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March 30, 2015, 6:10 pm by MSP
  Out of style ideas? Or perhaps, you've never had much in the way style-savvy ideas in the first place. So, how do you go about getting "style inspired" when you feel like you've been wearing the same clothes over and over (perhaps, year after year) and your style has become rather dull? What can you do to get style-inspired and finally obtain the stylish look you've always dreamed of? This week at MissusSmartyPants we explore fun ways (and somewhat unusual places) you can find style inspiration. So, strap on your seatbelt and get ready for a wild ride-it's going to be a fun one! Find out how everything around you, including nature, like a pretty sunset or vibrant butterfly (and a few celebs mixed in, for good measure) can inspire your style in new ways! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 23, 2015, 3:48 pm by MSP
  It's week two (2) of "The Big Spring Preview". The fashion and fun trends for spring 2015 continue!   This week, the remaining LIST of what to have in your spring wardrobe...and HOW to wear it! I'm just as excited as you to begin wearing these new spring trends and more importantly, for warmer weather to come...and it can't come fast enough! Don't wait! Let MissusSmartyPants show you this week how to incorpore the latest trends into your current wardrobe...before spring weather even gets here (or there, wherever you may live).   The time is now to lighten up! Start wearing the lighter, brighter colors of spring-even if you're still needing to wear layers...   Make a statement! What new colors and trends are you exci[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 16, 2015, 3:59 pm by MSP
  Rejoice! Spring is coming! It's time to spruce-up your wardrobe with this season's top trends! Halogen® Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan (27 different colors/prints!)   Cross your fingers, spring really is right around the corner! My local weather forecast (here, in the south region of the U.S.) states this week's weather is sunny and in the upper 70's! So, if you're still looking at half-melted snow piles, get excited with me and hang tight, they are going to melt away very, very soon!  I'm delighted to see the new spring fashions arriving at my local stores. I'm even more excited at the first opportunity to start wearing them! I hope you’ve had a chance to take a peek inside your local shops. Which new styles, colors and seasonal tren[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 9, 2015, 6:03 pm by MSP
  Dear Leslie,   I loved your recent challenge to use 8 pieces for a week's wardrobe. As I generally wear suits for work, I allowed myself one extra item, but did manage a whole week with 9. I added in a variety of necklaces, including a Christmas present I hadn't yet worn and a silk scarf. I received a compliment on at least two of the days, including the day after a late night out celebrating Chinese New Year when I had deliberately opted for a dress I could pack easily and throw on with the same jacket I'd worn with a skirt the day before and an up-do for my hairstyle, as I was staying over at a friend's house. No effort at all! I also ended up wearing one of my work shirts over the weekend, sleeves rolled up to expose the snazzy lining, with my casual[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 9, 2015, 5:05 pm by MSP
  Another week, another chance to start off fresh. I'm so ready to start off this week on a positive note. Compared to last week where nothing went right, this week is another opportunity to get it right. Last week was simply crazy and no matter how hard I tried, nothing went well. I know you can relate because we all have "one of those weeks" every now and then. Between my busy schedule (overbooked with more appointments than usual) plus several looming deadlines...everything was messed up. With spring just around the corner, I was eager to get to out to the stores and do some "reseach" (aka: retail therapy...spring clothes shopping). Well, it never happened! I found it hard to loose that stressed-out feeling and continued to feel frazzled all week long. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 2, 2015, 2:59 pm by MSP
  As women, we have a way of complicating things. Think not? Well, just ask your husband, or any man close to you because they'll agree with this statement. Generally speaking, women can take a problem and if it seems like a really big task, make excuses why it can't be possibly be done. Women have a knack for complicating things. In reality, we may very well be able to handle the task at hand...if we had the right mind-set. This week, with our "can-do" attitudes, we can do anything--and this includes going back to basics to improve our style. Sometimes you just need to un-complicate things and revel in the simplicity of life in order to move forward!   The only wardrobe that can go the distance is one that is based on simplicity.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 28, 2015, 4:27 pm by MSP
