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August 28, 2016, 3:44 pm by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters,  Recently I was interviewed by a local retail magazine. They asked such great questions, I thought I'd share! Here are the 12 questions, and my answers. Enjoy. 1. What do women really need in their wardrobes? Here is a basics list of what most women should have in their wardrobes. You may need to adjust it according to your particular lifestyle, but remember the key to any successful wardrobe is having items that are fairly simple in design, and ones that can easily be mixed and matched with other items. Please note: this list is not broken up into seasons. Some of your items will be year-round, while some will be more seasonal. A “basic” can be defined as: a solid colored (typically not a printed fabric) item, simple, classic, [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 24, 2016, 3:54 pm by MSP
 
    Mix high and mid-priced items with low. Invest in core pieces, then pair  them up with mostly inexpensive clothing and accessories. Spend a little each season to update items like trendy tops and necklaces (Use MSP’s Seasonal Previews (every fall & spring season) to will give you the “scoop” on the latest trends!).     8 Ways to mix "spendy" & "trendy" items together successfully...   1. Add animal print to anything. Animal prints can be used as a neutral. One piece is all it takes to add a little something special to your outfit.   2. Shop your closet first. Chances are there’s already something similar to what you want...hiding right in your very own closet!   3. Invest in piec[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 22, 2016, 12:44 pm by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters,  Here in the South, our weather continues to be warm, yet quite pleasant with humidity levels starting to diminish. With cooler mornings on their way, soon a light jacket or sweater will be needed before heading out the door. Welcome fall. This change in weather is truly inviting and refreshing. It's almost fall! By preparing now; ahead of the new season...you will feel right in step with the latest fashion and trends-yet there is no need to buy a thing! This week's article is about s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing your current warm season wardrobe into fall. It's about using those summer items to create chic and "trendy" outfits for fall.  This week, you will get lots of clever ideas that will show you how to wear (and layer)[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 18, 2016, 7:57 am by MSP
 
  Last week I received an email from a twenty-something SYSter excited about the upcoming fall season. She was wondering what she should buy now for fall. She was thinking ahead and getting anxious about the new styles she might wear when the weather cools. One thing this young mom said that I thought was extremely intelligent was: "I know I need to purge before I splurge". I love this! She's right, by taking the time now and editing out what's not being worn, she'll be able to make sense of what's left in her closet...and can then start planning her fall wardrobe.   This SYSter has a limited budget (don't we all?) and requested my suggestions for planning a fall wardrobe help keep her on budget. SYSter, your prayers have been answered!  &n[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 7, 2016, 2:34 pm by MSP
 
  Short on cash? From summer vacations to back-to-school shopping, your budget will be busting at the seams. This leaves nothing left in your wallet for refreshing your wardrobe-just as the seasons start to change! This week's article is perfect for the budget-strapped SYSter, because it's about how to take a few key pieces and re-mix them for fall.  You can create a multitude of outfits using only a few key pieces. It's your "remix" skills that will make your style great, and extremely affordable. That's the best part; there is NO NEED TO SPEND MONEY! Wardrobe Stretching Ideas will show you how to put together better style using what you've already got. What's a sundress and print skirt have in common? They are both summer basics that are in this week's a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 3, 2016, 5:57 pm by MSP
 
  It's August. Take advantage of the warm weather before summer ends and take a vacation or steal a long weekend away! When I saw this packing tip, I knew I had to share it with you.   Go ahead and pack a few wardrobe-changing necklaces! Simply "press n' seal" your jewelry, then roll them into your suitcase. No worries about them getting tangled!   Need more help packing? Check out USA Today's fabulous list of 10 packing tips every traveler must know.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 1, 2016, 3:35 pm by MSP
 
  How to Mix Patterns Like a Fashionista   When I say pattern mixing, do you instantly think, "Oh, no! I would look like I dressed in the dark!"    Mixing unexpected patterns and prints has become a huge fashion trend, and I for one like it! Of course, there can be a fine line between looking stylish, or like a hot mess! I'm here to help you get it right.   Look chic and on-trend. Yes, you can look stylish and chic by mixing several patterns in one outfit. Use MSP's "does it mix" chart + 6 mixing guidelines shared in this week's article for style members, "How to Mix Pattern Like a Fashionista"...it will help you get your look right every time. No more guessing. Look at MSP's chart to find the pattern you want to mix-th[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 24, 2016, 3:43 pm by MSP
 
