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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 ]

May 13, 2019, 1:58 pm by MSP
 
  Looking to freshen up your wardrobe? Who isn't right? I've got a few amazing accessories that can do wonders to update your current wardrobe. Shop less-yet look more chic. While I’d never agree to swearing off shopping entirely, we could all do with asking ourselves how often we’d (really) wear something before buying it, or taking a little time to see the pieces we already own in a fresh new way. A cleverly chosen accessory is an excellent way to do this. More style, less shopping. Who's with me? Let's do this. With these 6 unique new trends-your wardrobe will be instantly on-point.   Grab these 6 accessories to update your current wardrobe. From hats, shoes, jewelry, to handbags...MSP has the best new trends for you!   &[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 12, 2019, 7:15 am by MSP
 
  Happy Mother's Day to all women. Whether you are a mom, a sister, an aunt; as a woman other women appreciate your strength, love, and encouragement. This quote about moms means the word "mom" can describe any woman that shows others unselfish love. There's nothing better than knowing someone special in your life has got your back... A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan   Happy Mother's Day!  Give the gift of style! It is perfect for moms, sisters, your favorite aunt, or your BFF, and more! MissusSmartyPants gift certificates are available for $14.95-44.95 [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 6, 2019, 2:07 pm by MSP
 
  Can't afford a style makeover? Think again. This week...get the inside scoop on the simplest and quickest ways you can design your very own "style makeover". Women simply don't think about these minor, yet very noticeable changes they can make with their appearance. Who knew such small tweaks can have such a HUGE impact on one's appearance? Well, this gal, MissusSmartyPants knows it!  This week, the 1-2-3 strategy. Use this strategy daily to "make over" your style. It all adds up. Small changes or "tweaks" in one's appearance adds up to huge improvements. I found this to be the case last weekend when I overheard a conversation in one of the dressing rooms of a department store. It was a conversation between two young gals th[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 29, 2019, 4:22 pm by MSP
 
Get ready to travel in style! This week: MSP’s 3-Day Packing List/Guide! Tis the season to start planning and taking family vacations. It's also the season air travel peaks. Whether your vacation is all about relaxing at a resort, scooting away to the beach for a couple of days, or taking a 3-day business trip... this week’s article has everything you’ll need to pack efficiently for a 3-day trip (business or pleasure). Get the Packing List, Travel Tips + a Daily Dressing Planner-all can be printed-out! What's the biggest travel mistake you can make? By far the biggest travel mistake is over-packing! Having just what you need and nothing more will make your travel fun and hassle-free. With a good packing list you will be able to pack lighter and [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 26, 2019, 7:26 am by MSP
 
  I was just looking through old blog posts, and look what I found. This little nugget of style widsom that 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" if you will.    I wrote this following blog in 2011 (wow, where does the time go?!)   What do you think? Do you agree with all of these age appropriate dressing suggestions, or have some thing changed since then? Share your opinion with us 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 woman can be lead astray b[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 22, 2019, 4:01 pm by MSP
 
  While spring is still working on arriving, I recently helped a few clients prepare their spring and summer wardrobes. What came up at each session was, "What do I wear when it gets really hot out? I still want to look stylish, but what do I wear when it's steamy hot?" Ladies, we've got options. From sundresses to skirts (long, midi, and short), but more than likely, when it gets really hot in the summer, we'll wear shorts, capris, and cropped pants.  Admittedly, I'm a little apprehensive about showing more skin as the weather warms. I know most women are. However, I also know that finding your most flattering shorts, crops, and capris will make you look your best, and more importantly, feel the most confident.    T[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 15, 2019, 3:40 pm by MSP
 
  Need a style refresher? Perhaps you don't feel style-savvy at all. How should you go about getting "inspired" when you've been wearing the same ho-hum few things, over and over? Even you have become bored with your style (or lack of it). How do you get style-inspired and become the stylish woman you've always dreamed you could be? I'm glad you asked. This week at MissusSmartyPants we explore fun ways (and some unusual places) you can find inspiration. So, strap on your seatbelt and get ready for a wild ride-it's going to be a fun! Find out how everything around you, including nature, like a sun-soaked sunset or vibrant butterfly (and a few celebs mixed in, for good measure) can help you refresh your style. Need more clothes? No[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 8, 2019, 2:52 pm by MSP
 
