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  • Style Motivation Week! Abundant Style Mantras- 10 Ways to Make the MOST of What You’ve Got

    Madrid Fashion Week

    What a better time for style motivation than a summer spotlight as the fun season wraps up so you have the time to get back in gear for fall?  I’ve pulled these style mantras to move you back in focus  to feel more inspired about yourself.  If you crave some more style motivation, don’t forget to check out my Daily StyleWORD here on FocusOnStyle or on Pinterest. –S.H. Abundant style is having a wardrobe that WORKS for you; not the fantasy you…

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  • How to Clean Out Your Closet and the Top 20 Clothes to Let Go Of


    Dearest readers: As we wrap up our week of Style Motivation to help you look your best at ALL times and look through our archives to bring you smart ideas as we continue to celebrate our 15th anniversary comes a timeless lesson on what to keep, store and let go of. The end of the season is near, get ready to clear out your closet! With a new season ahead comes the perfect time to reorganize, reconsider and purge your…

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  • How to dress French when you are not. Wear a classic jacket or coat


    One of the more popular reader questions around here is how to dress French. For this week’s FocusOnStyle 15th anniversay online post, let’s revisit these very chic & classic jacket and coat tips from 2010 which remain very relevant & stylish today and onwards. That’s what timeless French chic is all about… the right pieces in your wardrobe that both endure and look modern.  Would you like a boost to help you get the look? Please add yourself to the C’est…

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  • Growing Older, Staying In Style: Men’s Style Tips for a Fab 50+


    This week’s look back at favorite posts from my 15th Anniversay of FocusOnStyle online takes a look at age-appropriate fashion for guys over 50. Mens’ style– like women’s– shouldn’t have an expiration date, and looking vital, modern, and well, hot, as an approaching boomer and beyond is something that should be accessible for everyone with a little know-how. Have a read at this very favorite post from 2006. The advice is timeless, although the handsome examples are bit older, yet still…

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  • How To Be A Stylist: It’s All About The Tzuj With Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot Fashion Stylist Tricks

    A rare photo of me on a photo shoot and it’s becuase it was in a magazine! New Woman magazine did a feature story about me and here I am in a snippet photo as a stylist on the set with Brad Boles (FoS contributing editor at large) on makeup & North Rebis on hair. Yes, I still wear my Yoji Yamamoto shirt that I have on ! I kept my stylist scissors in a holster belt

    I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in so many aspects of being a fashion stylist during my career that’s spanned decades. In my continuing reprise of some of my greatest evergreen material leading up to the 15th anniversary year of online and the launch of my C’est Chic Crash Course, I want to spend this week’s review looking back at what REALLY  happens as a stylist behinds the scenes on a photoshoot.  Read on & revisit… On a professional…

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  • Don’t Miss The TOP 6 Paris Fashion Week Trends + Street Style From Fall 2013 To Wear NOW

    Prada Fall 2013

    It’s French Chic from the runway to the real way! This is your ULTIMATE  PARIS LOOK BOOK TREND REPORT:  Paris closed the season with an extension of key style notes best executed there than anywhere else. Rich, dense textures have been on many Fall runways, and so have big coats and the quiet decadence of the 40’s & 50’s. But in Paris, those ideas really came to light and pushed the envelope. Lots to take note of here folks…. >> MORE: FASHION SHOWS,…

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  • Don’t Miss The TOP 7 New York Fashion Week Trends From Fall 2013 To Wear NOW… with lot’s of photos!

    New York Fashion Week Trends From Fall 2013: SCULPTED FORMS

    This is your ULTIMATE LOOK BOOK TREND REPORT (with lot’s of photos) of Mercedes Fashion Week New York Trends, to covet and wear now. Wear Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week Trends now? Of, course!  >> MORE: FASHION SHOWS,  RUNWAY REVIEWS, and FASHION WEEK STREET STYLE Style the essence of each of the 7 seasonal fashion trends into your wardrobe right this minute and be ahead of the fashion pack!  All you need to think about are Sculpted Forms, Chest Pieces, Fabric Mixing, Pattern & Crazy Color Fur and Faux…

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

    Malgorzarta Szumowska and Juliette Binoche at the "Elles" Paris Premiere

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

    iStock seniors

    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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  • How to get wavy, curly big hair gorgeousness from hairstylist Paul Labrecque


    Romantic hairstyle how-to’s to make every day Valentine’s Day! From runways to the red carpet, beautiful wavy hair and voluminous curls are the modern big hair trends.We have some exciting and easy hairstyling how-to tips from top hairstylist Paul Labrecque, who shares his styling secrets to get muse-like curls and seductive waves at home.>> Get more fabulous hair tips on FocusOnStyle!

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  • The Secret of French Chic do’s and don’ts


    French chic do’s and don’ts with a Paris street style video of the best Parisian store windows and Paris street style photos. Come on and get inspired! Let us take you on a walking tour of what’s in the Paris store windows and how the fashion looks are interpreted on the street– without even leaving your computer!Polished, off-handed, and very stylish – the Secret of French chic do’s and don’ts

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