  "Buy the best quality you can afford" is a mantra you often hear as a MissusSmartyPants SYSter. But, what if you could purchase the best quality merchandise...yet at bargain-basement prices? Well, then that would be even better! It's July! This month is all about summer sales. Now is the time to get what you need (and want) on top quality pieces you'll wear all the way into the fall! The savings are happening NOW! Stores are drastically marking-down summer merchandise in order to make room for fall clothing (arriving in August...yeah, I know, it's always sooo dang hot when we start seeing wool sweaters again).    It's still July…and that means sales, sales, sales! Can you say up to 70 percent off?! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 18, 2016, 3:04 pm by MSP
 
  Dear MSP SYSters, Nothing gripes me more than being told I can not wear something because of my age. Really? Just exactly who decided certain articles of clothing should no longer be worn by woman who's over thirty, forty, or even fifty-or beyond? Of course we need to assess our own bodies and decide what is best covered up and not exposed. But, that should be more of a personal choice-not necessarily an "age" related thing. By using a full-length mirror and reviewing our backsides as well our complete look, most women can come to an intelligent decision whether they should be wearing something, or not. A good rule of thumb is; if you have doubts, then you should not wear it. Listen to your gut. As a stylist who has helped many women dress well based on their body sha[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 11, 2016, 3:03 pm by MSP
 
  Super-Casual Mommy Style Dear MissusSmartyPants, I am in need of some serious TLC! Just 6 month’s ago I became a first-time mom to a sweet little girl. I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I don't need much in the way of clothes, but I do need some help getting out this rut. Right now, I’m in that awkward stage where I don’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes, but my maternity clothes are too big. I also don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes while losing this baby weight. My current go to outfit is a big t-shirt and yoga pants. What advice can you give to this busy, still need to lose some baby weight, mom on the go? Anything that especially covers up the midsection or hips would be awesome-and oh, budget-friendly is a necessity! I just want to feel like[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 9, 2016, 10:24 am by MSP
 
    It's too thick or too thin, it's too curly, or as straight as it can be. Yes, it's your hair we are talking about, and its not always your 'crowning glory'. Many of us (me included) are guilty of working against our natural hair. If it's straight, we want some wave to it. If it's curly, we want it straight and flat iron and use products to keep it straight. So, when I saw this sign at my hairdresser's studio, it really got me thinking about trying to accept my hair (and perhaps on a deeper level-my true self) curly hair and all...    "Life is an endless struggle filled with frustrations and challenges... but eventually you find a hairstyle you like"      QUESTION: Are you wearing your hair in a style that a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 4, 2016, 2:15 pm by MSP
 
    Self improvement starts by giving yourself permission. You really can become a confident woman that's "Style Challenged No More"! But first, you have to give yourself permission. You need to explore what it is that is holding you back. More than likely, it's part not knowing what is stylish (for your body type) and part feeling you are not worthy (self-sabotage) of improved style.  We are often our own worst enemy. Most often, it's US that holds ourselves back from being our best. We stop short and make EXCUSES why we can't do something. Self-sabotaging thoughts start to creep in and hold us back from updating our style, or from doing whatever else we deem worthy, yet fear we might not be good at--so don't[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 27, 2016, 7:14 pm by MSP
 
  You found the perfect handbag. Or so you think. Most women have a 'check list' of needs they expect from a handbag they are considering purchasing. From a certain amount of compartments (for cell phone, keys, personal items, etc.) to a certain size, or a particular color, etc. Does this sound similar to your checklist for a new handbag? Did you ever stop and think about the SHAPE of your handbag? Is it flattering for you? How about the size of the handbag in relation to your own body size? Does it matter? Which styles are best; and which ones should be avoided and why?   Most of us carry a handbag every day...and that means it should flatter our body! YOU are your handbag. Yes, that's a mighty bold statemen[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 24, 2016, 4:42 pm by MSP
 
