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  • Holiday Nails- Manicures, Pedicures & Festive Glam, Oh My


    Go ahead, take a gamble. There’s a party somewhere and holiday nails will get you there. Even if you have not partaken in the not-so-classic nail polish bandwagon, there’s no excuse now not to dare to do something different. You have no excuse but to be bolder without being garish this season. An instant swipe of nail color is a quick fix splurge up tzuj up your look. Where else can you get the sublime nuance of  the chicest of…

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  • Stylist Advice- Is there a rule about mixing metallics?

    Pierre Hardy Mixed metallic leather-patterned suede ankle boots

    Can this reader pull off mixing metallics all in one outfit? Dear Sharon: O.K, I have a question about metallics. There is this fairly new gold/silver color I love. I have purses, I have sweaters, I have shoes, I have tops with it stitched in etc. I know there is a “double denim” rule but I am not sure about metallics. For example, one day I wore metallic shoes an embellished top and a sweater, they all matched, but it occurred to me it might be…

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  • Trendsetters in Training: What’s chic for summer kid’s clothes


    Children’s clothing is always so adorable. Add designer names to the mix, and YOU need a drool bib. The on trend, Italian luxury boutique just loaded up with what’s chic for summer kid’s clothes. Look at the total cuteness in the photo above… sweeeet, right? From animal prints to bold floral pants. Dusty pastels and lot’s a modern twists on classic denim. I love this photo op friendly polka dot dress above from Rykiel Enfant. Can you imagine an adorable toddler twirling…

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  • Add some ZING! What color shoes to wear with dressy neutrals for holiday chic

    neutral holiday dress

    Stylist Advice-  Decisions, decisions about what shoe color to wear. How can this reader add pizzazz to a neutral holiday dress…  I am wearing a mocha dress with sequins at Christmas and wondering what color of shoes I should get? Please help!!! (A.W. via Fashion Advice)  >> READ: Perfect Party Shoes Standout sequins in muted shades of nude are very of the moment this holiday season. They are a sultry take on subtle and can be styled two ways for maximum holiday…

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  • PERFECT Party Shoes- May the dancing begin!

    Perfect party shoes backstage

    Party shoe vibes. That’s it. I said it. Fantasmatic, Systematic. Par-tay shoes. ‘Cause you’ve got a whole lot dancing to do this holiday season. I pulled a plethora of party shoes to get your engine going. CLICK to fall in love…

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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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  • 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.