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January 17, 2022, 4:02 pm by MSP
  The Ultimate Guide to Dessing Slim Feeling good in your clothes can make your day and boost your confidence. It’s true! Think about it: We all have a certain pant or a dress that makes us feel totally amazing every time we wear it. The problem is, we can’t just rely on a few pieces. We need more information of why we look good in some things and not others. We need to know how to "dress slim".    Choosing your wardrobe (based on your body type) along with clever dressing tips will have an enormous effect on the way you look-and feel. So, on days when you’re not feeling so confident, use these tips from this week’s article, “The Ultimate Guide to Dressing Slim”...and're suddenly lookin' an[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 10, 2022, 5:03 pm by MSP
  Everyday Vogue At your Personal Profile membership gives you tasty tidbits of style advice. Since knowledge is power, MissusSmartyPants wants YOU to feel empowered and confident. MSP wants you to totally "own" your brand of style! A big part of that is dressing well when casually dressed. Casual style stumps many women and they often feel sloppy instead of chic and confident. But it doesn't have to be that way. You can look everyday vogue while dressing casually-it's my job to show you how! Ah-ha! It's a lightbulb moment when you suddenly "get it". Thanks to MissusSmartyPants, you'll have lots of these lightbulb moments with your style. Putting together stylish casual looks (based on your body type) will energize you like noth[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 10, 2022, 9:19 am by MSP
  Dear MSP SYSters, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for 17 amazing years!        I have been running this website, maintaining style memberships, and writing a weekly style blog for 17 years. Wow, where does time go?! Last week I asked MSP SYSters to share their stories of how MissusSmartyPants has helped them over the years. Thanks to all of you! Your stories are impressive and humbling at the same time...and I couldn't be prouder. Love, Leslie MSP   Here are a few stories you emailed to me: Hi Leslie, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your fitness story.   We all can encourage one another and as someone who has failed in my diet and fitness goals many times.   It is [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 3, 2022, 8:56 am by MSP
  Exercise in Style It's a new year, and an opportunity for a fresh start. It sure can be. However, cynics often argue that these motivational messages of "getting healthy and fit" in January are nothing more than a sales pitch. Well, they have a point; you can get a fresh start on Febuary 2, or March 5th, for that matter. A fresh start can happen any time of year. However, what happens in January is, people collectively are wanting change and have a desire to make things better than they were last year; this often includes improved health. This week: Exercise clothes that will motivate even the most timid "exercise newbie" Looking for exercise motivation in 2022? You've come to the right place. Relax, put your feet up, and perhaps grab a cup [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 27, 2021, 12:47 pm by MSP
  You are probably still in "post-holiday" mode (slowly getting back to your regularly scheduled life). I’d also venture to guess that you are not looking to spend any more money. Plus one other thing, you might be wondering why I'm talking about spring wardrobes! The fact is: you can SAVE some serious money on your wardrobe right now. It's January and the end-of-season sales are just beginning! It's smart to buy basics that you can wear now, plus all the way into the spring. Spend a little, save a lot--it's a saavy strategy for wardrobe planning. When it comes to wardrobe planning; sometimes you need to spend money in order to save money. This is the time of year to plan your core wardrobe and at we h[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 20, 2021, 1:44 pm by MSP
  Sassy and stylish! Isn't that how you'd like to be described (regardless of your age, height, size, shape, etc.)??? This WILL happen when you know which styles work for your body, and which ones don't. It's that simple.   This week's article "Wear This, Not That" explains what to look for in regards to fit for your body's shape!   Alter, alter, alter. Sometimes correct fit requires an alteration--or two. It's also true that some women require more alterations than others. This is especially true if you are very tall, petite, or your body shape is very 'specialized'. Failure to get the needed alterations makes you look sloppy --so why would you not pay for an alteration that will make you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 16, 2021, 9:34 am by MSP
  It's been pretty warm here in the south (lucky us), yet I wanted to feel a little festive.  The simple addition of a brooch made my wrap sweater 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. Brooches are perfect for any outfit. Add one to a sweater, keep a scarf in place, add one to your handbag, winter get the idea. Dressy or casual...wear a brooch!   Wearing a brooch like this is good because it brings atttention upward. If you are petite, even better, wear your brooch high up on your shoulder.  Widen your narrow shoulders, by wearing your brooch wide out to your shoulde[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 13, 2021, 3:12 pm by MSP
