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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 ]

November 30, 2015, 4:32 pm by MSP
 
  Need a few tips to help minimize your waistline? Perfect timing...the week after Thanksgiving, right? There's good news! No abdominal crunches are required. This week, dress in clever ways that minimize your waistline. It's perfect, no matter the time of year.   Minimize your waistline with these absolute best ways to dress slim! Look 5-10 pounds slimmer! Look amazing when you dress in clothes that cleverly minimize your waistline. There really are ways to "camo" an undefined waist. Make sure you take advantage of all of them. Learn this week the best styles, most slimming pants, the best jackets, the right cut and fit of your clothes-plus necklines that actually make your torso appear slimmer! I'll also share a few clev[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 23, 2015, 5:11 pm by MSP
 
  With Christmas a month away (can you believe it?)...it's time to plan for it.  As the holidays roll around, we find ourselves stressing out because there are so too many things to do, yet so little time. Make this year easier by planning a few stylish outfits AHEAD OF TIME! What if you are suddenly invited to a festive event. What will you wear? Or, perhaps you have an upcoming holiday party. Are you clueless about what you will wear? Don't turn down that invitation! I've got lots of festive outfit ideas this week for every BODY TYPE!   This week: Fabulous clothing suggestions for every festive event you might attend this holiday season! The Limited Wrap Look Sweater   Attending "The Nutcracker" (for the umpteenth[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 23, 2015, 2:16 pm by MSP
 
  You've been invited to Thanksgiving dinner. Now, what to wear...   Look fabulous on Thanksgiving (in U.S. this Thursday, November 26th)...or for any fall get-together!   Choose from these stylish combinations***:   1. Cream cable-knit sweater, plaid scarf, dark slim jeans, animal-print flats.   2. Deep Marsala sweater, bold gold-link necklace, cream quilted vest, tan twill denims, tan booties.   3. A-line knit sweater dress, trendy necklace, knit cap, flat riding boots.   *** Get more stylish outfits suggestions based on your body type with a Personal Profile style membership!   Not yet a member? Click here to order your Personal Profile and get immediate access to[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 17, 2015, 11:18 am by MSP
 
  Gosh, I'm asked this question a lot, "How do I dress up a white shirt?" Instead of describing the many ways you can wear this basic, I thought it might be better to show you.   Here are few ways you can wear your white button-down shirt...     [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 16, 2015, 2:06 pm by MSP
 
  There's an old saying, "Rules were meant to be broken".  Who knows where it came from; however sometimes we find we must break a "rule" for a good reason. Admit it. You've been a rule breaker from time to time. We all have. I'm not afraid to take chances... or break "rules" especially when it comes to fashion. I'll try the latest fashions (age appropriate, of course) and wear the newest colors or trends. But sometimes doubt creeps in. Does this really look good on me? Sometimes we have doubt that we are wearing a particular style or trend correctly. For example: Can you wear your navy dress with all black accessories? Isn't this a fashion "don't"? No one wants to stand out...especially in a bad way!!! No one wants to look like they got dressed in[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 9, 2015, 2:37 pm by MSP
 
  This week's style topic: Anti-Aging Hairstyles   What's the best way to look instantly younger? Get a great haircut. By far, the best way to look instantly younger and feel more youthful is with a fabulous cut. You need the right cut, however. Of course, there are so many hairstyle options. So, this week we explore how to get your best cut, and to do so, I went straight to the best source, my personal hairstylist, Megan. She recently shared with me, a wealth of information about cut, color, and how to talk to your stylist so she'll listen! Stay tuned, this Thursday your looks are going to get a major overhaul (in a positive way) as we explore new "anti-aging" hairstyles you're going to want to try! "Every woman wants the perfect haircut-one that flatters[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 2, 2015, 4:05 pm by MSP
 
  Jackets and blazers gives instant polish to any outfit you wear, from casual to professional. They are your ultimate wardrobe completer piece. Here's why... Jackets give you style. Style is attainable skill because it's a learned skill. So, as you login each week (to your Personal Profile) you soon learn how to select only the best silhouettes and proportions for your particular shape. Without a doubt, on the top every stylist’s list are well-styled jackets and blazers! Jackets are essential style tools. A great fitting jacket (or blazer) can fool the eye into believing the wearer as a perfect "balanced body" regardless of her actual shape! Amazing, huh? Well, it's true! Wearing your best jacket style not only "balances" your shape[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 31, 2015, 2:45 pm by MSP
 
