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January 30, 2023, 10:52 am by MSP
  It is Monday, another week, another fresh start. Last week nothing went quite right, so this week, I'm happy for a fresh start. I'm feeling positive, upbeat and optimistic this is going to be a fabulous week. We have all had "one of those weeks" where nothing goes quite right. Last week, my busy schedule and several looming deadlines...left me short on time and a bit frazzled.   This week will be different. It will be different because I have the mind-set to make it a good week. I also am sharing how to look ten pounds slimmer!     Want to look instantly 10 pounds slimmer?  THIS WEEK: MSP's favorite visual dressing tips to help YOU look slimmer!   This week's: "Visually Lose 10 Pounds[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 27, 2023, 2:54 pm by MSP
  Most women do not spend near enough time or thought when purchasing a new bra. If it seems like it fits, they buy it. However, stop and think about it, your bra's sole purpose is to offer you the support you need all day long. That's important, and worthy of spending time to find the right support for your body since you'll be wearing it for up to 18 hours a day.   1. Some sizes are interchangeable. Just like with clothing, you will find when trying on bras, a size 34D in one brand and a 36C in another fit the same-what's up with that?! The fact is, there is no standardized sizing when it comes to bras. So, don't get stuck on a bra size--instead focus on fit.   2. Your straps don't support you. Unlike what many women thi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 23, 2023, 10:51 am by MSP
  Is This Outfit Right for Me? Not sure if your outfit looks good? No worries, this week you’ll learn how to get your look right...every time you dress. Simply go through the “checklist” given when something looks a little off; then you’ll know how to correct it. Still can’t get your style to come together? Don't know why you still lack style? Don’t know if something looks off? There are several reasons. It could be that you are wearing the wrong length, or the proportion you are wearing draws your body off balance, or it could be you don’t have the right shoes-and a few other reasons why. However, with this week's style checklist you will be able to decipher what may be off.   Get your style to really come together! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 16, 2023, 2:58 pm by MSP
  There are a few things that work on every woman. Actually, there are four (4) pieces that work on every woman. The structured jacket, the straight-leg trouser, the pointy-toed shoe, and the A-line skirt. It does not matter your body type, these four pieces of clothing generally work on everyone.     These pieces will do different things for different body types. For example, if you are heavy in the middle, the A-line skirt gives you the illusion of a smaller waist by extending the hips. And if you don't have curves, it helps give you the volume where you need it--in the hips. Similarly, a structured jacket is the best way to camouflage a tummy. It has a "build in" hourglass shape, then it makes people think you do. This jacket does the work for you![ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 16, 2023, 11:50 am by MSP
  What Jewelry Works With What Neckline? Q: Dear MissusSmartyPants, Thank you for all of the information, help, guidance, support, motivation and love that you give each week! I have learned SO much from you regarding proper fit, overall proportions, body type B, layering, color coordination & saturation, handbag styles & shapes, and correct pant lengths. I have one thing I'm still not sure about... Can you please address which jewelry works with which necklines/sleeve lengths? This is something I can't seem to get right and I'll bet others are wondering too. Thanks, Lisa D   A: MSP HERE... Dear Lisa & MSP SYSters (Psst...the answer to what SYSters means appears below)... Thank you for your style que[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 9, 2023, 12:36 pm by MSP
  Fast Figure Fixes This week's article is about defining and refining your personal assets/attributes. What are they? Can you list a few of your assets? We always think right away about the areas we want to minimize...but, can you list a few of your good bits too? By taking time to evaluate your shape (from head to toe) you'll learn how to play-up your "good bits" and mininize the areas that you wish to minimize. No body is perfect; and that's what makes us real women-we are all a little bit different. Viva la difference. The real definition of style therefore is a woman knowing her true assets (and of course, her not so good bits). This week, find out what to wear if you have a short neck, long neck, full bust, small bust, long or short waist, thick middle[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 2, 2023, 1:15 pm by MSP
  2023. It's your chance to write your novel...12 chapters, 365 pages. Everyday is a new day to create the life you want. What will each new day say about you? Are you resoved to taking better care of yourself (mind and body)? By far the most popular New Year's resolution is to be more active. I'm all in when it comes to improved health and fitness. As a group fitness instructor and yoga teacher, it is my passion to inspire others to be healthier by consistantly showing up and working out. Even if you don't attending group fitness classes, you can improve your fitness by walking briskly regularly. Are you resolved to move more in 2023? Don't we all need something to motivate us? What's going to get you to move more and make exercise part of your wee[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 27, 2022, 8:26 am by MSP
