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Look of the Week: Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to get all dolled up whether you're headed out for a night on the town or staying home for a more intimate evening.

When searching for an ensemble that's sure to get hearts racing, we steered clear of the clichéd reds and pinks associated with the sugar-coated holiday and instead opted for a romantic dress in the perfect shade of winter white. And to play up the sexy silhouette, we topped off the look with edgy accessories and the most adorable ring we've ever seen.

Now knock 'em dead.

 

 

 

7 V-Day Gifts She's Sure To Swoon Over

Though Valentines Day is well under a week away, thanks to a little thing called procrastination we're still on the hunt for gifts that will wow while leaving our wallets relatively intact. And whether you have a love or hate relationship with the Hallmark holiday, we're pretty sure you'll find something your special someone (or you) can't live without:

 

 

 

1. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette, $52: Every daydreaming dame will swoon over this Alice-inspired Book of Shadows.

 

Look of the Week: Super Bowl Sunday

Once a year we put aside our differences with pro football for a day of beer-drinking, commerical-watching, and wing-eating better known as Super Bowl Sunday.

Don't get us wrong, it's not so much the game that we don't enjoy, it's the oversized jerseys that the die-hard fans tend to wear and the loud drunkenness in overstuffed sports bars that turn us off. That's why we decided to put together a cute and comfortable (helloooo nachos!) outfit that will look fab no matter which team you're cheering on.

It's the New Orleans Saints v. Indianapolis Colts by the way.

 

 

 

Our Pick of the Litter: Etsy Local V-Day Gifts

An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and and opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shop for this week's Valentine's Day gift round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:

 

1. Valentine, Bleeding Necklace by iacua, $38: This cheeky copper heart pendant with garnet 'blood' is a beautiful token for hopeless romantics and skeptics alike.

 

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Style With Blanc de Chine

Get ready to take on the Year of the Tiger in style at Blanc de Chine's trunk show this weekend at the Asian Art Museum.

The Chinese fashion label will be showcasing their latest collections for men and women alongside the launch of the Rosalina for Blanc de Chine jewelry collection by local jeweler-to-the-stars Roslina Lydster. Those who aren't familiar with Blanc de Chine can expect to find minimalist designs that put a futuristic spin on traditional Chinese fashion. The result? Timeless pieces that work seamlessly in any urban wardrobe.

Look of the Week: IndieFest

Though we like to think of ourselves as relatively hip, the three-week independent music and film extravaganza known as IndieFest never fails to school us on the latest bands and movies on the brink of making it big.

In order to stand out in the inevitable sea of flannel and tees, we opted tor something a bit more fashion-forward yet equally casual to try out at one of the shows: head-to-toe denim. Seen all over the spring runways, we think there's no better time to embrace the Canadian Tuxedo and have fun with it!

Get FitFormed at Pilates ProWorks

Spin, eliptical, free weights, rest. Repeat.

Sound familiar? Well then it's time to give your tired gym routine a break and head to Cow Hollow's newest fitness studio, Pilates ProWorks.

But this isn't just any pilates workout. Get ready to tighen, lengthen and tone your body from head to toe using the FitFormer, an exclusive new-and-improved reformer machine designed by the owner, Oscan Sanin. The acclaimed exercise system incorporates strength training, cardio, resistance and stretching into the action-packed 55-minute class, which means you probably won't be able to move the next day. Luckily when you need a break from the machine, they also offer an impressive variety of yoga classes.

Cook! SF's 7-Day Detox: Worth the Hefty Price Tag?

After a party-filled holiday season, I decided it was time to wring out my liver and expand my diet past the expanse of cookies that seemed to follow me around. When I first heard about Cook! SF's Real Detox plan, I knew it was meant to be though my wallet put up a good fight.

You see, I have a history of cheating on diets and detoxes but with Cook! SF's structured meal plan, I wouldn't have to think about what to eat for the next 21 meals. My main reservation was giving up my three main vices: coffee, wine and chocolate. No gluten? No dairy? No problem, but no coffee?! Even though I was sure that I would spend the next week in a zombie-like haze, I decided to take the plunge regardless.

Look of the Week: Rain Rain Go Away

As much as we'd love to stay holed up on the couch as the city turns into Waterworld, unfortunately the show must go on...which means you have to get dressed. For this week's look, we sought out classic wardrobe staples that will look equally chic, as winter showers make way for spring flowers (though we don't recommend wearing galoshes in the sunshine).

From a covetable trench to sailor stripes to rubber motorcycle boots that support AIDS research, we're certain donning this adorable ensemble will cure even the gloomiest of moods:

 

1. Calypso St. Barth Sailor Shirt, $135

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