I was on a flight to London last week and the woman in the seat next to me was wearing a poncho. She looked so cozy and chic. (I know, chic and poncho, but it worked.) Can you help me find one that won’t make me look like a house?
I loved this e-mail. Mostly because I harbor a semi-secret obsession with ponchos and capes. If you choose one that isn’t horribly oversized, a poncho can be an unexpected and sophisticated topper.
This poncho from Ann taylor drapes perfectly. It’s not too full, but it has the loose poncho feel. I also like this inexpensive Wallis poncho with a funnel neck and an interesting texture. Plus-size? Calvin Klein makes a great poncho that has sleeves and a buckle detail.
I colored my hair for the first time this summer and it is parched. Do you have a favorite conditioner or hair mask?
One of the best things you can do for your hair is to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner every day. For years, I thought I needed to use volumizing shampoo/conditioner to get the style I wanted. The truth is, I needed to keep my hair moisturized for it to reach its full potential. I like the Pureology Hydrate line.
As for a deep conditioner, this Briogio hair mask hydrates like a dream with avocado and argan oils. I’ve also used the Ojon Dry Recovery mask, and that’s also a great product. Need a drugstore option? Try L’Oreal OleoTherapy Mask.
My September issues are full of funnel-neck sweaters. I love the mod look, but I keep coming back to this Max Mara sweater that I cannot afford. Can you help me find something for under-$150? Preferably $125?
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This funnel neck sweater from Velvet has a great look to it and comes in a heather-oat color similar to the one you like. This under-$20 sweater from Kohl’s is also a good option. I’d style it with a long-sleeve shirt underneath. Something in the same color palette would be nice.
Stiletto booties, yay or nay? I was against them at first, but now I’m thinking they might be perfect for fall. Can you help me find a semi-affordable pair (under $200) that aren’t sky high? Three inches or so?
When the ankle boot trend hit the pavement back in ’08, I was completely against them. Then I saw these to-die-for Stella McCartney boots and realized that shoes must be judged on a case-by-case basis. Unless we’re talking about Crocs, then they’re all bad.
The key to finding good-looking booties is to find the pair that work on your leg shape. Booties are all about proportion. I tried on about ten pairs before I found a pair that didn’t make my slightly short legs look stumpy.
I tried these boots on and loved them. The fact that they didn’t hug the ankle worked with my thinner calves and thicker thighs to create a nice proportion. I also looked at these Vince Camuto Vala booties that hug under the ankle so they look more like a pump. And if you’re looking for something affordable, try these suede, mid-heel booties from Victoria’s Secret.
I saw a picture you posted on Instagram with the Misfit Shine. Are you still using it? Do you like it?
I bought the Misfit Shine activity monitor a few weeks ago and I love it. It has a lower profile than my old FitBit. It can be worn in the pool. And it has a battery, so it doesn’t have to be charged.