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Monday, June 27, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: June 27, 2016




1) The Myth of the Queen Bee: Why women sometimes don’t ‘help’ other women. (The Atlantic)

2) Nordstrom Rack has several Marc Jacobs bags at reduced prices.  I picked up a new wallet.

3) OPI is launching a Washington, D.C.-themed nail polish collection.  Here, take all my money. (Chic Profile)

4) This Topshop structured shift dress in dusty rose is divine.  I’m also loving this bold, red Calvin Klein sheath dress.  Plus-size?  This Adrianna Papell side pleat dress caught my eye.

5) A recent study found that women earn 90% of what men make until they hit age 32.  They’re calling it ‘the manager divide.’ (Visier)

6) For a relaxed look, I love Stella & Dot’s beaded Nomad bracelets.  Their fresh and summery Tile Stone Ring is also a must.

7) Why Rudeness at Work is Contagious, and Difficult to Stop. (Aeon)

8) M.Gemi is quickly becoming my favorite shoe shop.  Their Fortuna flats are the perfect work shoe.  And I kind of love these dramatic Arioso sandals for the weekend.

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Friday, June 24, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: June 24, 2016



Since graduation, I’ve been struggling.  Free time was supposed to be the cure for what ailed, but it has been more of a curse than a blessing–self-doubt, depression, a lack of motivation.  I’ve discovered that I need more stability, accountability, and structure.  I’m just one of those people who needs to be busy in order to do my best work.


1) Many UK citizens who voted to leave the EU are regretting their decision. Because when you convince people their votes don’t matter, they have no problem casting an angry protest ballot, until there are consequences. (Slate)

2) Don’t miss the $28 dress from Forever21 that InStyle writers are obsessed with.

3) Slack is a wonderful tool for business.  Just don’t forget that what you say on you Slack chats isn’t always private, and the consequences of exposure can be dire. (Slate)

4) The source for casual tops is Madewell.  This button-back short-sleeve top is a great basic.  I also like their eyelet tailored tee and this swingy tank top with subtle embroidery.

5) Why Disney-princess culture may be bad for girls. (CBS)

6) TOMS just released their Election Collection so you can show your political party pride.

7) In 2014, Maxim hired a female editor-in-chief to bring the ‘lad mag’ into the 21st century.  Here’s what happened. (Jezebel)

8) Looking for sleepwear that’s functional and also a bit sexy?  This chiffon cami and short set from Flora Nikrooz and this cotton one from Eberjey are lovely.  Cotton and lace chemises are also up to the task.

9) Why Lacroix sparkling water–the drink of 90s housewives–is suddenly trending. (Vox)

10) This short sleeve cotton dress is the perfect swimsuit cover-up.  I’m also digging this scallop-edged banned bikini, and this printed one piece with underwire for lift.

11) The Great Trump Tax Mysteries: What secrets are lurking in the candidate’s taxes? (Vanity Fair)

12) Banana Republic has followed J.Crew’s lead and is partnering with other brands for exclusive collections.  This August clutch and Eugenia Kim sunhat are both sublime, but oh my, the prices.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: June 22, 2016




1) How to become the person who never misses a deadline. (Levo)

2) This Danielle Nicole Emi satchel has clean lines and a sleek look, especially for the price.

3) Five tips for making weekday workouts happen when hitting the gym seems impossible. (The Everygirl)

4) Need summery tops for work?  I love this orange lace-inset top from Ann Taylor.  This green tropical-print top from Talbot’s would look great under a cardi.  And this sale-priced blush Max Mara blouse is a wardrobe staple.

5) Say goodbye to the annual pay raise. (Yeah, most of us did that during the recession.) (Bloomberg)

6) Hugo Boss has the best women’s suiting.  I love their take on a the three-piece suit for women, and this color block Dapena dress is to die for.

7) How American politics gradually went insane, and what we can do about it. (The Atlantic)

8) Shopbop is offering 25%-off all sale-priced items.  I hit the jewelry section hard; this Alexis Bittar hinge cuff and these delicate Rebecca Minkoff ear crawlers caught my eye.

9) Advice for those looking to end a work friendship with a clean break. (Fast Company)

10)  Looking for inexpensive metallic flats to commute in?  Try these Diba flats in silver or these H&M gold ballet flats, both with a rubber sole.

