Ask Belle Roundup Vol. IV, No. Seven
Feb 4, 2014
Last spring, I bought a great pair of nude-to-me shoes at DSW, but they’re too beat up to wear again. Can you help me find a nude shoe with a heel under four inches? My budget would let me spend $150 or less.
If you’re looking for a truly basic nude-colored shoe, the Michael Kors Flex Pump is a great buy at $98 (also in black and burgundy). These Sam Edelman pumps are 3.25″ high with a cute tonal-snakeskin inset on the heel. Last year, Nine West made a basic pump that came in several skin-toned hues, but if they intend to release them for spring, they haven’t yet.
I’ve been hunting for a black blazer for a long time. I need to spend under-$100, but I’d prefer to spend under-$75. Everything I find in that price range either has 3/4 sleeves or is too short. Can you help me find a classic blazer?
Loved your SOTU coverage! Haki
Zara is my favorite place to find blazers for under-$125. I’m impressed with the quality of the blazers I’ve purchased from there, and the cut is very flattering. This gathered shoulder blazer is one of my favorites, and if you’re looking for spring color, this coral jacket is fabulous.
Calvin Klein makes a decent jacket in classic shapes. Take one to a competent tailor and you wind up with a piece that looks much more expensive than it is. If you’re bustier, consider this two-button blazer. Plus-size? CK has the same jacket in your size. They also make blazers in petite sizes.
Love your blog! I need your help finding a face scrub that will exfoliate my skin without tearing it off. My face is really sensitive. What would you recommend?
Not what you’re after? Dermalogica makes a Daily Microfoliant, which scrubs but isn’t harsh. You might also try a scrubber with beads instead of sugar, salt or grains. I like Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Scrub, but if you need something cheaper, try Clean & Clear Morning Burst scrub.
Can you help me find a cool pair of aviator sunglasses that cost less than $50? I can’t afford the Ray-Bans you’ve written about. Is there a good brand that makes a cheaper pair?
Thank you! RS
Be wary of buying really cheap sunglasses. They shield your eyes from light, so your pupils open. But they don’t have the UV-protection that you need, so they allow damaging UV rays to get deeper into your eye where they can cause a lot of damage.
Kenneth Cole makes a decent pair of sunglasses for under-$50. I also like these Sole Society mirrored aviators, and their white-metal aviators. I also love these Jessica Simpson aviators with tortoise accents.