  A MSP SYSter Has Fun With Capsule Dressing! Did you join our last style challenge? If not, this is going to make you want to give it a try! 2-21-15: Try this 8-Piece Capsule Wardrobe Challenge. Push everything in your closet over to one side. Why? Because you're going to wear ONLY 8 items this week, that's it. Yes, only eight items. This is a life-changing wardrobe challenge. Well Terry, one of our sassy MSP SYSters (and lots of other SYSters emailed regarding their style successes with this challenge) but Terry included these PHOTOS (shown below). As they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words"...Yup, Terry looks absolutely fabulous, yet she's only using a few pieces from her current wardrobe!   Dear Leslie, I Had fun with your capsule dressing chall[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 23, 2015, 4:25 pm by MSP
  Lost your style and don't know where to find it? It happens...oh-so slowly. You're going along just fine, then one day, you catch a glimpse of your reflection in the storefront...and then, suddenly you wonder what the heck happened to the woman you once were?! What you see in the reflection is an older, tired and unstyled woman staring back at you.   The years have passed and your style should have been evolving throughout the seasons. But it wasn't. It seems you've lost it somewhere between motherhood and working. Your body has changed too. More and more frequently you are becoming frustrated with dressing because you can't possibly find anything to wear that is remotely stylish. How did this happen to you? Are you worried you'll get stuck in this state[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 16, 2015, 3:29 pm by MSP
  MSP's Weekly Style Topic: "Closet Remix Week-One Item, Three Ways". (FYI: This complete style article will be posted in all 5 Personal Profiles for members to view on Thursday, February 19, 2015)   I had a dream... As a young teen fashionista I had a dream of owning the never-ending closet. You know the one that's packed full of everything that fits well and is trendy. It would be the "perfect" closet where I could simply pull something out and look fabulous for any occasion. My first retail job didn't pay much and I ended up spending every last dollar I earned on filling up my closet with trendy clothes. This for sure would make me the envy of all my friends. Well, it didn't work out that way. Yes, I had more clothes than most of my girlfriends...but did I h[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 16, 2015, 3:28 pm by MSP
  An 8 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Hurry!!! Push everything in your closet over to one side. Why? Because you're going to wear ONLY 8 items this week, that's it. Yes, only eight items.   This week, it's a life-changing wardrobe challenge.   Join me in creating an 8 piece capsule wardrobe--just like the one you'll see this week in your Personal Profile.   THIS WEEK: I'm stepping in front of the camera with inspirational outfits using only 8 pieces I've pulled directly from my closet!   Save money! You do NOT need a lot of clothes to be stylish. This week I prove it. Just a few good pieces in your wardrobe can make nearly endless outfits. You don't have to have a million clothes, you just have to buy pieces that can [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 15, 2015, 3:09 pm by MSP
    As a fashion stylist, I recommend always wearing a "completer" piece. What's a completer piece, you ask? A completer piece can be a variety of items from your closet. From a classic blazer, a denim jacket, to a vest--or anything else that adds an extra "pop" to what you're wearing-even a bold accessory will do.  It's the "completer piece" that takes a basic top and bottom and makes it into an "outfit". Yet, there is another way to e-x-t-e-n-d your core wardrobe. Wear two dresses at the same time. This clever wardrobe-extending idea works quite well when one a sweater dress and the other is a shirt-dress.  Below, is an example of what I'm talking about...wearing your clothes in a different way to extend your wardrobe. You'll add more style w[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 2, 2015, 5:02 pm by MSP
  Chubby cheeks and rolls of fat are adorable on babies. However, when you're over 30 and can't squeeze that extra flesh into your jeans-it's not so cute. You feel like a stuffed sausage! Oh, the muffin top we try to hide! You know that stubborn roll of flesh that takes hold around the middle and stays there. What's the best way to HIDE that "muffin top" you can't seem to lose?   This week, MissusSmartyPants shares with you, THE best ways to dress to minimize a "muffin top". 10 clever ways to dress that will reduce our waistlines. No abdominal crunches required. You are going to love this article! Yes you can. You can look absolutely amazing when you dress in ways that actually minimize your waistline! This week, in Thursday's posted article,[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 26, 2015, 2:23 pm by MSP
Dear SYSters, Are you ready to make a change? Resolve to try a few new things this year...relax, it's January, and it's the perfect time to do so. Let's start with your wardrobe. Just a few updates and new ways of wearing things, and your style will "snow ball" into something you've always wanted. It' time for an exciting transformation of YOU! Add in a few of these suggested updates, and your whole closet will feel like new! I've got 8 ways you can challenge and change your appearance. These new colors and silhouettes can be the game-changer you've been waiting for. No need to spend a lot of money, spend just a little more time on your image and it will pay off big time!   It's not too late! It's still jump in, right where you are! &nbs[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 22, 2015, 9:27 am by MSP
