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April 14, 2014, 3:30 pm by MSP
 
  Get ready, get set...it's time to do something truly amazing with your closet AND with your wardrobe! This week you are going to transform the way you think about your clothes and your wardrobe planning (or lack of planning and just gettin' dressed in a mad rush each morning). Yes, you are going to be transformed...right along with ME! I've recently been on a new style mission of sorts where I created 28 "new" outfits using only 10 items from my closet (no recent shopping trips for me). And as a woman that always wants to look top-notch and feel stylish in whatever I'm wearing; I don't like to spend a lot of money. However, if something is worth investing in, then I'm all in. But I strongly feel being "fashionable" should mean you never lose sight of your budget. I feel [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 7, 2014, 12:52 pm by MSP
 
  What are you going to wear? The pretty pink invitation has just arrived in your mailbox. You're so excited because this is the event of the season and everyone is going to be there. It's your niece's wedding! You are honoring her by greeting the wedding guests and being in charge of the guest book. The problem is...what are you going to wear for this very special occasion?   Each spring all sorts of special celebrations start sprouting up! What you are going to wear?   DorothyPerkins.com (Sage Embellished Dress)   Perhaps you’ll be attending a wedding or baby shower, or a confirmation, a Bar mitzvah, a graduation, or even a fancy Mother’s Day celebration or afternoon tea. Most often...it’s a wedding you’ll be attending [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 1, 2014, 8:22 am by MSP
 
What woman doesn't love a good bargain?!? When it comes to saving money...I start drooling just at the thought. So when I saw these shoes for only $1.99 (yes, under $2!) I knew these were the bargain of a lifetime! Yes, I've been waiting my whole life for a true bargain, and now it was truly my moment...so, I put my foot down (hard, I might add) and pounced on them!   Check them out! Orange (perfect for my Summer coloring) heeled and with an elongated toe box! Uber-flattering and oh-so fabulous!     While shopping at BargainCentral, I also snapped up this uber-cool "doggy" shirt so I can take my dog with me everywhere I go. Taking him with me in a pouch is better than walking him--any day!!!      Call me a hipster[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 31, 2014, 3:28 pm by MSP
 
  Why does one woman wearing only a tee-shirt and jeans, somehow looks so chic and stylish--yet your t-shirt and jeans combo looks boring and unstyled! WHY??? What are her style secrets? How come she looks fabulous and your style comes up short? How do you go from just so-so to having fabulous chic style? This week, we uncover the hidden ways you can improve your style and get that "casual chic vibe" you've always dreamed of having. It really is something every woman can possess...so don't think it's not for you. Oh yes IT is! Easy chic style is something every woman can "own".   This week: The secrets to casual chic style are revealed!   Even if you dress casually (or really, really casual) everyday. There are ways to amp-up your style in wa[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 24, 2014, 2:57 pm by MSP
 
  The fun continues! This week at MissusSmartyPants.com it's part two of the "Big Spring Preview". Since a change in season is a perfect time to refresh your look, you're going to find this extra-big (double-issue) style guide just what you need! It's a complete guide for spring with NO ADVERTISEMENTS! Updating your style has never been easier and more simple. This spring MissusSmartyPants shows you how to wear the new skirt styles, pretty pastels, bold florals, lived-in blues--plus "new" pant silhouettes to try & a lot more. This is your season to update your style!   MissusSmartyPants "Big Spring Previews" (part one & part two) are the go-to style guides for you this season!       Get your spring style started[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 17, 2014, 3:53 pm by MSP
 
  I'm thrilled that March is finally here and signs of spring are all around. Did you know that spring officially arrives this Thursday, March 20th! Yes, spring starts this week.   New to the stores are fresh spring colors and styles! This prompts us to start planning our warm season wardrobes right away...and I've been having a blast the last couple of weeks "window shopping" for you (and me)! I've been tempted with the brighter colors, lighter fabrics and fresh, crisp cool whites. I hope you’ve had a chance to preview what’s new at your local stores. If not, this week's style article (this Thursday in all 5 body type Personal Profiles) will be your complete guide to everything spring!   Last week I've spent quite a bit of time researching (s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 10, 2014, 2:06 pm by MSP
 