  Spring is on its way! Before you know it...you'll be looking for a decent pair of shorts or crops in your messy closet. The weather will suddenly warm up, and you have no idea of what to wear. This happens because you failed to plan.  Let's organize our closets now. It's the best way to properly prepare for the season ahead. While it's not yet warm enough to rock a breezy sundress, by prepping now; transitioning into the new season will be much easier. Advanced planning is easier on your budget too (if you need something-buy it before you need it). Plan on also being more stylish!   If your closet looks like this (below)...how do you know what you want to wear?!?      Get the "List of Spring Basics" this week in y[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 7, 2019, 8:33 am by MSP
 
    Mix high and mid-priced items with low. Invest in core pieces, then pair  them up with mostly inexpensive clothing and accessories. Spend a little each season to update items like trendy tops and necklaces (Use MSP’s Seasonal Previews (every fall & spring season) to will give you the “scoop” on the latest trends!).     8 Ways to mix "spendy" & "trendy" items together successfully...   1. Add animal print to anything. Animal prints can be used as a neutral. One piece is all it takes to add a little something special to your outfit.   2. Shop your closet first. Chances are there’s already something similar to what you want...hiding right in your ve[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 5, 2019, 7:53 am by Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants
 
    Your body image is influenced more by self-esteem than your actual body shape.   Here are 11 ways you can improve your self-image:     1. Stop beating yourself up. Don’t go through a laundry list of your body’s imperfections. Instead, get your mind set and accept your body—it’s the only one you have.   2. Get real. The images you see on TV and in magazines are created with “smoke and mirrors”--and lots of air-brushing. Very few “real” people have bodies like what you see in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.   3. Listen to yourself. If you were to verbalize the negative things you say to yourself out loud and to other people—you’d have NO friends!   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 2, 2019, 1:56 pm by MSP
 
  MSP’s Swimsuit Guide 2019 Ready or not—it’s time to shop for a swimsuit!  After cold months of thick sweaters and heavy coats, just the thought of standing almost naked in front of a dressing room mirror can send fear into the heart of even the most avid shopper. It's inevitable, but the time is now to shop for a swimsuit. By shopping now you take advantage of the best selection in swimwear. More choices, means you'll find your best suit of your dreams. Since a new swimsuit is an investment-let's make a smart choice here.   This week's article (posting on Thursday) will give you your best swimsuit options based on YOUR body shape! Relax, we all get a little anxiety when we start[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 1, 2019, 1:42 pm by MSP
 
  Choose this delicious dress for your spring wardrobe! You're a sassy and confident woman...you might as well be delicous too!   Here are 3 more reasons why this dress is 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 25, 2019, 4:09 pm by MSP
 
  Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a few outfits ready-to-go at a moment's notice? You know, the easy button for something stylish to wear when you want (or need) to look and feel fabulous. Well, you're in luck. This week is your week! This week MSP outfit templates will help you plan and create fashionable outfits.  Print & save these grids from this week's article...and use them again and again. Dressing (stylish) could not get any easier than this! Get the best of both worlds. Spend less time and money by planning your wardrobe the MSP way! I'll show you how to set up your main wardrobe colors, what should be included, and how to mix minimal pieces for maximum style! It's a must-have article if you want [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 18, 2019, 4:07 pm by MSP
 
  This week is week two (2) of MSP's "Big Spring Preview" The fun and fashions continue!  This week, the remaining LIST (MSP's top 14 Trends you'll want this spring)! I've been getting lots of love regarding The Big Spring Preview (Part One)! You're welcome. I'm just as excited as you are to start wearing these new spring trends as soon as the weather warms up. Luckily, there has recently been some beautiful weather here in the south. Even though it might not be warm enough in your neck of the woods without a sweater, start wearing the lighter, brighter colors of the new season.   Spring has almost sprung! If a sweater is needed; wear it in the lighter, brighter colors of spring... Talbo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 8, 2019, 3:27 pm by MSP
 
  Pssst!!!! Spring is on its way! Leave winter behind. It's time to lighten-up and lose the heavy layers. It's time to refresh your wardrobe with spring's new colors & trends!     Prepare now...spring really is right around the corner. My local weather forecast (here, in the southern region of the U.S.) states this week's weather will be in the 60's all week! So, if you're still looking at half-melted snow piles, hang tight. Your snow piles will melt away soon.  Of course, we still have a couple of months of unpredictable weather; however NOW is the time to prep for spring. Start today. Start by clearing out your closet-clutter (since you aren't wearing it-get it out). Then whate[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 4, 2019, 3:55 pm by MSP
 
