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  • Welcome to the FocusOnStyle NEW web design!

    Can you smell the fresh paint? Drumroll please... pop on over to the home page of FocusOnStyle and you will see a VERY new web design. It may look simple to many of you but it has been months in the making. There has been a massive amount of behind-the-scenes, "under the hood" tech action going on and I'm proud to say that the new look is live. You'll notice the "blog" section of the site is still there, simply...
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  • Personal Branding 101: What about those phonies?

    Style + Success: Let's get real for a moment, please... After all, it's about you. So let's get into personal branding 101. Have you ever dreamingly followed an online lifestyle guru, marketing coach or business mentor who appears to have both a "perfect" life and an enviable thriving business? She surely must have the magic touch from the stream of manufactured social media and personal branding images on her web site. Perfect-istas are usually recognizable by their soft focus social media...
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  • My Top 3 Tips to Be A Successful MOMpreneur if you want to work from home

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    This photo is how long I have been in the Mompreneur business! In mom terms, FocusOnStyle has been online from onesies to 6'4"!  Just think that when the docs said that my newborn son was in the 95th percentile for height, we didn't believe them. Now look at my tall baby! As we are entering the college application process around here, it got me reflecting  about what it takes to run a successful home-based business and still have time to...
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  • Cheap Chic: Balmain for H&M looks pretty good

    Cheap Chic Shopping Alert: The Balmain x H&M Look Book just dropped and the snaps look pretty good. If you want to add some cheap chic glam to your wardrobe this holiday season, the collection will be available starting November 5, in around 250 stores worldwide and online, and will feature clothing and accessories for both women and men. More: Cheap Chic Balmain for H&M
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  • Wear It Your Way: Best Outfit Ideas To Try NOW From Fashion Week Spring 2016

    With the fashion week season behind us and runway clothes off to photo shoots and red carpets, we thought you would like to NOT wait and get the look right now... if only for a little inspiration. So, Sharon and I compiled the best outfit ideas to try now from the Spring 2016 runways. We bet you might already have similar pieces in your wardrobe, but in case you need a boost, we've also done all the editing & shopping...
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  • The Top Five Trends To Incorporate Now from Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016

    The Top Five Trends from Paris are sure to have you thinking about tweaking your closet this season for an added sense of savor faire. And that right there is the takeaway of paying attention to runway trends. How can you update your look to present the best you? By paying attention, not too much, but just enough to know what's current. Fashion Week: Why Should You Care About The Runway? Here's a look at the Top Five Trends from...
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  • A Chic Poncho – Easier to wear than a cape, and infinitely more a la mode

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    Ever since I spotted this chic poncho, that's more sweater than poncho, I've been obsessing about adding one to my fall wardrobe. Haven't quite made a decision yet. So, will it be the Sandro Paris Pull Sample Sweater, pictured above, or a more classic poncho, like one of the styles below. What do you think? Consider some of these other chic ponchos that I pulled... RELATED READING: The French Chic Poncho
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  • The Top Five Trends To Incorporate Now from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2016

    Take the Top Five Trends from Milan to heart right now and what will you have? A wardrobe that's on the mark & ready to go a season ahead of the rest! No need to think about trends too much when you have them all sorted out right here, right now. With expert style tips to boot. Fashion Week: Why Should You Care About The Runway? Here's a look at the Top Five Trends from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2016...
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  • Continue the white sneaker trend…

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    It's officially fall! The New York air is still mild but with that crisp autumn breeze. Not quite ready to commit to boots and too much of a chill for sandals. What to wear this weekend? Can't go wrong with (re)new(ed) classics like the Adiddas Stan Smith (see mine with the red trim below) or Superstar. White sneakers are not only still on trend but looking so right to lighten up your transitional wardrobe. Top off with a biker jacket or blazer,...
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  • Harlem Style – Shop Global In Your Local

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    On Periscope... Finding stylish pieces shouldn't be limited to the obvious. There are plenty of interesting and unexpected finds to be had when you take your inspiration out of the box. I attended the Periscope Summit this week in New York that took place uptown in Harlem. Although I've passed this open air African market on several occasions in the past, I never walked through it. Since, it was right next door to the summit, I decided to pop by...
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  • A Note From Sharon Haver

    a note from sharon haver-1 Hello Gorgeous,

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by  FocusOnStyle !

    I'm the editor in chief and resident fashion + style expert  with over 25 years experience in the fashion biz as a stylist, syndicated fashion advice columnist, and web entrepreneur.

    I hope you love the best of women's fashion and top style trends as much as I do.

    More important, I want to help you make the most of what YOU've got !

    I want your personal style to be organic to you, flattering to your body type , and not contrived or cookie-cutter but a natural extension of just one of the many things that you do everyday, including what you wear to work.

    As your style mentor , I share insider tips & tricks to help YOU get the awareness to do it yourself and stand out from the pack.

    Yup, it's about discovering the D.I.Y. stylist in YOU!

    That’s what I’m here for. To empower you to get it going on.

    Back in 1999, I founded the site as a 24/7 platform where anyone can get expert stylist advice, fashion tips, and style trends to make the most of what they've got... long before the term "fashion blog" became part of our language.

    If you are new to the FocusOnStyle, a good place to start is with my series of free online fashion and style guides , curated from some of our post popular topics. If you have any questions that you would like considered to be answered on the fashion blog, please ask for  fashion advice here .

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    Don't miss out. Hop on my newsletter to make the most of what you've got!  Passport to French Chic is my gift to you.

    As a stylist I'm about YOU, not me.

    I'm not about gushing over  celebrity style  or preening over a picture of a cute outfit that I or my team is wearing. I do use style icons, from wherever they may be, as a launch point to help YOU tweak to chic to bring  red carpet fashion  to your closet, in a way that makes sense for YOU!  We call that, " I'll Have What She's Having " around here. We look at the runway to inspire you to stay on top of your game, because as a New Yorker, I personally know that looking modern is the best revenge! When you want style motivation , FoS has that too!

    Style shouldn't have an expiration date...

    We know that great style is not only for teenyboppers, and age-appropropropriate & ageless style  doesn't mean dowdy. Consider FoS as a go-to resource for how to wear and what to wear (almost) anything at any age with high, yet definable style that suits your lifestyle.

    Pretty, sexy chic is the NEW fabulous, and it's right at , online since 1999.




    If you want to work with me closer, I have a few V.I.P. one on one stylist spots that I open up periodically.