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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 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

Spring Forward: Bacca Da Silva Spring 2010

For his latest collection of men’s and women’s apparel, San Francisco designer Bacca Da Silva inches away from the intricately-beaded, handmade pieces long associated with his label to embrace styles with simpler construction and more versatile silhouettes.

“For the spring summer 2010, we are making pieces that are a little less elaborated, less hand work,” says Da Silva, whose most complicated custom designs featuring hand-embroidered details can take up to three months to complete.

Da Silva’s aesthetic may be more streamlined than in collections past, but don’t expect the looks hanging from the racks in the Brazilian-born designer’s Sutter Street showroom starting this month to be any less bold.

Beyond Bling: More-Than-Meets-the-Eye Jewelry Hits SF

Let’s try this one on for size: wearing fine ideas can be just as luxurious as precious metals and sparkling stones.

Believe it? We’re betting you will after perusing the 80+ pieces on display at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design through May. A brand new exhibit opened on Friday at the Sutter Street museum, Designers on Jewelry: 12 Years of Jewelry Production by Chi ha paura…? proves eye-catching baubles need not rely simply on the size of the stone or cut and carat to produce envy-inducing oohs and aahs.

SFMOMA Teams Up with The Gap: Wear A Work of Art For Under $25

SFMOMA really knows how to throw a party. To coincide with their 75th anniversary celebration, they enlisted the help of nine artists with Bay Area ties and local clothing giant Gap to create a line of unique limited-edition T-shirts. The result is a brilliant collection of eight unisex shirts from the likes of well-known artists Chris Johanson, Barry McGee, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel that are sure to be highly covetable for art students and collectors alike.

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