I absolutely adore these flats in neon persimmon, but $178 for flats is too far out of my reach. I’m looking for flats along these lines with that gold heel for the GOP convention. Have you by chance seen similar ones for a better price?
Fashion is a business of trickle down economics. A chunky, wrapped-gold heel starts with Ferragamo, works its way down to the J.CREW flats above, and eventually finds its way to Forever21, Asos, or Steve Madden. But sadly, this style hasn’t worked its way down into the lower price points quite yet.
The only under-$100 gold-wrapped heels I could find were this slightly odd red, ankle-strap pair from Asos. But wait a few more months, because I wouldn’t be surprised if a few pairs pop up before the holidays. Or you could just wait for the next J.CREW 30% off sale, though I doubt that will be happening soon.
Hi Belle,Long time reader, first time writer — but I need help styling this dress (below). I work in a casual office, and wear it to work fairly frequently, but I’m finding it hard to style in interesting ways. Best I can ever do is a skinny red patent or brown woven belt through the loops and flats (I can’t wear heels often). But I always feel boring, and I hate that. Any advice? Thanks.Laura
Shirt dresses like this chambray number from Old Navy or this blue one from J.Crew make great additions to a casual work wardrobe but styling them can be tricky. The simplest change is to try a wider statement belt. Just because the dress has belt loops does not mean you have to use them.
The second option you have is to wear something over the dress. If it were me, I would pop the collar a bit, turning the corners down just in the front and wear a henley sweater over the top. Then, I would wear the belt over that.
The third option is to wear something underneath the dress. You could wear a brightly colored tee and then roll the sleeves of the shirt over the dress sleeves. Or you could wear a sleeveless blouse with a ruffled collar or a statement necklace underneath it.
We might be going into territory beyond the scope of this blog, but I just got out of a five year relationship and will be back into the singles scene and was wondering what is the appropriate grooming and maintenance for women’s lady parts?
During my relationship I just kept things trim and tidy, but do guys these days think completely bare is the norm? Is there an in-between?
Also, another reason I haven’t shaved or waxed often is that I am very prone to in-grown hairs. This is one area that I really am lost and have no idea what to do and how to maintain. I want to have some fun and enter the dating scene confident in every aspect so any advice (or point me towards some) would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, I have posted about bikini maintanence before, but I am probably the person least qualified to answer this question since I don’t date. But I think that while some men probably have a preference, I don’t think that too many men will feel so strongly about it that they would be turned off. So if you want to keep things neat and trim without paying a stranger to rip the hair from your nether regions, that’s probably the way to go.
Also, maintaining a Brazilian takes work. It’s costly, and if you’re at all uncomfortable at the prospect of having ingrowns or broken skin, I would stick with what you’re used to. But if you do want to go bare down there, you need to swab the area daily with a salicylic or glycolic acid pad to prevent ingrowns. Bliss makes the one I use, they cost $38 for 50. But I know that some readers use Stridex pads or a similar product to save money.
Lastly, the most frustrating part of Brazilian or near-Brazilian waxing is that hairs grow back at different rates. So two weeks in to an eight week wax, you may need to touch up in certain areas. Bliss makes their Poetic Wax in an at home kit, and they also sell waxing strips if you want to avoid the mess. I like the Bliss wax because it’s a hard wax that doesn’t rip off the skin with the hair, making it less irritating and less painful.
Like I said, I am not a hair removal or a dating expert, but hopefully, some of your fellow readers can give you a better idea of what men prefer.