Can you suggest a teeth whitener that actually works? My smile is dimming under the influence of my four latte a day habit.
Love the blog! Glo
My first choice is GoSmile’s Whitening Light System for almost-professional results. If you’re looking for something less expensive (and labor intense), Crest Whitestrips in professional effects whitening.
My navy suit blazer is kaput, and I’m shopping for a new one. Do you think wool is okay for summer? Should I buy a cotton blazer instead? Any you can recommend in the $150 or less price range?
If you only plan to buy one suit or one blazer to wear in every season, I suggest buying a year-round wool (some people call it tropical wool). This navy blazer from Banana Republic is $198, but with a promo, it’s a great buy. J.Crew is also having a sale on suiting pieces like this navy Schoolboy blazer.
Need something under-$100? I would recommend the Anne Klein suit pieces, they’re good quality for entry-level work suits. Want cotton suiting? J.Crew has the best cotton suiting in the price range, but Tommy Hilfiger also makes a nice blazer.
I’m emailing with a shoe question — I’m getting married in the fall, and I’m starting to worry about shoes. I’m a flats girl with narrow feet, so I’m planning on wearing flats all day, but I’m looking for something with a strap and some fun bling/color. Ballet flats are fine, but they tend to slip off my feet after a long day.
They’ll be basically invisible to everyone but me, but I still want something fun. I’m looking to spend under $200. I’ve been looking at Bloomingdales and scouring Zappos, but I’m not finding anything too exciting.
For ballet-style flats, try a satin flat or an embellished flat. These Nine West flats have some shine and come in either gold or silver. I also found these Betsey Johnson flats with little crystals and an able strap.
These satin and crystal flats are a little more than you wanted to spend, but they definitely qualify as wedding shoes. Want something cheaper? I also found these Nine West flats with a peep toe and bow and these Nina Pepper flats.
Lastly, if you find a pair your really love, but you aren’t sure you’ll be able to keep them on, there is a fix. Take the flat to your cobbler and have him put a 1″ wide piece of elastic to the shoe to make it more of a Mary Jane style. Then you can add rhinestones or whatever you’d like to the elastic. You can also find elastic in any color you’d like, so it might be a solution for your problem.
You mentioned a long time ago that you wear men’s deodorant. I have really bad stress sweat and none of the women’s brands seem to work (Degree, Secret, etc.). Can you tell me which one you use?
Loved meeting you at the M.M. LaFleur event, thanks for the resume help. Kate
I wear Old Spice Red Zone stick in the “fresh” scent because it’s the most subtle fragrance. It’s the only deodorant that has ever worked for me, all the rest seem to fade halfway through the day. For summer, I also wear spray deodorant from Dove on my inner thighs, stomach and lower back to prevent sweating when I’m walking to and from meetings in the heat.
If you have “stress sweat” though, I’ve seen them advertise for Secret and Degree products that are designed specifically for that problem. Other readers may have suggestions of their own for this problem.
Lastly, there are two mistakes that women make with their deodorant the diminishes its effectiveness. First, dry your underarms thoroughly before you apply it. If it’s really humid in my bathroom, I’ll use my hairdryer on the cool shot setting to ensure that it’s dry. Second, don’t apply too much deodorant. One swipe or two is plenty. Any more than that and you’ll get that terrible, treacly deodorant smell, and you’ll get product all over your clothes, which just makes the smell worse.