Ask Belle Roundup Vol. IV, No. Thirteen
Mar 17, 2014
How do you wash your tights? I put mine in the machine and now they’re covered in pills and lint.
Many manufacturers recommend hand-washing tights, but let’s be real, who has time for that? I wash mine on warm/cold in an intimates bag like this one. I also use Woolite detergent.
Also, here’s how to de-pill your tights: Step 1) Put them on. Step 2) Take a sharp razor (one without the moisturizing strip) and gently, ever so gently, shave off the pills. Step 3) Using a lint roller or packing tape, remove the remaining, now loosened, fuzz.
I’ve been seeing a lot of d’orsay pumps this season and I really like them. I’ve been thinking about buying a pair, but I’m not sure if it’s worth spending more than $100 if it’s just a trend that won’t last beyond this year. Do you think they’re here to stay and, if not, can you recommend a few pairs at a price point under $100?
Thank you! Maureen
D’orsay pumps have been around since the 19th century, so the style has staying power. The most recent take on the D’orsay shoe features a pointed-toe, as opposed to the open-toe shoes that Sex and the City made popular. I think that style has sticking power, but with any trendy shoe, I like to hedge my bets and choose an affordable option.
These basic black Sam Edelman’s are perfect for work at just $100 (they also come in beige). I also adore these $33, silver metallic Marc Fisher pumps with the sculpted vamp. I also like these Chinese Laundry pumps with a triangle-shaped heel; they come in red, grey or black.
Interested in flats? Try this black and white striped pair from Chinese Laundry. I also like these under-$25, ankle-straps from Charlotte Russe (in coral and black). These Kayla flats from Halogen are also really chic with a metallic front and cognac leather heel.
Can you recommend a good highlighter? I was using a liquid one from Benefit, but it made me breakout. I’d like something with shimmer, but not shimmer, if you know what I mean.
Thanks, love the blog, TW
I do know what you mean. You’re looking for something luminous that won’t make you look like a prom attendee who went a little crazy with the body glitter. I use Hourglass Ambient Light Powder. I like that you can choose the hue that works best with your skin tone, which, in my case, is Ethereal Light. If you’re looking for something more affordable, I like the Cindy-Lou and Mary-Lou luminizers from The Balm.
I wear cardigans all the time and I need to replace a few from Target. Are the J.Crew Jackie cardigans really worth the money?
At $65, if you can catch them on discount, the Jackie cotton cardigans are a great buy. I’ve found that mine hold up quite well and the fit doesn’t warp over multiple trips to the cleaners. Plus, they come in several colors, so you can always find one that works for you.
If you want to spend a little less, the J.Crew Factory store has the Clare cardigan, which is basically the same thing. It comes in even more colors, and is priced at $29.50 + an extra 30%-off. So that would be a great alternative for a price-conscious shopper.