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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 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 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 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 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 look fabulous in them; what woman doesn't want this?! Yes, fab fitting jeans can be yours, this week at 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'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'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 ' 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   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 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 ]