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October 11, 2021, 3:04 pm by MSP
 
  I am always talking about the need for more versatility. Without a doubt, a basic yet versatile wardrobe is essential to being a stylish woman. Wardrobe building without a plan means you'll have a lot of clothes, but nothing really goes together. This is sad and unnecessary. With a flexible, yet resourceful core wardrobe.... you purchase less clothes; yet you are able to create more outfits...this in turn makes you more stylish! See how this 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 be[ More |  Email |  Print ]

October 4, 2021, 11:07 am by MSP
 
  Makeup and the Older Woman   Dear MSP SYSters,    A couple of years ago I visited a department store makeup counter. The visit was long over-due. I'll be the first to admit it: my makeup needed some serious updating!    This was a “Wakeup for my makeup”!   I needed an update. I knew for a long time my makeup choices and application techniques were not all they could be. I told myself, "This is something you've got to do for yourself, girl". Then suddenly, one thing led to another and I made it happen. I couldn't be more delighted, because now I know how to apply eye shadow properly, and I found out where my blush should be placed (who knew?)...even my husband said, "Oh wow! You have eye lashes; I never kne[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 27, 2021, 12:49 pm by MSP
 
  Fall weather means you will need a jacket in the morning. Why I love jackets. Jackets (and blazers) give instant polish to any outfit, from casual to professional. They are your ultimate completer piece. Why? Because they are 2 things: chic and essential... Jackets add chic style. As you login each week (to your Personal Profile) you quickly learn 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! Fall is the perfect time to add new jackets and blazers. Jackets are essential. A great fitting jacket (or blazer) keeps you warm, but even better they can fool the eye into believing the we[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 20, 2021, 12:50 pm by MSP
 
  With warm autumn colors filling the racks and shelves at your local stores (and online), it’s tempting to go on a shopping spree and buy all the latest trends. But instead, I suggest you search your closet for 5 essentials before rushing to buy anything. At least start with these 5 essential...before you shop for fall. Clothing with summer prints can certainly be packed away until next spring, but many summer pieces like strapless dresses, graphic tees, denim pieces, and tank tops work well into the fall season.  With 5 key items you can create a new fall wardrobe without breaking your budget.   Use this week's article to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your current wardrobe into the fall season.    SAVE*SAVE*SAVE USE THIS[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 16, 2021, 9:46 am by MSP
 
    It takes more than just a top and bottom to create an outfit...   For a stylish look...think “completer piece” every time you dress!   For example, if you are wearing....A stylish blouse with a v-neck (check) and its in a pretty color (check) that’s fab. However, if you only wear it with an uninteresting bottom, well that’s BORING!   A casual dress without an accessory? No way! Add a long beaded necklace, and grab a fitted blazer-now you have an outfit.   With a little more planning and forethought you will look stylish everyday. ADD a “completer” piece and your tops and bottoms (or dresses) and look a lot more stylish. Completer pieces are jackets, blazers, a vest, statement necklace, sassy shoes, sca[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 13, 2021, 12:41 pm by MSP
 
  Fall is almost here...well, it officially starts September 22; but now is the time to plan your fall wardrobe...and that's the fun part.  It's also week two (2) of the Fall Preview! Get excited, because it's definitely time to plan your fall wardrobe. The weather is just beginning to show signs of change, and before you know it...you will be wearing fuzzy sweaters and boots again!    This week at MSP: Get the latest in fall trends, styles + new autumn colors..   Find out which trends you'll want to add this season!   Before you buy-EDIT your wardrobe. I recommend a wardrobe "edit" at least every six months. Clean out and declutter your closet at least twic[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 6, 2021, 10:25 am by MSP
 
  Fall is on its way! Okay, not just yet...    However, it is the best time to start planning your fall wardrobe. Whether you want to completely revamp your wardrobe, or just add in a few new pieces, MissusSmartyPants is here to help you have the most stylish fall ever!    Get your copy of MSP's "Fall Preview 2021".   This in-depth style guide will be your go-to guide all season long! This complete guide will be your go-to reference for all things related to fall's fashions and trends. Want to perk up your style? Don't know what to wear this fall? Find all of your answers in MSP's "Fall Preview 2021". What to wear, how to wear it, plus the new trends and fall colors.     Thi[ More |  Email |  Print ]

September 2, 2021, 6:49 am by MSP
 
  Happy September!   This month marks changes in the weather and changes with our wardrobes. September means starting to wear light layers and warmer colors that reflect fall.    [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 30, 2021, 11:37 am by MSP
 
  It's a new week at MissusSmartyPants!  This week I'm thrilled to share: THE top secrets to looking fab in your clothes. Get ready...because these tips will revolutionize the way you dress!   The most common (and irritating dressing concerns) women have are how to hide back fat and muffin tops.  This week we camoflauge them forever!   This week's topic "Hiding Back Fat & Muffin Tops" is a mighty big challenge. You and I know the truth... there is no magic wand that instantly erases bulges from the back or tummy area. However, what we can do, is dress in clever ways that hides and minimizes these areas. Just a few adjustments with your wardrobe is all that's require[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 28, 2021, 3:47 pm 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 can't find[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 23, 2021, 2:39 pm by MSP
 
  Is it fall yet? Well...ummm, no not yet. But season is going to change, and when it does, your wardrobe needs to reflect that.  This week is about extending your summer wardrobe into the fall season. It's still blazing hot, but in a few weeks we start to notice cooler mornings.  Change to fall colors. During this transition time-start to change the colors you are wearing. Put away your beach sandals and wear a leather sandals and booties with your cropped pants instead. Instead of a pastel pink tee, opt for the warm wine-colored one instead. You get the idea. Start adding a touch of autumn to your outfits now. This week s-t-r-e-t-c-h your warm season wardrobe into chic and "trendy" outfits you can wear into the fall. Yo[ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 16, 2021, 10:20 am by MSP
 
  Think of how awesome it would be to open your closet each morning and absolutely love everything. Lord knows, we've all purchased clothes that we ended up never wearing--some of them might even still have their price tags attached! Why does this happen? How can we avoid these mistakes that makes us feel guilty for wasting hard-earned money?  Is there a plan for creating a fab wardrobe without spending a fortune? Lucky for you, there is... and that's what this week's article, "Erase the Style Mistakes" is all about (posting this Thursday in all 5 body types). Isn't it time you lose the closet misfits and guilt? This week: Get your closet in order and move your style forward in the process! Closet [ More |  Email |  Print ]

August 9, 2021, 10:42 am by MSP
 
  Feel like you are missing something? Perhaps your style is a bit off, but you can't quite put your finger on what the problem might be. I've got your solution! Three's a charm. It's all about adding an "extra" item to take your outfits up a notch When assembling an outfit, there is something called the "third piece rule" and this rule really does work! The third piece rule. The rule is; your outfits should always incorporate three pieces, not including your shoes. Your top and bottom are considered first and second pieces, leaving your third piece to be a extra outfit element. This week you will learn various ways to apply the "third piece rule". So what’s so special about a third piece? It is what adds a special nuance to[ More |  Email |  Print ]

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 ]