Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. IV, No. Two
Jan 6, 2014
This is an odd request, but you’re the only person I can think to ask. Can you help me find a “grown up” sweatshirt? I usually bundle up in my sorority sweatshirts for walking to the gym or running errands, but I think they make me look like I’m still in college. Just a simple sweatshirt for $50 or less is what I want.
When I’m relaxing at home on the weekends, I have a few funnel neck sweatshirts that I like to wear. American Eagle has a similar style, and for $59, this Calvin Klein striped hoodie is a good option.
If you’d like a hood, try this French terry zip-up option from BB Dakota. I also like this Alternative Apparel Maniac sweatshirt. It’s got a hint of Flashdance to it. And Land’s End makes a classic hooded sweatshirt that looks really cozy, and it comes in some great colors.
I know you are a skirts person, but can you suggest some work pants that aren’t a) ankle length, b) skinny or c) black? My body shape doesn’t work for the first two, and I’ve got the third one covered.
The pinstripe pants from J.Crew are made of a fantastically smooth and soft fabric that drapes beautifully. I highly recommend them. I also own the Martin trousers in the cobalt, but if you prefer something more neutral, they also come in the standard blacks and browns. And I thought the textured fabric on the Marisa pants from LOFT would be a good choice for this chilly weather.
I also really like these Adrianna Papell wide leg pants. They have a great midnight navy color and a slimming tab front.
If you’re tall, New York & Co. makes their inexpensive trousers in tall sizes. Plus-size ladies should check out the Michael Kors Twill Gramercy Pant and the Sejour Curvy Fit pants at Nordstrom, which also come in petite plus.
My New Year’s resolution was to start using eye cream. I’m 32, it’s time. Do you have one that you like for keeping the wrinkles at bay?
Love the blog! Kelly
If you’re going to use an eye cream, I highly recommend going to the makeup counter and getting a few samples. It took me a long time before I found one that didn’t burn when I applied it, clog the pores around my eyes or smell like my Nana. Eye cream, like red lipstick, is a personal thing and you should do some investigation.
Currently, I’m using Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye. In the past, I’ve used Ole Henriksen Ultimate Eye Lift Gel and Kate Sommerville CytoCell that is meant to treat dark circles and lines. I would recommend any of those. When this jar of Estee runs out, however, I think I’m going to give Skinceuticals Eye Balm.
If you’re looking for something inexpensive, Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll On or Soothing Eye Balm would be a good place to start. And I don’t think you can go wrong try a Say Yes product like their grapefruit dark circle corrector or their blueberry eye firming treatment.