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  • Cannes Do Chic: How to modernize a full skirt flare dress a la Chiara Mastroianni

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having:  A classic flare dress that looks fresh and modern From our series of the  best of Cannes Do Chic to help you get it together with ease… I love a flare dress. Chiara Mastroianni’s (daughter of Catherine Deneauve and Marcello Mastroianni) nonchalent edge modernizes her 50’s silhouette flare dress from Dior. The cut boasts a certain timeless grown-up sophistication that works so well with both a curvy figure and for those looking to create a curvy figure. But, […]

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  • Cannes Do Chic: Can’t beat a timeless crisp blue shirt a la Sofia Coppola

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    It’s that time again… my favorite red carpet. The one where everyone looks so pulled together, so classic, so Cannes Do Chic (click on that for past coverage)! Yup, it’s the Cannes Film Festival so let’s get our style sparks going with some inspirational I’ll Have What She’s Having starting with Sophia Coppola‘s crisp blue shirt. When you’re looking for a simple, chic, ageless, and E.A.S.Y. way to get out of the house for running around town, the office, or even a film festival […]

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  • American Cool: What is cool to you?

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    What is American Cool? One of the highlights from our family trip to Washington, D.C. this weekend was taking in the “American Cool” exhibition of 100 People Who Define Cool in Arresting Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a collection of 100 photos that go deep into the soul of those who posess that certain edge. In this selfie world of “duck lips” and “signature poses” we often lose the spontainaity that comes with honestly capturing oneself as these photos of […]

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  • Introducing the Daily StyleWORD: Motivational Style Tips, Fashion Quotes + Affirmations For Image Boosting Greatness!

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    How about a daily style tip, fashion quote, motivational boost of encouragement, or alluring affirmation to kick start your day? Pretty good, I say. With that, I present the Daily StyleWORD, and there’s a hashtag for it too (#styleword). A collection of good morning boosts to rev you up, share on Pinterest, reTweet or Facebook like. You name it. Share it with those you think will benefit, or keep it to yourself. But act on it. Ponder it. Revel in […]

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  • Yup, there’s a museum for IT bags in Amsterdam!

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    I honestly don’t remember the Hendrikje Museum for Bags and Purses when I was in Amsterdam because I would have made a bee line towards it right after the Rijksmuseum. Lucky for us, Richard Nahem paid the handbag museum a visit and brought back plenty of photos to share. What I do remember is a visit up to the Judith Leiber showroom to repair a bag of mine way back when. It was a black circle suede shoulder bag with passimenterie and the grommet […]

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  • What’s the best vintage clothing to buy? Get insider advice from Cameron Silver, the ultimate vintage connoisseur !

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    We all love a good piece of vintage around here. As a matter of fact, having the opportunity to chat with Cameron Silver, the ultimate vintage clothing connoisseur, owner of the super fabulous Decades boutique (you’ve seen the luxe loves on many a red carpet, and the star of Bravo’s ‘Dukes of Melrose‘ reality TV show) has me thinking. Thinking of some forgotten vintage finds in my closet. Timeless pieces that I want to start revisiting, like a YSL smoking suit, a […]

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  • Four stylish lightweight jackets you should own and never get tired of

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    Take four stylish spring jackets and what do you have? A closet ready for the season ahead, and the season after that, and after… Lighten up, it’s time for spring jackets (finally!). Try these 4 classic styles that you may even already have in your closet – we know we do. The Trench- A classic trench for an easy anecdote to mastering French Chic in a minute will instantly refresh your look in the most polished way, no matter what […]

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  • 5 New Spring 2014 trends to update your look now

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    5 New Spring 2014 trends we’ve edited with you in mind to get you started for the season ahead in style… Are you ready to ditch those cumbersome layers and say hello to some much needed sunshine? We sure are! After a long, dramatic winter season we’re more than excited to see the first weeks of spring upon us so what better way to celebrate the delightful change in weather with a few easy trends that will instantly update you? […]

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  • You really want to see this Dries Van Noten Paris Exhibition

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    First look at this Dries Van Noten Paris celebratory exhibition had me cheering for the designer’s novel approach to mixing bold prints, vivid colors, ethnic references and plays with textiles in ways that are fiercely modern. Let’s see what Richard saw. –S.H. I went to see the newly launched Dries Van Noten exhibition last Thursday with a friend visiting from out of town who is into fashion (and who comes once a year to Paris to buy her clothes), so […]
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  • In case you asked… XYZ things you didn’t know about me

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    I’ve been interviewed a bunch lately and keep getting asked more personal questions about myself and my backstory (we all have one).   So, I got to thinking that it was time to share a few more quirky things & pull the curtain back a little further beyond my usual stylist advice right here on FocusOnStyle in its 15th anniversary year online. Consider this my confidential version of Trivial Pursuit brimming with incidentals that you may not have known (in […]

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  • Le Mix: Try transitional weather dressing with French Chic Street Style inspiration

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Look to French Chic Street Style and learn to mix the best of fall’s layers with something ready for spring… Every season Paris Fashion Week street style always ignites what we want to wear now, even more than the runways most often, as we love the mix of high & low, old & new. Now that the tides are about to change and warm weather is (rejoice!) on it’s way, this show goer who Richard snapped outside of the […]

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