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August 2, 2021, 2:16 pm by MSP
 
  How to Mix Patterns   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 cool fashion trend, 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.   Look stylish and chic by mixing several patterns in one outfit. Use MSP's "does it mix?" chart + 6 mixing guidelines in this week's article, "How to Mix Patterns"...it 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! It's EASY-Peasy style.     Subtle or[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 26, 2021, 6:19 am by MSP
 
  Dear MSP SYSters,  I'm not French, but after visiting Paris France, I was enticed by Parisian women's chic way of dressing. In fact, I admire it. I made a lot of mental notes of the street fashions and the way the Parisian women dressed. I dissected each outfit...piece by piece to copy the "look" myself. But, there's more to French style than just a few fab looks to copy. The way they dress goes deeper-it's a lifestyle and certain healthy attitude about a woman's body in her clothing. French women tend to follow this fashion rule, "Bon chic, bon genre" when translated means, "good style, good attitude". In other words, dressing well is essential to your well-being. I say French women have always been right about this.&nb[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 19, 2021, 9:52 am by MSP
 
  Get ready for sizzzling savings on cool style! It’s July... and this is THE month to shop the sale racks!   July is the month for saving big on clothing items. Everything that's summer related is now on SALE!   If you shop the July sales wisely; you can collect big savings + increase your style potential. The best part; most of these items I’m suggesting can take you deep into the fall season. I'll show you how to wear these certain items now...and into fall! July is when the stores must clear out all the summer related clothing to make room for the bulkier fall clothing. Stores prepare early because the fall season is typically their biggest retail selling season, so they are ea[ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 13, 2021, 12:58 pm by MSP
 
What can make you look and feel cooler this summer? Wearing white jeans is the answer! No matter your shape...a straight-leg white jean is a classic summertime look. White jeans give you a cool, fresh look. Add any top...from brights to soft pastels or even better, wear all white from head-to-toe! So get out of the boring blue-washed jeans and khakis...refresh your wardrobe with a pair of white jeans (and/or crops) this summer! These stretch cotton chinos will keep you cool and stylish all season long.  Talbots Stretch Cotton Chinos (petite, misses, plus, plus petite) [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 12, 2021, 10:50 am by MSP
 
  There it was. Just what I needed, a message for me (and you) to believe in.  This message reminds us to find "balance" in all aspects of our lives.   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 was left on the mirror in my gym's locker room. It was left there intentionally to share with all who need it. Reading this made me smile (and reflect about) how despite everything, we all have something special to offer the world. It's up to us to let our light shine. Let YOUR light shine. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

July 5, 2021, 12:29 pm by MSP
 
  The Heat Is On! When it's hot...really, really hot...dressing stylishly gets a little tricky. When it's really hot, most of us start giving up on style and put on "whatever" on for the sake of comfort. I get that. However, you can still look awesome when it's blazing hot. When your clothing sticks to your sweaty body... and the thought of adding a layer or anything else fussy is out of the question, what's a SYSter to do? Look to MissusSmartyPants to keep you from melting away!     Similar: Francesca's Crocheted Ivory Ruana   This week, check out these creative ways to dress chic in the summer heat.  Look (and feel) cooler during the hot summer months. Get this complete article, [ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 28, 2021, 10:41 am by MSP
 
  This article makes bold declaration. 15 tips that will change your style forever. Yet the fact is, most of us do the same thing over and over (in this case, letting our style get stale) and somehow we expect different results. This is not a good way to go. So, this week I'm giving you the best style tips so that you can refresh your style. They are so good...well, they are going to change your life! That’s a big claim but you get to test them out and see what I mean!   It's time for a style refresher course. Every now and then we need to change things up. We need to see new ideas. I can't think of better way to get a fresh perspective than to change your style up! Get ready for positive changes!!!   Get "15 Style Tips That Wi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 21, 2021, 1:35 pm by MSP
 
  ... It's re-mix week at MissusSmartyPants.com!  This week learn how only 4 items can create some pretty cool outfits. That's right-only four pieces allows you to create over a dozen outfits!    Only 4 pieces creates over a dozen outfits! That's right, 12 outfits-or more. These stylish looks I'm showing you are ones you'll want to copy. By learning how to maximize your wardrobe cool things start to happen... you learn how to be 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 soon realize the importance of a good core wardrobe. The truth is, you really don't need a huge wardrobe to be s[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 19, 2021, 8:34 am by MSP
 
