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  • BHV Paris Holiday Windows in Collaboration with Alexis Mabille


    Retail Remedy: We’re wrapping up our Paris Holiday Windows series with an unexpected twist from BHV by way of cutting edge designer Alexis Mabille. Sometimes the less glamorous BHV department store gets it together to do cool holiday windows.  >>MORE: Holiday Style  This year they have tapped the hot, of the moment French fashion designer Alexis Mabille to create the windows. These windows seem a lot more kid friendly and have some whimsy to them. Mabille has adorned the front of the store with his signature giant bow in white…

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  • Paris Holiday Windows 2012: Le Bon Marché


    Retail Remedy: Le Bon Marche with beautiful shoes above the Paris sky… oh my. Richard Nahem brings us more Paris Holiday Windows… no airline ticket required! With a more subtle approach, Le Bon Marché has done tastefully appointed windows that show off luxury in an understated way. Gold birdcages decorated with twinkle lights have dazzling evening shoes, jewelry, and handbags inside with doves flying along side. >>MORE: Holiday Style  Other windows have 3-D backgrounds of the Rive Gauche including rooftops of Haussmann buildings, the Eiffel Tower,…

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  • Galeries Lafayette Paris Holiday Windows Loves Louis Vuitton

    Galeries Lafayette Paris Holiday Windows

    Retail Remedy: Our tour of Paris holiday windows continues with Galeries Lafayette, which kinda sorta reminds us of a not quite as elaborate version of Bergdorf Goodman’s New York windows from a few season’s back. Or, a tad of  Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris gone fashionista. Let’s see Richard Nahem‘s report. Galeries Lafayette Paris Christmas windows have also been hijacked by a mega-brand fashion label, Louis Vuitton, but at least they are more kid friendly than Printemps this year….

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  • What to Wear: From Now to Spring, try a retro flared skirt

    Gucci- Graceful and feminine, our fluid caramel linen canvas flared skirt is natural luxe at its best. Pair with wedge sandals and a whisper-light satin tank for retro-tinged sophistication.

    I love a look that’s easy-breazy and flattering on almost every figure type. As my mom would say, this look has my name written on it. And, it should have your YOUR name on it too. A retro flared skirt– like the Gucci flared skirt, pictured above– that falls just below the knee to mid calf is back for spring and you can start interpteting the styling in either Resort now or with a winter’s edge. It’s the kind of silhouette…

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  • Printemps Paris Holiday Windows- Dior & Marion Cotillard, absolument!

    Printemps Paris Holiday Windows

    Retail Remedy: The world of Dior for the holidays. Richard Nahem continues to bring us his tour of  Paris Holiday Windows I adore the Printemps windows this year but I have a slight problem with them. As fun and imaginative as they are, they symbolize promoting a brand rather than the spirit of Christmas. The windows are devoted to the Dior brand and their logo and name is bluntly splashed everywhere. As much as they appealed to me, I think tiny tots and kids…

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  • Beauty Advice- How to make my eyes stand out?

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    We’ve got a repeat reader asking for some beauty advice. Always glad to help! Dear Sharon: I’ve contacted Focus On Style about a year ago and it helped me to change my style completely. I really am quite confident in what I wear now and it’s quite fun. Thank you again! I just have a quick question regarding my eyes. I have very small eyes that don’t really grab attention (that’s why I wear quirky glasses *giggles*). I was wondering is…

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  • Oggle this! Hermes Paris Holiday Windows for a very luxurious Christmas in Paris 2012

    Hermes Paris Holiday Windows 2012

    Retail Remedy:  The mother of all luxe, Paris style. Richard Nahem takes us there to start is Paris Holiday coverage this week. It’s time for my annual coverage of magical, enchanting Christmas in Paris. This year the shop windows and streets are especially dazzling. I want to bring the allure of Christmas in Paris to you with my little photographic treats. >>MORE: Holiday Style ,  Paris Holiday Windows and Hermes Hermés as usual is a feast of unbridled luxury and decadence. The windows…

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  • Ta-Ta, Cheerio Tangerine Trend, Emerald Green is THE color for 2013

    PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.