  THE #1 SECRET TO LOOKING FAB IN YOUR JEANS!   To me, MissusSmartyPants, the "secret" to looking great in your jeans is a public service announcement of sorts. It MUST be shared with my MSP SYSters! Pocket placement is THE secret to you looking great in your jeans! The fact is: Your pocket placement will either make or break how you look in your jeans. Yup. Correct pocket placement will make you look sassier, more youthful and like you’ve had a butt lift and a couple of pounds removed (I think you’re getting what I’m talking about here). It’s critical to get your pocket placement at the “sweet spot”. Here’s how: 1. The back pockets need to be placed in the center (and slightly lower) of your rear. (Not high and tight, or low and wide..[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 15, 2015, 3:13 pm by MSP
  January is the month we start getting back to our daily routines. With the next couple of months being rather cold, we'll spend most of our time indoors. Let's make sure this "in-between" time is time well spent. Let's organize our closets and wardrobes.   This week at MissusSmartyPants we will create a wardrobe master plan. WHY? Because the secret to a truly successful wardrobe is with the basic essentials. What basics should every woman own? While it might vary from woman to woman, depending upon her lifestyle, there are 10 wardrobe essentials every woman must own in order to have a good core wardrobe that will help her create the most outfits using the fewest amount of clothes. This means, you can invest in better quality garments and maximize t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 11, 2015, 7:41 am by MSP
  Accessories Worn Right Looking for a quick way to improve your style? Who isn't, right? Well, have you ever considered the accessories that you wear can solve your fashion dilemmas? It's true, accessories can do wonders to pull your style together--better than anything else! Accessories are the best way to get "instant" style without spending a lot of money! Accessories can do wonders for even the most basic outfit. They can take the same ‘ol basic pieces and instantly give them a new and updated look (and at a fraction of what it would cost to buy more clothing)!   Avoid accessory overload! The is NOT a stylish look... "Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more" ~Coco Chanel   Wearing accessories correc[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 5, 2015, 5:19 pm by MSP
  You are probably still in "post-holiday" mode (trying to get back to your regularly scheduled life). I’d also venture to guess that you aren’t looking to spend any money right now either...and you're wondering WHY I'm already talking about our spring wardrobes! The fact is you can SAVE some serious money on your wardrobe right now. It's January and the end-of-season and clearance sales are just beginning! You want to buy basics that you can wear now and all the way into the spring. Spend a little and save a lot--it's the best strategy for clothes shopping! When it comes to your wardrobe, sometimes you need to spend money in order to save money. This is the time of year to plan your core wardrobe and here and we have the "must-have basics" lis[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 26, 2014, 5:42 pm by MSP
  "Dressed to exercise" is like FlyLady's saying "dressed to shoes" which means we are dressed for the task at hand....therefore we're ready to go! By being dressed for exercise, we are preparing ourselves with the right attitude (and clothes, of course) that we are indeed ready. In this case...we are ready to exercise. Dressing in FUN exercise clothes will get you motivated to move...a lot better than that baggy t-shirt that gets cold when you sweat! It's all about dressing the part. Right now, I can see some of you (okay, I can't really see you) rolling your eyes because you are thinking "What could she possibly know about my struggles with weight (and exercise)? MissusSmartyPants doesn't seem to have a problem with her weight. Well sit back; I'm going to share with [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 25, 2014, 7:57 am by MSP
  Sounds like an info-mercial...but this "instant style tip" will make you look slimmer (yes, instantly)! Simply "up-size" your handbag. Instead of cramming everything into that way too small handbag...ditch it for something BIGGER! Bigger is better because you will look slimmer. It's a proportional thing. When you carry around a small bag, it makes you look rather large. A bigger tote is the way to go! The proof is in the mirror. Stand in front of a full-length mirror at the store with your (way too small) handbag over your shoulder. Notice how your shape appears larger. Now, go try on a LARGE handbag over your shoulder. You got it...YOU are instantly slimmer! Go forth and enjoy the holidays. Blessings to you and your loved ones this time of year. Leslie ak[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 22, 2014, 4:54 pm by MSP
