Ask Belle Roundup Vol. III, No. Twenty-Four
Aug 5, 2013
Before we begin, tickets for the fall 2013 District Sample Sale go on sale tomorrow at 10:00AM. The VIP is definitely worth the price if you plan to do some serious shopping. If you’re just a casual shopper who wants to sip champagne and chat, a regular price ticket should be fine. Get all the details for the September 24th event here.
I’ve been using Pinterest to get ideas for what to buy for fall/winter, but most of the outfits are for the weekend. Any recommendations on who to follow, in addition to you, for office inspiration?
There aren’t many professional recommendations on Pinterest because a shrinking number of women work in offices with professional dress codes. I follow, and post to, The Corporate Fashionista group board. It’s not all D.C.-appropriate, but I think it’s the best board on the site.
Love the blog. I am not sure if this question has been asked but I am new Hill staffer and need some go-to collared/button down shirts for work. Where do you suggest I look?
I don’t buy button-up shirts very often, just because I think they look very masculine on me, but many women consider them a wardrobe staple. The handful I own either come from Banana Republic or Rochelle Behrens. I especially like the Banana Republic non-iron shirts because they can be machine washed.
If you’re looking for some other option, a lot of my friends by their shirts at Brooks Brothers. Plus-size? I thought Nordstrom had a good selection. Petite? Many of my petite readers have recommended Ann Taylor in past comments.
I’m looking for a pair of leopard flats for fall but they have to be under-$75. There seems to be nothing in that price range. Can you help a girl out?
The two best pairs I found are this Nine West Speakup Flat or this BP Moveover Flat. If you don’t want to deal with calf-hair, this pair from Wallis comes in printed patent leather. And if you just want a hint of leopard, Charlotte Russe has a pair of ankle strap flats, for under-$25, that are sure to please.
I seem to be in a facial regime rut. Nothing is seriously wrong, but since I turned 30 I have been thinking that I need to step up my game–but I don’t know where to start. I know that you often give tips, based on what works for you, and I was wondering how you figured that out. Was it purely through a great deal of trial and error? Or is there a way to get an “assessment” on one’s needs (i.e. a makeup consultant or a facialist)? I’m not so much concerned about makeup, but mostly cleansers, moisturizers, etc.
Frankly, I spend a lot of time on Google when I’m looking for a new product. First, I think about what my needs are, am I concerned about aging or acne or under-eye circles? Then, I search for best serum/cream/skincare product for 30-year-old women aging acne, or something like that. Sort by date, so you get the newest products, and head to Sephora or Ulta with your list.
I will usually ask for a few samples before I commit to buying a product. Two weeks is usually long enough to know whether something is making a difference.
As for new products that I am loving right now…I bought Glam Glow’s BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment, and it seems to be making a difference in my under-eye circles. Not a life changing difference, but a difference. I also switched back to Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, a scrub that doesn’t tear the skin and sloughs off skin cells like a dream.
The fashion mags on my bedside table are all taking about leather for fall. Do you have any recommendations for a leather or leather trim pencil skirt that won’t put me in the poor house? I am fine with faux as long as it looks good.
Thank you! Love the blog! MS
My skin has been playing catch up since I moved to Washington, D.C. in June. I’m searching for a really light moisturizer that isn’t greasy. Since you have acne-prone skin, do you have one you like?
The one I always recommend is Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation. It’s so light, you won’t believe that it could actually work, but it does. You can also try Pure Perfection Cream, which has some anti-aging and pore-refining ingredients.
Need a drugstore brand? Try Cerave AM moisturizer.