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  • Sit back and watch the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Shows- Spring / Summer 2015 Videos

    Haute Couture Fashion Show Spring Summer 2015 in Paris

    I thought it would be nice to have bump of inspiration today so that you can think about beyond what’s in your closet. Sit back and watch the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Shows videos. Take note of color, textures, silhouettes, combinations and luxury at its finest. Dream a little dream of possibility and how inspiration filters into your world. What’s your favorite collection? Viewing Hint: I think it’s kinda fun to hit play on all of them at once, get past…

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  • Haute Couture Inspiration- Schiaparelli Paris Spring/Summer 2015

    Schiaparelli HC SS15-8

    On this snowy New York day, nothing could be more uplifting that the divine wit and whimsy from the Schiaparelli Paris Haute Couture Spring 2015 Collection shown during Paris Couture Fashion Week. The collection called “Reflections of Elsa” is described as “an ode to self-confidence” with surrealist touches in homage to Elsa Schiaparelli like trompe l’oeil hands that close a crystal star necklace. Notice the flats worn with the very fabulously flamboyant pieces. There really is something magical about this collection, don’t you think?…

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  • Red Carpet Your Way: Try these celebrity style accents at home!


    I’ll Have What She’s Having: Red carpet your way style inspiration a la Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Claire Danes at the S.A.G. Awards It’s so easy to dismiss what you see on the red carpet as a fantasy that will never fit into your real life. But, use what you see as an inspirational launch point to punch up your personal style.  As I tell the ladies in the C’est Chic Crash Course, the nuance is in the details, so let’s…

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  • Luxe Western Home Decoration Ideas on a Bargain Budget. Trust Me, You Will Want to Go West!

    This chair was only the bones when I found it at the Brimfield Flea Market, I left the back exposed and used a deep blue Chanel Velvet. The mirror was found in my mother attic. The vintage sign came from the 25th street Flea Market in New York City

    Living large on a small budget. It’s not about money. It’s about home style! Cowboy Chic: Interior designer tips to add some rustic Western Home Decoration to your home style with luxury Flea Market Finds for a ‘Rustic Big Chill’  I’m always up for a challenge when it comes to home style. Many of you know that I was at my vacation place out West recently. When it came to redecorating my Wyoming home, I wanted something that was very different…

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  • John Galliano for Maison Margiela. Discuss.

    John Galliano For Maison Margilea, "Artisinal" 2015

    I have mixed feelings about this. To start, I’m a Margiela fan and probably wear a piece in some form or another, from one of the collections, almost every day, starting with the 14 pairs of shoes & boots that are in the front rotation of my closet. I love the understated and edgy appeal. I love the non-showiness of pieces that withstand time and always look current. I love the deconstructed “secret” white threads that have the same appeal…

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  • Red Carpet Your Way: Wear Pants to a Formal! Go against the grain and stand out (Golden Globes a la Emma Stone)


    Honestly, I couldn’t get myself into the Golden Globes fashion this year. There were plenty of pretty reds, a lot of ho-hum, and a good amount of  “they look nice but so what.” Really, when’s the next time you (or I) will be dolled up in a major gown? It’s fun for the first few times your have the occassion to wear one. After that, it’s too much work (for me). I was looking for a way to make the…

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  • Are your shoes a buzz kill? The Top 5 Shoes to never wear unless…

    ARE your shoes a buzzkill

    Boost your mood from the feet up with the not this, wear that shoe guide Can you change your attitude or boost your mood depending on what shoes you are wearing? YEAH, baby, you sure can! Here’s the thing, I cannot even count how many times I get asked about what shoe to wear with what outfit. So much so that I wrote the Ultimate Shoe Guide to solve that conundrum once and for all. But, it’s not the matchy-matchyness…

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  • I hope you didn’t, but if you did: 5 ways to not fall off the New Year’s style resolutions wagon

    Model getting ready backstage at the BENTEN show during Jakarta Fashion Week

    Let’s reflect to timeless advice on starting the New Year in YOUR best style. Liar, liar… my big, empty promise to myself and why New Year’s style resolutions hardly ever work… It’s the start of the new year, and where are you? In my over 20 years in the style business, I have never once thought that truly being stylish came from a check list at the start of the year. I don’t bother with resolutions of any kind anymore. If I was really going…

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  • Perfect Party Hair for a Big Night Out (or in)

    hair photo by Tinko

    New Year’s Eve is just around the corner making it a smart time to get a handle on great ways to dress up your hair. Try some easy-to-follow hairstyle ideas from fab editorial and celebrity hairstylist Gad Cohen to get that special occasion hairstyle that’s right for you. –S.H MORE: Hairstyle Tips ‘Tis the season to look your best! From holiday office parties to your New Year’s Eve bash, there’s a hairstyle for every occasion.  I wanted to share some…

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  • Party Face- Instant Holiday Party Make-Up Survival Tips

    Photo: Tinko Czetwertynski

    Take a chance and ring in the new year with bolder makeup than usual, but remember to avoid overdoing it by playing up BOTH the eyes and the mouth… it’s one or the other for a more than festive look! READ: Perfect Party Hair Bold Lips- I love the look of a bold, pronounced lip for holiday party festivities and with the season upon us, I’m going to show you how to go from the office to a cocktail party…

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  • New Year’s Luck Italian Style- Wear red underwear!

    Red Calvin Klein Underwear Tonal Roses Demi Bra at shopbop

    Want to conjure up an old Italian tradition or just look hot for New Year’s Eve? Try some firey red underwear. Wearing red underwear for Capodanno (head of the year) isn’t practiced much these days but the idea of wearing something that is both considered to bring luck and is sexy like this Red Calvin Klein Underwear Tonal Roses Demi Bra and matching panty at shop bop seems great to us here at FoS. Besides, doesn’t every lingerie drawer need a dose of…

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  • My 5 steps for getting through holiday madness with ease


    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. The ones right next…

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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 , 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.