  What happened? You’ve been wearing the same styles for quite a long time...and you are bored with your lack of style. You know you must step-up your style game, but when you go shopping you buy MORE of the same things! It's frustrating when you don't know where to start. Life happens and you get stuck in a rut. Perhaps you need a complete "re-do" of your style. You could spend thousands of dollars (if you have it) on a personal stylist, but honestly you prefer to re-make your style quietly-all by yourself.   With the help of MissusSmartyPants, life-changing style advice coming your way! It happens to the best of us. From time to time, all women fall into style ruts. I happens to me too. When I start to feel bored and uninspired with what I'm [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 25, 2019, 3:09 pm by MSP
 
  Last week while waiting to meet with a client, I sat outside at a local cafe. I like to arrive early so I can get my thoughts together, as well as "people watch" for a few minutes. As I sat, I noticed staring back at me on the glass window an applied decal of a Coco Chanel quote. It was early in the day and all the seating along the window front was available, so I could have easily sat anywhere; but for some reason I was drawn to this one particular chair in the corner. I found it funny that a quote from Coco Chanel would be right in my face as I sat, lol! If you know me, I often quote Coco Chanel. I find her ideas about fashion and life "spot on". Hmm..."This quote's a good one" I thought to myself as I sat and waited. Since I passionately beli[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 20, 2019, 6:41 am by MSP
 
Divine Style = Simplicity   One simple dress...and one show-stopping necklace!   So often when a woman gets excited about re-discovering her style...she wants to pull out all the fashion stops! She will pile on the jewelry, match her shoes to her handbag + add more accessories-just for good measure. In reality, when you take a moment and examine what a well styled woman is actually wearing--there's not all that much to her outfit. Yes, she's got divine style, but more importantly she's using the style rule of simplicity.  The phrase "less is more" certainly applies when it comes to great style.Wearing clothes that fit you well, allowing the simple lines of the garment drape ov[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 18, 2019, 3:03 pm by MSP
 
  Accessories Worn Right Looking for a quick way to improve your style? Who isn't, right? Have you ever considered the accessories that you wear as problem solvers to many of your fashion dilemmas? It's true, accessories can do wonders to pull together a woman's style~instantly. Accessories are the best way to get "instant" style without spending a lot of money. Accessories can do wonders for even the most basic (read:boring) outfit. They can take the same ‘ol pieces and instantly give them a new and updated look (and at a fraction of what it would cost to buy more clothing). Yes, accessories can save you money-now I've got your attention!   Avoid accessory overload!  The is NOT stylish... "A[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 13, 2019, 7:45 pm by MSP
 
Dear Leslie, Can you please address how to dress the body that is in transition? I actually started my diet in November and have lost quite a bit of weight and I need some guidance with this unfamiliar body and how to purchase so I don’t spend a lot on clothes that hopefully I won’t wear long.    Thanks Cathy L     MSP HERE:    Thanks Cathy. That's a great question, and one I often get this time of year.   It’s been a couple of months and your weight loss goals are off to a terrific start! You’ve got your meal planning and diet all lined up...check. You’ve added exercise into your weekly routine...check. Now you’re finding your clothes are fitting you kinda loose. It’s all good and exciting, ex[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 11, 2019, 8:32 am by MSP
 
  8 Piece Capsule Wardrobe Hurry!!! Push everything in your closet over to one side.   Why are you doing this? Because you're going to wear ONLY 8 items this week, that's it. You won't need all those extra clothes (most of them are not worn on a regular basis, anyways). You are about to discover an amazing transformation process that will change the way you think about your clothes and your wardrobe-forever!   This week: it's a life-changing wardrobe challenge.  Join me in creating your own 8 piece capsule wardrobe--just like the one you'll see from me in this week's Personal Profile.     THIS WEEK: I'm stepping in front of the camera with inspirational outfits using[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 7, 2019, 7:28 am by MSP
 
