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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Belle

The Chic Blazer You Will Wear All Year Long

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Halogen Stretch Peplum Jacket ($138)

There is a gap in the women’s suiting market.  Women are searching for affordable, stylish business suits, and they are nearly impossible to find.  Enter Halogen.

I wish they offered more skirt suits (it’s mostly pants), but when they sell blazers as gorgeous as this one (also in petite), who cares?I also love the leather trim on this more relaxed jacket.

Update: I was wrong, this does come with pants and a skirt.  I need both, STAT!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Workday Reading: September 16, 2014

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If you’re feeling like the air inside the crystal ball is hazy, don’t look too far into the future.  Sometimes, focusing your energy on what is immediate is enough.  Make good decisions in the present, and the future will take care of itself.

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1) Few women love their first job.  (I hated mine.)  First jobs are just that, the first step.  A chance to learn, gain some perspective and develop your resume.  Levo League explains why women being advised to “quit their day job and follow their passion” should actually stick with their first job.

2) This week’s inexpensive handbag has a dome shape, a lovely pale grey hue and loads of style.  If grey isn’t your look, Express offers the same bag in red, black or maroon.

3) Improving your listening skills might be the best thing you can do for your career.  Inc.com explores why better listeners are better leaders.

4) I can’t help it.  I adore the dramatic ruffle on this Theory blazer.

5) Marie Claire has an interesting article about married couples who live apart because they work in different cities.

6) Elie Tahari makes wonderful dresses.  The Axel sheath with elbow sleeves is phenomenal, and the animal print detail on this dress is so chic.  But my favorite dress is tie-dye.  No, really.  Tie dye.

Love the look, but need something less expensive?  Don’t miss the T Tahari line.  This basic black sheath is a great place to start.  This color block dress is also a nice option.  And the asymmetric neckline on this cap-sleeve dress is really chic.

7) Corporette covers The Top 5 Crimes in Office Decor.

8) I just replaced my Michael Kors Flex Pumps after two years of hard wear.  Nordstrom has a great selection of Flex pumps in several styles and colors.  The round-toe pumps run from sizes 4 to 12 and cost under-$100.

9) Working on your resume?  Careerly has a document filled with examples of the kind of quick, descriptive bullet points that will make your resume shine.  (Don’t copy them directly, obvi. Use them for inspiration.)

10) I am obsessed with Herbivore Botanicals beauty and skincare products.  Their pink clay bar soap is clarifying and perfect for traveling (down with the 3oz rule!).  And their blood orange lip butter, to die for.

11) What do the top jobs in the fashion industry pay?  Who What Wear has the answers.

12) Dear Tory Burch, You made the most gorgeous suit that I’ve seen in at least three seasons.  The tweed jacket with chiffon trim, sublime.  But why the hell did you make the skirt thigh-length?  Sadness.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: September 16

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I’m headed out of town this weekend, so I’m a bit behind the eight-ball trying to finish this week and start the next. Thus, today’s blog posts will be Wednesday’s content.

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Kenneth Cole Amber Tweed Jacket ($69 or $89 depending on size)

I’m always on the hunt for a jacket that can do double duty as work attire and business casual attire.  This jacket is one of those.  Wear it over a black sheath dress for a classic, professional look.  Wear it with skinny denim and leopard flats for a Friday look.

Looking for black?  This Wells Grace jacket is modern and cool.  This navy LOFT jacket comes in misses and petite.  I also like this grey, tweed moto-jacket from Piperlime.

Plus-size: This Sejour jacket costs $128, but it’s the most stylish piece in the whole post.  Petite: This Halogen jacket is one of my favorite recent purchases.  Tall: The LOFT jacket mentioned above comes in tall sizes.

Monday, September 15, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Deep Conditioners for Parched Locks

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Hi!

You tweeted the other night that you were deep conditioning your hair.  Which brand do you use?

Love the blog! Kel

Moving out of D.C. has been really tough on my hair.  The air is so dry out West that my ends are completely parched.  So unless I plan to cut off several inches of my hair, keeping my locks moisturized is important.

I’m using Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection Age Defy Hair Mask ($15).  It moisturizes without being greasy, but I’ll often wear my hair up the next day because it’s not as bouncy as usual.  But don’t forget to comb it through after you apply it or else it won’t work as well.

Aussie 3-Minute Miracle is also a good option.  And if you prefer a natural conditioner, try avocado, olive oil and coconut oil.

Monday, September 15, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Fall Hues for 2014

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Dear Belle,

Burgundy is the big color for fall but it isn’t flattering against my skin tone.  I once wore burgundy nail polish and made me look like I had jaundice.  Can you suggest some other colors?  I want to break out of my neutral rut, but burgundy is out of the question.

Thanks! Dani

Jaundice is not a good look for anyone.  But you’re in luck, because there are certainly colors beyond burgundy on the hot list for the fall season.

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Olivier Battino Peacock Dress ($205)

Teal. Dark, peacock teal is always a good color for fall, and this year, it’s back on the radar.  This Battino dress does double-duty as a relaxed number or a professional one.  I also like this Donna Morgan mixed media dress ($158); try it with a grey moto jacket.

I also found this House of Fraser belted jacket (totally chic), and this vegan leather jacket.  This inexpensive collarless blouse from Westbound, and this BCBGeneration button-up are both worth a look.  Plus-size?  Try this Modcloth cardigan in dark teal.

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American Living Cap Sleeve Dress ($79)

Eggplant. I love purple.  My love for the color borders on obsession.  I actually have to temper how many purple things I purchase. This dress is the kind of item that I would find difficult to pass up.

This structured Kay Unger dress is another great option; it’s perfect for professional cocktail events.  This pleated blouse with a blouson sleeve is also a good choice.  I also found this $30 Ellen Tracy skirt that’s a great option for ladies in the intern-price point.  I’m also intrigued by these Spanx stretch corduroy leggings.  I may need to try them.

Petite? This Land’s End flounce dress would look great with tall boots.

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Mustard. I bought this top the second I saw it.  Why?  Because I own a dark green skirt, and they are going to look awesome together.  Very Mad Men.  You could also wear it with midnight navy, grey or off white.  (No brown, too drab.  No black, too much like the Steelers’ colors–unless you’re into that.)

I also found this mustard cardigan from H&M, and this inexpensive Mary Portas dress (limited sizes).  Charlotte Russe also has a relaxed, open blazer (but skip the midriff-baring top).  Land’s End also offers a casual crew neck sweater in plus-sizes.

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