  Pictured above is MSP's Favorite Go-To Summer Outfit: A stylish tee, chambray shirt (if needed), knit pencil skirt, and cross-the-body handbag + a pair of stylish flats.    What's your "go-to" outfit for the summer heat? If you don't have a few "go-to" outfits for hot weather, take a few minutes inside your wardrobe to plan them. Knowing ahead of time what you'll wear, makes dressing stylish on a summer's day....a breeze!   How to plan your summer "Go-To" outfits:   1. Start with the bottom you want to wear 2. Now, add a coordinating top 3. Add a third place (light layer, if needed) 4. Add one trendy accessory (or handbag) 5. Wear stylish shoes   Get more[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 16, 2016, 5:47 pm by MSP
 
  12 Amazing Style Tips Every morning you dress, wouldn't it be nice to know few "secret" things that will make you look and feel even better? It sounds good, doesn't it? This week MSP shares with you 12 amazing tips (that are mostly known by stylists). These 12 tips could quite simply change the way you look and feel about yourself! Why? Becasue these 12 tips are... AMAZING!   THIS WEEK: Get makeup tips, amazing closet organization ideas, see how to adjust body proportions-fast + tips on how to wear accessories right--plus, much, much more!   Find out how to look and feel your best for your body type + get this week's article in Thursday's Personal Profile!   Why am I sharing these se[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 14, 2016, 8:24 am by MSP
 
  Dear MSP SYSter,  As a member of MissusSmartyPants.com you are "issued" frequent style challenges. Style challenges are tasks created to help you move your style forward while getting you out of your comfort zone. This in turn, keeps you from wearing the same 'ol things over and over. No style SYSter has regreted taking a MSP style challenge-ever.  MSP gets her own challenge! I was recently contacted by Coldwater Creek offering me an opportunity to select one top and one bottom, and then show I'd wear them. Hmmm. A style challenge for me? YES! Let's do it! For this challenge, I chose two basics for summer. Both of these items are casual basics that you could wear many, many ways. The simplier the better when you're talking hot summer [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 13, 2016, 3:55 pm by MSP
 
What to Reveal, What to Conceal   There is a certain contentment that comes from living a balanced life. Comfort comes from knowing your daily routines and having a schedule that doesn't vary too much.  As humans we are attracted to balance. We find comfort in it. So, when our life gets off kilter, and it becomes too stressful, we withdraw to help reestablish more balance. Just as we continually seek out equilibrium, humans are also naturally attracted to symmetry. Studies have shown, the human eye gravitates towards symmetrical objects (whether they are part of a landscape or the shape of another person's face or body). Symmetry is visual balance.    Did you ever wonder why a certain outfit looks stunning on someone else, [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 11, 2016, 2:33 pm by MSP
 
  Calculating Skirt Length Wearing your best skirt length balances your body-so it’s important to have an idea where on your leg your hemline should be. On the contrast, wearing a skirt that’s too short, or too long for your body looks awkward and off-balance. As previously explained in last week's email (in general terms) you need to find out where on your lower body you are long and where you are short-then make an adjustment with your hem length to balance out your body. Get it? If not, no worries, read on...   There’s another way to figure out your best skirt or dress hem length. This way requires math and a cloth measuring tape:   STEP 1   FIND YOUR “GOLDEN” NUMBER Measure the length of your body in cent[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 6, 2016, 2:10 pm by MSP
 
  Cool Style on a Hot Summer Day Last week, it got sizzling hot outside. Oh boy, here we go again! Living here, in the South, means when the temperature starts to go up, so does the sticky humidity! This time of year always presents a dressing challenge: "How can we look stylish without melting down"? If you know me, I’m always up for a good challenge. So, I did what any fashion stylist would do…I went shopping to find the best looks for hot summer days!   I've found the best outfit ideas for hot summer days... For example, this sassy, yet cool swing dress is perfect for wearing when the heat is on... The Limited Striped Swing Dress   Just the thought of ‘dressing up’ when it’s over 90 degrees with high humidity mak[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 31, 2016, 3:24 pm by MSP
 
  It's the start of travel season and one of the best "go-to" pieces is a maxi.  Maxi skirts are comfortable, keep you cool (yet covered) and can be dressed up or down. They are perfect for summer travel!   Ralph Lauren Striped Jersey Maxi Skirt at Dillards   For more awesome style ideas follow MissusSmartyPants on Pinterest     [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 30, 2016, 4:59 pm by MSP
 
