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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 ]

August 30, 2018, 7:45 am by MSP
 
  1. BE CREATIVE. Fashion and style is all about creativity. Creativity really comes in handy when you’re trying to get the most style for your budget. Your entire wardrobe magically expands when you realize the variety of ways to maximize what’s in it. Seek inspiration everywhere (women you come across, online, in magazines, on TV). Adapt the ideas to fit your body/lifestyle/budget.    2. JUST BE YOU. Become familiar with what works for your body type, skin tone, lifestyle and personality. Staying within your comfort zone of style reduces the time it takes to shop and increases your style successes. You’ll be able to shop with more focus which is helpful when your hunting for treasures in the clearance section.   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 29, 2018, 2:16 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. GOT 15 MINUTES? Awesome! Below are 16 things to toss from your closet.   A clean closet gives a us clearer mind and makes finding something to wear so much easier in the morning. Part of the problem is the closet accumulation: the stuff you should be tossing but haven't because you're too busy or a bit sentimental.    Let me help you clear out the clutter.   Print this list and get busy this weekend. Toss the clutter by editing out what you no longer wear. I guarantee that getting dressed come Monday morning will be soooo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 27, 2018, 1:47 pm by MSP
 
  Six Ways to Wear White Jeans   Our mamas told us, "NO white after Labor Day". Well, that no longer holds true anymore. Those days are long gone. Today's fashion scene takes just about every "rule" we once believed in, and breaks it. Along with the notion of double-denim as a style faux pas; wearing white in the cooler months is not only okay, it's now super-stylish! That's fashion for you: fickle and ever-changing!   NYDJ "Clarissa" Stretch Slim Jeans (petites and missus)   This week's posting: Six white jean outfits that you can wear all fall and winter! Yes, white jeans in winter is quite chic, when done right. Use these tips and copy 6 chic white outfits for the most stylish season [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 21, 2018, 3:33 pm by MSP
 
  12 Things I Think You Should Have In Your Closet   I have spent years working as a stylist and fashion blogger. Since I was a young girl I have always loved clothes and how amazing they are for one's psyche. It only made sense as an adult I would find a job that involved fashion and clothes in some form. It never gets old when a shopping client gets that Cinderella feeling-you know, the glamorous and stunning way Cinderella felt when she put on her new ball gown. I believe every woman should have this feeling with her clothes.   My love affair or romance for clothes continues to this day. This means I have a hard time parting with them. Over time, I’ve collected a lot of clothes. You do the math. My closet is constantly way too full of clothes, sho[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 20, 2018, 3:19 pm by MSP
 
  Dear SYSters,  Here in the South, the heat and humidity continue, after all it's still August. However, as the warm weather continues, the humidity will soon diminish (thank goodness). In another month or so, cooler mornings will mean a light jacket or sweater will be needed before heading out the door. Ahhh....Welcome fall! This change is inviting and refreshing. It's almost fall! By preparing ahead of the new season...your style will be right in step with the latest fashion and trends..the best part is: there's nothing new to buy!   Use this week's article to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your current wardrobe into the fall season.   Your summer wardrobe has at least 10 pieces you can use to cre[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 14, 2018, 8:47 am by MSP
 
  A good looking woman (YOU) always wears colors from her Seasonal Color palette. Combine knowing the right colors along with dressing for one's body type and you've got one incredible looking woman. Regardless of age, height, shape...a well dressed woman shines with confidence.   Pamper yourself with a MSP Seasonal Color Analysis today!  Even Coco Chanel agrees with me (smile, wink, wink)...   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 13, 2018, 12:58 pm by MSP
 
  It's week two (2) of the Big Fall Preview 2018! You've been waiting, but finally the time has arrived. Time to PLAN your fall wardrobe. The weather is hot, 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. Don't get caught off guard. The weather will change soon, and before you know it...you'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 that are hot for fall, and how to wear them!   Wh[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 6, 2018, 1:40 pm by MSP
 
