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Look of the Week: SXSW

Waves of Bay Area tech geeks, music lovers and general party people alike have been gettin' down in Austin-town at South by Southwest (SXSW). With every concert being a party, and every conference having an after-party, it's basically Spring Break for grown-ups

Fashion 101: How to Start a Fashion Business

So you're a designer, and if you had time to spare for the drama that is reality TV, you would have won your season of Project Runway. Or maybe you're not great with needles and thread, but you have the eye to round-up exclusive goods for a slamming new boutique. If you're all fashion, but need a little help on the business end, check out The San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance (SFFAMA) Mash-up event, "How to Start a Business in Fashion", Thursday night at Pigment Cosmetics.

Look of the Week: White Wedges

When it comes to statement shoes, white is the new red. We love both the neutrality, and pop that come with a great white. And, of course, we adore wedges for their comfort and versatility -- not to mention their super lengthening powers. White wedges are a subtly striking combination, and we're guessing your new go-tos.

Whether you're going for a bright, clean white, or opting for more of an off-white, these kicks will add a refreshing accent to any Spring look. And with that, we present 7 white wedges we love.

Meet Your New Favorite Manicure: 2-Weeks Chip Free with Shellac Hybrid Polish

CND's Shellac is a line of gel-based nail polish that hit salons last year, but is just now on the verge of booming. It's marketed as the 14-day chip-free manicure, which certainly caught our attention. We thought we'd do some hard, investigative journalism and get to the bottom of this seemingly too-good-to-be-true mani/pedi treatment. 

We talked to Michelle Vella, a CND Shellac certified manicurist at Joseph Cozza Salon, and Sandi Tran, owner of Thi Spa and Nails, to get the inside scoop on the new nail buzzword: Shellac.

Look of the Week: Sick Day

A number of nasty bugs are circling around SF right now. And what, with the up-and-down weather, and sneezes going off like BBMs on MUNI, catching something is almost inevitable. Do yourself a favor and be ready to take a sick day

We know it's really tough -- staying in, having soup, and the watching the last season of Oprah -- so find rescue in the coziest of outfits. Slouchy-cute sweats, a simple tank, and a great cashmere sweater are essentials for any lazy day. For the super sick gal, keep those toes warm with heated polar bear slippers, ensure lots of rest with a fun eye-mask, and don't forget to keep drinking liquids. Basically, rest up, stay warm, have a little fun, and get well soon.  

Style Profile: Edric Chew on How to Rock Designer Menswear

The key to rocking the runway look on the street has always been to mix and match designer pieces with everyday staples. Edric Chew, a 29-year-old registered nurse, does just that by mixing Louis Vuitton with Urban Outfitters, for a night on the town in Union Square.

Chew likes to have fun with fashion, and is known for his flashy signature style. His outfit above shows how to polish off a low-key look by investing in strong designer accessories. In fact, his ultra-luxe shoes were the first thing to catch our eye. With designer wardrobes, it's all about building. For both guys and girls, a solid pair of designer shoes definitely build a foundation, and will last a lifetime.

Crossroads Pop-up Thursday at Shotwell: Upgrade to Local Goods

It's time to seriously consider investing in a new spring wardrobe. There's just one thing -- SF closets aren't meant to house multiple season of clothing. Egads.

The solution? Buy-sell-trade shop, Crossroads, is throwing a pop-up this Thursday at Shotwell. Basically, it's time to pull a major Carrie Bradshaw and part with that dress you bought on sale last year, but have yet to wear. We all have one, and they all need to go.

Here's how it's going down. First, check out Crossroads' guide to selling your goods, for some spring cleaning tips. Next, sell your gently-used clothing and accessories to Crossroads for some cold hard cash. Then, reward yourself with a little somethin' somethin', for 10% off, at Shotwell

Look of the Week: SF Indiefest Roller Disco Costume Party

Channeling Farrah Fawcett's feather hair and Dorothy Hamill's mad skate skills -- it's time to close down SF Indiefest '11 with the Roller Disco Costume Party, tomorrow night at CELLspace

Avoid the random spurts of hail, wind and rain, and instead, get caught in a storm of retro fury. A crop top, high-waisted spandex shorts, and stripped knee-highs are essentials for roller-rink movin' and groovin'. For some added 70's fever, accessorize with gold jewelry, a silk scarf, and oversized sunglasses. Oh, and don't think we forgot about the most important part -- Black Rock Roller Disco will be onsite with skate rentals.

LoveSick 4: Fashion for the Frustrated

Picture Sid and Nancy meets Valentine's fashion ball -- after all, love and fashion are nothing if not vicious.

Whether you're sick on it or sick of it, set love aside and let lusty lingerie take the stage tonight at LoveSick 4.

Look of the Week: Valentine's Day-to-Night

This weekend is all about love, baby. Whether you're single or smitten, make the most of it with this hot Valentine's look that will take you from day to night

No lonely-pants here -- start with a simple yet flirty raspberry dress that can be dressed up or down. For the aww-ensuing wine tasting in Napa, or mimosas and brunch with the girls, casual accessories are key. A playful sunhat, chunky necklace and strappy flats will keep you cool and confident through the day.

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