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  • 6 Crimes of Fashion: Have you committed a fashion faux pas?

    female bulldog

    Honestly, how can you not resist a photo of a bulldog in leopard drag? All kidding & a cute dog picture aside, each of us have, at least once, committed a fashion faux pas. Albeit, intentionally or not, we have all suffered from the crimes of fashion to some degree. Listen up, it happens. Even if it was back in the day… the day of perms and massive earrings. (I think that was called the 80s and MTV style). Look at our cute […]

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  • Hey Doll, Coach Barbie is here

    Coach Barbie

    You know we love our Barbies here at FocusOnStyle! So how can we not share the cutest new doll in town… meet Coach Barbie! For the first time in Barbie history her accessories are produced in the same way as the design house she’s collaborated with…. what a girl! P.S. Did you see what happened when Ryan doll paid a visit to Sharon’s Barbie shelf?   Could it be cougar Barbie? (wink, wink). >>MORE: Barbie Coach Barbie available at Coach

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  • Let’s REALLY look ahead: Top 10 Mega Fashion Trends for Spring / Summer 2015

    Megatrends for Spring 2015

    More predictable than weather forecasting, fashion trends are predicted by way of referencing inspiration. While we are (maybe, slowly) planning our fall wardrobes, designers are thinking way ahead. Take a look at what trend forecaster Stylesight predicts as the Four Megatrends for Spring/Summer 2015. Within the all-encompassing themes of the Core, Memory, Harmony & Imprint are these 10 fashion trends that you might want to put into your style sub-conscious now: Broad Leisure Stripes- an extension of colorblocking Varsity – an updated feel of […]

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  • MUST CATCH: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, Smash & Grab diamond thiefs, and Marina Abramovic Institute on Kickstarter (with Lady Gaga)

    Cate Blanchette & her Birkin in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine

    Entertain yourself with these style inspiring treats of a woman who lost it all (Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine), a gang who wants it all (The Pink Panther crime ring in Smash & Grab), and a performance artist (Marina Abramovic) who breaks the walls to connect art and audience in its deepest simplicity of being. Blue Jasmine Really, it’s not the new Woody Allen movie. It’s THE new Cate Blanchett movie Ahh, the aftermath of a boushy life. There’s a rigid lifestyle […]

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  • How to Wear It: A versatile dress to wear from summer to fall, year after year. Look at Kate Moss in Prada for fit and flare inspiration!

    Kate Moss in Prada

    I’ll Have What She”s Having:  Do you want a versatile dress that goes from summer to fall with a few styling tweaks?  Kate Moss is wearing a gorgeous Prada one for some styling inspiration. I know it’s late in the season and you may not want to buy another summer item, especially if the sale isn’t too great. I get it. Me too. But, what if you found a versatile dress (maybe even in your own closet), that happens to […]

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  • See: The Perfect Little Black Dress in Paris… all here!

    Little Black Dress Exhibit, Mona Bismarck American Center

    Everyone  wants a perfect Little Black Dress, or two or three in their wardrobe. But imagine when not “little” but MAJOR black dresses are curated into one exhibition, and that’s in Paris…. ohh la la, it’s drool city. Take an inspirational tour of  the Little Black Dress Exhibit at the Mona Bismarck American Center Paris with Richard Nahem as your guide and tell me which LBD is tops on your wish list?   Oh, yes, and Richard met his fashion idol, let’s see […]

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  • Grace Kelly Style- “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly – Beyond the Icon” Exhibition in Montreal

    From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly - Beyond the Icon at the McCord Museum Montreal

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: French Canadian Chic Week continues with timeless Grace Kelly style via the “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly – Beyond the Icon” exhibition in Montreal. The Grace Kelly exhibition at Museum McCord in Montreal is more biographical than costume. As you walk through the galleries, what you see is deeper than the clothes themselves. It becomes the story of a young woman who rose from model to actress to Princess to style icon. >>MORE: I’ll Have What […]

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  • French Canadian Chic Week: Authentic espadrilles, handmade & forever stylish. Plus, a little history too!

    My espadrilles: Custom designed tan & black lace worn at the St. Suplice Hotel in Montreal, the Lola black platform wedge, and my red wedge espadrilles that started my obsession.

    I’ve had a bee in my bonnet to find a replacement pair of handmade authentic espadrilles for some time. The kind that are brimming with history as timeless classics for runaround French Chic and usually made in France (think back to Brigitte Bardot in St Tropeze) or Spain (Penelope Cruz in Volver) by villagers who have been handcrafting these shoes for years. There are a few shops in Paris where I could pick them up, but I’m in New York where all points […]

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  • It’s French Canadian Chic Week: Stylecentric Montreal + Quebec City Travel Guide

    French Canadian Chic: The best of Montréal

    Bonjour, Hello- It’s my cheat sheet for a Montreal + Quebec City Travel Guide travel guide & a superb dash of French Canadian Chic…  Vrooom… on the road with hubby, kid, and poodle for a family road trip to visit our splendid French Canadian neighbors up north. It’s no secret that I’ve always had a travel crush on Montreal. Way back when, I even entertained the idea of applying to McGill University. As a New Yorker, there’s something sweet about hopping on a plane […]

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  • Summer Business Attire Chic: What to wear to work when it’s hot as hell + still look polished

    Summer Business Attire Chic: What to wear to work when it’s hot as hell + still look polished- Milla Jovovich at Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013/2014 - Chanel Show

    How to stay cool yet maintain polished summer business attire élan can be a toughy  during a heat wave. Let’s dive in, at least the metaphor is cooling & solve the what to wear to work when it’s hot fashion dilemma… My gosh, it’s a scorcher out! I just got back from a meeting in sweltering midtown Manhattan, aka Schvitz City today,  and thought I would hurry up and push this post up as long as the temperature was doing […]

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  • Vintage Home Style Collaboration at the Paris Flea Market- L’Eclaireur and Habitat 1964 at Les Puces St.Ouen

    L’Eclaireur and Habitat 1964 at Les Puces St.Ouen

    I don’t know about you but I LOVE a good flea market. Introduce a vintage home style collaboration and magic! Oh, wait, AND Paris too… yowza… let’s let Richard take us there for some divine  interior design inspiration… L’Eclaireur, one of the top fashion retail boutiques in Paris, and Habitat, the furniture and home shop chain, have recently opened new spaces at the St. Ouen flea market.  In an abandoned, graffiti covered courtyard on the rue de Rosiers, the main street of the flea market, […]

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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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