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April 23, 2018, 5:01 pm by MSP
 
  Need a few tips to look slimmer in your clothes?  I thought so...and here's good news: NO abdominal crunches are required!    This week, dress in clever ways that will make you appear slimmer (and minimize your waistline).   Below, are two typical outfits most of us might wear. But, did you know these outfits could be a lot MORE SLIMMING?!?!     YES you can look 5-10 pounds slimmer~Instantly! While the above 2 outfits look okay...there are better ways to dress using these SAME PIECES that will make you appear much slimmer! Find out in this week's article-how to wear these outfits better (that means SLIMMER).   You will look amazingly awesome when you dress in clothes that cleverly slim you us[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 16, 2018, 2:18 pm by MSP
 
  What's going on? Is spring hitting the "Reload" button? More than likely your current weather is still pretty darn frigid. Perhaps you are still wrapped-up in layers with a snow shovel in hand-wondering when spring will finally arrive. Guess what? It's going to warm up in the next few weeks, or so. Will you be ready for it? More than likely when the warmth comes your way-you'll grab for a pair of shorts, crops or capris. Be ready with a few stylish pairs.   This week: The Definitve Guide to Shorts, Crops and Capris This is the short guide to use all season long!   Recently, I helped several personal shopping clients build their spring/summer wardrobes. THE topic that came up each time was what to wear when it gets hot, really hot out[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 6, 2018, 8:03 am by MSP
 
Dear MSP SYSters, Nothing gripes me more than being told I can not wear something because of my age. Really? Just exactly who decided certain articles of clothing should no longer be worn by woman who's over a certain age? Is thirty, forty, or even fifty-or beyond 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 hel[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 4, 2018, 4:27 pm by MSP
 
  3-Step Smoky Eye Dear SYSters, With so many spring special events (weddings, proms, wedding and baby showers, date nights, outdoor concerts, etc.) right around the corner-putting together your best outfit, hair, and makeup are a must.     Use these 3-Steps to an Instant Smoky Eye....   1. Apply a light eye shadow all over lid- from top of brow bone to your lash line.   2. Use a soft kohl eye pencil and apply 2 downward lines, 2 horizontal lines (for a hashtag appearance) on your outer bottom portion of your lid.   3. Gently smudge applied eye pencil for a soft, smoky look. Add a shimmer eye shadow over-if desired.     [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 2, 2018, 2:00 pm by MSP
 
  "I think women are realizing that maybe they don't need a closet full of clothes.  They just need the RIGHT clothes" ~ Michael Kors   How functional are the clothes in your closet? Can you rely on them to help you create an outfit when you must dress for a specific occasion? Can you go into your closet and easily put together something fabulous when you are short on time? Too often, we don't have what we really need in our closets. The answer to most of your dressing dilemmas starts by actually simplifying your wardrobe. That's right. A better wardrobe starts with the WARDROBE BASICS. Most closets are full of clothes hardly worn. Up to 80% of what’s in our closet are not worn on a regular basis. Every morni[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 1, 2018, 8:21 am by MSP
 
  Fashion meets inovation! How cool is this?! Check out this fab shirt/dog holder...it's a must-have for your spring shopping list!     Stretch jeans with a hand-held receiver! Yes, you will no longer have to hold your smart phone up to your ear and look silly. Imagine, having a long conversation with this long-corded receiver while walking the mall-it's got awesome hand-held convenience you will love! Life doesn't get any better than this! Here are a couple more reasons why these jeans are a "must" for your spring shopping list: 1. You are silly if you believe me 2. I'm totally playing a joke on YOU 3. It's APRIL FOOLS!!! Love, your prankster stylist Leslie :)       [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 26, 2018, 12:47 pm by Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants
 
