Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. IV, No. III
Jan 14, 2014
After avidly reading your blog for years now, I’ve joined the corporate world and have been converted to the world of wrap dresses. I bought one from the BR-Issa collaboration earlier this fall and I love it.
I’m looking to add more to my collection, but it seems that every one that I find is made largely of poly blends (and they FEEL like it). I’d really prefer cotton blend or a soft knit jersey. Do you have any suggestions of where I can find some throw-on-and-go dresses that will suit a professional office but won’t leave me sweating at my desk in a static-cling dress? I’d like to spend less than $150, if possible.
Thanks for all the inspiration! D
Wrap dresses are one of my favorite pieces for relaxed work days or coffee meetings. I also wear them on days when I’m not feeling my best and can’t stomach the thought of wearing snug-fitting work attire.
The first dress that I have to promote is this Michael Kors wrap-effect, silk-jersey dress ($120). The regular-size dress comes in berry, and the plus-size dress comes in emerald green. It’s one of my favorite pieces.
I would also recommend checking out this geometric-printed Raoul dress on sale at Off5th. I tried on this Ivy & Blu faux-wrap dress at Nordstrom last week and was happy with the fabric. They also make a short-sleeve faux-wrap with a wide waistband that comes in regular and petites. And while I haven’t seen them in person yet, I am curious what the fabric on this Banana Republic Gemma dress feels like.
I’d like to find a great cross body bag for an upcoming trip where I will be doing a lot of walking. I’ve realize that I only own large, structured satchels and totes. Do you have any cross body purse suggestions that lean towards classic or preppy and are under $75?
Thank you – love your blog! Anon
If you’re looking for a classic cross body, I found this forest green one at Forever21 for $20 (it also comes in an oversized black version). I also like this flap-cover Vera Wang bag in charcoal grey. This black bag with a simple gold bar is the epitome of classic. And this Erin bag from Fossil is a bit more than you wanted to spend, but it has a great shape and comes in several colors.
Such a fan of your site! I am a fan of costume jewelry pieces that help pull an outfit together and make it look sharp. These are often long gold necklaces, pendants, station necklaces, etc. Recently, I’ve noticed some of my pieces are looking dingy. Particularly where the chain makes contact with my skin/oils around my neck.
I’ve tried cleaning them by lining a pan with aluminum foil, laying the jewelry in it and covering with hot water with baking soda dissolved in it to no avail. Hoping you have a good suggestion for how I can removed the “tarnished” look from these various metals to refresh the look of these pieces.
Thank you! Karen
Cleaning jewelry is really a pain, and I too have been disappointed by the aluminum foil and baking soda trick. My solution? A tarnish removing cloth.
I found mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but I’m not sure what brand it is. I found this tarnish removing fabric and this jewelry polishing cloth on Amazon. Just rub-a-dub-dub, and the tarnish comes right off with a bit of elbow grease.
And if you want to prevent tarnish on pieces that you don’t wear often, check out these storage bags that prevent tarnish and corrosion.
I’ve been reading a lot about facial oils. You mentioned them in a post last week but you didn’t explain them. Can you tell me why I need one? And which one should I buy?
Facial oils fall into two categories: cleansing oils and treatment oils. Cleansing oils are exactly what they sound like, oils that are used to remove makeup and “wash” skin instead of soap. They’re less-drying than soapy cleansers, and if you’re getting older, a facial cleansing oil can keep your skin looking supple and healthy.
I’ve tried the Clinique Take Off the Day oil, and it works well, but wasn’t great for my combination skin. This Josie Maran Argan cleansing oil was more to my liking. And my former facialist swears by this SK-II cleansing oil. Need a drugstore brand? Garnier has leapt to the front of the line with this $6 offering.
As for treatment oils, they come in many shapes and sizes but Allure does a great job of laying out the benefits of using an oil. I use two different oils to treat two different concerns. I use this Josie Maran Light Argan Oil when my skin gets too dry for my liking. I also use the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth oil because it’s packed with antioxidants and gives my skin a boost of Vitamin C. And if you’re looking for a drugstore brand, this L’Oreal Glow Renewal oil is being advertised one HGTV like it’s life-giving liquid gold.