  Why does one woman wearing a tee-shirt and jeans, somehow look so chic and stylish? Yet your t-shirt and jeans combination looks boring and unstyled! WHY??? What are this woman's secrets? How come she looks stylish, yet your outfit comes up short? How do you go from having just so-so style to having fabulous style? This week, uncover the hidden ways to improve your style. Get that "casual chic vibe" you've always dreamed of. It really is something every woman can possess.   This week: The secrets to chic style are revealed!   Even if you dress casually (or really, really casual) everyday, there are amazing ways to amp-up your style! This week's article will "dissect" the difference between "average" looking to "chic s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 23, 2016, 5:18 pm by MSP
 
  Can't afford a style makeover? Wrong. Think again. This week...get the inside scoop on some of the simplest and quickest ways you can design your very own "style makeover". Women simply don't think about these minor, yet very noticeable changes they can make with their appearance. Who knew such quick changes could have such a HUGE impact on a woman's appearance? Well, this gal, MissusSmartyPants knows it! This week, the 1-2-3 strategy is revealed. Use this strategy daily to "make over" your style. It all adds up! Women simply don't comprehend how small changes, or "tweaks" in one's appearance can make them look remarkably better. I found this to be the case last weekend when I overheard a conversation in one of the dressing rooms of a department store. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 16, 2016, 4:30 pm by MSP
 
  The Challenge Continues...Part Two: 10 Items, 28 Outfits An Extensive Wardrobe, Optional. The main objective of this 2-week challenge is to show you; you don't need lots of clothes to look stylish. Just a good core wardrobe. Last week I shared half of my outfits (14) using only 10 items from my closet. This week you see my other (14) outfits!   This week, it's the remaining fourteen (14) outfits. This is my chance to razzle-dazzle you & show how only 10 pieces can create 28 outfits!   Get ready. This Thursday every paid member with a MSP Personal Profile will have access to:   _The Challenge Continues: 10 Items, 28 Outfits (Part Two) _10 Items, 28 Outfits (Part One) _Suitcase Chic (complete travel list & pac[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 9, 2016, 2:11 pm by MSP
 
  Get ready, get set...it's time to do something truly amazing with your wardrobe! This week you are going to transform the way you think about your wardrobe and the clothes hanging in there. This week, you are going to PLAN your wardrobe for one (1) month. It will totally transform the way you dress from here on out! 10 Items, 28 Outfits. Recently, I was standing in my closet wondering what to wear. You know the feeling, standing there wrapped in a towel straight from the shower, and clueless as far as what to wear. I have plenty of clothes, but felt a total lack of inspiration. So, what was really needed, was a way to jump-start my style. That's when I realized it was time to re-visit the "10 Items, 28 Outfits" challenge.   Join this[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 8, 2016, 2:01 pm by MSP
 
  I love this quote about moms because it means the word "mom" can describe any woman that shows you unselfish love. There's nothing better than knowing you've got that someone special in your life that's got your back...   A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan   Happy Mother's Day!  The gift of style is perfect for moms, sisters, your favorite aunt or your BFF's! MissusSmartyPants gift certificates are available for $14.95-44.95   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 2, 2016, 2:49 pm by MSP
 
  MSP's Travel & Packing Guide 2016 (How to travel "suitcase chic") It's travel season. But, before you plan your get-away, whether it's a long weekend away, or a 2-week international trip-be sure to use this week's handy-dandy guide! It's full of amazing tips to make travel easy and fun. Of course you will get MSP's wardrobe planner; what to pack + how to pack it. It's a visual guide of what to wear each day of your trip. It's the must-have for packing chic and light...I call it, "Suitcase Chic".   One of my favorite travel sayings is this,  "Remember, in your travels you'll meet two kinds of tourists — those who pack light and those who wish they had." Vacations are about creating special memories while exploring new pl[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 25, 2016, 4:40 pm by MSP
 
  It is starting to get warm out. But soon, it will get real hot! And when it does...what are you going to wear?  Recently, I helped a few clients refresh their spring/summer wardrobes. The topic that came up each time was, "What do I wear when it gets really hot outside? I still want to be stylish, so what do I wear?" Ladies, we've got options. From sundresses to skirts (long, midi and short), but more than likely, when it gets really hot outside, we'll wear 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, I also know finding your most flattering shorts, crops and capris will make you look your best, and more importantly, feel m[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 19, 2016, 2:47 pm by MSP
 