  Some women naturally have a unique sense of style and putting together outfits comes easily to them. For others? Not so much. That's where I come in. As your "cyber stylist" I'm here to assist you.   Since I've got a passion for fashion...I share everything I can to make you successful with your style. From last week's article: "15 Pieces = 1 Month of Outfits" to the "Big Spring Previews". Everything you need to "up" your style!   Keeping you in the know on the latest trends-plus essential style tools-helps you succeed at style... And that's what MissusSmartyPants is all about...    Huh? Start with and pair what with what? What exactly are the 4 Steps to Chic? Find out...in this week's article!   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 21, 2018, 5:38 pm by MSP
 
  How To Spot A Good Deal   Dear MSP, Could you please explain how to spot a good deal on clothes? I have a gift card and when I go shopping I get nervous that I may not wear what I buy. How do we know that we are making a smart purchase? By the way I love your weekly shopping guides! The pictures are so helpful to me and my “C” body type. I am ready to start shopping better! Syster in FL MSP HERE: Dear Florida SYSter, That is a good question. A bargain is NOT a bargain if you end up not wearing it! Think about “cost per wear” before you buy. Some items will cost more than others. Divide the amount of times you wear it, by the price of the item. The Wardrobe Basics (in your Personal Profile) are clothes that will have [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 19, 2018, 3:42 pm by MSP
 
  It's the biggest week ever at MissusSmartyPants.com! All you need is fifteen (15) pieces. That's right. With just fifteen pieces you will be able build a whole month's worth of outfits!  Amazing? Yes, it is. This week, you will see how to set up your basic wardrobe into outfits you will wear all month long. Follow this easy step-by-step plan. This method of dressing will enlighten you and show you how easy and fun it is to be stylish! This is something that will improve every woman's confidence. Hit your style "Re-set" button. Personally, when I find myself feeling like I have lots of clothes, but nothing to wear - I enlist this dressing technique of starting with one basic piece. It helps me get creative again, and uses what's in my closet. &nb[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 18, 2018, 12:57 pm by MSP
 
  It's Sunday. Take this day to slow down and renew your spirit. It's also a good day to hit the "reset" button for the new week.  Take time to slow down and enjoy this amazing day. Sometimes just doing nothing is a gift to one's self. Perhaps you won't get a lot accomplished today, and that's okay. However, if you often feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders...maybe it's your handbag that's weighing you down! Take 15 minutes and clean out your handbag! Lighten up that extra load of stuff you carry around and really don't need. Toss the trash, organize. Set the tone for the new week ahead-and feel lighter (especially in the shoulders) and more energized!    Got handbag clutter? Take 15 minutes to toss the trash and organ[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 15, 2018, 10:17 am by MSP
 
   I've talked about "makeup and the older woman" before-and I feel it's so worthy of mentioning again. Why do I say that? Because I'm out there like you; amongst women of all ages. What's most obvious is when an older woman attempts to look years younger (or tries to cover up her age) with an overly made-up face! So, here you go again. A few tips to help you re-think or perhaps, adjust your own makeup application.        Staying groomed and using just the right amount of makeup to enhance your features will help you (the aging woman as well as the young woman) look your best. Under groomed: no makeup, bushy brows, unstyled hair and baggy clothing looks bad; and more importantly "feels" bad. On the other han[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 13, 2018, 11:25 am by MSP
 
  Leave it to MissusSmartyPants to guide you (and your wardrobe) to new and improved style! Over the seasons, I've shared with you tons of style rules. For example, only buy something if you can wear at least three different ways. It's not worth buying something on impulse only to have it become an "orphan" in your closet. I've also shared the value of understanding body proportions and the use of the 1/3-2/3 dressing rule. Another shared tip is having a goal of buying 1/3 less clothing, yet pay 3 times more on what you purchase. This means a smaller, yet fabulous wardrobe where every purchase was well thought out. Guess what? I've got one more "rule" to add to your style toolbox...The Third Piece Rule.  This "rule" is not new. I first [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 5, 2018, 3:14 pm by MSP
 
