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December 7, 2023, 6:58 pm by MSP
  Dear MissusSmartyPants SYSter, After considerable contemplation I have decided to end the website as of 12/31/2023. I do so with a heavy heart. Eighteen (18) years ago I created MissusSmartyPants. I had no idea where it would go, but I was quickly overwhelmed by support of many, many women desiring to learn how to dress their shape in a flattering way. I really hit a nerve. My original goal was to offer a style program that was fun and entertaining, informative, and quite possibly life-changing. I wanted it to be affordable for ALL women and the best style advice you could find anywhere. I feel I have succeeded. I close with a sincere “thank you” for your kindness and support of this women-owed business. With love, Leslie MSP    [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 4, 2023, 3:49 pm by MSP
    Revisiting Your Classics   “Why are you so dressed up?” I look down at my outfit and said, “I’m not dressed up; I’m  just wearing jeans and a t-shirt.” “No. You look really nice. Are you going somewhere?”  This is a conversation I have sometimes; even though I'm wearing jeans and a t-shirt (or a sweater). So, why do people think I’m dressed for something special when I’m usually going to only run a few errands? The answer is, because of how I'm wearing my classics. Do you want to look chic-even on casual days? Do you want to appear timeless with a touch of sophistication? If so, you will enjoy this week's article, “Revisit Your Classics”.  You’ve seen this woman before. She's sophisticated, [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 27, 2023, 4:30 pm by MSP
  You have put together a fabulous outfit and you’re excited to show it off…however, you have a dilemma. What shoes should you wear?   It’s not easy to choose the right shoes. So, what are the rules for selecting the right shoes based on your outfit? How do you know you’ve got it right?   This week, learn how to match your shoes to what you are wearing. From slim skirts to wide-leg trouser-get the LIST that shows you how to pick the right shoes for your outfit.      Check out the Shopping Guide and Style Article Combos here MSP's Weekly Style Mission In a style rut? Try something new with your style. This week: Wear things a little differently OR something completely new to you!   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 20, 2023, 3:05 pm by MSP
  11 Ways to Lose the Frump Lost your style and don't know where to find it? Hey, it happens...and oh-so slowly.  You're going along just fine, then one day, you catch a glimpse of your reflection...and then suddenly; you wonder what the heck happened to the woman you once were?! You see in the window's reflection an older, tired, and unstyled woman!  There's good news. It won't take much to get your style back-when you have MissusSmartPants help* you! *SAVE this article. It's chocked full of tips to help you correct (read: adjust) your body's proportions with the right clothing, and much more. No more will you walk out the door wondering if something's off with your outfit. You will know what areas to check for the best overall look.&nb[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 13, 2023, 3:03 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 (with diet and exercise) to combat the extra jiggle in the middle-however a really BIG part is dressing to slim.  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. Both (squeezing into tight clothes or wearing baggy ones) will make you look bigg[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 9, 2023, 5:16 pm by MSP
  How do you know two colors are going to look great together?  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's all about color saturation. 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   Or deep color combinations...   fuchsia and navy   navy and kelly green   Again for a stylish look, keep the color saturation equal in your top and bottom like this look with [ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 9, 2023, 11:09 am by MSP
  14 New Ways to Work With What’s in Your Closet Here’s how to work with what you’ve got in your closet right now: __Wear your LBD (Little Black Dress) with unusual accessories or colors. For example, wear a dark brown belt & dark brown accessories for a sophisticated look w/ your LBD. __Mix dressy and casual items together--in one outfit. Why not? It’s an uber-chic thing to do. __Wear unmatched items in one outfit. The ‘ground’ the outfit by wearing matching shoes, belt and handbag all in the same color. __Grab your LBD again. Now add a colorful/bright brooch at cleavage/neckline and wear matching bright shoes! What a cool way to bring “zing” to your same LBD! __Add unique shoes and handbags to your basic wardrobe. Can a gal[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 6, 2023, 3:30 pm by MSP
  THIS WEEK: How about 4 ways to improve your style-yet buy absolutely nothing? Doesn't this sound fabulous since we are about to embark on the holiday season? I mean, who doesn't want to look her best, yet not spend a dime in the process.    This week: 4 amazing tips to dress your best by re-working what's in your closet! Check out the latest "Shopping Guide and Article Combos" for your body type MSP's Weekly Style Mission In a style rut? Try wearing something new, or wear something you already have in a different way. (Psst! You'll get ideas with this week's article) Style Mission: Remix your clothes in a different way OR wear something completely new to you!   Jump out your comfort zone by trying something new![ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 30, 2023, 2:46 pm by MSP
