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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Belle

State of the Blog: Somebody Needs a Break



Finals was long.  You forget how terrible it is having your entire grade hinge on a single exam.  Returning to school–esp. something as uniquely grueling as law school–has been a very humbling experience.  And I am mentally drained from it.

I’ve spent the past three hours sitting in front of my laptop thinking, “I know there’s an idea in here somewhere!”  But, there’s not.

I think the only thing to do is call it quits for tonight.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a morning post, the weekly reading (because there were some good ones this week) and a happy hour.  Then, I’ll be off until Tuesday.  Hopefully by then, I’ll have something that vaguely looks like inspiration.

See you tomorrow.  xo, Belle

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Workday Reading: August 26, 2014




1) According to The Atlantic, employers care more about internships than area of study or grades.  Vindication tastes sweet.

2) I desperately want this Vince leather jacket.  However, I’m going to settle for this sweet, under-$100 tweed moto jacket.

3) Levo League covers their professional wardrobe fundamentals.  For mine, I can’t live without a good pencil skirt, a silk blouse and a pair of black flats.  I also need the perfect sheath dress with sleeves.

4) These Cole Haan Carlyle boots are perfect. Perfect heel height.  Sleek look.  I like them better than my Loeffler Randalls because they have a zipper.  They also come in extended calf sizes.

5) Asking for advice makes you seem more competent, not less.

6) Ann Taylor has some nice jewelry piece for sale right now.  This tortoise link necklace is fabulous.  This long silver necklace has modern, square links.  This sculpted, open cuff is awesome.  And I love these square stud earrings with grey stones.

7) When you care about your work, sometimes you get so pulled into a project that you can’t move on from it. The creator of Mad Men offers his best advice for moving on.

8) I really want a camel coat for fall/winter.  This under-$100 H&M coat certainly caught my eye.

9) If your energy lulls mid-day, here are a few ways to give yourself a boost.  I’m not sure how many of them work, but they’re interesting.

10) Looking beyond the pencil skirt?  I love drape skirts.  This DKNY drape skirt is amazing at $79.

11) The Cut has a piece about being a woman working in the video game industry.  Sounds a little like being a woman in politics.

12) Asos has some great end-of-summer/early-fall dresses right now.  This dotted, short-sleeve dress is pretty great.  This bright, draped sheath is a stunner (also in basic black).  I also love this pale pink midi dress.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Belle

Emmy’s Red Carpet 2014: Now, with One Liners


Last night, millions of Americans sat through stale joke after stale joke to see the Billy Crystal tribute to Robin Williams and then promptly changed the channel to something actually worth watching.  I did learn a few things from the Emmy’s, however.

I learned that if you want your show to win lots of awards, make fewer episodes and call it a miniseries.  If you’re British and you need a few accolades, make sure your show airs in America (unless, of course, you’re Ricky Gervais who is still serving penance for that Golden Globes debacle).  If you can’t tear up convincingly during your colleague’s acceptance speech, just blow kisses.  And apparently a lot of people want George RR Martin sequestered in some kind of bunker until his next book is complete.

I was on the road, so I didn’t catch them Emmy’s red carpet, but thanks to the fine folks at Just Jared, I didn’t need to.  Here are some quick thoughts on a few of the gowns that dazzled and those that left me feeling dazed.


Katharine Heigl in vintage John Hayles

When her stylist said this dress was Old Hollywood, I think she meant old folks’ home in Hollywood.  Seriously, she looks like Norma Desmond in a dressing gown.  If Cecil DeMille wasn’t dead, he’d be terrified.


Sarah Paulson in Armani Prive

This dress will self-destruct in 15-seconds.

also considered…

From Armani Prive’s CERN-inspired collection for those who can’t enough of sub atomic particles.


Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

My colors are blush and bashful.


Kate Walsh in Stephane Roland

Made the worst dressed list.  Also won the Big Bird lookalike contest.


Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Carolina Herrera

Can I please look this good at 53? Oh, who am I kidding? I don’t look tho good at 32.


Kate Mara in J. Mendel

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Mara, I think Kate is spending too much time with Rooney.


Why are so many vegans are willing to support a designer who is Europe’s most infamous furrier, but eating cheese is wrong?

More photos after the jump…


Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by Belle

10th Commandment: August 26



Tahari Rupert Riding Boot ($149)

If I need shoes, the first place I look now is DSW.  Their selection is so much better than the other discount sites out there.  Because even on a great sale site, I just don’t find the size selection that I find at DSW.

Boots. This pair from Tahari have no buckles or belts or buttons, but they do have a cool, woven texture on the shaft.  They’re basic without being boring.  These basic Tommy Hilfiger riding boots have a small metal accent and come in your choice of three colors.  Have wide calves?  These high-heeled tall boots are awesome.

Prefer booties?  I love both this tan Ciri bootie and this charcoal-grey Betsey Johnson pair.

Pumps. These Joe’s Jeans Lauren pumps are incredible and cost under-$80.  I also like these kitten heels in cognac or black.  But my favorite pair are probably these $79 ankle straps from Charles David in tan or black.

Flats. I like these affordable cheetah-print loafers.  These Audrey Brooke cognac flats are under-$50, they also come in black.  They also have these Steve Madden red, patent flats.

Monday, August 25, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Help for a Purse Addiction


Dear Belle,

I have a confession: I am a purse addict.  I love bags.  Love.  

Where are your favorite places to buy handbags that cost less than $150, $100?  I’m always looking for a new source.


Ah, purses.  I love them too.  So many lovely bags, so little time.  Amirite?

My two favorite shop for stylish bags that don’t break the bank is Asos.  They have a wide selection and the prices are quite good for the quality that you’re getting.


Asos Perforated Leather Bag ($125)

I like this tote with a perforated leather panel.  I also like this tan stylish bowler bag with a front pocket, it also comes in oxblood.  This slouchy hobo bag is also a great choice.  This cognac top-handle satchel is a classic.  But my favorite bag is this black satchel with sophisticated details and a slightly unique shape.

Want clutches?  This pony skin clutch bag is lovely.  This stitched leather clutch in pale mauve is great (also in black).  And I like this modern, asymmetrical fold over clutch.

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