  It's week two (2) of MSP's "Big Spring Preview" The fun and the fashions continue!  This week, the remaining LIST of what to get for your wardrobe this spring...and more importantly, HOW to wear it! I've been getting lots of love regarding The Big Spring Preview (Part One)! You're welcome. I'm just as excited as you to start wearing these new spring trends as soon as the weather warms up. Luckily, recently we've had some beautiful weather here in the south. Even though it might not be warm in your neck of the woods without a sweater, start wearing the lighter, brighter colors of this spring's color palette (check out all the colors in part one).   Spring has sprung! Even if you still nee[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 1, 2018, 7:42 am by MissusSmartyPants
 
  16 Things to Toss from Your Closet...   As busy women, we're all occasionally guilty of accumulating a huge pile of clothes hidden in the back of our closets or stuffed into a drawer. Hey, it happens.    A clean closet would give a us clearer mind and make finding something to wear so much easier in the mornings. Part of the problem is this accumulation: the stuff you should be tossing but haven't because you're too busy or a bit sentimental. Let me help you clear the clutter.   Print this list out and get busy this weekend. I guarantee that getting dressed on Monday morning will be so much easier* *Yes, it's another post about closets! Can you tell I want to prepare you (and myself) for spring~before it arrives. Nothing is mor[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 28, 2018, 7:45 am by MSP
 
  10 simple...yet practical tips for organizing your clothes and closets.   1) Edit your wardrobe. The reality is, too much stuff makes anything more difficult and challenging. It’s common knowledge among professional organizers that we typically only wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. Are you the exception? If not, take a long, good look at your clothes and decide what you wear most, the least, and not at all. Remember to focus NOT on letting things go and feeling the loss—instead focus on finally having enough room in your closet to see the clothes you wear every day. Clear out the clutter and keep only what you wear and love. Bonus points for the joy you’ll experience knowing that everything you donate will bring someone else happiness. Garments[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 26, 2018, 4:05 pm by MSP
 
  Whoo hoo! It's almost spring and the start of something BIG. This week, part one of the Big Spring Preview. Next week, part two. It is March (on Thursday) and all the pretty spring fashions are arriving at our favorite stores. I hope you’ve had a chance to take a peek at what’s new at your local stores. Just seeing these lighter and brighter spring colors queues us that we need to start planning our warm season wardrobes now!  Spring really is right around the corner! My local weather (here in the South) shows promise of what's to come with this week's temperatures above average. As I ran errands on the weekend, everyone else had the same idea (or "excuse") to get outside and enjoy the weather that was so gorgeous and warm! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 19, 2018, 12:55 pm by MSP
 
  Change begins when you take that first step. It's this first step that often feels shaky and uncertain. Sometimes it feels more like a leap of faith. But, that's okay when it comes to your style. This newness and excitement means something good is about to happen! I'm excited, aren't you??? Get your act together (style wise) before spring arrives! This week's article: "12 Steps to Style Swagger" will energize your wardrobe and help you get your style mojo going before spring is here. This list of 12 items are clever ways to take your first step to improved style. It will amaze you how doing just one of these twelve steps can change everything-stylewise! One new "style tweak" can change everything! This wee[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 14, 2018, 8:21 am by MSP
 
    As a fashion stylist, I always recommend wearing a "completer" piece. What's a completer piece, you ask? A completer piece can be a variety of items from your closet. From a classic blazer, a denim jacket, to a vest--or anything else that adds an extra "pop" to what you're wearing-even a bold accessory works wonders.  A "completer piece" basically, is anything that takes your outfit the the next level. Guess what? There's another way to e-x-t-e-n-d your wardrobe! RETHINK HOW YOU WEAR YOUR DRESSES. This clever wardrobe-extending idea (more photos coming soon...to show how to wear a dress as a skirt or top or jacket: STAY TUNED!!!) Below, is an example of what I'm talking about...wearing your dresses more creatively will extend your wa[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 12, 2018, 4:05 pm by MSP
 