  There's an old saying, "Rules were meant to be broken".  I can't agree more. How do you know a "rule" is worth following anyways? Especially in the fashion world; what make a "rule" the correct way to dress? A lot is left to interpretation. Admit it. You've been a rule breaker from time to time. I think 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 we have doubts. We aren't always sure if something okay to wear--or not.  Can you wear a navy dress with black accessories? Find out this week how to correctly mix colors together for the right look. Find out what to avoid.    [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 6, 2021, 2:07 pm by MSP
  Most women do not spend 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 [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 6, 2021, 2:02 pm by MSP
  With Christmas only 19 days away (can you believe it?)...that means you'll want at least one festive outfit ready-to-go.  As the holidays roll around, we can easily get stressed because there are so many things to do. Make this year easier by having at least one (maybe two) stylish outfits ready AHEAD OF TIME.   DON'T get stressed out... MSP shares casual & dressy holiday outfits with you! Suddenly, you're invited to a festive event. What will you wear? Do you start stressing about what you'll wear? Relax, and don't turn down that invitation! This week's "Festive Outfits" has something for every BODY TYPE (both dressy & casual looks)!   This week: suggestions for every holiday even[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 29, 2021, 12:34 pm by MSP
  Revisiting Your Classics   “Why are you so dressed up?” I look down at my outfit and said, “I’m not dressed up; I’m  just wearing jeans and a t-shirt.” “No. You look really nice. Are you going somewhere?”  This is a conversation I have often, even though I'm wearing jeans and a t-shirt (or a sweater). So, why do people think I’m dressed for something special when I’m usually going to only run a few errands? The answer is, because of how I'm using of my classics. Do you want to look chic-even on casual days? Do you want to appear timeless with a touch of sophistication? If so, you will enjoy this week's article, “Revisit Your Classics”.  You’ve seen this woman before. She's sophisticated, and always loo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 22, 2021, 10:37 am by MSP
  You have put together a fabulous outfit and you’re excited to show it off…however, you have a dilemma. What shoes should you wear?   It’s not easy to choose the right shoes. So, what are the rules for selecting the right shoes based on your outfit? How do you know you’ve got it right?   This week, learn how to match your shoes to what you are wearing. From slim skirts to wide-leg trouser-get the LIST that shows you how to pick the right shoes for your outfit.      Gain Style Confidence With This Week's Article, "How to Pick the Right Shoes"  AND a MSP Personal Profile Membership!   MSP's Weekly Style Mission In a style rut? Try something new with your style. This week: Wea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 18, 2021, 9:52 am 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... 1. In seasonal colors 2. Family appropriate 3. Contains 1 accent piece 4. Is definitely comfy!   Need more outfit suggestions?  Order your MissusSmartyPants Personal Profile for suggestions based on your body type!   Happy Thanksgiving & Family Blessings to all!  Love, Leslie MSP   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 15, 2021, 3:07 pm by MSP
  What could be better than stylish outfits "ready-to go"? It happens this time every year; you find yourself in need of a stylish outfit, yet you're busy. Soon, all of holiday activities take over and there is no time. There is no time to put together a few outfits that make you feel pretty. Make this year different. With MSP's help, there is no need to stress out and let your style suffer. Instead, let it shine! With "Grab n' Go Outfits"'ll have stylish outfits ready-to-go-all on one hanger!    THIS WEEK: Grab N' Go Outfits. Key essentials you need to put together fab looks-all on 1 hanger!   Imagine, being able to grab a hanger with a complete outfit (including the accessories) and simply ge[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 8, 2021, 1:48 pm by MSP
  The temperature is dropping and there is a chill in the air. It's time to bundle up in style. Add a warm (and stylish) winter coat or jacket to keep the cold winter chill away.    Here in the south, the need for a heavy winter coat only lasts for a few months. However, in northern climates, the need for a winter coat may include several ultra-warm ones that will be worn into the early spring. What winter coat (or cold-weather jacket) will you be wearing? Will it be last year’s, or do you need a new one? If it is last year’s this coat flattering for your body type? If you need help deciphering the winter coat (and jacket) trends this year, Thursday's article is for you. It is all about the right j[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 5, 2021, 7:11 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 1, 2021, 1:52 pm by MSP
