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July 27, 2015, 4:46 pm by MSP
 
  What to Buy Now for Fall Seriously, why am I talking about fall right now? Yeah, I know it's hard to believe I just mentioned the fall season when it's so hot out. Even though it will continue to be warm for at least another month, or so; now is the BEST time to plan your wardrobe for the upcoming season.  Last week I received an email from a twenty-something SYSter excited about new fall fashions. She wants to know what she should buy now for fall. This young mom is planning ahead and getting anxious about the new styles she might wear when the weather cools. One of the things she said that I thought was so savvy is: "I know I need to purge before I splurge". I love this...and she is so right. Take the time now and edit out what is [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 20, 2015, 4:38 pm by MSP
 
  Looking for the way to get your style to really come together, but can't quite put your finger on how to do it? I've got just what you are looking for! Three's a charm. It's all about adding an "extra" item that will take your outfit to the next level. I am sure you've heard of the "five second rule". You've probably used it before, right? It is where you have just five seconds to scoop up a morsel of food that has fallen on the floor and know it's safe to eat. Of course, there is no scientific evidence to support that food is not contaiminated within five seconds, but it makes us feel better about eating something that has fallen on the floor. On the other hand, when esembling an outfit, there is something that called the "third piece rule" and this rule really does work[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 15, 2015, 5:20 pm by MSP
 
  As I promised here, this is how I wore my brooch this week. I had a business meeting to attend, but on that day it was going to be a sweltering 95 degrees. So, wearing something simple (read: cool) was the order of the day. Adding a brooch made my simple top and skirt look special and pulled together. Wouldn't you know it...I got a few nice comments from a couple of ladies that loved my brooch and thought it was a perfect accent to wear that day. Brooches are perfect for summer wearing. Unlike a bold necklace (and often a heavy necklace), they don't heat you up when you are trying to wear as little as possible!   Wearing a brooch like this is good because it brings atttention upward. If you are petite, even better, wear your brooch high up on yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 13, 2015, 4:08 pm by MSP
 
  This week it's all about YOU! This week, MissusSmartyPants answers your burning style questions.  From time to time, every woman comes across a style quandary that she simply can't figure out. Hey, it happens. One day you are feeling pretty confident with your style...then, without warning, BAM...you're hit with a "What-to-wear" dilemma!  Every now and then we all have a style question we simply don't have the answer to. It’s funny how we can be going through life, then suddenly, one day we need to dress-up for a special occasion and we fall apart! Have you ever declined an invitation because you didn’t know what you would wear? (Does this sound a bit familiar?) This doesn't need to happen. With a little extra style confidence, and MSP's LIST o[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 6, 2015, 3:33 pm by MSP
 
  Five Minute Fast- 5 Outfit Templates (to copy) Pressed for time...again? Urgh! It's so frustrating when you are running out of time, and still can't find something wear! When mornings begin like this, it can set a negative tone for your day and make it feel a bit out out-of-sync. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up, yawn, and know you've already got something fabulous to wear? Your outfit is already planned and set aside. There is no rush and your mornings are stress free when you use this "template" way of dressing. Only have 5 minutes? Perfect. That's all the time you need when your use MSP's templates for dressing (quick and stylishly) each and every morning! TRY IT & SEE!   This week, first I'll show you MY "Five Minute Fast" complete outfits,[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 29, 2015, 4:11 pm by MSP
 
  It starts by giving yourself permission. You really can become that woman with fabulous style. It can become your reality. You've seen her; that fabulous looking woman that is "No Longer Style Challenged". That woman you see and even though her body is not "perfect" she has "it"...something that makes her look appealing and vibrant. That something you wish you had. The first step is to give yourself permission. Permission to explore what it is that holds back your style. More than likely, it is several things: it's part not knowing what is stylish for you (and your body type) and part feeling that you are not worthy of an improved image (self-sabotage).  We are often our own worst enemy. Usually it is us that holds ourse[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 22, 2015, 5:11 pm by MSP
 
