Ask Belle Roundup Vol. III, No. Forty-One
Dec 9, 2013
I’m looking for some good winter accessories. I love the idea of a cashmere hat, but am picturing my hair either standing straight up from static or completely plastered to my head. I’m considering ear warmers, but most of the ones I’ve found have either been puffy hot pink disasters or super masculine and ugly. Do I just need to deal with having frozen ears?
Hope you can help! Barbara
If you’re sold on ear warmers, I like these cashmere-blend Ralph Lauren earmuffs ($58). I’ve also seen a number of fur and faux-fur muffs on the market. Or just go for the classic reverse ear-warmer, and choose this Winterlude faux-suede one.
Prefer a hat? There a few styles to consider. I’m partial to this Jonathan Adler beret. I also like this Laneus cable-knit beanie and this very sleek Coldwater Creek cloche. As for that static problem you mentioned…
How do you fight staticy winter hair? I look like I stuck my finger in a light socket.
Static is a pervasive and annoying problem during the colder months, but there are a few solutions.
Dryer sheets can help you control staticky hair, just rub them on your combs and brushes. Frizz-reducing products, like Moroccan Oil Frizz Control, will also help. If I’m in a bind, I’ll rub a little lotion on my hands and then run my fingers through my hair. And if you’re struggling with static on your clothes, don’t forget to keep a small can of Static Guard in your desk.
Thank you for your posts on holiday party attire. I’m searching for a sequin blazer to wear to a party. I’m looking for one that costs less than $150. Thanks a bunch!
Sequin blazers look great paired with simple cocktail dresses or a silk tank and jeans. If you’d like a fully sequined blazer, I found this collarless Michael Kors blazer. I also like this silver jacket with a black collar from DEPT.
You could also try a blazer with a sequin collar, like this one from Grace Elements or this white one from BB Dakota (also in plus-size). Or go for a blazer with sequin sleeves, like this one from Mango.
Now that I’m out of the “broke college girl” phase in which I only used soap, hand lotion, and the occasional bottle of Apricot Scrub on my face, I’d like to start a real skincare (a good cleanser, moisturizer, toner, maybe a Clarisonic, etc.) for my face. However, with so.many.options out there, I’m having a hard time deciding what expensive products are worth it and which ones aren’t. Could you give some advice for building an initial skincare plan? I have combination skin that is mostly clear, but gets some acne when the seasons change.
Thank you thank you!
Let’s start with face wash. You don’t need to splurge on soap unless you have a specific skin concern like rosacea, eczema or acne. For your first time out, try Cetaphil or the mild cleanser from Clinique.
If you like masks, I would recommend the Origins Charcoal Mask or the either the GlamGlow purifying mask or the scrubbing mask. Then, if you’re in your late 20s, I would spend some money on a serum. I like Skinceuticals and isClinical. Serums are used for anti-aging and aid cell regeneration. If you’re over 30, it’s time to choose a serum or gel with retinol.
Beyond that, you can decide whether you want to spend a lot or a little on moisturizer. I have sensitive skin, so I splurge a bit on an Ole Henriksen moisturizer with antioxidants. If your skin has no special concerns, save a bit, and try Cerave facial moisturizer or Simple protecting moisturizer with SPF. (If you don’t want to wear separate sunscreen, find a facial lotion with it built-in.)
If you want to start a new skin regimen, you can also buy a set from the same brand. I think Philosophy, Ole Henriksen or Origins would be a good place to start. All of these kits provide the basics to get you started.
My new job requires a lot of travel. My old suitcase isn’t small enough to fit in the overhead and my employer hates waiting at baggage claim. Do you have a favorite carry-on bag?
Thank you, love your blog. V
I don’t travel as much as some CHS readers, but I definitely have a favorite. The glories of the Samsonite Spinner Collection cannot be overstated. Whenever I have to travel with my other suitcase, I wonder how I ever lived without multi-directional spinning wheels. I own this cloth suitcase, but I’ve been considering upgrading to one with a hard outer shell.