Ask Belle Roundup Vol. III, No. Ten
Apr 1, 2013
I’m searching for a new pair of pearl earrings. I can’t afford to spend more than $100, but I want a pair that looks nicer than the price I paid for them. Ideas?
I wear a pair of pearl studs from J.CREW. They’re $50, a good size and they look pretty.
Here is my question: My boyfriend is on the shorter side and I really prefer not to wear heels when we go to events together. We have several weddings coming up this spring/summer and I’m struggling to find nice flat shoes that are dressy enough to wear with wedding attire. Do you have any suggestions for a versatile flat sandal that I can wear with different dresses?
I’d start your search with a metallic flat sandal. I found this toe ring sandal with crushed gold accents, and this gold sandal with crystal stone embellishments. I own these rose gold sandals from Maiden Lane, and they’re pretty–but be aware, they are quite shiny. But I think the real winner is this short silver wedge (under an inch) with a crystal studded bow on the strap.
If you’d prefer something in a tan or beige color, these Loeffler Randall sandals are on the pricey side, but they’re gorgeous. These accented beige sandals have just a short heel. And I also like these patent Prada knockoffs from Dorothy Perkins.
Can you recommend a trench coat that costs $200 or less? I’m looking for a traditional khaki coat.
I appreciate the help. SF
Madewell has a very stylish trench in your price range. London Fog and Calvin Klein also make great basic trenches. And this coat from Gap looks like the best option for under-$100. If you’re looking for a different size, I found this petite trench at Target and this plus size trench from Land’s End.
I remember you wrote a post about your favorite mascara. Can you remind me what it was? I’m in dire need of a mascara that doesn’t smudge.
Thank you, Belle!
I order Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara from overseas. It’s a little obsessive, but I love it that much. As for readily available options, my second favorite mascara is CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara.