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Friday, November 27, 2015 by Belle

Belle’s Best Black Friday Deals


Shopbop — Save up to 25% with code GOBIG15. And now through Nov. 30., spend $250+ and save 15%; spend $500+ and save 20%; and spend $1,000+ and save 25%.

Belle’s Picks // Tai Wishbone Necklace ($55) // Stateside Twist Tee ($76) // Susanna Monaco Longsleeve Dress (3 colors, $162)


Ann Taylor — 50% Off Everything, code CELEBRATE, plus flat-rate shipping.

Belle’s Picks // Wrap Sweater (five colors, $79) // Stretchy Short-Sleeve Dress ($149) // Eryn Haircalf Skirt ($138)


BaubleBar — 30% off most items, code THX.

Belle’s Picks // Odette Tassel Pendant ($48) // Nightlight Drops ($36) // Ion Cuff ($38)


SephoraGreat $10 Palettes and Gift Bags.


Anthropologie — 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT; valid Nov. 27 through Nov. 29.

Belle’s Picks // Petaled Wool Turtleneck ($148) // Snow Angel Dress ($298) // Valera Trousers ($148)


Eloquii — Plus-size ladies, 50% Off Your Entire Purchase, code BASH.

Belle’s Picks // Belted Tee Dress ($89) // Tie-Neck Blouse ($63) // Inverted Lapel Blazer ($129)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: November 25, 2015



When your four-hour drive home takes seven hours, through a blazing snowstorm and blinding winds, surrounded by people who have never driven in these conditions before, watching cars go off the road right and left.  Then, you pull into your parents’ driveway, look at the sleeping puppy in the backseat and think, “We’re alive.  How did that happen?”

Stay safe out there, ladies.


1) 5 Things Every Young Manager Needs to Know. (Levo)

2) Target is selling the perfect tasseled pouch for $15.  It comes in six great colors.  I need them all.

3) Anne Frank and her family were also denied entry to the U.S. as refugees. (WaPost)

4) When I was in high school debate, I had a red power suit that was the bomb.  And thanks to Ann Taylor, I can now replace it.

5) Female meteorologists are obsessed with this $23 dress from Amazon. (Buzzfeed)

6) The Outnet is killing it with this DvF ballet sweater and DKNY flutter top.  For jewelry, this gorgeous blue, collar necklace and this $23 two-finger ring are awesome.

7) 40-percent of Millenials support censoring offensive speech. (Pew)

8) This pink Himalayan rock salt cube and grater is such a fun gift for your favorite foodie.  Also, for an office White Elephant, try this 5-minute hourglass.

9) An unassuming Midwestern family is having their lives destroyed by an anonymous hacker, and there seems to be no way to stop it. (Digg)

10) This affordable sequin pencil skirt from Off 5th it perfect for festive parties.  Plus-size? Try this half-and-half Payette skirt.

11) Coco & Kelly has your guide to all the classic holiday cocktails.

Eye Candy. Net-a-Porter is having their incredible end-of-year sale, do not miss it. My favorite Monica Vinader ring is half-price.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Belle

Holiday Gift Guide: A Gift Box for the Hostess



Are you attending a party at the home of a friend or work colleague?  Do you know a lady who loves to entertain at home?  Then, you need a gift that is sure to please your hostess.  Here is a tray filled with goodies perfect for your next party.

One. A Chic Tray. Whether your serving cocktails, organizing snacks, or decorating your table, a decorative tray always comes in handy.  This fair-trade Heart of Haiti Papier Tray ($60) comes in a perfectly neutral black and white combination.  I also like these West Elm lacquer trays in a variety of colors.  Or for something under-$25, try this simple wood tray from Threshold.

Two. Decorative Coasters. Pretty and practical, a set of coasters can make a great gift.  I like these ceramic coasters from Nordstrom ($28) and this pink stone coasters from West Elm.  For a personalized gift, try 100 monogrammed coasters.

Three. The Perfect Scent. Pop over to any blogger’s Instagram feed and you’ll spot a selection of Jo Malone, Diptyque, and Nest candles.  A lovely candle is always a nice hostess gift (as long as you choose one with a subtle scent).  I also like to give diffusers like the Jo Malone Lime and Basil one above.

Four. Wine Tags. My friend, Alex, runs a lovely little company called Chez Gagne Letterpress.  Her cheeky, festive wine tags are much better than the bland wine bags that most people use to bring gifted spirits to parties.  She’s offering 20%-off for readers with the code CAPHILLSTYLE20.

Five. Drinkware and Stemware. Some lovely occasion glasses make a nice gift.  I prefer champagne coupes, so I love these affordable gold-rim glasses.  If you like flutes, this set of gold-accented glasses are lovely.

Looking for something to serve cocktails in?  These copper-accented rocks glasses and decanter are so chic.  I would also recommend a round ice cube mold for whisky drinkers.  Love Moscow Mules?  Try a set of solid copper mugs.

Six. A Fun Bottle Opener.  I adore this gemstone opener from Nordstrom ($8).  This bolt-shaped opener and classic copper opener also caught my eye.   For a wine drinker, skip the opener, and get them a wine stopper and pourer to keep their unfinished bottles fresh.

Do you have a favorite hostess gift?  I also like to bring luxury foodstuffs like classic simple syrup (perfect for cocktails) and creamed honey.  Or for a Christmas Eve gathering, a fun treat for the next morning, like these Croissonuts. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: November 24


I like the look of a chunky cardigan with feminine dresses and blouses.  I like the contrast.

Corner Office


Nina Ricci Belted Cardigan ($1,150)

Middle Cubicle


NYDJ Marled Cable Cardi ($148)

I also found this great Banana Republic cardigan for $98 (also in petite).

Intern Desk


Gap Cable Sweater Cardi ($69)

Plus-size: Ralph Lauren Belted Cardigan ($131)

Monday, November 23, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: November 23, 2015




1) Why do we romanticize stress? (The Everygirl)

2) If you are looking for a unique bag, I love this inexpensive deep green tote with strap from Modcloth.

3) My hometown paper is requiring commenters to use their first and last names.  They’re also outing everyone who left a comment previously. (MT Standard)

4) Need dresses for Thanksgiving (or other holiday feasts) ? This teal faux-wrap dress is under-$75 and pretty.  A knot-detail dress is chic and offers a bit of camouflage.  Or try a chunky-knit sweaterdress for something cozy.

5) Ritz Carlton S’Mores Expert, the dream job. (Yahoo!)

6) Celebrate this holiday season with some affordable lingerie from ASOS.  I love this navy, lace cage bra.

7) The Washington Post has an interesting article on ‘female greeting rituals,’ like why we complement people we just met.

8) Fossil has a watch that doubles as an activity tracker; I like their rose gold model.  If you don’t need the timepiece, they sell a simple band bracelet tracker.

9) Real confidence begins with believing in your ability to improve. (Lifehacker)

10) This highlighter from e.l.f is the best one I’ve ever used, and it’s only $7.  There baked, powder highlighter is also worth a look.

11) Still planning your Thanksgiving dinner?  Let The New York Times help, their menu planner can guide you in the right direction.

Eye Candy. If you have $17,000 dollars lying around, you can buy a Fiat or a show-stopping Oscar de la Renta gown.

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