  It's the final week of 2022! And I say, "Let's celebrate the closing of this year and the start of the new one". What better way than a fresh start in our closet.  "Out with the old and in with the new"!     There's no better way to ring in the new year than with an organized closet. However, if your closet is full of clutter; a clean closet will certainly not happen overnight. You've got to take decluttering in small bite-size (doable) steps. However, before we declutter-the real question is...HOW DID THE CLUTTER GET IN OUR CLOSET IN THE FIRST PLACE?!? STOP! Think about what's inside your closet right now. I'm sure there is a small handful of items you wear on a regular basis, but what are rest of the items hanging in there? Perhaps you a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 19, 2022, 11:45 am by MSP
  Dress With Color Contrast in Mind As women figure out their own color season, be it a spring, summer, autumn, or perhaps a winter, they learn that they have either warm or cool undertones. However...they are still missing one key element in regards to color: knowing if they have low or high in color contrast.   What's missing is how high or low their own color contrast is. Armed with this information, they can start to use their personal color contrast and dress in colors that not only flatter them, but dress in colors that awaken their skin tone, and bring the sparkle in their eyes.   It's like getting a vitamin shot of colors...and the best part-it works for every woman! Find out how to classify your color contrast in this week's ar[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 12, 2022, 10:59 am by MSP
  25 Ways to Revamp Your Style Want to revamp your style...or at least see if your style is up-to-date and looking current? I thought so. I mean, who doesn't want to look her best? With so much crazy advice floating around the internet, in books, and magazines, it can be hard to figure out what you should focus on. Should you follow the current trends, or try to define your own sense of style? Of course, you want to look your best for your age (or perhaps a few years younger) so, how much should you change your looks based on your age without looking like you're trying too hard? This week's list of the "Top 25 Ways to Revamp Your Style" will help you check-off fabulous ways to look age amazing!    This week: 25 ways [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 8, 2022, 5:11 pm 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 have one, right?[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 5, 2022, 10:51 am by MSP
  As much as we hate to admit it, looks matter. The clothing we wear doesn't just cover our bodies, they make an impression. Our clothing (as well as hair and makeup, etc.) should be neat and clean to create our best image. Of course, once the person knows us better, besides how we dress, they will appreciate everything else we have offer. However, if we minimize the importance our outer appearance we are doing ourselves a huge dis-service. The fact is, we don't get a second chance at a first impression. It is true: a first impression is a lasting impression. Two important things a woman can do for herself: 1. Understand what clothes are best her shape  2. Dress for the body she has today. Isn't time to BE the woman you've always wanted to [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 28, 2022, 6:47 am by MSP
    Each season the fashion industry introduces new fashions. There's always a "remix" of a fashion from the past. However, our fashion sense is also influenced today by social media (online, T.V. magazines, social apps).  We watch (and often admire) celebrities, and others public figures that dress well and want to emulate their style. However, current celebrity style didn't just happen; their styles are "remixes" from the past.  Today's celeb is critiqued (and criticized) within seconds about everything they wear. The outfit they wore out to dinner, to the nightclub, or even the grocery store, gets hundreds (if not thousands) of Tweets each day. Within hours, that's all social media is talking about; who wore what and [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 25, 2022, 6:40 am by MSP
    14 Ways to Work With What’s in Your Closet     It's hard to stay within a budget, especially with the price of everything on the rise. What's a stylish SYSter to do? Work your closet. Can you tick-off all 14 of the listed items below?     Here’s how to work with what you’ve got in your closet right now:     __Wear your LBD (Little Black Dress) with unusual accessories or colors. For example, wear a dark brown belt & dark brown accessories for a sophisticated look w/ your LBD.   __Mix dressy and casual items together--in one outfit. Why not? It’s an uber-chic thing to do.   __Wear unmatched items in one outfit. The ‘ground’ the outfit by wearing matching [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 21, 2022, 11:02 am by MSP