  It's travel season, and one of your best "go-to" pieces is a maxi skirt.  Maxis are comfortable, keep you cool (yet covered) and can be dressed up or down easily. 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 January of this year. I[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 14, 2021, 9:42 am by MSP
 
  Summer Hats Hats off to a new week! In case you haven't already guessed, we are talking about hats this week. Learn the right hat for your face and body shape. More importantly, know which hat styles to avoid. Why wear a hat? Good question. However, what's even better are the reasons to wear a summer hat. Besides the obvious: to protect your skin from the sun's harsh rays; they are chic and stylish too! Wearing fussy accessories (scarves, necklaces) only add heat to an already hot day. Instead, pop on a chic hat and up-your-style instantly!     Similar: Nordstrom Twisted Weave Cloche     Not sure how to add a hat to your summer outfits? Get ready for lots of photos of summer outfits that include hats. P.S. Als[ More |  Email |  Print ]

June 7, 2021, 12:50 pm by MSP
 
  Frumpy No More! 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 week's 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. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 31, 2021, 7:11 am by MSP
 
    6 Slimming Summer Styles   What could be better than wiggling your toes in the warm sand? How about knowing the six most slimming styles for the hot summer days ahead? You’ll feel confident while looking slim and stylish; and at the same time not overheat. This a recipe for style success.         Talbots Linen Wide Leg Crops (petite, misses, plus)     Don't melt this summer. Summer heat can make dressing stylish a challenge. I've figured out how you can look stylish (and slim) all summer long. I've put together the best slimming tricks into cool summer looks. Include these six (6) slimming styles into your summer outfit rotation from this week's article, "6 Slimming Summer Styles". Yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 24, 2021, 12:06 pm by MSP
 
  For me, hearing that "one must age gracefully" is like finger nails scratching on the chalkboard. Initially, it rubs me the wrong way! Age gracefully, they say. Must I? What does aging gracefully mean? Must I step aside and let the younger gals take center stage while I blend into the background? 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 into what "aging" and "gracefully" both mean.  As an "older" woman chronologically, my opinion is: age is more subjective. To start, 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, [ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 24, 2021, 8:14 am by MSP
 
  I was just looking through old blog posts, and look what I found. This little nugget of style widsom caught my eye.   I wrote it years ago. It's about what not to wear as you get older. In other words, how to look great but dress "age appropriate".    I wrote this following blog in 2011 (geez that was a while ago-where does the time go?!)   What do you think? Do you agree with all of these age appropriate dressing suggestions below, or have some things changed since then?  Share your opinion in the MSP Style Forum.   Yes, you might be too old to wear...   I believe most women have a fair amount of common sense. However, sometimes even the most wonderful woma[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 17, 2021, 3:27 pm by MSP
 
  As a woman with aging skin, the topic of skincare is near and dear to my heart. It's also seen on my face daily when I gaze in the mirror.  Since I'm over 50, I try to care for my skin the best I know how. I wash it with a gentle cleanser every morning and every night, and I wear a moisturizer with sunscreen daily. But, am I really doing all I should do?  Taking care our skin is hugely important because better looking skin makes us look more youthful. Looking possibly years younger than our chronological age only happens when our skin is well cared for. So, if you're over 30, 40 or 50+ you must understand the basics of skincare.    A good skincare routine...gets you the glowing skin you deserve!   Our skin is the[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 10, 2021, 1:33 pm by MSP
 
  Clear out the clutter and get a real working wardrobe. It's spring and the start of something wonderful for you: real working wardrobe. All you need is the how-to's for creating a "capsule wardrobe".  This week: create a "capsule" within your wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items that never go out-of-style. Items such as skirts, slacks, and blazers, etc; which are then updated with trendy seasonal pieces and accessories. It's the best way to dress.   The concept of a "capsule wardrobe" was made popular by fashion designer Donna Karan back in 1985.   Who knew capsule dressing would stream-line our closets like this!   When you narrow down your choice[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 6, 2021, 11:39 am by MSP
 
