I’m moving to DC in a couple of weeks for the fall semester and I’ll be doing my internship at a lobbying firm. I have to pack both summer and winter clothes since I’ll be in DC through mid-December. I have some office-appropriate sweaters, but what else do you recommend for a California girl experiencing her first “real winter” in a professional setting?
The first item that jumped into my mind when I read this question was tights. If you like to wear dresses or skirts, you need opaque tights and fleece-lined tights. I like the Spanx brand, but my favorite are the Lux70 Denier Donna Karan brand. I used to buy Commando tights in bulk, but after getting three sub-par pairs in a row, I’ve stopped wearing them. I also like the Plush fleece-lined tights from Shopbop.
My winter wardrobe is mostly tights and dresses, but when I wear separates, I like to layer my fall pieces with a wool blazer to stay warm. I would also recommend a warm wool coat. I’d choose one that came down to mid-thigh and was a little bit big so that you can wear lots of layers underneath. Lastly, I like high-heeled tall boots even with wide leg trousers to keep out the chill.
Any recommendations for organic (or as “green” as possible) skincare products? I’m becoming concerned with the seriously long ingredient lists in my products. Recommendations for sensitive skin would also be greatly appreciated!
I think you might be mixing up your terms. It seems like you’re looking more for natural products than products that are made certified-organic, since those are very rare. I would start with companies like Burt’s Bees, Yes to... and Simple. There drugstore brands that try to be as natural as possible. For a more expensive brand, I would look at Dr. Hauschka and Josie Maran, both of which pride themselves on being made with natural ingredients.
Also, some of my readers have suggested shopping for skincare products at Whole Foods or health food markets. They tend to stock natural alternatives to common products.
Love the blog and particularly appreciate that you always try to give ideas in a range of styles and prices! I have a question and I’m looking for inspiration – I’ve got an outdoor wedding in 2 weeksand will be wearing this berry lace dress and these gold wedges. And I’ll probably just carry a black Chanel bag.
I’m looking for some new accessories – I typically go for statement necklaces but with this neckline I’m thinking of some new bracelets and earrings. Any suggestions for earrings and a bangle you’d pair with this dress? I’d like to spend less than 200 and get something I can wear again.
First, let me advise against the black Chanel. The dress is lovely, the shoes are very light and summery, and a black bag is going to look heavy and forced. Especially since it’s still summer. Instead, try a gold, blush or cobalt clutch. It’ll look fresher and prettier.
Now, for the earrings, I would look at a chain drop like these Betty Carre chalcedony earrings. The daintiness of the chain pairs well with the lace, but the drops are current. As for the bracelet, I like these Jules Smith wave stack bracelets or a simple cuff, like this RJ Graziano circle cuff.
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Quick question: You mentioned on Twitter that you were trying out the Zella leggings, what do you think of them?
I like the Zella Live In leggings for working out or wearing around the house. I was curious whether I could wear them under other items, but I think the material, a stretchy poly, makes that impossible. They’re great for the gym and lounging, but I’m going to stick with C&C California leggings for under my sweater dresses.
I am about to start a fall internship on The Hill and am currently trying to put together my wardrobe. Last year I bought summer and spring pieces for other work, but they are a bit brighter (ie. teal top, royal blue blouse, magenta skirt etc.) I figure I can tone down the bright tops with neutral skirts/trousers for August and September, but I am wondering, how much color is appropriate for an intern once Congress is in session? Am I stuck in gray? I am nervous about wearing magenta and being too much of an eyesore…
There is no hard and fast rule about color in the workplace. I wouldn’t recommend that you wear bright neon or that you pair your fuchsia blouse with your lime green skirt, but you can wear color in a professional space as long as you wear it intelligently.
Don’t be afraid to have a colored blouse or skirt and then mix in a complementary scarf, piece of jewelry or shoe. Just make sure that one of your foundation pieces (top or bottom) is always a neutral. Then have fun with accessories. Just make sure not to wear your bright Chartreuse blouse on any day that you might be sitting behind your boss when he is on C-Span. On those days, wear gray.
Can you recommend a great blush? I purchased a Clinique blush recently and it makes me look like I painted my cheeks with crayon. Thoughts?
I only wear Bobbi Brown blushes. They has a sheer, buildable coverage that’s always on point and the pigments are really well chosen.
Also, most women wear one shade of blush, I follow Bobbi’s rule (link to video tutorial) and wear two shades. I wear the deeper plum blush on my cheekbones and a pop of pale pink on the apples of my cheeks (hues vary based on skin tone). Two blushes gives you a flushed, pretty look like no other. I also think that her fluffy blush brush is some of the best money I ever spent. It applies just the right amount of color and doesn’t cake it on.
I am in search of a pair of pointy black flats. Patent leather is fine, but I really need a pointy toe so I can wear them with pants. Round toe shoes look like bedroom slippers when I wear them with my wide leg pants. I’d like something under $200.
Love the blog, thanks! Justine
I haven’t tried them on yet, but a lot of women like these BP Moveover flats for $50. I also think these D’orsay flats from Carvela are nice if you want to engage in the trend. If you’re in the mood for suede, these Via Spiga’s are lovely. And I really like these simple Ivanka Trump flats in patent.