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  • Ageless Beauty Tips Steal- Madonna’s makeup at the MDNA Tour documentary premiere

    Madonna MDNA Tour Documentary Premiere Look

    I’ll Have What She’s Having– Grown up glam & vivid red lips a la Madonna’s makeup Who: Madonna at the premiere of her MDNA Tour documentary in NYC takes a stand on ageless beauty & full out glam Inspiration: Marlene Deitrich’s iconic 1930’s look from the movie “Morocco” With: Madonna’s makeup artist, Sammy H. Mourabit, used Votre Vu products >> MORE:  Red lipstick tips & inspiration How to get Madonna’s makeup look… For a flawless complexion, after moisturing,  dabbed Votre Vu’s Love Me Deux Concealer […]

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  • How to look pretty when you forgot about taking care of yourself

    Looking beautiful is much about how YOU see yourself.

    Have you ever been so overwhelmed in what life offers you that you forgot about taking care of yourself? Or continue to put everyone else’s needs in front of yours?   Let’s help this reader look pretty again- we all deserve that! –S.H. Dear Sharon:  I need some serious advice. I have always been the plain Jane type, and have never really felt beautiful. I am 25 years old, I have two children and a wonderful husband. All my life I have […]

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  • Quick summer styling note: The 80s twisted head scarf is back, thank you Fendi!

    Head scarves from the Fendi Resort 2014 collection

    I don’t know about you, well I do when I look back at those retro photos, but many a day/night in the 80’s was spent wearing a twisted head scarf. Or pretty schmatta, if you will. Well, the cute little scarf continues to make a runway comeback. This time, thank you Silvia Venturini Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld for including the heady styling in the Fendi resort 2014 collection, pictured above.  It’s an easy look to try. My favorite twist is: Hold […]

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  • How to accentuate cleavage? Tips and tricks to bust out without surgery

    LA PERLA Fall 2013 Presentation

     Try a few insider stylist tricks to show off your girls with gusto! Dear Sharon: I’m going through a style metamorphosis and finally coming to terms with my curves, albeit wanting to make my B’s look more like C’s- without surgery. I want to show off my figure but have no idea how to accentuate cleavage. I have a few special occasions coming up and feel like it’s my time to manifest my Sofia Vergara moment! Please help. (J.C.via Fashion Advice) >> MORE: […]

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  • Cheap Chic Alert: Isabel Marant for H&M [video]

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    I can see the lines around the block now… The Isabel Marant for H&M collaboration will launch in around 250 H&M stores worldwide and online on November 14, 2013. Surely resusitation masks will be in order. I’m not sure if there is an official count but I would dare to guess there are 50,000 knock offs inspired versions of her what is now iconic wedge sneaker. >>MORE: Isabel Marant For those of you who can’t wait for the Isabel Marant for H&M goods on the cheap (her […]

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  • Celebrities in jeans looking normal- no big woot, just as it is

    Sarah Jessica Parker wearing Level 99 Janice Ultra Skinny jeans

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Shazam, I have it already! Everyday style inspiration by way of Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba and Katherine Heigel You gotta love the headline, “Celebrities in jeans looking normal” because rather than oohing and ahhing about a fantasy gown or talking about their bodily (im)perfections, let’s look at what celebrities wear when they are just being normal. Duhhh, it looks a lot like us. >> MORE: Jeans See, it takes some tzuj to get […]

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  • The 5 best trends from resort 2014 to wear NOW

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    Resort, the little season that could… Fill you with inspiration now on what to buy, what to keep, what to dig out with the 5 best trends from resort 2014 Honestly, I have to make a confession. I haven’t turned my closet over from winter to summer yet! I know it’s June, don’t remind me but with work, family, friends, travel, and entertainment my life has gotten in the way of spring closet cleaning (again) and I’m pulling out what’s in […]

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  • A Reader Asks: What to wear to a Baptism?

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    Our latest reader style question asks what to wear to a Baptism. Can she wear a mini dress to her child’s baptism? Is short too short for a religious occasion? Let’s discuss… Next month my daughter’s baptism. I’m thinking of wearing my H&M white lace mini dress, pictured above, with navy peep toe heels and a navy blazer (if the weather requires it). My problem is this, the dress is so short to wear alone in church? I’ve thought of a dressy pair […]

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  • Clothing Care Tip: I figured out how to fold T-shirts neatly- The Miracle Fold is my secret!

    a ridiculous amount of striped t-shirts. folded in a cinch by The Miracle Fold and my lack of patience

    I have to admit when it comes to how to fold T-shirts neatly, I get a bit anal. There must be a part of me left over from random still-life stylist jobs (I almost always worked with models) where the idea that every crease in a perfectly stacked set of shirts looks crisp, pristine, and most important, EVEN…. like in a catalog or on a store shelf. Admittedly, I have since developed a fascination with the Japanese shirt folding video […]

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  • Stylist Advice- What to wear with really flashy shoes

    Jeffrey Campbell Martini Studded Ballerina Flats

     I just bought these beautiful Jeffrey Campbell Martini Studded Ballerina Flats and I don’t know what to wear with them. I’ve tried to get some help from friends, but they think the shoes are “too gold” or “tacky.” I was thinking about taking them back but I don’t want to because I love them. Can you please give me some ideas or suggestions? I can’t figure what kind of tops or dresses to wear with them. Thanks, I’ve attached a […]

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  • Natural Red Carpet Beauty is NOT an Oxymoron! Get some French chic inspiration by way of Léa Seydoux

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    Cannes Do Chic Beauty: Let Léa Seydoux Teach You A Thing About French Beauty Looking natural, gorgeous, and knowing  how much makeup to apply can result in a fine line between looking overly made up (that K family) and washed out and frazzled (heeeeello, mirror). Instead of a makeup “how to look made up on the red carpet” tutorial, let’s look at how to look just as pretty as we would like in our everyday lives… maybe, even with a […]

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  • Are you game for vintage style? Try a full 50’s inspired skirt [HINT: It’s all over Cannes]

    Actress Elodie Navarre and Actress Lea Drucker

    I have rule around here about never wearing vintage too literally when it’s a style that YOU wore in its first fashion outing as it seriously dates you… in other words, makes you look o-l-d. So if you watched I Love Lucy in anything other than a rerun, skip this look. But for the rest of us, why not try a midi-length, flippy & full 50’s inspired skirt for some summer dash?   It looks great as an airy summer […]

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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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