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September 18, 2017, 2:57 pm 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! This is a BIG WEEK at MSP. Learn how to create some pretty cool outfits using only 4 items. Yes, that right. You will be able to create over a dozen different looks using only four pieces! 4 clothing items equal a dozen outfits! That's right, 4=12 outfits. That's my kind of math! These stylish looks are ones you'll surely to want to copy. You will learn how to maximize your wardrobe potential while saving, more importantly you will learn how to be more creative with only a few clothing items...and that's makes stylish gal! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 11, 2017, 1:42 pm by MSP
Dear SYSters,  With every new fashion season MissusSmartyPants gets an inbox full of style dilemmas. With hundreds of MSP SYSters asking for help; it's hard to answer each individually. Questions range from: how to wear tights with fall skirts and dresses, how to choose the right color of tights based on your shoes, plus questions about the right length for winter jackets and coats... and so much more! Of course, MSP is always happy to help out a SYSter. After a brief discussion, we at MissusSmartyPants decided the smartest thing to do would be to answer ALL of these questions at one time. Yes, brilliant.  What's the #1 style question? How to wear fall tights! Opaque tights are perfect for fall. Just like puffer jackets, tights are an awesome war[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 4, 2017, 1:55 pm by MSP
  Welcome September! It's week two of the Big Fall Preview 2017! Start planing your fall wardrobe now. The weather will soon show signs of change (cooler mornings and evenings). Soon, before you know'll be wearing fuzzy sweaters again!  Break out the pumpkin spiced latte! ...IT'S FALL!!!! (at least in the style world). Soon it will be sweater season...will you be ready?   Start rotating your wardrobe rotation.  I recommend a wardrobe edit every six months. Every spring and every fall (twice yearly) keeps your closet organized for the current season and it prepares you for the next. It's even better if you can edit/organize/declutter your closet every 3 months (at the beginning o[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 31, 2017, 10:13 am by MSP
  Dear MSP, First of all, I'd like to thank you for your brilliant content!  When a friend recommended this service and even sent me a gift certificate, I hesitated to start the subscription for quite a while because I assumed it would only be about new trends and all this stuff I needed to buy (and couldn't afford). I was pleasantly surprised to find it extremely practical and interesting advice for dressing for your body type, visual balance, what draws the eye to where, color, etc., as well as lots of new ideas for putting together things I already owned.    Before, I wouldn't have described myself as frumpy, but the past couple years or so, I have spent perhaps the least in my life on clothes due to very tight finances, and yet I've been[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 28, 2017, 4:49 pm by MSP
  It's time again to start thinking about your wardrobe for fall.  Whether you are planning a complete wardrobe revamp, or just wanting to add-in a few new items this season; you'll want MSP's handy fall guide: "The Big Fall Preview 2017". This fall-winter style guide will quickly become your 'go-to' reference for all things style related. This seasonal guide is for planning your fall wardrobe as well as for editing what you are currently wearing. This guide is full of the latest trends and colors to help you update your closet. From the latest "must-have" accessories to the latest in fall'll have everything you need right at your fingertips. Make smarter wardrobe choices by staying up-to-date with MSP's Big Fal[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 21, 2017, 1:57 pm by MSP
  Think of how awesome it would be to open your closet each morning and absolutely love everything in it. Lord knows, we've all purchased clothes that we ended up never wearing--some of them might even still have their price tags attached! Why does this happen? How can we avoid these mistakes that makes us feel guilty for wasting our hard-earned money? Is there a plan for creating a fab wardrobe without spending a fortune? Lucky for you, there is... and that's what week's article, "Erase the Style Mistakes" is all about (posting this Thursday in all 5 body types). Isn't it time you lose the closet misfits and guilt? This week: You will get your closet in order and move your style forward in the process! Closet misfits make us [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 14, 2017, 2:36 pm by MSP
