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September 1, 2014, 2:23 pm by MSP
 
For whatever reason, some weeks I am more style-challenged than others. Do you sometimes have that problem too? You're not sure what to wear, so you end up wearing the same 'ol things. Hey it happens. When it does, I feel I must do something to ramp-up my style so I can get out of this style "funk". What's my solution? I head straight to my closet. I can usually create something "new" to wear by using one item from my closet. I find it best to pick something I haven't worn for quite awhile. For me, this is the best "wardrobe fix" and even better, it saves me from spending money at the stores.    Create your own shopping "boutique" Just like the closet shown below...   By "shopping my closet" first, I save a lot of money...but more importantly[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 25, 2014, 3:29 pm by MSP
 
  By now you've been enjoying "The Big Fall Preview" Part One.... and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Part Two this week! Well, get ready! This week's edition is full of fabulous fall fashions. MissusSmartyPants highlights not only MORE fall styles and trends...but more importantly HOW to wear them. I'll tell you what to KEEP in your current wardrobe, and mix it up. Sometimes that's the hardest part... knowing what to keep and how to wear your current wardrobe in an updated way!   This week the fun continues! More fabulous fall styles and trends + what to keep in your closet...and what to stop wearing!   BTW... you're not the only one excited about the new fall season! Below, is an email sent to me from one of our MSP SYSters! Her [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 18, 2014, 9:07 am by MSP
 
  The fall will soon be here. This means right now it is the best time to begin planning your fall wardrobe. Whether you want to completely revamp it, or just want to add in a few new things, MissusSmartyPants is ready to help you! This week get started planning for fall with your copy MSP's "The Big Fall Preview 2014". This style guide is one you'll use all season long! This early fall guide will quickly become your 'go-to' reference for all things style related this fall and winter. Want to perk up your style? Don't know what to wear? You will find the answers in "The Big Fall Preview 2014". This seasonal guide is perfect for helping you plan your wardrobe, as well as edit your current one. It's full of the latest trends and colors now arriving in the stores. Thi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 11, 2014, 8:57 am by MSP
 
  Just when you thought the 'dog days' of summer were beginning to drag on... along comes something new, exciting and fun! ... It's re-mix week at MissusSmartyPants.com! Learn how to create some pretty cool outfits using only 4 items. You will be able to create over a dozen different looks using only four pieces!   Take 4 pieces of clothing and create over a dozen outfits! That's right, over 12 outfits. These stylish looks are ones you'll surely to want to copy. Maximizing your wardrobe potential makes cool things happen... you learn to be more creative with only a few items...and that's makes you, one stylish gal! Do the style math. By taking a few pieces and mixing them...your style multiplies. You will soon realize a good core wardrobe is all you need.[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 4, 2014, 3:55 pm by MSP
 
  Think of how wonderful it would be to open your closet each day and to love (and wear) everything in it. What if there were no "shopping mistakes" hanging in there? Lord knows, we've all purchased clothes we ended up never wearing--some of them still have their price tags attached! Why does this happen? How can we avoid these costly closet mistakes that makes us feel guilty for wasting money? There has to be a way to shop and plan a (stylish) wardrobe without spending a fortune on clothes. Lucky for you, there is... and that's what this week's style topic (to be posted this Thursday in all 5 body types) is all about! Isn't it time you lose the closet guilt and put an end to those continual shopping mistakes?!  These closet misfits do make us feel guilty. We[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 28, 2014, 5:03 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, doesn't mean you shouldn't take advantage of buying a few things for yourself. Something for you, something for the kids. You really should take advantage of some fabulous buys at the back-to-school sales. We're talking about items that can be worn now...and into the fall season! Even if you don't have kids going back-to-school you should still buy a few basics for yourself. Wear them now...and into the fall! This week: these style tips, what-to-buy list & outfit suggestions will help you create your own Summer Into Fall looks....   Shop the back-to-school sales[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 21, 2014, 2:52 pm by MSP
 
It seems like just a few weeks ago, we were waiting impatiently for nicer weather to arrive; and now suddenly, it's hot outside, really, really steamy-hot! Dressing in hot, sticky weather is a challenge for every woman. You wonder what could you possibly wear and look pulled-together, without becoming a dripping-sweaty mess?! This week’s Style Article: "Style For Hot Summer Days" is full of outfit suggestions for those hot and humid summer days! (Because obviously you've got to wear something LOL!) The key is to wear LESS but in a stylish way--and that's the challenge. July brings us summer sales and we'd be silly not to take advantage of a few deep discounts on summer basics we can wear now (and into the fall season). However, our main objective in July and August is [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 14, 2014, 2:21 pm by MSP
 
Ask yourself these bra fit questions: Does your band ride up in the back? Is your breast tissue spilling over the top, at the sides or under the cups? Do your cups pucker or gap? OR, do your cups runneth over? Do your straps slip down? Do your straps dig into your shoulders? Does the wire poke your skin? Did you know a woman's bra size changes up to 7 times in her lifetime? From young adulthood, to motherhood, and then later in her mature years...a woman's bust changes in shape and size. Of course, gaining weight or losing weight will also change your bust size and shape. When was the last time you checked your bra size and style? Hmm...I thought so. Wearing the RIGHT bra will make you look slimmer and younger! Shall we check that we have the right fit? Yes absolutely![ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 7, 2014, 1:54 pm by MSP
 
