The Morning Post: February 27, 2017



1) How to fend off a mentor’s advances when they want to give more than advice. (Elle)

2) I cannot decide if this Mango tote with a metal handle is uber chic or uber uncomfortable to carry?

3) The exact minute of the day when you’re least productive (aka. “snack time”). (AOL)

4) Club Monaco has a delightful olive trench that I think I need.  Their Helek blouse is also high on the wish list.  Just check out those buttons.

5) Why being late is unacceptable. (LinkedIn)

6) I really want these Chloe scallop trim pumps. But at that price, these Wanted pumps will have to do.

7) I want to go to the Oscars, but just for the food, and maybe a swag bag. (Vogue; Business Insider)

8) This Splendid maxi wrap dress and I have a date this summer, whenever summer gets here.

9) To achieve a major goal, first tackle a few small ones. (Harvard Business Review)

10) For great dresses under-$50, try this London Times studded trim shift and this Homeyee Bow Knot dress.


What I’m Watching. Viceland.  I try to consume news from a variety of sources, and this channel focuses on longform pieces that you won’t see anywhere else.  Before you decide to ignore someone before they don’t agree with you, watch a black, Jewish man patiently interview a group of Neo Nazis.

What I’m Drinking. A dorm mate from SoCal used to drink Cactus Cooler by the case.  Thanks to Amazon, you can too. 

DIY I Used This Weekend. How to resurrect a broken makeup powder.

Belle’s 2017 Academy Awards Recap

Another awards season has come and gone.  Trophies were handed out.  Speeches were made.  Tributes paid.  And had it not been for that little (aka monstrous) Best Picture incident with octogenarian Bonnie and Clyde, this would have been an Oscar ceremony like any other.  But since most of us probably haven’t seen any of the nominees, let’s get to the matter at hand, the dresses.

I tried to make K watch the Oscar arrivals.  I would have had better luck making him watch Sex and the City reruns in Ukrainian.  So we watched The Walking Dead (apocalyptic zombies, I don’t get it either), and I pulled the looks I loved and loathed from the Internet.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Ralph Russo

I wanted to like this dress, and from the waist up, I do.  However, the super sheer skirt might as well have a sign on it that says, “Yes, I’m trying too hard.”


Sara Bareilles in Romona Keveza

Despite the poor tailoring (that hem would make my seamstress cry), I adore this dress.  The neckline and bold color are the thing of my structured, minimalist dreams.


Dakota Johnson in Gucci

In Hollywood’s latest reboot, Laura Ingalls Wilder teleports to 1984 to attend the prom, hilarity ensues.


Olivia Hamilton in ???

I love this dress.  It’s like a Degas painting.


Brie Larson in Oscar de la Renta.

I’ve seen this dress before, they used it to drape the SCOTUS bench after Justice Scalia passed.

Viola Davis in Armani Prive

How to Get Away with Murder: This dress slays.

Best and worst dressed after the jump…

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The Afternoon Post: February 24, 2017



1) Career Coach: How to find role models when you need them. (The Washington Post)

2) I bought these $26 Old Navy flats in pink and gold. They’re perfect for spring.

3) Speaking truth to “Big Dry Cleaning” about your smelly sweaters. (Racked)

4) This Talbot’s Mixed Dot Cardigan will fit into any work wardrobe.

5) How to write e-mail with military precision. (Harvard Business Review)

6) Early Spring Must Haves: A ruffled LOFT sweater. a cute Topshop water-resistant jacket. these Sole Society booties.

7) QB Jameis Winston told an elementary school class that girls should be “silent.” #GFY (Marie Claire)

8) This Frayed Indigo Tee is awesome for work.  Their scallop pullover looks so soft and cozy.

9) Have a bad boss?  Working for him can actually make you better. (NBC News)

10) I’m hoping these wood-heel Splendid sandals are the perfect casual going out shoe. They’re so chic.

11) 20 incredible one-week vacations you need to consider. (Travel + Leisure)


What I’m Making This Weekend. Smitten Kitchen’s Tiramisu with store bought lady fingers, because I’m not a martyr.