  Back by popular demand! This week's style focus is on wearing one item three different ways. Get excited...because you are about to learn the true value of how a few key pieces can extend your wardrobe! This week, a few key items will quickly transform your style...and ( I might add) for very little money.   Every woman needs a few "wardrobe extending" items (and ideas) like these! With a few essential pieces, you will be able to create many stylish looks. Other women will think you must have an endless wardrobe of stylish clothes, LOL! What could be better than that? Most women think they could not possibly become more stylish because they have a limited budget and therefore could not afford more clothes. This is a misnomer! You don't become more sty[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 5, 2014, 6:17 pm by MSP
 
We prepare our yards for spring and spruce-up our front porches at the first hint of warmer weather. But what about your wardrobe? Do you move your out-of-season clothes to the back of your closet and start planning your spring wardrobe and colors? Do you store-away those thick winter scarves and sweater dresses until next year? Most women don't. And this is exactly what creates closet chaos. Over time, you end up having too much stuff to look at daily... and 80% of this "stuff" never gets worn regularly! Why do we do this? Wouldn't it be much nicer to look in your closet and pull out a few items and know they go together? This week with MissusSmartyPants...this style simplicity can be yours! You need to establish a few "capsules" in your wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a collection[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 21, 2014, 5:23 pm by MSP
 
Terrific style is something every woman can possess. It is attainable because it's a learned skill. So, as you study and learn (each week in your Personal Profile) you will soon learn how to select only the best silhouettes and proportions for your particular shape. Without a doubt, on the top every stylist’s list are well-styled jackets and blazers...but only the ones right for your shape! A "figure-fixing" jacket is an essential style tool. There is true beauty when in comes to a great fitting jacket or blazer. Wearing your best style not only "balances" your shape, it improves your style--instantly. A fabulous blazer can make even the most average outfit look more polished and dressed-up.   But wait! There’s a more significant reason to wear a great fitting [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 17, 2014, 4:32 pm by MSP
 
It’s funny how we can go through life day-to-day, and then suddenly, we need to dress for a special occasion or just want to look really nice and we completely fall apart! Perhaps you've declined an invitation in the past because you didn’t know what to wear. (Does this sound familiar?) Let's not let this ever happen again! With more style confidence and the LIST of  "How To Wear It Right"…you can dress for anything! It all starts with babysteps. I've just been reminded about taking on a new challenge. The only way to do it...is in small babysteps. Since I'm new to rock climbing, I realize that a brief intense short session (only 5 days) was not nearly enough time for me to even comprehend the basics. (I've just signed up for a course at an indoor climbing facility befor[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 8, 2014, 1:13 pm by MSP
 
Recently, I tested my limits in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada...   I love comfort. I mean, who doesn't, right? After a long day it feels good to relax in warm fuzzy socks, put up your feet and enjoy a cup of tea. To me, comfort also comes in the form of my daily routines. I find comfort in knowing what I need to do and feeling good about who I am as a person. I also find comfort in knowing what to wear (on most days). These rituals and daily routines bring me a certain sense of comfort and peace. But always being comfortable can be predictable! Playing life safe (and always comfortable) can be limiting. Sometimes you've got to get uncomfortable! When you get uncomfortable, you learn more about yourself and the world around you. Amazing things start to happen! You learn a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 3, 2014, 1:28 pm by MSP
 
According to the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil we are going to have six weeks more of winter this year because he did not see his shadow. I don't know about you, but personally, I've never considered a groundhog a credible source for my weather information, LOL. I actually choose NOT to believe that silly groundhog's predictions. I think spring will be here before we know it and that's why I'm planning my spring wardrobe colors now!   Spring 2014 seasonal colors have been announced and are on their way to our local stores right now. What do you think is going to be your favorite "new" color for spring?   "Designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspir[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 27, 2014, 10:20 pm by MSP
 
Psst....Short on cash? Who isn't these days, right?! This week is one of the best style secrets for any woman with a small budget...it's by far the best way to maximize your style for hardly any cash output. Even if your budget isn't an issue...you are going to love this way of shopping and getting what your wardrobe needs.   This week at MSP: Learn how to become a "Thrifty Fashionista"! Still need a few wardrobe basics? Hoping to add a few fun things into your wardrobe, but can't afford it? If your budget is a little too tight to allow for any splurges, learning the tricks of shopping as a thrifty fashionista will help you add some fabuluous things into your wardrobe without spending a lot.    Get what your wardrobe needs, but pay a lot le[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 20, 2014, 8:33 am by MSP
 