  THIS WEEK: Whoo hoo! I'm sooo excited. It's a "Closet Remix" week! (FYI: This complete article will be posted Thursday in all 5 Personal Profiles for style members)   Come, take a peek inside my closet. Find out what I wear, and how I wear it. First of all, you may think I have a lot of clothes. But, the truth is, I don't. My wardrobe is not massive, nor is my budget unlimited...what I do have is crazy-good REMIXING SKILLS! Come find out how you can s-t-r-e-t-c-h your wardrobe into something fabulous and amazingly stylish!     Learn the secrets to closet remixing!    Stylish, yet only a small core wardrobe. That's what closet remixing is all about... Learn how this week! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 8, 2018, 7:00 am 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 think, your straps don'[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 5, 2018, 1:56 pm by MSP
 
  THIS WEEK'S ARTICLE: Update Your Hair What's aging you? Often it's your hair. Its one of the most noticeable things about you and it's what people look at first. Think about what your current haircolor and hair style is saying about you right now.   It could be your unstyled hair, or your haircolor-or both that ages you. Nothing ages you like hair that's too dark, a solid block of haircolor, dull hair, gray roots, or long hair pulled back in a banana clip-unstyled.     “Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges,  but eventually you find a hairstylist you like” ~Author Unknown       Your hairstyle and hair color is a signifi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 29, 2018, 4:10 pm by MSP
 
  Women are always searching for the "secret" to fab style. I'm no different. I'm always on the search for better ways to look more stylish. From adding more color to my basics, to wearing accessories in a new way-we all need to stay fresh and updated with our appearance. We can easily (me, included) become green with envy when we see other women really owning their style. What's their secret? Why do they look so good? Well, it can be a variety of things; from knowing what flatters their shape, to wearing clothes that fit them correctly.  TRUTH: Every woman can possess fab style. It's attainable because "style" is a learned skill. As you study your MSP Personal Profile weekly, you soon learn to select only the best silhouettes for your shape-an[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 25, 2018, 7:37 am by MSP
 
    THE #1 SECRET TO LOOKING FAB IN YOUR JEANS!   The #1 secret to looking fab in your jeans is a public service announcement, of sorts. It's MUST-KNOW for my MSP SYSters!  Pocket placement. That's THE secret to looking great in your jeans! The fact is: Your pocket placement will either make or break how you look in your jeans. Yup. Correct pocket placement will make you look sassier, more youthful, and like you’ve had a butt lift, or a couple of pounds removed (I think you’re getting what I’m talking about here, lol). It’s critical to get your pocket placement at the “sweet spot”. Here’s how: 1. The back pockets need to be placed in the center (and slightly lower) of your rear. (Not high and tight, or low and wide...l[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 22, 2018, 2:14 pm by MSP
 
  Another week, another fresh start. Last week nothing went quite right, so this week, I'm excited to start off on a fresh note. I'm feeling positive, upbeat, and looking forward to a fabulous week. How about you? We all have "one of those weeks" where nothing goes quite right. Between my busy (overbooked) schedule, plus several looming deadlines...last week left me short on time and frazzled. I was eager to get into the stores for some "research" and "me" time (aka: retail therapy). It never happened and I continued to feel stressed. This week is going to be different.  This week will be different. I've got an open schedule (I'll be able to look in the stores at the latest styles), I'm sharing my favorite topic (instant slimming tips) and I've[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 15, 2018, 2:02 pm by MSP
 
  Casual, Yet Chic At MissusSmartyPants.com your Personal Profile membership gives you tasty tidbits of style advice weekly. Since knowledge is power, MissusSmartyPants wants YOU to feel empowered, bold, and confident. MSP wants you to totally "own" your own brand of style! A big part of that is learning how to dress well when you are dressed casually. This seems to stump many women and they often feel sloppy instead. Ah-ha! It's that moment when the lightbulb comes on in your head, and you suddenly "get it". Thanks to MissusSmartyPants, you find yourself having lots of these moments with your style. Putting together casual yet stylish looks based on your body type and your lifestyle will energize you like nothing else. You'll "get" how to put togeth[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 8, 2018, 3:40 pm by MSP
 