    Baby, it’s still cold outside. Ah spring...why do you take two steps forward, then one step back?    We certainly can’t control the weather and how soon it will warm up in our neck of the woods; but we can control the way we dress for it. We can dress more ‘springlike’. I’d say this is a sure-fire way to coax the warmer weather our way!     Still cold outside but ready for spring? Try these style tips below:   __Put away that dark woolen scarf and trade it for a lighter floral one. Wear your floral scarf all morning long while it’s still cool. Later in the day when you get warm; tie it on your handbag!   __Wear a bright-colored cardigan--or for that matter, wear a polka-dot printed c[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 18, 2016, 3:43 pm by MSP
 
  MSP’s Swimsuit Guide 2016! Ready or not—it’s time to shop for a swimsuit! After a winter of hiding under heavy sweaters and long tunics, the thought of standing almost naked in front of the dressing room mirror can strike fear in the heart of even the most avid shopper! It's inevitable, swimsuit shopping needs to happen now. Shop now so you can take advantage of the best selection of swimwear.   This week's style article (posting this Thursday) is all about helping you find your best swimsuit options based on YOUR body shape! We all get a little (okay, a lot) of anxiety when we start thinking about needing a new swimsuit. Wearing so little can be daunting...until the weather changes and it's uber-hot and you want to cool off in the pool.[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 11, 2016, 4:26 pm by MSP
 
  Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a few stylish outfits ready-to-go at a moment's notice? You know, the easy button for something stylish to wear when you want (or need) to look and feel fabulous. Well, you're in luck. This week is your week! This week MSP outfit templates to help you plan and create fashionable outfits. Print & save these grids from this week's article so you can use them again and again. Dressing (stylish) could not get any easier than this. You get the best of both worlds. Spend less time and less money by planning your wardrobe the MSP way! I'll show you how to set up your main wardrobe colors, what should be included, and how to mix minimal pieces for maximum style! It's a must-have article to move your style forward. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 4, 2016, 3:02 pm by MSP
 
  What you put on your feet is sometimes a harder decision than selecting the outfit you are going to wear. Once you do decide what to wear; often you doubt whether your shoe choice is the right. How can you tell if your favorite pair of shoes are right for your outfit, and if they are still  'in style'? Outdated shoes for sure will make YOU look outdated. So, how do you know when it's time to retire your favorite kicks and buy something new? And, just what are the new shoe trends for this spring?   This week MSP helps you: 1. Navigate the latest shoe trends 2. Determine the right shoes for your outfit   Shoes are one of the best "completer" pieces to improve your style. However, they can get expensive. And even t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 1, 2016, 10:10 am by MSP
 
  Dear Leslie,   I need help with accessories. Since you always seem to wear just the right accessories and just the right amount I know you can help. Do you have rules that you follow when picking out your accessories each day?    For example if I wear a bold necklace, should I not wear earrings? If I wear a chunky bracelet should I wear a ring on the same hand or on the other? What about mixing a pearl necklace and diamond stud earrings, yes or no? I just feel pearl earrings will look too matronly with the matching necklace, am I right about this?   By the way I love your website and your weekly style tips! My style has dramatically improved since joining your site. I’m also having fun playing dress up in my closet.  &nbs[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 1, 2016, 9:56 am by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters, I've changed my opinion about accessorizing. Instead of saying I've "flip-flopped" (no pun intended) I prefer to say I've "evolved" over the issue of wearing accessories.  I say, "More is better!" In fact, pile 'em on! Stack on the bracelets, layer your necklaces, add a bold hip belt, and while you are at it-wear large chandelier earrings to make your accessorizing statement even bolder! No, it's not chaotic or overkill-more really is better! Show people everything you've got in your jewelry box all at one time. It makes you look wealthy to be wearing so much at one time.  If you're still reading this-April Fools Day! Love, Leslie MSP P.S. For real tips on accessorizing correctly please read this. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 28, 2016, 2:57 pm by MSP
 
