Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Thirty-Nine
Nov 20, 2013
I have a lot of e-mails to clear out and Ask Belle questions to answer, so this week we have two Ask Belle Roundups. Hopefully, it will make a dent.
Most of my work clothes are dry clean only and the cost of laundering my clothes is becoming too much. Have you tried any of those at home dry cleaning products? Do they work?
Love the blog! Janice
I tried Dryel, but I found it left a musty odor on the clothes that I didn’t like. Instead, I keep Woolite Dry Cleaning Cloths in the house for emergencies. And if you own a lot of dry-clean-only items, you need The Janie Dry Cleaning Stick from Container Store. It’s perfect for frequent business travelers.
Update: I should have mentioned this originally, a commenter made me think of it. If you send out clothes because they’re wrinkled, even though they’re still clean, buy a steamer. Whether you choose a handheld model or a stand-up model, you can save yourself time and money. Plus, you never have to worry about burning a dress with your iron again.
Are you still loving the Zella leggings? I want to buy a pair but at that price, I want to be sure.
Still loving them. In fact, I bought two more pair. The Zella Live-In Leggings are incredibly thick, strong and comfortable. And best of all, even though they’re athletic attire, they feel like the best cotton leggings you have ever worn. They also come in plus-sizes.
My leggings have been through the wash two or three dozen times since I bought them and they still look great. They’re one of my favorite purchases.
I’m having a problem that I hope you can help me with. I only wear cotton briefs and I don’t want to be converted to wearing a thong, but I know I need something to smooth out vpl. I went to Macy’s to buy a pair of Spanx and was overwhelmed by how many there were to choose from. Can you give me a Spanx 101 lesson?
The first thing you need to decide when buying a pair of Spanx is which parts of your body are you trying to smooth and cinch. The Higher Power Spanx, as you can see, sit higher on the torso and are longer in the thigh. The Power Panties (what I wear) fit more like tights and are cut off mid-thigh. Spanx also makes products that cover just the stomach and tush, full body suits that look like old-time swimwear and slips that suck and smooth everything.
The second thing to decide is how much slimming you need. If you’re just looking for VPL elimination and some smoothing, than the Power Panties should be fine. If you want high-test, you need the In Power shapers.
I like the Slimproved line because it isn’t as thick as the original line. However, I loathed, hated and despised the Spanx Girl Shorts. The issue is that the legs of the shorts roll up and create an unsightly and uncomfortable line. They also don’t do much slimming. I recommend sticking to the snugger fitting fabric that stays in place.
I decided to buy myself a really good hair dryer for my birthday. I want something with a lot of power that will give me a professional quality blow dry and last for years. I remember your tweets about your T3 dryer catching fire, can I ask what you replaced it with? How much should I spend?
Thank you so much for answering my last email! EL
Tis true, my T3 Featherweight ($200) died an ugly death. I replaced it with a Rusk Speed Freak Dryer ($98), which I found by going to the blow dryer bar at Ulta and just trying them all. It has good speed and power for a fast dry.
I would also look at the DryBar Buttercup dryer ($190) from Sephora, my friend just purchased it and her exact words were, “I’m.OBSESSED.” If they’re using it at the most successful blow dry chain in America, it must be good. Also, a lot of people are talking about this new Harry Josh blow dryer. I haven’t seen it or tried it, but it is in every beauty magazine and blog I read.
I would advise you to spend what you’re comfortable with, don’t blow the budget on a blow dryer, but most of the dryers with a great reputation at around $150-$200.