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Monday, September 22, 2014 by Belle

Ann Taylor Flash Sale


A reader emailed in this morning to let me know that Ann Taylor is having a 65-percent-off Flash Sale.  All sale items can be had at a deep discount using code FLASH65.  My picks?


Crepe Tee ($59 before discount)


Triacetate Flounce Skirt ($89 before discount)


Faux-Leather Elbow Patch Tee ($37 before discount)


Ponte Clean Pencil ($59 before discount)


Rayleigh Leather Sandal (also in black, $70 before discount)

A word of caution: everything is final sale, so choose wisely.  There are lots of sizes still available, and all of the above items also come in petite.  Happy Shopping!

Monday, September 22, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: September 22



Pleated Sateen Top ($20)

It’s been a little while since the morning post has featured an under-$50 week.  Given how many readers are young professionals, or ladies who work in fulfilling fields where the pay is not awesome, I wanted to put up a few affordable, stylish pieces.

Forever21 has some really cute things.  I can never go to the store because I find hunting the racks while surrounded by college students a bit overwhelming, but the website rocks.  This pleated top has nice structure and a pretty, pale blush hue.  I also like this blousy top in four fall hues for $10.  For a casual look, I love this short-sleeve top with a sheer yoke.

Need v-necks?  This white-and-black speckled blouse is a great basic.  This Mandarin collar top can be buttoned-up or unbuttoned to be flattering on women of any bust size.  I also like that this surplice top is stitched together to be less revealing, but still flattering.

Plus-size: I didn’t love the plus-size tops Forever21 had, so I went searching for something else.  I found this collarless Vince Camuto blouse in white.  I also like this blush wrap-front top from Target.

Petite: I love this sheer, dotted top from LOFT (also in misses).  They also make a bracelet-sleeve blouse in a pale mauve that is so lovely and feminine.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Belle

Happy Hour: One Cookie to Rule Them All



It’s almost bake sale time, and if you need a recipe that will wow, may I present Salted Caramel Brownie Sandwich Cookies from Donna Hay.  They combine the perfect crunchy-fudginess of a brownie with the sweet-saltiness of caramel filling.  They’re a bit labor intensive, but they’re totally worth it.


AG Distressed Legging Jeans ($215)

Distressed jeans are hot this fall.  I found this pair from AG at for $70, and they’re awesome.  (Still available in size 30.)  I also like these lightly distressed jeans from DL1961.

Need something for under-$100?  Start with this pair from Kensie Jeans and this pair in a medium-dark wash from !iT Collective.  You can also find a $50 at J.Crew Factory, and this $32 pair from Old Navy.

Plus-size? Try these James Jeans for the ‘boyfriend’ look, or these Blue Faith jeans for just a hint of distressed denim.  Petite? These WHBM jeans are worth a look.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Belle

Discuss: Fall Reading Material


Several readers and commenters have asked for another post for book recommendations.  The last post of reader recommendations generated hundreds of comments and thousands of suggestions for good reading material.

Because law school has eaten up all of my shelf space with contracts and property books, I haven’t had much time to read anything else this year.  So perhaps I should list the books that I’ve downloaded onto my iPad…you know, the books I’ll be able to read over Christmas break.  I hope.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin

I Await the Devil’s Coming by Mary MacLane

If you have books to recommend (or not recommend as the case maybe), leave them in the comments.  Keep the suggestions brief if you can, it will help preserve the usability of the list.

Update: It dawned on me after the post that I do have a book to recommend.  It’s called Blind Your Ponies.  It’s about a small (tiny, really) town in Montana a few over from my hometown and their high school basketball team.  It really captures how isolating and difficult living in such a place can be, while explaining how these towns become more like large dysfunctional families than communities.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Weekly Reading: September 18, 2014



My idol.  If you haven’t read Slouching Towards Bethlehemyou should.  It’s everything.


1) A man grabs a bartender’s ass.  She pens an open later on the Internet chastising his behavior.  Gothamist calls him for comment, and he breaks into a barrage of curse words and the oh-so-expected, “She’ll never work in this town again.”

The incident reminded me of this post from Brunch Bird, which sets forth her “rules.”  My favorite? “You are not due any acknowledgment when you comment on my body or my outfit on the street. I am not a bitch if I flatly ignore you or tell you to stop talking to me.”

2) H&M is killing it right now. This $70 boucle jacket is incredible–it’s so modern and chic.  This $30 racerback, crepe dress is the perfect modern basic.  And if you love a simple shift, this short-sleeve one in a bold blue is a must have.

3) Six times that Dorothy Parker understood men better than you do.

4) I adore this pale pink silk-cotton shirt from Gap.  Also from Gap, this turtleneck sweater with a fashion-forward wide weave.

5) I’m a bit late to the party on the song “32“–a satirical cover of Taylor Swift’s “22″–but it’s something that every woman over 30 can relate to.

6) This emerald lace dress is perfect for a fall wedding.  So pretty.  I also love this wool dress, also in emerald-green, with a jeweled collar.

7) Power brokers can turn anything into a competition.  Washington’s elite are counting daily steps as a matter of personal pride, brandishing their pedometers proudly.  My preferred activity monitor?  The Misfit Shine.

8) I’ve put this Ted Baker peplum sweater in my Nordstrom cart three times.  This jacquard panel pencil skirt is also lust-worthy.

9) If you need a laugh, Refinery29 has a roundup of the best Missed Connections on Craigslist.

10) Stella & Dot has some lovely pieces right now.  I love this Lapis Lazuli ring, and these chic, mixed band stack rings.  And don’t miss this gorgeous, layered pendant necklace.

11) In Afghanistan, families without sons often nominate one of their daughters to live as a boy.  Bacha Posh escort their sisters in public, attend school, and generally enjoy the societal benefits of being a boy.  Time magazine has a story that explores what their lives are like, and how they adjust to living in societies that place more value on women.

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