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May 26, 2015, 7:49 am by MSP
 
    Woo hoo! Suddenly, you’ve got an opportunity for a 3-day getaway! But, wait...What are you going to pack? No worries. You've got MissusSmartyPant to the style rescue. MSP has the best “what to pack” list just for YOU..and the best part is, you can use this list over and over!     Travel is easy when you pack light, yet wear everything! I highly recommend packing at least ONE basic summer dress. It's a fabulous piece for travel because it can create several 'easy' outfits. This week's 3-day getaway packing list has everything you will need...but what? You say you're going for a week? Lucky you! Simply DOUBLE this list!   Don't miss out! This Thursday in all 5 body type Personal Profiles, get MSP's useful packing[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 18, 2015, 5:13 pm by MSP
 
  Wouldn't it be nice to have a few stylish outfits ready to "go-to" for any summer event? You know, the 'easy button' for something instantly fab when you want (or need) to look a little more stylish.   Want to look stylish this summer? You can! With this week's "The 'go-to' Guide for Summer Outfits" you'll have what you need to look fabulous all summer long!   Last weekend I went out for dinner and a movie. I wore my textured pencil skirt, a peplum knit top and my soft-pink kitten heels. It was an easy-peasy style choice, and I felt great! (Note to self: next time take a picture of my outfit so it can be shared). When the summer starts, it feels good to know I've got a few 'go-to' outf[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 11, 2015, 2:42 pm by MSP
 
    It's that time of year...again. It's just a few weeks away from Memorial Day, and that means now is the time to shop for a swimsuit!  The time is now! The selection of swimsuits is good, and the sales are just beginning. Take full advantage of this time and get the best suit you will love all season long! 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 specific suit--before you hit the sales racks (and dressing rooms). Miraclesuit New Directions Escape Underwire One Piece   This week at MissusSmartyPants you get "Swimwear 2015"... It's your complete shopping and fit guide for swimwear, co[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 4, 2015, 5:11 pm by MSP
 
  Outfit Completers-Guide To Wearing Accessories Correctly   Looking for a quick and easy way to improve your style without spending a lot of money-or buying more clothes? If you are in the majority of women, your answer is a resounding “YES”!   This week we explore the right ways to add trendy accessories to your spring outfits. Just a few ‘trendy’ (and inexpensive) accessories are all that is needed to instantly update your look this season! Details matter. That’s right; your accessories are not an option. Accessories are wardrobe "completers". You can wear a beautifully fitted garment or even a simple tee-shirt, but get your accessories wrong (or don’t wear any at all) and your look could be a complete FAIL.[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 27, 2015, 4:08 pm by MSP
 
  This week: The Definitve Guide to Shorts! Ready, set... go! Soon the tempertures outside are going to get sizzling hot! And when it does...what will you be wearing? More than likely, you'll be wearing shorts.  Recently, I helped several personal shopping clients build their spring/summer wardrobes. THE hot topic that came up repeatedly was what to wear when it gets hot, really hot outside. As women we have lots style options; like wearing a sundress or skirt, but more than likely when it's really hot, we will be wearing shorts, capris and cropped pants.  Admittedly, I'm a little apprehensive about showing more skin as the weather warms. I know most women are. However, wearing the most flattering shorts, crops and capris for[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 23, 2015, 7:04 am 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. Or deep color combinations like, fuchsia and navy or navy and kelly green work well together.   Again for a stylish look, keep your color saturation equal in your top and bottom like this look with deep saturation....     Nic + Zoe Batiste Flirt Skirt ( petites, misses) &nb[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 20, 2015, 7:00 pm by MSP
 
  This week’s style article is for you if you are on a budget; yet you want to improve your style quickly.  This week, I’ll show you how it doesn’t need to cost a lot of moola to look stunning--afterall, MSP is all about affordable style. You simply need to start with two things: a good core wardrobe and a 'can do' attitude. From there, you will improve your style one-step at a time by following MSP's plan. Shared this week, what to buy new and where you can save big by buying second-hand-plus how to avoid common style mistakes women make when they start building a core wardrobe. Learn how to build a core wardrobe for less by purchasing most of it second-hand. You'll be surprised at these tips!     The Limited C[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 13, 2015, 4:11 pm by MSP
 
  One of the most common reasons a woman looks heavy in her clothes is bad balance. Now, I'm not talking about her losing her footing and falling over; I'm talking about her clothing proportions. It's when the proportions of her clothes are out of sync with her own body proportions. Keep in mind, body proportions are not necessarily height or weight issues. You can be large of stature or short and perfectly proportioned, or you can be tall and slim and totally off balance. Don't miss out! This week's style article is: Balancing basics every woman needs to know about. Dressing for your body type helps "balance" your shape, there is no doubt about that. However, having more specific "figure flaws" highlighted in greater detail helps you even more. Learn how to [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 6, 2015, 5:11 pm by MSP
 
  Super Casual, Yet Super Stylish! At MissusSmartyPants.com 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 totally "own" your style! Light it up! You know that moment, the lightbulb comes on in your head, and suddenly you "get it". Thanks to MissusSmartyPants, you find yourself starting to be able to put-together stylish looks based on your body type and lifestyle--and now you're feel energized like nothing else! It's an "Aha" moment! You "get" how to devise a basic wardrobe and now you are slowly building upon it...one step at a time. Nothing feels better than having your style rock!!! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 1, 2015, 12:15 pm by MSP
 
  Add These To The Big Spring Preview List-What to Wear This Spring Sometimes even a fashion stylist makes a mistake. I inadvertently left these off my list for the Big Spring Preview last week. My mistake. These are totally awesome...and for many reasons. Please add them to your list of "what to wear" this spring! Not only can you walk on your tip-toes all day with these 5 inch heels, but when people see you pass by; the "skull" embellishments will give off that "Look at ME!" wow factor! Here are a couple of other reasons why these make my "Top 10" list for this spring... 1. You are silly if you believe me 2. I'm totally playing a joke on YOU 3. It's APRIL FOOLS!!! With love, your pranster stylist Leslie :)   Here's what MSP SYSte[ More |  Email |  Print ]

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! 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! One[ 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 January...so 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 MissusSmartyPants.com 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 off...you'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 how...in 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 MissusSmartyPants.com 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 here...you 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 coat...is 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 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 ]