  Looking to get your style to really come together? Guess what? I've got just what you are looking for! It's about adding something "extra" to what you wear every single time you dress...and it works like a charm. The third piece rule: it's essentially a rule you apply every time you dress.  The rule is; your outfits should always incorporate 3 pieces, not including your shoes. For example, your top and your bottom are considered your first and second pieces; leaving you to add third piece. It should be an extra outfit element that adds to what you're wearing. This week at MSP, I've got the plan and outfit photos to show you how.  What’s so special about a third piece? It all about how you put it all together. It is someth[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 10, 2017, 3:05 pm by MSP
  1. BE CREATIVE. Fashion and style is all about creativity. Creativity really comes in handy when you’re trying to get the most style for your budget. Your entire wardrobe magically expands when you realize the variety of ways to maximize what’s in it. Seek inspiration everywhere (women you come across, online, in magazines, on TV). Adapt the ideas to fit your body/lifestyle/budget.    2. JUST BE YOU. Become familiar with what works for your body type, skin tone, lifestyle and personality. Staying within your comfort zone of style reduces the time it takes to shop and increases your style successes. You’ll be able to shop with more focus which is helpful when your hunting for treasures in the clearance section.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 3, 2017, 2:35 pm by MSP
  What to Buy Now for Fall Seriously, did I just mention the fall? Yeah, I know it's hard to even think about fall clothes when it's so dang hot. Even though the temperatures will continue to be warm for another month, or so; now is the best time to plan your wardrobe for the upcoming season.  Last week I received an email from a twenty-something SYSter excited about new fall fashions. She wants to know what she should buy now for fall.  This young mom is planning ahead and getting anxious about the new styles she might wear when the weather cools. One of the things she said that I thought was so savvy is: "I know I need to purge before I splurge". I love this...and she is so right. Take time[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 31, 2017, 3:17 pm by MSP
A Visit to the Makeup Counter   Dear MSP SYSters,  My recent makeup counter visit was long over-due. I'll be the first to admit it: my makeup needed some serious updating! Call it serendipity: a brilliant discovery. I knew for a long time my makeup choices and application techniques were not all they could be. I told myself, "This is something you've got to do for yourself, girl". Then I suddenly one thing led to another and finally I made it happen. I couldn't be more delighted because I finally learned how to apply eye shadow properly and found out where my blush should be placed (who knew?)...even my husband said, "Oh wow! You have eye lashes, I never knew that!" LOL I was lucky to nab an appointment with Bobbi Brown's Account Coordinator for the C[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 24, 2017, 2:55 pm by MSP
  Five-Minute Fast-5 Outfit Templates (to copy) Pressed for time...again? Urgh! It's so frustrating when you are running out of time, and yet, you still can't find something to wear! When mornings begin like this, it sets a negative tone to your day and makes you feel out-of-sync. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up slowly, yawn, and know exactly what to wear? You are ready to go with an outfit already planned and set aside. There is no rush and your mornings are now stress-free. How did it happen? You are using MSP's "template" dressing graphs. Only have 5 minutes to get out the door? Perfect. That's all the time you need. Use MSP's templates for dressing (they're quick and easy) to put together something stylish...FAST!   This[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 16, 2017, 1:52 pm by MSP
  Just when you thought the 'dog days' of summer were dragging on and on, and it's too hot to do anything...along comes another re-mix week at MissusSmartyPants: One Item Three Ways-Summer Edition!   Back by popular demand! The return of "One Item, Three Ways". This week's article will show you plenty of outfit ideas using one item, worn three different ways. Talk about maximizing your core wardrobe!   Quick! You own these colored denims. Can you right now think of 3 different ways you can wear them? Relax, this week MissusSmartyPants will show 3 ways to wear 'em! Talbots Lace-Up Chino Crops (All Sizes-4 colors)   No need to shop, let's work with what we have already have! Let's take the same clothes w[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 10, 2017, 1:25 pm by MSP
  Get ready to grab some HOT savings on cool summer style! It’s July... and this is the month to shop the sale racks!   July is the month for saving big on clothing items. 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 you stock up on can take you deep into the fall season. I'll show you how to wear these items now...and into fall! We are not talking high finance here-just super-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 fa[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 3, 2017, 4:51 pm by MSP
