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February 17, 2020, 5:10 pm by MSP
 
  Excuse me, for jumping on my soapbox for a moment. I have to say, it really upsets me that fashion magazines are more about selling ad space and copies than they are about actually helping women! These shiny magazines aren't cheap either. You spend good money, then end up with a bunch of ads for things you can't even afford--and that's just crazy. What a H-U-G-E disappointment. You were lured into buying this magazine by the promise of an article that looked like it would help your style or suggest something new and fun--but instead you got nothing.    Instead of sales pitches and/or product placements of clothing and makeup you can't afford (like $400 dress slacks or $200 face lotion-what a joke) ...Use[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 10, 2020, 2:25 pm by MSP
 
Dear MSP SYSters, Nothing annoys me more than being told I can not wear something simply because of my age. Really? Just exactly who decided certain items of clothing should no longer be worn by woman who's over a certain age? Is thirty, forty, or fifty-or beyond, that's 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, most women can come to an intelligent decision whether they should be wearing something, or not. A good rule of thumb is; if you have doubts, then you should not wear it. Listen to your gut. As a stylist who has helped [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 3, 2020, 2:41 pm by MSP
 
  Color-Inspired Style Don't wait for spring! Update your wardrobe now by adding in MORE COLOR! This week at MSP, we explore creative ways to mix more color into your wardrobe!  Instead of relying on your main color choice, (probably way too much BLACK) let MissusSmartyPants introduce (and inspire) new ways to add more color into your core wardrobe.  No more boring combinations of “black + another color”. Get excited about mixing fresh colors combinations like: lavender with peachy pink, a rose pink with soft brown, soft fuchsia, deep periwinkle, turquoise, and daffodil yellow with other colors—all pretty colors, found in nature! Plus mix in this season's new color: Classic Blue.   This week: [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 27, 2020, 1:42 pm by MSP
 
  Some things in life are inevitable...like taxes and getting older. Another thing that happens, as we age, we tend to gain a little "extra" flesh around our middle! Between dealing with an over-scheduled life, and natural shifts in our hormones; before we know it...we end up with a fuller waistline.  What's a SYSter to do? What is the best way to dress when your waistline has become somewhat undefined? Should you continue to squeeze into what you've always worn, or hide under something loose and baggy? The correct answer is NEITHER of these. Both are poor options for women with undefined waists. Both (squeezing into tight clothes or wearing baggy ones) will make you look bigger than you really are!   The right styles ca[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 20, 2020, 1:40 pm by MSP
 
  It's a big week at MissusSmartyPants.com! All you need is fifteen (15) pieces. That's right. Just fifteen pieces and you'll be able build a whole month's worth of outfits!  Amazing? Yes, it is. This week, I'm going to show you how. Follow my step-by-step plan. This method of dressing will open your eyes to how easy (and fun) it is to be stylish! This handy information is something every woman should learn because it improves one's self-confidence. THIS WEEK: Hit the "Re-set" button on your style. When I find myself thinking I've got lots of clothes, yet nothing to wear - I use my capsule wardrobe magic. It helps me get creative again with what I have in my closet.   The "magic" is to pick out a small number of pieces that [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 13, 2020, 3:00 pm by MSP
 
  There's nothing better than feeling confident and good in your own skin. When everything in your life churns along like a well-oiled machine; it feels good. However, too often women lack confidence when it comes to what they wear. This makes me sad because it doesn't have to be so. But, no worries. This week I'm sharing my fail-proof 8-step plan to help every woman improve her dressing confidence.  In Thursday's Personal Profiles...8 step-by-step ways to interpret the seasonal trends age-appropriately, of course. No more guessing if you have a trend right, or not. No more guessing if a style is too young for you, or not. Learn 8 fab ways to "refine" your style.    What woman doesn't want to look and feel age-amazin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 8, 2020, 6:56 pm by MSP
 
