Fashion & Beauty Queries: Vol. IV, No. Seventeen
May 23, 2017
I’m looking for some new blogs to read. Anything good you would suggest? Something more like your blog, maybe.
I don’t read as many blogs as I used to, but there are a few I really like. My old standbys include: Extra Petite, Hitha on the Go, Wit & Whimsy, and The Stripe. Some newer reads to check out would be Wardrobe Icons, a British online magazine, and The Vault Files.
Do you ever feel like you’re in just a total and complete clothing rut? All I buy anymore is Banana and LOFT. It’s just too easy to just hit the website during a sale and be done with my shopping. Do you have any other shops that you love? Somewhere in the mid-price range would be best. I just need.something.different.
Please Help! Dressing the Same Since 2011
Right now, I’m having a love affair with UK retailers. That country’s commitment to affordable fashions is appreciated. Especially for those of us who need/want longer hemlines, sleeves and ladylike styles, the UK can’t be beat.
The dress selection at Marks and Spencer cannot be beat. This combo shift dress is a good choice for the office. For a party, this lacy, yellow dress is a stunner. Another Brit retailer worth a look is Warehouse. I buy their pieces through the ASOS website. And lastly, Dune London has some great shoes and bags.
If you prefer to shop stateside, check out & Other Stories. They have an ever-changing selection of on-trend pieces.
Do you have a good source for striped tees? I need a navy and white one, but everything I fine is tissue thin. Frankly, it’s BS that I can’t find a mid-weight tee anymore.
Have fun in D.C.! Kas
Sing it, sister! It’s so silly how so many retailers are making t-shirts out of one-ply toilet paper and trying to play it off like that’s just the hot style, now. As if they’re not saving a fortune using inferior materials. But I digress…
If I need stripes, there are only three places to go: Land’s End, LL Bean, and Boden. Other than that, the choices are pretty limited. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, I would try the Orvical brand. They sell the classic Breton stripe in a wide selection of colors, but they sell out quickly during the summer.
I just started wearing makeup (I know, 32 is the new 14, right?), and I have everything figured out but eyeshadow. Do you have anything that’s easy to apply and fairly idiot proof you can steer me to? I’m not looking for a crazy smoked eye, just something for regular days.
Love the blog! Sara W.
The way I see it, there are two ways you can go: with a simple eye palette, or a neutral cream blush.
For the palette, Bareminerals makes a collection of neutral hues that I use whenever I do someone else’s makeup. The colors are almost universally flattering and really soft.
Another option is to find a hue that works with your eye color (BHG can you help you out), and choose a palette just in that hue. I have hazel eyes, so purple palettes work best for me. I like this Lancome Hypnose Palette or Clinique’s Ash Violets (the Clinique quad is an easy starting point for beginners. Then, I would head over to YouTube to get some pointers on applying your new eye makeup.
If you want something even easier, the answer is a simple cream shadow. This Maybelline Color Tattoo shadow is the easiest thing in the world. On relaxed days, I smear the gold on my lids and walk out the door. Revlon also makes a nice cream shadow in several more colors. Prefer a matte shadow without any metallic? Clarins makes a really great shadow that has build able color for day-to-night looks.