Ask Belle Roundup June 11th Edition
Jun 11, 2012
It occurred to me last night that I had not drawn a winner for Belle’s Birthday Giveaway. So without further ado, the winner of the Oscar de la Renta bagatelle notebook is commenter 76, Carolyn, who believes that “Happiness is spending time with the people who love you.”
Congratulations, and thanks to all who entered.
I saw your photo in TIME Magazine last month. So are you not anonymous anymore? Could you start posting pictures of yourself on your blog now?
I’ve always been more pseudononymous than anonymous. But in the year since I officially left the House of Representatives and the iron grip of the Committee on Ethics, I’ve definitely weakened the veil of secrecy. I am attending this weekend’s Women’s Congressional Staff Association conference as a panelist. I’ve been to a few events as myself/ my pseudonym, and I’ve had business cards made up with my pseudonym and my real name on them. And yes, my photo appeared in TIME magazine.
However, I will always be “Belle” on this blog. Why?
Because I see Belle as being the fashion equivalent of the Dread Pirate Roberts. One day, hopefully, there will be a new Belle who will take up the mantle, and I will finally be able to buy that pair of Crocs that I always wanted. (Kidding.)
As for photos of me on this site, that’s unlikely but not impossible. The barrier is that while there are many fashion bloggers who post lovely photos of themselves, there are a greater number of women standing in uncomfortable poses, fondling their hair and awkwardly leaning against things. And I fear, that I would fall into the latter category.
Also, who would take the photos and where? As you know, I live alone and I don’t date. Sure, I could pay Dan Schwartz from Revamped to come down to the Hill every day, but that sounds expensive.
So who knows? Maybe some day I will change my mind, but for right now, I don’t see myself posting pictures of my outfits any time soon. And I will always be known simply as Belle.
Hello from a dedicated college student reader!
I am an intern on Cap Hill, and was wondering what your thoughts are on splurge vs. save for ballet flats. I wear flats nearly every day of the week for both work and more casual occasions, and I’m curious what your thoughts are on the best brands. My J.CREW ones often scuff up easily from so much wear, but I’d be willing to pay more (or less if possible!) for a quality brand that, above all, offers superior COMFORT for all-day wear.
It is one of fashion’s great cruelties that just because a pair of shoes are flat does not mean they are comfortable. Ever since Steve Madden stopped making a matte gold Koobba skimmer, I’ve given up on the search for an inexpensive, comfortable flat. I tried Nine West for awhile, until one of the soles came off the shoe while walking down Pennsylvania. So I raised the white flag.
I have no problem buying a pair of flats and then adding insoles to make them comfortable. After all, Dr. Scholl’s isn’t a multi-billion dollar company for no reason. So I buy the flats that I like and have them stretched, padded and mole skinned until they fit just right. I’m the Goldilocks of flat dress shoes.
Even when I wear flats, I don’t commute in my work flats. I could, of course, but as you mentioned, I don’t want to beat up a nice pair of shoes and then have to pay the cobbler later. If your shoes are patent leather and they’re getting scuffed, try nail polish remover. If they’re regular leather, buy a shoe shine kit and learn to touch them up yourself. Because if you wear your shoes enough to make them worth the money that you paid for them, they’re going to get battered from every day wear and tear. So whether you spend $50 or $250 is up to you, since I have never found a truly miraculous pair in any price point.
I like J.Crew shoes, I have one pair of heels and one pair of flats and I find them to be fairly comfortable. I also like Kate Spade flats, but their not as comfortable as I would like. Aldo makes a decent shoe if you’re looking to wear them until they fall apart and then toss them. And my former-coworker Virginia swears by Bloch flats, which she buys on Gilt Groupe to save a bit of money.
What are your favorite flats?