Ask Belle: Spring Essentials
Mar 21, 2011
I saw your post about searching for shoes to wear this spring, and I am in a similar conundrum. I hate shoe shopping. I just want to find one pair of shoes that I can wear to work all season. Can you help?
I want to spend $200 or less, but I want a pair that I can wear everyday.
If you’re looking for the perfect spring pump, the go-with-anything, wear-anywhere pump, you have two choices: nude and snakeskin. Snakeskin is the slightly more sophisticated choice because it blends white, black, grey and tan into one look. This way, you can wear them with anything.
And the best part about these shoes? They have a rubber sole and Nike Air insoles for comfort. So you can wear them all spring without pain.
Yes, they’re a little pricey. But if you can wear them every day, with every outfit, you’ll definitely get your money out of them.
My husband is taking me to the Cayman’s for our anniversary, and I need a swimsuit. I need something that’s one piece (I just had a baby.), but still sexy. Suggestions?
First off, I am completely jealous. Ah, to be on a beach.
This suit has a number of features that will help shape the figure. The v-neck, tie halter will lift the bust. The ruching will treat the curves generously. And the bright color will bring a pop of fun and sex appeal.
I’m in search of a really good self-tanner. I don’t want to streak, smell or look like Snookie. Capiche? Does such a thing exist?
Sprays, creams and lotions are all difficult to apply, but self-tanner wipes are difficult to mess up. I found two brands that I really like: TanTowel ($27) or Sommerville360 by Kate Sommerville ($48).
The trick to making these products work for you is two-fold. 1) Exfolitate like a crazy person before you apply. 2) Just before the self-tanner dries, apply your lotion to smooth it out. Now, go wash your hands.
Self-tanner is as much about the product you choose as the way you apply it. So make sure to follow the steps, and give yourself plenty of time to get it right. Doing it right before bed or right before you need to get dressed is not a good idea.
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