  The temperatures are starting to drop, and there's a chill in the air. It's time to add a warm and stylish winter coat or jacket to keep the cold chill away.    Here in the south, the need for a heavy winter coat only lasts for a few months. However, in northern climates, the need for a winter coat may include several 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 this coat a flattering style for your body type? If you need help deciphering winter coats and jacket trends, this article is for you. It's all about the right jacket or winter coat style for each body type [ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 24, 2023, 3:53 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.   10. Close up your neckl[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 23, 2023, 2:08 pm by MSP
  There's an old saying, "Rules were meant to be broken".  I can't agree more. How do you know when a "rule" is worth following anyways? Especially in the fashion world; what makes a "rule" the correct way to dress? There is a lot left to interpretation. Admit it. You've been a rule breaker from time to time. I think we all have. I'm not afraid to take chances...or break "rules" especially when it comes to fashion. I'll try the latest fashions (age appropriate, of course) and wear the newest colors or trends. But sometimes we all have doubts. We aren't always sure if something okay to wear--or not.  Q: Can you wear a navy dress with black accessories? Find out this week how to correctly mix colors together for the right look. Find out what to avoid.&[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 16, 2023, 5:20 pm by MSP
  I'm always looking for more wardrobe versatility. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential to being stylish. Wardrobe building without a plan means you'll have lots of clothes, but nothing really goes together. This is sad and totally unnecessary. With a flexible, yet a resourceful core wardrobe.... you purchase less clothes; yet you are able to create more outfits...this in turn makes you more stylish! See how it works? However, there are a few other ways you can E-X-P-A-N-D your wardrobe possibilities... rely on fab accessories-like SCARVES! Guess's scarf season! One of the best accessories (especially in cooler weather) is a scarf. Having said that, after wearing a scarf over and over (the sa[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 9, 2023, 3:10 pm by MSP
    How to Mix Patterns and Prints   When I say pattern mixing, do you instantly think, "Oh, no! I would look like I dressed in the dark!"    Mixing unexpected patterns and prints has become a stylish way to dress, and I for one like it! Of course, there can be a fine line between looking stylish, or like a hot mess, but, I'm here to help you get it right.   Not sure how to look stylish and chic by mixing several patterns in one outfit? Use MSP's "does it mix?" chart + 6 mixing guidelines in this article, "How to Mix Patterns and Prints" will help you get a chic look every time.   No more guessing. Simply find the pattern you want to mix-then see what I suggest you wear with it! Boo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 2, 2023, 2:44 pm by MSP
  While we aren't wearing cozy sweaters or sipping hot cider just yet; we certainly can envision ourselves bundling up soon. With so many fab sweater styles this fall...from cowl-necks, to something with ruffles or bell sleeves, deciding which sweaters to add, and in what color is going to be fun. As the weather begins to cool here in the mid-south, we are starting to wear light sweaters in the morning, while the real "sweater weather" is a few weeks away. This article highlights the new trends along with classic sweaters, PLUS show how to layer perfectly in 4 steps. You'll be ready just in time for the cooler weather.    Is it a pullover, or a cardigan?!? LOL     Get "Sweater Weather-4 Ways to [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 25, 2023, 4:13 pm by MSP
  Jeans...and to look fabulous in them; what woman doesn't want this?!  Fab-fitting jeans can be yours...let me show you how. As the weather cools, we begin to pull out our denims and and wear them quite frequently. Soon, they become one of our regular "go-to" items. Wouldn't you like to know your jeans are the most flattering for you? 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 you? Are your denims making the most of your shape? Are you wearing the [ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 18, 2023, 3:08 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 my 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-chic, these outfits will get you energized for the 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 sho[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 11, 2023, 2:56 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 even fix it! It's frustrating when what you’re wearing doesn't look quite right. It's even more frustrating when you like the color or the style, but again, something doesn’t look right. Every woman wants to look her best. But not every woman has it figured out how to fix 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. There's something wrong if your clo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 7, 2023, 2:04 pm 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 up the pos[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 4, 2023, 1:21 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. What to do now. 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 learn how to 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 cl[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 28, 2023, 2:49 pm by MSP
