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Issue Date: September 2008

Ask Frenchye

Q: What does a man buy a stylish woman he just met?
A: A stylish woman pays careful attention to details and will usually appreciate gifts that are more thoughtful than costly. You will need to do some detective work, first. Find out what she likes (flowers or chocolates), where she likes to shop (Lush Boutique or Next), what she likes to buy (shoes or purses), her sizes and her favorite colors. Instead of simply giving it to her in person, try sending it to her home or job the day of your next scheduled date.

Q: What is a good transition bag and color that can be used for social and business occasions?
A: Try adding textures, colors, and materials to your handbag collection. Fall’s hottest handbag looks are oversize, modern and utilitarian. Leather totes and suede satchels in ruby red, violet, blue and gray will give your basics a bit of color and enough room to carry all of your essentials for work and play. The ultimate transition bag, an oversize clutch, can take you from the boardroom to happy hour. It’s large enough to carry your BlackBerry and wallet, yet chic enough to tuck under your arm while ordering a dirty martini. You can find awesome purses at Girl Next Door in Rocky River, Jule at Beachwood Place, and Details at Eton Chagrin Boulevard.

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