  It's a matter of proportions. Every time we eat, we try to balance the proportions of the food on our plates. We don't want to eat a whole pound of meat or too much candy at one time because it's not healthy. We are always trying to find the correct balance of proportions between our fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The same can be said about what we wear each day. We should be trying to find the correct proportions in the clothing we wear. What does it mean when someone says your dress looks perfect? And how about this style quandary...why did your friend look so fabulous in her wedding dress? Why is it some women, no matter their size or shape look fabulous in everything they wear? What’s their secret? It’s a mater of proportions! From a stylist’s point of v[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 13, 2014, 1:41 pm by MSP
 
  The ornaments are packed away and they once again occupy their special corner down in the basement. Our living rooms have been reset back to their regular arrangements now that our expired Christmas trees have been removed as this season's focal point. Life is slowly churning back to normal. January is the month we start relying on routines again. There is nothing special happening anymore and these days are often referred to as the "winter doldrums"--that funky in-between time. It's the middle of winter and all we can do is wait impatiently for spring. We can do nothing but wait. This in-between time is a good time to bed down, hibernate, and organize our homes and closets....after all, we've got at least three months of cold weather remaining. The frigid air and d[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 6, 2014, 4:54 pm by MSP
 
  There is nothing more motivating than a new pair of sneakers when you've resolved to get moving in 2014!   Fresh kicks in a bright color definitely adds spring to my step, how about you? ASICS Women's GT-1000 Running Shoe Many, many years ago I used to wear boring workout clothes whenever I did go to the gym (which was never on a regular basis). I use to wear black capris/yoga pants and any old t-shirt. My rationale at the time was that there was no point in being "fashionable" at the gym because I was just going to get nasty and sweaty. As a young mom I soon learned that putting a little more "style" into what I was wearing actually motivated me to get fit. Of course, there is no need to spend a ton of money on workout clothes or acquire the la[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 27, 2013, 6:36 am by MSP
 
  A new year is just around the corner and this means a renewed opportunity to "improve and update" yourself. When it comes to fashion and beauty, no woman wants to suddenly realize that she has become "outdated"  and frumpy.  A yearly "review" or personal assessment, if you will, is an important tool for every woman. The fact is most women want to be seen as classy and classic, not an example of bad style choices, or one wearing outdated clothes and is stuck in a fashion moment from the past! The best thing we can all do for ourselves is to know what's "in style" then decide what styles are our best for us. Don't compare yourself to others!!! If you don't have a designer handbag or fancy shoes...you can still be fabulous (FYI: A "fancy" handbag doesn't make [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 23, 2013, 1:20 pm by MSP
 
  As this year comes to a close, I have been thinking about what I hope you've learned (fashion wise) from being a SYSter at MissusSmartyPants this year. One thought that kept coming back to me over and over was wardrobe planning and how super-essential it is for any woman to implement if she really wants to move her style forward. Simply put; it's one of the best things a woman can do for herself. However the reality is, a lot of women secretly live with closet chaos. They have a closet full of clutter and no real wardrobe plan. They often buy clothes on impulse and sporadically...again, without a plan. Sure there are some outfits in those closets, but most often these women are "flying by the seat of there pants" hoping they can pull off something stylish when they sudde[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 16, 2013, 4:53 pm by MSP
 
There's an old saying, "Rules were meant to be broken".  Who knows where it came from; however if we want things our way and we have to break a "rule"...we quickly repeat this saying to make everything seen better and get on with life. Admit it. You've been a rule breaker from time to time. I think we all have. I'm not afraid to take chances... or break "rules" especially when it comes to fashion. I'll try the latest fashions (age appropriate, of course) and wear the newest colors or trends. But sometimes we all have doubts. We aren't always sure if something okay to wear certain way--or not. Can you wear that navy dress with all black accessories? Is it still a fashion "no-no"? No one wants to stand out...in a bad way!!! No one wants to look like they got dressed in the dark![ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 9, 2013, 11:34 am by MSP
 