  5 FREE Things You Can Do to Elevate Your Style:     1. Wear a little makeup every day. You already have it in your drawer, yet you don’t take the time to put together your “face”. When you do wear a little color, your skin coloring looks brighter, teeth appear whiter, and you enhance your natural beauty-and that’s what makeup is really all about anyways.    2. Whatever you wear-create a waist. Throughout history the laws of attraction have shown that women who have a smaller waist in comparison to their hips naturally appear more attractive and powerful. This means if you are hiding under big tees and loose yoga pants you are giving away your power. Show off those curves! Be proud of your curves, as[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 6, 2020, 3:52 pm by MSP
 
  It's the start of the second week of January. Christmas and all the festive activities are now behind us. The ornaments are packed away, until next year. Our living rooms are reset back to their normal arrangements, and the expired Christmas tree is a distant memory. Our lives have hit the reset button.  January is the "back to routines" month. There is nothing special happening anymore, and these days are often referred to as the "winter doldrums"--that funky in-between time. It's the middle of winter and all we can do is wait impatiently for spring. We can do nothing to change the cold weather, but wait.  This in-between time is a good time to bed down, hibernate, and organize our closets....after all, we've got at l[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 30, 2019, 2:05 pm by MSP
 
  The countdown to 2020 is on.  Are you resolved to move more in 2020?  Aren't we all in search of something that will motivate us improve our health and fitness? What's it going to take to get you to move more, and make exercise part of your regular routine? Well, I can't think of a more positive, fun way to motivate a new routine than new exercise gear! This week's article has got just the stuff.   There's nothing more motivating than a pair of new sneakers to "kick-start" your exercise routine! Fresh kicks in a fun color will definitely add spring in my step...how about you? Nordstrom: Adidas Swift Run Sneaker   Many, many years ago (in a galaxy far, far away) I used wear b[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 23, 2019, 1:15 pm by MSP
 
  Fast Figure Fixes This week's article is about defining and refining your personal assets.  By taking time to evaluate your shape (from head to toe) you learn how to play-up your assets, and mininize other areas that you wish to minimize. No one is perfect nor are our bodies; and that's what makes us real women. So, if we play up our assets-we gain confidence...and that is true definition of real style! This week, find out what to wear if you have a short neck, long neck, full bust, small bust, long or short waist, full tummy, flat or full bottom, heavy thighs, and so much more!  With style being more about putting together a complete look and feeling good about your appearance; this week's article helps you focus on your actual figure flaw[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 16, 2019, 2:38 pm by MSP
 
  Could there be anything better than knowing how to dress to flatter your shape the best way possible? Umm, no! When your body looks balanced (by choosing the right clothes based on your shape), you look your best-and your confidence soars.  Balance is everything. It's a matter of proportions, actually. Think about it, every time we eat, we try to balance the proportions of our food. We don't want to eat a whole pound of meat, or too much candy at one time because it's not a healthy or balanced thing to do. We are trying to balance the correct amount of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. The same can be said about what we wear each day. We should be trying to find the correct proportions in the clothing we wear. We need t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 9, 2019, 1:59 pm by MSP
 
  A new year is just around the corner and this means a renewed opportunity to "update" yourself. When it comes to fashion and beauty, no woman wants to suddenly realize that she has become "outdated" and frumpy.  A yearly "review" or personal assessment, is the perfect way to personally evaluate yourself. It's an important tool for every woman. The fact is, most women want to be seen as classy and classic. We do not want to be an example of bad style choices, or one wearing outdated clothes and is stuck in a fashion moment from the past! The best thing we can all do for ourselves is to know what's "in style" then decide what styles are our best for us.  Don't compare yourself to others!!! If you don't have a designer handbag or fancy shoes...you [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 9, 2019, 1:53 pm by MSP
 
My Gift To You: Festive Style Tips   Since it's the season of giving and I've been so blessed by your support and continued positive comments; I would like to thank you all.    It's my turn-to give back to you. So, I've put together a list festive style tips just in time for the holidays!     From festive-casual to dressy holiday looks, I've got outfit ideas to help you get your festive look just right.    Warm wishes and holiday blessings to you and your family! Love, Leslie MSP      With the arrival of the holiday season, we often find ourselves (sometimes, quite unexpectedly) with an occasion we need to dress for. Instead of being excited about dressing up, we panic. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 2, 2019, 2:51 pm by MSP
 