  Dear Leslie,   I need help with accessories. Since you always seem to wear just the right accessories and just the right amount I know you can help. Do you have rules that you follow when picking out your accessories each day?    For example if I wear a bold necklace, should I not wear earrings? If I wear a chunky bracelet should I wear a ring on the same hand or on the other? What about mixing a pearl necklace and diamond stud earrings, yes or no? I just feel pearl earrings will look too matronly with the matching necklace, am I right about this?   By the way I love your website and your weekly style tips! My style has dramatically improved since joining your site. I’m also having fun playing dress up in my closet[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 4, 2019, 2:21 pm by MSP
 
  Need a few tips to help minimize your waistline? If you are like most women, a few waist-slimming tips will be quite welcome. The good new is, there are No abdominal crunches required. This week, clever ways to dress to minimize your waistline.   Minimize your waistline with these absolute best tips to dress slimmer! Look 5-10 pounds slimmer! You will look amazing when you dress in clothes that cleverly minimize your waistline. There really are ways to "camo" an undefined waist and look pounds slimmer. Make sure you take advantage of all of them. This week, see the best styles, most slimming pants, the best jackets, the right cut and fit of your clothes-plus necklines that actually make your torso appea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 28, 2019, 2:12 pm by MSP
 
  It is almost a month since the start of the new year...    Did you know this is the best time to get back to basics? With the next couple of months being rather cold, we'll spend most of our time indoors. Make this "in-between" time; time well spent. By planning our core wardrobe and clearing out the clutter now we can start enjoying better style and have a plan in place before spring arrives.  Let's use this valuable time to organize our closets and wardrobes.    This week at MissusSmartyPants: we create are own wardrobe master plan. WHY? Because the secret to a truly successful stylish woman starts with the right basics. What basics should every woman own? While it might vary from[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 26, 2019, 12:43 pm by MSP
 
  Most women do not spend near enough time or thought when purchasing a new bra. If it seems like it fits, they buy it. However, stop and think about it, your bra's sole purpose is to offer you the support you need all day long. That's important, and worthy of spending time to find the right support for your body since you'll be wearing it for up to 18 hours a day.   1. Some sizes are interchangeable. Just like with clothing, you will find when trying on bras, a size 34D in one brand and a 36C in another fit the same-what's up with that?! The fact is, there is no standardized sizing when it comes to bras. So, don't get stuck on a bra size--instead focus on fit.   2. Your straps don't support you. Unlike what [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 21, 2019, 2:08 pm by MSP
 
Finding Your Personal Color Contrast   As women figure out their own personal color season, be it a spring, summer, autumn, or perhaps a winter-they are often missing one key element regarding their color season-besides knowing that they have warm or cool undertones.   What's missing is how high or low their own personal color contrast is. Armed with this information, they can start to use their own personal color contrast and dress in colors that not only flatter them, but dress in colors that awaken their skin tone, and bring a sparkle to their eyes. It's like getting a vitamin shot of colors...and the best part-it works for every woman! Find out how to classify your color contrast in this week's article, "Finding Your Personal Color Contrast". [ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 14, 2019, 2:20 pm by MSP
 
  There's nothing better than feeling confident in the clothes you wear. However, too many women lack confidence when it comes to their attire. This makes me sad. However, since I've got a fail-proof 8-step plan to improve every woman's dressing confidence-let's do it!  In Thursday's Personal Profiles...8 (step-by-step) ways to interpret the seasonal trends age-appropriately. What woman doesn't want to look and feel age-amazing?   TIP: Mix your dressy items with casual ones for casual-chic looks. Psst...This casual jacket defines every woman's waist! Talbots Twill Shirt Jacket (petite, misses, plus)   Refining your style takes a leap of faith. You'll be putting yourself out there when y[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 7, 2019, 1:52 pm by MSP
 
  You are probably still in "post-holiday" mode (trying to get back to your regularly scheduled life). I’d also venture to guess that you aren’t looking to spend any money right now either. Plus one other thing, you might wonder why I'm going to start talking our spring wardrobes! The fact is, you can SAVE some serious money on your wardrobe right now. It's January and the end-of-season sales are just starting! You want to start buying basics that you can wear now, and all the way into the spring. Spend a little and save a lot--it's a smart strategy for seasonal 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 Mi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 31, 2018, 1:11 pm by MSP
 
