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Author Archive | Sharon Haver

  • Summer Chic Noir- Black Never Boring or Basic When You Style It Like a City Girl

    Summer Chic Noir

    There’s something about black. Maybe I started to be a fan because I’m a native New Yorker and the perennial color du jour is chic + never faltering black. It’s the one color that has that cool edge besides being the glue to almost everything else you own, and says I’ve arrived rather than where am I going. Try that mint green, why don’t you? I’m not talking about dour and dreary funereal black that washes you out. But the dynamic and…

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  • What to wear post baby weight to feel confident about your body

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     Dear Sharon:  I have always had a small frame. I am about five foot and weigh about 130 pounds. Well, I just had a baby about two months ago. I have baby fat still which makes the fitting clothing I normally wear out of the question. Wearing baggy clothes is also a no go since I am so short and do not want to appear bigger than I am. Therefore, I am at a loss as to what my choices are. My most important goal…

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  • My classic color nail polish for a pedicure

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    A friend of mine was asking about finding a classic color nail polish for a pedicure. She just decided to try a vibrant orange and although the color rocked, it just didn’t work for her. I totally get it. As much as I like to experiment,  and get excited about nail trends, personally, every time I change my polish color, I end up wishing for my next pedicure to go back to my tried and true OPI Classics Collection Kennebunk…

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  • 10 ways to know if it’s your signature style or time to get out of your style rut?

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    Today’s BIG Question: Are you in a style rut or are you extremely confident about your signature style? Is every day the same for you when it comes to your style? Do you feel you need a way to snap out of the same old, same old style because you’re boring yourself to death? Is it really a style rut after all? Or, merely a need to add some zing to what you already have and love. It’s easy to…

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  • What’s on your mind? Do you need some free fashion advice? Reach out and share…

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    As we’re getting into the start of the hot & muggy days of summer here, so many of us are winding down. But not here. We’re actually gearing up for some fab new additions to the FocusOnStyle lineup. In addition to my VIP One on One Stylist Style Mentoring Sessions, I’m working hard on creating the C’est Chic Crash Course and some other premium offerings. Just for you. We’re also doing a bunch of updates to the FocusOnStyle site itself……

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  • Here’s how to wear the high waist bikini: High waisted bathing suits- not old lady anymore

    High waist bathing suits seen at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014. Cutout by BCBGeneration, unmatched by Poko Pano, prints by Mara Hoffman Swim

    As we look back at stories packed with timeless style advice for FocusOnStyle’s 15th Anniversary,  we’ve taken into account that beach season is around the corner – so what are you going to wear? As gorgeous and as in impeccable shape that you may be, we all know the pressure one feels when looking to find the best swimsuit for their bodies so be sure to take note of one of the season’s top bathing suit trends with a little…

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  • Stylist Advice- How to make your shoes fit when your feet are different sizes

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    Let’s help this reader with his shoe question to find narrow width shoes for his wife who has two different foot sizes.  Dear Sharon:  My wife has narrow feet. To add to this, they are also two different sizes. We are traveling frequently and I would like to gift her some fine high fashion shoes ($800 to $1500) but I do not know what brands are available in narrow widths. And, if any designer brand will allow to have two differing sizes at time of…

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  • My Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding Recipe


    Food! Yup, we’re talking about yumminess today.  Ok, so what does this have to do with style? A lot. Style is where you find inspiration. Even if it’s what you eat the first thing in the morning. Or, think about serving as a treat– a topping of chocolate shavings and mint leaves anyone? It’s the little goodies that make the big picture that much easier. I have so many exciting and focus driven things on my plate (yes, the pun was…

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  • Ageless Style: Easy does it classic white separates by way of Monica Bellucci and Carole Bouquet

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Something that’s probably in your closet right now. Some of you are asking for more age-appropriate style tips, along with how to wear it stylist advice from pieces that are already in your wardrobe. Continuing our series of the best of Cannes Do Chic to help you get it together with ease, let’s look at  Monica Bellucci and Carole Bouquet, two of Europe’s loveliest actresses for gorgeous, Ageless Style inspiration. > Note: This story is chock full of related style tips. Don’t forget…

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  • Stylist Advice- Too Big Swing Dress Redo

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    I’m trying something new by adding my styling tips to a photo provided by you, the reader. If you like this new dress redo feature, please tell be in the comments below.  Dear Sharon: Many of my friends and I have been having problems making our swing dresses fit or style them into an outfit. I personally recently bought a lovely black swing dress but the size just doesn’t work. I’ve sent you a link to the dress to see its style…

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  • Pleasingly Pleated


    I’m not always a fan of “big” dresses, and glittery shoes typically look a few seasons back for me. But put it altogether on Marion Cotillard and the result is sublime. Styled by the wrong hands, a plisse pleated dress like this can be overwhelming. But the simplicity and ease of Cotillard’s hair, makeup, and confidence make this Dior Haute Couture look stellar. Another lesson learned in that it’s not what you wear but how you wear it.  More from the…

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