  Dear SYSters,  The beginning of every season gets overwhelmed with emails.  So many questions. Questions range from: how to wear tights with skirts and dresses, how to choose the right color of tights based on shoes, choosing the right length of winter jackets and coats... and so much more! Of course, we are happy to help a SYSter in need, but our inbox backs up as quickly as we answer each email. We decided the smarter thing to do would be to answer ALL style questions at one time. Yes, it's a brilliant idea.   ALL of your fall questions will be answererd in this week's article "Fall Fashion Fixes".  Find out how to select the right hosiery for your fall shoes or boots, how to add in t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 25, 2021, 1:31 pm by MSP
Looking for new ways to refine your style? Who isn't, right? This week, we explore new ways to add flair, and a touch of polish to your already existing outfits. Why dress plain and boring when you've got confidence to fashion finesse to show off!     Get the list of 7 ways you can instantly add interest and excitement to every day outfits. I always like to remind my MSP SYSters that expressing yourself through clothing is a fabulous way to show yourself love and kindness. Simply put; when you look good, you feel good!   Get the List of 7 Ways to Improve Your Fashion Finesse with a MSP Membership!   MSP's Weekly Style Mission This week: Purchase a pair of opaque/textured tights. Get at least one pair in the most wearab[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 18, 2021, 12:02 pm by MSP
  Looking good in jeans; what woman doesn't want this?! Especially in fall when we start wearing jeans more often. Looking fab in jeans can be yours, this week at As the weather cools, we pull out our denims and blue jeans and wear them frequently. Soon, they become our regular "go-to" item. Wouldn't you like to know your denims and blue jeans are the best for your shape? Chic Jean Outfits. Creating fab jean outfits takes more than just great fitting jeans. You've got to put your look all together. With a few style ideas (which you'll find in this week's article) you'll be all set for fall. Are your jeans flattering you? Are your denims are making the most of your shape? Are you wearing the correct size, the right cut[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 11, 2021, 3:04 pm by MSP
  I am always talking about the need for more versatility. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential to being a stylish woman. Wardrobe building without a plan means you'll have a lot of clothes, but nothing really goes together. This is sad and unnecessary. With a flexible, yet 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? Repeat this mantra: Do not purchase something unless "You can wear it at least three different ways". I know I say this often, and perhaps you hear my voice (in your head) saying this while you shop, LOL! As a stylist, I know "one item, three ways" is the only way to shop be[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 4, 2021, 11:07 am by MSP
  Makeup and the Older Woman   Dear MSP SYSters,    A couple of years ago I visited a department store makeup counter. The visit was long over-due. I'll be the first to admit it: my makeup needed some serious updating!    This was a “Wakeup for my makeup”!   I needed an update. I knew for a long time my makeup choices and application techniques were not all they could be. I told myself, "This is something you've got to do for yourself, girl". Then suddenly, one thing led to another and I made it happen. I couldn't be more delighted, because now I know how to apply eye shadow properly, and I found out where my blush should be placed (who knew?)...even my husband said, "Oh wow! You have eye lashes; I never kne[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 27, 2021, 12:49 pm by MSP
  Fall weather means you will need a jacket in the morning. Why I love jackets. Jackets (and blazers) give instant polish to any outfit, from casual to professional. They are your ultimate completer piece. Why? Because they are 2 things: chic and essential... Jackets add chic style. As you login each week (to your Personal Profile) you quickly learn the best silhouettes and proportions for your particular shape. Without a doubt, on the top every stylist’s lists are adding the right jackets and blazers to every woman's wardrobe! Fall is the perfect time to add new jackets and blazers. Jackets are essential. A great fitting jacket (or blazer) keeps you warm, but even better they can fool the eye into believing the we[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 20, 2021, 12:50 pm by MSP
  With warm autumn colors filling the racks and shelves at your local stores (and online), it’s tempting to go on a shopping spree and buy all the latest trends. But instead, I suggest you search your closet for 5 essentials before rushing to buy anything. At least start with these 5 essential...before you shop for fall. Clothing with summer prints can certainly be packed away until next spring, but many summer pieces like strapless dresses, graphic tees, denim pieces, and tank tops work well into the fall season.  With 5 key items you can create a new fall wardrobe without breaking your budget.   Use this week's article to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your current wardrobe into the fall season.    SAVE*SAVE*SAVE USE THIS[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 16, 2021, 9:46 am by MSP
