1) I love seeing your daily outfits, but my body type is quite different from yours – I have more of an apple-shape and sometimes it can be really difficult to find stylish pieces that complement my figure.
Regardless of what type of figure you have, I always recommend playing up your best assets & choosing pieces that will balance out your proportions. If you’re apple-shaped, you want to pay close attention to the cut of your tops – scoop, v-necks and wrap styles will be the most flattering, but make sure the material isn’t too clingy through the torso. I recommend finding tops that fall slightly below the hip bone. A-line skirts & dresses will also create the illusion of curves through the hips & will help off set a larger bust. Here are some outfit ideas for this season & beyond:
2) I know you’ve shared before about your struggles with hair loss from Lupus but I’ve noticed that your hair has been looking a lot fuller in the last few months. Can you share more about the products you’ve been using & what has worked for you?
In truth, I have regained some of the thickness I once had (though not all of it) due to my health improving & my disease going into remission. I’ve also been taking fish oil & a collagen supplement daily to help with growth. Over the past year, I’ve rotated through quite a few different volumizing products until I found what works best for me. Whenever possible, I try to avoid products with parabens & sulfates, so you’ll see that reflected in my choices below.
Because what I’m currently using is on the more expensive side, I’m including more affordable drugstore options that I also tried & was impressed with. If you only purchase one item from the Alterna Line, I would recommend the mousse…it’s truly life-changing! My process is to apply mousse only to my roots/scalp & then apply the hair oil just to my ends, where more moisture is needed.
L’Oreal Shampoo & Conditioner // Garnier Fructis Mousse // SheaMoisture Argan Oil // Kristin Ess Dry Shampoo
3) I just accepted a job offer & will be relocating to Chicago. I know that city life involves a lot of walking, so I’m on the hunt for some comfortable flats – I would love to find a few pairs in neutral shades that can transition into the fall.
I’m usually all about finding more budget-friendly options, but when it comes to comfortable footwear, it’s definitely worth it to splurge a little for a supportive style that is good quality. However, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for paying full price – I recommend checking sites like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Last Call by Neiman Marcus & Saks Off 5th because you can find higher-end brands at a steep discount. Here are some of my top neutral picks, broken down by style:
4) I’m heading to college next month & I need some storage solution ideas for all of my makeup. I love the GLAMboxes brand, but I can’t afford the hefty price tag. Can you recommend some more affordable options that will work in a dorm room?