  Wearing a color similar to your own eye color has an amazing effect. A similar color makes your eyes look vibrant. Has anyone ever complimented you on your eyes? Chances are, you were wearing a color close to your eye color. You don't have to wear a lot of the color either. Consider wearing a necklace that matches your eye color instead of a shirt or sweater. A little of the same color goes a long way.           Use color to bring out your own specific eye color:           Wearing colors similar to your hair color can have a grounding effect. To create this grounding effect, repeat your shoes, belt and handbag in the same color as your hair color. This re[ More |  Email |  Print ]

May 3, 2021, 9:04 am by MSP
 
  Your body is like art. I've always known this to be true, but recently I was reminded of the similarity of the two. About six months ago I started watercolor painting. While I had seriously loved art as a young woman; it's been many (many) moons since I even picked up a paint brush. Recently, I was searching the internet for new painting inspiration, I ran across this fabulous quote: "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" -Edgar Degas While this above quote is speaking specifically about art; it most certainly can be (and is) applied also to dressing well. In fact, it's the complete essence of the Personal Profile system..."dressing for your body type." What does that mean? It means-creating the illusion of a balanced silhouette. We[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 26, 2021, 2:30 pm by MSP
 
  This week: Spring and Summer Outfits SYSters want to know.  SYSters want to know what to wear when it gets really warm out.  As women we have lots options; like wearing a sundress or skirt, but more than likely when it's really warm, we will wear shorts and crops. This week's article will emphasize short and crops, but include other fab warm season options as well.  Admittedly, I'm a little apprehensive about showing more skin as the weather warms...and most women are. However, wearing the most flattering shorts and crops for our body type will make us look and feel our best. From short, mid and longer length shorts, you will also see plenty of crops + sundresses and skirts-and more!   T[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 19, 2021, 3:33 pm by MSP
 
  What shoes you will wear is sometimes a harder than deciding the outfit. Once you do decide; often you doubt whether your shoe choice is the right one.  How can you tell if your favorite shoes are right for your outfit? How do you know when it's time to retire your favorite kicks and buy something new and trendy? And, just what are the new shoe trends this spring?   This week MSP helps you:  1. Navigate the latest shoe trends 2. Determine the right shoes for your outfit   Shoes are one of the best "completer" pieces. However, they can be expensive. And even though you may have paid a pretty penny for them, there's no guarantee your feet won't hurt. This week at MSP-this week's article will[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 19, 2021, 3:33 pm by MSP
 
  Here's my favorite spring shoe! This one is a "comfort" shoe, but it doesn't look like an orthotic shoe. It works well for all skirts and dresses, great for crops and long pants too.      Nordstrom Gentle Souls Wedge Sandal (various colors)   This post may contain revenue generating affiliate links which supports my business. Thank you for shopping using my links. [ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 14, 2021, 6:25 pm by MSP
 
  Going Sleeveless…How to Look Good   Pssst! Guess what? I don’t think you need to have slim, toned arms, to pull off a sleeveless look. Lots of ladies are going sleeveless…so why not you? With that being said, some women simply WON’T go sleeveless no matter how hot it is! I understand because it’s all about your personal comfort level, however...I’d like you to re-think the idea of sleeveless. Here are a few suggestions to help you go for it:    1. Look for tank tops (and shells) in sturdier fabrics with good underarm coverage, a fuller shoulder line (not spaghetti straps) and a modest neckline. Paying attention to these details makes all the difference! When these key fit areas are slightly more covered, they actually give your upper[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 12, 2021, 2:13 pm by MSP
 
  Fast Figure Fixes 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 more! Real style is about putting together a complete look, then feeling confident about it. This week's article will help you focus on your actual figure flaws. Yes, that's right. However, NO JUDGEMENT! Just real advice to help you deal with dressing issues that you may be silently battling. Or, perhaps you didn't know certain imbalances were creating an issue in the first place! Bring out your true beauty by kindly acknowledging your body's assets and flaws. This week: a personal assessment to help you over-come your challenges by knowing what to&nb[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 9, 2021, 10:18 am by MSP
 