  Oh no!!! Something's gone amiss with your outfit...but what can it be?  What could possibly be wrong that is making your outfit look so bad? Something is off, but you can't  quite put your finger on it. Sometimes we can't see the forest through the trees. Well, I can't help you with the 'tree'  part...but lucky for your fashion stylist, I can help answer 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.   This week: MSP answers to your most perplexing style questions! Come and get it! Th[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 1, 2017, 1:06 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-washed jeans and khakis and refresh your wardrobe with a pair of white jeans (and crops) this summer! Nordstrom Alina White Jeans (petites, misses) [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 26, 2017, 3:46 pm by MSP
  Change begins by simply taking the first step. It's this first step that often feels shaky and uncertain. Sometimes it feels more like a leap of faith or perhaps it's a jump out of your comfort zone. Regardless of how intense this first step might be; it's a good thing when it comes to your style. This feeling of newness and excitement means something awesome is about to happen! This week's article: "12 Steps to Chic Style" are simple steps that will energize your wardrobe and help you get your style mojo back. This list of 12 items shares clever ways to take that first step. It will amaze you how doing just one of these twelve steps can propel your style'll want to do them all! One tweak can change every[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 19, 2017, 4:07 pm by MSP
  Closet purging and decluttering can be a life long struggle. It was for me...until I started dressing with capsule wardrobes. Prior to making capsule wardrobes, I’d go through my clothes, rearrange my closet, remove a few things, and then add in even more. I felt the need to welcome each new season by going shopping. Do you see the vicious cycle I’ve got going on here? Last year, when I finally decided to clean out my closet for good, a lot of questions and suppressed emotions came up: Guilt: “Why did I spend so much money on things I ended up not wearing?”  Irritation: “Am I going to have to do all this work again in 6 months?” Panic: “If I let it go, will I have enough to wear?” Each question rolled arou[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 12, 2017, 3:03 pm by MSP
Summer is here!  Wasn't it just a few weeks ago we were waiting impatiently for nicer weather to arrive? Now it's getting unquestionably hot out. 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.  June brings the start of the summer sales-and we'd be silly not to take advantage of deep discounts on a few summer basics.  Summer style is about finding the right balance between comfy and casual-chic style. This week in your MSP Personal Profile (all 5 body types) you will get eight (8) outfit suggestions to help you look stylish and beat the heat!     So many stylish outfits this week, many of them are not sleeveless (if that'[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 5, 2017, 2:16 pm by MSP
  Penny Pinching Panache It's no secret that the retail industry has been struggling to keep their profits up. Many stores are finding that their sales just aren't what they once were. As consumers, we are shopping LESS and because it this trend, the retail industry has had to make some serious adjustments. Lots of stores are keeping their inventories to a minimum so that they won't be left with too much merchandise at the end of each season. If you want more variety, you must purchase online. Also, if you don't shop early in the season, you will often find your size is no longer available. We are smarter consumers. The trend of buying only what we need and not much more means we are no longer willing to spend tons of cash on clothing that falls apart [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 5, 2017, 1:44 pm by MSP
  Some days we just need a hug and a positive affirmation that we are enough. Sure, we've got our "imperfections" and after all, they are part of what makes us uniquely who we are. We must therefore, relax and accept ourselves before we can move forward or make any changes, if that is what we desire. We must come to a place of contentment that we are enough. Accepting ourself first allows us to share enthusiastically with others our talents (whatever they may be). When our inner light shines through amazing things happen. As a fashion stylist, I have seen over the years that women are their most beautiful when they truly love and believe in themselves! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 31, 2017, 11:25 am by MSP