  Exercise in Style It's a new year-a fresh start. Yes, it sure can be. However, cynics often argue that these motivational messages of "getting healthy and fit" this time of year are nothing more than sales pitches. Well, they do 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 becoming healthier. This week: Amazing exercise clothes that will motivate even the most timid "exercise newbies"   Looking for motivation to start off 2018? You've come to the right place. Relax, put your feet up, and perhap[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 2, 2018, 4:13 pm by MSP
 
MSP's Style Resolutions   It's a New Year and it's my 13th year of blogging!    I didn't quite write this out in time to make January 1st ...but here are my 6 style resolutions:     1. Wear more color. I've certainly got lots of basics in black. This year I'm hoping to add more color by adding/replacing quite a few of my basics in COLORS.      2. Wear unusual color combinations.  I just did this yesterday and if I do say so myself, it came off fabulously!!! Yesterday I wore a dark gray long-sleeved v-neck tee, a deep raspberry fly-away cardigan and a burnt amber necklace w/ my dark-washed jeans and boots! I[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 2, 2018, 8:36 am by MSP
 
  It's January 2018. All of the festivities are behind us now. The ornaments are packed away, or soon will be, until next year. Our living rooms get reset back to their normal arrangements, and our lives beg us to hit the "reset button". A new year always brings us opportunities for fresh starts and new beginnings. Part of starting over is reviewing what we can do better, how we can improve in areas we have failed in the past. Of course, eating healthier and moving more are always on the top of our lists. However, in order to really move our year forward on a positive note-I suggest an organized wardrobe! Wondering what your wardrobe really should have? Look no futher than this week's article, "10 Wardrobe Essentials". It's the "back to routines" mon[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 26, 2017, 8:20 am by MSP
 
  It's the end of the year...the best time to take an assessment of where your life is thus far. How are you doing style-wise?   Examine your life thus far. Right now, take this moment and think about life and the meaning of it. What does it mean to live a good life? Are you succeeding? Do you have things you still wish to do? Do you have regrets? This last week, as I've been deeply pondering this topic and wondering how to present it, something amazing happened. While browsing the internet looking at the latest fashions, this video somehow presented itself  to me. The Good Life Project. It caught my eye immediately. It's a video that asks 29 people to explain the meaning of a good life. As you can imagine you get 29 different answers! These people g[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 18, 2017, 2:27 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 can be YOU when you know which styles work for your body, and which ones don't. You'll also be considered put-together and polished when your clothes fit you properly. Proper fit and in styles that flatter your shape make you appear 'balanced' because the fit is right...but, how do you know you've got it right?   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[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 11, 2017, 4:11 pm by MSP
 
My Gift To You: Festive Style Tips It's the season of giving. I've been blessed by all your love and support.  I would like to show my gratitude. I've put together a list festive style tips just for YOU!     From festive-casual to dressy holiday looks, I've got outfit ideas you are looking for! Create your own festive using these tips!     Warm wishes and holiday blessings to you and yours!   Love, Leslie MSP       With the arrival of the holidays, we often find ourselves (sometimes quite unexpectedly) with an occasion we need to dress-up for. Instead of being excited about a reason to dress-up, we become panicked. Suddenly we wonder: What am I going to wear?!   No, need [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 11, 2017, 2:15 pm by MSP
 
  We hate to admit it, but looks do matter. Our clothes aren't just something we wear; they help us make a good first impression-or not. Our clothing choice is what people see and part of what makes us unique. This is not to say you must have lots of money, or wear fancy clothes in order to make a good impression. Quite the contrary; it's more about appearing well put-together and neat and clean that matters most. Are you making a good first impression? Every woman should do her best to look her best. Of course we all have days that this is easier said than done. But, stop and think about it: when we look good; we feel good. What wear wear matters. By dressing our best in colors and clothing that flatters us, we are putting our best foot forward. Isn't it a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 7, 2017, 4:23 pm by MSP
 