  Over the years I've found that women really want to feel comfortable in the clothes they wear. They also want to have a stylish edge to what they are wearing. However, many women end up dressing way too casual in order to be "comfortable". This week, I'm here to prove you can have both style and comfort in one (1) outfit! Most mornings we run short on time. This rush only adds stress to figuring out what to wear. So, what's the answer??? "MSP's Grab N' Go" outfits...These will save you from the boring outfits (and you'll feel comfortable too)!     Imagine, grabbing a hanger with a complete outfit ready-to-go....including the accessories. How good would that be?! It certainly will make the mornings much easier...and t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 20, 2022, 7:32 am by MSP
  You've been invited to Thanksgiving dinner.    What should you wear? Here are 3 comfy, yet stylish suggestions...   Look fabulous on Thanksgiving (in U.S. Thursday, November 24th)...or perfect 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? [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 14, 2022, 12:46 pm by MSP
  We are revisiting "Copy Her Style". Celebrities and other women out in the public eye always seem to look good. Even on days when they are running errands, going to the gym, or simply relaxing-they have not a hair out of place.  Fact: celebrities enlist 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 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 thei[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 11, 2022, 3:17 pm by MSP
  What are your numbers? Use your measurements to balance shape.    Do clothes often pull, are not long enough, or on the other hand, too long? Do you sometimes feel clothes just never fit you right? Guess what, most of these problems can be resolved if you know more about your body's proportions.      Measure yourself: __Top of head to underarms ___ __Underarm to break of the leg (where your upper leg bends) ___ __Break of leg to the knee ___ __Knee to floor ___ By knowing where on your body you are long or short can help you adjust your clothing lengths to balance your shape.  For example, you can change how long your legs appear by changing the length of your jacket...of course how much you change[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 7, 2022, 11:18 am by MSP
  Great style is attainable. I know this to be true with every bone in my body. However, I know there are plenty of women out there that would disagree with me. Their reasoning might be that some women are born with a "fashion gene" and others, are not. Well, couldn't disagree more. Style is something that can be learned. As a stylist, I have worked with women from all walks of life who thought they could not be stylish. Yet, with each of my personal shopping clients; I've managed to change their opinion. How did I do it? I showed them a few fashion tricks, shared a few tips specific to their body type, and got them into a great fitting jacket-just right for their shape. With the right jacket they looked instantly fabulous! Each and every woman was[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 31, 2022, 11:09 am by MSP
  Without a doubt, a basic core wardrobe is essential to being a stylish woman. Read that again: a basic core wardrobe is essential to being stylish. With the right basics you can put together more outfits...yet your core wardrobe remains small. How can this be? More outfits yet less clothes? The truth is, with a resourceful core wardrobe.... you purchase less clothes; yet you are able to create more outfits...this in turn makes you more stylish! See how this works? You really don't need many clothes...because you let your accessories do the talking! E-X-P-A-N-D your wardrobe possibilities... by relying on fab accessories!  Pull out your scarves's scarf season! One of the best accessories (especially in t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 24, 2022, 12:06 pm by MSP
  There's an old saying, "Rules were meant to be broken".  Who knows where it came from; however sometimes we must break a "rule" for a good reason. Admit it. You've been a rule breaker from time to time. I think we all have. I've got a few rules I want you to break: fashion "rules" to be exact. That's what this week's article is all about: breaking the fashion rules! I'm not afraid to break "rules"...especially when it comes to fashion. I'll try the latest fashions trends (age appropriate, of course) and wear the newest colors. But sometimes doubt creeps in. Does this really look good on me?!? Sometimes we have doubt that we are wearing looks appropriate. For example: Can you wear your navy dress with all black accessories? Isn't this a f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 17, 2022, 10:23 am by MSP
  Some things in life are taxes and getting older.  Another thing that happens as we age...we gain extra flesh around our mid-section! Between dealing with an over-scheduled life and natural shifts in our body’s hormones; before we know it...we end up with an expanded waistline-and a perplexing dressing issue. What are we to do?   This week at MSP...10 dressing hacks that hide belly fat... You can look amazing when you wear the right clothes that minimize (and camoflauge) your waistline. Learn this week your best styles; the most slimming pants, which jackets to choose, and your best necklines-and style tricks to hide belly fat. Use these "tricks" to make your torso appear slimmer, and your body more balanced. Cleve[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 10, 2022, 11:03 am by MSP
