Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tights And Peeptoes?

Yes. You can totally wear tights with peep-toe pumps. According to the "style police"...just tuck the seam of the tights under your toes, and slip 'em on. 

Tights worn and open-toed shoes are no longer considered a "fashion faux pas". The best part is this allows you to get more mileage out of your wardrobe, because now your peep-toe don't have to wait until spring!

Frigid temps make you want to avoid wearing a pretty dress? 

Not anymore when it's perfectly okay to wear your opaque tights with any open-toed shoe!

 The REAL question then would be....would you (or do you) wear your winter tights with peep-toes or other open-toed shoes??? I'd love to hear your opinion on this!

Need more help deciphering the latest fashion "rules"? 
This week at MissusSmartyPants.com "Five Fashion Rules You Must Break"

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How To Spot A Good Deal

  Dear MSP,

Could you please explain how to spot a good deal on clothes? I have a gift card and when I go shopping I get nervous that I may not wear what I buy. How do we know that we are making a smart purchase?

By the way I love your weekly shopping guides! The pictures are so helpful to me and my “C” body type. I am ready to start shopping better!

Syster in FL

Dear Florida SYSter,

That is a good question! A bargain is NOT a bargain if you end up not wearing it!

Think about the “cost per wear” before you buy. Some items will cost more than others. Divide the amount of times you wear it, by the price of the item. The Wardrobe Basics (in your Personal Profile) are clothes that will have a low “CPW” because you will wear them often. Other clothes, like a formal gown will have a high “CPW” because you may only wear it once or twice.

I also recommend you think of at least 3 different ways (or more) you can incorporate your purchase in to your regular wardrobe —BEFORE you buy it.

If you buy something because it is a “bargain” and you have nothing to match it—then you are only wasting your money!

When you bring home your new purchase, don’t just hang it up in your closet! Instead, get creative and pull out other clothes and make more new outfits (including accessories).

It takes time, but with MSP’s wardrobe plan and thoughtful purchases you will enjoy your wardrobe for a long time to come!

Love, Leslie MSP


Want to know more about the 5 different body types? Click here to learn more

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Help! I've Got Dry Skin & Hair!

Dear SYSters,

I’ve recently had several requests for help with dry hair and skin. There are so many products available and they can be quite expensive too. As a “fashionista” who also lives on a real budget I’m sharing some inexpensive (and natural) products that I love and personally use:

For your hair:
Mix 4-5 drops of Extra Virgin Olive Oil with your conditioner
Apply it to your hair
Let it sit for about 20 minutes wrapped in a warm towel (or shower cap)
Rinse hair completely
Do this one to two times a week (depending upon dryness of hair)

My favorite beauty product is coconut oil. What’s the buzz about coconut oil? By now you’ve been hearing the many praises of coconut oil. It has many natural beauty and health benefits you’ll want to learn more about it.

Most often pure (virgin) coconut oil is used as a healthy replacement for solid shortenings in cooking. However, it also moisturizes, conditions, nourishes your skin and hair!

Here are four ways to use coconut oil as a beauty product:

1. To moisturize skin. It is often an ingredient in expensive skin care products. Coconut oil has a lot of fat, which is great for moisturizing dry skin, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Use it after the shower or bath. It is usually recommended for the body—not the face (may be too oily).

2. Condition your damaged hair.
Just massage a dime-size of coconut oil into your hair and scalp—let set 15 minutes and rinse well. You may only need to do this every couple of weeks. Virgin coconut oil is the only healthy oil proven to penetrate hair shafts. It creates fullness to your hair and reduces split ends.

Forget about pricey hair conditioners, hot oil treatments, thickening mousses and gels to nourish your hair. You’ll save $$$ by using coconut oil instead.

3. To relieve itchy skin irritations and bites. Dab on some soothing oil and let set.

4. It removes mascara. One dab of coconut oil on a cotton swab gets off all the mascara build up.

5. Dry lips? No problem…try these DIY recipes using coconut oil, of course.

In addition to these beauty benefits, coconut oil could possibly protect against disease and cancer, relieve stress, promote weight loss, heal scrapes, boost energy, and aid in digestion. I’d say coconut oil is  pretty impressive! http://www.vitacost.com/Garden-of-Life-Extra-Virgin-Organic-Coconut-Oil
 (FYI: I buy my coconut oil from my local Trader Joe’s)

Here’s to happy & healthy skin!

Love, Leslie aka MissusSmartyPants

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lose Those Yoga Pants Ladies!!! Help For Moms...

Oh my gosh...I just found this old interview (2 years ago) with Hannah Keeley!

Take a listen here about losing those yoga pants and becoming a real "stylish" mom!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

How Does Your Handbag Compare?

How does your handbag compare?
Interesting Handbag Facts: (source: The Purse Forum)

Did you know the average weight of a woman’s handbag is: 3 lbs. (mine weighed 4.2 lbs…ouch!)

More interesting handbag facts:
  • 1 in 10 women are willing to spend $150 or more on a handbag
  • 6 handbags are how many handbags most women own
  • $42 is the average amount most women spent on their last handbag
  • 3 in 4 women have a “favorite” handbag

4 Steps to Chic

1. Start with a feminine top 2. Pair with classy slacks 3. Ground with bold shoes 4. Finish with statement earrings ...