  Dear MSP SYSters, Have you ever noticed, despite your decent-sized wardrobe, you always wear the same favorite pieces? They are your "go-to" piecess that you wear over and over (and then over AGAIN).  Do you wish you had a few new ideas to help you REMIX your basics?  Lucky for you, this week, I've got a list of 15 key items to elevate your style. This list is above and beyond the basic wardrobe essentials.    Lose the snooze on your style..ELEVATE YOUR STYLE! Look fab by 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[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 21, 2023, 3:00 pm by MSP
  It's hot...and you are sweaty! What's SYSter to wear? Get that "casual-chic vibe" AND keep cool. Late summer is the perfect time to reinvent your style. Fab style is something every woman can possess...and this week I'm going to prove it to you (and keep you cool).   This week: The secrets of chic style are revealed! (Personally, I'd switch the jeans for a summer short right now)   Even if you dress casual everyday, there are amazing ways to amp-up your style. This week's article will "dissect" the difference between "average" ho-hum looks to "chic style". See how to re-create it for yourself!    Get this week's article "Late Summer Style" with your purchase of a MSP Personal Profile!   MSP's Weekly Style[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 14, 2023, 3:21 pm by MSP
  It's week two (2) of the Big Fall Preview 2023 You've been waiting, and now the time has arrived. Time to start PLANNING your fall wardrobe! The weather is steamy, but the stores are full of fall merchandise. It's time to plan a few outfits (ahead of time) and get in-the-know about the new fashions and trends for fall. Don't get caught off guard. The weather will change, and before you know'll be grabbing a sweater again! Plan your fall wardrobe with MSP's Big Fall Preview (part 1 &2)!   It's fall (at least in the style world). Soon, you'll need a sweater and "pumpkin-spiced" everything will be everywhere! This week at MSP: The latest trends for fall, and how to wear them!   What to do now. Start[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 7, 2023, 3:14 pm by MSP
  It's that time of year again! Time to start planning your fall wardrobe.  Coming this week... "The Big Fall Preview 2023". This fall-winter style guide will quickly become your 'go-to' reference for all things style related. It's made for planning your fall wardrobe, as well as for editing what you currently own. It's full of the latest trends and colors to help you quickly update your look with only a few new trends and colors. From the latest "must-have" accessories to the latest in fall'll have everything you need right at your fingertips. Stay in-the-know so your style will look up-to-date. With this fall guide you'll also make smarter wardrobe choices.   Build your fall wardrobe with pieces you ca[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 3, 2023, 5:19 pm by MSP
The Best Way to Declutter Get four boxes. Next, label them (or, for that matter just make space for four different piles on the floor). Each box (or pile) should be labeled: Keep, Donate/Sell, Recycle, Trash. Get your timer set for one hour (or you can do it in smaller increments of time-perhaps 15 minutes at a time). Take the set time and do a small section of your closet or one drawer. Ask yourself which pile each item should be in. No procrastinating here. Use your gut intuition! Once you have a certain section cleared out, take the remaining time to put back all the "Keep" items neatly. Repeat this process each day. Before you know it, you'll have a big project you were quite frankly dreading completed!   AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS... My [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 31, 2023, 3:41 pm by MSP
  Wouldn't you love to have a few stylish outfit ideas in your back pocket ready for when the need arises? You know, the 'easy button'  for something nice to wear when you want to look and feel a little more stylish. Maybe you want to look more stylish everyday? The good news is you can push an 'easy button' with this week's "The 'go-to' Guide for Summer Outfits". Last weekend my husband and I went out for dinner. I wore my textured pencil skirt, a peplum knit top and my soft pink kitten heels. It was easy-peasy style for me and I felt great! (Note to self: next time take a picture of outfit so you can share it). When the weather heats up...I've got a few 'go-to' outfits ready. I use templates (I created) to help me pick out what I'm going to wear for whatever th[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 24, 2023, 4:58 pm by MSP
