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  • Can you say cheese chic? A chain camera strap as cool as your best handbag, sans the quilting

    Sarah Frances Kuhn Super Deluxe Silver Lining Camera Chain

    Shopping Find Alert: Fashion bloggers, fashionistas, and the stylish set will love this one… You’ve got the fancy-pants camera but those old school camera straps are just plain fugly. Say ta-ta to looking like you hopped off the tourist bus and say hello to chic. SFK by Sarah Frances Kuhn has you covered in style. Imagine a chain camera strap spinning a riff on a classic chain strap bag, with the added nuance of Indie cool. Thank Sarah for the…

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  • The First Lady of Style: Michelle Obama WOWS in (Jason) Wu Again for Inaugural Gown, and then some

    First dance

    Truth be told, red is my favorite color for everything except party affiliation. The First Lady broke tide in a STUNNING Jason Wu red halter gown for the Inaugural gown first dance, and maybe, just maybe, that can be a sign of getting us all together. Far from the more girly white Jason Wu frock from 2009, this red draped chiffon and velvet number was sexy in the most powerful and in control nuance that a grown woman should master. Add…

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  • Looks like showgirl costumes to me- Musée des Arts Forains, Paris fantasy costume museum

    Ohh la la, the French really have a reason to stay too long at the fair! Forget Las Vegas, when there are fantastic and feathery costumes in Paris at the Musée des Arts Forains (the Museum of Fairground Art). Richard Nahem takes us there, cancan costumes included. —S.H. The Musée des Arts Forains, the Museum of Fairground Art, is only open to the public once a year for a two-week period between Christmas and New Years.  Luckily, this year I had…

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  • 5 Trends to Trash or Switch to Update Your Look for 2013


    Lose This, Redo That in 2013… Truth be told, I HATE telling anyone to ditch something trendy. Something that is such a quick fad should not be in a chic wardrobe to begin with. There IS a sophisticated difference from looking on trend and  being trendy… particularly, after 25ish. Trendy is a blip on the style meter that spoils faster than a gallon of milk and dates itself in one of those “what was I thinking” old photos. On trend is…

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  • New York Holiday Windows- Bergdorf Goodman & Saks

    Bergdorf Goodman

    Retail Remedy: Voilà, our tour of Paris holiday windows is wrapped up and here we have a quick look at some New York elegance by way of Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue The BG Follies of 2012 designed by David Hoey is the theme of Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday windows for 2012. Bergdorf’s windows are always a FocusOnStyle favorite for their whimsical opulence blended with glamorous theatricality. This year was no exception. >> RELATED: Holiday Style and Holiday Dress Tips Entertainment inspiration comes…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I WANT: Cute, Fun & Cheap Chic Holiday Gifts $50 and Under

    C. Wonder Equestrian Print Pop Up Tote

    Stylish Holiday Gift Guide that doesn’t break the bank…. I had so much FUN hand-selecting these cute & cheap chic gifts under $50 for our holiday gift guide. REALLY, I did. I want them all…. There’s something for everyone in our cheap chic holiday gifts guide… mom, teen, baby, pup, beau, you, and me. A gift should be something special, whimsical, and, perhaps, not something the receiver would ordinarily buy for themselves. BUT, no matter what, it should be memorable (in…

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