  It's that time of year again! Time to start planning your fall wardrobe.  Whether you need a complete wardrobe revamp, or just want to add-in a few new items; you'll want MSP's guide: "The Big Fall Preview 2018". 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 are currently wearing. It's full of the latest trends and colors to help you quickly update your look with only a few choice selections. From the latest "must-have" accessories to the latest in fall fashions...you'll have everything you need right at your fingertips. Stay in-the-know so your style will look up-to-date + you'll make smarter wardrob[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 30, 2018, 3:02 pm by MSP
 
  I just spent six long hours inside a client's closet. She employed me to help her decide what stays and what goes. Her closet was so crammed full of clothes there was no way you could possibly add another top or look through the racks to find something to wear! Too many clothes is actually a problem. Why? Because all these clothes are mostly bad purchases; essentially-clutter! This client said she loved to shop, but somehow with all these clothes she still didn't feel stylish and had a hard time finding somethin to wear.   My client hoped I could make sense of all her clothes (she had so many). What she really needed was a wardrobe plan (something she clearly didn't have)...Plus a STOP button on shopping. She certainly came[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 23, 2018, 1:02 pm by MSP
 
  12 Amazing Style Tips You Never Heard Of   Every morning when you get dressed, wouldn't it be nice to know if you can look even better? Sounds good, doesn't it? This week MSP is sharing 12 amazing tips (that are often only known by fashion stylists) that could quite simply change the way you look and feel about yourself from this day forward! These 12 tips are... AMAZING!   You will get makeup tips, closet organization ideas, see how to adjust your dressing proportions for a balanced shape + tips on how to wear accessories right--and so much more!   Find out how to look and feel your best for your body type + get this week's style article!   I've done the research f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 13, 2018, 5:27 pm by MSP
 
  How to Mix Patterns Like a Fashionista   When I say pattern mixing, do you instantly think, "Oh, no! It would look like I dressed in the dark!"    Mixing unexpected patterns and prints has become a huge fashion trend, and I for one like it! Of course, there can be a fine line between looking stylish, or looking like a hot mess! I'm here to help you get it right. Go bold with pattern mixing, or keep it simple-the choice is yours. Either way you will look more stylish and more than likely you will get twice the use out of the clothes you already have.   Look chic and on-trend. Yes, you can look stylish and chic by mixing several patterns in one outfit. Use MSP's "does it mix" chart + 6 mixing g[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 9, 2018, 3:09 pm by MissusSmartyPants
 
  You joined MissusSmartyPants to look and feel more stylish, plus stay up on the current trends. Yes, all of this happens as you gain knowledge and enjoy the weekly posts.   However...the MOST EARTH-SHAKING STYLE ADVICE COMES THIS WEEK...     This style advice is life-changing, and quite frankly it's just about all you need to put your style together. It's ageless, classic and for every woman, every shape. So, what the heck is it? It is the art of proportion. Knowing how to apply this knowledge of proportion means you'll re-think your daily outfits. Knowing the difference between a bad look (for you) and one that makes you look amazing means you'll never feel frumpy again. (See I told you this is for every woman)   Do [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 6, 2018, 7:47 am by MSP
 
  As I promised, here's how I wore a brooch this week.  I had a business meeting to attend, but on that day it was going to be a sweltering 95 degrees. So, wearing something simple (read: cool) was the order of the day. The simple addition of a brooch made my simple top and skirt look special and pulled together. Wouldn't you know it...I got a few nice comments from a couple of ladies that loved my brooch and thought it was a perfect accent to wear that day. Brooches are perfect for summer wearing. Unlike a bold necklace (and often a heavy necklace), they don't heat you up when you are trying to wear as little as possible!   Wearing a brooch like this is good because it brings atttention upward. If you are petite[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 2, 2018, 1:51 pm by MSP
 
  This summer let your accessories do the talking! YOU are the stylish one no matter where you go or what you do. When you're wearing awesome accessories...your style rocks!    Fun Fact: Accessories are a woman's BFF.  Looking chic and stylish means your accessories are on-point.  Without 'em...you are just wearing a top and bottom!   Mind the gap. One of the best things about accessories is they have the ability to to bridge the gap. You can create different looks by simply changing your accessories. For example, a simple dress can go from everyday casual to a dressy night-time look by simply using different accessories. This means you don't need to have an extensive wardrobe! [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 25, 2018, 2:00 pm by MSP
 