  Try a fresh way of dressing the summer: neutral chic.   Think beach chic, or when fall arrives, think stylish neutral layers. The new way of dressing chic is to wear all neutral colors. There are a variety of ways to get this casual chic vibe without emptying your wallet. More than likely, most of what you need in already in your wardrobe!         Find out how to dress this stylish way with this week's article, "The New Neutrals". I'll give you color palette suggestions and outfit ideas to use in your closet. Don't miss out on this handy article that will help you refresh your style~instantly!     Get "The New Neutrals" with a MSP style membership!   MSP's Weekly Style Mission "[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 24, 2023, 4:56 pm by MSP
  CPW: The True Cost of Clothes The Cost Per Wear (CPW) is a powerful concept that lets you understand the real price of your clothes. It can also help you compare two potential purchases to decide which is more cost-effective. Because a lower price doesn’t always mean you actually spend less. And vice versa, a higher price doesn’t mean you spend more overall. That’s where the Cost Per Wear comes in place. In order to get the most out of your wardrobe and your clothing budget, you must understand about Cost Per Wear! Cost Per Wear (CPW) is a simple idea: the value of an item is directly related to how much you use it. Think of everything you own less as static objects. Instead, think of them as things you can get use out of. For example, if you b[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 17, 2023, 2:37 pm by MSP
  Happy Monday! How's your bra fitting you right now? Not sure? Ask yourself these bra fit questions: Does your band ride up in the back? Is your breast tissue spilling over the top, at the sides or under the cups? Do your cups pucker or gap? OR, do your cups runneth over? Do your straps slip down? Do your straps dig into your shoulders? Does the wire poke your skin? Did you know a woman's bra size changes up to 7 times in her lifetime? From young adulthood, to motherhood, and then later in her mature years...a woman's bust changes in shape and size. Of course, gaining weight or losing weight will also change your bust size and shape. When was the last time you checked your bra size and style? Hmm...I thought so. Wearing the RIGHT bra will make you look sl[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 10, 2023, 3:49 pm by MSP
  15 Amazing Style Secrets Every morning when you get dressed... wouldn't it be nice to know few "secrets" that can make you look (and feel) even better? It sounds good; right? This week MSP shares 15 amazing tips (that are known mostly to only stylists). These 15 tips could quite simply change the way you look and feel about your appearance!    THIS WEEK: Get makeup tips, amazing closet organization ideas, see how to adjust your body proportions-fast + tips on how to wear accessories correctly...+ much more!     Why am I sharing these secrets? As a fellow busy woman, I understand how hard it is to find useful advice you can really use. In the past, I've purch[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 3, 2023, 3:18 pm by MSP
    Oh no!!! Something's gone amiss with your outfit...but what can it be?  What could possibly be wrong that is making your outfit look so bad? Something is off, but you can't  quite put your finger on it. Sometimes we can't see the forest through the trees. Well, I can't help you with the 'tree'  part...but lucky for your fashion stylist, I can help answer your burning style questions! I'm going to tell you (oh-so nicely, of course) what's wrong with your outfit. More than likely something or several things you are wearing are proportionally wrong for you. This week you'll get the answers you need to fix all your style faux pas.   This week: MSP answers to your most perplexing style questions! F[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 26, 2023, 2:43 pm by MSP
  Looking for a new way to get your style to come together? I've got just what you are looking for! Use Three's a charm. It's about adding one extra item to any basic outfit. It's the "secret sauce" that takes what 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 proven theory; when esembling an out[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 25, 2023, 12:08 pm by MSP
  Pair colors for summer outfits means you need to think tropical. Start with your main neutral color as bright white (or warm creamy white). Choose light, breathable natural fabrics that will keep you cool in the summer heat. Next, pick your favorite bright color. Choose from colors such as: lemon yellow, fuchsia, royal blue, orchid, sky blue, orange.   Looking to amp-up your summer color even more? Wear more than one bright color, plus your summer white basic piece. Why not wear two bright colors together? Fab bright color combos include: purple with coral, blue with orange, cobalt blue with aqua, red with navy blue.     STYLE TIP: Try pairing contrasting colors (ones across the color wheel from each othe[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 19, 2023, 1:37 pm by MSP
It's Monday and the start to a new week! Let's kick it off by learning how YOU can make the most of the summer sales. "Buy the best quality you can afford"...this is the mantra every MissusSmartyPants SYSter knows well. They know this is the best way to build a quality wardrobe, because a good core wardrobe is key to fab stylish outfits. But, what if you could purchase these top-quality pieces...yet at really low prices? Well then, that would be even better! Shop now. The summer months of June and July are sales months. This IS the best time to score quality pieces at bargain prices! Stores are just beginning to mark-down items so they can clear out most of the summer merchandise. Soon, early fall clothing will replace summer ones. Mid-season gives you [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 12, 2023, 2:55 pm by MSP