  Is your closet missing one of these?!?...   Dear SYSters in style,   I've spent many years working as a stylist...and I love, love, love clothes. Parting with them is hard. I’ve found myself over time a "collector of clothes". Lots of years, lots of clothes...you do the math. My closet is always full of too many clothes, shoes and accessories. While every woman’s style is different, there are a few things that I know deserve a spot in your closet. Do you have these 12 essentials in your closet???     Below, is what my fantasy closet would look like... Neat, organized, and just the right amount of clothes.     Are you missing any of these wardrobe essentials?   1. A black dress.[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 5, 2017, 9:56 am by MSP
 
  Sounds like an info-mercial...but this "instant style tip" will make you look slimmer (yes, instantly)! Simply "up-size" your handbag. Instead of cramming everything into that way too small handbag...ditch it for something BIGGER! Bigger is better because you will look slimmer. It's a proportional thing. When you carry around a small bag, it makes you look rather large. A bigger tote is the way to go! The proof is in the mirror. Stand in front of a full-length mirror at the store with your (way too small) handbag over your shoulder. Notice how your shape appears larger. Now, go try on a LARGE handbag over your shoulder. You got it...YOU are instantly slimmer! Go forth and enjoy the holidays. Blessings to you and your loved ones this time of year. Leslie ak[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 4, 2017, 11:31 am by MSP
 
  With Christmas just three weeks away (can you believe it?)...that means NOW is the time to put together at least one festive outfit for the season.  As the holidays roll around, we find ourselves getting stressed because there are so many things to do; yet so little time. Make this year easier by planning at least one (maybe two) stylish outfits AHEAD OF TIME. DON'T get stressed out this holiday season.. Let MSP share casual & dressy holiday outfits with you! Think about this-suddenly, you're invited to a festive event. What will you wear? Or, perhaps you have an upcoming holiday party you need to dress for. Do you start to stress out about what you'll wear? Relax, and whatever you do, don't turn down that invitation![ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 27, 2017, 1:52 pm by MSP
 
  With the holiday season just starting; what could be better than stylish outfits "ready-to go"? It happens every year, you find yourself short on time with a full schedule of holiday activities. Make this year different. With MSP's help, there is no need to stress out and let your style suffer in the process. Instead, let it shine bright! With "Grab n' Go Outfits"...you'll have stylish outfits ready-to-go-all on one hanger!      Imagine, being able to grab a hanger with a complete outfit (including the accessories) and simply get dressed. Think of how easy your mornings will be. The best part is, your day will be more stylish too! No matter your lifestyle (stay-at-home mom, working professional, or retired) every woman wa[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 22, 2017, 11:23 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... In seasonal colors Family appropriate Contains 1 style accent 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 20, 2017, 4:00 pm by MSP
 
  There's an old saying, "Rules were meant to be broken".  Admit it. You've been a rule breaker yourself 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 all black accessories? Is it still a fashion "no-no"? No one wants to stand out...in a bad way!!! No one wants to look like they got dressed in the dark! How do you know what's a fashion do or don't?                    What fashion rules can[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 14, 2017, 8:38 am by MSP
 
Great style is an attainable thing. However, I know plenty of women who would strongly disagree. Their reasoning might be that some women don't have the ability to put together anything stylish because they were never taught HOW. They also might further suggest that some women weren't born with a "fashion gene" and therefore just can't look stylish-no matter what. I firmly...disagree. By taking the time to learn the style basics and what your best colors are, plus a few style "tricks"... you're golden. Jackets are one of those "style tricks" every woman should know about and use regularly!   The right style of jacket is style-fixer for every woman. This week I'm showing you WHICH STYLES flatter your shape! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 11, 2017, 7:41 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 ]

