Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. III, No. Forty-Four
Dec 23, 2013
I love the outfit you posted to Instagram this weekend. Could you tell me where you bought the top and suggest an alternate belt, since that one is old?
Thank you ever so! Joce
The peplum blouse is from Zara. It’s one of my favorite pieces, but it’s fairly sheer so I added a Shimera nude cami underneath (also in plus-sizes). As for a belt, you could go for this BCBG belt with black pyramid studs or this very close copy from Express.
You wrote about your acne struggles in a previous post, so I thought you would be a good person to ask about body acne. My shoulders and chest are becoming a big problem and I need to find a fix. Thank you, love the blog.
The first thing you need to do is assess what is causing the acne. When I get a bad breakout on my body, it is usually because I’ve changed shampoo/conditioner or started using new detergent. Sometimes body acne is hormonal, but it could also be the cleansers and hair products you’re using, so try switching those before you pay loads of money for body acne treatments or a visit to the dermatologist.
On the cheap side of the scale, try Neutrogena acne body wash and a pair of exfoliating gloves. You can also use their acne body spray, just make sure it dries completely before you put on your clothes.
If you have a bit more to spend, the Glytone body wash and the Clarisonic body brush head clear mine up in a hurry. In emergency situations–before vacations, formal events–I’ve been known to use rubbing alcohol and tea tree oil as a toner. It dries things out, which can cause other problems, but as I said, emergency situations.
Can you help me find a pair of black knee-high black boots with a high heel? I can only spend $175 or less. Thanks! Liz
I’m going with my boyfriend to a wedding in Oregon next month and we’re staying at his parents’ house. His family spends most weekend mornings/afternoons in their pajamas: they eat breakfast in them, watch TV in them, and they only change if they’re leaving the house. Can you help me find a pair of pajamas that aren’t childish (his Mom wears silk pajamas she has custom made) and aren’t too revealing? I hate pjs, but I don’t have a choice.
Your blog has been a big help since I moved to Chicago from Indiana. My boss told me about it and I’ve never been so grateful!
First, let me ask, do they have to be pajamas? I wear a long t-shirt and my Zella leggings (the best) as sleepwear. Would something like that be more to your liking and still be appropriate?
Second, let me try to recover from the fact that there are people (besides Hugh Hefner) who have custom pajamas made.
Last, let me recommend J.Crew, which carries classic-looking pajama sets. I like this swiss dot set, it’s a classic cut in a nice fabric. You could also head over to Brooks Brothers or look for a basic pajama set at Victoria’s Secret. I don’t think you can go wrong with a classic flannel set in a subtle print.