    It takes more than just a top and bottom to create an outfit...   For a stylish look...think “completer piece” every time you dress!   For example, if you are wearing....A stylish blouse with a v-neck (check) and its in a pretty color (check) that’s fab. However, if you only wear it with an uninteresting bottom, well that’s BORING!   A casual dress without an accessory? No way! Add a long beaded necklace, and grab a fitted blazer-now you have an outfit.   With a little more planning and forethought you will look stylish everyday. ADD a “completer” piece and your tops and bottoms (or dresses) and look a lot more stylish. Completer pieces are jackets, blazers, a vest, statement necklace, sassy shoes, sca[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 13, 2021, 12:41 pm by MSP
  Fall is almost here...well, it officially starts September 22; but now is the time to plan your fall wardrobe...and that's the fun part.  It's also week two (2) of the Fall Preview! Get excited, because it's definitely time to plan your fall wardrobe. The weather is just beginning to show signs of change, and before you know will be wearing fuzzy sweaters and boots again!    This week at MSP: Get the latest in fall trends, styles + new autumn colors..   Find out which trends you'll want to add this season!   Before you buy-EDIT your wardrobe. I recommend a wardrobe "edit" at least every six months. Clean out and declutter your closet at least twic[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 6, 2021, 10:25 am by MSP
  Fall is on its way! Okay, not just yet...    However, it 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!    Get your copy of MSP's "Fall Preview 2021".   This in-depth style guide will be your go-to guide all season long! This complete guide will be your go-to reference for all things related to fall's fashions and trends. Want to perk up your style? Don't know what to wear this fall? Find all of your answers in MSP's "Fall Preview 2021". What to wear, how to wear it, plus the new trends and fall colors.     Thi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 2, 2021, 6:49 am by MSP
  Happy September!   This month marks changes in the weather and changes with our wardrobes. September means starting to wear light layers and warmer colors that reflect fall.    [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 30, 2021, 11:37 am by MSP
  It's a new week at MissusSmartyPants!  This week I'm thrilled to share: THE top secrets to looking fab in your clothes. Get ready...because these tips will revolutionize the way you dress!   The most common (and irritating dressing concerns) women have are how to hide back fat and muffin tops.  This week we camoflauge them forever!   This week's topic "Hiding Back Fat & Muffin Tops" is a mighty big challenge. You and I know the truth... there is no magic wand that instantly erases bulges from the back or tummy area. However, what we can do, is dress in clever ways that hides and minimizes these areas. Just a few adjustments with your wardrobe is all that's require[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 28, 2021, 3:47 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 can't find[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 23, 2021, 2:39 pm by MSP
  Is it fall yet? Well...ummm, no not yet. But season is going to change, and when it does, your wardrobe needs to reflect that.  This week is about extending your summer wardrobe into the fall season. It's still blazing hot, but in a few weeks we start to notice cooler mornings.  Change to fall colors. During this transition time-start to change the colors you are wearing. Put away your beach sandals and wear a leather sandals and booties with your cropped pants instead. Instead of a pastel pink tee, opt for the warm wine-colored one instead. You get the idea. Start adding a touch of autumn to your outfits now. This week s-t-r-e-t-c-h your warm season wardrobe into chic and "trendy" outfits you can wear into the fall. Yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 16, 2021, 10:20 am by MSP
  Think of how awesome it would be to open your closet each morning and absolutely love everything. Lord knows, we've all purchased clothes that we ended up never wearing--some of them might even still have their price tags attached! Why does this happen? How can we avoid these mistakes that makes us feel guilty for wasting hard-earned money?  Is there a plan for creating a fab wardrobe without spending a fortune? Lucky for you, there is... and that's what this week's article, "Erase the Style Mistakes" is all about (posting this Thursday in all 5 body types). Isn't it time you lose the closet misfits and guilt? This week: Get your closet in order and move your style forward in the process! Closet [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 9, 2021, 10:42 am by MSP