What I’m Trying Out. I’ve never been much for keeping a journal.  But Hitha raves about this guided Five Minute Journal, so I bought one.  Maybe it will help with my insomnia?

What I’m Reading. I needed something light post-bar exam, so I picked up The Princess Diarist. So funny.

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Fashion Beauty Queries: Vol. IV, No. Six

Short Bar Exam Update: Thank heaven that’s over, but for all of you ladies who might’ve been worried that I was going to pass the bar, get a fancy lawyering job, and abandon this blog for greener pastures, worry no more.  Because unless “minimum competency” includes running out of time on the essay portion, messing up the form of your performance test, and being shocked by how many ways they can test post-trial appeals on the multiple choice, I’ll be here a while longer.  And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…



What type of Hyaluronic Acid serum do you use? I’ve been hearing a lot about it but having a hard time finding the right one to pull the trigger on. I was interested in the Pestle and Mortar version but the price is a bit steep.


I’m not familiar with that brand.  I’m using the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos serum right now, and it’s really brightened my skin.  I also just bought this Rodial Hyaluronic Mask, which I’m really excited to try.  If you’re looking for something affordable, several readers rave about this $8 Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid.

Hi Belle,
I am attending a black tie gala at the end of March and need a gown. My issue is that I barely hit 5’1” and need a gown for petites that’s under $200 (if possible). I’ve looked around but most of what I’m seeing reminds me of high school prom or mother of the bride.  Good luck on the bar exam! You’re going to be a kickass attorney.
Thanks, M

Given the time of year (pre-prom), finding a full-length dress that doesn’t look like it’s headed to prom might be a challenge.  This magenta chiffon dress from ASOS is pretty.  But if I had to choose one, I would probably go with this hot pink Ralph Lauren gown.

Looking for something in misses size?  This Calvin Klein gown has a sleek, modern shape and is 50%-off.

Hi Belle,

Good luck on the bar!  I need to trouble you for some shoe advice.  My work shoes are real beat up and it’s time for new ones.  Can you suggest a pair of basic black pumps for less than $200?

x, Glory

I tried on these Sam Edelman Telsa d’Orsay pumps, and they are a stylish basic with a little flair.  I’m also a big fan of the Michael Kors Flex pump if you need comfort.  For something basic, but on trend, this Ann Taylor Emeline block-heel pump is definitely on order.

Not feeling high heels?  M.Gemi’s Fortuna flats are tops.  But don’t discount these $25 Merona Poppy flats.


A couple of weeks ago, you posted a lanyard that hold work ID cards, but I can’t find it!! Help, I need it.  


I think you’re looking for this Charming Charlie marble bead lanyard.  If the clip attachment doesn’t suit your needs, this Kate Spade sleeve lanyard has space for business cards.

The Morning Post: February 21, 2017



1) This college took their job interview dress code a bit too seriously. (CBS News)

2) I post a lot of affordable bags, but this Mango Flap Tote in blush is the best one I can remember.

3) To all the ‘bitches’ out there in the workplace. (LinkedIn)

4) These Born Wrap-around Flats look like a great casual basic with just a hint of flair.

5) Everyone likes ‘flex time’, but we punish women who use it. (HBR)

6) Get started for spring with this navy sheath from Dillard’s and this Mural structured blazer.

7) Does underpacking save you from “thinking about your clothes?” (Racked)

8) This $8 facial cleanser from Sephora is my new favorite. I love the Green Tea and the Yuzu.

9) An honest list of what not to eat at Trader Joes.  Because, yes, their sushi does “taste like how running into your ex feels.” (Man Repeller)

10) H&M Must Haves: a silky $10 short-sleeve blouse and this pretty, printed dress for spring.

11) Three immediate changes women can make for career success. (Forbes)

12) Completely and totally obsessed with this $6 gold-leaf, long pendant necklace.


Things I Want to Learn. How to poach the perfect egg.

Dreaming About the Beach, Instead of the Bar Exam.  And this $20 Panama Hat figure heavily into those dreams.

This Makeup Trick Has Been a Secret of Mine for Years. The recipe for glowing skin.

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