Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Twenty
Jul 1, 2013
I’ve been searching your blog, but I can’t find the post where you talk about the kind of makeup removing wipes you like. Could you refresh my memory?
I usually use the Say Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Towelettes. However, I recently switched to the Say Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Face Towelettes, and I think I like them better. They’re loaded with vitamin C to remove impurities and exfoliate the skin. They’re also a bit thicker than the Blueberries wipes, so I can use just one to remove all of my makeup instead of two.
I need your help! I’m getting married later this summer. I’ve looked endlessly but can’t find a dress to wear to one of our wedding events. It’s a lobster bake by the water in New England. I’d love something that would fit with that setting, but can’t find anything that is appropriately dressy to wear as the bride. Can’t wait to see your suggestions!
Congratulations! First, let me say, it’s a lobster bake. A nice cotton dress and cute shoes are all you need, esp. since everyone else will probably be fairly casual. I’m under the impression most brides opt for white for wedding events, so try this eyelet fit-and-flare or this square neck Marc Jacobs. And if you want something a bit more modern and fun, I like this Robert Rodriguez with a geometric cut-out back.
But remember, no matter which dress you choose, focus on your hair and makeup. These events are all about fun times and photos. Even a mediocre dress looks awesome with a great hairdo and a well made-up face.
Last night I emailed my husband saying I was getting a pedicure at the cheap-y local place. He replied, “oh, maybe I’ll come with you”. I assumed he was joking, and after a few emails back and forth, he wasn’t (but because of scheduling it didn’t work out to go together last night and I went alone). But – any suggestions where we can either go together or my husband can go alone? If he should do it, it shouldn’t be a terrible experience, right?
Bliss Spas offer pedicures for both men and women, so that’s one option. But any spa that has two chairs together and isn’t set up in a cattle call style like so many less-expensive salons should do well. You want something where you won’t be in a crowd.
And I think it’s great that he wants to go and have his feet cleaned, scrubbed, clipped and trimmed. You wouldn’t believe some of the gross feet I’ve seen walking around D.C. (and Montana) in sandals this summer. Shudder. So I would definitely encourage him to get a pedicure.
I am an avid reader of your blog! You have such excellent advice, especially for those of us just entering the work force.
While my day-to-day wardrobe is maturing, I was wondering if you had any advice on where to find reasonably priced sleepwear. I would love to ditch the college sorority tees and boxers.
Lately, I’ve either been sleeping in a short-pajama set or a knee-length tank nightgown. I also like matching tanks and shorts with feminine details and soft colors. And this might be the one time that I would consider wearing a romper. And you can never go wrong with a classic pajama set.
I need a pair of gold flats for my walk to the office but the pickings seem pretty slim. Seen anything good?
I am in the market for a pair myself, so I’ve certainly been on the hunt.
This Ecco flat and this Seychelles flat both have a basic shape. If you want something a bit different, I found these laser-cut flats and these scallop-edged Steve Madden flats. And if you like the look of a loafer, these Kate Spade ones are preppy and fun.
Also, I bought a pair of gold Tieks recently. And while they seemed like they would be very comfortable for commuting, the gold color was hideous (like you sprayed glitter on a filthy camel). I’m going to exchange them for another color and report back.
Lastly, I wanted to ask a favor from you ladies. Several readers have e-mailed asking for advice on what to wear on a trip to Paris. Having never been to the city on the Seine, I have little advice to offer. I can tell them to check out How to Dress Like a Parisian, but then I’m out of tips. So since I know many of you have probably been to Paris, please leave your thoughts in the comments on what staples to bring, what shoes to wear, a bag to carry, etc. Thanks!