  Hoping everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving. It's always such a pleasant holiday-a gathering of good food and good people. It's still one of my favorites. Oh my! It's already December. It's time to get ready for Christmas. To make your holidays less stressful, I have a tip to help you-have a few planned outfits ready ahead of time. Think of a few occasions you will need to dress for, then start getting your outfits together (right from your closet). No need to buy more clothes. When you see how easy it is to stretch your basics in clever ways, you'll be wondering why you didn't do this sooner! This week, creative ways to wear one item-in three different ways.   This week's article is all about: Wearing One Item, Three Ways.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 25, 2019, 3:19 pm by MSP
 
  One thing is for certain-things never stay the same. Time moves on, we get older, and the styles we wear change over time. It's hard to know how to stay current and age appropriate at the same time. However, you can relax, because that's where I come in! As your "cyber stylist" I'm here to help you look fabulous in the body you've got today-and to help you keep a modern look to your style. That's what this week's article is all about...14 Fashion Rules to Break. By knowing how to change the way you wear something, or how to wear it in the first place-you'll never second guess yourself, or your style! Can you wear a navy dress with black accessories? Is it still a fashion "no-no" to mix navy and black in one outfit, or how about brown [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 19, 2019, 2:22 pm 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 28th)...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[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 18, 2019, 3:05 pm by MSP
 
  Great style is attainable for every woman. 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, each and every one of my 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. Viola' they looks instantly fabulous! Each and every one of them were a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 13, 2019, 4:53 pm by MSP
 
  11 Ways to Wear a Brooch   What's an amazing accessory that's hardly ever worn? It's a brooch. It's time to bring this fab accessory center stage. Give it a go in your wardrobe and see what happens.      Here are 11 Ways to Wear a Brooch:   1. Add to a winter hat.   2. Add to a knit cap.   3. Pin onto a sash belt.   4. Cluster 3 brooches on a sweater (at your collar bone).   5. Make a simple handbag sparkle.   6. Glam up a basic dress.   7. Hold a scarf in place.   8. Decorate your jean jacket.   9. Hold a fly-away cardigan closed. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 4, 2019, 5:48 pm by MSP
 
  Current mood: Warm and cozy. A warm winter coat will keep you "snug as a bug" while showing off your chic style.  This week at MSP: The Ultimate Guide to Outerwear. Your complete guide to the best warm sweaters, jackets and winter coats...just right for your body type!        The air is cool and crisp making it perfect weather for a stroll through your local farmer's market or a city walking path. Enjoying nature’s beauty while its cool and crisp invigorates your mind, body and soul. All that's probably need right now is a light jacket or a couple of layers to keep you warm. However, soon (especially if you live in a colder climate) you'll need a real warm winter coat to bundle up[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 4, 2019, 12:18 pm by MSP
 
  4 Items = 12 Outfits There are only 8 weeks left in this year, and I've been thinking. I have been thinking about what I hope you've learned (fashion wise) by being a SYSter at MissusSmartyPants. One concern that keeps coming back to me is wardrobe planning. Did I explain it enough, did I break down HOW to get the most success from your wardrobe basics?   Did I stress how critical it is for every woman to put together a wardrobe-with a plan? Simply put; it's one of the best things a woman can do for herself.    Reality is: a lot of women secretly live with chaos in their closet. They have a closet full of clutter, yet no real planned wardrobe. Too often they buy clothing on impulse and sporad[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 30, 2019, 7:28 pm by MSP
 
  REMINDER: SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK (Saturday November 2)     ​The days are now shorter...but the "it" item for fall is a LONG cardigan!    From mid-thigh to knee length and longer, long cardigans offer you just the right amount of warm while making you one stylish SYSter!   Wear them with slim or straight-leg pants, leggings, sheath dresses, pencil skirt and boots.  Long cardigans are versatile and fun!   Nordstrom Bobeau High/Low Jersey Cardigan (many colors/petite, misses)       Login to your membership to view these articles below. (Each style article is posted for 4 weeks-then they're gone!)   NOW POSTED:   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 28, 2019, 3:15 pm by MSP
 
