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Monday, December 22, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: The Best Lip Gloss


Hi Belle,

Do you have a favorite lip gloss?  I was using one from Revlon, but it was discontinued.  I prefer pink or pink-nude, but a nice shade of berry never hurt anyone.

Thank you for your suggestions! Happy Holidays! Amy

To be perfectly honest, I don’t usually wear lip gloss.  I much prefer a sheer lip tint like Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor.  The only gloss that I’ve ever loved is Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster.  A friend whose opinion I trust loves Laura Mercier Lip Glace, which comes in every color under the sun.

Hopefully, readers can help you out with more suggestions.  Perhaps they know of a drugstore brand that wows.  I’ve taken some recommendations from the comments in the past, and they rarely steer me wrong.

Monday, December 22, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Under-$100 Ankle-Strap Pumps


Hi Belle,

I love your ankle strap pumps!  Where did you get them?  I hope they’re still available, but if not can you help me find a similar pair.  Something under-$100 would be awesome!

With Blessings, Grace

The shoes are from Jeffrey Campbell.  He doesn’t make that exact style anymore, but he does make the same look in a higher heel.  Sometimes you can find the 3″-heel pumps on eBay.  As for something similar, there’s plenty of selection in your price range.


Halogen Melinda Pump ($99)

I like the unique style of these Halogen pumps with the asymmetrical back.  These Marc Fisher pumps are another great option with  a sleek shape.  And don’t forget these chic, $39 Liz Claiborne heels that I put on the blog two weeks ago.

Looking for a color other than black?  These burgundy Calvin Klein pumps are to.die.for.

Monday, December 22, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Closet: My New Favorite Necklace



Long Crystal Floret Necklace ($49.50 + 30% with code HOLIDAYTIME)

I bought this necklace about a week ago, and I’ve worn it every day since.  It has the perfect mix of metals, with hematite and burnished gold, and just the right amount of sparkle.  It’s the ideal piece for someone who likes interesting jewelry that doesn’t overwhelm your look.

Also, if you’re curious, my previous favorite necklace is the Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant.  Worth every penny.

Monday, December 22, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Belle’s Basic Work-Dress Styles


Hi Belle,

I just got a promotion and I want to add a few things to my work wardrobe.  I don’t own any dresses (it’s Minnesota, we wear pants), and I want to buy a few.  Could you suggest some dresses that cost less than $200?  Love the blog!


I love dresses, but there was a time when I didn’t own any either.  Then, I bought a wrap dress and simple sheath, and I was hooked.  So let’s talk about the three styles that will give you a stylish functional wardrobe.

The Sleeveless Sheath


Jones New York Mallory Sheath (Navy: $69; Black: $119)

In my view, every woman should have one basic, sleeveless sheath dress in her closet.  You can wear it on its own, or layer it under your favorite separates.  Choose the neutral you wear most often, black or navy.  The secret to making an inexpensive sheath look expensive is tailoring.  I always buy a size slightly bigger than I need and have a tailor fit everything to my body.

This Jones New York dress is nice piece at a decent price (also in plus-sizes).  Calvin Klein also offers a basic sheath in white or black for $99.  Need a v-neck?  Try this dress from Ellen Tracy.

Want something just a little bit different?  Calvin Klein offers this dress with a black-on-black texture, and this dress with a ruched front, that looks a bit like origami.

The Wrap Dress


BR Gemma Wrap Dress ($98, also in petite)

A wrap dress is my dress of choice for not-so-casual-Friday and a night when I have dinner after work.  The BR Gemma dress is a mid-price basic that comes in prints or solids, and can usually be purchased on sale.  The charcoal color is sublime.

Need something under-$50? Old Navy has you covered. from Sierra Trading Post. Prefer the security of a faux-wrap? Karen Kane makes the nicest one I’ve seen.  Plus-size? Try this affordable dress from NY Collection.

If keeping things modest while wearing a wrap is a challenge for you, there are a few solutions.  The first is to have a tailor put hidden snaps or buttons inside the dress.  I prefer this method because it doesn’t alter the look of the dress.

You can also wear a camisole.  Shimera is my favorite brand (also in plus-sizes).  Something with lace trim is also a nice option.

The Long-Sleeved Dress


NYDJ Lily Jersey Dress ($188)

If you want long-sleeved dresses, there is no place better to go than NYDJ.  They have a wonderful selection of dresses in different styles and colors, most of them with long or elbow-length sleeves.  I adore this cobalt blue dress, and this mixed-media dress is a fun option.  The brand also offers petite and plus-sizes.

Need something under-$100? This color block dress from American Living is a nice choice.  I also like this simple sheath from Kenneth Cole.

Monday, December 22, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: December 22


Corner Office


Rick Owens Washed Leather Jacket ($2,555)

Middle Cubicle


T Tahari Drape Collar Jacket ($299)

Intern Desk


Tinley Road Vegan Leather Jacket ($70)

Plus-size: BB Dakota Faux Leather Jacket ($121)

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Updated for 2014