11) How the TV show UnReal depicts the current office culture–burnt out, frustrated, apathetic and helpless–and the drama of meaningless work. (New Republic)

12) If the sun, the beach, and the pollution has made your hair a summertime emergency situation, this Leonor Greyl Quinessence Mask is a life saver.  The price, however, makes it for critical care only.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Belle

Three Ways: The Summer Sweater



I love a short sleeve sweater for summer.  It’s like the professional equivalent of a t-shirt.  This sweater, from J.Crew Factory, comes in a selection of colors and is lightweight.  I also like this white, pointelle Kate Spade sweater and this Tahari sweater with a mesh accent on the shoulder.  Also, this classic Land’s End sweater comes in plus-size, petite, and misses, as well a a variety of colors.

For the Office: Freshwater Pearl Clover Earrings ($98) // BR Dotted Tie Neck Dress ($148) // Sole Society Magnolia Shoe ($59) // LK Bennett Crossbody ($174)

Jean at Extra Petite has converted me on the matter of sleeveless dresses worn as skirts under heavier tops.  It’s a great way to get additional mileage out of your wardrobe.  Here, I paired the pale blue sweater with this classic black and white dot dress from BR.  The dress is a tie neck, so wear the tie outside the sweater, by tying it in a simple knot.  (I’m not a fan of bows, but if you are, by all means.)

This is a look you could replicate with any sleeveless dress.  The basic navy sheath we all own.  The pastel dress you wore to your cousin’s wedding.  Or the white lace dress you wore in your engagement photos.

For accessories, I love this scallop-cut pumps.  They’re affordable and a great alternative to the basic high heel, while still being work appropriate.  I added these pearl earrings to keep the classic look going, but a simple drop earring with colored stones would be cool too.

I would wear my hair up with this outfit.  My favorite source for easy updos is still The Small Things Blog.

For Day-to-Night: Vince Tie Dye Skirt ($189) // Baublebar North Star Brooches ($28) // Dune Foldover Cluth ($66) // Sam Edelman Classic Pumps ($110)

I loved, loved, this skirt the moment I saw it.  It has an office-appropriate shape/length but is so very cool.  It is selling out quickly on sale, so if you want it, move on it.  For a pleat skirt in basic navy, this $99 Ava & Aiden skirt should do the trick.  Plus-size?  This ASOS knife pleat skirt is cool.

I added a pair of brooches to the outfit for a bit of sparkle.  I would wear them on my upper left shoulder, staggered a bit.  Baublebar has some cool ones.  I also like this $16 Ivy set and this $22 Firecracker set.

This outfit is a look that’s perfect for day to night.  I would wear these simple grey pumps during the day, and switch to high heel navy sandals at night.  Add a bit of kohl eyeliner and a berry lipgloss and you’re all set for drinks with friends.

For the Weekend: Ocean Breeze Station Necklace ($14) // BR Solid Short ($39) // J.Crew Eyelet Sandal ($138) // Sole Society Trapeze Tote ($60)

Living in suburbia, I get invited to a lot of backyard BBQs.  This outfit is washable (hello, kids who spill), looks chic, and doesn’t make you overdressed for a family occasion.

I like to mix the same color in different hues, so the pale sweater with the aqua short, and the blue stone necklace is a good look.  For chino shorts in a lot of colors, J.Crew is kind of the go-to, but these BR shorts are well made and a good weight.  I also like these printed shorts from LOFT.

For the accessories, an affordable tote for hauling a bottle of wine to a BBQ or a few things home from weekend errands is a good choice.  Look for something with a thick leather, tough stitching, and a strap wide enough to be comfortable.

The bright, poppy-colored sandals set off the endless sea of blue.  You could also go with a yellow slide sandal.  I also like these green Marc Jacobs espadrilles, which are so hot right now.

Monday, June 20, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: June 20, 2016




1) A financial guru wants women to get serious about beating the “investment gap.” (Levo)

2) This red Wilson’s Leather double zip tote brings a punch of color to your work wardrobe at an affordable price.

3) Anna Wintour and Amy Schemer switch jobs, the video that will brighten your day. (Vogue)

4) This $118 Tahari crepe sheath dress is the perfect summer look for the office.  Plus-size?  Try this Tahari pintuck dress.

5) How to be resilient after a workplace conflict or setback. (Above the Law)

6) Best ASOS New Arrivals: This tailored mauve blazer, this Selected drape neck tee, and this one shoulder dress with a cool folded neckline.

7) The Mystifying Triumph of Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s Right-Hand Wing Woman. (GQ)

8) Banana Republic is offering an extra-40% off sale.  I own this flutter sleeve dress and this textured black blazer, and I love them.

9) Someone actually asked a group of successful men about work-life balance. (Wall Street Journal)

10) Topshop has all the metallic shoes: ballet flats in gold, block heels in silver, and laser-cut flats in rose gold, all under-$100.

11) And, because it’s Monday, what to do if you win the lottery. (Vice)

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