  The Heat Is On! When it's hot...really, really hot out...dressing stylishly gets tricky. It’s this time of year that most of us start giving up on style and put on "whatever" on for the sake of coolness and comfort. I get that. However, you can still look awesome when it's blazing hot. When your clothing sticks to your hot, sweaty body... and the thought of adding a layer or anything else fussy is out of the question, what's a style SYSter to do? Look to MissusSmartyPants to keep you from melting away!     Similar: Francesca's Crocheted Ivory Ruana   This week, I've got creative ways to dress chic in the blazing summer heat. These suggestions will help you look (and feel) cool[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 18, 2018, 2:05 pm by MSP
 
  There it was. A message I needed to read, and more importantly, to believe in.  This message was a reminder to me to find "balance" in all aspects of my life.   This week, together we will use this timely reminder to find balance with our clothes and our accessories.      Do you sometimes wonder how things come to you at just the right moment? I'm not sure how it happens, but when it does, I call it providence. This message (actually it's a sticker) was left on the countertop in my gym's locker room. It was left there intentionally to share with others who need it. Reading its message made me smile (and reflect about) how despite everything (my week having been particularly hectic) that we all have so[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 15, 2018, 3:08 pm by MSP
 
  Don't Pretend It Fits: We've all been there, standing in the dressing room and convincing ourselves that the button will magically stay closed when we get home (and then, of course, it doesn't).   These are the times where we have to accept that our bodies have changed in one way or another, and buy clothes that fit. Because you know what happens to the clothes that don't fit (cue garbage bags being dropped off at Goodwill here). [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 11, 2018, 2:00 pm by MSP
 
  "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 creating stylish outfits. But, what if you could purchase these top-quality pieces...yet at really low prices? Well then, that would be even better! The time is 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 deep discounts-yet you'll still wear these basics all the way into fall. Ladies, this is the time t[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 4, 2018, 1:15 pm by MSP
 
  "Shoes might not make the woman, but they sure can make the outfit!" ...MissusSmartyPants   One of the most frequently asked questions I get is... "How do I know which shoes to wear?"   For example, which style of shoe is right for a wide-legged pant, and what's best for wearing with a pencil skirt? How do you know when you've got it right?    This week MissusSmartyPants helps you choose the right shoes for every outfit! Shoe Keeper from Ikea.com   Shoes matter more than you think! It's a proven fact that when people first meet, they check out the other person's complete outfit... from head-to-toe. Think about it...you DO do this; don't you? You notice the other person's footwear (ofte[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 30, 2018, 2:33 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 a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 28, 2018, 3:24 pm by MSP
 
  Yipee!!!! This week marks the start of the summer season... Wouldn't it be nice to have a few stylish outfits ready-to-go?    Want to look stylish all summer long?  You can! With this week's "The 'go-to' Guide for Summer Outfits"  you'll have what you need to look fab all summer!   When the summer heat starts, it's nice to have few 'go-to' outfits ready. I use templates (that I've created)...and this week I'm sharing them with you. This "template" way of dressing makes me (and you) look stylish in a blink of an eye. Last weekend I went out for dinner and a movie. I wore a textured pencil skirt, a peplum knit top and soft-pink kitten heels. It was an easy-peasy outfit for m[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 26, 2018, 7:59 am by MSP
 
  It's the start of travel season and one of your best "go-to" pieces is a maxi.  Maxi skirts are comfortable, keep you cool (yet covered) and can be dressed up or down. They are perfect for travel!     Shown above are 5 ways to wear a maxi skirt ... __Add a soft, lightweight denim jacket __Add a bright-colored tank top __As a beach cover-up __As your traveling outfit w/ flat slip-on sandals & trendy tee __For an evening dinner. Dressed-up with wedge shoes and dressier top   My MSP Style Membership made all the difference in the world! Dear Leslie, Hopefully this won’t be too lengthy! I signed up for your style services after hearing you on an interview with Hannah Keeley in [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 21, 2018, 5:53 pm by MSP
 