  Boom! Just like that it's December 31st...and 2018 comes to a close. Turn the page, it's a new year. Are you ready for 2019? What changes are you going to make for this new year? How about living a healthier, fitter lifestyle? Most of us could fine-tune or increase our fitness levels a bit.  If you plan to add (or continue) a fitness routine-this week's for YOU! This week is all the best, and newest workout styles for every shape-and for every woman's body! "Dressed to exercise". It's just like FlyLady's saying "dressed to shoes" which means we are dressed for the task at hand....and ready to go!  By being dressed for exercise, we are prepared with the right attitude (and clothes). Dressing in fun exercise outfits [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 24, 2018, 2:39 pm by MSP
 
New Year Special: An Outfit Planner from MSP. Get it this week! It's an awesome way to end 2018 and start 2019. Everyday you must get dressed. Imagine how nice it would be; to effortlessly select something to wear each morning. This can be your daily reality. No more feelings of uncertainty, wondering if your outfit is a hit--or a miss. Instead, each day you are a dressing success! It will be yours in 5 easy steps. Often I'm chatting up about "go-to" outfits. This an essential way of dress for any woman who wants to look stylish, yet is constantly short on time. But, just exactly how do you make this happen with your wardrobe? No worries...relax. This week your MSP body type style membership ...gives you a&nb[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 17, 2018, 3:06 pm by MSP
 
  Lost your style and don't know where to find it? It happens...oh-so slowly. You're going along just fine, then one day, you catch a glimpse of your reflection in a storefront...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 staring back at you! The good news. What's the good news? It won't take that much effort to get your style back on track-with MissusSmartPants here to help* you! *SAVE and use this week's article right away and throughout the next year. It's full of tips to help you correct your body's proportions with the right clothing, and so much more. No more will you walk out the door wondering if something's off with your outfit. You will [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 10, 2018, 12:50 pm by MSP
 
  With Christmas just over two weeks away (can you believe it?)...the question is: what will you be wearing?   As the holidays roll around, we find ourselves stressing out because there are so many things that need to be done; yet so little time. Make this year easy by planning a few festive outfits NOW! What if you are suddenly invited to a festive event. What will you wear? Or, perhaps you have an upcoming holiday party, yet, you are still clueless about what you'll wear? Don't turn down that invitation!    THIS WEEK: I've got lots of festive outfit ideas (casual and dressy) this week for every BODY TYPE!   From your child's holiday performance at a school, to midnight church services, or even a casual [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 6, 2018, 5:36 pm by MSP
 
  Dear Friends,   With the arrival of the holidays, we often find ourselves with an occasion we need to dress for. Instead of being excited about dressing up; we become panicked. Suddenly panicked thoughts creep into your head...“What could I possibly wear?!” There's no need to get anxious or worry you won’t be dressed appropriately for any festive event. Why? Because you’ve got MissusSmartyPants! ...And now dressing for any festive occasion will be a snap! My Holiday Gift to YOU! Use these ‘festive’ tips to help you create an outfit for any holiday party or get-together (from Christmas to New Year’s eve). (Print tips below and save them in your Style Control Journal...you have one, right?[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 4, 2018, 7:14 am by MSP
 
  Celebrities always look good. Even on days when they are running errands, going to the gym, or simply relaxing-they have not a hair out of place.  Fact: celebrities enlist a lot of help. They have personal assistants, personal trainers, a chef, and a nutritionist to help them keep their scheduled lives in order. Celebrities also hire personal stylists to help them with their public image. As a celebrity, you won't make it very far if you don't have a bit of panache with your wardrobe. A hired stylist puts together complete "outfits" for their celebrity clients; showing them exactly what to wear. This personalized wardrobe plan includes not only outfits based on their body type, but a complete grid of what goes with what. This way, t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 29, 2018, 8:05 am by Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants
 
  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 26, 2018, 1:50 pm by MSP
 
  The temperatures are dropping and there is a chill in the air. It's time to 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 the northern climates, the need for a winter coat may include several super-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 coat, or are you in need of a new one? If it is last year’s coat...is this coat a flattering style for your body type? If you need help deciphering the winter coats and jacket trends this year, Thursday's article is for you. It is all about the right jacket or winter coat s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 20, 2018, 8:22 am by MSP
 
  The Only 5 Pieces You Need This Fall Continuing the "do not buy" theme from last week...there are only 5 pieces you really need this fall. By paring down your wardrobe and concentrating on fewer pieces (that mix and match) you'll dress more stylishly and in quick order too!   This week how to apply only 5 pieces to make fabulous looks.   Start your style journey today!  Order a MSP Personal Profile   MSP's Weekly Style Mission This week’s Style Mission: It's a closet fling! FLING at least two (2) items from your closet you have not worn in at last 6 months.  Be honest. You know there are at least two items in your closet taking up valuable real estate. You have no plans to wear them becau[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 12, 2018, 1:55 pm by MSP
 
