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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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  • Why travel? We brought the best Paris Holiday Windows to you!

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     Retail Remedy: Christmas in Paris by way of Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marche Paris Holiday windows..  You know how I believe that Paris is where you find it  is and that special chic lies inside of us all.  Richard Nahem is an expat New Yorker who has been making Paris his home for the past nine years as a Paris insider blogger and personal concierge tour guide. Richard  brings his take on  Parisian Chic Anywhere! as one of the featured Bonus Experts in my C’est…

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  • The Decisive Guide On How To Set A Beautiful Table + Plan A Lavish Evening At Home

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    It’s that time of year when if you aren’t usually a person who does it big, you might just want to make the effort to set a beautiful and lavish table. I’m more of a casual host and prefer to arrange nibbles on stations throughout my loft rather than have a big sit down table setting. Partly, because it’s the lay of the land here. I have a very open floor plan with my kitchen and breakfast bar that is…

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  • How to Plan and What to Wear to a Holiday Party at Home- Impromptu Madness with Sharon Haver and Brad Boles, Episode 18


    Yup, it’s here! Holiday hoopla is at full swing so I decided to create a series of Holiday Review posts and start off with one of my kooky Impromptu Madness videos that Brad and I did together.BTW: These videos are much more off the cuff than the style sessions in my C’est Chic Crash Course. We totally have different ideas on how to best arrange your party. Hear what we have to say & tell me how you get your holiday best…

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  • Killer Heels, maybe my husband was right


    Walk don’t run (in those shoes) to Killer Heels, shoe lust for your soul I’m a confirmed shoe addict. Don’t believe me, here’s a tidbit conversation with my husband while we were on the way to see The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum. Scene One: Sunday drive to the museum Husband: Which exhibition are we going to? Me: Shoes Husband: Can’t you just look in your closet? Well, err, he was sort of right. One of my…

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  • Stylist Advice: Your Classic Uniform, My Way!

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    Wardrobe Reprise- I don’t know about you but this sudden cold snap has me relying more and more on my favorite classic pieces before I even think about turning my closet over (yes, I’m layering).  Take take a look back at some of my favorite tips to make getting dressed easier. And chic. —S.H. No-brainer fall into winter dressing starts with a great coat…  Dear Sharon: I get confused at what to wear when I have appointments all over town and…

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  • What to wear when you work from home AND a peek at my office. Here’s some stylist advice

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    This week’s lookback post to celebrate the 15th anniversary of FocusOnStyle online, tackles the conundrum I face every day and you may too if you are an entrepreneur… what to wear when you work from home. Ya know, how to pull yourself together when no on really sees you and you sttill need to feel both great about yourself and comfy. Besides, get it together in a flash for when you need to look professional on a Skype or a…

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  • Why not try a white jacket?

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    I’ll Have What She’s Having: A proper white jacket that’s seasonless + chic ala Sharon Stone in Roberto Cavalli & J.Crew Spring 15 It’s been a crazy month or so with filming over 35ish videos for my C’est Chic program (outfit changes for each), traveling, spending casual time at my place out West, and back to the NYC grind just in time for school to start for my son and Fashion Week. I feel like I’ve been in a closet…

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  • Can We Talk Prescription Designer Sunglasses a la Joan Rivers and LensCrafters

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    Joan Rivers has made me laugh since I was old enough to turn on a TV.   A true original who told it like it was. This week’s 15th Anniversary of FocusOnStyle post look back honors the late, great icon who was still in her prime at 81. —S.H. Seeing is believing when it comes to glammed up prescription sunnies… Things happen when you are old enough to have grown up laughing along with comedic genius Joan Rivers on TV….

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  • Hold tight! Spanx jeans has you covered

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    Jeans spotlight week continues with a new entry for a flattering fit, introducing Spanx jeans! That’s right, the sucking in power of Spanx built into a very stylish air of jeans. Can you believe that we just passed the last “official”  weekend of summer? I can’t believe that I’m writing this from one of my last days of a mountain view I’ve been spending the month on a workation at my vacation place in Jackson Hole, WY. If you’ve been…

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  • What jeans to wear Spotlight Week! The Denim Pencil Skirt, Something to Reconsider

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    As the season on the calendar changes, the iffy weather may to exactly be a seasonal match. This installment of What Jeans To Wear Spotlight Week reviews a fantastic transitional wardrobe staple- the jeans skirt! Add a pair of tights + some ankle boots  and you’ll be good to go to transition to a nippy day in no time. – S.H. If you’re not a shorts person or looking for something that’s perfectly styled for casual kickback style or city chic,…

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  • What jeans to wear Spotlight Week! Try a casual chic update to your everyday jeans with Saint Laurent inspiration

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    What jeans to wear Spotlight Week!  As we start to think about fall, let’s re-look at this very classic, yet chic way to update your everyday jeans look. As a matter of fact, the ability to find YOUR chic in any style is what I teach in the C’est Chic Crash Course. I’ll Have What She’s Having: Irresistible casual denim with uptown styling (on a budget!) It’s pretty easy to look chic in everyday, runaround jeans when your outfit tally…

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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.