November 6, 2017, 3:26 pm by MSP
 
  Lost your style and not sure where to find it?  It happens. You're going along just fine, then one day, you catch a glimpse of your reflection in a storefront...and suddenly you realize you're not the woman you once were?! What you see is an older, tired and often unstyled woman staring back at you.   The years have passed. Your style should have been evolving throughout the seasons...but it wasn't. It seems you've lost it somewhere between motherhood and working. Your body has changed too. More and more frequently you are becoming frustrated with getting dressed. You can no longer find anything to wear that's even remotely stylish. How did this happen? Stuck in a state of unstyled limbo? Relax. This week a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 29, 2017, 10:52 am by MSP
 
  Some things in life are inevitable...like taxes and getting older.  Another thing that happens as we age...we gain extra flesh around our middle! 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 new dressing issue.   This week at MSP, my top 10 tricks to hide a tummy... You can look amazing when you dress in clothing that minimizes your waistline. Learn this week your best dressing styles, the most slimming pants, which jackets to choose, and your best necklines + much more; all "tricks" you can use to make your torso appear slimmer. I'll also share some clever color camoflauge tips you can use right away!  Get the[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 23, 2017, 3:13 pm by MSP
 
  October's air is cool and crisp. This weather is ideal for heading outdoors and enjoying the vibrant fall colors. There's still time to take advantage of your local farmer's market or pumpkin patch before the weather turns really cold. To stay warm, all you need is a light jacket or a couple of layers to handle the fluctuation in temperature...but soon you'll need a real winter coat. This is the best month to procure a new coat. Right now the selection is at its peak. Enjoy a large selection of top-quality jackets and winter coats...while the prices are just starting to drop! Hitting the stores right now means you'll get marked-down price on a quality wardrobe basic...which gives you the best CPW (Cost-Per-Wear) for years to come! D[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 16, 2017, 2:03 pm by MSP
 
  Take advantage of dressing with your Color Season in mind so your style can reach its pinnacle. Why is color such a big deal when planning your wardrobe? Because it makes dressing well super-easy. For sure, this is a bold claim, but it's a fact; dressing in "your" seasonal colors makes you look put-together..and it's also a big TIME SAVER. Why aren't more women using their colors to their advantage so they can have the best wardrobe ever? Perhaps they don't know a coordinated wardrobe based on one's personal color palette streamlines their wardrobe where they actually need fewer clothes. As mentioned before-you save money with a cohesive wardrobe where everything is interchangeable. Now that you know...jump on this idea of color-coordinating yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 15, 2017, 4:01 pm by MSP
 
  It's Sunday. Spend just 15 Minutes today to plan your outfits for the upcoming week.   A little advanced wardrobe planning now goes a long way towards a more relaxed and stress-free week. Get out your timer and set it for 15 minutes.   Use my "wardrobe creating tips" below to help you put-together a few outfits for your week ahead...   1. Start with an accessory. Take one statement accessory, scarf, or even a funky pair of shoes and let them be the catalyst for creating a unique and stylish outfit. What top and bottom or dress are you going to wear with it?   2. Wear a "tried and true" combination.  Wear something you know looks fabulous on you. There's nothing better than st[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 11, 2017, 11:18 am by MSP
 
  As a stylist over forty, okay fifty, of course I’d write an article on anti-aging. In fact, since I’m in the trenches on this one-trying to look my best as my body and skin ages, I feel it’s a requirement I do so.   So, here are my top ten ways to keep yourself looking “in the game” and looking your best; and quite possibly ten years younger!   Add layers to your hair. Layers add lift and bounce (something you lose as you age).   Go lighter. Lighter makeup application is better. Wear a smokey eye-but with lighter neutral colors. Avoid deep red lips.   Get your sleep. You need your 7-8 hours a night. Sleep resets your body, de-stresses and restores you, in mind, body, and spirit.   Exercise. Find some f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 9, 2017, 4:23 pm by MSP
 