  This week: The Power of Accessories I’ve been wanting to share what makes some women so stylish, while others, not so much. The answer my dear SYSters, always leads me back to the same conclusion-it’s the accessories that make all the difference. Yes, accessories are that powerful!   For example, say you and I are both wearing identical outfits. Our basic outfits will look completely different depending upon our choice of accessories, shoes, and handbags. Every woman has her own unique spin, or take on accessories...and that's a good thing! It's how you accessorize that shows off your uniqueness and personality.     THIS WEEK: Learn flattering techniques to accessorize your outfits... More is not [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 21, 2019, 8:06 am by MSP
 
  How to Mix Patterns Like a Fashionista   When I say pattern mixing, do you instantly think, "Oh, no! It would look like I dressed in the dark!"    Mixing unexpected patterns and prints has become a huge fashion trend, and I for one like it! Of course, there can be a fine line between looking stylish, or looking like a hot mess! I'm here to help you get it right. Go bold with pattern mixing, or keep it simple-the choice is yours. Either way you will look more stylish and more than likely you will get twice the use out of the clothes you already have.   Look chic and on-trend. Yes, you can look stylish and chic by mixing several patterns in one outfit. Use MSP's "does it mix" chart + 6 mixing g[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 17, 2019, 8:27 am by MSP
 
    Want to look taller, thinner and more stylish? Most of us will answer an resounding, “Yes, of course!”    Here are 3 “rules” to use every time you dress...   Wear a standout color! We are so quick to grab anything black because “black is so slimming”. Think again. A bold monochromatic outfit can be just as slimming. Just be sure to get the fit “body skimming”. Your style will totally rock because you’ll wearing a standout color in a sea of black!   Add the right heels. Even a slight heel elongates the legs which makes you look taller and slimmer. Of course comfort is paramount. Look for platform and wedge styled shoes with practical heel heights you can easily walk in.   Play[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 14, 2019, 2:55 pm by MSP
 
  How many times have you dressed and wondered if you are wearing a style or trend correctly? Do you often have doubts if the fit of your clothing is right? Well, wonder no more. This week, together we explore how to "wear it right". Just last week while standing in a long check-out line, the woman in front of me turned around and commented on my tied scarf. She said she had noticed me shopping earlier and had always wished she knew how to tie a scarf like mine. I smiled at her and quickly showed her how easy it was...in three quick steps. She was amazed it wasn't that hard to do and said she would be eternally grateful that I showed her how. This woman appreciated this brief moment of style help because now she will start wearing her scarves that are buried away[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 7, 2019, 1:35 pm by MSP
 
  Mornings are becoming cool enough to start the day with a light sweater (or jacket). It's refreshing to feel a bit of crispness in the air. This change in weather also means it's the start of layered outfits. However, many women come across a few problems when they try to create a cool "layered" look. If done wrong, your layered look can make you look over-dressed, or even worse; heavier than you really are.   Wearing layers correctly, not only helps you adjust to the fluctuating fall temperatures; it's also very stylish! Talbots Lined Quilted Vest (petite, misses, plus sizes)   Careful! You don't want to look like the Michelin Man!  This week: "5-Steps To A Perfectly Layered Outfit" shows you how to[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 30, 2019, 2:08 pm by MSP
 
  Are you sad summer is coming to a close? Honestly, I'm not. I've grown weary of the heat and humidity and I'm ready to kick my flip-flops to the back of the closet. I'm psyched for the arrival of cooler days, which means lots of layering opportunities. From boots to blazers...I say, bring-it-on!!!     This week, get pumped-up for fifteen (15) inspiring fall looks (you will want to "copy"). From office to weekend-these chic outfits will get you energized for cooler fall weather!     ​Join today and get MSP's "Inspiring Fall Outfits" article + access to a body specific dressing plan   MSP's Weekly Style Mission This week: Take care of what you already own. NO shoppin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 23, 2019, 1:41 pm by MSP
 