    Woop, Woop: Emerald green is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013 Another year, another color of the year. For 2012, the “it” color was Tangerine Tango, what Pantone describes as a “spirited reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward.”  But, that vibrant shade trickled into mass market  to become an overused shade of Boca Coral (yes, I named it; think about it). Bleh. >>MORE: Color This year, rather than delving into suburban shades…

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  • What’s a stay-at-home mom to wear & not look dumpy?

    Nagore Aramburu with daughter Ane in Madrid;

    I totally get where this reader is coming from as I remember this dressing predicament from when my son was little. What’s a stay-at-home mom to wear can be frustrating, if not a bit sticky. Let’s help her out with some stylist tips…. they work to for a solo-entrepreneur who works from home with a virtual staff. Dear Sharon:  I am a stay-at-home mom and I never know what to put on. Most days I exercise and go to the store or…

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  • Fête Fabulous Accessories to Ignite Your Holiday Party Look


    Let’s face it, holiday parties for most of us are not a red carpet event. But we do want to get our glam on with more festive, fancy, and fabulous accessories. Maybe not as fabulous the model pictured left, but most definitely glam in a realistic, wearable way. RELATED: Holiday Dress Tips How do I translate wearable? Something that has more than wear once shelf life. Fabulous accessories that add the razzle dazzle at the right time, and can also…

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  • La Comedie Humaine- Parisian Men’s Shop Inspired by Balzac

    La Comedie Humaine- Parisian Men's Shop Inspired by Balzac

    Retail Remedy: Men’s style gets intellectual with this clever spin at a Parisian men’s shop. Richard  Nahem reports from Paris… I decided to take a stroll through Canal St. Martin, as I had not been there in a long time. Always hunting for the new and interesting, I came across an intriguing new men’s shop, La Comedie Humaine. I started looking through the sparsely stocked racks, the first one starting with crisp, finely detailed button down shirts. The shirts came with a…

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  • Holiday Nails- Manicures, Pedicures & Festive Glam, Oh My


    Go ahead, take a gamble. There’s a party somewhere and holiday nails will get you there. Even if you have not partaken in the not-so-classic nail polish bandwagon, there’s no excuse now not to dare to do something different. You have no excuse but to be bolder without being garish this season. An instant swipe of nail color is a quick fix splurge up tzuj up your look. Where else can you get the sublime nuance of  the chicest of…

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  • A Note From Sharon Haver

    a note from sharon haver-1 Hello Gorgeous,

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by  FocusOnStyle !

    I'm the editor in chief and resident fashion + style expert  with over 25 years experience in the fashion biz as a stylist, syndicated fashion advice columnist, and web entrepreneur.

    I hope you love the best of women's fashion and top style trends as much as I do.

    More important, I want to help you make the most of what YOU've got !

    I want your personal style to be organic to you, flattering to your body type , and not contrived or cookie-cutter but a natural extension of just one of the many things that you do everyday, including what you wear to work.

    As your style mentor , I share insider tips & tricks to help YOU get the awareness to do it yourself and stand out from the pack.

    Yup, it's about discovering the D.I.Y. stylist in YOU!

    That’s what I’m here for. To empower you to get it going on.

    Back in 1999, I founded the site as a 24/7 platform where anyone can get expert stylist advice, fashion tips, and style trends to make the most of what they've got... long before the term "fashion blog" became part of our language.

    If you are new to the FocusOnStyle, a good place to start is with my series of free online fashion and style guides , curated from some of our post popular topics. If you have any questions that you would like considered to be answered on the fashion blog, please ask for  fashion advice here .

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    As a stylist I'm about YOU, not me.

    I'm not about gushing over  celebrity style  or preening over a picture of a cute outfit that I or my team is wearing. I do use style icons, from wherever they may be, as a launch point to help YOU tweak to chic to bring  red carpet fashion  to your closet, in a way that makes sense for YOU!  We call that, " I'll Have What She's Having " around here. We look at the runway to inspire you to stay on top of your game, because as a New Yorker, I personally know that looking modern is the best revenge! When you want style motivation , FoS has that too!

    Style shouldn't have an expiration date...

    We know that great style is not only for teenyboppers, and age-appropropropriate & ageless style  doesn't mean dowdy. Consider FoS as a go-to resource for how to wear and what to wear (almost) anything at any age with high, yet definable style that suits your lifestyle.

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