10-8-18 THIS WEEK: Grab N' Go Outfits

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 woman wants to look good and feel fabulous-with little effort.

My "Grab N' Go" formula will show you how-piece by piece.

Talbots Francesca Driving Moccasins


Invest in yourself! There is no need to spend a lot of money on your wardrobe, instead invest more TIME. Use 15-30 minutes to plan your wardrobe. You are soooo worth it!!! It's a fact: it's the women that spend more time (not neccessarily money) on themselves that feel better about themselves! Read that again... it is those that care for themselves that feel better about themselves. You are not an after thought.

All women can learn to put together a few "grab n' go" outfits using what they already own! This week's formula will show you how. It takes is a keen eye for matching up some of your work (or dressier) pieces with some of your "play" clothes--plus the ability to accessorize accordingly. This week's complete article (posted for body type style members) shows you how piece by piece...one "Grab N' Go" outfit after another!


This week in all 5 Personal Profiles: The Formula for "Grab N' Go" Outfits!


It starts with a key piece. From there, you learn what to add so you can create a number of 'grab n' go' outfits using one particular piece at a time. I will also share suggestions of items you can add to create an element of suprise and delight to make your outfits really stand out!

MSP is your style compass. Offering you the most useful tools using what's already in your closet. You might need to purchase a few things, but more often than not, the outfits will come right from your wardrobe basics. What could be easier than that? You will LOVE "Grab N' Go Outfits" because it's full of visual ideas to get your style jump-started right away!


Order your Personal Profile & get this week's "Grab N' Go Outfits For Fall"


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Dear MSP SYSters, 

We always trying to "get our money's worth". This often translates into: we hang on to things longer than we should!!!

For example, when buying makeup, we tend to collect it over time. From inexpensive drugstore brands (like Wet n' Wild, etc.) to expensive ones like Nars. Women are notorious for hanging onto makeup for years (thinking one day we might wear that sparkly-midnight blue eyeliner again...really?

FYI: Old makeup harbor germs! Believe me...I know this first hand. I had an unfortunate incident awhile back. I had a jar of (top brand) eye cream (apparently creams harbor more germs compared to other makeup products) and this eye cream didn't make my 'crows feet' disappear...instead it gave me RED SWOLLEN PAINFUL EYELIDS!!! OUCH. Inflamed, crusty eye lids is what I got using an old product past its expiration date! There's nothing more aggravating than realizing how stupid you've been and IF you did venture out of the house with such an embarassing condition...you will get some awful looks your way! Morale of this nasty story: When in doubt, throw it OUT!


This week's Style Mission: Toss your old makeup!

Toss out any old makeup. Don't be silly and keep it (it could be full of bacteria-like my eye cream was)!

Unfortunately there are no regulations requiring cosmetic companies to stamp their products with expiration dates. 

TIP* Use a permanant marker to write the date you open the package and begin using the product. This way you will know how old it is...and when to toss it.


Checklist of the shelf life of makeup:


__Concealers. Up to 12 months

__Powders. 2 years.

__Creams and gels. 1 year

__Pencil eye liner. Can last up to 3 years

__Eyeshadow. Will last up to 3 years

__Foundations. Water-based foundations will last up to 12 months. Oil-based will last up to 18 months. 

__Lipsticks. 1-2 years. However, if it smells rancid, throw it out!

__Mascara. This product has the shortest shelf life! Throw out mascara after 3 months. Don't pump the wand in and out because more air exposure makes it dry out faster. 

__Nail Polish. Up to 12 months, depending on the quality.

__Brushes. Wash them every 2 weeks in mild facial soap/cleanser.

__Sponges. Wash weekly or throw out monthly.

Need to refresh and/or replace your makeup? Consider trying Clinique...

Dillards Clinique Bright All Night Makeup Set

What SYSters are Saying

"New jeans are a lot cheaper than therapy"....

Dear Leslie,

Thanks to you, I removed three BAD pairs of jeans from my wardrobe. Why did I wait so long to do this?? I don't know but now I feel like I was torturing myself, lol! I have a whole new attitude now.

My husband and kiddos are so happy to see me in my new jeans instead of those frumpy ones. I feel years younger and I know I look really good too. Before I kept wearing the same baggy ones that made me look tired, old and sad. 

Buying a couple of pairs of new jeans are a lot cheaper than therapy and it's definitely more fun! I feel renewed and young again. 

Because of your articles I've learned my best styles for the first time. I would never had tried these before MSP. You are the best!

Thanks again, Shelley


Dear MSP, 

Guess what! Last night I was putting my outfit together and decided I needed to dig deep into my jewelry box and be thankful for the beautiful things I have. I found a brown topaz (stone bracelet), shined up the silver settings so I could wear it (I also have the necklace and earrings) no matchy-matchy here! Instead I paired it with fun silver swirl earrings, a soft yellow top and chocolate slacks. HOW FUN! I feel special too!!

Thanks for the weekly style missions!

Jennifer in Ohio


Dear Leslie,

Being the typical SHE (Sidetracked Home Executive), I think when I signed up for MSP I got so gung-ho and charged into it full speed, I didn't give it as much thought as a should have. I was so hungry for information to help me transform my style--I just went crazy.

purged my closet, sent bags of stuff to Goodwill, and began to start over...buying stuff...buying too much stuff...buying without a solid plan in place...oh boy! I did get a few basic pieces, but I also got way too many other pieces, in way too many colors that are not easy to mix and match.

It has just "clicked" with me over the past couple of weeks (mostly because I gained enough weight over the past few months that I needed to buy a couple of thing that actually fit me again) and this time a PLAN was what I needed to build a good mix and match wardrobe. Sometimes my SHE-ness just makes a mess of things...

I hope that the rest of your SYSters are truly taking it slow as Leslie suggests. Don't let your excitement over your new found knowledge take over. Be sensible and take it slow as you are told to do. You don't want to have to redo everything again like I did. I'm learning the hard way (and expensive way too). Many of us have been at this for awhile, but our newer SYSters may be going through something like this as they embark on their style journey--and it is definitely a journey! This is a journey I intend to slow down and ENJOY as I try (again) to develop a personal style that shows my inner me to the outside world. 

Sincerely, Anna--a "D" SYS in Canada


MSP HERE: Dear Anna,

Thank you for sharing your story! Your message about slowing down is an important one. It is helpful to others, especially those just starting out with a MSP Personal Profile .

Yes, it's style journey... NOT a race to the finish line!!! Take your time, enjoy the process and your style will evolve into something fabulous.

Renewing your style is about being on a voyage of self-discovery. You naturally gain more confidence as you become more comfortable with the woman you are today. 

The MSP style system is about making those positive changes in your appearance so you can FLY (Finally Loving Yourself...like FlyLady says).

Love, Leslie aka MissuSmartyPants