Brushing Up on Beauty

I have a new favorite beauty tool: the foundation brush. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “I don’t need a brush for foundation! I don’t even WEAR foundation most of the time! Why would I want a special BRUSH for the foundation that I don’t even WEAR?” I’ll tell you why: because the foundation brush will make your face look flawless, even after too little sleep and too many martinis.

Or maybe that’s just me.

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Things That Make Me Say NO

Via astute reader Jessica, we have this: man leggings are the new Must Have for fall 2007.

Yes, really! Fashion writer Godfrey Deeny claims to “know a lot of guys who wear leggings around the home to watch DVDs, lounge around before Premiership games or surf the Internet.” Deeny’s question is, can the man legging move from loungewear to barwear?

Dear god, I hope not.

I’m all in favor of the guys making an effort to be a little more stylish, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this particular style trend. Maybe that’s because my husband is 6’5″ and all I can see when I try to picture him in leggings is the Jolly Green Giant.

Jolly Green Giant

What say you–does this deserve a hearty HO HO HO, or will the man in your life be sporting a pair of leggings come fall?

About the Bling

Hi Susan –

As I was muddling through my jewelry box this morning, confused as usual, I had an epiphany: Susan could help me; must ask Susan.

So here it is: how do you know what length necklace to wear with what neckline? I have a scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeve sweater. The neckline has three small pleats. Do I wear a necklace that falls above or below the neckline? What about button down shirts? Above or below? I like wearing long necklaces, but how long is too long? My longest ends a few inches above my belly button – is this too hippy-like for the office?

Thanks for your help.


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Leggings: Yea or Nay?

Hi Susan!

I have a question for Friday Style.

I am 35 and I love the leggings/mini look. It might be my love of all things ’80s clouding my judgement, but I really do think it is sassy.

Question – is it TOO sassy for a 35-year-old SAHM?



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Here’s a Tip

Dear Susan,

I have a style emergency.

I don’t understand the tipping rules for salon owners anymore.

Growing up in Oklahoma, I was always told, both by women who knew what they were talking about and by salon owners themselves, that you never, ever tip the salon owner. One salon owner told me that it was actually an insult to offer the salon owner a tip, like you’re not acknowledging his status as Head Stylist or something.

Then 20 years went by, and I moved 800 miles northeast, and these days, at least where I live, I’ve heard that salon owners expect to be tipped. At one very trendy place where I got the WORST haircut of my life from the salon owner, the snotty purple-haired receptionist even asked me how much of a tip I wanted to leave!

So now I really, really need a haircut, and I want to go to a stylist who did a great job the last time he cut my hair (a couple of years ago), but I haven’t gone back because I don’t know whether I’m supposed to tip him or not, and I don’t want to either a) offend him;
or b) look like a rube–either by tipping or NOT tipping.


Befuddled in Buffalo

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No Muumuus. Ever.

Dear Fashion Guru,

I recently began reading your blog and let me tell you, you have given my wardrobe the shot in the arm that it’s needed for quite some time. Thank you for telling all the mommies out there that we don’t have to wear the mommy uniform!

I have a problem that I know you’ll be able to help me with. I am fairly average in height and weight, but all the fat in my body seems to congregate in my gut. I’ve always had a bit of a pot belly, but after having my daughter three years ago, my belly has taken on a more–shall we say–rotund appearance. Because this is the only place I carry weight, I am sometimes asked if I am pregnant. This is not the fashion statement I want to be making.

So here’s my question: Without resorting to a muumuu, what styles would best camouflage my belly?


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I’ll Tell You What To Buy, and Clairol Will Pay For It

You all know that I’m full of advice about what to wear and where to shop for it. But I draw the line and actually FUNDING your shopping.

Until now.

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