  Feel like you are missing something? Perhaps your style is a bit off, but you can't quite put your finger on what the problem might be. I've got your solution! Three's a charm. It's all about adding an "extra" item to take your outfits up a notch When assembling an outfit, there is something called the "third piece rule" and this rule really does work! The third piece rule. 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". So what’s so special about a third piece? It is what adds a special nuance to[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 2, 2021, 2:16 pm by MSP
  How to Mix Patterns   When I say pattern mixing, do you instantly think, "Oh, no! I would look like I dressed in the dark!"    Mixing unexpected patterns and prints has become a cool fashion trend, and I for one like it! Of course, there can be a fine line between looking stylish, or like a hot mess, but, I'm here to help you get it right.   Look stylish and chic by mixing several patterns in one outfit. Use MSP's "does it mix?" chart + 6 mixing guidelines in this week's article, "How to Mix Patterns" will help you get a chic look every time. No more guessing. Simply find the pattern you want to mix-then see what I suggest you wear with it! It's EASY-Peasy style.     Subtle or[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 26, 2021, 6:19 am by MSP
  Dear MSP SYSters,  I'm not French, but after visiting Paris France, I was enticed by Parisian women's chic way of dressing. In fact, I admire it. I made a lot of mental notes of the street fashions and the way the Parisian women dressed. I dissected each outfit...piece by piece to copy the "look" myself. But, there's more to French style than just a few fab looks to copy. The way they dress goes deeper-it's a lifestyle and certain healthy attitude about a woman's body in her clothing. French women tend to follow this fashion rule, "Bon chic, bon genre" when translated means, "good style, good attitude". In other words, dressing well is essential to your well-being. I say French women have always been right about this.&nb[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 19, 2021, 9:52 am by MSP
  Get ready for sizzzling savings on cool style! It’s July... and this is THE month to shop the sale racks!   July is the month for saving big on clothing items. Everything that's summer related is now on SALE!   If you shop the July sales wisely; you can collect big savings + increase your style potential. The best part; most of these items I’m suggesting can take you deep into the fall season. I'll show you how to wear these certain items now...and into fall! July is when the stores must clear out all the summer related clothing to make room for the bulkier fall clothing. Stores prepare early because the fall season is typically their biggest retail selling season, so they are ea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 13, 2021, 12:58 pm by MSP
What can make you look and feel cooler this summer? Wearing white jeans is the answer! No matter your shape...a straight-leg white jean is a classic summertime look. White jeans give you a cool, fresh look. Add any top...from brights to soft pastels or even better, wear all white from head-to-toe! So get out of the boring blue-washed jeans and khakis...refresh your wardrobe with a pair of white jeans (and/or crops) this summer! These stretch cotton chinos will keep you cool and stylish all season long.  Talbots Stretch Cotton Chinos (petite, misses, plus, plus petite) [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 12, 2021, 10:50 am by MSP
  There it was. Just what I needed, a message for me (and you) to believe in.  This message reminds us to find "balance" in all aspects of our lives.   This week, together we will use this timely reminder to find balance with our clothes and our accessories.      Do you sometimes wonder how things come to you at just the right moment? I'm not sure how it happens, but when it does, I call it providence. This message was left on the mirror in my gym's locker room. It was left there intentionally to share with all who need it. Reading this made me smile (and reflect about) how despite everything, we all have something special to offer the world. It's up to us to let our light shine. Let YOUR light shine. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 5, 2021, 12:29 pm by MSP
  The Heat Is On! When it's hot...really, really hot...dressing stylishly gets a little tricky. When it's really hot, most of us start giving up on style and put on "whatever" on for the sake of comfort. I get that. However, you can still look awesome when it's blazing hot. When your clothing sticks to your sweaty body... and the thought of adding a layer or anything else fussy is out of the question, what's a SYSter to do? Look to MissusSmartyPants to keep you from melting away!     Similar: Francesca's Crocheted Ivory Ruana   This week, check out these creative ways to dress chic in the summer heat.  Look (and feel) cooler during the hot summer months. Get this complete article, [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 28, 2021, 10:41 am by MSP