  Covering up my arms in hot weather...Yes or no?   Dear Leslie, On most days unless it's extremely hot outside, I prefer to cover my wobbly upper arms. I really do feel more comfortable when my upper arms are covered rather than exposed. I live in the south so most days are pretty warm but I try to keep them covered. Can you recommend a cute style of top that I won't overheat in and one that still allows my upper arms to be covered? I'm a body type C in case that helps. I have learned so much from your program and really love getting it every Thursday.  Thanks! Fondly, Maureen   MSP HERE: Dear Maureen,   Thanks for your style question. I feel any woman that wants to go sleeveless[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 30, 2017, 10:12 am by MSP
  As a woman with aging skin, the topic of skincare is near and dear to my heart. Since I'm over 50, I do my best to take care of my skin. I wash it with a gentle cleanser every morning and night, and I wear a moisturizer with sunscreen daily. But, am I really doing all I should do? Is there more to skincare? Taking care our skin is hugely important because better looking skin makes us look more youthful. Looking possibly years younger than our chronological age only happens when our skincare it kept up. So, if you're over 30, 40 or 50+ you must understand the basics of skincare.    Start a good skincare routine today... and get the glowing skin you deserve!   Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Yet we often ignore [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 22, 2017, 4:30 pm by MSP
  There it was! The message I needed to hear. Do you sometimes wonder how things come to you at just the right moment? I'm not sure how it happens, but I call it providence. I got this message (actually it's a sticker) that was left on the counter at my local gym. It was left there intentionally to share. Reading its message made me smile (and pause to think about it) since my day was rather hectic and stressed. I'm not sure exactly how this "intervention" happens, but I'm glad I got this message when I did. It helped me hit my "reset button" inside my head. Yes, reset your attitude, girl! That is what I told myself. All is good with the world, so stop and BREATHE and appreciate this present moment. Sometimes life gets off kilter or out-of-sorts. We have to pause and hit re[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 15, 2017, 2:38 pm by MSP
  This week: "Slim in 10 Minutes". Truth: this week's topic sounds too good to be true.  And boy, couldn't we all use some assistance slimming down? Of course instant weight loss would be nice, but the truth is ... there is no magical wands or golden ticket that makes us instantly slimmer. However, I do have some AMAZING TIPS this week that will make you appear 10 pounds slimmer~instantly!      INSTANTLY dress slimmer! So put away your ab-roller and/or thigh-crusher thingie (unless you love that sort of thing)...I've got a better idea of how you can look instantly fantastic in your clothes. Take a deep breath. I'm not going to suggest you wear super-tight shapewear (that takes 10 minutes to get out of...and [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 8, 2017, 2:39 pm by MSP
  What Jewelry Works With What Neckline? Q: Dear MissusSmartyPants, 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 regarding proper fit, overall proportions, body type B, layering, color coordination & saturation, handbag styles & shapes, and correct pant lengths. Can you please address which jewelry works with which necklines/sleeve lengths? This is something I can't seem to get right and I'll bet others are wondering too. Thanks, Lisa D   A: MSP HERE... Dear Lisa & MSP SYSters (answer to what SYSters means appears below)... Thank you for your style questions! They give me the best inspiration for weekly[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 1, 2017, 1:56 pm by MSP
  Life can get complicated. After reading this article 11 Easy Ways to Uncomplicate Your Life I realized I often made my own life more difficult than neccessary. Do you find you do this too?   For example, I recently "volunteered" for something I didn't want to. Instead of saying "no" right away, I got talked into spending my time doing something my heart was not into. The reality is, when you don't feel passionate about something, you should pass right away-and not let others talk you into it. Let someone else volunteer. Sharing your time and talent with others only comes from the heart when you are truly passionate. There are plenty of things I'm passionate about; so this reminder to say "no" right away means I'll free my time to do the things I really love[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 24, 2017, 4:27 pm by MSP
