Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. IV, No. Twenty
May 8, 2014
Since I announced that I was heading to law school next month, I’ve had a number of reader e-mails asking what bag I intend to use to haul my laptop, books, etc. There have been so many, I thought I would just condense them into one answer.
My bag choice is a fluid situation. I currently own two laptop bags: the Lo & Sons Brookline Tote and the Lodis Audrey Brera leather laptop bag. I intend to use one or both of those to carry my computer, but as many of you can attest, I’m going to have to carry books as well.
I hate the idea of carrying two bags every day. My shoulders are already giving me the side-eye at the mere mention of such a possibility. So I’m hopeful that one bag plus a locker will get it done, but some of the lawyers and law students who read this blog have recommended a laptop backpack. I looked to see if there was anything even moderately chic and found this navy backpack from Everlane. This Herschel bag is a bit larger and has a similar style for those ladies who need to carry a lot.
In college, I carried a Timbuk2 messenger. So if all else fails, I may go back to that. But I’ll keep you posted.
What do you think of the J.Crew pumps with the thicker heel? I kind of love them, but I’m not sure they’re a good investment. Too trendy?
Love the blog, Aimee
I don’t mind the look of a thicker heel, and I’m always happy for more stability. My one caution is that if you have a thicker ankle, a thicker heel can accentuate that. So take a long look in the mirror before you choose to wear a thicker-heeled shoe. And while this is a bit of a trend item, if you like them, I don’t think they would ever be “out of style,” just hotter at some times than others.
Want the same look for less? Ann Taylor makes a shoe with a thicker heel. These Mellow Yellow pumps with a contrast heel are also cute. But my favorite were these French Connection heels in black suede with leather accents.
My sister turned me onto your blog, and I love reading something that actually applies to my life. (No rompers or crop tops, yea!) I’m looking for a printed skirt in a full or a-line style so I can mimic the First Lady. Do you know of any that aren’t Oscar de la Renta? I want to spend $150 or less.
The full skirt can be tough to pull off, but done right, it’s so chic. For the full skirt look, I found this Lucy printed skirt in black and white. For the pleated, a-line look, I found this cool dot print from WHBM.
Struggling to style fuller skirts? Here are two helpful tips: 1) a fuller bottom needs/requires a slim-fitting top, proportion will keep you from looking larger than you are, and 2) belting the waist with a wider belt to provide structure and re-emphasize the waist will give you a leaner, pulled together look. Also, with a fuller skirt, length is critical. So take the skirt to your tailor and experiment with different lengths until you find the one that looks best, usually right above the knee.
Can you recommend a body lotion that isn’t Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. I love it, but I can’t afford it.
I just started using Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey body lotion ($8) and I really like it. It’s moisturizing without being greasy and it doesn’t have a strong scent, which I appreciate.