  As much as we all may hate to admit it, looks matter. Our clothes aren't just clothes, they are much more because they are what helps us make an impression. And it's how we present ourselves to those around us says so much about who we are. This means one of the most important things a woman can do for herself is to work with her body and dress it for the woman she wants to be. As an grown woman...isn't it about time to BE that woman you've always wanted to be? Isn't it about time you stop worry about what others think and just BE YOU? Want to "makeover" your own style? You can! By simply discovering your own true style, it changes everything about you...from the way you stand to the way you interact with others. When you are comfortable in your own skin it shows. Other p[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 5, 2013, 5:01 pm by MSP
 
My Gift To You: Festive Style Tips Since it's the season of giving and I've been so blessed by all your love and support (and the recent gifts from Coldwater Creek). I would like to thank everyone. It's my turn. So, I've put together a list festive style tips just for YOU!     From festive-casual to dressy holiday looks, I've got outfit ideas you are looking for this season! I know you'll be able to create just the festive look you want using these tips!     Warm wishes and holiday blessings to you and your family! Love, Leslie MSP   Colorblocked Hooded Vest (misses, womens) Khaki Stripe Sweater (misses, womens)   With the arrival of the holidays, we often find ourselves (sometimes quite unexpectedly) with[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 2, 2013, 4:52 pm by MSP
 
  Ready, set, go! Only 4 weeks are left until Christmas!!! That's right, this year Christmas lands in the middle of the week (on a Wednesday) and our shopping season is shorter (only 3 weekends left to shop and plan)... so get ready now! This week at MissusSmartyPants I’ve got you covered with style suggestions for every holiday occasion. From all-out dressy events to suggestions for re-mixing and using what you already have for more casual holiday get-togethers—this week is full of fabulous festive outfits you’re going to love!   Whether you are attending a casual get-together, a school play or a dressy cocktail party… I’ll show you what to wear for a “party perfect” look!               [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 1, 2013, 2:53 pm by MSP
 
  Here's how to wear skinnys...and get the look right!   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 25, 2013, 3:26 pm by MSP
 
  Last week while standing in a long check-out line, the woman in front of me turned around and commented on my tied scarf. She said she had noticed me shopping earlier and had always wished she knew how to tie a scarf like mine. I smiled at her and quickly showed her how easy it was...in three quick steps. She was amazed it wasn't that hard to do and said she would be eternally grateful I showed her how. This woman appreciated this advice because now she would wear her scarves that she had kept buried away in her closet.   This is the week of sharing gratitude. This week in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving. It's a day of feasting and taking time to pause and appreciate the abundance in our lives. We have so much to be grateful for...   Wom[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 18, 2013, 4:14 pm by MSP
 
  You probably think I'm crazy to suggest we minimize our waistlines the week before Thanksgiving! What? Waist slimming? The week before the biggest feast day of the year? Really??? Yes, really. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but I'm actually talking about dressing in clever ways that minimize our waistlines. No abdominal crunches will be required!   This week at MSP, I'm sharing my top ten tips to minimize your waistline... Relax, I'm sharing 10 style tips to dress slimmer! You can look amazing when you dress in clothing styles that actually minimize your waistline! Learn this week the best dress styles, most slimming pant styles, which jackets to choose and your best necklines that actually make your torso appear slimmer! I'll also share some clever c[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 11, 2013, 6:16 pm by MSP
 
  You got my "memo" when I said, "Ditch the "mom" jeans!!!"  And you're all the better looking for it. But there are still a few other style mistakes you might be making. The problem is, you probably aren't even aware you might be committing these fashion crimes!                               Oh no you don't !!!                           Instead, embrace modern-fitting jeans!                        The Limited Oxford Polished Look-Proper Fitt[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 4, 2013, 3:21 pm by MSP
 
  I had a dream... As a young budding fashionista I had this "pie-in-the-sky" idea of owning the never-ending closet. It would be packed full of stylish clothes where I could simply pull something out and look fabulous for any occasion. I tried to obtain this "never-ending" closet by spending every last dollar I had on trendy clothes. For sure this would make me the envy of all my friends.   Yes, I did have more clothes in my closet... more than most of my teen friends...but did I have MORE style?  No, not really.   This "dream" of owning the "perfect" closet ended up more like a nightmare. What happened was I had more clothes (yes, they were pretty stylish ones indeed) but I did NOT have MORE style! I did have a lighter wallet because [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 28, 2013, 7:28 am by MSP
 