Get ready to travel in style! This week: MSP’s 3-Day Packing List/Guide! Tis the season to start planning and taking family vacations, plus air travel peaks at this time of year. Whether your vacation is all about relaxing at a resort, scooting away to the beach for a couple of days, or taking a 3-day business trip... this week’s style article has everything you’ll need to pack efficiently for a 3-day trip (business or pleasure) Get Packing Lists & Tips + Daily Dressing Planner-all can be printed-out! By far the biggest travel mistake is over-packing! Having just what you need and nothing more will make your travel fun and hassle-free. With a good packing list you will be able to pack lighter and that makes getting to your destination easier[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 17, 2017, 3:30 pm by MSP
  Casual, Yet Stylish At each and every week your Personal Profile membership gives you tasty tidbits of style advice. Since knowledge is power, MissusSmartyPants wants YOU to be empowered and take control of your wardrobe so that you can totally "own" your own brand of style! Wait a minute...I get it! You know that moment, when the lightbulb comes on in your head, and suddenly you "get it"? Thanks to MissusSmartyPants you'll have more of these. You will find yourself being able to put-together stylish looks based on your body type and your lifestyle. This will make you feel energized like nothing else. It's that "Aha" moment with your style that you've been waiting for. Now you "get" how to design a basic [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 17, 2017, 2:47 pm by MSP
    Wear color saturation correctly    The colors you wear together should be similar in intensity so that your look is cohesive. In other words, pastels go together and jewel tones should be worn together. It is best not to mix saturation because more often that not, it won’t look quite right.   Try these pleasing color combinations:  soft pink and mint green soft pink and heather gray mustard yellow and amethyst stone white (or tan) and pure white   Deep color combinations: fuchsia and navy navy and kelly green   Again for stylish outfits, keep your color saturation equal in your top and bottom like this outfit with deep saturation.... [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 10, 2017, 4:57 pm by MSP
Fast Figure Fixes This week's article is about defining and refining your assets. By taking time to evaluate your shape (from head to toe) you will learn how to play-up your assets and mininize other areas that you wish to minimize. We are not perfect (FYI: no one is "perfect") nor are our bodies; and that's what makes us real women. So, if we play up our assets and work with our bodies-we gain confidence...and that's what real style is all about-confidence! This week, find out what to wear if you have a short neck, long neck, full bust, small bust, long or short waist, full tummy, flat or full bottom, heavy thighs, and so much more! With style being more about putting together a complete look and feeling good about your appearance; this week's article helps you focu[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 5, 2017, 6:56 pm by MSP
  10 STEPS TO AN ORGANIZED CLOSET   Here are 10 simple and practical tips for organizing your clothes and closets.   1) Edit your wardrobe. The reality is, too much stuff makes anything more difficult and challenging. It’s common knowledge among professional organizers that we typically wear only 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. Are you the exception? If not, take a long, good look at your clothes and decide what you wear most, least and not at all. Remember to focus NOT on letting things go and feeling the loss—instead focus on finally having enough room in your closet to see the clothes you like to wear every day. Clear out the clutter and keep only what you wear and love. Bonus points for the joy you’ll experience knowing that everythi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 3, 2017, 4:51 pm by MSP
  It is that time of year...again. It's time to think about swimwear.  What will you be wearing this season? Will you be needing a new swimsuit? Or, perhaps you are wondering if the one you have right now is good for your body type-or not?   The time is now! Shop early while the selection of swimwear is strong, and the sales are just starting. Take full advantage of shopping early so that you have lots of options and choose your best suit ever! Get ready to make a splash! This week's article is all about finding your best swimsuit based on your needs.  Let MissusSmartyPants help you select YOUR best swimsuit style based on your body type. You will also want to know the latest trends and colors while shopping for your body s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 1, 2017, 7:24 am by MSP
If you haven't started your spring shopping, it's time to start. Be sure to add this new item to your list. Add these awesome jeans! Stretch jeans with a hand-held receiver! Yes, you will no longer have to hold your smart phone up to your ear and look silly. Imagine, having a long conversation with this long-corded receiver while walking the mall-it's got awesome hand-held convenience you will love! Life doesn't get any better than this! Here are a couple more reasons why these jeans are a "must" for your spring shopping list: 1. You are silly if you believe me 2. I'm totally playing a joke on YOU 3. It's APRIL FOOLS!!! Love, your prankster stylist Leslie :)     [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 27, 2017, 3:33 pm by MSP
