Ask Belle Roundup: Vol. IV, No. Forty
Dec 29, 2014
I need to replace my black, pointy toe flats. I need something matte leather, no patent, that costs under-$75. What do you have for me?
It’s too bad you’re down on patent, because the $50 BP Moveover flat is a great buy. But if you must have matte, you must!
I’m looking for something to keep my jewelry corralled when I’m on the road. Most of the travel jewelry cases I’ve found are either useless (a silk bag stuck into a box does nothing to keep my necklaces from getting tangled) or ugly (brown croc? Really, Pottery Barn?!). I found this one at Nordstrom that looks okay, but it doesn’t have any tabs to secure rings, and I wish they still had fun colors.
Any ideas? Lindsey
There are few things quite as tedious as untangling necklaces, so I understand your desire to keep them untwisted. Personally, I like the Pottery Barn case you referenced. They also make a smaller version in gold metallic. I found a few other options for you to try, but no perfect fit.
This folded case from Mark & Graham offers options for necklace, ring, bracelet, and earring storage. It’s small enough to fit discreetly in a purse or carry-on, and the linen is washable. If you are inclined toward DIY, you can sew something similar.
M&G also has this small round case with zippered compartments. Though it’s not quite as functional, it will still work for most ladies. Or if you’re looking for something sturdy, this travel jewelry box from Shopbop is just the ticket.
I know you don’t wear pants to work very often, but do you have a favorite style of pant? I need to grow beyond the Express Editor pant. The fabrics feel scratchier than they used to.
Thanks for your blog! Lena
My favorite pant is the Martin Fit trouser from Banana Republic. I particularly like their tab-front style. If find the cut of the leg flattering to my pear-shaped figure; it’s wide enough that it provides balance, but not so wide that I drown in them.
Need something under-$100? Try The Limited. I’m a fan of their wide-leg trouser pant.
Do you know a good all natural beauty line that I can buy at the drugstore? I tried Almay’s natural line, but I didn’t like it at all.
I know of a few products I like, but not an entire line. Burt’s Bees has great lip products. Physician’s Formula has great blushes and powders. And for makeup remover, face wash, etc., I like Yes to products.