Ask the Edit Vol. IV, No. Twenty-Five
Sep 21, 2017
Is La Mer the best face cream? What do you wear to an office Halloween Party? Finding the perfect cognac tote, and more style advice on Ask the Edit.
I just learned that my office is having a mandatory costume contest for Halloween. Mandatory meaning that everyone will be included in the voting whether they wear a costume or not. What would you wear in this scenario? A professional or office appropriate Halloween costume seems like a tall order!
Thanks for the help! – Cait
My first thought was Pam from The Office. But I think the key is to pick an identifiable character who wears “normal” clothes. Wear all pink and be Elle Woods. Wear all brown and a sash an be a Girl Scout. Or buy a gingham dress and a picnic basket with a stuffed dog in it and be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. The key is that with just one or two adjustments, you should be able to walk out onto the street an no one know you’re in costume.
Hi – Have you heard of the brand & Other Stories? I just discovered it and am wondering how the quality stacks up – the prices seem low. Thanks so much.
I own a few pieces from that shop. Yes, consistently mid-level prices are pretty great, and the quality is good also. The clothes are made slightly better than the wares at Zara, though they can be hit or miss (with far more hits).
I just bought this burgundy box bag from them to use on the weekends. This crepe shift dress is the kind of piece you can throw on and accessorize to wear to anything. I also just bought this black blouse with detailed sleeves and a high collar. I’m really excited to wear it with my new DvF skirt.
I use a cognac tote almost every day. I’ve been buying inexpensive ones, but they make it through a year before they fall apart (my last tote was this one in tan). I’m nervous that spending more money won’t solve the problem – Is there really a bag of this kind that will hold up to daily use?
Thank you in advance for your expertise! JT
Your fears are understandable. Nothing is worse than buying an item only to discover the only thing they elevated was the price. I can’t speak to all pricey cognac totes, but I can give you a few quality options.
People rave (rave!!) about the Madewell Transport Tote and Transport Zip Tote. Buy them on Nordstrom.com, and you can return them if they start to fall apart too soon in their life cycle. Another highly rated option is the Everlane Day Market Tote, which is as basic as it gets. For something more modern (and in vegan leather), Matt & Nat’s Henna tote has a really cool, modern shape.
Hey there Belle —
I’m sick of grabbing my purse when I’m just running to a quick meeting in the Capitol. Is there a chic folio around that can keep all my things (personal and work phones, ID, note pad, pen) secure but not look bulky?
For something a little sleeker, I also love this tassel pouch from GILI (though you’ve need a small notebook). If push comes to shove, just repurpose an old, overused clutch. This one from ASOS would work well.
Do you think La Mer creme is the best nighttime face lotion out there? Does it warrant the price?
– Mary Ann Z
The answer to this question is, no. First off, I’ve never been particularly impressed with La Mer’s products. I bought their sample kit once (for like $115) and was like, “Wait, this is it? This is all this does?” after seeing basically no change in my skin. While it may work for some women, for me it was all hype.
Second, the best skin cream is the one that give your skin what it needs. It takes a LOT of trial and error to figure out which cream that is. Some that I’ve tried and loved range from the uber-pricey Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm, to the somewhat more affordable Ole Henriksen Nurture Me cream and Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whip Cream.
Your best play is to go to Sephora or Nordstrom, describe your skin concerns and get a truckload of samples. If you like something, go back for seconds.
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