  Buy Less, Have More Style   Are you heading into this new season hoping that this will be your most stylish one yet? I am here to help you achieve that goal.   This is your guide to buying less, shopping better, and transforming your style in the process. Sounds like a mighty big accomplishment (and it is) yet it is so doable. I’m sharing 12 rules to buying less, yet increasing your style.     The right essentials in your closet will e-x-p-a-n-d your wardrobe (while saving you $$$ in the process). This week, find out what to have in your core wardrobe for fall!         This week: 12 wardrobe rules, or resolutions to undertake now so that you can make space, save money...an[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 16, 2019, 1:54 pm 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 quite right. Every woman wants to look her best. But not every woman has it figured out how she can fix her style mis-haps, or how to avoid them all together.     This week is for you. The answers of how to wear something this way-not that way. This week's article is full of ideas to "wear it this way, not that way"!   STOP "making do" with waistlines too tight or gaping. Don't think th[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 14, 2019, 7:47 am by MSP
 
  Dear MissusSmartyPants, You mention the importance of having more basics in your wardrobe frequently, but I'm not sure what constitutes a basic. I'm assumming it's clothing that are simply constructed, but won't that make your wardrobe boring and plain? Can you help out a style newbie? Why should we have more basics and exactly what are they? Many thanks, Carole What's a wardrobe basic? MSP HERE: Dear Carole, That's a great question. Wardrobe basics are the foundation (or strength) of your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should be 70-80% of these basic items: dark denims, dress slacks, casual pants, classic shorts, cotton v-neck sweaters, cardigans, button-down shirts, dress blouses, cotton tees (various sleeve lengths), basic sheath[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 12, 2019, 8:23 am 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 ]

September 9, 2019, 2:32 pm by MSP
 
  Some things in life are inevitable. Like taxes and getting older. Another thing that happens, as we age...we tend to gain a little "extra" around our middle! Between dealing with an over-scheduled life, and natural shifts in our hormones; before we know it...we end up with "a little extra" around our waistline. We can do our best (diet and exercise) to combat the extra in the middle-however a really BIG part is dressing to slim the middle.  What is the best way to dress when your waistline is somewhat undefined? Should you continue to squeeze into what you've always worn, or hide under something loose and baggy? The correct answer is NEITHER. Both are poor choices for women with undefined waists. Both (squeezing into tight clothes or wearin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 2, 2019, 4:46 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. Welcome to early fall. Cooler weather will be a welcome change, and quite refreshing. It's almost fall! Prep now; before the new season...and be right in-step with the latest fashion 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, get lots of clever ideas of how to wear (and layer) 10 items you already have in[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 26, 2019, 4:05 pm by MSP
 
  Denims. As the fall season begins, we start to set aside the shorts in favor of our favorite denims and blue jeans. Soon, they become one of our regular go-to items. Wouldn't you like to know your jeans are flattering for your shape? Our typical fall/winter outfits often consist of one of our favorite pairs of jeans matched up with knit tops, fuzzy sweaters, long tunics, a jacket and cardigan, plus a fun scarf added for good measure. This cold weather "uniform" is perfect; however the key is to make sure our jeans fit us properly. Don't let saggy inseams and ill-placed pockets make you look dated. Get the latest this week in denim styles and get your best fitting jeans based on your body type. Are your jeans flattering your body? Are you [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 19, 2019, 2:10 pm by MSP
 
  Fall is almost here...well, it officially starts September 23, but it is wardrobe planning season...and that's pretty awesome.  It's also week two (2) of the Fall Preview! Get excited, it's definitely time to plan your fall wardrobe. The weather is just beginning to show signs of change, and before you know it...you will be wearing fuzzy sweaters, boots and tights again!    This week at MSP: Get the latest in fall trends, styles + trendy 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 twice a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 12, 2019, 7:47 am by MSP
 
  Fall is on its way! Okay, not just yet. However, 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 ready 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 perk up your style? Don't know what to wear? You will find all the answers in MSP's "Big Fall Preview 2019". What to wear, how to wear it, and the new trends and fall colors.   T[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 5, 2019, 2:05 pm by MSP
 