  The mornings are cooler, and now you must grab a sweater (or warmer jacket) before heading out the door. It's a refreshing change to feel a coolness in the air, and a joy to witness the brilliant leaves changing and falling off the trees; one by one. Fall also means layering our clothes in order to stay warm. Wearing layers however, is also an opportunity to look more stylish, but it can quickly go wrong. But relax, I'm here to help you get it right. This week: 4 Steps to a Perfectly Layered Look!   Wearing shirts and sweaters in light layers will not only help you adjust to the fluctuating temperatures; it's also a very stylish!   One of the best things about cooler weather is wearing a pretty layered sweater to stay warm (a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 4, 2022, 3:04 pm by MSP
  This week, we're talking about denim! When the weather cools, I love to wear denim.  And guess what? Recent survey shows, I'm not alone. According to Invista: every woman owns 8 pairs of jeans and wears denims the average of once a week.  A fall uniform. Denims are on the top of our fall list of "go-to" staples. A typical fall/winter outfit usually consists of one of our favorite jeans matched-up with a knit top, or fuzzy sweater, or even a long tunic, fitted jacket or cardigan-plus a colorful scarf (or accessory) added for good measure. Gravitating towards comfort and warmth as the weather cools means wearing our jeans <<grin>> Q: Are your jeans flattering on you? Do your denims make the most of your s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 26, 2022, 10:54 am by MSP
  Dear Leslie, Any tips on which footwear to wear with different styles of jeans?  I am 60 and need to wear lower heeled shoes/ boots, but want to look stylish this fall. A foot wear review would be terrific!   Thank you, Patti   MSP HERE: Dear Patti and MSP SYSters,   Yes! Let's do an update/review of the best shoes (of course, lower-heel options) for fall.   I agree, my fussy feet don't want anything on them that's not comfortable. Yet, I also want fab footwear. I believe we all want to look our best from head to toe (or shall we say "from head to shoe"). Fall Shoe Update this week: What to wear and how to pair your fall footwear with your jeans; from wide to slim leg ( other fall looks). As the wea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 22, 2022, 10:40 am by MSP
    Still got it at 80, thanks to MissusSmartyPants...   I was crossing the parking lot at Trader Joe's, when a car stopped to let me cross. As the driver passed, she opened her window and called out "you look really nice". I'm 80 years old and have followed MissusSmartyPants for a number of years. You are never too old to have a bit of style, even at the grocery store!    Many thanks! Marina     MSP HERE:   Yes! I love this! ...And I totally are never too old to have fabulous style (and obviously you looked fabulous).   Love, Leslie MSP     Q: Can you say that about your current style?   You can with a MSP Style Membership!   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 22, 2022, 10:39 am by MSP
  How to Layer Correctly   As the weather cools, you'll appreciate this handy style advice ;)   To layer successfully you need to do 2 things:   1. BOTH layers made out of lightweight fabrics (bulky fabrics make you look bulky, therefore they don’t work well).   2. The first layer must fit you snug. If not, your layers will slide around and not look right or stay put. The first layering is usually longer too.   Layering pieces to consider:     __Short and long sleeved thin soft tees (in pretty fall colors) __Tanks and camisoles in every conceivable color __Vests in menswear plaids or long sweater vests __Variety of scarves __Long or layered necklaces __Classics like v[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 19, 2022, 12:14 pm by MSP
  Want a week's worth of stylish outfits-fast? You've come to the right place! I'm always chatting it up about the need for more versatility in our wardrobes. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential for any woman that wants to be more stylish. Why is this aspect of wardrobe building so important? Because instead of purchasing clothes "willy nilly" (without a plan) where nothing really goes together-with a planned wardrobe suddenly, you see outfit possibilties. Simply put, a small coordinated wardrobe yields more outfits. Once you establish a core wardrobe.... you will purchase less clothes; yet you will be able to create more outfits...which in turn makes YOU more stylish.   THIS WEEK: L[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 15, 2022, 2:04 pm by MSP
    You spend hours trying on clothes and spend hundreds of dollars (or more) on clothes-yet when you open your closet, you can't find a thing to wear! What gives??? How can you stop this wasteful spending and start loving what you wear?!?     This common dilemma can be a thing of the past if you deploy these 5 tips below:   1. Go with quality. While fast fashion (trendy items) are super-tempting...too many trendy clothes are a waste of your hard-earned money. Most trendy pieces are made cheaply and will wear out quickly. Instead, stuck with quality items that are classic in style. Invest in one quality piece vs. 5 trendy items that will soon need replacing.   2. Get the right fit. One of the[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 12, 2022, 10:41 am by MSP
