I’m turning 33 next week, and it’s time to start looking out for my skin. My gov’t salary cannot support a Sephora habit. Can you point me in the direction of some glycolic acid or vitamin-C, or whatever the kids are doing now, that won’t bust my monthly budget?
Several readers and a number of beauty magazines are saying really positive things about the brand The Ordinary. The prices run under-$20 a bottle, and you can find their products at ASOS.
Their Vitamin C Suspension is supposed to do incredible things to brighten up your skin. I ordered their Caffeine Solution, which is supposed to reduce under-eye darkness. I couldn’t be more excited to try it.
Love your blog! I just booked a long weekend in Palm Springs in May and I’m in desperate need of new bathing suits and coverups. Victoria’s Secret selection was pretty weak- do you have any recommendations for other places to look?
Thank you! Tina
The selection at VS is weak this year. I assume it has something to do with the fact that they are closing up the swimsuit division. But, never fear, there are other good spots.
Macy’s is a good spot because it has a wide selection of styles, sizes, and prices. I like this high-neck Hula Honey suit in green crochet. Zappos also has a large selection, though things tend to sell out quickly. Shopbop also has some really interesting choices, but they are not for the feint of pocketbook.
As for coverups, I took a long, white one to Cuba, and it was the best decision I made. I like coverups that can be worn to lunch, for errands, etc.. Sometimes, you just want to pop out for lunch without changing clothes.
This long, white caftan from Vitamin A is breezy and cool. I also like this watercolor-print Trina Turk romper. For something under-$100, this Joe Fresh tunic with fringe trim is a classic. And you can never go wrong with a simple tank dress.
Love the blog! Started reading while I was working in DC and still read now that I’ve moved back to Detroit. I have a pair of red patent pumps that I really like, but I can never figure out how to wear them. My first impulse is to pair them with a black dress and red blazer, but that’s definitely too match-y for a modern look. Any other ideas for me?
Keep up the good work! Laura
I wouldn’t pair red separates with red pumps. You are correct that is too much red-on-red. I’m also not a big fan of black and red together, it feels a bit harsh to my eye.
My favorite ways to wear red shoes are with navy, white, and grey. They don’t look that great with brown. Pairing the red with classic neutrals gives you a pop of color without overpowering the look.