  If the bra fits, wear it! Well, that's the crux of the problem. Too many women are not wearing a bra that fits them properly. Not only is this uncomfortable (slipping straps, or a band that digs into your flesh) this is not a good look either! Poor-fitting bras are everywhere! In fact, up to 80% of women are wearing the WRONG bra! Could this be you?! Could yours be wrong in size, or wrong in style--or both?   A poor fitting bra is not only uncomfortable--it's unflattering!   Ask yourself these fit questions: Does your bra band ride up in the back?  Does your breast tissue spill over or bulge under the cup?  Do your cups pucker or gap? OR, do your cups runneth[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 2, 2019, 7:55 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 stone white (or tan) and pure white   Deep color combinations: fuchsia and navy  navy and kelly green   For stylish outfits, keep your color saturation equal in your top and bottom like this outfit with deep satu[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 20, 2019, 10:50 am by MSP
 
  What to Buy Now for Fall Seriously, why am mentioning fall right now? Yeah, I know it's hard to believe I just mentioned the fall season when it's so hot outside. 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. Even Nordstrom knows this and offers new fall items at their Anniversary Sale through August 4th. 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 kno[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 19, 2019, 4:05 pm by MSP
 
  25 Ways to Revamp Your Style Want to know the best ways to revamp your style? I thought so. I mean, what women doesn't, right? With so much crazy advice floating around the internet, in books, and in 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 to be a teen again? This week's list of the "Top 25 Ways to Revamp Your Style" will help you check-off fabulous ways to look amazing-yet age appropriate!    This week: ROCK your unique style!    Ge[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 18, 2019, 8:48 am by MSP
 
  Did you know looking your best has a lot to do with the colors you wear? Perhaps you wear a lot of black because it's so slimming and it goes with everything, but is it your best color choice-or should you choose another neutral color instead? How do you know what's best? Here's an easy way to choose your best colors-choose based on your own natural coloring. Think of it this way, to look your best choose outfit colors that blend nicely with your eye, hair, and skin coloring. You can never go wrong when you do this. It's called dressing for your color value and contrast.   Take a look at the photos below. Notice how light skin, eyes, and hair looks best when wearing an outfit with a medium to low value and contrast vs. a deep eye, dark hair, and fair ski[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 15, 2019, 6:54 pm by MSP
 
  There is a certain contentment that comes from living a balanced life. You know, the comfort that comes from regular daily routines, or having a fairly set schedule-it just feels better than chaos.   As humans we are attracted to balance. We find it comforting. So when our lives get off kilter, and become stressful, we pull back and try to find a way re-establish balance in our life. Just as we continually seek out equilibrium, we are also naturally attracted to symmetry. Studies have shown, the human eye gravitates towards symmetrical objects (whether they are part of a landscape, or the shape of another person's face). Symmetry is visual balance.   Did you ever wonder why a woman's certain outfit looks stunning, even tho[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 14, 2019, 11:05 am by MSP
 
  It starts by giving yourself permission. You really can become that woman with fabulous style. It can be your reality. I know you've all seen her; a woman who's style is so chic. You envy her, and even though her body is not "perfect" she has "it"...something that makes her look so appealing and vibrant. It's that "something" you wish you had. The first step to better style 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 i[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 1, 2019, 3:45 pm by MSP
 
  Looking for a new way to get your style together? I've got just what you are looking for! Three's a charm. It's all about adding an extra item to a basic outfit. It's the "secret sauce" that takes anything you wear 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. If you can grab it within five seconds, you "think" it's still 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 right off the floor. On the other hand, we can say it's a proven fact, when esembling an outfit, us[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 24, 2019, 1:58 pm by MSP
 
  Yes! You found the perfect handbag. Or, so you think.  Most women have a 'check list' of needs they expect from a handbag they are considering. From a certain amount of compartments (one for cell phone, one for keys, another for personal items, etc.). You are also probably considering a certain size, or a particular color, etc. Does this sound like your checklist for a new handbag? Did you ever stop and think about the SHAPE of your handbag? Is it right for you? How about the handbag's size in relation to your own body size? Does it matter? Which styles are best; and which ones should you avoid, and why? So many questions-all answered in this week's article.   Most of us carry a handbag every day...and that means[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 19, 2019, 4:49 pm by MSP
 