Think you can't afford a style makeover? Think again. This week at MissusSmartyPants.com you'll get some practical, yet quick ways you can create your very own 'style makeover". Most women don't even think about these minor, yet very noticeable changes that can improve their appearance tremendously! Who knew such easy changes could have a HUGE affect? Well, this gal 'MissusSmartyPants' knows; and she's sharing them with you this week!   From This Day Forward: You'll Use MSP's "ABC's of Dressing" Every Time You Dress!   Vince Camuto Faux Wrap Shirttail Blouse (xs-xl)   It all adds up! Most women don't comprehend how small changes in their appearance can add up to make them look so much better. I found this to be the case last weekend when I [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 30, 2014, 2:17 pm by MSP
 
  Get ready to grab some hot savings on cool style! It’s July... and this is the month to shop the sale racks!   July is the month for saving big on clothing. Everything that's summer related is now on SALE!   If you shop the July sales wisely; you can make out with big savings + increase your style potential. The best part is most of these items I’m suggesting can take you deep into the fall. I'll also share with you, how you can wear them long after the summer (and your ice cream cone) has melted! We are not talking high finance here; just savvy-shopping tips every SYSter will want to use every time she shops. July is when the stores must clear out all the summer related clothing to make room for the bulkier fall clothing lines. St[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 23, 2014, 5:02 pm by MSP
 
  The title of this article makes bold declaration. It most certainly does. Yet the fact is, most of us do the same thing over and over (in this case, letting our style get stale) and somehow expect different results. This is not a good plan. So, this week I'm giving you the best style tips to you refresh your style. They are the best-ever tips because...well, they are going to change your life! Yup, that’s a big claim but you get to test them out and see exactly what I mean!   It's time for a refresher course. Every now and then we all need to change things up. We need to embrace doing things another way. I can't think of better way to get a fresh perspective on your life than to change up your style! So get ready!!!   Get "15 Style Tips That Wil[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 17, 2014, 2:08 pm by MSP
 
  Plus Size Prettys have unique dressing issues all their own. If you've ever been plus size or currently are...ya know what I'm talking about. For example...you wonder: will that cute little dress really look as cute on my full-stature body as it does on that "skinny" model? How can I dress to keep my thighs from rubbing or is there a product I can use? (By the way...MSP suggests Just My Size Pettipants) How should I dress to minimize my tummy and what's the best ways to play up my assets and minimize the other no-so-great parts? Why is it so hard for me to look and feel stylish AND how come I don't have as many style options?   Plus Size Prettys are often afraid to show off their curves. These 6 Do’s and Don’t of Plus Size Dressing will change you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 16, 2014, 4:11 pm by MSP
 
  This summer let your accessories do the talking! Yes, it's true. YOU are the stylish one no matter where you are going or what you are doing. When you've got on the right accessories...your style rocks!   Fact: Accessories are a woman's best style friend. When it comes to looking chic and stylish, it's the accessories that make the outfit. Without 'em...you are just wearing a top and bottom! Nordstrom Classiques Entier "Abella" Peplum Top   Do mind the gap. One of the best things about accessories is they have the ability to to bridge the gap. You can create different looks by simply changing your accessories. For example, a simple dress can go from everyday casual to a dressy night-time look by simply using different accesso[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 16, 2014, 4:03 pm by MSP
 
  What can make you look and feel cooler this summer? Wearing white jeans! No matter your shape...a straight-leg white jean is a classic summertime look. White jeans give you a cool, fresh look. Add any top...from brights to soft pastels or even better, wear white from head-to-toe! So get out of the boring blue jeans and khakis and refresh your wardrobe with a pair of white jeans this summer! Nordstrom NYDJ "Hayden" Stretch Twill Straight-Leg Jeans (Petites, Misses)   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 9, 2014, 12:32 pm by MSP
 
  The summer heat is about to take over; most likely before we are even ready for it.   We will be spending more time outdoors and need to dress for the hotter weather. Sometimes, something more that just shorts and a tee would be nice... But how can you "step-up" your style when it's really hot outside?! As the days heat up, we begin to wonder what we could possibly wear that is not too complicated or fussy. How can we look stylish without melting in layers of clothing? Lucky for you...I've got the answers. This week I'm sharing lots of breezy style options so you will look fab without melting! This week's style article includes all of my favorite summer dressing tips and ideas. I'm giving you stay-cool tips + outfit suggestions to keep y[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 2, 2014, 6:35 am by MSP
 
