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  • How to Clean Out Your Closet and the Top 20 Clothes to Let Go Of


    Dearest readers: As we wrap up our week of Style Motivation to help you look your best at ALL times and look through our archives to bring you smart ideas as we continue to celebrate our 15th anniversary comes a timeless lesson on what to keep, store and let go of. The end of the season is near, get ready to clear out your closet! With a new season ahead comes the perfect time to reorganize, reconsider and purge your…

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  • Style Motivation Week! Lighten up. Have fun. It’s only fashion.

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    This week’s Summer Spotlight theme pulls from some of my favorite style motivation posts. I don’t want you ever to take style or fashion too seriously because you lose the spontaneity that makes it all so interesting. And unique to you. Lighten and move forward… it’s only fashion. – S.H. Ok, I was (sort of) eavesdropping. Here I was, out and about, having an espresso and couldn’t help but listen the one-sided conversation of the girl across the coffee bar. You know the type….

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  • Fashion Week Is Coming (Again), so why should you care about the runway?

    Are we looking at fashion Week through rose colored glasses?

    This week’s FocusOnStyle’s 15th anniversary online post tackles a question that we so often ask ourselves. In our busy lives and overstuffed budgets, what the heck does the fashion shown on the runway have to do with our everyday life? Well, read on to see how… I’m working on the production of my C’est Chic Crash Course  and have to say that I am very proud and pleased with the way it’s shaping up… I know it will impact the way…

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  • Ageless Beauty Week! How to get rid of turkey neck? Update on Ultherapy non-surgical skin tightening with Dr. Paul Frank

    Ultherapy- Before & After

     This week’s Summer Spotlight are some of my favorite ageless beauty tips. We covered how beauty is how you see yourself, a better than botox drugstore creme, how what you eat affects your skin, and now for those who want to consider an extra boost, some non-surgical Ultherapy to combat turkey neck.  Want to find out how to get rid of turkey neck? Let’s look into Ultherapy non-surgical skin tightening with New York City dermatologist Dr. Paul Frank who specializes in the Ultherea non…

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  • Ageless Beauty Week! Beauty in Balance: Enhancing your Beauty Inside and Outside


     This week’s Summer Spotlight are some of my favorite ageless beauty tips. Let’s look at how what you at affects your skin… Part One- The best-ever foods to prevent aging…. Nobody wants to age. Nobody wants wrinkles or a waddly neck. So, how do we battle the aging process? Well, the quickest answer is—the way your skin and body ages depends on how you treat your body, inside and out! Here’s what most people don’t get: your aesthetic beauty depends more on…

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  • Ageless Beauty Week! My anti-wrinkle experiment [better than Botox]


    Skincare can take a downturn during the lazy days of summer. This week’s Summer Spotlight are some of my favorite ageless beauty tips. I’ve been getting a lot of comments about my skin lately. In a good way… Truth be told, I’m lucky in the genes department, and have been using some kind of anti-aging/moisturizer since about 16, and avoid sun bathing. But the compliments and quizzing have most definitely escalated this fall. Truth be told, I’ve been working crazy…

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  • How to Wear It Week! What to wear with an off-the-shoulder dress

    Marc Jacobs Off-The-Shoulder Satin Dress

    This week’s summer spotlight is How to Wear It Week. Let’s look at a classic way to wear a summer standby. I recently bought a black short, off-the-shoulder dress. It is body-hugging until the hips and then has a balloon skirt until the knees. I later realized on that I am not very comfortable wearing an off-shoulder style. Can you suggest a jacket type or coverup that I can wear with this dress and in what color or pattern?  (via Fashion Advice)  >> MORE: How to…

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  • How to Wear It Week! Everyday Mom Chic: Julianne Moore gets how to wear a cute summer hat and not look like a run of the mill hipster

    Julianne Moore at LAX wearing Hat Attack’s Julia floppy fedora.

    This week’s summer spotlight is How to Wear It Week. Let’s look at this favorite post about wearing a summer hat with élan. I’ll Have What She’s Having: A cute summer hat that’s classic and chic with easy, non affected summer style Hipster hats are really ironic. Afterall, the hipster style point of view for wearing a hat is to kinda look like an independent thinking progressive, anti-establishment cool dude. Yet, if everyone is running around wearing the same dang fedora,…

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  • How to wear anything: Top 5 style maxims to tweak your chic


    Discover your inner Carrie, if you must.Did you ever notice how some women can barely pull off wearing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt without looking like they are about to clean out the garage? While there are others who are the masters of the craziest, most way out combination that always seems to work on them?From the character Carrie in “Sex and the City” to fashion impresario Anna Piaggi, pictured here, the Italian fashion writer and style icon…

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  • Home Style Week! How to decorate your home office with style (a peek at my space too!)

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    Continuing this week’s summer spotlight of Home Style… Let’s get your home office to brim with inspiration. Mine is where I’m creating the C’est Chic Crash Course…. join me. Home Office Style: How to find decor inspiration to decorate your home office can be challenging. Let me share my design tips to help you make your work space a part of your personal style. You don’t need to hire a decorator when you can do it yourself! I’ve been meaning…

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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.