  MSP HERE: Dear MSP SYSters,  It's always so rewarding when you get an email from someone you haven't heard from, or seen, in a very long time. What's even better; is when they tell you how wonderful they've been doing.  With permission I'm sharing with you a makeover story of a lovely woman named Janet. I couldn't be more blessed to have spent time helping her dress her fabulous self. She's a gift to everyone she meets; and I'm sure you'll agree her smile is contagious! You are a lovely gift. Just like a gift, when something fabulous is on the inside-the exterior is wrapped in a pleasing color, and tied with a beautiful bow. We are all gifts to others, and to ourselves. Wrap yourself in something that makes you look and feel your best. Sometimes you need[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 17, 2019, 3:40 pm by MSP
 
  Question: Why does one woman wearing a tee-shirt and jeans, somehow look so chic? Yet your t-shirt and jeans comb looks boring and unstyled!  WHY??? What are her secrets to chic style? How come she looks so stylish, yet your outfit comes up short? How do you go from having so-so style to having fabulous style? This week, we uncover the hidden ways to improve your style. Get that "casual chic vibe" you've always dreamed of. It really is something every woman can possess...and I'm proving it to you!   This week: The secrets of chic style will be revealed!   Even if you dress casual everyday, there are amazing ways to amp-up your style! This week's article will "dissect" the differen[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 15, 2019, 8:04 am 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 packing tip, I knew I had to share it with you.   Go ahead and pack a few wardrobe-changing necklaces!  Simply "press n' seal" your jewelry, then roll them into your suitcase. No worries about them getting tangled!   Need more help packing? Check out USA Today's fabulous list of 10 packing tips every traveler must know.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 10, 2019, 3:37 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 you still can't find something wear! When mornings begin like this, it can set a negative tone for your day. It can make you feel out-of-sync when you are un-styled or not dressed quite right all day long. Wouldn't it be nice to wake up, yawn, and know you've already got something fabulous to wear? You know your outfit is already planned and set aside. There is no rush to your mornings, and they are relatively stress-free when you use "MSP's template" way of dressing. Only have 5 minutes? Perfect. That's all the time you need with MSP's templates. In five minutes fast-you're stylish. TRY IT & SEE! &[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 3, 2019, 1:18 pm by MSP
 
  Mistakes That Age You Wouldn't it be gratifying to look instantly ten years younger? Well guess what...it really can happen. This week's article (posting in all 5 body type membership pages this Thursday- join if you're not yet a member!) will show you the top mistakes women make, and more importanly, help you avoid them. It's important you check through this list, because some of these faux pas might be aging YOU. Just a few of these quick changes and you will look amazing-better than you have in years!!! It really can be that simple.   Do you know why the outfit on the right looks better? Well, I do...and I'm sharing with you how to look AGE-AMAZING!   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 27, 2019, 2:02 pm by MSP
 
  "Buy the best quality you can afford"...this is the mantra every MSP SYSter knows well. As a style-savvy woman, you know the best way to build a quality wardrobe is slowly, over time. A good core wardrobe is key to many stylish outfits. But, what if you could purchase top-quality items...for really low prices? Well then, that would be even better! The time is now. The summer months of June and July are the best sales months. This IS when you want to score quality wardrobe essentials at bargain prices! At the start of June, stores are just beginning to mark-down items so they can clear out a lot of the summer merchandise. Soon, early fall clothing will replace summery ones. Mid-season (June and July) gives you deep discounts-yet you'll still wear th[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 20, 2019, 3:08 pm by MSP
 
  You know how they say feeling great with what you are wearing can totally make your day and boost your confidence? Well, it’s sooo 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 certain pieces. We need more to help us look fabulous in our clothes. We need to know how to "dress slim".    Some days you just don’t feel so put-together and nothing makes you feel good... that’s where slim dressing tips will help pull you out of your funk!   Choosing your wardrobe wisely (based on your body type) along with clever dressing tips and tricks will have an enormous effect on the way you look-and feel. So, on day[ More |  Email |  Print ]