Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. IV, No. Nine
Feb 19, 2014
I’m not much of a jewelry person, but I’m trying to get into necklaces. I’m having a lot of trouble finding a simple necklace. My necklace collection consists of an outline of California pendant and a really simple Tiffany circle pendant. I’d like to stay along these lines (have I mentioned the word simple?), and something under $50, preferably – the Tiffany pendant was a gift.
I love simple pendant necklaces, they’re one of my favorite types of jewelry. I like to wear them on their own or layered for a unique look.
In the under-$50 price range, I love this inverted pyramid necklace from Rebecca Minkoff. I also like this Nadri water-drop necklace and this pendulum necklace from Modcloth. But this On the Mark necklace from Stella & Dot is my favorite (comes in silver and gold).
Love your blog! I hope to move to DC after I graduate from pharmacy school next year. My white coat ceremony is next month, and I was hoping you could find me a dress a la Michelle Obama or Clare Underwood from House of Cards. Under $100, preferably. Thank you! 🙂
Ah, the structured sheath dress. Whether it’s being worn by the First Lady or the Lady MacBeth of Netflix it looks good on anyone. Who can get enough of that shape-defining, confidence-boosting cut? Not me. Here are a few of my favorites.
I think the middle dress is my favorite, but with three stylish sheaths, who can choose just one? I also adore the pale blue accent on the third dress. You can layer a white or black blazer over any of these looks. I would also recommend a colored jacket for the first and second dresses, cobalt perhaps?
Another great brand to look at for affordable sheath dresses is Ivy & Blu. I like this breezy teal dress with long sleeves, and this burgundy dress with an asymmetric neckline. But the one I can’t live without is this $175 high-cowl neck dress in anything-but-basic black.
Plus-size? Try this coral Adrianna Papell or the London Times dress from the image above. But my favorite is this ABS dress with chic stud-details. Petite? The Trouve dress above is available in xx-small, and this Tahari mixed-media dress.
Can you recommend a chunky lip pencil that isn’t a balm? I don’t like the stickiness of the Clinique one you recommended a few weeks ago. I’d like something creamier. Suggestions?
I’ve heard great things about the Lipstick Queen lip pencils. Such fun colors and supposedly long-lasting. My favorite color is “crime” a pinky-raspberry shade. As for a drugstore brand, I own this NYX pencil in “plush red” and “chaos” and I like it a lot.