Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Twenty-three
Jul 29, 2013
Before we begin, I know that some of you have been having trouble reading Capitol Hill Style on Bloglovin’. We looked into the issue, and it seems to be resolved.
Also, after weeks of using Bloglovin’ myself, I switched readers to AOL Reader. Who knew AOL was still around? But their reader is as good as Google Reader ever was.
Any suggestions for mascara that won’t give me raccoon eyes? I walk to work, and by the time I arrive, I look like an emo chick.
I am unfailingly loyal to 2000 Calorie Mascara by Max Factor. It gives good volume and length, and doesn’t run down your face. And thanks to a top from a reader, I can now buy it at drugstore.com instead of having it shipped to me from across the pond. Yippee!
I’m in the market for a new wallet. I adore the pink leather Kiki Wallet by Corrente, but it’s no longer available online. Do you have any suggestions for a similar wallet? Preferably under $100.
Personally, I like a checkbook length wallet. I just bought this Marc Jacobs vertical zip wallet from the Anniversary Sale and I like it a lot. I also own this Rebecca Minkoff wallet in gold, and it’s a great choice as well.
Lastly, a co-worker picked up this Hobo bag that is half-clutch, half-wallet with a little strap on the side for easy carrying. It’s called the Silvana, and I think it’s a great choice for women who want a wallet that can also hold your cell phone and a lipstick. That way you can carry it to lunch or a hearing without having to tote your whole purse.
I need to replace my “little black dress,” but everything I find is either dowdy, too trendy or trashy. Any recommendations for something classic and gorge under-$200?
Love the blog! Bina
This Maribeth lace dress from Joie with scallop trim is a great choice at $122. If you like the look of lace, but want something with a lighter feel, this Maggy London dress mixes illusion and lace to create a pretty frock. And if you like illusion, I like the simplicity of this mesh yoke dress from Jax.
Plus size: Try this black lace Xscape dress or this simple Ralph Lauren v-neck. Petite: Try this simple jersey dress from Donna Ricco, and I adore the way they did the lace at the hem on this Tadashi frock.
You posted about black skinny pants last week, but I’m in search of the opposite. Any ideas where I can find a nice wide leg trouser that isn’t going to swallow me up? Every pair I try on is more like a wool stretch pant than a work pant.
Thank you so much, Ella
I love the J.Crew Ludlow pant. It’s not a traditional wide cut, but it grazes the leg beautifully. You should also check out the basic work trouser from Bop. And one of my girlfriends, who likes a generous wide leg, swears by the Magaschoni brand.
I recently bought J. Crew’s collection icon trench during one of J.Crew’s recent promotions. I’m usually an 8 in J. Crew’s clothes, but I went for a size 10 in the trench. I just received the trench and love it. However, the bust area seems to be a bit big. When I belt it, the material definitely gathers in the back, but it fits well otherwise. I’m currently debating whether to go to a tailor or try to exchange the trench.
So I have two questions for you! Do you have any tips for how a trench should fit? Also, do you have recommendations for a good, well-priced tailor in DC?
Thanks so much! Lesley
When it comes to buying clothes, women need to realize that most of us are not a standard size. The retailers and designers are not making clothes that will fit our bodies perfectly right off the rack. So most of your clothes should need some tailoring.
I always recommend that women who are disproportionate (and who isn’t?) size up and then take in. So for your trench, you probably need to have the back seams or the side seams taken in a bit. I recommend Cheryl Lofton on T Street NW without reservation. She does a great job at a fair price.
My hair is melting into a haggard mop in the D.C. heat. I am in need of a good…nay, a great…hairspray. Whatcha got?
Big Sexy Hairspray in Play Harder is all I use.