  This article makes bold declaration. 15 tips that will change your style forever. Yet the fact is, most of us do the same thing over and over (in this case, letting our style get stale) and somehow we expect different results. This is not a good way to go. So, this week I'm giving you the best style tips so that you can refresh your style. They are so good...well, they are going to change your life! That’s a big claim but you get to test them out and see what I mean!   It's time for a style refresher course. Every now and then we need to change things up. We need to see new ideas. I can't think of better way to get a fresh perspective than to change your style up! Get ready for positive changes!!!   Get "15 Style Tips That Wi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 21, 2021, 1:35 pm by MSP
  ... It's re-mix week at!  This week learn how only 4 items can create some pretty cool outfits. That's right-only four pieces allows you to create over a dozen outfits!    Only 4 pieces creates over a dozen outfits! That's right, 12 outfits-or more. These stylish looks I'm showing you are ones you'll want to copy. By learning how to maximize your wardrobe cool things start to happen... you learn how to be creative with only a few items...and that's makes you, one stylish gal! Do the style math. Take a few clothing items, mix them...and see your style multiply! You soon realize the importance of a good core wardrobe. The truth is, you really don't need a huge wardrobe to be s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 19, 2021, 8:34 am by MSP
  It's travel season, and one of your best "go-to" pieces is a maxi skirt.  Maxis are comfortable, keep you cool (yet covered) and can be dressed up or down easily. They are perfect for travel!     Shown above are 5 ways to wear a maxi skirt ... __Add a soft, lightweight denim jacket __Add a bright-colored tank top __As a beach cover-up __As your traveling outfit w/ flat slip-on sandals & trendy tee __For an evening dinner. Dressed-up with wedge shoes and dressier top   My MSP Style Membership made all the difference in the world! Dear Leslie, Hopefully this won’t be too lengthy! I signed up for your style services after hearing you on an interview with Hannah Keeley in January of this year. I[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 14, 2021, 9:42 am by MSP
  Summer Hats Hats off to a new week! In case you haven't already guessed, we are talking about hats this week. Learn the right hat for your face and body shape. More importantly, know which hat styles to avoid. Why wear a hat? Good question. However, what's even better are the reasons to wear a summer hat. Besides the obvious: to protect your skin from the sun's harsh rays; they are chic and stylish too! Wearing fussy accessories (scarves, necklaces) only add heat to an already hot day. Instead, pop on a chic hat and up-your-style instantly!     Similar: Nordstrom Twisted Weave Cloche     Not sure how to add a hat to your summer outfits? Get ready for lots of photos of summer outfits that include hats. P.S. Als[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 7, 2021, 12:50 pm by MSP
  Frumpy No More! Lost your style and don't know where to find it? Hey, it happens...and oh-so slowly.  You're going along just fine, then one day, you catch a glimpse of your reflection...and then suddenly; you wonder what the heck happened to the woman you once were?! You see in the window's reflection an older, tired, and unstyled woman!  There's good news. It won't take much to get your style back-when you have MissusSmartPants help* you! *SAVE this week's article. It's chocked full of tips to help you correct (read: adjust) your body's proportions with the right clothing, and much more. No more will you walk out the door wondering if something's off with your outfit. You will know what areas to check for the best overall look. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 31, 2021, 7:11 am by MSP
    6 Slimming Summer Styles   What could be better than wiggling your toes in the warm sand? How about knowing the six most slimming styles for the hot summer days ahead? You’ll feel confident while looking slim and stylish; and at the same time not overheat. This a recipe for style success.         Talbots Linen Wide Leg Crops (petite, misses, plus)     Don't melt this summer. Summer heat can make dressing stylish a challenge. I've figured out how you can look stylish (and slim) all summer long. I've put together the best slimming tricks into cool summer looks. Include these six (6) slimming styles into your summer outfit rotation from this week's article, "6 Slimming Summer Styles". Yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 24, 2021, 12:06 pm by MSP
  For me, hearing that "one must age gracefully" is like finger nails scratching on the chalkboard. Initially, it rubs me the wrong way! Age gracefully, they say. Must I? What does aging gracefully mean? Must I step aside and let the younger gals take center stage while I blend into the background? The topic: "aging" seems to stir up negative emotions, when it fact, there are so many good things about being older. Let's take a deep dive into what "aging" and "gracefully" both mean.  As an "older" woman chronologically, my opinion is: age is more subjective. To start, think about the woman you were 10 years ago. Today you are a totally different person. We all change physically, mentally, emotionally. With different life choices, [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 24, 2021, 8:14 am by MSP