    Has your appearance grown tired looking? Need a few ideas to freshen up your image? Here are 8 tips to help you refresh your style! TIP: pay particular attention to #1.     1. Mix high and mid-priced items with low. Invest in core pieces, then pair them up with mostly inexpensive clothing and accessories. Spend a little each season to update items like trendy tops and necklaces (MSP’s Spring Preview will give you the “scoop” on the latest spring trends and colors!).   2. Add animal print to anything. Animal prints can be used as a neutral. One piece is all it takes to add a little something special to your outfit.   3. Shop your closet first. Chances are there’s already something similar to what you want..[ More |  Email |  Print ]

April 5, 2021, 7:35 pm by MSP
 
  Sometimes we make things more complicated than they need to be.  We have a way of complicating things, especially when it's something we are unsure of. We very well may be able to handle the task...IF we had the right mind-set. The same can be said about how to improve our style. IF we really knew what to do, then perhaps we'd do it. This week, we set ourself up with a "can-do" attitude-and we go back to basics. Sometimes you just need to un-complicate things to reveal the true beauty and simplicity.    The best wardrobe is based on simplicity...a good wardrobe is all about the basics. How functional is your wardrobe?  A simple wardrobe is not only stylish, it's a functional one. Can[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 29, 2021, 3:25 pm by MSP
 
  From Ordinary to Extraordinary   Your style should always be evolving--never staying the same. Don’t just settle on one style (for years) and then think that’s how you should always dress. Let your style evolve, change, and move forward. Dress for today. The body you have today, as well as the current styles and trends, are not the same as they were in years past.   Assess what’s in your closet. Decide what needs to go. By decluttering your closet (at least 2 x’s a time year: every fall and spring) your style will move forward because you’ve removed the clutter that’s holding you back.   Move forward by letting go. Let go of clothes that are aging you! Update your style as a form of self-love. It’s time to st[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 22, 2021, 3:37 pm by MSP
 
  Question: Since the pandemic, do you have no place to go (Read: no real reason to dress up)? Whether you do have some place to go, or not, dressing has become more casual than ever-dare I say it; even sloppy. It seems many of us have lost our style "mojo" and want it back. As you look through your closet at every possible item you could wear-nothing looks good. That's when you realize; you're in a style rut. It happens, and this year it's super-frustrating!  You need something to change in regards to your style (or rather, your lack of style). Relax. MissusSmartyPants is here for you. This week's article, "How to Climb Out of a Style Rut-Pandemic Edition". These timely tweaks will help you transform your casual style[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 18, 2021, 7:33 pm by MSP
 
  STYLE TIPS FOR SHORT & LONG WAISTS...   Wherever you are short, add length. Wherever you are long, shorten that area on your body.    For example, if you have a short waist, a belt worn over your top at your hipbone lengthens your torso visually. For ladies with long waists, a wide belt raises the waist and visually lengthens legs.       How do you measure up?   Take the "hand test"...   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 15, 2021, 10:11 am by MSP
 
  THIS WEEK: I'm sooo excited. I'm using only 3 pieces and remixing them into 9 outfits. Once you see how easy it is to "remix" like a pro, you'll want do this with your own wardrobe.  Come, see how to "Remix". Find out what to wear, and how to wear it. First of all, you may think I have lot of clothes. But, the truth is, I don't. My wardrobe is not large, nor is my budget...but, what I do have is good REMIX SKILLS! Find out how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your wardrobe into something amazingly stylish! Learn the secrets to closet remixing!    Stylish, yet only a small core wardrobe. That's what remixing is all about... Learn how this week! As a stylist, my wardrobe is built upon "smart" clothi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 8, 2021, 12:36 pm by MSP
 
  It's spring... and the start of something really BIG. The Spring Preview! It's March, and this week all the pretty spring fashions are highlighted just for you. Even if your weather is not yet cooperating, just seeing these lighter and brighter spring colors and fashions will get you planning your warm season wardrobe today! Scan through the new spring fashions, trends, and colors and decide what new things you want to add in your wardrobe.  After a year of at-home slouchy. We are starting to crack the Covid cocoon. It's time to rejoice in new fashions while continuing to enjoy our at-home cozy clothes as well.    Prepare for spring. Start today by clearing out your closet-clutter (if you aren't wearing it,[ More |  Email |  Print ]