  THIS WEEK: How about 4 ways to improve your style-yet buy nothing? Doesn't this idea sound fabulous since we are entering into the holiday season? I mean, who doesn't want to look her best, yet not spend any money in the process.    This week: top tips to dress your best by re-working your closet! Get this week's article & shopping guide just right for your body type! Order your MSP Personal Profile Today!   MSP's Weekly Style Mission In a style rut? Try something new, or wear something in a new way. This week's Style Mission: Remix your clothes in a different way OR wear something completely new to you!   Jump out your comfort zone by try something new! When is the last time you wore a dress? [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 5, 2018, 2:54 pm by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters,  At the start of every new season MissusSmartyPants.com gets overwhelmed with an inbox full of emails. We get hundreds of requests for style help. Questions range from: how to wear tights with skirts and dresses, how to choose the right color of tights based on the shoes, choosing the right lengths of winter jackets and coats... and so much more! Of course, we are happy to help a SYSter in need, but our inbox fills back up as quickly as we answer each email. We decided the smarter thing to do would be to answer ALL of your 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 hosie[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 29, 2018, 2:31 pm by MSP
 
  Dear MSP SYSters, Have you ever noticed your favorite black slacks are the same "go-to" ones that you wear all the time? Don't you wish you had few exciting new ways to pull your style together? Lucky for you, this week, I've got a list of 15 key items that will elevate your style. This list is above and beyond the basic wardrobe essentials. It's a list of items that will set your style above and beyond everyone else's.   Lose the snooze style..ELEVATE YOUR STYLE TO A NEW LEVEL! You will look chic and fab by simply adding these 15 items into your regular wardrobe mix. ​Join today and get "15 Key Items to Elevate Your Style"...+ a body specific dressing plan   MSP's Weekly Style Mission This week's Style Mission is [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 22, 2018, 2:38 pm by Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants
 
Every woman is beautiful in her own way. We always hear this and want to believe it, but what we all really want is to look our best-period. But, sometimes unknownlying we fall short because we do not understand what I call "the five essentials of style". These are the understanding how to enhance one's appearance using: proportion, line, color, texture and accents. My goal is to take the guesswork out of getting dressed. Once you get these five basics, you will know how to enhance your assets and minimize the other bits.    In this week's article I go in-deepth of how to use each of these five elements every time you dress. From this day forward...You will always look your best.    Order your MSP Personal Profile today and get this week's ar[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 14, 2018, 7:35 am by MSP
 
  I'm always chatting up the need for more versatility. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential to becoming stylish. Wardrobe building without a plan means you'll have a lot of clothes, but nothing really goes together. This is sad. With a flexible, yet resourceful core wardrobe.... you purchase less clothes over time; yet you are able to create more outfits...this in turn makes you more stylish! See how it 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 because yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 11, 2018, 10:04 am by MSP
 
  Admit it, you’ve been applying your makeup the same way for years. Unfortunately as we age we are guilty of not adjusting our makeup so that it enhances our more mature face and skin.       Use these 4 quick tips to update your makeup and look years younger!   1. Move your blush. Get an instant face lift by moving your blush from the apples of your cheeks UP to your cheekbones.   2. Update your foundation. Stop using the same one since college. Since you are older, you should look for one in a lighter texture and warmer tone.   3. Tone down your eye shadow. More than likely a smokey eye will end up making you look like a raccoon! Skip the heavy shadow, dark metallics and glitter eye shadows. Instead,[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 8, 2018, 12:18 pm by MSP
 
  Over the years as a stylist, I've found that women really want to feel comfortable in the clothes they wear. They also want to have a stylish edge. However, many women dress way too casual and end up feeling sloppy-not stylish at all. Being in a hurry on most mornings only adds to this vicious cycle of feeling un-styled. So, what's the answer??? "Grab N' Go" outfits...these will save you from the style doldrums! Every woman needs a few "Grab N' Go" outfits in her closet!    Imagine, grabbing a hanger with a complete outfit ready-to-go....including the accessories. How good would that be?! It certainly will make the mornings much easier...and the best part; it makes your complete day more stylish!   Every [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 4, 2018, 8:17 am by MSP
 