  This week: MSP's Guide to Shorts, Crops and Capris! Before you know it, the weather will be sizzling hot! Are you ready for it? What will you wear? More than likely, you'll be wearing shorts, crops or capris.  Recently, I helped several clients build their spring and summer wardrobes. The issue of what to wear when it gets hot outside was the biggest dressing dilemma for both of them. They were afraid to show too much skin, or to appear to be dressed too youthful-just for the sake of trying to stay cool. However, the good news is women do have lots of options; like wearing a sundress, or a skirt, but more than likely when it's really hot out, most women wear shorts, crops, or capris. This means we have got to get our proportions r[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 20, 2017, 2:09 pm by MSP
  THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE: Update Your Hairstyle Dear SYSters,   Yesterday, my morning did not get off to a good start; however nothing fazed me. First thing in the morning, as I poured my coffee, I managed to spill coffee on my tan dress slacks (I attempted to wash the stain away, but it was noticeable all day long). In the afternoon I opened the mailbox to an unexpected bill, plus I had an extra deadline I had to meet. Yes, there were lots of stressors—but somehow I handled all of it without freaking out!   What was it that made me feel so resilient? I was having a “good hair day”!     “Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges,  but eventually you find a hairstylist you l[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 12, 2017, 2:14 pm by MSP
  It's week two of  "MSP's Big Spring Preview"... The fun and fashion trends 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 are to start wearing some of these new spring trends, plus enjoy some warmer weather! Last week, our local weather varied from the mid 50's to upper 70's and sunny. Today, it's cold again. In fact, we got a sprinkling of snow yesterday morning! This crazy up and down weather is so typical for early spring. It also signals that we must get our closets ready for the change of seasons. Decluttering my closet is on the top of this week's list. Rotating the heavy winter jackets to the back of my closet and moving lighter weight blazers and "spring-like" sw[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 11, 2017, 7:18 am by MSP
  MSP’s Do’s & Don’ts of resale/thrift shopping...   Do go with your wardrobe plan in mind. Need a black skirt, a dressy jacket, or a button down blouse to help you complete your list of basics?   Do ask for a discount if you are a senior citizen, a teacher or military (or take one shopping with you).   Do shop often. You never know what you’ll find! Merchandise arrives daily.   Do give yourself time to explore and shop. There are lots of one-of-a-kinds. You have to sort through sizes, styles, etc. and it takes time.   Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see anything. Bargain shopping is hit or miss thing.   Do buy it if you love it! Don’t set it back—it [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 6, 2017, 5:38 pm by MSP
  Rejoice! Spring will be here soon! It's time to spruce-up your wardrobe with this spring's top colors & trends!   Get prepared now...spring really is right around the corner! My local weather forecast (here, in the southern region of the U.S.) states this week's weather will be in the 70's all week! So, if you're still looking at half-melted snow piles, get excited with me and hang tight, because your snow will melt away very, very soon!  I'm delighted to see spring fashions 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 colors, styles, and seasonal trends are you interested in adding into your wardr[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 27, 2017, 4:51 pm by MSP
  "Shoes may not make the woman, but they sure do make the outfit fabulous!" MissusSmartyPants One of the most frequently asked questions I get is... "How do I know which shoes to wear with my outfit?"  For instance, what style of shoe is right for a wide-legged pant, or which shoe style is best for a pencil skirt? How do you know when you've got it right?   This week MissusSmartyPants shares...How to choose the right shoes for every outfit! Shoes matter more than you think! It's a proven fact that when people first meet they check out the other person's complete outfit... from head to toe. Think about it for a moment, you do this yourself! You do notice the other person's footwear (subconsciously, mind you).&nbs[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 20, 2017, 5:38 pm by MSP