  What Jewelry Works With What Neckline? Dear MSP, Thank you for all of the information, help, guidance, support, motivation and love that you give us each week! I have learned SO much from you over the last few years regarding proper fit, overall proportions, body type B, layering, color coordination & saturation, handbag styles & shapes, and correct pant lengths. Can you address which jewelry works with which necklines/sleeve lengths? Can you help us learn what goes with what? Lisa D   YES, A gorgeous necklace is an important focal point on any woman's body! When selecting and investing in a new necklace - especially an expensive one - you should consider how the length of that necklace will look on your body. The most important body f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 21, 2013, 4:31 pm by MSP
 
Denims. They are no longer limited to only casual settings or daywear. This season's denims are anything but basic. From "uptown" styled denim dresses to "double-denim" colorblocked looks, wearing denim for any occasion has become the norm and this has forever changed in the world of fashion. Denims are by far are one of the most worn staples of a woman's wardrobe. They are ingrained (or perhaps we should say "woven") into our casual lifestyles. However, one of the main problems with denim is the fabric is "casual". But with the new current trends...we are now "dressing up" denim for every occasion!   Our daily lives are more casual than ever before. For most women, wearing blue-jeans OR colored denims is almost a daily choice... Coldwater Cree[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 14, 2013, 2:13 pm by MSP
 
  October's air is mild and crisp making it ideal weather to head outside and enjoy the delightful fall colors. There's still plenty of time to take advantage of your local farmer's market or pumpkin patch before the weather turns really cold. All you need right now to stay warm is a light jacket or a couple of layers to handle any slight fluctuation in temperature...but soon you'll need a real winter coat to keep warm. October is the best month to procure a new winter coat. Right now the selection is at its peak. There is a large selection of top-quality jackets and winter coats to choose from...while the prices are just starting to drop! Hitting the sales right now means a marked-down price on a quality wardrobe basic...which gives you the best CPW (Cost-Per-Wear) for yea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 6, 2013, 5:08 pm by MSP
 
Dear SYSters, At the start of every new fashion season we at MissusSmartyPants get a little overwhelmed with your emails requests for help. Of course, we are always happy to help out a SYSter in need, but our inbox fills back up as quickly as we answer each of you. After a brief discussion, the Style Crew decided the smart thing to do was to answer ALL of your emails at same time! Yes, brilliant. It was a "light bulb" moment and we jumped on it, LOL! This week's style article will answer your top "fall fashion fixes" needing help! This handy fall style guide will be posted in all 5 Personal Profiles this Thursday!!! Get ready...your fall style questions are being answered! Every SYSter has a dressing dilemma (or two) when the season changes. For example, the weather is cool[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 30, 2013, 4:02 pm by MSP
 
  Getting dressed is something we do everyday. So imagine how nice it would be to effortlessly select something each morning knowing it will look great on you. No more perplexed feelings of uncertainty wondering if your outfit is a hit--or a miss. Each day is a day of dressing success! You often hear me going on and on about "go-to" outfits and "capsule dressing". These are good style tools yet they can get confusing--real fast! Just exactly how do you make this happen in your wardrobe? No worries. This week in the Personal Profile SYStem...you will get a simplified version of wardrobe planning. This is something you can use right away. Then, once you get the hang of it, you can easily expand this process to more complex outfits. So, this week I share with you s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 27, 2013, 7:22 am by MSP
 
Dear MissusSmartyPants SYSters, I contacted Leslie earlier this year in hopes of offering myself the gift of body acceptance and nice clothes for my 34th birthday.  I have a long, long history of disordered eating (binge eating disorder), anxiety and body image issues, and lived for many years in a state of chronic non-acceptance of my body and self.  To put it mildly, fashionable clothes were something I rarely thought about, other than to scold myself for wearing 'the same old thing,' then promise that I would wear nice things 'someday' -- which, of course, meant several days/weeks/months/smaller sizes/fewer pounds down the road.  So sad! I began my journey to recovery over five years ago (reading FlyLady and Leanne's "Body Clutter" book actually helped m[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 23, 2013, 7:29 pm by MSP
 