    Who can't use a few tips that visually SLIM the waistline? If you are like most women, waist-slimming tips are welcome advice. The good news: No abdominal crunches required. This week, clever ways to dress that minimize the appearance of your waistline.   Minimize your waistline with these absolute best tips to dress slimmer! Look 5-10 pounds slimmer! Look amazingly slimmer when you dress in clothes that cleverly minimize your waistline. There really are ways to "camo" an undefined waist and look pounds slimmer in the process. This week, see the best styles, most slimming pants, the best jackets, the right cut and fit of clothes-plus necklines that actually make your torso appear slimmer! Use all these[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 5, 2023, 1:19 pm by MSP
    Yes! You found the perfect handbag. Or, so you think you did.  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 you? However, did you stop and think about the SHAPE of your handbag? Is it right for your body type? 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[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 2, 2023, 4:47 pm by MSP
  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. Nothi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 29, 2023, 3:06 pm by MSP
  One Item Three Ways-Summer Edition! Back by popular demand! The return of "One Item, Three Ways".  This week's article gives you a fun variety of outfits by starting with one item directly from your closet. Find out how to wear each particular item, three different ways. Talk about maximizing your wardrobe basics-this will amaze you how easy it is to be stylish with only a few pieces!    Quick! Can you think of 3 different ways to wear this knit skirt? Relax, MissusSmartyPants has 3 fab ideas right here!   No need to buy a thing, let's work with what you have! Let's take the same summer basics we wear each day-and get creative (remix them). Let's find NEW ways to wear 'em. When you 're-mix' [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 22, 2023, 8:27 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 15, 2023, 4:01 pm by MSP
  To me, hearing "One must age gracefully" is like fingernails screeching across the chalkboard. Initially, it rubs me the wrong way! Must I? Does aging gracefully mean I take a backseat to the younger gals, start blending into the wallpaper, and quietly go off into retirement? The topic: "aging" seems to stir up negative emotions, when it fact, there are so many good things about being older. Let's take a deep dive at what "aging" and "gracefully" both mean.  As an "older" woman chronologically, my opinion is: age is more subjective. Do you agree? Think about the woman you were 10 years ago. Today you are a totally different person. We all change physically, mentally, emotionally. With different life choices, habits and thoughts-you have evolved into who you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 8, 2023, 5:57 pm by MSP
  Summer is just right around the corner! What's the best way to prepare for the warm weather ahead? As a stylist, my best answer for you is to add a few summer essentials to your wardrobe. Certain summer pieces will offer you the most "mix and match potential"...and that's what summer-chic is all about. It's going to get hot (real hot) so prepare your wardrobe now. You will want wardrobe essentials that allow you to pack quick for a 3-day getaway, or for a backyard barbeque (or whatever summer event comes your way). Get the list of 7 Summer Essentials to start your warm season wardrobe. Join MissusSmartyPants today!     Gain Style Confidence With This Week's Style Tips  AND a MSP Personal Profile Membership!   MSP's W[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 1, 2023, 3:38 pm by MSP
  Cool Style on a Hot Day It is not yet hot outside, but give it a few weeks and we'll be talking about the heat and what to wear in the heat. Living in the South means as the temperature rises, so does the humidity! Hot days create a unique dressing challenge: "How can we look stylish without melting"? If you know me, I’m always up for a good challenge. So, I did what any fab fashion stylist would do…I went shopping in search of the best looks for hot days!  STAY TUNED...You'll want to "save" this article, because in a few short weeks the weather is going to heat up!   I've collected the best outfit ideas for hot days... For example, this sassy, yet cool swing dress is perfect for wearing when the heat is on...   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 24, 2023, 2:49 pm 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 of "a certain age"? Is thirty, forty, or even fifty-or beyond too old for certain styles? 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 head to toe, 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.[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 17, 2023, 3:10 pm by MSP
