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Waste Not, Want Not: Kiehl’s In-Store Recycling

If you’re a Kiehl’s fan, now would be a good time to stop tossing the empty containers from your favorite products in the recycling bin (‘cause we just know you’re not throwing them in the regular ‘ole trash).

Instead, gather up bottles, jars and tubes and take them to a Kiehl’s free-standing store for recycling through the Recycle and Be Rewarded program that recently went nationwide. For your trouble, you’ll receive a card to collect stamps for each container you return to the store.

Banana Republic's Jack Calhoun on Edition, SF Style, and Mission Taquerias

Since we're always on the hunt for great accessories that won't break the bank or won't break apart within a week of wear, we were ecstatic to hear that Banana Republic was opening a shop dedicated to their most covetable accessories. We were even more thrilled to see that the store is set up to encourage shoppers to touch and try on everything (no more locked glass cases!), which makes it feel like a candy store for fashionable ladies of all wallet sizes. We went to scope out the space on Thursday, and were lucky enough to catch up with Banana Republic's President (and Pac Heights resident) Jack Calhoun to inquire about why they decided to open Edition, as well as a few of his favorite things:

Look of the Week: Sazerac Chic

San Francisco may have a reputation of not taking fashion too seriously, but the same cannot be said about our cocktails. So much so that we have a whole week dedicated to celebrating them, and this just so happens to be that week. Since many of the recipes being poured are revamped classics (try the Corpse Reviver #2), we can't think of a better excuse to get dolled up in a early '60s-inspired ensemble and hit the town.

What’s the Deal: Rebecca Minkoff, Modaspia, Origins and more

Rebecca Minkoff: Scurry down to SoMa on Saturday for a sample sale from this California-bred, New York-based designer best known for her luxe leather handbags. Both handbags and ready-to-wear pieces will be priced up to 50 percent off during the one-day sale. We hear you’ll find Morning After Bags going for $381 (reg. $635). The sale takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 111 Minna Gallery, 11 Minna St., 415-974-1719.

Sidewalk Chic: Perfect Fit in Union Square

Name: Robert Shabazz

Age: 21

Occupation: Student at Academy of Art University

Spotted: Laeken sample sale at Shotwell, 7:47 p.m.

Wearing: Vintage raspberry velvet blazer and bowtie, tailored shirt and slacks, wingtips by Seven

How do you define your style? "Classically formal with a slightly modern, edgy twist. I like to look professional and well put-together, while still being fun and young."

Pangea Organics: This Face Mask Grows Basil

We love any beauty product that does double duty, so we were immediately sucked in when we heard Pangea Organics offered a face mask that would not only spruce up our skin, but also arrives in plantable packaging that grows into Genovese Sweet Basil.

Made with natural ingredients such as Japanese matcha tea, acai and goji berry that promise to revitalize with antioxidants while polishing the skin, the Facial Mask comes wrapped in rugged paper packaging that you soak, then plant in soil. The seeds inside the packing should turn into sauce-worthy basil within just a few weeks.

Link Love: Fugly Prom Dresses, Coco in Spike & Annie, Vibrating Mascara Wands!

Fresh fashion news and other tidbits to start the week off right:

SF Unzipped wants you to dust off those fugly prom pics and share your style guffaws with the world.

SFLuxe spots Courtney Cox and David Arquette offspring Coco sporting apparel by cute San Francisco children’s label Spike and Annie.

Green Hot: Meet Mr. Larkin

These days, it seems like everybody wants a piece of Mr. Larkin. And who wouldn’t? Along with elegantly edgy good looks, a sense of humor and a certain way with the ladies, just about everything Mr. Larkin brings to the table is completely sustainable. We’re not referring to the latest eligible bachelor in town, but rather what we’re betting will be one of San Francisco’s most-talked-about local labels before the summer is through.

Look of the Week: Mother's Day Brunch Al Fresco

With Mother's Day only three days away, chances are you've gotten the perfect card and gift taken care of. You even scored brunch reservations at Foreign Cinema to secure your 'favorite daughter' status. The only question left is the inevitable "What am I going to wear?", and if your mom is anything like ours, this sweet ensemble will leave her positively glowing (though it might also have a bit to do with the mimosas).

LAEKEN Sample Sale, Metamorphosis Hair Trims, Official Tourist at Shotwell

Head to Shotwell this Thursday for a little slice of what we'd like to call Heaven. Freshen up your spring wardrobe with LAEKEN's effortlessly chic pieces (think tie-dyed silk dresses) while sipping on deliciously cheap cocktails from 6-9 p.m. Be sure to also get a free fringe trim by Metamorphosis Salon while you're there so you can properly admire your new look.

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