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Friday, March 27, 2015 by Belle

Happy Hour: All About That Pom

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Waiting on Martha brings us a festive pomegranate mojito.  So you can get some antioxidants with your rum.  Who doesn’t love that?  This strikes me as the perfect cocktail for summer parties on the patio or a sophisticated pre-dinner party drink.

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Lulu’s Off Shoulder Dress ($68)

I’m really feeling the off-the-shoulder trend that is big this spring.  It’s a bit boho, but I kind of like the relaxed look.  Plus, it allows you to show some skin without going over the top.

This smocked Michael Kors dress is also amazing with a fun print.  This flirty dress from Marabelle is also a great choice.  Or if you’re just looking for a fun top, this Kors blouse would look great with white jeans or a pair of white chinos.

Plus-size?  This black dress from Asos has a great look.  If you prefer a maxi dress, Rachel Pally has you covered.

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: March 27, 2015

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We have some great reader suggested readings today.  Thanks to everyone whose sent in recommendations. If you have one you’d like considered, e-mail capitolhillstyle@gmail.com or tweet the link to @caphillstyle.

1) A new study shows that when corporations succeed, male CEOs reap far greater rewards than female CEOs.  FiveThirtyEight explains why male executives get bonuses, while their female counterparts get the blame.

2) This Minus The Leather Shopper from Express has some really unique details with a versatile, basic shape.  And all for $69.

3) Prepare to have your mind blown: Sound can be used to extinguish fire.

4) Athleta has a surprisingly robust selection of relaxed summer dresses.  Their Topanga v-neck tee dress is one of my favorites.  I also like their racerback Cressida maxi-dress.

5) The Atlantic examines how shopping for “fast fashion” (H&M, Forever21, etc.) gives shoppers’ brains a jolt of pleasure.  Shopping for inexpensive styles might even be addictive.

6) This Sonic Airbrush Sponge from Sephora promises flawless foundation application via the power of 12,000 sonic vibrations.

7) Mental Floss has an infographic of every country’s most popular beer.

8) I’m a proud American, but British fashion is so amazing, I sometimes wish I’d been born on the other side of the pond.  This Emilia Wickstead gown is positively incredible.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: March 27

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It’s been an exhausting two weeks.  I was competing in an oral advocacy competition that ate up most of my limited free time.  It really cut back on my online window-shopping time.  So I thought I’d show off some of my favorite new arrivals at Ann Taylor.

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Floral Flutter-Sleeve Top ($70)

Florals, for spring, groundbreaking.  But regardless, I love the softness of this print.  They also offer it in a pencil skirt and flirty, short-sleeve dress.

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Swiss Dot Bomber Jacket ($169)

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Scroll Flounce Hem Dress ($129 +$50 off with code)

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Twist Keyhole Blouse ($69, also in burgundy and ivory)

I’m not a big fan of key-hole necklines, but this one is subtle enough that I don’t mind it.  Plus, that neckline is gorgeous.

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Organza Lace Shift Dress ($179 +$50-off with code)

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Floral Pencil Skirt ($79)

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Faux-Leather Banded Dress ($129 +$50-off with code)

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: March 26, 2014

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1) As a former Washingtonian, I’ve seen children climbing the Tidal Basin cherry trees and teens horse-playing at the Vietnam Memorial. Their chaperones usually do nothing.  But it’s doubly infuriating to see a parent encouraging a child to climb on a war memorial for Vietnam’s female service members.

2) This Iris & Ink peplum blouse is a good stand-in for my favorite (now-discontinued) Zara blouse.

3) Glitter Guide offers a tutorial on how to wash your silks.

4) I’m on the hunt for summer dresses.  This geometric-print maxi from Anthropologie definitely caught my eye.  I also like this asymmetric-stripe shift from Petit Bateau.  Madewell’s short-sleeve eyelet dress also looks like a sold choice.

5) Vanity Fair presents the true story of how Pretty Woman got its happy ending.

6) Old Navy has some cute, affordable summer accessories.  These bright pink sandals are adorable.

7) This veggie sandwich with sunflower seed tzatziki looks so good, I don’t think I’ll miss the meat.

8) If you’re looking for unique, modern earrings for special occasions, Alexis Bittar has some amazing pieces.  LastCall has this gorgeous hematite pair and these sublime mixed-metal, cabochon drops.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Gym Bags and Weekenders

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Hi Belle,

I’ve been addicted to working out ever since I discovered Classpass a few months ago. I’m in need of a cute, functional gym bag that I can carry to work before my evening workouts. Must be big enough for one outfit and gym shoes, hopefully less than $100. No clunky duffles (duh).

Thanks! Paige

I answered this question a few months ago.  But I’m headed back to the gym to get in shape for some summer hiking, so let’s freshen up the suggestions for spring.

For the gym, I like a weekender-style bag.  It’s a functional piece that you can use to transport gym clothes and for quick weekend trips.  Here are some recommendations.  If readers have other, please share them in the comments.

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H&M Weekender ($50)

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Sole Society Mason Bag ($79, also in cognac or blue)

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Baggu Canvas Weekender ($72)

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Sole Society Gwenith ($89)

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Target Canvas Weekender ($35)

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