  I was just looking through old blog posts, and look what I found. This little nugget of style widsom caught my eye.   I wrote it years ago. It's about what not to wear as you get older. In other words, how to look great but dress "age appropriate".    I wrote this following blog in 2011 (geez that was a while ago-where does the time go?!)   What do you think? Do you agree with all of these age appropriate dressing suggestions below, or have some things changed since then?  Share your opinion in the MSP Style Forum.   Yes, you might be too old to wear...   I believe most women have a fair amount of common sense. However, sometimes even the most wonderful woma[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 17, 2021, 3:27 pm by MSP
  As a woman with aging skin, the topic of skincare is near and dear to my heart. It's also seen on my face daily when I gaze in the mirror.  Since I'm over 50, I try to care for my skin the best I know how. I wash it with a gentle cleanser every morning and every night, and I wear a moisturizer with sunscreen daily. But, am I really doing all I should do?  Taking care our skin is hugely important because better looking skin makes us look more youthful. Looking possibly years younger than our chronological age only happens when our skin is well cared for. So, if you're over 30, 40 or 50+ you must understand the basics of skincare.    A good skincare routine...gets you the glowing skin you deserve!   Our skin is the[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 10, 2021, 1:33 pm by MSP
  Clear out the clutter and get a real working wardrobe. It's spring and the start of something wonderful for you: real working wardrobe. All you need is the how-to's for creating a "capsule wardrobe".  This week: create a "capsule" within your wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items that never go out-of-style. Items such as skirts, slacks, and blazers, etc; which are then updated with trendy seasonal pieces and accessories. It's the best way to dress.   The concept of a "capsule wardrobe" was made popular by fashion designer Donna Karan back in 1985.   Who knew capsule dressing would stream-line our closets like this!   When you narrow down your choice[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 6, 2021, 11:39 am by MSP
  Wearing a color similar to your own eye color has an amazing effect. A similar color makes your eyes look vibrant. Has anyone ever complimented you on your eyes? Chances are, you were wearing a color close to your eye color. You don't have to wear a lot of the color either. Consider wearing a necklace that matches your eye color instead of a shirt or sweater. A little of the same color goes a long way.           Use color to bring out your own specific eye color:           Wearing colors similar to your hair color can have a grounding effect. To create this grounding effect, repeat your shoes, belt and handbag in the same color as your hair color. This re[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 3, 2021, 9:04 am by MSP
  Your body is like art. I've always known this to be true, but recently I was reminded of the similarity of the two. About six months ago I started watercolor painting. While I had seriously loved art as a young woman; it's been many (many) moons since I even picked up a paint brush. Recently, I was searching the internet for new painting inspiration, I ran across this fabulous quote: "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" -Edgar Degas While this above quote is speaking specifically about art; it most certainly can be (and is) applied also to dressing well. In fact, it's the complete essence of the Personal Profile system..."dressing for your body type." What does that mean? It means-creating the illusion of a balanced silhouette. We[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 26, 2021, 2:30 pm by MSP
  This week: Spring and Summer Outfits SYSters want to know.  SYSters want to know what to wear when it gets really warm out.  As women we have lots options; like wearing a sundress or skirt, but more than likely when it's really warm, we will wear shorts and crops. This week's article will emphasize short and crops, but include other fab warm season options as well.  Admittedly, I'm a little apprehensive about showing more skin as the weather warms...and most women are. However, wearing the most flattering shorts and crops for our body type will make us look and feel our best. From short, mid and longer length shorts, you will also see plenty of crops + sundresses and skirts-and more!   T[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 19, 2021, 3:33 pm by MSP
  What shoes you will wear is sometimes a harder than deciding the outfit. Once you do decide; often you doubt whether your shoe choice is the right one.  How can you tell if your favorite shoes are right for your outfit? How do you know when it's time to retire your favorite kicks and buy something new and trendy? And, just what are the new shoe trends 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. However, they can be expensive. And even though you may have paid a pretty penny for them, there's no guarantee your feet won't hurt. This week at MSP-this week's article will[ More |  Email |  Print ]