  There is a certain contentment that comes from living a balanced life. You know, the comfort that comes from daily routines and having a fairly set day-to-day schedule. As humans we are attracted to balance. We find comfort in it. So when our lives get off kilter, and become stressful, we withdraw so that we can reestablish a balance to our life. Just as we continually seek out equilibrium, we are also naturally attracted to symmetry. Studies have shown, the human eye gravitates towards symmetrical objects (whether they are part of a landscape or the shape of another person's face). Symmetry is visual balance.   Did you ever wonder why a certain outfit looks stunning on someone, even though you don'’t particularly like the clothes?   It's u[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 26, 2014, 5:16 pm by MSP
 
  Warmer weather prompts a lot of travel. It's the season for family vacations, quick get-aways to the lake or a full-blown 2-week international trip. One of my favorite sayings regarding travel is this, "Remember, in your travels you'll meet two kinds of tourists — those who pack light and those who wish they had." Vacations are about creating special memories while exploring new places. What could be worse than lugging around too much luggage? Nothing. So exactly how do you pack light? What should you take and how do you avoid over-packing? The first thing you need to do, is create a "Travel Capsule Wardrobe". It's similar to 10 items, 28 outfits (posted last month) however, it's even more compact. Once you've followed MSP's "5,4,3,2,1" model, you can relax be[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 25, 2014, 10:35 am by MSP
 
  It's the start of travel season and one of the best "go-to" pieces is a maxi. Maxi skirts are comfortable, keep you cool (yet covered) and can be dressed up or down. They are perfect for wearing during travel!     Dillards Calvin Klein Mitered Striped Maxi   Shown above are 5 ways to wear a maxi skirt ... __Add a soft, lightweight denim jacket __Add a bright-colored tank top __As a beach cover-up __As your traveling outfit w/ flat slip-on sandals & trendy tee __For an evening dinner. Dressed-up with wedge shoes and dressier top   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 19, 2014, 4:34 pm by MSP
 
It's that time of year again. We are only one week away from Memorial Day and that means it's the best time to shop for a swimsuit! Right now, the selection of swimsuits is good, and the sales are just starting! So take advantage! The window of opportunity is now! So let me help you select YOUR best swimsuit based on your body type! You will also want to know the latest trends and colors while shopping for your body specific swimsuit--before you hit those sales racks (and dressing rooms)!   Dillards Carmen Marc Valvo Mediterranean Maillot Suit Echo Design Chevron Butterfly Cover-up Tunic     This week at MissusSmartyPants.com you get "Swimwear 2014". It's your complete shopping and fit guide for swimwear, cover-ups and accessories. Choose[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 12, 2014, 4:39 pm by MSP
 
Summer Shorts, Crops And Summer Skirts It's getting hot out there! Shorts season has officially begun! Some women love shorts, while others hate them..but no matter what, shorts are wardrobe staple for the warm season months. The best shorts are ones that you are comfortable in and ones that make your legs look their best. But exactly what length and styles are right for you? Well, it depends upon different variables like your height, body type, what you wear with them and style your of shoe. This week at MSP, we break it all down for you.   Find out this week your best short styles AND lengths based on your body type! Nordstrom Caslon Clean Front Nine-Inch Shorts (On Sale! Reg. & Petite) Nordstrom Sejour "Megan" Stretch Cotton Short (Plus Sizes) [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 5, 2014, 5:02 pm by MSP
 
  Last week on errand day, I had so much to do, yet so little time. Before heading out the door, I thought I'd squeeze in one quick phone call. It was still early so I figured it would be a good time to call a customer service center. I had been trying to resolve an ongoing error I had on an account (okay...the bill had been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks--well, truth be told... over a month). Luckily my call was answered right away...but then I was promptly put on hold. ON HOLD! Pleasssse!!!! I have things to get done today and I don't want to sit here! I needed an answer ASAP...and hurry it up (pretty please) after all I'd put off taking care of this issue for weeks!! Everything was resolved.... but it took over 20 minutes--a lot longer than I thought it should. I w[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 28, 2014, 2:30 pm by MSP
 
  Fast Figure Fixes Last week was about defining your sense of style. It was about how to feel more style confidence with simple "can-do" tips to help you get there. With over 25 tips, you can't help but acquire your own unique brand of style. This week's article is the perfect complement to what defining your style is all about! This week concentrates on "fast figure fixes". With style being more about putting together a complete look and feeling good about your over-all appearance; this week's article focuses on actual figure flaws that women battle with every day in front of the mirror. Bringing out one's true beauty often comes down to being able to minimize those bothersome areas. You will get a personal assessment list AND a list of "style challenges" to hel[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 21, 2014, 2:53 pm by MSP
 
25 Ways To Revamp Your Style Want to know the best ways to quickly revamp your style? I thought so. I mean, what women doesn't, right? With so much crazy advice floating around the internet, in books and on magazine stands, it can be hard to figure out what you should focus on. Should you follow the current trends or try to define your own sense of style? Of course, you want to look your best for your age (or perhaps a few years younger) so, how much should you change with your looks and how much should you keep things the same? When you use this week's list of the "Top 25 Ways To Revamp Your Style" you can check off each pertinent item on the list--one at a time! You'll look your best (read:absolutely stunning) in a short matter of time! What could be better than that?! No[ More |  Email |  Print ]

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 ]