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Monday, November 30, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: November 30, 2015



The next four weeks are going to be crazy.  I need to pack and move.  Write a huge paper.  Take three finals.  Care for a newly spayed puppy.  Drive home for the holidays.  Keep the blog up.  And finish all of my pro bono work for several clients.

How I hate December.

Also, how is it December?


1) Why you should do things you’re bad at. (The Everygirl)

2) This charcoal-grey zip-top tote bag is the perfect work satchel.  Also, in black.

3) This interview with Adele –about her influences, her life and her goals– is a great read.  (i-D)

4) Banana Republic has 40%-off everything, no exclusions.  This fringe-hem dress is perfect for parties.  And this cable-knit cropped sweater is absolutely fantastic.

5) These maps illustrate how daylight savings time is slowly killing us. (City Lab)

6) Looking for cool rings for under-$100? Free People has a rocker-chic pyrite band set.  This opal and gold band is modern and cool.

7) How messaging is eating the world. (TechCrunch)

8) I just discovered the store Zady.  The colors in their Peace Treaty scarf are utterly sublime.  These t-shirts look like perfection.

9) Chinese cash is flooding the U.S. housing market, driving up prices and contributing to instability. (The New York Times)

10) Sick of dry cleaning your clothes?  Don’t miss Swash, an in-home system for refreshing your clothes.  It’s on deep discount for Cyber Monday.

11) An Oscar d la Renta alum is designing Ann Taylor’s new collection.  I’m withholding judgment, but this seems like Jenna Lyons part two. (The Cut)

Eye Candy. This ice-blue Temperley London cocktail dress manages to be flirty and sophisticated at the same time. #snowprincess

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Monday, November 30, 2015 by Belle

Quick Fashion Queries Vol. I, No. Three


Hi Belle,

Working for the government, it’s necessary to carry my badge around frequently, but the cloth brightly colored lanyards are an eyesore and clipping it to my outfit is not always an option.  Is there such thing as a stylish ID holder?

Thanks, ARH

Would you believe that Kate Spade makes an ID holder?  She also offers this silver one on a chain.  For a bit of designer, See by Chloe also makes a red leather lanyard.

If you’re searching for something inexpensive, try this faux-leather lanyard or this necklace-style lanyard.

Hi Belle,

I’m looking for a new raincoat to replace an old North Face anorak I bought when living in Seattle. Fast forward 8 years, I’m now a medical resident living in Boston in need of some rain protection. I’m looking for something waterproof, stylish (maybe even retro), and affordable on a resident’s salary. 

Thanks, Rachel

This West End trench coat looks good to me.  Eddie Bauer also makes an insulated raincoat in several colors.  This North Face trench also has a slick look to it.

For something under-$100, try this Wetlands trench.  Plus-size or petite?  The Eddie Bauer trench comes in those sizes.


A lot of the clothes you feature for professional wear are dry clean only. I need to look professional but I spend parts of my day in a lab and really prefer to have washable clothes. Do you have any go to stores for quality washable items that still look professional?

Thanks, Joslin

If you’re looking for suiting, Dillard’s sells the Alexa Marie line, which is machine washable.  Many of the blouses from LOFT, like this gorgeous berry-colored blouse, are washable.  And if you need dresses, M.M. LaFleur, Land’s End, LOFT, and NY Collection have you covered.

Want to learn to wash your clothes like a pro?  Here’s how to clean silk.  And Real Simple has tips on how to avoid the dry cleaner.


I’m looking for a fun/cute winter hat…that is functional.  I live somewhere that everyone just stays warm and knows we’ll be professional and presentable after our arrival.  I wanted to see if you had any fun suggestions before I bought my usual boring (very functional) beanie.

Thanks! Felisa

I like berets.  A little more professional than a beanie, but in the same family.  Nordstrom has this cashmere one and this cool, chunky-knit one.

Another option is a sleek cloche.  This bow cloche is really lovely.  They’re super-chic, but not the best for keeping the ears warm.

As for ear warmers, I love faux-fur earmuffs.  This pretty, jeweled head wrap is also nice.

Monday, November 30, 2015 by Belle

All Hail, The Best Cyber Monday Sales




Bloomingdale’s // 25%-off select women’s and sale items. //

M.Gemi // $50-off any pair. //  I’m loving these must-have lace-up flats.

Rebecca Minkoff // 25%-off everything. // Sub-in a Knocked Up Bag for your briefcase.

Last Call // 40% to 80%-off all orders. // This ponte indigo dress and this printed DvF dress are fab.

Selfridges // Up to 20%-off, code SELFCCE. // Don’t miss Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup “advent calendar.”

Nasty Gal // 30%-off sale. // These sexy crochet heels are definitely party attire.

Sole Society // 30%-off shoes and bags. // This perfect weekender is a steal.

Macy’s // Extra 20%-off, code CYBER // Need sheets or towels?  Look no further.

Kate Spade // 30%-off everything, code SHINE // Don’t miss this bright red carry-on bag. // Extra 15%-off your entire cart, code PRBlogger1 // Two words: Designer handbags.

Club Monaco // Progressive sale, 25% off $150 // I adore this tiered, white party dress.

Nordstrom // Up to 40%-off top women’s shoe brands. //

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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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