Dear SYSters, Welcome to fall! It's officially here and what a delightful beginning thus far. Locally, our weather has been slightly warm, yet quite pleasant with the lower humidity levels. With the cooler mornings taking a light jacket or sweater before heading out the door has become a necessary thing. Welcome fall. The change has come and it's lovely! Bring it on! Sweater season...we can't wait!!!   This week's style article is about s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing your warm season wardrobe and using those items create chic and "trendy" outfits for fall. This week, you will get lots of clever style ideas that will show you how to wear (and layer) items you've already got (and have been wearing all summer) into fabulous fall looks. This week you'll be ahead of the ga[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 16, 2013, 4:30 pm by MSP
 
  It's all about you. It really is. You have to "own" your own style and feel confident about it. You have to feel good in your own skin. These certainly aren't easy tasks! In fact, they are HUGE monumental ones!!! Each of us is on a journey that will not always be easy. Sometimes we struggle with our confidence because we don't feel good about what we are wearing or how we look. This lack of confidence can be paralyzing. Often we don't do anything...but make excuses. "Owning your own style" is not about something you suddenly learn to do...then you check the box "Done". No, style is something that ebbs and flows throughout your life. Sometimes you feel pretty put-together; then other times you're feeling like a mess (style-wise)! It's up to you to continually nurture your [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 3, 2013, 11:40 am by MSP
 
  Fall has finally arrived! And it's week two of the Big Fall Preview! Get excited...really, really excited because it's definitely time to start planing your fall wardrobe. The weather is beginning to change and before you know it...you will be wearing those warm fuzzy sweaters again!     This week at MSP: the latest handbag trends, new fall shoe styles + "new" fall colors you'll love to wear... Like emerald green, gray as a new neutral, lots of garnet red as well rich jewel tones like amethyst and sapphire.   Find out which trends are hot this fall and how to wear them...   Begin your wardrobe rotation for fall. I recommend that you edit your wardrobe at least every six months. Every spring and every fall (twice a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 2, 2013, 4:15 pm by MSP
 
  The Big Fall Preview 2013--Part One Woo Hoo! It's that time of year again...Time to start planning our fall wardrobes! The beginning of September marks the end to our lazy days of summer. With vacations now behind us, we return to more regulated schedules. September also marks the time of year we begin to prepare our closets for fall and winter. The first place to start (before even considering shopping the new fall trends) is in your closet. Get prepared for fall by cleaning out, organizing and editing your closet before you contemplate a new fuzzy fall sweater or that luscious scarf you spotted at your favorite shop! This week MissusSmartyPants shows off her top picks for the latest fall trends--and shows you how to wear them!   The best part [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 25, 2013, 5:17 pm by MSP
 
  Last weekend was the most amazing weekend ever! The weather was glorious (Read: absolutely perfect. Finally no rain or humidity) and I spent most of it outdoors. From taking a stroll with my dog on the greenway, getting in a little shopping, gardening in my yard to hitting the mountain bike trails...this last weekend was the best ever.  I can't think of a better way to re-charge my batteries than spend time outdoors in beautiful weather.   Last weekend was a real "outdoor" type of weekend! I biked on the wooded trails (avoided the mud for the most part) and met a new friend along the way...       With the recent launch of the new eBook "Fashionably Fabulous at Any Age" (check below "What SYSters are Saying" to read the l[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 16, 2013, 4:22 pm by MSP
 
  Excuse me for starting out on a negative note this week, but I just have to jump on my soapbox and vent for a moment. I have to say, it really, really bothers me that so many fashion magazines are more about selling ad space and magazines than they are about actually helping women! These magazines aren't cheap either! You spend good money and then end up with a bunch of ads for things you can't afford--it's crazy.  Just when you spy a new "style" magazine while waiting in the checkout line, you decide to buy it....and sure enough you wind up with lots of ads--and not much else. What a disappointment. You were probably lured to this magazine by the title of a promising article that looked like it would help you pull your style together or suggest new outfits--but instead [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 12, 2013, 4:21 pm by MSP
 
