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  • Welcome to the FocusOnStyle NEW web design!

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    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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  • Paris Couture Fashion Week Spring 2016- How To Incorporate The Top Five Trends Into Your Wardrobe Now

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    The Top Five Trends from Paris Couture Fashion Week to give a go and refresh your look while staying easily on trend. Ok, admittedly, I doubt that you or I will have the opportunity to get to a real haute couture fitting. Or even borrow a couture dress to wear on the red carpet. The prices are insane (think a year of private school tuition and above). The workmanship is unbelievable. And the scarcity is just so. So why should…

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  • 11 Fashion Fixes To Dress To Look Slimmer Now… Without Going To The Gym

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    Go on a fashion diet to dress to look slimmer now. Did you wake up feeling a little puffy today? No worries. Blame it on the time of year, time of month, or timing of that matcha tiramisu that moved the needle up on the scale. Fake a hot body with these quick stylist tips to look slimmer. All you need to do adjust the way you get dressed. It's the easiest diet in town! In fact, it's so simple that you...
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  • The Snow Boot Guide: The Top 6 Winter Boots For Different Kinds of Snow And Ice

    Snow Boot Guide- The top 6 winter boots for every kind of snow
    The definitive video snow boot guide for every kind of winter condition short of mountain explorer When I was at my vacation place out west last week, it was cold. Crazy cold.  I decided to do a Periscope video snow boot guide of my favorite stylish and practical footwear so you know how to look for the best winter boots for different kinds of snow. You know how I love my fancy shoes. But you also need to be smart and practical...
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  • Golden Globes Fashion- Best Dressed Looks

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    Golden Globes fashion 2016 is rather uninteresting in a very good way. Honestly, (most) everyone looked chic and elegant. There was barely a misstep and the looks were clean and stunning. Kinda sorta like the way we want to look. Nothing fussy. Nothing overdone. Mostly streamlined and well-edited.  The secret to a great look is to keep it simple + keep it striking. The overall theme for Golden Globes fashion this year were column dresses in clear colors, which although gorgeous,...
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  • Your Personal Style In A Time of Life Transitions

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    Top 3 ways to know when to transition your style as you move along in your life It's been a heady transformative week at my house for sure. My son received early acceptance to his first choice college! I'm beyond thrilled that his hard work paid off and he will have the opportunity to have the advanced education so that my crazy talented kid can live out his dream of becoming a feature filmmaker. The absolute joy is palatable as...
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  • The Iconic Style of Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    Growing up I was always memorized by the style of Jacqueline de Ribes. I would tear through the society pages in my mother's Women's Wear Daily and amidst all the socialites photographed at charity functions and black tie events, one woman would grab my attention like no other. Countess Jacqueline de Ribes with her regal profile, long neck and volumes of dark hair, model slim figure and unmeasurable poise was a beacon of authentic style... a woman who was knew...
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  • Lace Tights, Thank You Chanel!

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    Thank you Karl Lagerfeld for making me want to spice up my hosiery drawer with lace tights again! Lace stocking have been look "off" for a few years. Add just a few sartorial twists and they look so right again. Mostly due to the styling at the Chanel Paris In Rome Show at Cinnecitta Studios where the models wore mules along with the lace tights. "The mule... It's a typical Chanel shoe, open behind, but we had never done it. With a lace stocking,...
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  • My 5 steps for getting through holiday madness with ease

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    Best Of The Holidays… I thought it would be a good time for a little (life)style motivation.    A time to take ten and nurture ourselves when it seems like there isn’t a slot left on the calendar to even think about it. The end of the year is usually a jam-packed time around here, as it is, I am sure for most of you. Sometimes, I feel like one of my fancy dressed lady ornaments hanging on my tree….

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  • Party On! 7 Holiday Makeup Tips To Get Your Glamour Going

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    HOLIDAY MAKEUP DOESN'T NEED TO BE A TREND. SEVEN FAST AND EASY WAYS TO GET YOUR GLAM ON ONE LASH AT A TIME. One of the wonderful things about the Holidays, is a chance to really Glam it up. Whether you want to go subtle and soft or full blown gorgeousness here are seven quick and easy ways to get the look. At Focus on Style we don't believe in trend, makeup application is something that is learned through trial and error. What you...
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  • Everyday Chic: Chanel styling and makeup you can try on your own!

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    I just love everything about this everyday chic look from Chanel in Vogue! The article is about Chanel’s global creative makeup and color designer Lucia Pica, pictured in a Chanel jacket, Margaret Howell scarf, and photographed by Daniel Jackson, for Vogue, September 2015. Pica's strong yet casual look is something that you easily master on your own. There's nothing easier to style the right white T-shirt. Top it with your favorite good jacket, add the flirty neckerchief and suddenly your otherwise...
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  • Color of the Year- Rose Quartz and Serenity for 2016

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    Pantone announced its color of the year and for 2016, it's all about Rose Quartz and Serenity. The colors are all about calm and mindfulness as opposed to the richer Marsala, last year's color of the year. So, pack up your brights, the trend colors are all about muted pales for next year! Or, reworking pales you already have or can find on the sale rack, like the outfit pictured right. MORE: Posts about Color Watch the Pantone inspiration video...
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  • Easy Thanksgiving Holiday Recipes… because who wants to waste time in the kitchen?!

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    Whats’ cooking at my house! Smells so good that I thought I’d share my Thanksgiving recipes with you  with some behind-the-scenes photos while I’m cooking!   For me, style is a lot like cooking.  You start with the best ingredients and the rest is easy. That’s a main premise in the C’est Chic Crash Course– it’s not about being precise, it’s about having the know-how to instinctively get it together.  I’m not a fan of the typical turkey dinner with lot’s…

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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  FocusOnStyle.com , online since 1999.

    Best,

    S.H.







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    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.

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