Ask Belle Roundup Vol. IV, No. Twenty-Nine
Jun 30, 2014
I’ve loved your face cream and serum suggestions so far! Do you have any recommendations for hand cream? I’m looking for something light enough to wear during the day, with an SPF, and anti-aging properties.
Thank you! BN
For hand cream, I like to keep a tube of L’Occitane in my purse. It works well and has nice packaging. At home, I keep Burt’s Bees cuticle cream and Bliss High-Instensity Hand Cream in my nightstand. .
I commute everyday via the metro. From past experience I have learned to keep an ’emergency outfit’ at my work desk in case something goes awry on my commute. To my dismay, after a fellow commuter spilled coffee all over my cream skirt…, I felt my ’emergency outfit’ was not professional enough for a meeting I had that afternoon. I would like to buy a dress to serve as my new emergency outfit so that I never feel under dressed again. Can you recommend some dresses that won’t break the bank, seeing as the dress will probably spend a lot of time hanging in my closet at work, unworn?
I would choose a dress in a neutral color with a sleeve (short or 3/4). I like this black Ellen Tracy ponte sheath with a short sleeve, and this cap-sleeve Maggy London dress (both under-$150). If you want something under-$75, try this black Ann Taylor seamed sheath.
This is one of those items that you want to hunt sale sections, clearance racks and discount retailers (TJ Maxx, Ross, etc.) to find. Look for something with a durable, slightly heavy fabric so it can stand up to spot cleaning and won’t hold onto smells as easy as a flimsy poly-blend might. I’d also keep a Tide pen and some Febreeze with the dress. And remember: Roll, don’t fold.
You mentioned once before that you struggle with body acne, have you found a product that works to treat that? I used rubbing alcohol after a friend suggested it. It worked for a while, but it dried out my skin something terrible.
If you’re willing to commit some funds to this cause, Glytone is my brand of choice. In the summer, I use the Exfoliating Body Wash, and I use the Body Acne Spray year round. It cures about 90-percent of my issue. With long hair, nothing is a complete cure-all.
I’d like to pick up a few swimsuits for an upcoming trip to Mexico. I don’t have a lot of money to spend, and everything I find in the department stores is overpriced (IMHO). Can you suggest some options?
Thank you for your blog, HP
I still buy most of my swimwear at Victoria’s Secret. They have a wide selection of styles and sizes. So whether you want to show more skin or less, you can find something there. I like this scalloped halter-style bikini. I’m also a fan of this twisted bandeau top. If it’s a one piece you’re after, I like this flouncy suit with side cutouts and this convertible halter-style with molded cups.
Another place to hit is Old Navy. This candy-colored, stripe top is adorable. I also like this pleated halter-style that offers a bit more coverage. If you have a bit more to spend, I like Piperlime and Shopbop for swimwear. Though I do like to wait until they go on sale.
I don’t know the best places to look for plus-size or petites swimwear, or the best place for ladies with larger busts, so if you have recommendations, leave them in the comments.