    Do you sometimes look in the mirror and know there's something off 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, but again, something doesn’t look right. Every woman wants to look her best. But not every woman has it figured out how she can fix style mis-haps, or how to avoid them all together.     This week is for you. Get the answers of how to wear something this way-not that way. This week's article is full of ideas of how to "wear it this way, not that"!   STOP "making do" with waistlines too tight or gaping in the [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 5, 2022, 2:34 pm by MSP
  Dear SYSters,  Here in the South, the weather continues to be warm, with a few days of lower humidity (thank goodness). With cooler mornings soon on their way, all that will be needed is a light jacket or sweater before heading out the door in the mornings. Welcome early fall. Cooler weather is a refreshing change. It's almost fall! Prep now; before the new season arrives. You'll be right in-step with the latest fashions and trends-yet there's nothing to buy! This week's article is about s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing your summer wardrobe into fall. It's about using those warm season items to create chic and "trendy" outfits for fall.  This week: lots of clever ideas of how to wear (and layer) 10 items you already ha[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 3, 2022, 4:55 pm by MSP
  4 Ways to Spend Less on Clothes   You spend hours trying on clothes and spend hundreds of dollars (or more) on clothes-yet when you open your closet, you can't find a thing to wear! What gives???      This common dilemma can be a thing of the past if you deploy these 4 tips below.   1. Go with quality. While fast fashion (trendy items) are super-tempting...too many trendy clothes are a waste of your hard-earned money. Most trendy pieces are made cheaply and will wear out quickly. Instead, stuck with quality items that are classic in style. Invest in one quality piece vs. 5 trendy items that will soon need replacing.   2. Get the right fit. One of the main reasons you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 3, 2022, 4:49 pm by MSP
    Are you stuck in a fashion moment?!?   Sometimes it’s so obvious to other people, yet it isn’t noticeable to you.    Could it be others wonder why your style is outdated, while you don’t know you’ve been stuck in a fashion moment? All of us hope that I am referring to another woman! But, could it be you?         Can’t see the forest through the trees? Perhaps. Ask yourself the following questions and find out!   Here are the 4 biggest fashion mistakes women make:   1. Having the same hairstyle year after year. You are getting older, but perhaps that same style you wore as a teen just isn’t flattering as it use to be.   2. Followin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 29, 2022, 9:55 am by MSP
    The fall season is just around the corner. It officially starts September 22, but now is fall wardrobe planning season. Take the next 4 weeks to start getting together your fall basics. This week is part two (2) of the Fall Preview!  Get excited, it's definitely time to plan your fall wardrobe. The weather will soon show signs of change, and before you know will be wearing fuzzy sweaters, boots and tights again!      This week at MSP: Get the latest fall trends, styles + trendy new autumn colors.. Which fall trends will you want to add this season?   Know before you buy. EDIT your wardrobe. I recommend a wardrobe "edit" at least every six mon[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 25, 2022, 5:01 pm by MSP
  It's the extra somethin' around your middle that makes it so hard to dress. What's a SYSter to do when you have belly fat? The answer is to dress smarter and work with your shape so you will look and feel your best.    Here are 6 tips to hide/minimize that stubborn belly fat: 1. The right undergarments. Choose a bra that is not loose and saggy (or you will look, well, loose and saggy). Consider high-rise underwear to minimize bumps and aid in comfort.   2. Straighten up. Make a conscious effort throughout the day to correct your posture. We hunch at our computers and look constantly down at our smart phones. Over time, it takes a toll on our posture. Roll your shoulders down and back, hold you head high and look slimmer f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 22, 2022, 10:56 am by MSP
  Fall is on its way!  Okay, it is not quite here.  However, now is the best time to start planning your fall wardrobe. Whether you want to completely revamp your wardrobe, or just add in a few new pieces, MissusSmartyPants is here to help you have the most stylish fall ever!    This week get your copy MSP's "The Big Fall Preview".   This in-depth style guide is one you'll use all season long! This complete guide will quickly become your 'go-to' reference for all things related to fall fashions and trends. Want to know the "hot" color for fall? Want to perk up your style? Don't know what to wear come fall? You will find all the answers in MSP's "Big Fall Preview 2022". What to wear, how to w[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 15, 2022, 3:08 pm by MSP
  With our wallets feeling squeezed right now, saving money on your clothing budget is a no-brainer. One of the best ways to obtain high style at a low price is to shop at consignment stores. These “second-hand” shops are not second-hand at all when it comes to style. Today’s consignment shops closely resemble chic and upscale boutiques. When you walk in, you might think you can’t afford to shop there, LOL! However, consignment shops allow you the opportunity to snag some deals on some high-end brands!     Too often we forget consignment stores even exist. This week, we concentrate on the in’s and out’s of shopping at consignment shops. What to buy, when to buy it, and how to shop the racks to find your best bargains.   &[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 8, 2022, 10:43 am by MSP
