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  • My Super Expensive Gift Guide: If Money Was Not An Option Kinda Luxury Chic

    Alexander McQueen Embroidered silk-tulle off-the-shoulder gown $16,830

    Need not, want more.. Since I hand-picked the Cute, Fun & Cheap Chic Holiday Gifts $50 and Under earlier, I thought it would be fun to SPIN the tables, to create the total #dreamlist in this Super Expensive Gift Guide. IF, money was not an option and all our bills and charitable endeavors were covered, of course…. whoosh, that make my woo woo woozy at the thought. Starting from the photo at the top, there’s the Alexander McQueen Embroidered silk-tulle off-the-shoulder gown at $16,830. A…

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  • I WANT: Cute, Fun & Cheap Chic Holiday Gifts $50 and Under

    C. Wonder Equestrian Print Pop Up Tote

    Stylish Holiday Gift Guide that doesn’t break the bank…. I had so much FUN hand-selecting these cute & cheap chic gifts under $50 for our holiday gift guide. REALLY, I did. I want them all…. There’s something for everyone in our cheap chic holiday gifts guide… mom, teen, baby, pup, beau, you, and me. A gift should be something special, whimsical, and, perhaps, not something the receiver would ordinarily buy for themselves. BUT, no matter what, it should be memorable (in…

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  • Holiday Sweater Guide- Not the Fugly Kind, But Gorgeous Ones You Would Really Wear


    It just so happens that holiday colors are very in this season. So when it comes to holiday sweaters, it’s very easy to step it up with easy elegance. Ruby red, emerald green and Chanukah blue (ok, that’s cobalt blue) twist a modern yarn on hideous holiday sweaters reserved for Great Aunt Abigal and that fugly hipster who thinks they’re cool. Just look at the gorgeous jewel tone colors from the Tory Burch trifecta of seasonal colors pictured above. I…

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  • Scarf This Up: Mommy Chic Wrap & Spiffy Bowler a la Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys arrives on a flight at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport with her son Egypt in Paris, France.

    I’ll Have What She’s Having:  A voluminous scarf  and a menswear hat to effortlessly glam up the most basic outfit. It REALLY is that easy. Getting out of the house sometimes, can be an effort in itself. Particularly, on those down low, kick back (ha!), whirlwind of errands and mommydom days. Or maybe, just a work at home, no one sees me until, crap, I have to go out and look good kind of day. Now what? Oh yeah, for many of us…

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  • Stylist Advice- What to wear to a black tie optional event with the boss? Try an evening wrap!

    Ilana Wolf Silk Organza Wrap

    If a black tie optional event is mostly business men, can this reader dare to bare with a backless dress? Dear Sharon:  I would sincerely appreciate your input on an issue I am having with a business black tie optional event.  I am attending a “black tie optional” awards ceremony anddinner for a builders’ association in Western NY (near Canada). My completely platonic date is my boss. The builders’ association is pretty male dominated, but I’m sure most will bring their wives/girlfriends to…

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  • Hairstyle How To For Kate Middleton’s Updo- Ok, so you need Princess-worthy hair


    We’ve all been amazed about the Princess worthiness of Kate Middleton’s hair. The Duchess of Cambridge has a thick, long mane that puts our straggles to shame. Just on the offshoot, that you may have a gorgeous, thick head of covetable hair, we’ve got some quick hairstyle how’s to achieve two of Kate Middleton’s holiday hairstyles by way of Edward Tricomi, co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons. >>MORE: Hairstyle How-To’s The first look for our Kate Middleton hair how to is the Updo, pictured above. What…

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  • Are you shopping the sales now? Cyber Monday Fashion Deals- We’ve got the fashionable savings codes!

    cyber monday sale like goodies from tory burch

    What’s my favorite word? SALE, OF COURSE! Gift others. Gift yourself! Wouldn’t you love a bunch of pretty boxes like these, pictured above, from Tory Burch? Well, start shopping, E-tailers want to make some coin these holiday season so the after Thanksgiving sales are going crazy . Many of what would be Cyber Monday fashion deals start NOW. So what are you waiting for? Our fingers hurt from all that clicking  just to find you  some of our top picks for…

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  • Leather Weather: Black (leather pants) + White = Italian Style


    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Black leather pants that look so right Yesterday, we talked about the ageless chic of a black leather motorcycle jacket, and today it’s time to talk about your lower half. >>MORE: Leather Style There’s an off-handedness that Italians have. They could be wearing the most extravagant item — think a healthy dose of gold, a swath of fur, ornate embellishments, or in this case, black leather pants– and throw it together in a manner that’s effortless…

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  • Leather Weather: A Black Leather Jacket At Any Age To Suit Your Every Mood!

    Kate Moss, Isabelle Hupert, Sarah Jessica Parker in black leather jackets

    I’ll Have What She’s Having: A modern & global spin on a classic black leather jacket as an age-appropriate celebrity favorite Baby, it’s leather weather! Not too hot, not too cold (yet) and just right for some hard core downtown motorcycle style done right, may it be city, casual, or dressy. From London, New York, to Cannes, we’ve got Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Isabelle Huppert sporting a black leather jacket in three ageless ways that will surely suit YOUR wardrobe….

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  • Stylist Advice- Plus Size Layering, Define A Focal Point

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    Dear Sharon:  I am overweight. Sometimes I wear blouses open with turtlenecks underneath. Can you wear a scarf with the open blouse and turtleneck? (C.M. via Fashion Advice)   I’m not sure that I love the way you start out your question by announcing that you are overweight. Regardless of your size, we ALL need to make the most of what we’ve got which should come from a place of confidence and pride with our unique self. That said, what’s with ALL…

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  • Vivid Color Trends: If It’s Bright, It’s Right for Resort

    Rachel Pally Kennedy Dress at Shopbop

    Vivid Colors Add Punch & Spunk To An Otherwise Neutral Palette Ok, here’s some shopping advice, it’s time to brighten up TV producers are surely rejoicing. The one-two color punch for resort is a bold mash-up of TV-friendly colors, so vivid and brilliant, that you may just want to adjust your settings… on your everyday wardrobe, that is. These clear and crisp colors are NOT unfriendly on your skin tone as last season’s neons, but rich, intense, and crisp in a…

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  • Paris Resale: Vintage French Chic at L’Ibis Rouge

    Chanel jacket at L’Ibis Rouge

    On The Road: Richard Nahem comes across a marvelous Paris shop full of gorgeous French designer goodies. They say the teacher learns from their students. In my case, it’s the Paris tour guide who learns from their clients. Over the years, my clients have shared many things I haven’t had prior knowledge of including: restaurants, historic facts, shopping, hotels, and other insider tidbits. Many have been great finds and very useful. >>MORE: Paris A lovely client from Louisiana and I hit it off…

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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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    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.