Thursday, June 8, 2017


Do we value ourselves enough? Are we listening to a negative voice in our head, or are we thinking positive thoughts?

What we think has a huge impact on us. I remember this old saying ( I don't know where it is from)..."What we think about, we bring about".  How true it is!

Late last night I couldn't sleep (what else is new?)...so I read a self-help book I had on my nightstand. I grab this book and read a few pages from time to time, then put it down again. The book title doesn't really matter, but what does matters is what I got from my short reading before getting sleepy: Your reality in life is up to YOU. You make up the thoughts in your head, ultimately. Despite what anyone thinks about you (your outer appearance, your personality)...You are in charge. Despite your circumstances (those are temporary because you can change them) or anything else that has happened in your life thus far; your happiness starts in your head and it starts when you choose to let it happen.

I choose to let my light shine. I am happy. I love myself. I will stand tall, smile and enjoy all that life has to offer. No regrets, no appologies-to anyone. My life is up to me. I choose happiness and want to share my positivity with those around me. This is my truth and my reality. What's your truth and your choice?



P.S. What does this have to do with style and fashion? Everything! If you respect yourself your outer appearance will show this truth. 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Should I Cover My Wobbly Arms in Hot Weather?


Covering up my arms in hot weather...Yes or no?
 
Dear Leslie,

On most days unless it's extremely hot outside, I prefer to cover my wobbly upper arms. I really do feel more comfortable when my upper arms are covered rather than exposed. I live in the south so most days are pretty warm but I try to keep them covered.

Can you recommend a cute style of top that I won't overheat in and one that still allows my upper arms to be covered? I'm a body type C in case that helps. I have learned so much from your program and really love getting it every Thursday. 
Thanks! Fondly, Maureen
 
MSP HERE: Dear Maureen,
 
Thanks for your style question. I feel any woman that wants to go sleeveless should. There is no reason to feel we must have 'perfect' arms (most of us don't). But I also understand if you aren't comfortable, well then you aren't comfortable--end of story.
 
If you choose to cover your arms, there are lots of cute and trendy tops to choose from that will keep you cool. 

Use these tips to help you find the best sleeve/top styles:
 
1. Avoid styles that are too constrictive
 
2. Avoid sleeves that stop at your wide part of your upper arm (like a cap or short sleeves)
 
3. Look for tops that stop around or close to the lower-bicep to elbow area (most flattering sleeve length)
 
4. If upper arms are heavy, yet you want to go sleeveless, look for tanks with wide straps (avoid spaghetti straps)
 
FYI: This season Chicos has some really great style options you will love...I'm all about you NOT overheating, LOL!

Love, Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Should I Cover Up My Wobbly Arms In Hot Weather?

Covering up my arms in hot weather...Yes or no?
 
Dear Leslie,

On most days unless it's extremely hot outside, I prefer to cover my wobbly upper arms. I really do feel more comfortable when my upper arms are covered rather than exposed. I live in the south so most days are pretty warm but I try to keep them covered.

Can you recommend a cute style of top that I won't overheat in and one that still allows my upper arms to be covered? I'm a body type C in case that helps. I have learned so much from your program and really love getting it every Thursday. 
Thanks! Fondly, Maureen
 
MSP HERE: Dear Maureen,
 
Thanks for your style question. I feel any woman that wants to go sleeveless should. There is no reason to feel we must have 'perfect' arms (most of us don't). But I also understand if you aren't comfortable, well then you aren't comfortable--end of story.
 
If you choose to cover your arms, there are lots of cute and trendy tops to choose from that will keep you cool. 

Use these tips to help you find the best sleeve/top styles:
 
1. Avoid styles that are too constrictive
 
2. Avoid sleeves that stop at your wide part of your upper arm (like a cap or short sleeves)
 
3. Look for tops that stop around or close to the lower-bicep to elbow area (most flattering sleeve length)
 
4. If upper arms are heavy, yet you want to go sleeveless, look for tanks with wide straps (avoid spaghetti straps)
 
FYI: This season Chicos has some really great style options you will love...I'm all about you NOT overheating, LOL!

Love, Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants

Monday, May 4, 2015


DEAR Missus Smarty Pants,

I cannot believe the compliments coming my way.  I am 62 years old and about 30 pounds overweight, but people are frequently saying “you look sassy,” “you looked very pretty at our meeting,” “have you lost weight?”  I haven’t received these kinds of remarks since I was 40.  And they’re coming from my colleagues and friends who are 30 years younger than I am!

What a difference proper fit, style, proportion and color make.  Systers, I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but never believe that style is irrelevant.  People will listen to you and pay attention to your message when you are pleasant to look at. Why not make an effort to look good?    

It costs very little but a little time, and it’s time very well spent.   

Thank you, thank you, Leslie for your knowledge and generous sharing of your skills.

Best regards and all my thanks for helping me dress for my body type, Carol


MSP HERE: Hi Carol, 

Thanks for sharing your style testimonial. Having great style at any age gives a woman such an uplifting feeling - and you are living proof! 

Carol you are so right, "People will listen to you and pay attention to your message when you are pleasant to look at.  Why not make an effort to look good? " Your words say it all. 

Love, Leslie MSP


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