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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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  • Personal Branding 101: What about those phonies?

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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.







    ps

    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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