Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. IV, No. One
Jan 2, 2014
I have a pair of tan pants that are my go-to for interviews and more professional scenarios, and plenty of nice blouses and sweaters to accompany them, but nothing as far as footwear. So far I’ve been wearing my brown boots but I want to upgrade to some work heels. What would be a good color with tan that wouldn’t be considered inappropriate for an office or interview environment?
Thanks so much! Robyn
I think chocolate brown heels are the simplest choice. If you’re going to wear them with pants, choose a pointed toe shoe. I like these J. Renee embossed pumps and these BCBG Cielo pumps (under-$100). Want something under-3″? These Nine West Austin pumps are a good choice.
If you want a slightly preppier choice, try cognac pumps. These Aldo Brasilia pumps. I also like tortoise pumps that can be worn with many colors, but look good with tan. These LK Bennett pumps are pricey but fantastic, these Corso Como pumps are a less expensive option.
My New Year’s Resolution is to start going to the gym. I don’t own any workout clothes, so I’m starting from scratch. Any suggestions for finding workout clothes that won’t put me in the poor house?
For name brands at greatly reduced prices, I would start at 6pm.com. I recently bought this Brooks Epiphany Sportsbra and this Under Armour Cold Gear turtleneck. Sizes can be limited, so search by size for the best results.
Old Navy also makes decent workout wear. They carry a wide variety of styles and colors to suit your comfort level. I really like this drawstring sweatshirt for lounging or working out. And their compression leggings are a less expensive alternative to the Zella brand that I love.
I’ve never worn eyeliner before and I need your expert guidance. Do you prefer pencil or liquid? Do you have a favorite brand? Can you suggest a tutorial for those of us clueless about lining our eyes?
Sincerely, 28 and Bare Eyed
Whether you like liquid or or pencil depends on your skill level. I think a pencil liner is easier, and then you can work your way up to a liquid. My favorite liner is Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner. However, if you want something incredibly easy to apply, try Clinique Quickliner for Eyes. Need a drugstore brand? Try CoverGirl Queen Collection liner.
Want to try liquid? I like Stila Stay All Day Liner, it mixes the ease of a pencil with the control of a liquid. As for the tutorial, I like this YouTube video on every day eyeliner. I also thought this BuzzFeed article on 15 eyeliner hacks was helpful.
Hi Belle –
Love your blog. I am trying to start off the year right with a new pre-work gym routine. However, carrying my work clothes, lunch, purse etc., leaves me feeling like a bag lady on the metro. Can you suggest some options for a stylish gym bag that I can carry all of my stuff in? I’d like to spend less than $125….
Thank you so much! Whitney