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  • Are your shoes a buzz kill? The Top 5 Shoes to never wear unless…

    ARE your shoes a buzzkill

    Boost your mood from the feet up with the not this, wear that shoe guide Can you change your attitude or boost your mood depending on what shoes you are wearing? YEAH, baby, you sure can! Here’s the thing, I cannot even count how many times I get asked about what shoe to wear with what outfit. So much so that I wrote the Ultimate Shoe Guide to solve that conundrum once and for all. But, it’s not the matchy-matchyness…

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  • What to wear when you work from home AND a peek at my office. Here’s some stylist advice

    woman working on laptop at home

    This week’s lookback post to celebrate the 15th anniversary of FocusOnStyle online, tackles the conundrum I face every day and you may too if you are an entrepreneur… what to wear when you work from home. Ya know, how to pull yourself together when no on really sees you and you sttill need to feel both great about yourself and comfy. Besides, get it together in a flash for when you need to look professional on a Skype or a…

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  • On Trend- How To Wear White Right a la Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Rutherford

    2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show - VIP Day

    I'll Have What She's Having: White clothing tips to not look like a bride, a nurse, or the Good Humor man! According to old school fashion rules, Memorial Day is the official time to finally break out the whites. There's no need to look at calendar to see when wearing white looks right, if you know how to put it together!But mixed in the right way, white is fantastic!Take for instance, Gwenyth Paltrow in her white blazer and shirt. She…

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  • Yes, I’m telling you to wear ugly shoes! Spring Comfort Shoes are not just for the schlumpy set


    Spring comfort shoes mark a trend that’s worth taking from the runway… Finally, in style and practical options are here! Ok, some will call them ugly. Let’s just say they’re stylishly ugly (how’s that for a fashionable oxymoron?). After years of seeing girlfriends in freakishly tall platform heels and wearing confining yet proper shoes myself, I for one am on board with what’s been coming down the runway, and you should be too. Might I add, this is one throwback…

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  • Color Inspiration: Grown up ways of mixing plums & pinks at Veronique Branquinho pre-fall 2014


    Veronique Branquinho Pre-fall 2014 was a modern line-up featuring grown up ways to wear pink with oxblood (the new classic color) via architectural color blocking… Why not steal the look NOW? And with pink popping up on other runways and the street style set, maybe its time to reconsider the fresh feel of pastels during colder months. >> MORE: FASHION SHOWS AND RUNWAY REVIEWS What make’s highlights from Veronique Branquinho’s Pre-Fall line stand out (above) is the almost mannish, simplistic use of otherwise pretty hues….

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  • Richard turned the table for my take on Parisian Style Tips

    A surprise party that Richard threw for me, back in the day!

    Most of you know Richard Nahem as our Paris insider. He runs the very successful Parisian style & what to do in Paris blog Eye Prefer Paris when he’s not taking a lucky few around the Marais for one of his personalized walking tours over at Eye Prefer Paris Tours. BUT, I’ve known Richard forever. Way back from a high school spring break trip to Florida kind of forever. We met while sitting it out on a fiberglass bench while…

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  • Seeing Double: Stacked Heel Bootie Look-A-Likes From High to Low


    Stacked heel booties, something everyone should have by now – but can you tell the difference here? It’s like seperated at boot birth! We are big fans of Maison Martin Margiela and Sharon is most definitely Margiela shoe crazy.  As much as Sharon loves her classic stacked heel booties from MMM, we also love a smart deal (who doesn’t?). Meet her Margiela doppelgänger, courtesy of Banana Republic! That’s right, as Banana Republic continues to generously retweak wardrobe essentials, we were thrilled…

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  • Vintage Home Style Collaboration at the Paris Flea Market- L’Eclaireur and Habitat 1964 at Les Puces St.Ouen

    L’Eclaireur and Habitat 1964 at Les Puces St.Ouen

    I don’t know about you but I LOVE a good flea market. Introduce a vintage home style collaboration and magic! Oh, wait, AND Paris too… yowza… let’s let Richard take us there for some divine  interior design inspiration… L’Eclaireur, one of the top fashion retail boutiques in Paris, and Habitat, the furniture and home shop chain, have recently opened new spaces at the St. Ouen flea market.  In an abandoned, graffiti covered courtyard on the rue de Rosiers, the main street of the flea market,…

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  • Looking for some special occasion inspiration? Drool over Haute Couture Fall 2013 Runway highlights

    Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2013

    Dream a little with Haute Couture Fall 2013 runway highlights for wedding, bridal, formal and special occasion inspiration. Take note now from Bouchra Jarrar, Christian Dior, Martin Margiela and Valentino Listen, I can almost bet that not one of us can ever afford a true haute couture gown. That’s ok. There’s a rare madame somewhere who can and  a celebrity who will borrow it. Why pay attention to haute couture? Why bother worrying over the latest designs for the jet-set? Especially when…

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  • Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Left: Sid Vicious, 1977. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Dennis Morris - all rights reserved Right: Karl Lagerfeld (French, born Hamburg, 1938) for House of Chanel (French, founded 1913), 2011. Vogue, March 2011. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by David Sims.

    Every once in a while f-a-s-h-i-o-n takes itself way too seriously and fails to remember the heart + soul that is the inspiration for its being. There, I have said it. I wanted to love PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But when you take the grit out of a movement and distance it from its authenticity, what’s left are derivative pieces which, when standing alone, are lost in the vapor that is a hot flash of…

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  • Trend Report: 6 Modern Pant Suits that are ageless & chic, so why not?!

    Modern Pantsuits

    I’ll Have What She’s They’re Having: The effortless chic of modern pant suits that can take you through every time of your life Forget the frump! Modern pantsuits are more what they are NOT about, than what they are. As you can tell drool from our Paris street style ladies,  there’s a flattering style for every moment of your life. Why let the guys have it easy? It really is quite simple to discover your perfect uniform and put on your business…

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