Ask Belle Roundup Vol. IV, No. Thirty-Seven
Sep 2, 2014
I’m a very picky lover of black pumps. My staple is this pair from H&M. The combination of toe shape, heel height and (fake) suede finish make these my go-to black pumps. However, because they’re H&M, they’re cheaply made and the heel caps rip right off within months. I just love the look of them so much that I’ve bought and disposed of three pairs within the last year, and it just feels ridiculous to take a pair of $25 shoes to a cobbler. Have you happened to stumble across an identical pair from a higher-end line that would last longer?
If you’re sold on suede, I found a few pair worth considering. The Michael Kors Flex pump is very comfortable. This Ralph Lauren pump is a good basic. These Aldo pumps are also a good choice. But my favorite are these Dune Appoint heels from House of Fraser.
I just moved to Texas from D.C., and my skin is suffering. Everything is so dry. Do you know of a hydrating mask that will help my skin without plugging up my pores?
For sudden dryness, I love Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. The mask intensely hydrates my skin without overwhelming it. I try to apply it as lightly as possible in the t-zone, just to be safe, but I haven’t noticed an increase in acne while using it.
In a pinch, I’ve also been known to smear a little Eucerin Aquaphor on the really dry spots.
Since when did finding a well made t-shirt become harder than getting into college? It doesn’t matter whether I buy J.Crew or Old Navy or Helmut Lang, they’re all too sheer or they come apart in the wash. I need long sleeve and short sleeve tees. Suggestions?
For long sleeve tees, I just found a great shirt in an unexpected place: REI. These North Face sueded crew neck tees are awesome. They have a heavy, not too heavy weight. They are soft. They don’t shrink. They feel substantial. I bought three more.
Plus-size? I would start at Land’s End, they’re one of the few retailers whose quality has stayed consistent from the start of the recession to the end.
Here’s a weird question: Do you have a favorite razor?
Truth be told, I don’t. I use the Gillette Fusion ProGlide men’s razor. I like the flexibility when I’m shaving my legs, but I’m not enamored with it. If someone else has a suggestion for a great razor, I’d love suggestions, leave them in the comments.