Secret Source

Posted on: January 15th, 2014 by Carrie Young 1 Comment

My friend Cara Henderson is one of the chicest native San Franciscans I know. As a personal shopper/style expert she consults to a long list of clients, helping the women of San Francisco discover their inner-fashionista. When she’s not searching for Birkin bags, you can find her navigating the city’s steep hills- with adorable toddler in tow- sporting some serious heels. In her words, here’s Cara’s slice of San Francisco.


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CRIS One of my favorite vintage/resale clothing stores. This boutique always has a relevant mix of contemporary and designer clothing and accessories. It’s like looking in your stylish friend’s closet! The owner, Cris- a former stylist- is super chic and her edit of clothing and accessories is superb and on-trend. Prices are comparatively good for popular labels and designers.


TOSCA CAFÉ The perfect stop for a drink or dinner on a date night. Order the house cappuccino- which has bourbon- in this cool and cozy old school bar- and newly renovated restaurant from celeb chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig in New York. It still has all the charm…with a fresh new buzz.


NOB HILL SPA Sip tea around an infinity pool and enjoy the floor-to-ceiling sweeping city views. Book a massage or facial and then spend the day relaxing by the pool, jacuzzi or fireplace reading. Then order a healthy spa lunch and enjoy the view. It is like a day away from the City.


SAIN SAINE Reflexology in Japantown that will become addictive. After a long week, get the foot reflexology and you will be completely refreshed. Whatever ached on you will be worked out. This is traditional Japanese reflexology at a modest price. Its location in Japantown also makes for a great date with a sushi lunch or dinner afterwards.


FARMER’S MARKET, FERRY BUILDING A great way to spend your Saturday morning, buy fresh foods, and get breakfast too. Purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and local specialty foods directly from the source. The food trucks serve fantastic breakfasts you can eat outside sitting along the water. This activity is fun for the whole family.


DE YOUNG MUSEUM Featured exhibits are always inspiring. Especially notable are the fashion/textile exhibits like Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and Balenciaga. What a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon.

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FARLEY BAR AT CAVALLO POINT Have lunch and enjoy one of the best views on the bay. Order the Farley Bar burger outside on the veranda on the cushioned seating and enjoy the unique and serene view.  I take my toddler after spending the day at The Discovery Museum next door. The laid-back atmosphere and nature setting is a respite from the City!


WINE & OYSTER BAR, ST. FRANCIS YACHT CLUB Eat fresh oysters and drink wine in a lounge setting directly on the water facing the Golden Gate Bridge. This chic lounge is one of my favorite special places to take friends and clients.  During the day you have an unobstructed view of happenings on the bay and at nighttime you see the twinkling lights of Marin and the bridge.
Cara Henderson has been enhancing people’s images in the fashion industry for over ten years, creating and styling wardrobes for television and print advertising campaigns for a Fortune 500 retail company. She has collaborated with many of the top photographers, models, and commercial directors in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In her positions in marketing and advertising, she helped produce and style commercials, photo shoots, and fashion shows, many of them award-winning. As founder of Cara henderson Style Consulting, Cara provides style consulting to individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

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