March 1, 2021, 2:37 pm by MSP
 
  3 Steps to Casual Chic   It is wise to review the meaning of "casual chic". Since most of us live in a casual environment; especially since the start of the pandemic, our dress has become super-relaxed. However, all too frequently, when left to our own devices, our casual outfits miss the mark-style wise. When we have no reason to “dress up” we often end up dressing way too casual, or perhaps even looking sloppy. Eeek! What’s a SYSter to do? What does casual chic mean? If you work outside the home; your job usually states a dress code, often it’s casual-dressy attire. However, the "rules" can be confusing and hard to decipher. When uncertain, we end up either being too dressed up, or way too casual. Tips in this week's a[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 25, 2021, 4:12 pm 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[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 22, 2021, 1:08 pm by MSP
 
  Let's get back to basics. With the next couple of months being rather cold, we'll still be spending a lot of time indoors. Let's make this "in-between" time, time well spent. Devote some time organizing your closet and wardrobe.  This week at MissusSmartyPants: A master wardrobe plan. WHY? Because the secret to a truly successful wardrobe lies within having the right basics. What basics should you own? While it might vary from woman to woman, depending upon lifestyle, there are 10 wardrobe essentials every woman should own. These 10 basics give you a good core wardrobe. With these 10 pieces you can create the most outfits-yet it's only ten pieces. This means, you can invest in better quality clothing and [ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 15, 2021, 2:17 pm by MSP
 
  Spring 2021 colors are popping up at your favorite store's websites.  What "new" colors are you excited wear this spring?  Plan your spring wardrobe!  It's like "arm chair" gardening in February when the soil is still frozen. Now is the time to plan your spring wardrobe. A well thought out wardrobe plan using a few colors will help you reap the most style from spring into summer. Plan your spring wardrobe by selecting your BEST wardrobe colors... This week I’m helping you select your best wardrobe colors. To choose the best colors for your wardrobe, you must consider 3 very important factors--your skin, your eyes and your hair. Your personal coloring gives you clues to the colors you wear best in makeup and with yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 12, 2021, 1:48 pm by MSP
 
  THE #1 SECRET TO LOOKING FAB IN YOUR JEANS!   The #1 secret to looking fab in your jeans is a public service announcement, of sorts. It's MUST-KNOW for my MSP SYSters!  Pocket placement. That's THE secret to looking great in your jeans! The fact is: Your pocket placement will either make or break how you look in your jeans. Yup. Correct pocket placement will make you look sassier, more youthful, and like you’ve had a butt lift, or a couple of pounds removed (I think you’re getting what I’m talking about here, lol). It’s critical to get your pocket placement at the “sweet spot”. Here’s how: 1. The back pockets need to be placed in the center (and slightly lower) of your rear. (Not high and tight, or low and wide.[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 8, 2021, 1:34 pm by MSP
 
  Women are always looking to better their style. I'm no different. I'm always trying to figure out new ways to create a better outfit. From adding new colors with my basics, to wearing accessories differently. We all (including me) can become green with envy when we see another woman really owning her style. What's her secret? Why does she look so fab? Well, it can be a variety of things; from knowing what flatters her shape, to wearing clothes and accessories just right.  Start with jackets. It's a style "secret". It's a "third piece" that not only completes your outfit, but actually helps you look put together. Question: Always wearing the same boring knit top and jeans? Want to look better? Add a sharp looking jacket-then suddenly-you've got a polished o[ More |  Email |  Print ]

February 1, 2021, 1:17 pm by MSP
 
  THIS WEEK: I'm sooo excited....because it's a "Closet Remix" week!  (FYI: This complete article will be posted Thursday in all 5 Personal Profiles for style members)   Take a peek inside my closet. Find out what I wear, and how I wear it. First of all, you may think I have a lot of clothes. But, the truth is, I really don't. My wardrobe is not massive, nor is my budget unlimited...However, I do have amazing REMIX SKILLS! Find out how you can s-t-r-e-t-c-h your wardrobe into something fabulous and yet sooo stylish!   Learn the secrets of closet remixing! As a stylist, my wardrobe is built upon "smart" clothing purchases.    One of my favor[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 26, 2021, 7:50 am by MSP
 
