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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by Belle

State of the Blog: Glitches


Hi Ladies,

Posts scheduled to publish automatically aren’t self-publishing.  When I try to reset them to post manually, I get nowhere.  I have my best people on this (read: A classmate with some WordPress knowledge, since Sarah is off partying in Iceland. Jealous.).

I hope to be back up and running by tomorrow morning.  The joys of technology.

xoxo, Belle

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: December 1



Steve Madden Sandalia Sandals ($129)

It’s December, that means holiday parties galore.  This week, the morning post will cover festive attire starting with ultimate in party shoes.

These lace-up sandals are so incredibly fun.  They come in four great colors.  Madden also offers these Slithur cage sandals in seven great colors.  I also love the scroll work on these unique Klub Nico metallic heels.

This Kate Spade heel with a dramatic bow is the classic party shoe.  For a more affordable look, try this Nina pump.  If you like embellishments, these sale-priced Badgley Mischka pumps have a crystal embellishment on the vamp.

Like flats? Try these silver Vanna flats or these jeweled satin flats from Betsey Johnson.  For something simpler, try a velvet flat from Sam Edelman.

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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