  Wear It Right! Dressing well is similar to eating a balanced diet. If you keep everything in moderation, you’ll be just fine. But, it’s when you over-do things that you start to get into trouble. Like eating too many calories, soon they'll end up on your tummy and your hips. It's the same with wearing the trends, one step wrong, and you end up on the show “What Not to Wear” LOL! Take a deep breath, relax; MissusSmartyPants won’t let this happen to you. This week is about how to "Wear It Right". As far as the calories go, well, you’ll have to apply "moderation" and willpower. Coldwater Creek Open Crochet 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan (6 colors-petites, misses + womens) The right wardrobe essentials (like this light layering cardigan-shown above)...[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 21, 2016, 5:49 pm by MSP
 
  This is week two (2) of MSP's "Big Spring Preview" The fun and fashions continue!  This week, the remaining LIST of what to get for your wardrobe this spring...and more importantly, HOW to wear it! I've been getting lots of love regarding The Big Spring Preview (Part One)! You're welcome. I'm just as excited as you are to start wearing these new spring trends as soon as the weather warms up. Luckily, there has recently been some beautiful weather here in the south. Even though it might not be warm enough in your neck of the woods without a sweater, start wearing the lighter, brighter colors of the new season.   Spring has sprung! Even if a sweater is still needed; it's time to lighten up on the colors you are wearing... [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 17, 2016, 5:18 pm by MSP
 
    Your body image is influenced more by self-esteem than actual body shape.   Here are 11 suggestions for improving your self-image:   Stop beating yourself up. Don’t go through a laundry list of your body’s imperfections. Instead, get your mind set and accept your body—it’s the only one you have.   Get real. The images you see on TV and in magazines are created with “smoke and mirrors”--and lots of air-brushing. Very few “real” people have bodies like what you see in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.   Listen to yourself. If you were to verbalize the negative things you say to yourself out loud and to other people—you’d have NO friends!   Change yourself by changing [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 14, 2016, 6:42 pm by MSP
 
  It's finally here. The start of a 2-week special to kick off the spring fashion season! This week, part one of the Big Spring Preview. Next week, part two.   It is March and all the pretty spring fashions are arriving at my favorite stores. I hope you’ve also had a chance to take a peek at what’s new at your local stores. Just seeing all these delicate and brighter spring colors queues us that we need to start planning our warm season wardrobes right away! Last weekend I spent quite a bit of time researching (shopping) and now I simply can't wait to share all my favorite spring fashions with you! Cross your fingers, spring really is right around the corner! My local weather (here in the South) shows promise of what's to come with every[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 7, 2016, 4:09 pm by MSP
 
  Last week on errand day, I had so much to do in a small amount of time. So, before I headed out the door to run errands, I thought I'd squeeze in one quick phone call. It was still early, so I figured it would be a smart time to call a customer service center. I had been trying to resolve an ongoing clerical error (okay...the bill had been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks-truth be told: for over a month). Luckily, my call was answered right away...but then was immediately put on hold. ON HOLD! Darn it!!!! I have so much to do today, and yet, here I sit on hold. I need help-pretty please (and hurry up). I had procrastinated on this issue, but now I want help and in short order. Luckily, everything ended up getting resolved....but it took me over 20 minut[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 28, 2016, 2:57 pm by MSP
 
  All change begins with the first step. It's this first step that often feels shaky and uncertain. Sometimes it feels more like a leap of faith. But, that's okay when it comes to your style. This newness and excitement means something good is about to happen! Get your act together (style wise) before spring arrives! This week's article: "12 Steps to Style Swagger" will energize your wardrobe and help you get your style mojo back. This list of 12 items will give you clever ways to take that first step this spring. It will amaze you how doing just one of the twelve steps changes everything! One new thing with your style can change everything! This week, learn how you don't have to spend a fortune or go crazy shopping to update your look. If you have t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 22, 2016, 2:12 pm by MSP
 