  Getting your style to come together (often for the first time in your adult life) can either be a frustrating ordeal, or one of the most amazing experiences a woman can have! Really, there's something magical about knowing you look your best.   I’m on board! I'm here to help you improve your style and make it an amazing experience. This week, we use the element of color and play around with it. By using new colors you will get a fresh perspective with your late summer outfits.   Summer is the perfect season for wearing more color. So, let’s do this! Let’s fire-up our wardrobes (and our style) with more color!     Summer is the perfect season to infuse more color in your outfits.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 1, 2022, 11:18 am by MSP
  Beat the Heat   How can you look and feel stylish when it’s really hot outside? While adding layers, scarves and jackets are certainly out of the question…just how do you look stylish when it's hot and sticky?   In this week's article, "Beat the Heat" I've got 10 tips to keep you cool and stylish!         Chico's Eyelet Elbow Sleeve Top       Don't sweat it. Instead, beat the heat with these 10 tips that will keep you cool. There's no reason to not look and feel your best!       Get started today! Improve your style with a MSP Personal Profile!   MSP's Weekly Style Mission In honor of the back-to-school season starting...w[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 25, 2022, 10:43 am by MSP
  It's HOT!  So, let your summer accessories do the talking! When you're wearing awesome'll be stylish no matter where you go, or what you do!    Fun Fact: Accessories are a woman's BFF.  Looking stylish in the heat means your accessories are on-point.  Without ' are just wearing a summer top and bottom!   Mind the gap. One fab thing about accessories is they have the ability to to bridge the gap. For example, a simple dress can go from everyday casual to a night-time dressy by simply changing the accessories. That's how powerful accessories are! This means you don't need an extensive wardrobe-just fun accessories. Another fab thing about accessories is [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 18, 2022, 12:37 pm by MSP
    I just spent six long hours inside a client's closet. She hired me to help her decide what stays and what goes. Her closet was so crammed full of clothes there was no way you could possibly add another item! It was so crammed full there was hardly any place to stand. Too many clothes IS a problem. Why? Because all these clothes are mostly bad purchases; essentially they are all clutter! This client said she loved to shop, but somehow with all these clothes she didn't feel stylish and still had a hard time finding somethin to wear.   My client hoped I could make sense of all her clothes (because she had so many).  What she really needed was a wardrobe plan (something she clearly didn't have)...Plus add [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 11, 2022, 2:48 pm by MSP
  Three's a charm. It's all about adding one extra item to a basic outfit of a top and bottom. It's the "secret sauce" that takes anything you wear to the next level. But in the hot summer weather; what can you add when you prefer to wear less?!?   The third piece rule: essentially it is a rule you apply when dressing. The rule is; your outfits should always incorporate three pieces, not including your shoes. Your top and bottom are considered first and second pieces, leaving your third piece to be a extra outfit element. This week you will learn various ways to apply the "third piece rule" to every outfit-from super-casual to dressy. Find out how to look stylish using the "third piece" rule in the summer! You will be amazed[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 7, 2022, 3:01 pm by MSP
  Dear MSP,   Can you please address how to dress the body that is in transition? I actually started my diet in November and have lost quite a bit of weight and I need some guidance with this unfamiliar body and how to purchase so I don’t spend a lot on clothes that hopefully I won’t wear long.    Thanks Cathy L     MSP HERE: Congrats on your weight loss! Now that your your clothes are fitting kinda loose, it’s all good and exciting, except now it means you need new clothes!   But buying a whole new wardrobe is impractical and expensive while you are in transition of weight loss. So what’s the new thinner you to do?   As a fashion stylist/ personal shopper I’ve worked with lots [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 28, 2022, 9:53 am by MSP
  15 Amazing Style Secrets Every morning when you get dressed, wouldn't it be nice to know few "secrets" that can make you look and feel even better? It sounds good, doesn't it? This week MSP shares with you 15 amazing tips (that are mostly known only by stylists). These 15 tips could quite simply change the way you look and feel about yourself!    THIS WEEK: Get makeup tips, amazing closet organization ideas, see how to adjust your body proportions-fast + tips on how to wear accessories right-and much more!     Why am I sharing these secrets with you? As a fellow busy woman, I understand how hard it is to find real useful advice. In the past, I've p[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 27, 2022, 10:33 am by MSP
