Ask Belle Vol. II, No. Two
Jul 30, 2012
This Coach bag caught my eye today. I think it’s beautiful, but it’s at the top of my price range. I’m hesitant to make the investment because I’m not sure how it would transition into fall/winter. You’ve mentioned that you recommend grey/tan bags for year-round, but how might you style this? Does the pop of yellow ruin the versatility?
Tis true, I do recommend grey and tan for seasonal versatility. However, while this bag is awesome, it’s the kind of bag that you add to a wardrobe full of basic bags. It’s a fun bag, a style bag, not a versatile, all-season bag.
Part of the reason is the yellow, but I would overlook that if the color was a darker grey (yellow and grey is so hot right now). The pale, almost-white, grey just isn’t right for colder weather.
If I were you, here is what I would do. Let’s say you have $450 to spend. You clearly love this bag (and what is not to love?), so invest in the smaller clutch version at $168 in the same great color combo.
Then, purchase a basic bag in the $200-$250 price range. I like this Foley + Corrinna satchel. Or if you just want to buy one bag, I like the new handbags from Michael Kors. This woven tote in taupe is fantastic and this tan-colored leather bag is also to die for.
I can’t afford regular manicures of pedicures (Staff Asst. salary, and all), but I have really tough cuticles. Can you recommend a product or technique for removing them?
I really like Deborah Lippman Intensive Nail Treatment ($20). I have tough cuticles on my toes, and this really cuts right through them and makes them easy to remove. It’s a bit pricey, but you only need a little bit, so it lasts for awhile.
As for technique, this tutorial is probably closest to what I use, since I do my own nails. Though, it recommends an emery board to push down cuticles and I prefer and orange stick. I also own this manicure kit, and it really is a great thing to have if you do your own nails.
I have a heels question… and I realize that this may sound silly, but please bear with me. I have recently started dating a guy who is only a couple of inches taller than me. While I don’t mind wearing high heels around him (and he doesn’t mind either), I would like the option of a lower heel to wear when we’re out to dinner, etc. so that I’m not towering over him in my 5″ heels.
The problem with some kitten heels and low heels is that they look a bit matronly… and that’s certainly not the look I’m going for. Can you suggest a low (2 inchish?) heel for the 20/30-something crowd that’s still sexy and fun?
Thanks in advance — your input is always appreciated!
I once dated a man who was three inches taller than I am, it was fine until I put on 5″ heels or he decided to slouch. Kitten heels were the best solution for me, but you’re right, many styles you see are matronly.
The styles above are all 2.5″ or under. I like the brightly colored pairs. I also think the use of mixed leathers on the second pair and studs on the Zara pair make them more fun than traditional slingback kittens.
If you get tired of kittens, you can also try a low wedge. Elie Tahari made a super cute red patent leather buckle sandal for summer that was a wedge. (It also came in nude.)
I also own these Cole Haan Air Talia wedges in nude and red patent. They’re super comfortable, but you do need to have the toe-box stretched before you wear them if you have high arches or a high instep. They’re a great casual or summer work shoe.