room)
I have lived in San Francisco 20 years and like to keep up on the best spots to visit, both the old classic and the hot new locations. So if you are looking for something particular just ask, I am more than happy to make suggestions.
Preparing for Your Bridal Preview Appointment
Here is what you need to be prepared to meet for a hair and makeup preview for your wedding day services.
Please bring a picture of your dress (if you have it), picture of your shoes, jewelry, any possible hair accessories. It also helps to see inspiration images for your location, flowers, decor and any other contributing aesthetic design elements. Come with your face clean and free of any products, and your hair one day or more unwashed. The natural oils in your hair assist with hold and texture. Wear a light colored top with an open neckline, the idea here is that you aren’t wearing a black turtleneck. Arrive alone, while it is a fun idea to bring a friend it can also be distracting from our focus of figuring out the style and look that best suits you for your wedding day.
The best tool I have found to use for collecting inspiration images is Pinterest. I have a few boards you can look at here:
Various Makeup Styles
Flowing Wedding Hair
Modern Vintage Looks
And I suggest you start your own to collect images of style you love, it is also great for inspiration from everything from decor, to cocktail, to flowers. And if you become addicted beyond wedding day planning you can follow all my boards:
http://pinterest.com/shana_astrachan/ or you can invite me to a private board by sending an invitation to: sastrachan (@) gmail (dot) com
Preview meetings for makeup and hair are usually about 2.5-3 hours. They include one makeup and one hair look. You do want to come prepared knowing what look you want. I of course will consult with you between options, but keep in mind that I can create any look that you seek, so it is best to really have an idea of what direction you want prior to your meeting. If you do want to try out two totally different looks please let me know in advance and we can discuss scheduling additional time and the added pricing.
Some ideas to get you started:
A stylized look from a specific era?
Hair up or down?
Sexy smokey bedroom eyes or wide eyed winged liner?
Bold red lips or rosy natural lips?
A updo that is smooth and structured or a loose textured?
I also love seeing examples of what you don’t like, it is surprising helpful for getting to the heart of what you like about particular looks.
If you are considering fresh flowers for your hair please take a look at this article from The Beauty Department. You don't need to bring them with you for the preview appointment but I always like to have an idea of what you have in mind when we meet. They also have this great article on Wedding Hair Accessories.
I look forward to being your wedding day stylist!
Wedding Vendors and Resources I Love
Complete list COMING SOON in the meantime you can see a list here and a few more favorites below:
Ampersand SF • Church Street Flowers • California Sister (Sonoma) • Farm Girl Flowers • The Floral Loft • Floramore • Home Sweet Flowers • Lila B. Design • Mandolin Floral • Natalie Bowen Designs • The Petaler • Studio Choo • Susan Zaring • Wallflower Design
Paper Portrayals • Fiber Florist
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