  How to layer correctly...every time:   To layer successfully you need to do 2 things:   1. BOTH layers made out of lightweight fabrics (bulky fabrics make you look bulky, therefore they don’t work well).   2. The first layer must fit you snug. If not, your layers will slide around and not look right or stay put. The first layering is usually longer too. (See photo below)   12 Layering pieces to consider:     __Short and long sleeved thin soft tees (in pretty fall colors) __Tanks and camisoles in every conceivable color __Vests in menswear plaids or long sweater vests __Variety of scarves __Long or layered necklaces __Classics like v-neck sweaters (long & short-sleeved) __Turtle[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 1, 2018, 3:56 pm by MSP
 
  Jackets and blazers give instant polish to any outfit, from casual to professional. They are your ultimate completer piece. Here's why... Jackets add chic style. Chic style is attainable because it's a learned skill. So, as you login each week (to your Personal Profile) you quickly learn how to select only 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! Jackets are essential tools. A great fitting jacket (or blazer) can fool the eye into believing the wearer has a perfect "balanced body" regardless of her actual shape! Amazing, huh? Well, it's true. Wearing your best jacket sty[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 24, 2018, 2:21 pm by MSP
 
  A full closet is like a security blanket. When it's full, it makes you feel safe-knowing you always have something to wear. However, the reality is; it's a false sense of security. The truth: we only wear a small percentage of our clothes. Often, it's the same things over and over. With so much in our closets, we always have something to wear, right? Then, why is it, we often exclaim, "I have NOTHING to wear!" Your answer does NOT mean: you need to go shopping again. Instead, you need a streamlined wardrobe. Less clutter = more peace and plenty to wear.   Less clutter, more peace. This week: streamline your wardrobe with MSP!   A contradictory closet. Your closet is lying! Think about what you wear day-to[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 17, 2018, 5:57 pm by MSP
 
  Ah jeans...to look fabulous in them; what woman doesn't want this?! Yes, fab fitting jeans can be yours, this week at MissusSmartyPants.com As the weather cools, we begin to 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 most flattering on you? Our typical fall/winter outfits often consist of one of our favorite pairs of jeans plus: knit tops, fuzzy sweaters, long tunics, a jacket or a cardigan, then, a colorful scarf added in for good measure. This cold weather "uniform" is perfect; however the key to looking fab lies with the fit of your jeans. Are your jeans flattering your body? Are your denims are making the most of your sha[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 13, 2018, 10:01 am by MSP
 
  4 Ways to Spend Less on Clothes   You spend hours trying on clothes and spend hundreds of dollars (or more) on clothes-yet when you open your closet, you can't find a thing to wear! What gives???      This common dilemma can be a thing of the past if you deploy these 4 tips below.   1. Go with quality. While fast fashion (trendy items) are super-tempting...too many trendy clothes are a waste of your hard-earned money. Most trendy pieces are made cheaply and will wear out quickly. Instead, stuck with quality items that are classic in style. Invest in one quality piece vs. 5 trendy items that will soon need replacing.   2. Get the right fit. One of the main reasons you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 10, 2018, 2:37 pm by MSP
 
  It's a new week at MissusSmartyPants!  This week I'm thrilled to share with you: THE top secrets to looking fab in your clothes. So get ready...because these tips will revolutionize the way you dress...they are life-changing!   By far the most common (and irritating dressing concerns) women have is how to hide back fat and muffin tops.  This week we banish them both...forever!   Yup, this week's topic sure does sound amazing and unbelievable..."How to Banish Back Fat & Muffin Tops-Forever". However, you and I know the truth... there is no magic wand or golden ticket that will instantly erase bulges from the back or tummy area. What we can do is dress in clever way[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 3, 2018, 1:09 pm by MSP
 
  I'm always chatting it up about the need for more versatility in our wardrobes. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential for any woman that wants to be more stylish. Why is this aspect of wardrobe building so important? Because instead of purchasing clothes "willy nilly" (without a plan) where nothing really goes together-suddenly you will be able to see outfit possibilities. A small coordinated wardrobe yields more outfits. Once you establish a resourceful core wardrobe.... you will purchase less clothes over time; yet you will be able to create more outfits...which in turn makes YOU more stylish.   THIS WEEK: Learn how to put together instantly 5 stylish looks! Remember this rule: [ More |  Email |  Print ]