Ask the Editor: Vol. IV, No Twenty-Three

Jun 20, 2024

This week, we have a wedding dress search coming up empty, cell phone slings that don’t suck, sunscreen tips for kids, and more. Let’s take a peek in the reader mail bag.

Hi Abra,

My fiancé and I are eloping in September.  We planned a big trip to the South of France and we are marrying in the hotel’s garden with just our parents and two friends in attendance.  I have searched everywhere for a dress.  My MOH thinks I’ve tried on 100+.  

I want something elegant but memorable.  Not a gown.  Preferably without sequins or lace.  I’d like to be able to rewear it on our anniversary so not so formal it can’t come out of the bag.  Budget is $2,500.  Is this asking too much?

Hope you had fun in D.C. ~ Elise

Best wishes on your marriage.  When I first read your question, the first dress that popped into my head is this one from Erdem.  It has a lovely vintage, Casablanca vibe to it.  This Emilia Wickstead is an absolute classic with clean lines.  If you want something more playful, I recommend this Self-Portrait dress, which is under-$750.  

Those are the shorter dresses.  Now, I know you said no gowns, but I am going to make two gown suggestions that could easily be shortened.  Why?  Because I have seen these two dresses in person, and they feel like the vibe you’ve described.  Have a look at this pearl and sheer gown and this crystal embellished gown with a halter neck. 

From the DMs: How did you grow your eyebrows back in?  Serum? 

In 2012, I got serious about bringing back my brows.  It’s been a process.  This GrandeLash serum helped me tremendously.  I don’t use it as often as I should, but if I use it for just a week straight, I see some growth.  But what really made a difference was learning to sleep on my back, since sleeping on my stomach and side pulled out small amounts of hair.

Hello,

You mentioned something about a brush to apply sunscreen to Sloane.  What?  Help me.  My toddler won’t hold still for SPF.  

Lauren

Those handled makeup brushes are the easiest way to apply sunscreen to your child.  We call it her Magic Brush and tell her it protects her from the sun.  We bought this set, so she “helps” with the smaller one and we use the bigger one.  It also helps if they see Mom and Dad applying it with the brush too.

Abra,

Can you suggest an intern gift under-$50?  We need a gender neutral gift.

Thanks, Benni

My preferred intern gifts are useful.  I still have the bookends I received as my gift in 2005.  Agate, marble and stoneware are all good choices.  Another great option is a padfolio in junior or full size.   Lastly, one of my best friends is giving his interns Owala bottles.  He bought them for his spring interns and they were obsessed.

From the DMs:  Have you tried any of the SPF serums or SPF drops?  I see them everywhere.

I ordered several brands in the spring.  Most of them were a big thumbs down; I either ended up with a pale death mask or they felt sticky all day.  But one brand — UltraViolette — did live up to the hype.  I liked the Illuminating drops because they made me look alive even after the long night.  

Hi Abra,

I need a phone sling that won’t make me, judge me.  Something not hideous.  Thank you in advance.

FG

Bandolier makes the nicest ones.  They are also customizable with different straps and accessories, like small wallets and AirPod slings.  For an under-$25 choice, this one from Amazon is perfect because it comes with a built in wallet that snaps closed.

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  1. Anna says:

    For the person lamenting the phone slings, when I was in Spain a year ago, I saw sooooo many young, hip Spanish girls wearing them. It’s only a matter of time before they become trendy over here.

    • Rachel C says:

      So many of them remind me of the 1980/90s cigarette cases that I saw everywhere growing up. I understand this dates me, but it makes it so hard for my eye to adjust to the look.

  2. Laura says:

    Personalized Stanleys or Yetis also make a great gift at that price point.

  3. Linda says:

    I recently started taking hair vitamin gummies and while only 3 weeks in, I think they might be helping with eyebrow regrowth too… Still early days.

  4. D says:

    A great intern gift is an oversized golf umbrella. It’s the kind of thing that is useful but no one wants to buy for themselves. In a walking city, it’s so helpful.

  5. Judy says:

    TGIF! The link to the Amazon phone sling does not seem to work FYI. Thanks!

  6. Ginny says:

    RE: intern gifts, I received a monogrammed padfolio after my first internship and it’s been to every job interview I’ve had since- perfect for stashing extra copies of your resume, keeping a list of questions, and taking notes, while looking professional. And can obviously use day-to-day around the office, too.

    RE: toddler sunscreen, good luck. We used a beauty blender sponge, which helped, and recently switched to Brush On Block for her face.

  7. Amanda says:

    I have an intern gift idea! Leather business card holders. Kind of throwback, kinda fancy, but useful and they look chic as hell. Bonus if you get them engraved.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I agree with the business card holders. I purchased some for gifts years ago (Kate Spade!). They are hard to find now. I love the Etsy link.

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