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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.

 

Curves Ahead: Full Figure Fashion Show

A reminder that the runway need not be stomping ground solely for the stick-thin comes in the form of this weekend’s Kiss the Curves fashion show, scheduled for Saturday night at Oakland’s Historic Sweets Ballroom.

R&B radio personality Sterling James hosts the evening, whose focal point is a runway show directed by Charleston Pierce and featuring current collections from local and national plus-size apparel designers and boutiques.

Models will head down the runway in looks from national label Ashley Stewart, Chicago’s Chocolate Sushi Couture, A Clothes Mind, Tru Diva, Bay Area-based online boutique Marie Denee and Bay Area labels Igigi and Corinthia Peoples Designs.

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.

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.

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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.

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