  Looking for that 'easy button' of life? Me too. Sometimes life just catches up with us. We get so busy and over-scheduled that if there really was an "easy button" we'd have pushed it several times just today, LOL! Okay, so we can't hit a button and make life instantly quick or easy. How about an "easy button" when it comes to looking slimmer? Nope, there isn't an "easy button" so you can BE instantly slimmer... However, you CAN dress slimmer! Feeling a few pounds heavier? Don’t run for cover! Don't wear large overly-baggy shirts thinking you'll look better or not as heavy by covering up in lots of fabric. No, no, no! Instead, choose to dress "slim"...in a figure flattering way! Of course, a cleaner diet and moving more will help with long term weight managemen[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 5, 2013, 3:52 pm by MSP
 
Oh no!!! Something's gone amiss with your outfit...but you don't know what it could be. What could possibly be wrong that is making you look bad? Sometimes we just can't see the forest through the trees. Well, I can't help you with the 'tree'  part...but lucky for you...I'm your fashion stylist right here and ready to help answer all of your burning style questions! I'm going to tell you (oh-so nicely of course) what's wrong with your outfit. More than likely something or several things you are wearing are proportionally wrong for you. This week you'll get the answers you need to fix your style faux pas.   That's right. This week at MSP you get answers to your most perplexing and aggravating style questions! Come and get it! This week at MissusSmartyPants.com [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 31, 2013, 6:28 pm by MSP
 
  Dear MSP SYSters in style, Recently I shared with you in a detailed style article how you can get your best fitting bra ever... (here is a link to that week's blog posting explaining what members with a Personal Profile will read about). I helped you in that style article diagnose slipping straps and poking wires, etc....Yet, I still want to share a few more bra fitting tips with you. (Why? Because good fitting undergarments are that important to your overall look) Fit and styling tips for your undergarments: Silky bras are best. Yes, that lacy bra sure is pretty, but unfortunately under any fitted shirt you’re going to look lumpy!!! SMOOTH bras are best because they work under any top. Be careful with cotton bras because sometimes they aren’t smooth[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 29, 2013, 6:52 pm by MSP
 
  It all starts by giving yourself permission. You really can become a woman that is "Style Challenged No More"! But first you have to give yourself permission to explore what is holding back your style. More than likely it's part not knowing what is stylish for you (and your body type) and part feeling you are not worthy of making it happen (self-sabotage). We are often our own worst enemy. Most often it is US that holds ourselves back from being our best. We stop short and make EXCUSES why we can't do something. Self-sabotaging thoughts start creeping in and hold us back from updating our style or from doing whatever else we deem worthy yet fear we might not be good at--so don't even try. Sometimes it's guilt that tell us 'NO' you don't deserve it, it costs too much or y[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 22, 2013, 4:26 pm by MSP
 
  One for you, one for ME...Remember when you were a kid and that's how you divided up the candy (or whatever) you were sharing? Just because you aren't going back-to-school like your kids soon will be, doesn't mean you shouldn't take advantage of all the great bargains to be found at the stores right now. You can get some really fabulous buys at the back-to-school sales.   This week at MissusSmartyPants I'm going to show you which 'bargains' items I'd select at the 'Back to School' sales. I'll show you what to buy and HOW to wear them! Check out the back-to-school sales going on right now for a few basic items. With these few selected items, you are going to see how to create some REALLY CREATIVE OUTFITS! It will only take a few pieces! These styli[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 15, 2013, 4:31 pm by MSP
 
  If the bra fits, wear it! Well, that's the problem. Too many women are wearing bras that don't fit properly. And it's not looking good! Poor-fitting bras are seen everywhere! The fact is up to 80% of women right now are wearing the WRONG bra! Either their bra size is wrong or it's the wrong style--or both!!!   A poor fitting bra is not only uncomfortable--it's unflattering!   Ask yourself these bra fit questions: Does the band ride up your back? Does your breast tissue spill over or bulge under the cup? Do your cups pucker or gap? OR, do your cups runneth over? Do your straps slip and slide? Do your straps dig into your shoulders? Does the wire poke your skin?   Did you know a woman's bra size changes up t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 8, 2013, 4:39 pm by MSP
 
  Think you can't afford a style makeover? Think again. This week at MissusSmartyPants.com you'll get some of the simplest, yet quickest ways you can create your very own 'style makeover". Most women don't even think about these minor, yet very noticeable changes that they can make. Who knew such easy changes could have such a HUGE impact on their appearance? Well, this gal 'MissusSmartyPants' knows and she's sharing them with you! It all adds up! Most women don't comprehend how small changes in their appearance can add up to make them look so remarkably better. I found this to be the case last weekend when I overheard a conversation in the dressing rooms of a department store. There were these two young gals that were trying to decide what they wanted to buy. They were def[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 1, 2013, 5:35 pm by MSP
 