... It's re-mix week at MissusSmartyPants.com! This week learn how to create some pretty cool outfits using only 4 items. That's right-using only four pieces you can create over a dozen outfits!   Take only 4 pieces and create over a dozen outfits! That's right, over 12 outfits. These stylish looks are ones you'll surely to want to copy. By learning how to maximize your wardrobe cool things happen... you learn how to be more creative with only a few items...and that's makes you, one stylish gal! Do the style math. Take a few clothing items, mix them...and see your style multiply! You will soon realize the importance of a good core wardrobe. The truth is, you really don't need a vast wardrobe to be stylish! You have enough in your closet right now. Don't s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 16, 2018, 7:08 am by MSP
 
    1. BE CREATIVE. Fashion and style is all about creativity. Creativity really comes in handy when you’re trying to get the most style for your budget. Your entire wardrobe magically expands when you realize the variety of ways to maximize what’s in it. Seek inspiration everywhere (women you come across, online, in magazines, on TV). Adapt the ideas to fit your body/lifestyle/budget.    2. JUST BE YOU. Become familiar with what works for your body type, skin tone, lifestyle and personality. Staying within your comfort zone of style reduces the time it takes to shop and increases your style successes. You’ll be able to shop with more focus which is helpful when your hunting for treasures in the clearance section.   3. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 14, 2018, 3:04 pm by MSP
 
  Suitcase Chic: MSP's Travel & Packing Guide 2018 It's travel season. But, before you plan your get-away, whether it's a long weekend, or a 2-week international trip-be sure to use this week's handy packing guide! It's full of amazing tips to make travel easy and fun. It's 2 for 1 week. This week you will also get MSP's wardrobe planner: what to pack + how to pack it. It's a visual guide of what to wear each day of your trip. It's the must-have tool for packing chic and with less...I call it, "Suitcase Chic".   One of my favorite travel sayings is...  "Remember, in your travels you'll meet two kinds of tourists — those who pack light and those who wish they had." Vacations are about creating special[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 10, 2018, 7:37 am by Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants
 
Sometimes we make things more difficult than they need to be. I know I'm guilty of doing this all the time. I find it's my need for perfection that leads me to know everything about something...before I even dare take one-step forward. I call this "analysis paralysis" and it gets me often, lol!   Instead of a complete third degree investigation-I'm opening my eyes and my mind and just getting in there and DOING IT. Whatever it is that's new to me, I'm going forward and learning as a go.    Most of this "wait and figure it out" attitude pops up its ugly head when it come is to learning new technology. I hesitate to push buttons and easily get frustrated. However, on the flip side, when it comes to my fashion-I'll take lots of chances and[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 7, 2018, 3:11 pm by MSP
 
  Are you staring into a crammed closet full of clothes, yet you can't find anything to wear? As you look through every possible item you could wear-nothing looks like a good option. This is the time you realize; you're in a style rut. Yes, it happens and it's super-frustrating!  You need to do something quick in order to change your style (or rather lack of style). Relax. MissusSmartyPants has got your back with this week's article, "Sure-Fire Ways to Get Out of a Style Rut". These timely style tweaks will transform your style instantly...so what are you waiting for?   This week, MSP has the right "tweaks" to help you get out of your style rut!   Style ruts happen. Over the years, I've found the r[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 30, 2018, 2:06 pm by MSP
 
  We prepare our yards for spring and spruce-up our front porch at the first hint of warmer days. But what about our wardrobes? Do we move our out-of-season clothes to the back of our closets and prepare our wardrobes for spring? Spring has sprung! Have you stored away those thick winter scarves and fuzzy sweaters until next year? Most women don't. And this is what creates chaos in our closet. Over time, you end up looking at too much of this stuff every day... and 80% of this "stuff" never gets worn! Why do this to yourself? Wouldn't it be better to go into your closet and pull out something fabulous that goes with everything else? This week at MissusSmartyPants...this style simplicity will be yours! This week: learn how to create a few "capsules" within you[ More |  Email |  Print ]

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 ]