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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Belle

State of the Blog: An Iron Will



I’ve been battling anemia for several months now.  It struck last fall, and it has been an unbeatable foe.  A few days ago, I noticed all the tell-tale signs that it was back: exhaustion, inability to think clearly, no motivation to work, etc..

It’s slowly sucking my will to live my daily life.

I’m taking an evening to rest up following a day of being poked and prodded at the doctor’s office.  (I hate needles more than anything, ever, so this is torturous.)  I’ll be back tomorrow with a two ways that every woman can use, a career “Ask Belle,” and a beauty product review.

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram.  Sick Days very quickly turn into Pinterest Indulgence Days.

xo, Belle

*image found here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: January 28


Corner Office


Lela Rose Pencil Skirt ($395)

Middle Cubicle


Elizabeth and James Ava Skirt ($143)

Intern Desk


Alfani Classic Pencil Skirt ($30)

Plus-size: Louben Pencil Skirt ($158) Petite: WHBM Pencil Skirt ($78)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Belle

Seven Reasons Why Banana Republic is Killing It


Banana Republic is experiencing a style rebirth.  While the quality is not what it once was (all the mid-price retailers are on the downslope where quality is concerned), I’ve capitalized on several 40%-off sales this fall and been happy with every single purchase.  Here are a few of the pieces from their current line that caught my eye.

Chic Coats


Heritage Sweater Sleeve Duffle Coat ($275)

This coat is so chic it hurts.  It’s the perfect thing to finish out this season and wear next winter.  I also love this textured blue coat with a cocoon shape.

Sleek Skirts


Black Jersey Pencil Skirt ($79 + 50%-off with code BRYOU)

This ruched pencil skirt is perfect for evening events, or wear it with a slouchy tee on the weekends.  Looking for something for work?  This slightly long Sloan-fit skirt is fantastic.

Flirty Dresses


Printed Crepe Cutout Dress ($150 + 50%-off with code BRYOU)

This breezy cocktail dress will be in my closet by week’s end, and I am so excited.  It’s fun, flirty, and perfect with a black jacket.  For a sleeker choice, do not miss the neckline on this black sheath dress.

All-Purpose Satchels


Hartford Leather Satchel ($250)

This bag is a storage dream.  It has two exterior pockets, internal storage, and pockets for cell phones and coins.  The cross body strap is always appreciated.

Modern Blouses


Pieced Silk Blouse ($98)

The soft hue of this blouse is sublime.  It also comes in black or ivory.  It’s a bit more sheer than I would like, but that’s what camisoles are for.  I also like this long silk tunic to wear over skinny jeans.

Unique, Professional Shoes


Makayla Mid-Heel Pump ($128)

This might be the ideal spring/summer shoe.  This snakeskin pump is pure perfection.  Prefer a flat?  This Amirah flat mixes black and a brushstroke print for a fantastic casual/business casual shoe.

Versatile Work Dresses


Ruched Grey Dress ($110)

I bought this dress for my brother’s girlfriend, who is a teacher.  If you buy it in your regular size, it’s going to be a little va-va-voom.  Go up a size for a work appropriate choice.  For another work option, I like the black and white geometric print on this Gemma wrap dress.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Belle

Belle’s Workday Reading: January 27, 2015




1) What happens when an employee finds out that she makes significantly less than her colleagues?  The Awl has a funny complaint letter, and some realistic advice for how to proceed.

2) I mentioned this Kelly & Katie dome satchel last week, but it deserves two bites at the apple.  It’s chic, professional, and comes in a gorgeous soft grey leather.  A great buy at $49.

3) Want to learn a little bit more about wine?  Check out Wine Folly.  They helpful articles, and great infographics.

4) Club Monaco has some wonderful tops right now.  If you’re looking for sweaters, this pale pink option is lovely.  This white one has all the softness of a sweatshirt but in grown-up form.  Looking for soft blouses?  This Natly top has lovely details, and this printed button-up is a versatile business-to-casual option.

5) The Coveteur talks to the editor of The Cut about how to get a “cool job” in fashion.  The article has helpful advice for all career fields.

6) You wouldn’t think it, but PBTeen has great desk accessories.  Whether it’s white wood, basic grey, or gold-accented pieces, they have some nice choices.

7) It’s always amusing when fashion people give advice on what to wear to corporate job interviews.  This Stylecaster article has some good advice, but also some laughable items. Like not recommending a suit for law firm interviews.

8) Looking for earrings to wear to the office?  These hammered-gold teardrops are lovely.  These mini pave earrings are impossibly dainty.  And these Nadri inside-out hoops are still high on my “to buy” list.

9) The Telegraph believes that successful women possess these six career traits. Not sure I agree with the “one-size-fits-all” mentality, but some good things to mention.

10) Gilt is having a sale on Spanx.  Why pay full price for shape wear.  I think their half-slip is much more comfortable under work dresses than the shorts.

11) More and more job interviews are being conducted online via Skype or FaceTime.  Levo League has some good tips for making sure the tech doesn’t mess up your interview.

12) Calvin Klein has some great dresses on discount.  I love the pop of bright color on this layered dress; it’s great for any season.  This aubergine dress would look lovely with a pale purple cardigan.  This color block sheath with a cloudy print and black trim is super chic.

*image found here.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: January 27


Corner Office


AG The Farrah Skinny Jeans ($198)

Middle Cubicle


Banana Republic Skinny Jean ($90, petite and tall)

Intern Desk


Old Navy The Flirt Jeans ($30, petite and tall)

Plus-size: NYDJ Stretch Jade Jeans ($120)

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