REMINDER: SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK TONIGHT!     ​The days are short now...but the "it" item for fall is a LONG cardigan!    From mid-thigh to knee length and longer, long cardigans offer you just the right amount of warm while making you one stylish SYSter!   Wear them with slim or straight-leg pants, leggings, sheath dresses, pencil skirt and boots.  Long cardigans are versatile and fun!   Bobeau Lightweight Cardigan only $39 (many colors, petites, misses)     Login to your paid membership to view these articles below. (Each style article is posted for 4 weeks-then they're gone!)   NOW POSTED:   5 Steps to a Perfectly Layered [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 25, 2015, 10:14 am by MSP
 
  A full closet is like a security blanket. When it's full, it makes us feel safe. With so much in our closets, we'll always have something to wear. Well, if that's the case, why do we often exclaim, "I have NOTHING to wear!"   Less clutter, more peace! This week streamline your wardrobe with MSP!   A contradictory closet. Your closet is lying to you! Think about what you wear day to day. It's probably the same usual few pairs of jeans or slacks with a few different tops, and that's about it. Your choices are limited to the same few things that you feel comfortable in, and quite possibly, your choices even border on boring. Does this sound familiar? The rest of the clothes in your closet are ones that you don't love anymore for one reason[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 19, 2015, 1:05 pm by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters, There have been many inquiries about why I have not shown what I'm wearing lately. I love that you are anxious to see my fall outfits and thank you for your interest. The truth is I have been laying low. It has been awhile since I've been in front of the camera sharing my outfits with you. There has been a good reason for this. Six weeks ago I had an accident. I was riding my mountain bike and took a bad turn. I ended up falling eight feet off my bike face first into a pile of rocks. Needless to stay, I got injured. I won't bore you with the details (or from some, creep you out). But, as you can guess, I got pretty scratched up, banged up and needed 20 stitches because my chin split open. I am mending well and feel extremely blessed that nothing was[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 15, 2015, 8:28 am by MSP
 
    Printed Pants? Could you, would you wear them?   This isn't a question from a Dr. Seuss book, it's a style question!   Here are 6 ways to give 'em a try:   ​Wear with a white v neck t-shirt and bold necklace Wear printed pants with a chambray shirt Wear with a cashmere v-neck or crew neck Wear printed pants with a grey tank under a blazer and add bold jewelry Wear with a cotton button down shirt and add a bright skinny belt Wear with a body skimming t-shirt and faux leather "moto" jacket​     [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 11, 2015, 4:39 pm by MSP
 
  Bring on the cold weather! This week at MSP: The Guide to Outerwear. Your complete guide to the best sweaters, jackets and winter coats selected for your body type!      The Limited Double Breasted Coat (xs-xxl) The Limited Open Front Coat The Limited Long Open Front Cardigan (xs-xxl)   The air is cool and crisp making it the perfect weather to enjoy taking a stroll to your local farmer's market or pumpkin patch. Enjoying nature’s beauty invigorates the mind, body and soul. All that is probably need right now is a light jacket or a couple of layers to keep warm. However, soon (especially if you live in a colder climate) you'll need a real warm winter coat to bundle up in. October is the best mont[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 4, 2015, 4:21 pm by MSP
 
  Mornings are now cool enough to start your day with a light sweater (or jacket). It's a refreshing change to feel a bit of crispness in the air. This change in weather also means it's the start wearing layered outfits. However, many women come across a few problems when they try to create a "layered" look. If done wrong, your layered look can make you look over-dressed, or even worse; heavier than you really are.   Wearing layers correctly, not only helps you adjust to the fluctuating temperatures; it's also very stylish way to dress! Similar: Coldwater Creek Vest (5 colors-petite, misses, plus)   Careful! You don't want to look like the Michelin Man! This week's article: "5-Steps To A Perfectly Layered Outfit" shows you how to layer su[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 28, 2015, 3:24 pm by MSP
 