  We love our blue jeans! As a matter of fact, as I sit here, I'm writing and wearing a pair of blue jeans-Levi's brand to be exact. They are dark washed, have stretch in them, and they are a classic silhouette (mid-rise skinny). Jeans have become the "blank canvas" of just about every gal's casual wardrobe. I mean, what don't they go with?! It seems they go with just about everything in our wardrobe, plus they can be worn (dressed up or down) for just about any occasion! Jeans were developed over a century ago. In 1873 Levi Strauss, a German immigrant, created a pair of pants made out of a strong canvas fabric for miners. Gold miners were in desperate need of pants (called overalls at the time) that would withstand the hard work of mining. So, what started o[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 15, 2016, 4:35 pm by MSP
 
  Shh! There is a secret the fashion industry does not want you to know about... The fashion industry does not want you to know: the real secret to great style is about the FIT of your clothes. The reason they don't promote this truth is because they want you to buy new clothes-often. They want you to think you must replace your trendy clothes every new fashion season. Many of us do buy more new clothes with hopes that these purchases will be the ones that make us look and feel better about ourselves. You know what I'm talking about and you've played this "game" if you have dozens of jeans hanging in your closet--yet you only wear one or two pairs, over and over! As your 'cyber stylist' I don't have any skin in this silly fashion game. I also, personally don't[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 8, 2016, 4:43 pm by MSP
 
  Color-Inspired Style Don't wait for spring! Update your wardrobe now by adding in MORE COLOR! This week at MSP, we explore creative ways to mix in more color into your basic wardrobe!  Instead of relying on your main color choice, (probably way too much BLACK) let MissusSmartyPants introduce (and inspire) you with new ways to add more color into your wardrobe. Learn how to get your "look" right. With this week’s style article you get the "how to’s" of the latest trends in color for spring. No more boring combinations of “black + another color”. Think about mixing exciting, fresh colors combinations like: lavender with peachy pink, a rose pink with soft brown, soft fuchsia, deep periwinkle, turquoise, and daffodil yellow with other colors—all pre[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 1, 2016, 3:19 pm by MSP
 
  There's nothing better than feeling confident in the clothes you wear. However, too many women lack confidence when it comes to their attire. I have a fail-proof 8-step plan to change all that. This week in Thursday's Personal Profiles; the eight best ways (step-by-step) to interpret the trends (and styles) so you always look age-appropriate and feel fashionably fabulous! What woman doesn't want to look and feel amazing?   Mix your dressy with your casual pieces for chic style. Psst...This casual jacket defines every woman's waist! Coldwater Creek Town & Country Anorak (All sizes, 3 colors)   Finding or refining your style takes a leap of faith. You'll be putting yourself out there because you'll be trying new styles&n[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 25, 2016, 4:30 pm by MSP
 
  It's the biggest week ever at MissusSmartyPants.com! All you need is fifteen (15) pieces. That's right. With just fifteen pieces you will be able build a whole month's worth of outfits!  Amazing? Yes, it is. This week, I'm going to show you how. Follow my step-by-step plan. This method of dressing will open your eyes to how easy and fun it is to be stylish! It's something every woman should learn because it improves confidence. Hit the "Re-set" button on your style. When I find myself feeling like I have tons of clothing but nothing to wear - I use my capsule wardrobe magic. It helps me get creative again with what I have in my closet.   The "magic" is to pick out a small number of pieces that mix and match with each other and see how m[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 18, 2016, 3:24 pm by MSP
 
  More than likely you don't feeling like shopping right now. I get that. Most of us are still recovering from the holidays, plus our wallets just can't afford a lot of purchases right now. It's time to regroup and set the tone for the year. You may not want to hit the stores right now--however, if you do go shopping; there are some awesome sales happening right now. This is the time to take advantage of basics at bargain prices, ones you can wear now...and into the spring.   It's January, the month end-of-the-season sales. This means spend a little, get a lot!   When it comes to your wardrobe, sometimes you need to spend money in order to save money. In other words, in order to have a better wardrobe (more outfit possibilities[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 11, 2016, 4:58 pm by MSP
 
  Leave it to MissusSmartyPants to guide you (and your wardrobe) into to a new and improved 2016! Over the seasons, I've shared with you many, many style rules. For example, only buy something if you can think of at least three different ways to wear it. It's not worth buying something on impulse, only to have it become a "closet orphan". I've also shared the value of understanding body proportions and the use of the 1/3-2/3 dressing rule. Another shared tip is how your goal should be to buy one-third less clothing, yet pay 3 times more on what you do buy. Just think of the small, yet fabulous wardrobe you would have if you were that thoughtful of every clothing purchase? Guess what? I've got one more style "rule" to add...The Third Piece Rule. This "rule" is not n[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 4, 2016, 4:00 pm by MSP
 