  Oh no!!! Something looks off...but what could it be?  What is wrong that is making your outfit look so bad? Something is off, but you can't quite put your finger on it. Sometimes we just can't see the forest through the trees. Well, I can't help you with the 'tree'  part...but lucky for your fashion stylist, I can help answer ALL your burning style questions! I'm going to tell you (oh-so nicely, of course) what's wrong with your outfit. More than likely something or several things you are wearing are proportionally wrong for you. This week you'll get the answers you need to fix your style faux pas.   This week: MSP answers to your most perplexing style questions! Come and get it! This week: get answers to a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 20, 2022, 12:01 pm by MSP
  Just a few weeks ago, we were impatiently awaiting nicer weather; and now suddenly, it's hot outside, really, really hot!  Dressing in hot, sticky weather is a real challenge. And now you wonder what could you possibly wear without becoming a dripping-sweaty mess?! This week’s style article is for you: "Style For Hot Summer Days". It's full of outfit suggestions for those hot and humid summer days! (Because obviously you've got to wear something LOL!) The key is to wear LESS but in a stylish way.   Summer brings us sales and we'd be silly not to take advantage of a few deep discounts on basics we can wear now (and into the fall season). However, our main objective in late June, July and August is to figure out how to dress stylish[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 13, 2022, 12:50 pm by MSP
  Closet clutter. It's an emotional statement to say the least. But what is it that makes us hold on to clothes we are not wearing? Why keep it when we only wear 20% of our closet? Exactly what is that 80% in our closet not being worn? For example, if you no longer have this item, then you will suffer terrible consequences later.  That’s where we get, “Oh, I’ll use it someday” or “What if I need it someday and then I don’t have it”.   This week, we examine the "how and why" we accumulate closet clutter. Once we understand its origins, we can work to remedy the situation. Most of the clutter comes from an emotional base. However, really understanding our human needs vs. wants can help us find some clarity. One of the biggest areas[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 6, 2022, 1:05 pm by MSP
  "Buy the best quality you can afford"...this is the mantra every MissusSmartyPants MSP SYSter knows well. They have learned that a good core wardrobe is the foundation to fab style. But, what if you could purchase certain core pieces... at really low prices? Well then, that would be awesome! 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 summery ones. Mid-season gives you deep discounts-yet you'll still wear these basics into the fall. Ladies, this is the time to score! (FYI: Fall clothing arrives in stores mid-August...yeah I kno[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 2, 2022, 12:13 pm by MSP
  A Fab Packing Tip-for you! Enjoy the warm weather of summer. Take a family vacation, or steal a long weekend away for two. While you are at it, pack a few fun necklaces to change up your basic outfits. No worries, they won't get tangled with this fab packing tip. When I saw this 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 ]

May 31, 2022, 3:49 pm by MSP
  One of the most common reasons a woman looks bad in her clothes is because her clothing is off-balance.  I'm talking about understanding clothing proportions. You look bad when your clothing proportions are out of sync your own body's 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. This article is a must! Don't miss out. This week's article is: Proportions 101. It's something every woman needs to know about. Dressing for your body type helps "balance" your shape, there is no doubt about that. However, adjusting more specific "figure flaws" helps you look your best. By knowing how to mak[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 23, 2022, 1:26 pm by MSP
  Sizzling Swimwear NOW is the time to shop for swimwear! The selection is still good and the prices are starting to drop. So, don’t procrastinate if you need a new swimsuit. However if you don’t need a new swimsuit, use this style guide to assess your current suit (review its style, fit and current condition) may also want to add another swimsuit into the rotation.   The right swimsuit is one that you look and feel fabulous in...  This season find your best... and get out there and enjoy yourself!   This week, find your “perfect” swimsuit.  The Personal Profile shopping guides at MissusSmartyPants will be full of fabulous swimsuits, cover-ups, hats, totes, and more! Y[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 16, 2022, 10:53 am by MSP
  Nothing annoys me more than being told I can't wear something because of my age. Really? Just exactly who decided certain articles of clothing should no longer be worn by a woman over a certain age? And, what is that magical age? Thirty, forty, or perhaps fifty is too old? Of course we need to assess our own bodies and decide what's best covered up and not exposed. But, what we wear should be of a more 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 h[ More |  Email |  Print ]