Ask Belle Roundup Vol. III, No. Three
Feb 6, 2013
I’m still working through a seemingly unshrinkable number of Ask Belles, so let’s get started.
I am the maid of honor is my best friend’s wedding this August. One of my charges is helping to find the perfect pair of bridesmaid shoes for an outdoor wedding (it will in a field at a barn- no animals though). She wants tan, beige, cream, or nude in color, preferably wedges since the majority of time we will be on grass (I read your blog enough to know wedges aren’t your favorite), and peep toe. Like any wedding, expenses are adding up quickly, so we would also like to keep the cost under $70. Any suggestions on pairs of classy shoes that fit this order?
Secondly, your friend is right. Wedges are the best choice for most outdoor weddings. If the wedding is on the casual side, I like these twisted suede wedge sandals for $35. If a standard peep toe is what you’re after, these Bandolinos are low for comfort but if you want higher ones, these Ivanka Trumps might be it. These twisted D’orsay-style wedge also caught my eye.
Should you change your mind and go for closed toe, I have some suggestions for that as well. These Chinese Laundry wedges aren’t bad, though I’d want to see how round the heel of the wedge is in person. These patent Madden Girl shoes are a good color and the right price, but have limited sizes. And these Franco Sarto wedges have a wood heel and a classic shape.
Hello again, Belle,
This time I had a question on identifying a gorgeous pair of boots I spotted on tumblr. Would you know what brand they are ? At first I thought they were wellies but at closer look I think they’re leather so now I’m totally lost. I’ve tried searching for 3-buckle leather boots, triple strap leather boots, etc etc but so far no luck. So thought I’d try asking you while continuing to search!
You were right the first time, they’re Wellies. And they’re Burberry. They’re also over-$350. These Burberry Wellies with buckle detail are a bit less at $285. If you want a similar look for drastically less, these rain boots from Macy’s are just $59.
Thanks for your blog, which I really enjoy! You posted about lip care in winter the other day, but I am wondering about your recommendations for lipstick that doesn’t make winter lips worse. My lips get really chapped during the cold season, but I don’t want to give up my lipstick habit. Do you know about any products that combine lip care with good colours?
I don’t wear lipstick every day, but I do like a bit of color. Fresh’s lip treatments have a hint of color and they moisturize. The Sugar Plum is my favorite, but the Sugar Passion is nice for lovers of red.
If you’re looking for a traditional creme lipstick with moisturizer, 29 Reserves makes one with grapeseed oil and SPF in some lovely colors. I’ve also heard good things about Lola Ultra Drench lipsticks. And last but not least…
I was flipping through this month’s Real Simple when the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Gemma caught my eye. It looks purple in the tube but goes on a deep berry with pink undertones. The new Color Balms have the rich color of a lipstick, the moisture or a balm and the shine of the gloss. The Color Balm is the first lip product since Clinique’s Almost Lipstick Black Honey that has set my makeup bag aflame.