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Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Dresses for Concealing Post-Baby Belly


Dear Belle,

My third son was born eight months ago, and while I’ve lost all of the baby weight, my stomach will just never be flat again.  My sister says that they make dresses with built-in shapers but I can’t find any in the stores.  I also Googled and got back some really, really ugly dresses.  

Help me, please.  I just need some dresses for work that smooth things out.  Is that so much to ask???

Thanks, Lu

First off, let me say, three boys?  God bless you, lady.  That little boy energy is NO joke.

If you’re searching for dresses with the shapewear built in, the search term you want is “slimming dresses.”  The industry seems to prefer ‘slimming’ to ‘shapewear.’  So let’s see if we can’t find a few dresses that fit your needs.


WHBM Slimming Floral Dress ($49)

White House Black Market makes a line of ‘Instantly Slimming’ dresses.  This sleeveless dress is a nice option.  I also like this bottle green dress for cocktail hour.  There aren’t many dresses with sleeves (sad), but their selection is worth a look.


Bridget Peplum Dress ($168)

NYDJ is another retailer that sells dresses that slim and shape.  This peplum dress for work is a chic option for the office.  I also love this petal-print shirtdress for business casual wear.  And for cocktail attire, this tiered dress in black and white is lovely.

My favorite dress is this ruched, long-sleeve dress from Nordstrom that is perfect for fall.


Soma Muse V-neck ($87)

Soma sells dresses that either have shapers built in or are styled to conceal and slim.  This dress is the latter.  The nipped in waist and petal-skirt will slim your figure beautifully.  I also like this gathered-twist dress with a draped front.

If you’re looking for shapewear that you can wear under non-slimming dresses, I recommend Leonisa.  You can find it on Amazon.  Unlike most shapers, you can target the areas you want.  So I would try this high-waist shaper.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Hangover Beauty Cures


Hi Belle,

Kind of an embarrassing question…what do you do to look good with a hangover?  I drink a lot of cheap wine at fundraisers and even after just 2 or 3 glasses I feel terrible the next morning.  I think my skin feels even worse than I do.  You worked on the Hill, you must have some tips…please have some tips…

Love the blog, KF

Oh, I remember cheap fundraiser wine.  When there’s an open bar, you can drink tonic and lime and no one is the wiser.  But when it’s just wine and beer, it’s tougher to avoid that adult peer pressure.  So what do you do to look your best after a long night or a short night filled with cheap booze?

Bubbles. To help move things along the next morning, I recommend lots of water and Alka Seltzer.  For whatever reason, it works much better than Tylenol for me.  In a pinch, Emergen-C will also work if I drink it hot.

Moisture. Your skin needs extra love to look its best the next morning.  Belif makes an overnight treatment mask that is designed to prevent the pale, sallow skin that comes with a hangover.  I’ve used it, an it does work, but it’s a bit of a unitasker.

If you want something with more versatility, I recommend Tony Moly Banana Sleeping Mask.  It really gives your skin a boost of moisture.

Eye Spy. My eyes get so dry, I need something to moisturize and take the red out.  The bleary-eyed look isn’t good on anyone.  I like Clear Eyes.

Cover Up and Brighten Up. Covering up under-eye darkness becomes extra important when you are tired or hungover.  I love Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in the neutralizer shade.  I just apply that liberally and then set it with a brightening powder like NYX Finishing Powder or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder.

Blush It Up. A pink cheek can distract from an otherwise tired complexion.  So hit those apples with a pop of color.  I love Bobbi Brown’s Nectar blush.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Chic Crossbody Bags


Dear Belle,

I’m tired of hauling my satchel around on the weekends.  I think it’s time to downsize to a crossbody.  I need to carry my wallet, a phone, some makeup and have room.  Any suggestions?

Thanks, Kaya

Crossbody bags are great for weekends, travel, or for a low-key work day.  I carry mine whenever I travel so I can have my hands free.  Here are a few medium-size crossbody bags.


Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC ($195)

I own this Mini-MAC in cognac, and I love it.  It’s big enough to hold all the things you’re looking to carry.  I can also fit my iPad-mini in there.  The bag comes in a wide range of colors this snakeskin option is on sale, as is this pale tan.


Michael Kors JetSet Crossbody ($148)

This bad doesn’t have a strong shape, so it will hold quite a bit.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the width of the strap, but it’s very well made.


BP Double Crossbody ($32)

This bag is a great buy.  I love the small-medium size.  I also think it packs a lot of style for under-$50.


Isaac Mizrahi Lileth Crossbody ($55)

This bag has a slouchy, relaxed feel.  I like the minimalist details.  If you like a more casual look, this bag blends that with a bit of sleekness.


Gap Crossbody Bag ($39)

I love this for a fun, easy handbag.  The tassel is a nice detail.  It might be a little smaller than you want.  Gap also makes this fringe crossbody that is a bit larger but no less stylish.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: August 27


Corner Office


Loeffler Randall Jolie Pump ($350)

Middle Cubicle


Ann Taylor Eryn Pumps ($138)

Intern Desk


Candie’s Dress Heels ($35)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: August 26, 2015




1) The M-Dash has the style faux pas to avoid at work.  Could I add wearing a sleeveless dress without shaving your underarms?

2) River Island is quickly becoming my favorite, affordable retailer.  This mini-box tote is so chic.  And this dark purple hobo with a tassel detail is a wonderful choice for fall.

3) No, you do not need to drink eight glasses of water a day.

4) DvF is offering 30%-off styles for early fall.  I love the dotted print on this gorgeous Irina dress, and the bold green of this Zoe dress is fun.

5) The best jobs now require you to be a people person.

6) Sephora has quite the sale section.  This smoky eye palette has some pretty colors.  This $5 nail polish correcting pen is definitely worth a look.

7) Women in Saudi Arabia are now allowed to vote.

8) I absolutely adore this lapis statement ring from Madewell.  This long token necklace also caught my eye.

9) Levo League makes the case for leaving the job you don’t love.

10) Tired? The Cut tries out six eye masks.  Personally, I like this Glam Glow brightening mud.

11) Helen Gurley Brown, founder of Cosmopolitan, died with a huge estate, and no heirs.

Eye Candy. Badgley Mischka brings the drama in the back

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