  New Year Special: An Outfit Planner from MSP. Get it this week! It's an awesome way to start off your 2016. Everyday you must get dressed. Imagine how nice it would be; to effortlessly select something to wear each morning that you know is going to look great on you. This can be your daily reality. No more feelings of uncertainty, wondering if your outfit is a hit--or a miss. Instead, each day you are a dressing success! You often hear me chatting up about "go-to" outfits. This an essential way of dress for any woman who wants to look stylish, yet is short on time. But, just exactly how do you make this happen with your wardrobe? No worries...relax. This week your MSP body type style membership (article posts this Thursday, 1-7-16)...it g[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 22, 2015, 9:42 am by MSP
 
  Motivated By Style Looking for motivation to start off 2016? A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. Many years ago, I used a new year as a reason to start living healthier. As a mom of three, I was tired and worn out by trying to do it all. Does this sound familiar? My health suffered and I was finding my weight creeping up, year after year. I blamed how I was feeling (and looking) on "getting older". Right now, I can see some of you (okay, I can't really see you) rolling your eyes and thinking "What could she possibly know about struggles with weight (and exercise)? MissusSmartyPants doesn't seem to have a problem with her weight. Well sit back, I'm going to share my story with you (or at least try to). If you choose not to read it, that's f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 21, 2015, 9:33 pm by MSP
 
  Out With the Old-In With the New With this year coming to a close and another one about to begin, "Out with the old and in with the new" is a good mantra or slogan. Starting off fresh with a few new updates, while at the same time, leaving a few things (outdated) behind will move your style forward smoothly into 2016.   Do you sometimes look in the mirror and see there's something wrong with what you're wearing? Yet, the bigger problem is; you have no idea what it is or how to fix it! It's frustrating when what you’re wearing doesn't look quite right. It's even more frustrating when you like the color or the style of the garment, but again, something doesn’t look quite right. Every woman wants to look her best. But not every woman has got it fi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 14, 2015, 4:50 pm by MSP
 
  Celebrities always seem to look good. Even on days when they are running errands, going to the gym, or simply relaxing. The fact is: celebrities enlist a lot of help. They have personal assistants, personal trainers, a chef, and a nutritionist to help them keep their scheduled lives in order. Celebrities also hire personal stylists to help them with their public image. As a celebrity, you won't make it very far if you don't have a bit of panache with your wardrobe. A hired stylist puts together complete "outfits" for their celebrity clients; showing them exactly what to wear. This personalized wardrobe plan includes not only outfits based on their body type, but a complete grid of what goes with what. This way, they can't get it wrong (kinda [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 7, 2015, 3:44 pm by MSP
 
  This week's topic: Good Fit vs. Bad Fit-How to Know the Difference! (complete article will post this Thursday in all 5 body type Personal Profiles) I recently read an article that stated 2/3 of women admitted to hoarding clothes that do not fit them. Why are these women keeping clothes they can't wear?  Most of these women interviewed hoped that someday...somehow they'd fit into these clothes again. Others had kept clothes that didn't fit them for sentimental reasons (or because they were so expensive)...they were still too attached to the memory (or how much they paid) and simply couldn't part with these garments. If you think about it realistically, it seems silly to keep clothes you can't or won't wear--but many women do this. "My closet is so full"..[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 6, 2015, 10:34 am by MSP
 
  Dear Friends,   With the arrival of the holidays, we often find ourselves with an occasion we need to dress for. Instead of being excited about dressing up; we become panicked. Suddenly panicked thoughts creep into your head...“What could I possibly wear?!” There's no need to get anxious or worry you won’t be dressed appropriately for any festive event. Why? Because you’ve got MissusSmartyPants! ...And now dressing for any festive occasion will be a snap! My Holiday Gift to YOU! Use these ‘festive’ tips to help you create an outfit for any holiday party or get-together (from Christmas to New Year’s eve). (Print tips below and save them in your Style Control Journal...you have one, right?) More than likely[ More |  Email |  Print ]