  Just the title, “How to Have Glowing Skin” is intriguing to say the least. I think I could easily say we all desire glowing skin. It's a possibility and quite frankly, something we should work at. The reason you want your skin to be its best is because your skin reflects your health! Read that again: Your skin is a reflection of your health!   As a woman with aging skin, the topic of skincare is near and dear to my heart. Since I'm over 60, I do my best to take care of my skin. I wash it with a gentle cleanser every morning and night, and I wear a moisturizer with sunscreen daily. But, am I really doing all I should? Is there more to skincare? Taking care our skin is hugely important because better looking skin makes us look more youthful. Looking pos[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 10, 2023, 3:19 pm by MSP
  3 Steps to Comfy Chic Casual style can get too casual. After awhile, you start to feel down right sloppy! The good new is; while at home, you have other options besides yoga or sweatpants, and beefy t-shirts. You can put a little more effort into your comfy outfits without trying too hard. This week: tips to help you put together comfy (stylish) outfits for when you are going absolutely nowhere (or just the grocery store). Why bother? Because simply put: when you look good, you feel good. We deserve to feel our best any day of the week. Find out how to take a simple t-shirt and jeans into a simple-yet casual chic look!     Get MSP's "3-Steps to Comfy Chic" article in this week's Personal Profile article (along with style information based on[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 6, 2023, 6:19 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 the top-if desired.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 3, 2023, 2:19 pm by MSP
Figure Fixes This week's article is about defining and refining your 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. We are not perfect (FYI: no one is "perfect") nor are our bodies; and that's what makes us real. So, if we play up our assets and work with our bodies-we gain confidence...and that's what real style: self-confidence! 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 f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 27, 2023, 4:04 pm by MSP
  This week: MSP's Guide to Shorts and Crops! Before you know it, the weather will be sizzling hot! Will you ready? What will you wear? More than likely, you'll be wearing shorts, crops or capris.  Recently, I helped several clients build their spring and summer wardrobes. The issue of what to wear when it gets hot out triggered a dressing dilemma for both of them. They were afraid to show too much skin, or to appear to be dressed too young-just for the sake of trying to stay cool. However, the good news is women have lots of options; like wearing a sundress, or a skirt, but more than likely when it's really hot out, most women will wear shorts, crops, or capris. This means we have to get our proportions right so we look our best in shor[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 20, 2023, 4:35 pm by MSP
  As we age, we realize it’s a blessing to get older. However, we are confronted with some not so fabulous things about aging like, age spots, chin hair, spider veins, gray hair, a sagging bust…and as you know, much more. I’m sure I don’t need me to continue-you get the picture. While we try our best to minimize these issues; there are some things you may be doing that actually makes you look OLDER! You want to keep your look fresh, up-to-date-you want to appear "ageless". Check the list from this week's style article and see if you are doing any of these “aging” things that you should be avoiding!   Find out if you are doing any of these 7 mistakes that make you look older! Get this week's article, "7 Style Mistakes That Make You Look Older".[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 13, 2023, 2:20 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 almost sprung! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 6, 2023, 3:11 pm by MSP
    Yes! 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 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 (or online). Just seeing these lighter and brighter colors queues us that we need to start planning our warm season wardrobe now!  Spring is right around the corner! My local weather (here in the South) is warm and above average. Everything is leafing out! As I ran errands on the weekend, everyone else had the same idea (or "excuse") to get outside and enjoy the weather that was gorgeous and super warm!   It's time to lighte[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 27, 2023, 6:18 pm by MSP
  "I think women are realizing that they don't need a closet full of clothes.  They just need the RIGHT clothes" ~ Michael Kors   How functional is your closet? Can you rely on your clothes 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 simplifying your wardrobe. That's right. A better wardrobe starts with the WARDROBE BASICS. Most closets are full of clothes hardly ever worn. Up to 80% of what’s in our closet are not worn on a regular basis. Every morning this 80% is passed over as we hunt f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 20, 2023, 3:50 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 see first is your hair. Think about what your current haircolor and style.   It could be your unstyled hair and/or your haircolor that ages you. Nothing ages you like hair that's too dark, a solid block of hair dye, dull dry hair, gray roots, or long hair pulled back in a banana clip. Pause and think about your hair color and current style. What could you do to improve it?     “Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges,  but eventually you find a hairstylist you like” ~Author Unknown      &nbs[ More |  Email |  Print ]