  Excuse me, but I just have to jump on my soapbox for a moment. I have to say, it really, really upsets me that fashion magazines are more about selling ad space and copies than they are about actually helping the women that buy their magazines! These shiny magazines aren't cheap either. You spend good money, then end up with a bunch of ads for things you can't even afford--that is crazy. Just when you spy a new "style" magazine while in the checkout line, and decide to buy it...sure enough, it is full of ads--and not much else. What a H-U-G-E disappointment. You were lured into buying this magazine by the promise of an article that looked like it would help your style or suggest something new and fun--but instead you got basically nothing.  [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 15, 2017, 6:17 pm by MSP
  12 Things I Think You Should Have In Your Closet   I have spent years working as a stylist. I love clothes, have a hard time parting with them. I’ve collected a lot of clothes. You do the math. My closet is constantly full of too many clothes, shoes and accessories. While every woman’s style is different, there are a few things that I think deserve a spot in your closet, too.   Below, is what my fantasy closet would look like...       1. A black dress. Because duh. Actually, you could make a wardrobe of only black dresses if you were so inclined: a sexy one, an office-appropriate one, a casual one. With a blank canvas like a LBD means the possibilities are endless.   2. Three skirts: one pencil, on[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 13, 2017, 2:02 pm by MSP
  If the bra fits, wear it! Well, that's the problem. Too many women are not wearing a bra that fits properly. Not only is this uncomfortable (slipping straps, or a band that digs into your flesh) this is not a good look! Poor-fitting bras are everywhere! In fact, up to 80% of women are wearing the WRONG bra! Wrong in size, or wrong in style--or both!!!   A poor fitting bra is not only uncomfortable--it's unflattering!   Ask yourself these fit questions: Does your bra band ride up in the 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 you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 6, 2017, 3:47 pm by MSP
    According to the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil we have six weeks more of winter this year. I don't know about you, but personally, I've never considered a groundhog a credible source for my weather information, LOL. Actually, I choose NOT to believe the groundhog's predictions. In my mind, spring will be here soon, and that's why I'm planning my spring wardrobe colors now!   Spring 2017 seasonal colors are on their way to your local stores right now.  What is going to be your favorite "new" color to wear this spring?    "Designers are taking a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2017 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of b[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 30, 2017, 6:52 pm by MSP
  Last week while waiting to meet up with a client, I sat outside of a local cafe. As I sat and waited, I noticed staring right back at me on the glass window was a quote by Coco Chanel. It was early in the day and all the seating was open, so I could have sat anywhere, but for some reason I was drawn to this one particular chair. I wanted to sit in that chair, so I found it funny that a quote from Coco Chanel would be right in my face as I sat! If you know me, I often quote Coco Chanel because I find her ideas about fashion "spot on". Hmm..."This quote's a good one!" I thought to myself as I sat. Since I passionately believe every woman should become all she in-visions she can be; this quote conveying the idea that a woman's clothing reflects her true self was a powerful o[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 23, 2017, 4:21 pm by MSP
  I had a dream... As a young teenager and budding fashionista, I had this "crazy" idea of owning the never-ending closet. Back in my teen years, my closet was full of clothes. In fact, there were so many clothes in there, I found it hard to find anything to wear, and I couldn't even close the door! Regardless, my teenage dream was to own even more clothes. I wanted a fantasy closet where I could simply walk into it, pull something out, and immediately look fabulous. As a teen, I tried to obtain this "never-ending" closet by spending every last dollar I had on the latest trendy clothes. For sure this would make me the envy of all my friends. But, in the end, did I have more style? No, I did not.   Yes, I had more clothes... more than most of my[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 19, 2017, 9:24 am by MSP