  If you know your Color Season you can streamline your wardrobe like never before. For sure this is a bold claim, but it's so true! Dressing in "your" colors makes you look more alive, healthy and vibrant. So then, you've got to wonder...why aren't more women aware of what their best colors are so they can wear them and look fabulous? Perhaps if they knew a coordinated wardrobe based on one's seasonal palette also saves money they'd jump on this way of dressing. Because all of the pieces in your core wardrobe are based on your color season, they "magically" are interchangeable and this makes for endless outfit possibilities. Creating a wardrobe based on color season is by far the best way to dress and streamline your wardrobe!     A basic wardrobe in [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 15, 2014, 5:12 pm by MSP
It's been awhile since I wrote a "What I Wore Today" posting. I promise I'll share lots more "what I wore" posts with you in this new upcoming year, 2015! I've enjoyed attending several festive events recently. This post shows what I wore to meet up with friends and attend a football game. The weather was sunny and 60 degrees. I knew light layers would be the best bet since it will be cool in the shade, yet warm in the sun. Here's what I wore: A black turtleneck with a cream colored polka-dot cardigan, KUT from the Kloth "Diana" (petite & misses) jeans (BTW, these jeans feel like "jammies" <smile>), dark brown riding boots (lots of walking around town) gold and silver bangles stacked on my wrist, "Carolina blue" drop earrings and a blue pashmina for a "pop" of blue pr[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 15, 2014, 4:37 pm by MSP
  By now, I'm sure you've heard the catchy tune from Meghan Trainor "It's All About That Bass". Here's a link to her youtube video (just in case you've missed it...somehow). One of the best things about this video/song is that she makes no apologies for being her curvy, feminine self! In fact she sings, "Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top". I totally agree. What could be better than complete body acceptance? Nothing. Body acceptance is a huge part of feeling good about being you and improving your style. There is no way you can look your best if you are not dressing for your body type. As this catchy tune keeps rolling around in my head, I start singing (not out loud of course, but in my head)..."It's all about the fit, the FIT of your clothes..." This[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 8, 2014, 5:01 pm by MSP
  Hey SYSter! It's YOUR time to shine! Christmas is only a few weeks away... it's time to dress festive. As the holiday season rolls around, all too often we find ourselves stressed out with so much to do...yet so little time! This year can be different. We can keep things simple by not over-scheduling ourselves and our family and by deciding on what to wear to that holiday party this week! Similar Dress: Adrianna Papell Taffeta Dress   Are you starting to feel like Santa? Your "to do" and shopping lists are starting to get longer and longer. You're beginning to get worried you'll be invited to a festive event and won't know what to wear. Or perhaps you've already accepted an invitation, but are clueless about what you can wear that will look festive? [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 1, 2014, 6:08 pm by MSP
  Are you still staring at your way too full closet, yet have nothing to wear? Hmmm. It happens and yes, it's super frustrating! As you look through every item you could possibly wear, but nothing looks like a good option...realize you are in a "style rut". When you hate what you normally would wear and everything else in your closet also looks like a bad choice, by golly, it's a style rut. When you hate your reflection in the mirror and you're totally frustrated and now to top it all're running late! You're in a rut BIG TIME and you've got to do something quick to change your style (or lack of style)! Relax. MSP's article this week is "Climb Out of That Style Rut-Quick". With a few of these timely tweaks, you'll transform your style!   Are you staring in[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 30, 2014, 5:12 pm by MSP
    Holiday Special! For a limited time only...   Buy any 12 month membership and get 1/2 off  a $29.95 gift certificate!         By purchasing one of the "Bundle and Save" packages you will get a $29.95 gift certificate* for 1/2 price!!!   * The $29.95 gift certificate can be redeemed for anything the recipient chooses (or use it later for yourself).     For example: Purchase together a 12 month membership (become a new member or extend your current membership) and a 12 month gift certificate at the same time and upon check-out you pay only 1/2 price for the gift certificate! Simply choose one of the "Bundle and Save" options.     A MSP Gift Certific[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 24, 2014, 4:01 pm by MSP
