As you take down the holiday decorations and begin to recover from all of the New Year’s festivities, you probably took the time to jot down some of your goals for 2012, but whether you have started to implement them is another story. It can be difficult to get started on your own, and that’s why we’re providing this handy inspirational guide on how you can make 2012 your year, using resources in Union Square. Whether you’re looking to organize last year’s clutter, rejuvenate your style, pick up a new hobby or kick your butt back into shape we’ve got plenty of ideas and suggestions to get you started.
After the hectic holiday season, you may need a little organization in your life. Luckily, Union Square is home to the mecca of home organization solutions - the Container Store. Located on Fourth Street between Market and Mission, this store is one of the best places to get started. Their best-selling Elfa organization systems can help you start the New Year off right with modular storage solutions custom-tailored to fit your needs. If all that variety and flexibility seems a bit overwhelming, stop by the Union Square location on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 or 3:00 p.m. for a free introductory demonstration. If more modern, stylish solutions are your thing, you might want to check out their Umbra line, which features fun items like this adorable Birdseye door rack or a little black dress jewelry organizer that will blend right into your wardrobe. For a more refined, classic look, stop by Crate & Barrel on the corner of O’Farrell and Stockton Streets. Typically known for their high-quality housewares, they also carry a wide range of organizing and storage solutions. Their smart and functional line of furniture and accessories is the perfect way to revitalize your pantry, closet or bath. Solutions like a woven magazine basket and wire baskets great for kitchen pantries are the perfect way to bring order to all the nooks and crannies of your home.
Update your look:
If it’s you and not your home that needs a little extra care, it might be time to revitalize your look. It’s easy to get lost amongst all of the great fashion and beauty options here in Union Square, but with the help of our special services you can find a new head-to-toe look that’s perfectly suited for your personal style. Begin with a new hairstyle at one of our countless luxury salons, like Cinta Salon. After a relaxing shampoo and scalp massage, consult with one of their stylists to find the perfect new cut or color. In addition to top-notch hair services, they also offer a wide range of other salon services, including make-up, skincare, body treatments, waxing, threading, and mani/pedis. After you’ve spruced up your ‘do, head on over to your personal style consultation at Macy’s or Nordstrom. Both department stores offer complimentary one-on-one appointments with knowledgeable stylists, who work with you (and your budget!) to identify the shades and silhouettes that best suit your body type and your unique style. If you’re pressed for time, not ready to commit to an entire style overhaul or just looking to experiment with something a little trendier, pop over to Sephora on Powell Street. Their Nail Bar, launched exclusively in Union Square and New York earlier this year, is the perfect place to experiment with all the new nail art trends hitting the scene. They accept walk-ins, so this is the perfect place to refresh your style during your spare time with a quick and fun mani/pedi.
Pick up a new hobby:
If 2012 is your year to try new things, consider picking up a hobby. We’ve got a few tricks hidden up our sleeve here in Union Square to help you out with this one. Maybe you have been meaning to pick up photography? Our brand-spankin’ new Lomography boutique over on Sutter Street specializes in analogue cameras, and has the support network needed to feed your creative drive. Stop by the store to find your perfect camera (we’re particularly smitten with their ultra-retro cubic-printed La Sardina Camera), then join their online community to share your work. If you’re more into fabrics than film, check out Britex Fabrics on Geary Street. This four-story fabric emporium contains yards of designer fabrics, laces, ribbons and buttons, not to mention an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff. As if a visit to the landmark store wasn’t enough to get your creative juices flowing, you can also check out their blog for additional ideas, patterns and tutorials. If embroidery seems more like your thing, then hop just around the corner to Needlepoint. You can choose from their enormous selection of silk threads and patterns to get started on your first needlepoint creation. Perhaps you’ve been meaning to channel your inner iron chef and take your cooking skills to the next level. In that case, keep your eye on Williams-Sonoma’s calendar of cooking and technique classes. These creative courses are designed to introduce you to new culinary styles, as well as how to use the tools needed for a flawless execution.
Revitalize your fitness regimen:
This isn’t the most original New Year’s resolution, but it’s stuck around for a reason. After a long holiday season of cookies and fudge, we can use a little extra motivation to get back in shape. Maybe Union Square does not immediately come to mind when you think of working out, but we’re not just gourmet restaurants and shopping! Stop by the Niketown flagship store located right on the square to pick up a new pair of kicks before running over to Lululemon Athletica on Grant Avenue. Every Thursday evening, the Lululemon Run Club meets up at the store before heading out on a four or six mile route through the City. All levels of runners are welcome here, but if you’re feeling intimidated by San Francisco’s steep hills, you can stick to the gym by setting up a membership at Club One Fitness Center. In addition to membership, they offer personal training, group fitness classes, lifestyle training and spa services. For more ideas, check out our previous blog post on fitness gear in Union Square.
So, whether 2012 is going to be your year of organization, reinvented style, new hobbies or fitness we hope we’ve given you a little inspiration to start the year off on the right foot.