5 Everyday FREE Things You Can Do to Elevate Your Style:     1. Wear a little makeup every day. You already have it in your drawer, yet you don’t take the time to put together your “face”. When you do wear a little color, your skin coloring looks brighter, teeth appear whiter, and you enhance your natural beauty-and that’s what makeup is really all about anyways.    2. Whatever you wear-create a waist. Throughout history the laws of attraction have shown that women who have a smaller waist in comparison to their hips naturally appear more attractive and powerful. This means if you are hiding under big tees and loose yoga pants you are giving away your power. Show off those curves! Be proud of your curves, as ample as they may be or no[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 16, 2017, 4:28 pm by MSP
  Looking for a quick and easy way to improve your style? Have you ever considered accessories are the answer to your fashion dilemma? Accessories are the fastest way to get your style together without spending lots of money! Accessories can do wonders for even the most basic or plain outfit. They can take the same ‘ol basics and instantly give them a new updated look (and at a fraction of the cost you would pay if you purchased more clothing)! Accessory overload looks chaotic NOT stylish...   Coco Chanel said, "Always remove one thing before you leave the house. Less is more."  Keeping the same bright color palette in both photos, the second outfit looks so much better with only a statement necklace (and [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 9, 2017, 4:13 pm by MSP
  It's the second week of January. Christmas and all the festive activities are behind us now. The ornaments are packed away, and currently reside down in the basement, until next year. Our living rooms are reset back to their normal arrangements, and the expired Christmas tree is now a distant memory. Our lives have hit the reset button and are back to normal.  January is the "back to routines" month. 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 to change the cold weather, but wait. This in-between time is a good time to bed down, hibernate, and or[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 2, 2017, 2:09 pm by MSP
  It's a new year, a chance at a fresh start. Could there be anything better than knowing how to balance your shape? Umm, no! When your body looks balanced, you look your best.  Balance is everything. It's a matter of proportions, actually. Think about it, every time we eat, we try to balance the proportions of our food. We don't want to eat a whole pound of meat, or too much candy at one time because it's not healthy or balanced. We are always trying to find the correct balance of 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. We need to know our best styles and hem lengths of tops and jacket (this is super-important) in our clothing. Our best [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 26, 2016, 2:11 pm by MSP
  Are you resolved to move more in 2017? Aren't are all in search of that something that will motivate us? What's it going to take to get you to move more, and make exercise part of your weekly routine? Well, I can't think of a more positive, fun way to motivate a new exercise plan than new exercise gear! There's nothing more motivating than a pair of new sneakers to "kick-start" your exercise routine!   Fresh kicks in a fun, bright color will definitely add spring in my about yours? ASICS FuzeX Running Shoes   Many, many years ago (in a galaxy far, far away) I used wear boring exercise clothes to workout. I went to the gym regularly, but was waiting to wear something stylish until I fina[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 18, 2016, 5:53 pm by MSP
  4 Items = 12 Outfits As this year comes to a close, I have been thinking about what I hope you've learned (fashion wise) by being a SYSter at MissusSmartyPants. One concern that kept coming back to me was wardrobe planning. Did I explain it enough, did I break down HOW to do it?   Did I stress how critical it is for every woman to put together a wardrobe plan? Simply put; it's one of the best things a woman can do for herself.    Reality is: a lot of women secretly live with chaos in their closet. They have a closet full of clutter and no real wardrobe plan. They too often buy clothing on impulse and sporadically...again, without a plan. Sure there are some outfits in there, but most often these women are "f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 12, 2016, 4:31 pm by MSP
  As much as we hate to admit it, looks matter. The clothing we wear doesn't just cover our bodies, they help make an impression on others. Our clothes (hair and makeup, etc.) should be neat and clean to help us create a positive image. Of course, once the person knows us better, besides how we dress, they will appreciate all that we offer. However, if we minimize the importance our outer appearance we are doing ourselves a huge dis-service. The fact is, we don't get a second chance at a first impression. A first impression is a lasting impression. How we present ourselves says a lot about us. One of the most important things a woman can do for herself is to understand what clothes are right her shape and dress for the body she has today. When you embrace YOU, yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]