I have really sensitive skin and I have struggled for years to find a way to get smooth legs that stay smooth and without irritation for more than a few hours after the shave. Do you have any tips/methods/product must-haves to maintain a smooth shave without the dreaded wrath of razor burn? read more
I was wondering if you could recommend some good looking dress jeans for a “mom” type that wants to look classy and stylish (nothing too “junior” or “old lady”)? I plan to wear them for casual wear with sweaters or a blazer. Also, if you could recommend some nice booties to go with the jeans, that would be great, too! I saw your post on booties, but I am looking for something with a low heel. Any thoughts?
Dear Youthful Mom,
Great question! There are a few places I would recommend starting out. I’ve always found that GAP, LOFT, and Banana Republic offer styles and cuts of jeans that are flattering, not too low rise, comfortable, and age-appropriate. Even as a 20-something, I find myself gravitating towards these places when I shop for my jeans. Here are some things to look for and keep in mind when you are shopping:
- Look for a mid-rise style – these are the most flattering. Low rise is too junior, and high rise can look dated if they’re not properly styled. If you’re unsure of the rise, make an “L” shape with your left hand and hold up to the zipper. If the zipper is shorter than the “L,” they’re too low. If the zipper is longer, they’re too high.
- Check the tags and shop for pairs that are 2% Spandex. This is the right amount of stretch to be forgiving and prevents them from getting baggy in the knee midday.
- Look for a medium to dark wash with no distressing or whiskering.
- Look for pairs marked as a straight or skinny cut. Bootcut and flare jeans are out of style right now and may date you.
- If you are tall, be sure to buy pairs marked “tall” – you’ll want to be able to have a bit of material to cuff above your booties!
I recently picked up this pair of booties from Naturalizer and I can’t say enough good things about them! Naturalizer is no longer an “old lady” brand. They have some really cute and stylish pairs of booties that are (of course!) comfortable. I hope this helps and happy shopping!
I’ve been following your blog since the beginning and have loved every post. Thanks to your tutorials, I am a pro at contouring and my brows are always on fleek. :) I’ve purchased several products that you recommended and have loved all of them–my favorites are the Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask and my Clarisonic (I seriously don’t know how I survived over two decades without one). All in all, your blog has seriously improved my style and beauty game and, in turn, my confidence!
I’m writing today to ask for some hair advice. I have extremely fine, flat, oily hair with little texture and I have trouble finding a style that’s right for me. I think I’ve tried every single product that claims to lift fine hair, from root lifters to thickeners to volumizing sprays, but I haven’t found anything that makes much of a difference. I’m currently growing out bangs and the rest of my hair is one length that falls about an inch below my collarbone. I’m looking for a change! I’ve had straight bangs before that I really liked, but I didn’t feel like the rest of the cut was doing much for me. One thing I DO like about my hair is the color. It’s a rich dark brown and I get great natural highlights in the summer. I’d like to avoid chemical treatments because my hair tends to be brittle.
I’m looking for something that will look good with relatively little upkeep. I’d prefer a length that allows me to put most of my hair up, but I’m open to suggestions. I know you’ll have great advice for me and I can’t wait to hear it!
Dear Hair Change,
Thanks for writing in! First things first – long hair is totally overrated (in my opinion). It sounds like the length you already have could work for you with just a little tweaking. Right off the bat, I would recommend doing the below things to help pump up your fine hair:
- take Biotin: the Amazon reviews alone will tell you everything you need to know!
- sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase: not only is this tip good for preventing wrinkles, it will also prevent hair breakage during your sleep.
- use Lush Roots: this product is key for building up volume at the root of your hair without making it greasy.
- use Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: use this spray like a dry shampoo on your hair and it will add LOADS of volume (you haven’t tried anything like it, I promise!).
Below are some cuts and styles that I think would work for your hair and give you a much-needed change!
Overall, I think you would look great with a blunt bob that clears the shoulders and choppy, shorter bangs (at least 3/4 of an inch above your eyebrows). Be sure to ask your stylist for longer pieces in the front. This will be short enough to look like a style and long enough to tie up. Also, keep in mind that bang trims will be your friend, and most hair stylists offer them complimentary between appointments! I hope this helps, and please let me know if you’re loving your new hair!
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