  11 Style Mistakes That Make You Look Old   Just like makeup, your clothes need to evolve throughout the years. What you once looked great in (years ago) would probably make you look old now. We get that. We are older and we don’t wear the same things we once wore in high school. But, do we really get what’s making us look old now?     THIS WEEK: Let’s explore how to look “age appropriate” yet fresh and up-to-date, like this...         After culling over my top style “Don’ts” women make over and over (unfortunately)…here’s my list of the top 11 things to avoid with your style...     Get "11 Style Mistakes That Make You Look Old" this week with a MSP Person[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 18, 2021, 3:09 pm by MSP
 
  If you know me, you know I often quote Coco Chanel. I find her quotes about fashion "spot on". Since I passionately believe every woman should become all she invisions she can be; this quote (below) conveys that a woman's clothing reflects her true self. This is pretty powerful stuff. Think about it for a moment-your clothing casts out an image of your persona. Now, think about what your current clothing is saying about you. Do you like that message? With Coco Chanel's quote in mind: "Adornment is never anything but a reflection of the self"....How can I help women dress with more confidence so that her clothing reflects her inner confidence? Guess what? I've put together my "short list" (10 things) every woman needs to up her style confidence. That's[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 11, 2021, 1:49 pm by MSP
 
  More than likely you don't want to shop right now. I get that. Most of us are still getting over the holidays, plus our wallets can't afford too many more purchases. However, if you can stretch your budget a bit more; there are some awesome sales going on. Buy wardrobe basics now. January is full of end-of-season sales. At these sales, find items you can wear now...and into the spring.    January is full of end-of-the-season sales. This means spend a little, get a lot!   Spend (wisely) and save. In other words, in order to have a better wardrobe (more outfit possibilities) you need to make smarter purchases. By building your wardrobe of quality basics, ones you can wear now and into the spring, you will be extending your[ More |  Email |  Print ]

January 4, 2021, 12:04 pm by MSP
 
  A fresh year, a new calendar, and a clean start. However you wish to look at the start of 2021, without a doubt, it's a chance to begin again. From fitness to working on a better budget; whatever goals you wish to attain, the first of the year is a perfect time to get going. Motivation to move. Start of the year with more movement. It does matter where you are on your fitness journey-just vow to move more. From morning power walks to daily strolls, or full-out HIIT workouts-put weekly fitness on your calendar-just like you would any appointment. When you block out the time you have the best chance for making it happen.   Fresh sneakers in a fun color is a spendid way to motivate more movement! Nordstrom On Cloudflow Running [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 28, 2020, 1:55 pm by MSP
 
  The Power of Color Color is an incredible fashion tool that's often taken for granted. However, if we knew its power, we'd purposely employ it's benefits every_single_ day. We are naturally attracted to color; it stimulates us emotionally, physically, and even brings out behavioral responses in us. We don't just notice colors; we feel colors. They can not only reflect our mood, but often alter them as well. Every fashion decision we make has a color connection and sends a message to others that reflects our personality. Choosing colors wisely can work to your advantage because color can elevate your style game.     Savvy MSP SYSters know color can add perceived worth. Certain colors look more sophisticated and stylish, so choosing thos[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 20, 2020, 9:25 am by MSP
 
  Looking for a quick and easy way to improve your style? Have you ever considered accessories are the answer to your fashion dilemma?  Accessories are the quickest way to get your style together without spending lots of money! Accessories can do wonders for even the most basic or plain outfit. They can take your same ‘ol basics and instantly give them a new updated look (and at a fraction of the cost you would pay if you purchased more clothing)!   Use accessories to up your "style game"! Accessories can... 1. Pull unrelated pieces together 2. Transform an outfit into a completely different look 3. Make you look taller, thinner, richer, or whatever   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 14, 2020, 8:12 am by MSP
 
