Ask Belle Roundup July 9
Jul 9, 2012
Thank you for the advice on the Essie Lollipop nail polish — I chose it for my manicure and am so happy with it — bright and summery. Which makes me wonder if you have recommendations for red lipstick/lipstain/lipgloss. I usually use berry colored glosses, but am curious about red lipstick. Something high quality, non-drying, not matte and that lasts. Also, I have fair skin, blonde hair and green eyes…and there are a million kinds of red out there.
Your advice please! Jill
The brutal truth is that there is no way some can suggest a lipstick shade for you. I can tell you what should look good, but that’s no guarantee that it will. Unlike blush and eye-shadow, the only way to find the perfect lipstick for you is to go to the makeup counter and try on two or three dozen.
Oh, you think I’m exaggerating?
I don’t wear lipstick often, but the lip colors I do own were chosen very carefully. If I plan on buying a lipstick, I go to the department store (Nordstrom, usually) and camp out for an hour. Sometimes I’ll try on two dozen lipsticks and glosses before I find The One.
So block off an hour, head to the beauty counter and don’t forget to bring makeup removing towelettes and chapstick. You’re going to need them.
I live in the Middle-of-Nowheresville, Colorado, but I love your blog. I’d like to purchase some pieces that are fashion forward but not crazy expensive, any online stores that you recommend?
For the money, I think Asos has the most stylish, on-trend pieces on the market. I also like The Outnet for inexpensive designer pieces. Dorothy Perkins, a British retailer, has great pieces that are similar to H&M in quality. The only issues are the sizing can be a little cattywaumpus and returns are difficult because it’s Britain. And Zara’s new online store doesn’t quite have the selection of their physical locations, but it’s still awesome.
This is a somewhat sad question however I need to attend the wake and funeral of a good friend’s mother tomorrow.
As I was talking about attending it with a coworker, we got on the topic of what to wear to a memorial service or funeral. Whenever I’ve attended a funeral in the past, I’ve always worn a mostly black or gray combo whereas my coworker always wears something with more color. I’ve noticed as well that the all black mourning clothing isn’t something everyone adheres to and would like to wear something not black given this God awful heat we’ve been having. Not sure if this is something you can provide guidance on but would love to hear your thoughts on how to respectfully represent yourself during these sort of occasions.
In my opinion, unless you are asked not to wear black or it is culturally appropriate to wear another color, there is never a good reason not to wear black to a funeral. If you need to wear a white blouse under a black suit, that should be fine. If you are in a pinch and need to wear grey, I don’t think anyone will balk. But I would never attend a funeral in anything black because I wouldn’t want to be a distraction.
Quick question, are you on Pinterest? Do you like it?
Yes, I am on Pinterest, and I don’t like it, I LOVE IT. I am hopelessly addicted. It’s a great resource for outfit inspiration, beauty tips, decorating ideas and recipes. If you’re not on it, you should be. And if you are on Pinterest, check out my boards.