I am looking for a fur vest similar to this but fake fur. Are these still in style or will I look like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen like three years ago?
Fur or faux fur vests are not as popular as they were two years ago, but their not out of style. They take some styling to make them work, but it can be done. I found a few examples on Pinterest, like this pairing with stripes, this one paired with a colored purse and this bold combination of colored jeans and a leather tee.
As for vests to buy, I found this brown Romeo & Juliet Faux-Fur Vest for under-$100. (I wouldn’t recommend wearing it with a leather mini-dress, however, unless you want to look like Raquel Welch in Planet of the Apes.) If you’d like a darker shade of brown, this Gianni Bini vest is more of a tunic length. But this mixed-grey Via Spiga vest from Nordstrom is definitely my favorite. Plus-size? Try this Isda & Co. vest in a dark brown mix.
I am interested in building up my bracelet collection and finding new earrings (which I inevitably lose). You pin a lot of cute things, but I’m wondering if you have suggestions of some staple basics I should add. I currently have no bracelets in my collection and pretty much stick to a pair of simple hoops or pearl studs for earrings. Would love your inspiration!
Since you have no bracelets, let me gear this answer to building a versatile collection of bracelets. The first thing you must decide is whether you are a silver person or a gold person. With my skin tone, gold is my distinct preference, so the set below will contain gold pieces with silver suggestions below it.
Clockwise from upper left, Guess Filigree Cuff ($58) // Renegade Cluster Bracelet ($59) // Nailhead Enamel Bangle ($22)// Christina Link Bracelet ($49) // Privileged Hammered Bangle Set ($90) // Cabochon Wide Cuff Bracelet ($34)
All of these bracelets were chosen because they can be worn alone or with other pieces. The filigree cuff is good for every day, but looks smashing with cocktail or dinner attire. (Silver-tone filigree bracelet from 1928.) The cabochon cuff allows you mix a bit of color into your look, and can work with any outfit. In the under-$75 range, I also found this Vince Camuto open cuff with a blue stone and this silver Leith druzy cuff.
A set of stacked bangles are another versatile addition to your wardrobe. This hammered set is nice, but if you prefer something smoother and wider, try this Blu Bijoux set (also in silver and rose) or this AV Max set with octagonal bangles.
If you want to layer bracelets, Stella & Dot is a good place to start. I like to wear the Renegade bracelet (also in silver) and the Christina chain bracelet (also in silver) together. And, if you want to work in some color, don’t forget an enamel bangle. The grey one above is lovely, but I also adore this simple enamel stripe bangle from Marc Jacobs. Also, Sequin sells a large (huge, really) selection of enamel bangles in different textures, patterns and colors.
I’m searching for a simple faux wrap dress in a color for my Christmas party next week. My budget is $150, and I’d love something slimming. Thanks for taking the time to answer reader questions, I wish more bloggers did!
If you’re going for slimming, a pattern can act as fashion camouflage. This Jones New York dress in navy cheetah print is great, and I like this boho-chic Presley Skye silk faux-wrap. Or you can go for basic black, and try this Nine West matte jersey wrap or this simple Three Dots dress. Petite? Have a look at this very slimming Spense dress.
You mentioned the Tammy Fender products in a previous post, and I want to know if you think her Intensive Repair Balm is worth the hefty price tag. I live in Alaska, and my skin is always too dry due to the wind and cold, but the idea of spending $130 on moisturizer does not excite me.
Sincerely, Scaly in Anchorage
Whether a product is worth it to you depends entirely on how serious your skin issues are. When I travel to Montana, the cold wind causes my skin to turn into sandpaper, and if I moisturize too much, I break out on top of the dryness. The Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm is pricey, but I think it’s worth it. If you want to spend less, this Earth Tu Face Balm is supposed to be amazing, and I’ve read good things about Kiehl’s Overnight Hydrating Masque.
And I don’t know if they still do this, but it’s worth asking. Back in the day, I called Tammy Fender’s Florida location directly and for less-than-$50, she sent me two-week sample sizes of several products based on skin type. So it’s worth a call to see if she still offers that service.
I just moved to Mississippi from Idaho and the change in humidity is killing my hair. Do you have a favorite hairspray for humid weather? Being from D.C., I thought you might be the person to ask.
Thank you! MS
I think the best hairspray on the market bar none is Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play ($18). No product can beat humidity every day, but this spray is a good start. I also recommend layering anti-humidity products, so look into Freez-It Freeze Frame Mousse ($8) as well.