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  • White Clothing Care Tips- You Don’t Have To Marry the Drycleaner (if you don’t want too)

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    White Day at FocusOnStyle continues! The white clothing trend is certainly gorgeous with the likes of earlier posts about Acne and Comme des Garcons all seeing the white of day this spring. But if you are like me, you’ll be questioning how much wear you will really get out of the big ticket items when keeping white clean and pristine can be an issue. We’ve talked about how to remove yucky yellow deodorant stains– if only I could spritz on that…

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  • Freida Pinto Can Make Anything Look Tasteful – Find Out How

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    While we love just about anything Miuccia Prada creates (her Spring 2012 collection included), we have to admit that sometimes, while intriguing, her ideas can seem hard to imagine in playing a role in real life. Although this season with its retro Italian glamor, wicked hot-rod motifs and red-hot flame prints seemed a tad bit tricky although wholly covetable, served as no exception as it dangerously teetered on the good taste divide with its decadent juxtaposition of references high & low. >>More: Prada But then…

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  • Want It Wednesday – Isabel Marant Limited Edition Watch

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    Leave it to Isabel Marant to make one covetable, must-have watch – a limited edition timepiece with 50 produced, is sure to be a collector’s item for the many devout fans of the French designer. >>More: Isabel Marant Inspired by her father, the watch boasts a timeless sophistication that’s certain to appeal to those looking for that certain indiscriminate sense of Parisian cool and will be available at her NYC & Paris locations. Set your alarms, these won’t be around for…

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  • Ladylike Leather & Lace- Gia Coppola Makes It Work in Valentino

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    Take a cue from Gia Coppola’s fresh ladylike take on the classic juxtaposition of leather & lace and make it work for you: Known for her strikingly girly take on deluxe classics, last week Gia Coppola turned heads in a fiery red Valentino leather and lace combo that spoke volumes on the sophistication leather has taken hold of over the past few seasons. >>More: Valentino Imagined in virtually every iteration possible, leather is one key trend that remains at the top…

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  • The color PINK- a trend shade that even the most ardent pink hater (like me) will love

    Pinks, from left to right: Michael Kors, Tory Burch, H&M Design Award, BCBGMaxAria

    Full disclosure: Pale pinks excessively worn on a grown-up woman makes my skin crawl. There, I’ve said it. There has always been something about a woman of a certain age (post student years in this case) drowning in otherwise wimpy goo-goo-gaga colors that just sucks the va-va-voom out of her style and her presence. But take that same hue and amp up the volume and you have got one VERY hot color palette that is worthy of a second look….

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  • TOMS Style Your Sole shoes for a perfect kid for kid party

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    Everyone likes a little DIY creativity in their life… Creating something uniquely hand-painted with the added benefit of helping children in need is the best win-win all around. Add the chronic mommy issue of trying to come up with a special idea for the next children’s birthday party and I’ve got the perfect party solution -kids helping kids. >> RELATED: Shoe Shopping Guides To celebrate the TOMS Summer 2012 Collection, I was invited to the brand’s Style Your Sole party. I…

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  • More from Your Maxi- Lily Collins Modern Maxi Dress

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    Lily Collins updates the idea of a summer maxi dress… While the idea of wearing a printed maxi dress seems like nothing new and quite uninspiring to say the least, actress Lily Collins brought a new lease on the languid looking, enviable comfort inducing maxi last week in Peter Som. >> RELATED: How to wear a maxi skirt The dress’ hybrid capelet shape lent the piece’s faded digital print a sophisticated and even unexpected dose of elegance while keeping the…

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  • Sleek, French Chic In Yves Saint Laurent- Celebrity Style at The Met Opera

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    METROPOLITAN OPERA Season V – PREMIERE OF MASSENET’S MANON Looking back at last week’s opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s new season with a slew of celebrity attendees decked out in Yves Saint Laurent, one can’t help but take note of the accessible, inspirational takes on French Chic each guest radiated in their own way. Model Dree Hemingway in a relaxed ivory suit brought to mind an ultra glamorous twist to Bianca Jagger’s infamous 70’s era white bridal suit, with its…

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  • French Chic at a Certain Age: A well-cut trench coat a la Patricia Kaas

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    Let’s be frank: There comes a time when fussy becomes unfashionably fatiguing and plain is boringly aging. >> Day Two of the three-part FoS series Age-Approriate French Chic At A Certain Age But, pairing a well-cut trench coat and sultry smokey lined eyes, is a time-tested fashion recipe that never spoils! Take, for instance, French actress and chanteuse Patricia Kaas who understands the understated elegance of a lightweight, well-cut trench coat- a hallmark in dressing with French chic style. It’s not any ordinary…

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  • French Chic at a Certain Age: The power of black a la Juliette Binoche… not so basic!

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    Basic black becomes beautiful black when it’s worn in the right French Chic way… It’s funny how there are photos of us that almost instantly look dated and others that have timeless perfection. What we are wearing plays a huge part in what sustains looking chic and vital rather than overdone and garish. Take for instance, the style power and endurance of perennially black clad Juliette Binoche and Malgorzarta Szumowska pictured here. >> Day One of the three-part FoS series Ageless & Age-Appropriate French…

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  • Listen Up! Ear Wangs by Fanny Wang Headphones for sound with grown-up style appeal

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    Sometimes you want a pair of on-ear headphones that don’t look like you’re ready to join the wannabe DJ set. Nothing wrong with the super-sized headphone look but at a certain age you look kinda ridiculous working out with a set of motherships attached to your head, not to mention some blinged out logo. If you’re looking for something with a stylish yet sophisticated flair, Ear Wangs by Fanny Wang Headphones Co. in the “freshly squeezed” Duo Color 1000 Series may…

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  • Senior Style: 65 Things to Do When You Retire, My Essay On How To Master Your Look (book excerpt)

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    When editor Mark Evan Chimsky asked me to write a ‘Master Your Look’ essay for the anthology 65 Things to Do When You Retire, 65 Notable Achievers on How to Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life (Sellers Publishing), I couldn’t refuse. Besides having the opportunity to share my senior style tips for a time in your life when coveting the latest it thing is not as relevant as revitalizing your most age-appropriate personal best, my essay would be in the book along…

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