I saw the BCBG belt you posted to your Instagram last week. I love it, but it’s beyond my budget. Do you have any suggestions for belts that are similarly ornate and under-$25, $50 at the most.
Love the blog! SR
Belts are a great way to jazz up a dress that you’ve been wearing for a while. They also accentuate the waist, and who doesn’t need a bit of that?
Because they’re going out of business, most BCBG belts can be found for under-$50 if you hunt a bit. I think BCBG makes the best belts (I have five), so this is a great time to buy. Their butterfly-front belt has a cool look to it. I fell in love with this whip-stitched belt in a great neutral color. And this cool houndstooth plated belt is just $10.
If you’re looking at other brands, I also really love this $10 H&M belt with a knotted twist. This Mossimo belt in coffee-colored leather is a bit more casual, but I love the details. This really wide River Island belt is also worth a look.
When you went to London what type of bag did you carry during the day? Next month I’m headed to Chicago for a long weekend and am tempted to buy a stylish backpack to carry around sightseeing. (May need to carry around extra shoes during the day.) Also, I know you dislike them, but I would normally carry my medium size Longchamp on a trip like this.
I didn’t want to be weighed down, so I opted for a soft sided crossbody bag from Marc Jacobs. If you need to carry more than the bare essentials, then a backpack might be the right choice. They’re on trend, and there are some stylish options out there, if you’re willing to wade through the chaffe.
The AllSaints Kita bag actually converts from a backpack to a tote. It’s a bit pricey, but I’ve seen it in person, and it even had me thinking about buying a backpack. The Everlane Twill Snap Backpack is under-$100, has a sleek, modern look, and is very highly reviewed. I also like the look of this totally simple Sole Society dome backpack.
Traveling is one of those situations when I’m not as picky about fashion. You want to look good, but that’s not your primary goal, right? So if to be comfortable and see the city the way you want, you need to carry a Longchamp, so be it. I prefer to travel as light as possible because it makes entering museums, shopping, and doing the tourist thing a bit easier. But however you like to travel, dress accordingly.
This may seem like a dumb question, but how do you do your hair for the beach/pool? I feel like everyone else has Baywatch babe hair and I just came from SoulCycle. Tips?
I have notoriously stick straight hair, so beachy waves are really out of the question. Add in bangs, which must be pulled back to avoid sweat + hair product induced acne, and my poolside hair is a bit of a trial. And I definitely feel you when you’re sitting there wondering how all your fellow pool guests get their hair to look like a magazine ad.
Instead of fighting my hair, I will do either a low chignon or a low bun and wear a hat over it so I can pin my bangs back. Hats of choice include this Halogen Panama Hat and this floppier Do Not Disturb beach hat. If I don’t want to wear a hat, this updo, using an elastic headband takes a little time, but it looks great all day.