Reader Question: Where can I find a bag big enough for my laptop, but sleek enough to wear for a night out?

Q:  I am looking for a bag, preferably black, but a splash of color never hurt anyone. I need it to be big enough that I can slip my laptop in (13″ mac book), but still sleek enough to wear for a night out. I’ve been searching, but I can’t seem to find something nice and still semi-cost effective. Can you help?- Migdalia

A: I know what you mean- it’s definitely always ideal to have a practical bag that you can carry all your essentials for work in, but can easily be brought out with you for that after work cocktail. The good news is that I scoured the web and found some great options for you! Pour La Victoire’s Marseille satchel and Topshop’s leather side zip satchel both have a great shape for your laptop to easily slide in and out of, while still being sleek enough to transfer into your nighttime look. For a more elegant look, try this patent leather one from Kate Spade. And if you’re looking for a little more edge (my personal favorite), go for this leopard number from ASOS. The mix of  leather and animal print will instantly spice up your look!

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Reader Question: “How do I pull off red lipstick?”

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Q: I love the look of red lipstick for the upcoming winter season, but I am not sure how to pull it off without looking cheesy. Any advice? -Lauren

A: Great question! I, too, love a bold red lip to complete a look. However, I personally think that a red lip doesn’t necessarily go with every outfit you put on, so I like to treat my colored lip as another element to my outfit. This means, keep your outfit simple with not too much color and don’t overdo it with accessories- your red lip is already an accessory.  That being said, brighten those lips up with a more muted, understated colored outfit like whites, blacks, tans, and grays for that extra pop of color. When picking out the perfect red for your complexion, avoid shiny, shimmery or glossy reds- keep it matte. Don’t be afraid to visit a beauty counter and try on different shades until you find the one that goes best with your skin tone and that you feel comfortable wearing.  Tip- use a liner that exactly matches your red lip color for a more defined look. Try MAC  or Makeup For Ever for great red shades.

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