3-13-17 THIS WEEK: MSP's Big Spring Preview-Part 2

March 12, 2017, 2:14 pm by MSP


It's week two of  "MSP's Big Spring Preview"... The fun and fashion trends continue! 

This week, the remaining LIST of what to have in your spring wardrobe...and HOW to wear it!

I'm just as excited as you are to start wearing some of these new spring trends, plus enjoy some warmer weather! Last week, our local weather varied from the mid 50's to upper 70's and sunny. Today, it's cold again. In fact, we got a sprinkling of snow yesterday morning! This crazy up and down weather is so typical for early spring. It also signals that we must get our closets ready for the change of seasons. Decluttering my closet is on the top of this week's list. Rotating the heavy winter jackets to the back of my closet and moving lighter weight blazers and "spring-like" sweaters towards the front. Is your closet ready for spring yet?


This week, get everything you need to help you plan your spring wardrobe! 


Know what to keep and what to purge. Remember as MSP SYSter, in your Personal Profile you have access to the last 4 weeks of style articles. Use them to help you prepare your closet for spring.


As we wait for the arrival of spring...

We can start wearing the lighter, brighter colors of the season right now!




On Sale! NIC + ZOE 4-Way Convertible Cardigan-petite, misses



See both parts 1 & 2 this Thursday when "The Big Spring Preview, Part 2" posts! 


Sign up for your Personal Profile today! You will get BOTH "Big Spring Previews" (Part One, Part Two)!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Add some spice to your life and your wardrobe. This week's Style Mission is to shop off the beaten path. Just one unique accessory can really make your style come together in a very special way! All eyes will be on you--and your fabulous style when you highlight a really unique and cool accessory!

Try shopping where you don’t normally shop. Consider stores like Pier One Imports, World Market, a local flea market, an African import store; a craft fair—or even at Target!

The idea is to search out an ethnic or vintage looking accessory to add some unique spice to your wardrobe.  You can take an understated outfit (like white button-down shirt and black pants or your classic LBD) and add a unique look by wearing a one-of-a-kind necklace, earrings, or bracelet!


This unique pair of earrings will give any classic outfit a cool vibe...

BaubleBar "Piñata" Tassel Earrings


What SYSters are Saying


"Dress for the beautiful woman you are today!"


Dear MissusSmartyPants,

Just thought I'd post a thought or two on the “I'm not the size I wanna be” mindset.  I've been working for over a year on my weight. I've gone from a 38inch waist to a 34. So far I've lost over 45 lbs in the last year. It has been a moment by moment journey.  One mouthful at a time..of course the fact that I've painfully discovered that if I eat certain things I'm in tremendous pain has been an incredible motivator.  So I've learned to make healthier choices.

I recently joined Missus Smarty Pants, like FlyLady has said so many times "you're not behind just get started right where you are." I've been amazed at the change in having a bit of direction has done for how I see myself physically.  

Last night my daughter and I went to Cato. I've avoided "shopping" unless I absolutely had to.  I found two pairs of the cutest leather shoes for $2.99 each. I've been looking to add wardrobe pieces that would compliment my bodystyle. Having a specific type of clothing in mind and already knowing my color palette has changed the way I shop now.

Dressing now is so much faster and less stressful. A year ago I didn't even feel like I had a style, let alone find something to compliment it. So for anyone debating whether or not its worth it to sign up for Missus Smarty Pants… my answer is yes... I'm worth it and so are you.


Thank you so much, Joy


Dear MSP
I just wanted to send a heartfelt "Thank you" for all you do. I had a personal profile once in the past, but I just didn't feel it did anything for me so I let my sub slide. Then in January I decided to try it again and this time something “clicked” with me.
I am one of those people who keeps waiting to lose weight to invest in a wardrobe when I realized the waiting to lose weight had become my life. So I decided to at least dress the best I could while I was "weighting". Now I truly know what I should and shouldn't wear, no matter how much I like something. It made it easier to donate gorgeous outfits that I can no longer wear because I know that they aren't for me anyway. It also makes it easier to shop (understatement). I live an hour from any store and I am not much of a shopper so I do a lot of online shopping and your advice has made my returns few and far between.  
Unlike other praise reports you get, I don't get many compliments on my new look, but then I am a size 26 and compliments are rare, except from my husband. God bless him! But I feel good about myself when I go out and even when I am doing the laundry. However, now I have a new problem! My wardrobe has grown so that I am not sure what to wear because I have so many nice things!
Again, Thank You



"When should I stop dyeing my gray hair?"

Dear MSP, I have seen you mention that you would discuss at what age one should stop dyeing one's hair to cover the gray, but I have not been able to locate this topic in the personal profile or on the blog. This is something that has been on my mind and I would very much appreciate if you would share your thoughts on this. Thank you, Louise


MSP HERE: Dear Louise,

It has been awhile since I share my opinion about dyeing gray hair. Please read this Style Forum posting where I gave my humble opinion, as did other women that have considered going gray, or have become a beautiful "silver fox" themselves!

It's always a good time to talk about hair styles and hair color, don't you think? Click the link and let's start up the conversation again!

Love, Leslie MSP

Well styled hair always looks fabulous...no matter what color it is!


"How do I keep my black pants from fading?"

Dear MSP,

I remember reading about black pants that don't fade. I have worn black cotton/spandex flares that fade badly and constantly need to be replaced. Please let me know what black pants you have recommended in the past that hold their color well.

I like to look put together for my job in a lab but I quickly look shabby with my faded black pants. Please help!

Thanks. Theresa

PS I have made wonderful clothing choices since subscribing to you service!!!!

MSP HERE: Hi Theresa,

It's not always easy to keep black pants black and looking new.

Here are a few tips that will help you keep your dark fabrics from fading:

1. First of all, always wash them INSIDE OUT and in COLD water.

2. Tumble dry only if you must. It is best to line-dry black pants (and dark jeans) to keep the finish new looking.

TIP:Cotton and other natural fibers tend to fade more quickly. If this happens and you still love the pants--try dyeing them with RIT black dye. You can use a large plastic bucket or the washing machine. (follow the package directions) Soon you will have like-new black pants again!

Love, Leslie MSP