Ask Belle Roundup Vol. III, No. Twenty-Eight
Sep 3, 2013
I’m looking for the perfect red nail polish. I want that classic 1940s red, and I can’t seem to find it anywhere. The shades are either too dark or too orange. What’s your best red polish?
If you want a bold red, I would suggest trying Essie Lollipop or OPI Big Apple Red (which I am wearing right now). Should neither of those strike your fancy, one of my old co-workers swears by OPI I Am Not Really a Waitress.
My boring black wool coat needs to be retired, and I’d like to find a cool winter coat that has real style. The trouble is that I need to spend less than $300 and the coats I like cost wayyy more. Can you help me find something?
Love CHS! Anne
I spotted this colorblock car coat in oatmeal and grey at a Macy’s a few weeks back and have been eyeing it ever since. This raspberry-colored, mandarin collar coat from Vanessa Bruno has been on my radar since last season, and now that it’s on sale for $225 at The Outnet, I’m finding it hard not to pull the trigger. I also love this Via Spiga coat in charcoal tweed with faux-leather trim, though the sizes are somewhat limited.
But my advice to you, and anyone who needs a good winter coat, is this: Go to the J.Crew website. Pick out the coat you want. Wait for it to go on 30-40% on sale, and then buy it. They make a great winter coat, esp. with the Thinsulate liner, but there’s no reason to ever pay full price.
I don’t want to sound like a stalker, but I spotted you in Adams Morgan a few weeks back and admired the lipstick you were wearing. Can you tell me what it was?
Have a good day, Lila
Adams Morgan? I’m guessing it was a Saturday morning. I think I was wearing my usual combination of Clinique Black Honey on the bottom, and Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Gloss in Brighten Pink on top.
Can you suggest a simple flat black knee-high boot for fall that is under-$200 and free of embellishments? I’m seriously sick of buckles, medallions and extras. I just want a plain black boot in round or almond toe. Is that so much to ask?
Finding the simplest items can be difficult. Thanks to a reader, I discovered that Victoria’s Secret is now selling my beloved Ciao Bella riding boots. They’re simple, comfortable and chic. That’s a great place to start, esp. at $129.
I also really liked these Enzo Angiolini Zeric riding boots (under-$100!). They have a stretchy back and peaked shaft in the front. And if come of you don’t mind paying more for a great boot, I’m told the Loeffler Randall sliver wedge riding boot is sublime.
If you have wide calves, check out these Enzo Angiolini Shobi boots. They come in a handful of colors. Narrow calves? I had trouble finding options for you, but I think some of our commenters might be able to help.