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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.

Okay Guys, Who’s Ready to Man Up?

There’s no question that connoisseurship is alive and well in the City by the Bay. But this weekend, the ethos usually reserved for locavore food fans, handcrafted cocktailians and urban cyclists extends its reach into the menswear realm for what is, arguably, the first San Francisco event devoted to dapper style.

Dubbed Man Up, the three-day pop-up menswear shop organized by the Durable Goods Concern brings gear for guys sourced from an independent, mostly local cadre of retailers and designers to a temporary central Market Street home.

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.

Gravel & Gold: A New Vintage and Design Destination in the Mission

The fact that Gravel & Gold’s URL could be read, rather morosely, as “Graveland Gold,” produces satisfied grins on the faces of Cassie McGettigan, Nile Nash and Lisa Foti-Straus, the twenty-something friends who co-own the new Mission District boutique that specializes in home accessories and vintage clothing. “It’s a little dark, but it seems to be an awesome name for a vintage store,” says McGettigan, a Virginia native.

It’s So On: Fashion Feud Final Challenge

Five months in the making, the final Fashion Feud competition taking place tomorrow night at Mighty brings together three local designers for an on-stage style showdown – all of which unfolds before onlookers’ eyes in just an hour’s time.

Launched in September by fashion and art event producer Owen Geronimo, who’s also leading the charge to revive San Francisco Fashion Week, the Project Runway-inspired competition features the winners of the three previous rounds: Julia Meeks, Gail B. Shrive and Alexandria Von Bromssen.

What’s the Deal: Beklina, My Boudoir, Lemon Twist and more…

The rain may be falling, but so are the prices at these local shops.

Beklina: A winter sale from this eco-minded NorCal-based online shop means deals on Ivana Helsinki leggings, ParkVogel tops and Green Bees boots.

My Boudoir: Stop by this Cow Hollow tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., and you’ll get a sneak peek of the new super-girlie Footsie Parties hitting San Francisco this month alongside 30 percent off lingerie.

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

Youthquake: Young SF Native To Debut Collection

We always love an emerging designer in this "youthquake" generation. Stanford alumni Wayne Hwang is showing his first runway collection this Friday, January 22 at the Roe Lounge (651 Howard Street). A design novice he is not -- Hwang has done numerous work under the label W Design for Charity Fashion Show and proven himself as a force in Palo Alto.

Rainy Days: Combat Bland Style

We've experienced our fair share of strange weather here in San Francisco. Usually one bad outfit is okay, but when weather.com predicts a month of on-and-off rain, we must fill the void somehow. The conundrum is what to wear when getting wet is inevitable and style becomes sacrificed. We've accumulated a few stylish alternatives to the eye-sore yellow rubber boots:

1. Ilse Jacobsen Rubber Combat Boots, $120: Exhaust the combat boot trend even in the rain.

Win This: 7 Hours in Heaven at East Bay Spa

You’ll have to wait until April for Spa Week, the national event that prompts over 800 spas nationwide to gift beauty indulgers with $50 treatments for one week only. In the meantime, you can prep for what’s ahead by setting yourself up with a chance to win seven hours of bliss at Oakland day spa Body by Melissa.

As part of Spa Week’s first annual wellness giveaway, the package will be bestowed upon one lucky winner from the Bay Area.

The seriously envy-inducing prize includes:

-    90-minute full body lymphatic drainage treatment with massage

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