  Last week while waiting in a long check-out line, a woman in front of me turned around and commented on my scarf. She said she had noticed me shopping earlier in the store and admired how I tied my scarf. She said she wished she knew how I tied it. I smiled at her and quickly showed her three quick easy steps. She was amazed it was that simple and said she would be eternally grateful. This woman really appreciated this style tip because she love scarves and now her scarves (buried away in her bottom of her drawers) can be worn again! Since her smile was sincere and it was filled with pure joy, it was a sign of gratitude and a gracious gift back to me. It feels good to share with others.   This is the week to share gratitude with one another. In the [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 22, 2014, 3:59 pm by MSP
What to Wear for Thanksgiving Dinner   Need a few ideas to inspire your Thanksgiving dinner outfit?   You'll want to wear something that is... In seasonal colors Family appropriate Contains 1 style accent Is definitely comfy!   Need more outfit suggestions? Order your MissusSmartyPants Personal Profile for outfit suggestions based on your own body type!   Happy Thanksgiving & Family Blessings to all! Love, Leslie MSP     SHOP SIMILAR ITEMS SEEN ABOVE: Sweater Dress Eliza J Cable Knit Sweater Frye Harness Boot (5 colors) B.P. Moveover Pointy Toe Animal Flats (ext. sizes) Frenchi Shawl Collar Cardigan (7 colors) Lush Roll Tab Sleeve Blouse (4 colors) [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 17, 2014, 2:30 pm by MSP
Dear SYSters, Every fashion season gets overwhelmed with an inbox full of emails. At the start of each season, we get hundreds of SYSter requests for style help. Questions range from: how to wear tights with skirts and dresses, how to choose the right color of tights based on the shoes you are wearing, choosing the right lengths of winter jackets and coats... and so much more! 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 email. After a brief discussion, we at MissusSmartyPants decided the smarter thing to do would be to answer ALL of your style questions at one time. Yes, brilliant.   ALL of your fall style questions will be answered at one time. This week's topic i[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 10, 2014, 5:43 pm by MSP
  12 Amazing Style Tips You Never Knew About Every morning when you get dressed, wouldn't you like to know a few things that might make you look and feel even better? Who wouldn't, right? This week MSP is sharing with you 12 amazing tips (that are often only known by fashion stylists) that could quite simply change the way you look and feel about yourself from this day forward! These 12 tips are... AMAZING!   You will get makeup tips, closet organization ideas, see how to adjust your body's proportions, and tips on how to wear accessories--plus more!   Find out how to look and feel your best for your body type + get this week's style article in Thursday's Personal Profile!   Why am I sharing these fashion secrets with you? As[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 3, 2014, 5:06 pm by MSP
Denims. As the weather cools, we begin to pull out our denims and blue jeans. Soon, they become one of our daily go-to items. We grab our favorite pair so that we can start our day in comfort and warmth. Our typical fall/winter outfits often consist of one of our favorite pairs matched up with knit tops, fuzzy sweaters, long tunics, fitted jackets and cardigans, plus a colorful scarf added for good measure. This cold weather "uniform" is good, but the key is to make sure our looks don't get boring. We need enough style ideas to keep our jean outfits fresh, we also need to know we are wearing jeans just right for our body shape. Fall is need denim outfit ideas + the "how to's" of selecting your best pair! The good news is you'll get BOTH of these this week at MSP! Are[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 27, 2014, 4:07 pm by MSP
The temperatures are about to drop, and soon... very soon you will need more than just a light layer when you head out in the door. Soon, you will want a warm and stylish winter coat or jacket to keep the winter chill away.   London Fog Hooded Trench Coat   Lately, it's been cold in the mornings and at night, but soon it will stay cold and the need for implementing the use of jackets and sweaters on a daily basis will soon be here. (Here in the south, the need for a heavy winter coat is only for a few months). Let's prepare now for the COLD weather...before it gets here! What winter coat or cold weather jacket will you soon be wearing? Will it be last year’s coat or are you in need of a new one? If it is last year’s this coat a flatterin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 20, 2014, 3:37 pm by MSP
  Fall has arrived! The mornings are cooler now...making it necessary to grab a sweater (or lightweight jacket) before heading out the door. It's a refreshing change to feel the cool, crisp air and behold the trees ablaze with brilliant autumn color! Fall also means the return to dressing in layers. Grabbing more than a sweater and layering on a few light layers makes every woman look pulled together. When an outfit is well layered, it's always a fabulous fall look. Are you afraid to layer? Are you afraid layers will make you look bigger than you really are? Not so! When done correctly, layered clothing will actually flatter your curves and make your silhouette appear more balanced!   Wearing light layers will not only help you adjust to the fluctuating tempera[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 13, 2014, 5:17 pm by MSP