  Could there be anything better than looking fab with a balanced shape? Umm, no! When your body looks balanced, you look fabulous.  Balance is everything. It's a matter of proportions, actually. Think about it, every time we eat, we try to balance the proportions of our food. We don't want to eat a whole pound of meat, or too much candy at one time because it's not healthy, or balanced. We are always trying to find the correct balance of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. The same can be said about what we wear each day. We should be trying to find the correct proportions in the clothing we wear. We need to know our best styles and hem lengths of tops and jacket (this is super-important) in our clothing. Our best lengths are ba[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 10, 2020, 9:30 am by MSP
 
  Why select only one color for the year 2021, when you can choose two!   Pantone, which is famous for its color matching and creation system, hinted in its press release that it selected these colors to represent the uncertainty people may feel going into the new year. The gray is meant to be interpreted as “solid and dependable” while the yellow is “bright and cheerful.”     Colors signal "resilence and hope". “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” said The Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, in a statement. “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 9, 2020, 2:07 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 ahead.  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 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 tos[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 9, 2020, 1:40 pm by MSP
 
  Gosh, I'm asked this question a lot, "How do I dress up a basic white shirt?" Instead of describing the many ways you can wear this basic, I thought it might be better to show you.    Here are 3 ways you can wear your white button-down shirt...   [ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 5, 2020, 1:27 pm by MSP
 
  We hate to admit it, but looks do matter. At first this sounds shallow, but many studies in human behavior, psychology, etc. have proven it's a fact: we sum up appearances of others, and they do the same about us. Mostly we make subconcious assumptions of others for our own well being, like: is this person kind, are they a threat to me? Judge and be judged. Our clothes aren't just something we wear; they can help us make a good impression. Our clothing choice is what people see and part of what makes us unique. This is not to say you must have lots of money, or wear fancy clothes in order to make a good impression. Quite the contrary; it's more about being well put-together and neat and clean that matters.    Looking your best ca[ More |  Email |  Print ]

December 3, 2020, 8:02 am by MSP
 
  What's your closet missing?!?...   Dear MSP SYSters,   I've spent many years as a stylist...and one thing is for certain, I still love clothes. Parting with them is so hard to do. I’ve found over time I've become a "collector of clothes". Lots of years, lots of clothes...you do the math. My closet is always way too full of clothes, shoes and accessories. But, by seasonally decluttering, editing and organizing, my closet stay in-check. By regularly culling through my closet also helps re-focus my attention on the 12 essentials I wear over and over.   While every woman’s style is different, there are a few things (12, to be exact) that deserve a spot in your closet. Do you have these 12 essentials in your clos[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 30, 2020, 3:13 pm by MSP
 
  Looking good in your clothes is all about the fit of your clothes.   Common sense tells us when something does not fit... we can't button it up! But there's more to fit than whether we can button it, or not.  Q: How do we know when our clothes fit us poorly and are NOT flattering?   Sassy and stylish. Isn't that how you'd like to be described (regardless of your age, height, size, shape, etc)? This can be YOU if you know how your clothes should fit your body. When clothes fit correctly  you'll look your best (aka: sassy and stylish)--and even appear slimmer. This week, learn about correct fit and what signs to look for. Alter, alter, alter. Sometimes getting the right fit requires an alteration--or two. The f[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 24, 2020, 6:57 am by MSP
 
  As we move towards the end of the year...it's a good time to assess where you are thus far. How are you doing with your style? Examine your life thus far. Right now, take a moment and think about life. What does lving a good life mean to you? Are you succeeding or do you feel you are coming up a bit short? What things do you still wish to do? Do you have any regrets? What can you do to make your life better? Lately, I've been pondering this topic of "life" and something amazing happened. While browsing fashion websites, I somehow stubbled upon this video. The Good Life Project. I immediately paused. It asks 29 people to explain the meaning of a good life. As you can imagine you get 29 different answers! These people share their opinions with heartfelt r[ More |  Email |  Print ]

November 22, 2020, 7:40 am by MSP
 
  Use this week’s article “Dressing With An Ageless Vibe” to get that ageless vibe all women are after.  Follow the included lists in this week's article: “Old Style” vs “New Style”, “Chic Accessory Essentials” and “Chic Wardrobe Basics” to help you work with what’s in your closet right now.         Here's an additional 15 tips to help you work with what's 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-chi[ More |  Email |  Print ]