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Author Archive | Sharon Haver

  • Cannes Do Chic: Can’t beat a timeless crisp blue shirt a la Sofia Coppola

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    It’s that time again… my favorite red carpet. The one where everyone looks so pulled together, so classic, so Cannes Do Chic (click on that for past coverage)! Yup, it’s the Cannes Film Festival so let’s get our style sparks going with some inspirational I’ll Have What She’s Having starting with Sophia Coppola‘s crisp blue shirt. When you’re looking for a simple, chic, ageless, and E.A.S.Y. way to get out of the house for running around town, the office, or even a film festival…

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  • Stylist Advice: How to dress a short torso

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     Dear Sharon: Hello! I have a short torso on top of being only 5’2″. I am definitely not a size zero but I am not on the big side either. I have a terrible time finding clothes (mostly dresses) that fit right. It is so frustrating I can’t leave a store without crying or being very upset and EMPTY HANDED! What kind of dresses would you suggest? (via Fashion Advice)  >> RELATED: How to Dress For Your Body Type Guide, the most popular posts on what…

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  • BIG beauty round up: What makeup do professional makeup artists really use?

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    Kid in a candy story time! And a dirty little beauty fake it secret… If you love makeup and how it can change your looks from glum to glam, you’re gonna like this one. Especially, some of the tricks of the beauty trade. First thing to consider is that all makeup is not created equal. There’s consumer cosmetics that many times have more advertising puff than powder puff. And then there’s the pro brands that must stand up to the…

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  • Puma knocked itself off and I want in!

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    Shoe Alert: A couple of summers ago, I bought a pair of Puma by Hussein Chalayan Black Label open toe wedge bootie platform net sneakers. Let’s break that down. I have never been a fan of open toe booties, most hybrid sneakers, and net shoes, well… BUT, I loved these shoes. Wore them to death as they were one of the most comfortable summer shoes ever that seemed to work with just about everything in my closet. You can tell…

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  • The Shopping Gene…

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    Or, what my mom taught me about quality, bargains & a discerning eye I had an early Mother’s Day surprise when my husband unearthed a few envelopes of photos while he was hunting through some storage. This set of pre-digital pics were most likely what I had given my mom when my son was an infant. And, now ended up being tucked away in a box. What a pleasant surprise to see photos of my mom with my 11 week old…

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  • A sneak peek into Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Met

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    I popped uptown yesterday to the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s new Anna Wintour Costume Center for the press preview of its first exhibition, Charles James: Beyond Fashion spotlighting the career of  the legendary 20th-century Anglo-American couturier  (1906–1978). Through the years, I’ve seen pieces of James work  and many of the gowns on display seemed like beautiful old friends that I was delighted to reaquaint with. But it wasn’t a gown that made me smile. It was seeing his white celenese satin jacket with eiderdown…

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  • Uma Thurman’s Motherhood was my yucky pill

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    Let’s call this week’s review of  FocusOnStyle’s 15th anniversary online post, the anti- Mommy Chic battle of those who overdo and those who purposely schlump out, and the relvelation that comes from their “sameness,” even though they may think they are light years apart. As we gear up to Mother’s Day let’s look back at the neighborhood of the mom’s at my son’s elementary school, the ones I called the YUMDAF’s and the OAFH’s. –S.H. Mommy (Un)Chic: Mommyheads Blowin’ In The Wind… Dear Diary: One of the…

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

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    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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  • American Cool: What is cool to you?

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    What is American Cool? One of the highlights from our family trip to Washington, D.C. this weekend was taking in the “American Cool” exhibition of 100 People Who Define Cool in Arresting Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. It’s a collection of 100 photos that go deep into the soul of those who posess that certain edge. In this selfie world of “duck lips” and “signature poses” we often lose the spontainaity that comes with honestly capturing oneself as these photos of…

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  • How to Dress to Look Taller – Petite Fashion Tips Video

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    For this week’s look back to celebrate the 15th anniversary of FocusOnStyle online, let’s peek at my video about how to dress to look taller when you are a petite. While ‘ya looking, how abour my hair? I think my stylist was having a Jane Fonda in Klute moment.  Enjoy! — S.H. Petite Fashion Tips to Dress to Look Taller from the Sharon Haver for About.com at Lord & Taylor New York Petite Video Series… Haven’t you ever seen a…

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  • Add a classic retro feel to your biking shoes by way of Chukka boots

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    Stylist Advice- How to Style Vintage Menswear Shoes… classic is key Dear Sharon: What to wear with these Bridgeport Hush Puppies shoes (pictured below)? I got these shoes a while ago at a Thrift Shop and they were so cute that I couldn’t let them pass me by. The problem is, when I brought them home, I didn’t know exactly what to wear them with… and it turns out that they’re actually shoes for men… but they look pretty unisex. Maybe I can pull ’em off?…

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  • Let’s Look: Selma Blair does casual chic the way many of us dress everyday (even me)

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Nothing beats a good T-shirt for comfy, casual every day style! Umm, I don’t know about you, but I spend a good chunk of my time wearing T-Shirts.  They’re the kind of easy casual chic items that can be comfy wearing  while I zone out writing (yes, there’s a zone) and then throw a jacket over and maybe a pair of heels and instantly look pulled together. But maybe it’s not a heels day but…

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