  When the weather changes, you can't help but fall in love with autumn. It's those temperate days that make you yearn to get outside; even if it's only for a short walk to take in the vibrantly-colored leaves. Cooler weather also signals that it's time to move (or pack away) most of your summer clothes and prepare your wardrobe for fall.  Right now, I'm having a blast preparing my wardrobe for the cooler weather. I kinda feel like a squirrel preparing ahead of time, LOL! I've been busily moving my summery clothes to the back of my closet and going through my skirts, dresses and pants I haven't worn in awhile because it's been so dog-gone hot... I'm moving them forward because soon I'll wear them again. I have also added 3 new hooks to my closet wall to accomo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 21, 2015, 3:27 pm by MSP
 
  Recently, I was called upon by a past client. She had emailed me about updating her handbag for fall and wanted my help. We ended up talking on the phone about handbag styles that would be best for her (based on her body type, age, stature and lifestyle). I asked her why she selected the one in the photo she had emailed to me. She told me her current handbag (getting rather worn) was purchased because... "I can fit everything into it and it's very compact".  She was right, it was a small in size and she did manage to CRAM a lot of stuff into it... so much so that it hardly zipped closed, LOL! Obviously, she hadn't thought about the possibility that her SMALL handbag does not flatter her larger frame!  The reality[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 14, 2015, 4:44 pm by MSP
 
  Six Ways to Wear White Jeans   Our mamas told us, "NO white after Labor Day". Well, those days are long gone. Today's fashion scene takes just about every style "rule" we once believed in, and breaks it. Along with the old notion of double-denim as a style faux pas; wearing white in cooler weather is not only okay, it's now super-stylish! That's fashion for you-fickle and ever-changing! NYDJ "Clarissa" Stretch Slim Jeans (petites and missus)   Get MSP's suggestions for six white jean outfits that you can wear all fall and winter! Yes, white jeans in winter works when you do it right. Use my style tips and copy my outfits for the most stylish season you've had yet!   What are you waiting for? Start your fall wardrobe plannin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 7, 2015, 5:37 pm by MSP
 
    Is it fall yet? Well...ummm, no. The season is going to change, and soon, and so will your wardrobe. This week is about extending your summer wardrobe into the fall season.   Sweater weather is almost here! The weather is going to change, and so will your wardrobe...   This week is about s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing your warm season wardrobe into chic and "trendy" outfits you can wear in fall. You will get lots of clever ideas of how you can wear (and layer) clothes straight from your closet (and have been wearing all summer) into fabulous looks for fall. This week you'll be ahead of the game (or in this case, the fall weather)!  Similar: Striped Dress   This week's style article gives[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 31, 2015, 3:20 pm by MSP
 
  It's September and week two of the Big Fall Preview 2015! You've been waiting for weeks, but finally the time has arrived. Time to start planing your fall wardrobe. The weather is showing signs of change (cooler mornings and nights) and soon, before you know it...you'll be wearing warm fuzzy sweaters again!  Break out the pumpkin spiced latte! It's fall (at least in the style world). This week at MSP:  Find out which trends are hot for fall and how to wear them...   Start your wardrobe rotation now.  I recommend that you edit your wardrobe every six months. Every spring and every fall (twice yearly) keeps your closet organized for the current season and prepares it for the next. It's even bette[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 24, 2015, 3:54 pm by MSP
 
  It's that time of year again! It's time to start planning your fall wardrobe.  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 2015". 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. It's full of the latest trends and colors to help you quickly update your look with a few choice selections. From the latest "must-have" accessories to the latest in fall fashions...you'll have everything you need right at your fingertips. Stay in the know so your style will look up-to-da[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 18, 2015, 4:46 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.   3. ALWAYS ACCE[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 17, 2015, 3:40 pm by MSP
 
  Back to School, Back to Style Summer is coming to a close and the kids are heading back to school.  Can I get an Amen?! As the kids return to weekly school routines; it's time YOU get serious about your wardrobe. Admit it...Your wardrobe is a mess. (Ah, I've got your attention now, don't I? It's true, isn't it?) STOP PROCRASTINATING! Now is the time to work through WHY your wardrobe is not everything you wished it was.   This week...THE ULTIMATE WARDROBE PLANNER! Get it.   This week in all 5 Personal Profile style memberships you get the ultimate style tools: charts and graphs to help you figure out how to put together a decent wardrobe where you absolutely love to wear each and every piece! Finally figure out the following[ More |  Email |  Print ]