  10 Style Mistakes That Age You   Wouldn't it be gratifying if you could instantly improve your style-and look ten years younger? Well guess what...both can be yours! This week's style article (posting in all 5 body type membership pages this Thursday- join now if you're not yet a member!) will show you the top ten style mistakes women make and help you avoid them. It's important to check through this list, because these faux pas might be aging YOU. The biggest problem is, many women do not realize they are missing the mark on their appearance because they do not know about these correctable faux pas. Just a few of these quick style changes and you will look better than you have in years!!! It really can be that simple. &n[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 15, 2015, 5:29 pm by MSP
 
  "Buy the best quality you can afford"...this is the mantra every MissusSmartyPants SYSter knows well. They know this is the best way to build a quality wardrobe, because a good core wardrobe is key to creating stylish outfits. But, what if you could purchase these top-quality pieces...yet at really low prices? Well then, that would be even better! The time is now. The summer months of June and July are sales months. This IS the best time to score quality pieces at bargain prices! Stores are just beginning to mark-down items so they can clear out most of the summer merchandise. Soon, early fall clothing will replace summer ones. Mid-season gives you deep discounts-yet you'll still wear these basics all the way into fall. Ladies, this is the time t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 8, 2015, 5:21 pm by MSP
 
  "Shoes may not make the woman, but they sure can make the outfit!" MissusSmartyPants   One of the most frequently asked style questions I get is... "How do I know which shoes will look right with my outfit?"   For instance, what style of shoe is right for a wide-legged pant, and what style is best for wearing with a pencil skirt? How do you know when you've got it right...because the wrong shoe style can deflate your complete look? This week MissusSmartyPants helps you put-it-all-together with the right shoes for every outfit! Shoe Keeper from Ikea.com   Shoes matter more than you think! It's a proven fact that when people first meet, they check out the other person's complete look... from head to t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 8, 2015, 3:52 pm by MSP
 
Hello MissusSmartyPants!   Just wanted to pass along a big THANK YOU for all I’ve learned from the past two years of being an MSP member.   This Friday I’ll be singing at Carnegie Hall in NYC. I needed a formal gown.   Thanks to the weekly newsletters tailored to my body type, I knew exactly what style of dress to get to complement my figure, and where to get it from (eShakti). Not only that, but knowing what to look for in jewelry, undergarments, and how to do my hair has been such a game changer!   I’m a dark summer and a C, so that meant looking for a 1) non-black dress that was 2) fitted in the bodice and over the hips (gathered skirts are fashion suicide for me), that also 3) would draw attention to my waist and upper half. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 1, 2015, 4:17 pm by MSP
 
  The Heat Is On! When it's hot...really, really hot outside, dressing stylish gets tricky. It’s this time of year that most of us start giving up on style and put on "whatever" on for the sake of coolness and comfort. So, when your clothing begins to stick to your hot, sweaty body... and thought of adding layers or anything fussy is completely out of the question...what's a SYSter to do? Look to MissusSmartyPants to keep you from melting away in the blazing-hot summer heat! This week, I've got some creative ways to dress in the summer heat. These suggestions will help you look (and feel) cooler in the hot summer months.   Similar: Free People 3/4 Sleeve Knit Top     ORDER your weekly Personal Profile & Get "What to[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 28, 2015, 7:17 am by MSP
 
  How to set a clothing budget...   Did you know the average woman shops approximately 25,184 hours over 63 years? Wow, that’s a lot of shopping! But, are you spending your wardrobe dollars wisely?   You can spend less if you set a budget. Here’s how to set a clothing budget:   1. Know your income. Figure out your household’s annual income (take home pay). This is the money left after you pay federal, state and local taxes and other deductions that are taken out.    2. Figure out a clothing budget. Divide your take-home income by 10. This is the maximum you can spend on your clothing budget, if you are starting to build a core wardrobe for the complete year.   3. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

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 ]