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Tonight: Sip and Swap

Cleaning out your closet can be a terrible task indeed, but add the promise of wine and new (to you, at least) clothes as incentive, and it’s suddenly not so bad.

Tonight you’ll find both waiting at Avra Organic Spa in Fisherman’s Wharf, where Fashion Slave will be hosting its first clothing exchange event of 2010.

What's the Deal: Sofie Olgaard, Skunkfunk, Secession and more

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Project Runway's Amy Sarabi on Chinatown-Inspired Fashion and NY v. SF Style

26 year-old Oakland-based designer Amy Sarabi (who was part of 7x7's 2008 Hot 20 Class) is killing it on this season of Project Runway. We caught up with the designer to ask her a few questions about her inspirations, aspirations and SF style. Check out her collection here and cheer her on tonight on the show!

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!

New Downtown Beauty Spot: Pigment Cosmetics

During winter months, we could all use a little extra color. For serious hue help, head to new downtown destination Pigment Cosmetics.

“This is an ideal situation for someone who likes fashion colors with staying power, that’s really the essence, beautiful colors that will last longer,” says company founder Manhal Mansour.

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.

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