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Video: Inside Paul Smith's New Union Square Store

From the moment you approach Paul Smith's just-opened store on Grant and Geary, the window display beckons you to come in and explore the Londoner's wonderfully quirky world. Inside, it’s all about the details. Vintage typewriters sit beside shoes, framed ski goggles and branches adorn the walls, rare books line bookshelves and tables and the blazers are lined with flowers. We were lucky enough to get a tour of his new Union Square boutique from the man himself, and here’s what he had to say about San Francisco, spring fashion and the importance of individuality:

First things first, where did you have dinner last night?

Sidewalk Chic: In the Mix in Pacific Heights

Name: Melody Nazarian

Age: 25

Occupation: Associate editor for Fabsugar.com and personal stylist (snappystyle@gmail.com)

Wearing: Old Navy olive green shirtdress, Mossimo for Target faux leather jacket, purple scarf from the Gift Center in San Francisco, DKNY tights, Colonial Madness tan gladiator sandals, Derek Lam bag, Banana Republic layered gold necklace

Beach Bound? Resort Apparel and Accessories Marked Down at Carrots this Weekend

Yesterday, you may have played the fool, but that’s all in the past. Here are three reasons to get excited about what lies ahead:

Start by taking a trip to Carrots, where the Jackson Square shop’s entire collection of resort apparel and accessories is marked down 40 percent. From the racks, pluck souvenirs such as Stella McCartney dresses, cashmere by KOI, tailored Kaufman Franco suits and brightly hued frocks from Sari Gueron and Peter Som.

Fashion Don'ts on Display at the San Francisco Public Library

We may be serious about fashion, but there’s at least one place in San Francisco where we’re more than happy to embrace fashion that’s a total joke. House of Nat: Fashion Tips from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, opening today in the San Francisco Public Library Skylight Gallery, pokes fun at fashion through the ages with artwork, photography and ephemera displaying the ha-ha-funny side of haute couture.

Ali Hewson of Edun's Fillmore Pop Up Shop: "Buy Less But Buy Well"

Last week’s opening night for Edun’s Pop-Up Shop at Clary Sage Organics in Pacific Heights was a huge success - the store was filled to the brim with Bay Area fashion aficionados sipping on wine and sampling eco-conscious skin care products while taking turns trying on Edun’s new Spring Line.

Shopping for Small Feet

Footwear is, perhaps, the only realm of women’s fashion where those seeking the smallest sizes perpetually come up short-handed. In any other category, the woman seeking the smaller size will – in most stores, at least – have more options than her larger counterparts. But when it comes to shoes, the tiniest toes face the toughest challenge. And according to Suzette Standring of The Huffington Post, the problem is only getting worse.

Sidewalk Chic: Well-Balanced in SoMa

Name: Janna Rose White

Age: 23

Occupation: Marketing and Development Manager at International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

Spotted: Opening Night party for Nick Cave at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 9:05 p.m.

Well-Armed: How to Get Toned Like Michelle Obama

For the last month, the First Lady’s upper arms have been in the media spotlight almost as much as her husband’s economic stimulus plan. Somewhere between seeing the angles of her bare limbs gracing the March cover of Vogue and Maureen Dowd’s conclusion that Michelle Obama’s arms constitute “the only bracing symbol of American strength right now,” we started to get a tad envious.

Ali Hewson on Fair Trade Fashion, Motherhood and Celebrity

For a rock star’s wife and co-founder of a coveted fashion label, Ali Hewson is surprisingly down-to-earth, both literally and figuratively. She’s quick to illustrate the latest from Edun, the socially-responsible label she and husband Bono launched in 2005, by standing up to show us the folds of her own drapey black sweater as tactile proof of the spring collection’s soft, easy-going attitude.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Guy Bedarida at Saks, Appel and Frank and Clary Sage Organics

Who says the weekend begins on Friday? This week, we’re front-loading our shopping can’t-miss list with three fabulous events taking place today.

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