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An Interview-appropriate Look: Guest Blogger

Blame it on the West Wing, but for a short period of time we were convinced we wanted to be White House staffers. That whim has long past, but we’re still excited to welcome this week’s blogger, Belle of Capitol Hill Style. The DC-based blogger is out to dispel the myth that you can’t be a serious Capitol Hill staffer and also love fashion. We love her sharp, funny style observations and practical advice (to wit: three ways to wear this season’s cropped sweater). All week, she’ll be sharing her best beauty advice.


On my blog, I often dispense career and professional advice to young women who are just starting out. Many of the questions that I receive deal with what to wear to a job interview. While choosing the right outfit is important, many women forget that the makeup, hair style, and fragrance they wear says just as much about them as their clothes do.  

Hair:  When going on a job interview, your hair should be freshly washed. Too often do candidates minimize their beauty routine in an effort to be punctual and the person will stroll into an early morning interview with greasy roots and drooping locks. This tell the interviewer that this individual is not used to being up at this early hour and that it’s very likely that she will either be habitually late for work or show up looking less than professional. Being prompt is important, but you need to plan appropriately so that you have enough time to properly get ready and avoid making a bad first impression.

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Banish Painful Pimples with Drawing Salve: Guest Blogger

Blame it on the West Wing, but for a short period of time we were convinced we wanted to be White House staffers. That whim has long past, but we’re still excited to welcome this week’s blogger, Belle of Capitol Hill Style. The DC-based blogger is out to dispel the myth that you can’t be a serious Capitol Hill staffer and also love fashion. We love her sharp, funny style observations and practical advice (to wit: three ways to wear this season’s cropped sweater). All week, she’ll be sharing her best beauty advice.



For some women, acne is an irregular occurrence, but for others, it is a daily battle. Occasionally, I develop large, painful blemishes on my jaw line or on my cheeks. One of the fastest ways to shrink a deep, painful spot is with drawing salve.

The black, gel-like ointment smells terrible — like a combination of paving asphalt and rotten eggs — but it heals pimples by pulling the oil and impurities from the skin. And the putrid smell is a small price to pay for quickly eliminating a large eyesore.

Drawing salve can be found in the band-aid section of many pharmacies next to the antibacterial creams. While PRID is the most popular brand, many retailers sell it under the name ichthammol ointment. To use, follow these instructions:

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Hot Rollers: Guest Blogger

Blame it on the West Wing, but for a short period of time we were convinced we wanted to be White House staffers. That whim has long past, but we’re still excited to welcome this week’s blogger, Belle of Capitol Hill Style. The DC-based blogger is out to dispel the myth that you can’t be a serious Capitol Hill staffer and also love fashion. We love her sharp, funny style observations and practical advice (to wit: three ways to wear this season’s cropped sweater). All week, she’ll be sharing her best beauty advice.

I pride myself on being able to get ready for any occasion in under an hour, and my daily routine is even shorter. Each morning, I shower, dress, style my hair, and apply makeup in less than 45 minutes. The secret? Hot rollers.

Curling or straightening your hair takes time. The perfect blow dry is difficult to master and labor intensive.  But rollers take just minutes and free up your hands to do other things.

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Fighting the Winter Blahs: Guest Blogger

Blame it on the West Wing, but for a short period of time we were convinced we wanted to be White House staffers. That whim has long past, but we’re still excited to welcome this week’s blogger, Belle of Capitol Hill Style. The DC-based blogger is out to dispel the myth that you can’t be a serious Capitol Hill staffer and also love fashion. We love her sharp, funny style observations and practical advice (to wit: three ways to wear this season’s cropped sweater). All week, she’ll be sharing her best beauty advice.

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As winter approaches, the humidity dissipates and the air dries — and my skin dries out right along with it. By February, the chilly air and the constant barrage of central heating has taken its toll on my epidermis. Luckily, there is hope for those of us afflicted with dull, dry, flaky, and ashy skin.

Step 1: Exfoliate

It may sound counterintuitive, but the way to combat dry, flaky skin is to exfoliate. Because it doesn’t matter how aggressively you moisturize, if you don’t scrub away the dead skin, you’ll never fix the problem. 

When exfoliating your face, you need to find a happy medium. Too much scrubbing, and you’ll look like you were attacked by a sand blaster. Too little, and your skin will look tired and dull. If you’re clueless about exfoliating (I was), the solution is the Clarisonic MiaClarisonic has mastered the balance between gentle and powerful. The oscillating brush transforms dull skin into a brighter, smoother complexion. And unlike a serum or cream, which must be used every day for maximum effectiveness, you can use the Clarisonic as much or as little as you need.

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Faking a Good Night’s Sleep: Guest Blogger

Blame it on the West Wing, but for a short period of time we were convinced we wanted to be White House staffers. That whim has long past, but we’re still excited to welcome this week’s blogger, Belle of Capitol Hill Style. The DC-based blogger is out to dispel the myth that you can’t be a serious Capitol Hill staffer and also love fashion. We love her sharp, funny style observations and practical advice (to wit: three ways to wear this season’s cropped sweater). This week, she’ll be sharing her best beauty tips, starting with a very relevant topic: How to look awake.

Working on Capitol Hill, sleep is a luxury that many staffers, lobbyists, and politicos cannot often afford. But if you know what you’re doing, you can fake a good night’s sleep with a few good products and a bit of sly trickery. Here’s how to look well rested, even when you’re clinging to caffeine for dear life.

Conceal: A total miracle product, Benefit Erase Paste banishes even the darkest under-eye circles. To apply, warm a bit of the product on the back of your hand and then, using a small concealer brush, dot it onto the dark spots. Many women make the mistake of applying concealer to the entire under eye area but it only needs to be applied to the areas that are dark.

Once you have dotted on the concealer, use your ring finger to gently blend it. Your ring finger is the weakest of all of your fingers, so you won’t damage the delicate tissues under your eye. Remember to dab, not wipe, which will ensure even coverage. Set with a dusting of powder.

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