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Friday, October 24, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Weekly Reading: October 24, 2014




1) The Guardian takes on the double-edged sword that is being a middle-aged woman.  “To be a female celebrity is to lose at every turn. Dare to age? Face-shame [...]. Get noticeable plastic surgery on your face to combat the inevitable ageing? [And] be mocked for your narcissism and delusional attempts at hanging on to your youth.”

2) My jaw dropped when I saw this pierced-leather top from Anthropologie.  This relaxed, cowl-neck sweater dress looks so cozy.  I also love this tapestry drop-coat with vibrant, blue embroidery.

3) Vanity Fair has the story of how a high-school dropout stole a 300-year-old violin and triggered a federal manhunt for the stolen Stradivarius.

4) Reiss, always Reiss.  This belted overcoat comes in three gorgeous colors.  This sleeveless, navy sheath would be perfection under this plum-colored blazer.  And if you’re feeling something bold, this red lace dress is everything.

5) Victoria McGinley has an interesting post about “second careers.”  Essentially she’s asking what job you would like to be doing other than the career you are pursuing.  If I was abandoning my career today, I would want to be a television writer and producer.  If we’re talking about retirement, I daydream about owning a farm or a ranch.

6) This mixed-metal shimmer polish from Formula X is an adult take on sparkle.  I love it.

7) This video from Mental Floss discusses 30 unusual (and just plain weird) wills.  Because why leave this Earth without making a splash.

8) Still looking for a casual fall jacket?  This hooded field jacket from BP is cute, affordable, and comes in several colors.  BP also offers this cute, popcorn-stitch scarf.  And don’t miss this bar-detail tote for $54.

9) Ever wonder who’s responsible for removing offensive content from social media platforms? Meet the people who do a job that no amount of money could entice me to undertake.

10) Need rain boots?  I like a pair of simple Sorel Caribous.  You can’t do better than a classic.  Need winter rain boots?  I go for the Hunter’s with traction and their fleece socks.

11) A friend sent me an interesting article titled, “Your Wedding Is the Least Important Day of Your Marriage.” I don’t agree with everything in the article, but I do wish that women spent as much time talking to their future spouses about finances, family, and future plans as they spend talking about table settings and lace patterns.

12) I’ll take one of these, please. Oh, Elie Saab, I love you forever.

Friday, October 24, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: October 24



Oversize Scarf in Grey Check ($34)

Looking for an oversize scarf for fall?  Look no further than Asos.

I love this chic grey check, it looks so cozy.  This grey and red plaid is awesome.

Not crazy about plaid?  This textured grey scarf has a wonderful mix of gauzy material and knit.  This brightly striped infinity scarf is a fun, casual option.  And while I don’t usually advocate for faux-fur, I really like this ivory-colored scarf.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Mid-Price Winter-Weight Trousers


Hi Belle,

Typically – like you, a predictable patty in the winter with opaque tights with dresses/ skirts. But thinking about venturing into pants more this season. I like these, but not their price point. Would prefer to be $150 (if the pair is quality) or below. Any ideas for camel colors or other go to trousers for work?

Thanks, Erica

It was so cold last year, I’m thinking about buying more trousers for this season as well.  There comes a point where you have to ask if the skirt is worth the shivering.  Here are a few suggestions for trousers in your price range:


Maxine Herringbone Trousers ($119)

My favorite winter trousers come in herringbone and tweed.  They look great with sleek sweaters or silky blouses, and they are definitely warm.  These trousers from Dillard’s are a good place to start.  If you like a really wide pant, these tweed palazzo pants from Mango are for you.  These Liz Claiborne trousers are an affordable option.

I only found one pair of trousers in a camel color that were affordable and heavier weight, these WHBM trousers. (Don’t worry, the gold belt is removable.)  If it’s just the color you’re after, I also found these Jones New York straight leg trousers and these bootcut trousers from The Limited.

Another question that readers ask a lot is where to find trousers that are fully-lined.  The Pendleton trousers in basic black are lined, as are these black Jones New York trousers.  WHBM also lines some of their pants, including these chic charcoal trousers.

Lastly, if you’re looking to spend a bit on a good quality trouser, Lafayette 148 has the best selection of basics.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Are Smoking Slippers Chic?


Hi Belle

What are your thoughts on smoking slippers/loafers?  I’ve been thinking a gray suede or calf hair pair would be a good casual shoe for this season but I’ve had a hard time finding a basic pair without tassels, studs, cat faces (what Nordstrom?), etc.  Hope all is well in law school!

Thanks! D

I think smoking slippers are a nice casual option.  They don’t look good on everyone (my feet are a bit too long and narrow for them), but if you like the look, they’re a nice replacement for ballet flats.

Why anyone would pay $500 for shoes with ears is a mystery to me, but let’s see if we can’t find something better…



Adrienne Vittadini Benson Flat ($69)

I think a calf-hair or animal-print flat is a good casual option.  These Vittadini flats also come in a grey and black combo.  These Dolce Vita flats have a cool, feather-like print.

For something really basic, these black leather Nine West slippers are a good place to start.  This calf-hair pair from DSW offer a simple shape in a unique material.  Or if you’re looking for grey suede, Charlotte Russe has a pair for under-$25.

For something different, these embellished black-on-black smoking slippers from VANELi are a chic option.  I like the modern take on sparkle.  I also like these burnished gold slippers from Club Monaco.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: October 23


Corner Office


Charles David Jola Boots ($388)

Middle Cubicle


Enzo Angiolini Riding Boots ($135)

Intern Desk


Pink & Pepper Zip Boot ($67)

Wide Calf: Nine West Counter Boots ($125)

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