Oh la la! Scarves are hot!

I reluctantly parted with Paris  today by train after an inspiring week of total fashion immersion. (But much more to come here in Hyeres!) I spent my last few days in the city soaking in street style– my attempt to pay tribute to the great Bill Cunningham of the New York Times. The trend I spotted? Scarves in Paris, even in balmy springtime temps, are all the rage. Check out my latest post here on  Unzipped, sfgate.com’s style blog.

More street style photos to come… stay tuned!

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Spring Fashion Calendar: Clothing Swap, Designer Appearance and Parties You Won’t Want to Miss

Courtesy of DiscardedtoDivine.com

Give and Take

What: First annual Give Two, Take One clothing swap and clothing drive presented by the Academy of Art University’s student fashion club and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco

When: Saturday, April 17th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Academy of Art University 79 Gallery, 79 New Montgomery Street (between Mission and Jessie Streets), San Francisco

Why: Update your overstuffed closet while enjoying live jazz music by The Sebastian Parker Trio, snagging beauty advice from local artist Chris Scott, and supporting a worthy cause.

Info: Entrance is free for those with swap tickets or donation clothing.  Otherwise there is a $2 cash entrance fee. For every two items of clothing and/or accessories donated, donors will receive one “swap ticket” to exchange for one item of their choice at the event.

Acceptable donations include clothing, jewelry, shoes and other accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves, belts, and handbags. All items should be clean and in excellent condition. Undergarments, children’s clothing, or any items with signs of damage and stains will not be accepted. All remaining items will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which helps to feed, clothe, and shelter more than 75,000 individuals per year.

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Your Do-gooder Deed: Enter Darphin’s Online Contest

Darphin Hydraskin Essential. Courtesy of Darphin Paris.

Between email, Twitter, Facebook and the seemingly endless lists of blogs and social networking sites out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the chatter. I’ll often have post-web surfing remorse after spending way too much time not getting “real work” done, derailed by a friend emailing me a random but funny You Tube clip or happening upon an intriguing marketing campaign that’s gone viral.

Darphin Paris is the latest such company to snag my ever-wandering attention on the web, and not just because their line of gorgeously packaged and effective products have proven to be one of my beauty counter favorites.

In an effort to promote their best-selling Hydraskin Essential moisturizer, Darphin has launched  www.50littleluxuries.com , which asks readers what they’d do with a $50 windfall. Every entry submitted on the website equals a chance to win a full-size bottle of its reformulated all-day Hydraskin emulsion and a New York City spa getaway for two, and more importantly, a $2 donation to the IDEAL Providence Farm, a women’s cooperative in Ghana. The contest ends April 21; winners will be announced on May 1. Not only did I post my entry today completely guilt-free, but I spent a few extra minutes doing a little good online!

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