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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)

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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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  • Celebrity Personal Style Watch- Charlotte Ronson Gets Eyelet Right, Here’s how you can too

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    How to Wear Eyelet And Look Like A Grown-Up Like Fashion Designer Charlotte Ronson With signs of an early spring blissfully taking hold over much of the states, designer Charlotte Ronson’s recent appearance at an NYC Ferragamo event in an on-trend white eyelet dress had us looking forward to the sartorial season ahead while taking note of her well styled look. While eyelet often tends to bring little children’s dresses and oversized beach caftans to mind, Ronson’s take on the fabrication raises its level…

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  • Red Carpet Oscar Dresses and Their Cheap Chic Celebrity Inspired Looks for Less

    Rose Byrne, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Missi Pyle on the Oscar Red Carpet in thier original designer dresses

    First Look at the 2012 Oscars Fashion Look for Less It’s that time again…. we’ve done the highs, snarked at the lows, recapped the beauty, made a few pre-Oscar predictions, and have been inside out and up and down with Oscars 2012. But there is one last thing that we haven’t put our red carpet finger on… SHOP: Hollywood inspired dresses at edressme And that is to bring you the hot-out-of-the-design-room-sketches of the, drumroll please, celebrity inspired red carpet Oscar dresses for…

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  • Kate Middleton Looks Dowdy, Samantha Cameron Goes Glam

    Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looking dowdy

    As we’re focusing on the close of London Fashion Week, we can’t help but take a look at what the royals and pols are wearing, specifically yesterday. There’s no doubt that Kate Middleton can make almost anything work with her gorgeous smile and slim figure. But even pretty clothes-horses can look dowdy. Case in point: The brown princess-cut coat dress with the fuddy-duddy print that even a Princess like the Duchess of Cambridge can’t pull off. Yes, Catherine looks like an…

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  • Celebrity Watch- Style inspiration from Thandie Newton on how to make a one-shouldered dress look modern and sleek

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Clean, timeless figure-flattering lines One-shoulder dresses are not so easy to wear and after having a huge fashion “moment” a few seasons back, can look dated if not styled correctly. But when worn, right, a one-shoulder dress is a total WOW. Thandie Newton made a chic red carpet statement in an elegant, minimal one-shouldered column dress from Osman that made for a perfect starting point for her classically chic hair and accessories. For starters, her…

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  • About FocusOnStyle

    FOCUS ON STYLE. CAN-DO CHIC. in a nutshell. FocusOnStyle.com, the all expert fashion, beauty & style guide for women savvy enough to know what they’re talking about! Cut the hype. Get inspired to make the most of what you’ve got with can-do chic stylist advice to look age-appropriate, gorgeous and modern on any budget. Takeaway tips & inspiration galore. history. Online since 1999, FocusOnStyle.com continues to be your fashion, beauty, and style guide to can-do chic. Everything needs some tweaking with time, so take peek at our new web…

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  • Wacky Fantasy Nail Art Has Its Own Olympics

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    Odd but True: Nailympics 2010, the global ‘Olympic Games of fake nails… in Britain, of course!Gotta love these talons… The British love bizarre contests but they’ve all scrathed the surface until this one that digs deep!I’ve seem some crazy, freaky long nails in my time, mostly on my old bank teller. Come to think of it, on many bank tellers. They’re the kind of nails that curl to no end and create all sorts of strange hygienic visions that I’d…

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  • Feeling old, tired, and bored? Go see Madonna for a pick-me-up!

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    Boost Me Up, Mama Madonna!Sometimes my inbox is full of mail from women thinking they are too old or afraid to make a change in their wardobe or personal style in fear of not dressing age-appropriate. Some of these poor courage-deprived chickadees are even in their thirties!!!Well, before you sit home and feel sorry for yourself any longer, or just want to have fun, I urge you to go out and see Madonna, now roaming the world on her Sticky…

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