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Friday, January 23, 2015 by Belle

Belle’s Weekly Reading: January 23, 2015




1) When you pass 30, it’s difficult to stay “in the know” about new technology.  This article on Backchannel explains how many teenagers use social media, which platforms are hot, and what the future may hold.

2) H&M has some gorgeous pieces right now.  This drapey blouse with a fan print is so chic.  This navy dress with an asymmetric hem is the perfect day-to-night dress.  And this $30 silky shift dress is perfect for traveling; just roll it up in your weekender and call it a day.

3) I bought this spiral vegetable slicer and then immediately went home to make shoestring sweet potato fries and a spicy cucumber salad.  Apparently, I’m a kindergartner who needs to be tricked into eating more vegetables.  But seriously, the fries were delicious.

4) Traveling somewhere warm?  Ann Taylor has this chic striped pareo and candy-colored stripe swimsuit cover.  And I adore the print on this navy swimsuit in either a bandeau bikini or a halter tankini.

5) Target is prepping a collection from Lilly Pulitzer.  Some Lilly acolytes believe that a discount collab weakens the brand’s preppy street cred.  Others are upset because the plus-size options (something readers pushed for) will only be sold online.

6) Are your sweaters pilling?  This Gleener Fuzz Remover Kit is a must for taking care of delicate knits.

7) It’s a new year, so why not clean out your closet?  Vogue has a decision-making flowchart that can get your head in the right space to muck out your wardrobe.

8) BCBG has some lovely dresses right now.  I am absolutely smitten with this pale pink a-line dress with a pleated accent.  Looking for cocktail attire?  This black dress with a sleek peplum and lace details is pretty.  And this white dress with scalloped lace and sheer details is incredibly beautiful.

9) Politico has a fascinating piece on jazz icon Billie Holiday and how she was hunted by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

10) Anthropologie has a unique and luxurious beauty department.  Myron’s Goods makes “Ouch Stuff” to heal cuts, bruises, and blemishes.  Do you have wavy hair?  My curly-girl friends are universally obsessed with Love + Salt’s texturizing spray.  And all-natural stretch mark fading cream? I bought it the second I saw it.

11) I’m considering buying a citrus tree for my apartment.  The website LemonCitrusTree has a wide selection and a 3-year warranty.

12) These Loeffler Randall sneakers are positively fabulous.  But spending $300 for shoes I’ll only wear to run errands seems kind of silly.  For something under-$100, these Nike Internationalist sneakers and these 420 sneakers from New Balance are good options.

*image found here.

Friday, January 23, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: January 23


Corner Office


Lela Rose 3/4 Sleeve A-Line Dress ($1,095)

Middle Desk


Chinti & Parker Flare Dress ($103)

Intern Desk


Gap A-Line Dress ($69)

Plus-size: Gabby Sky Fit & Flare ($98) Petite: BR Ponte Fit & Flare ($79)

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Belle

Stunning Necklaces from Stella & Dot


I am completely mesmerized by the new necklaces from Stella & Dot.

I think their jewelry has the best quality in the price range, and certainly the most style.  (My Rebel Necklace has worn very well for how much I wear it.)  And most pieces come in your choice of yellow- or white-toned metal.

Here are my favorite pieces from the new collection, shown in my favorite metal, yellow gold.


Aria Pendant Necklace ($98)

This necklace can be worn in multiple ways for more versatility.  It has a great boho-chic to it.


Hayley Necklace ($79)

You can wear this necklace layered like above or long as a single strand.


Bianca Lariat Necklace ($59)


Fortuna Stone Drop ($79)

I love the mystical quality of the luminous stone.  And like some of the necklace above, this one can be worn in a few different ways.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Belle

Two Ways: Silky Blush Blouse



Blouse: Piperlime Collection Popover Blouse ($59)

From Left, Necklace: Delicate Dot Necklace ($45) Bag: Michael Kors Selma Satchel ($395) Shoes: Ivanka Trump Janie Pump ($99) Suit: 1035 Jacket in Stretch Wool ($288) and Stretch Wool Skirt ($288)

From Right, Ring: BR Crossover Ring ($40) Bag: London Fog Paley Satchel ($113) Shoes: Saks Leopard Spot Pumps ($188) Necklace: Paloma & Ellie Delicate Necklace ($12) Skirt: DP Green Midi Skirt ($28)


For a Job Interview.  If you’re going on a job interview, unless you’re interviewing in a creative field, this is not the time to think outside the box.  Simple suit, easy blouse, basic pumps, and a satchel.  And while I may have forgotten to include them in the image, do not forget the sheer nylons.

This suit is from J.Crew.  I like the mix of grey and blush together.  Calvin Klein also offers a suit in either medium or pale grey.  If you’re not feeling grey, this navy BR suit would be a lovely choice with this color blouse.

This snakeskin bag is my first choice.  If you’re not feeling the animal print and would prefer a color, this affordable burgundy satchel balances the blush.  Prefer basic grey?  This under-$50 dome satchel from Kelly & Katie is fantastic.

I chose this subtle necklace for a hint of sparkle. Banana has some lovely little pendant necklaces right now.  This itty bitty pyramid necklace is adorable.  For something more sophisticated, this delicate leaf necklace is a must.

For the makeup, keep it subtle with a rosy cheek and a sheer berry-hued lip color.  I also recommend phenomenal under-eye concealer and highlighter applied in the corners of the eye and under the brow.  It brightens the face, and prevents you from looking tired.  For the hair, keep it simple.  And if you are prone to playing with it, move it out of your face.

For the Office.  I love the combination of blush and pine.  It’s a rather unexpected pairing.  I think pairing pastels with jewel tones is a modern and elegant way to wear them.  This blouse would also be good with a garnet skirt.

The shoe and bag pairing is a little bit different.  This leopard print has a subtler mix of colors than most.  They’re also leather instead of calf-hair, which I know some of you prefer.  Looking for a traditional leopard shoe?  These Nine West pumps are a good choice.

I really like this tote.  It has unique hardware and a subtle slouch to it.  Looking for something with more structure?  This $39 bag from Target is a great place to start.

The necklace has a pink stone in it to bring the look together.  The ring is a fun, unique piece at a good price (esp. if you catch it on sale).  I also like the look of this Kenneth Cole station necklace; it’s a good basic.

For the hair, I would style it into a loose updo.  For the makeup, if you can wear darker nail polish, this combination would look lovely with this burgundy OPI lacquer.

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: January 22



Piperlime Collection Popover Blouse ($59)

I’ve been looking at this pale pink J.Crew blouse for a few weeks.  But given the declining quality of many of their pieces, I’m understandably gun-shy about buying it.  So I was thrilled to find this cheaper Piperlime version.

Pullover silky blouses are a wardrobe staple for me.  I tuck them into pencil skirts or wear them with jeans.  For some under-$50 options, I like this Cooper and Ella blouse in soft white and this black Ivanka Trump blouse.  Forever21 offers a pale pink blouse ($22).  And I love this ivory H&M blouse with the black bib front.

Plus-size? This NYDJ blouse with bracelet sleeves comes in a variety of colors.  Petite? This hot pink Pleione blouse is a fun choice.  Tall? LOFT has a couple of colors in your size.

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