  Great style is an attainable thing. However, I know plenty of women who would strongly disagree. Their reasoning might be that some women don't have the ability to put together anything stylish because they were never taught HOW. They also might further suggest that some women weren't born with a "fashion gene" and therefore just can't look stylish no matter what. I firmly...disagree. When you learn the style basics, know your best colors and a few style "tricks"... you're golden. Jackets are one of the "style tricks" every woman can and should use regularly in their wardrobes!   Jackets can improve every woman's style. The right style of jacket is style-fixer for every woman. This week I'm showing you WHICH STYLES flatter your shape! Style is a [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 6, 2014, 2:13 pm by MSP
  Over the years as a fashion stylist, I've found what women really want is to feel comfortable in their clothes while having a stylish edge. Yet when they are dressed casually, they often feel sloppy, not stylish at all. Being in a hurry in the mornings only adds to this vicious cycle of feeling un-styled. What every woman needs are a few "Grab N' Go" outfits! Imagine, being able to grab a hanger with a complete outfit (including the accessories) and getting dressed. It would make the morning so much easier...and the day a more stylish one too! No matter your lifestyle, every woman wants to look good and feel great with little effort.   "Grab n' Go" outfits makes your mornings easier...and YOU more stylish! Use my dressing formula of "Grab N' Go" to [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 29, 2014, 4:52 pm by MSP
  I'm always chatting up the need for more versatility in our wardrobes. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential to becoming a stylish woman. Why is this aspect of wardrobe building so important? Because purchasing clothes "willy nilly" (without a plan) means you'll have a lot of clothes, but nothing that really goes together. Once you establish a flexible and resourceful core wardrobe.... you will purchase less clothes over time; yet you will be able to create more outfits...which in turn makes you more stylish! Remember this saying: Do not to purchase something unless "You can wear it at least three different ways". Perhaps you sometimes hear my voice (in your head) saying this while you shop, LOL! As a stylist, I know "one item, three ways" way o[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 22, 2014, 4:36 pm by MSP
  It's all about you. It really is. You have to "own" your own style in order to feel confident about it. You have to feel good in your own skin. These certainly aren't easy tasks by any means! In fact, they are HUGE monumental ones!!! Each one of us is on a journey in life 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 about our looks can be paralyzing. Often we don't do anything about it...but make excuses. "Owning your style" is not something you suddenly learn to do...then check the box "Done". No, style is something that ebbs and flows throughout your lifetime. Style means sometimes you feel pretty and put-together; but then other times you're feeling l[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 15, 2014, 12:08 pm by MSP
  Looking for that 'easy button' in life? Me too. Sometimes life gets so crazy and way too busy. Sometimes we find ourselves over-scheduled and if there really was an "easy button" we'd already have hit it by now, LOL! Relax. Maybe we can't hit a button and make our life instantly quick or easy. But, we can hit an "easy button" when it comes to appearing slimmer! You CAN dress slimmer...and I'm going to show you how this week! Feeling a few pounds heavier? No worries. With this week's style tips, there is no need to wear overly-baggy clothes thinking you'll just hide under them. Instead, I've got a better plan:dress slimmer! Of course, a cleaner diet and moving more will help long-term with weight management...but starting today: Learn to dress slimmer! It's a big [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 8, 2014, 4:24 pm by MSP
There's no denying it... celebrities always look stylish. Even after yoga class when they are hot n' sweaty and grabbing a cup of coffee ... they look amazingly stylish, LOL! What's up with that?   These celebs look chic... even after a sweaty exercise session!          The truth is celebrities hire people. Celebrities enlist help from professionals: like personal assistants, personal trainers, a chef or nutritionist and more, just to keep their busy lives and schedules in order. Celebrities also hire personal stylists to promote a positive public image. As a celebrity you won't make it very far if you don't have a bit of panache with your wardrobe and style. A professional stylist is hired to put together complete "outfit[ More |  Email |  Print ]

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; I[ 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! 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 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 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 ' 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 ]