  Wasn't it just a few weeks ago we were waiting impatiently for nicer weather to arrive; now suddenly, it's really, really HOT outside!   Ya'll know it's really hot outside when you can do this, LOL!   What can you wear to beat the heat? Obviously you've got to wear something LOL! The key is to wear LESS but in a stylish way. July brings us lots of summer sales and we'd be silly not to take advantage of a few deep discounts on summer basics we could wear into the fall season. However, our main objective in July and August is figuring out how to dress stylishly without over-heating. The key to summer style is finding the right balance between casual-comfy and chic-fashionable. This week in your MSP Personal Profiles (all 5 body types) yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 24, 2013, 3:55 pm by MSP
 
  "Buy the best quality you can afford" is a mantra you hear often as a MissusSmartyPants SYSter....but what if you can purchase top-quality items...yet at really fabulous prices? Well then, that's even better! The month of July is almost here...and that means it's time to bargain shop! The savings start NOW! Stores are preparing for heavy mark-downs mid-season in order to clear out summer merchandise just in time for fall merchandise (that arrives in August...yeah, I know that's pretty crazy).   Get excited about the month of July…it’s time for BARGAIN SHOPPING! Can you say up to 70 percent off?!   We are not talking high finance here, just savvy shopping every SYSter will yearn for. July is when the stores must clear out all things summ[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 12, 2013, 2:35 pm by MSP
 
  A SYSter's style question spurs on this week's Style Article! Dear Leslie, I'm quite excited about your body shapes program! Your service is not only a good resource for me to improve my style piece by piece, but it's also quite affordable and has made dressing fun again.  I desperately need your help though. This summer I have a short vacation planned where I'm meeting up with some of old friends at a all-inclusive resort. I also have a wedding I'll be attending in late July (can't believe anyone gets married in July). Could you possibly offer me a few suggestions of what I might wear? How about accessories? Is it too hot to wear them? What do you think I should take for my trip especially if I'm trying to pack light? What does one wear to a wedding when i[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 9, 2013, 3:10 pm by MSP
 
  On errand day last week I had so much to do and only a certain amount of time to get it all done. But before I headed out the door to run my errands, I called a customer service center to resolve an ongoing error that I had on an account (it had been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks). Luckily my call was promptly answered...but then I was put on hold. ON HOLD! Pleasssse!!!! I have things to get done today! I needed an answer ASAP...and hurry (pretty please) after all I'd put off taking care of this issue for two weeks now!! I finally did get everything resolved.... but it took over 20 minutes to be resolved--a lot longer than I thought it should. I was a bit behind schedule but I headed out the door to run my errands anyways. One of my first errands of the day wa[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 7, 2013, 3:52 pm by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters, Below is a difficult issue with no easier answer. I gave 'Lisa' my heart-felt response; but it's hard to know if there is something deeper and underlying here. So, I asked YOU to share with us your thoughts/opinions and suggestions for 'Lisa' to consider... (First, here's 'Lisa's' email asking me to help her with her delicate situation and then my answer to her. Next, I've posted quite a few of your responses that you emailed in). Thanks to all of you that took the time to share your thoughts with us. YOU are what makes MissusSmartyPants such a special place! Love, Leslie MSP   HELP! Husband HATES my style! Hi Leslie, Thanks for last Thursday’s personal body type profile. It helps me a lot to see the don'ts [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 3, 2013, 2:40 pm by MSP
 
  There's more to buying a handbag than simply finding one you like. Of course, most women have a 'check list' of needs they expect from a handbag they might carry around. From a certain amount of compartments (for cell phone, keys, personal items, etc.) to a certain size or a particular color and straps that stay up, blah, blah, blah. Does this sound like some of things you think about when shopping for a new handbag? However, did you ever stop and think about the SHAPE of your handbag? Is it flattering on you? How about the size (or shape) of your handbag in relation to your body size? Does it really matter? Which styles are best; and which ones should be avoided?   Most of us carry a handbag every day...that means it should really be flattering! YOU[ More |  Email |  Print ]