I love my blue jeans, don't you? As the weather cools, we begin to pull out our jeans and wear them frequently. They quickly become one of our daily go-to staples. Starting our day in comfort and warmth often means wearing our jeans. A fall uniform. 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 added for good measure. This cool weather "uniform" is good to have in our back pocket (so to speak) but the real key is to not let our outfits become boring. We need to mix up our style enough to keep our jean looks fresh. We also MUST also wear the right jeans for our body type. This week's "Complete Guide to Denims" will have you l[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 2, 2017, 1:07 pm by MSP
 
While we aren't yet wearing cable-knit sweaters or sipping hot cider; we certainly can envision ourselves bundled up in the latest sweaters. With so many new sweater styles this fall...from cold-shoulder ones, to something with ruffled or bell sleeves, deciding which ones and in what color is going to be fun. As the weather becomes cooler here in the mid-south, real cold "sweater weather" is still a few weeks away. This week, we highlight the new sweater trends along with a few classic sweaters, and show you how to layer perfectly in 4 steps...you'll be ready just in time for the cooler weather.    Is it a pullover sweater, or a cardigan, lol?!? Get the article "Sweater Weather Countdown" to see how to wear this fall's latest sweaters...   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 25, 2017, 3:46 pm by MSP
 
  Is it fall yet? Well...ummm, no. The season is going to change, and soon, and so will your wardrobe.  This week is about extending your summer wardrobe into the fall season. Change to fall colors. During this transition time-change the colors you are wearing. Put away your beach sandals and wear a bootie with your cropped pants instead. Instead of wearing 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 you will s-t-r-e-t-c-h your warm season wardrobe into chic and "trendy" outfits you can wear into the fall. You will get lots of clever ideas of how you can wear (and layer) clothes straight from your closet (and have been wearin[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 18, 2017, 2:57 pm by MSP
 
  Just when you thought the 'dog days' of summer were beginning to drag on...along comes something new, exciting and fun!  ... It's re-mix week at MissusSmartyPants.com! This is a BIG WEEK at MSP. Learn how to create some pretty cool outfits using only 4 items. Yes, that right. You will be able to create over a dozen different looks using only four pieces! 4 clothing items equal a dozen outfits! That's right, 4=12 outfits. That's my kind of math! These stylish looks are ones you'll surely to want to copy. You will learn how to maximize your wardrobe potential while saving money...plus, more importantly you will learn how to be more creative with only a few clothing items...and that's makes YOU...one stylish gal! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 11, 2017, 1:42 pm by MSP
 
Dear SYSters,  With every new fashion season MissusSmartyPants gets an inbox full of style dilemmas. With hundreds of MSP SYSters asking for help; it's hard to answer each individually. Questions range from: how to wear tights with fall skirts and dresses, how to choose the right color of tights based on your shoes, plus questions about the right length for winter jackets and coats... and so much more! Of course, MSP is always happy to help out a SYSter. After a brief discussion, we at MissusSmartyPants decided the smartest thing to do would be to answer ALL of these questions at one time. Yes, brilliant.  What's the #1 style question? How to wear fall tights! Opaque tights are perfect for fall. Just like puffer jackets, tights are an awesome war[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 4, 2017, 1:55 pm by MSP
 
  Welcome September! It's week two of the Big Fall Preview 2017! Start planing your fall wardrobe now. The weather will soon show signs of change (cooler mornings and evenings). Soon, before you know it...you'll be wearing fuzzy sweaters again!  Break out the pumpkin spiced latte! ...IT'S FALL!!!! (at least in the style world). Soon it will be sweater season...will you be ready?   Start rotating your wardrobe rotation.  I recommend a wardrobe edit every six months. Every spring and every fall (twice yearly) keeps your closet organized for the current season and it prepares you for the next. It's even better if you can edit/organize/declutter your closet every 3 months (at the beginning o[ More |  Email |  Print ]