Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Five
Feb 20, 2013
I found your blog a few weeks ago, and though I’m not in government – far from it! – I love your advice on professional style. I have a question about jewelry. I’m married and wear my wedding set every day. It’s pretty traditional – diamonds set in white gold. I notice that you feature a lot of cocktail rings in your outfit sets. Can I wear a cocktail ring on my right hand, or would it be too much? And do I have to stick to silver or white gold-toned jewelry?
In my opinion, wedding and engagement rings do not need to match other jewelry. Make a lifetime commitment to someone and the related bauble is exempted from the “rules” of fashion.
I think wearing a ring on your right hand is a great idea, and so does the jewelry industry, which actually markets “right hand” rings to ladies whose left ring fingers are occupied. Want a few suggestions? This uber-stylish white quartz and mother-of-pearl ring caught my eye. The Follie Follie ring looks like the night sky. Here’s a fun $5 bauble. And this pave Cortina ring just steals the show.
Like you, I’ve dropped nearly 30 pounds in the last couple of months and now I have a (good) problem–a lot of my wardrobe doesn’t fit. The actual problem is that I don’t have enough cash to buy an entirely new wardrobe. So when it comes to weight loss or weight gain, do you have any recommendations on what staples to buy, what to get taken in and what to throw out?
Congratulations on your weight loss, taking off 30 pounds is not easy. (I know, I’ve done it.) But making your wardrobe work for you post weight loss can also be a challenge.
The first order of business is to look at your current “too big” wardrobe. What do you wear most often? These are the pieces that you need to tailor or replace first.
As for what can be tailored, pencil skirts are really easy to tailor. Dresses, depending on the intricacy of their shape, can also be taken in a few sizes. Pants are difficult to tailor, as are many shirt styles. But whatever the style, I recommend tailoring only those pieces you think you can’t live without or just love to death, and sell the rest at a second hand store.
In D.C., I like consignment stores like Secondi and Redzz in Bethesda, though some readers have had good luck with the boutiques in Old Town.
Wondering what eye cream you recommend? I know that in the past you said that Eucerin Aquaphor was your go to–is that still the case?
I use the Aquaphor sparingly these days. Why? Well, I recently learned that many eye creams migrate up to an inch from where you place them. Thus, the heavy Aquaphor is probably the source of the acne on my upper cheeks. (grumble, grumble)
Instead, I switched to a traditional eye cream. I like the Kate Somerville Cytocell ($75) or Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye ($36) for my circle-prone eyes. And if all you need is moisturization (lucky duck), try Kiehl’s Creamy Eye treatment ($29) or the anti-oxidant rich Ole Henriksen Visual Truth Eye Creme ($45).
Kiehl’s says that their cream will not migrate. But no matter which brand you use, you should not put eye cream near the lash line on your bottom lid or on your top lid (really thin, products could penetrate the eye). And if you have a favorite eye cream that you want to rave about, leave the name in the comments.
I’m searching for a spring sandal for trip I’m taking next week. It needs to be flat, gold or tan and not overly embellished. Oh, and if it could cost less than $125, that would be great too. Love the blog!
I like Jack Rogers, which I know a number of you hate, but I’m going to pull the old move and throw out the “Hey, Jackie Kennedy wore them!” line as a lackluster defense. This season, I like the traditional style in platinum and the new, Georgica style in cork and gold.
For metallic sandals, I like these very shiny Boutique 9s, this strappy Nine West pair and these Dolce Vita Archer flat sandals that come in seven fun colors. As for the tan choices, these Sigerson’s have an awesome shape, but limited sizes. These Avalon sandals strike me as the perfect boardwalk shoe, and these Joie sandals are simple and stylish.