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Monday, October 5, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: October 5, 2015



I’m hoping to be back to normal tomorrow.  I’ve been sick for a week.  What I wouldn’t give for a clone, or to feel better, either or.


1) Why are business cards still a thing?

2) Target is the best place for affordable handbags.  I cannot believe this chic hobo with unique details is just $49.

3) Refinery29 has tips on how to get your financial life in order, quickly.

4) Looking for basic sweaters?  Ann Taylor offers this simple v-neck and this sleek open cardigan.  Both come in a variety of colors.

5) The Washington Post tells a story of true love that transcended the partisan divide.

6) Sam Edelman flats are a sophisticated basic for $100.  Nordstrom has them in eight colors and leopard.

7) Why young Americans are giving up on getting rich.

8) Affordable and Parisian-chic, the Lamaire/Uniqlo collaboration is a must see.  I love this long lambswool cardigan and this long sleeve boatneck blouse.

9) Levo League offers some tips on making an interim position a full-time gig.

10) This Deborah Lippmann nail polish set has every color you cneed for fall and spring. Love it.

11) Marie Claire examines what TV’s baddest female bosses can teach us about being successful.

Eye Candy. This Tod’s teal satchel is to.die.for.  For a more affordable alternative, try this $99 Palermo leather satchel.

*image found here.

Friday, October 2, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: October 2, 2015




1) Yesterday was National Black Dog Day.  Black dogs are hard for shelters to adopt out because they’re thought of as scary and are tough to photograph.  But who could look at this little face and not want to take a black puppy home?

2) Looking for a black “plane bag” for under-$100?  I like this Locklyn nylon bag and this faux-leather Bmanta2 satchel.

3) People love the L.L. Bean duckboots for inclement weather.  Bloomberg explores how the boots’ popularity is making it tough to keep them in stock.

4) I love scarf season.  This VC silk cheetah print scarf is chic and affordable.  And this teal feather-print scarf is really cool.

5) Many European countries are suffering from a decline in birth rates.  Danish moms are being urged to send their kids on “baby-making vacations.”

6) Looking for a LBD that does double-duty for work and play?  Look no further than Reiss.  Plus-size? Try this Eloquii fit-and-flare.

7) This video sheds light on the fight over teaching cursive writing in schools.  Do you print?  Or are you a cursive writer?

8) Urban Outfitters sells beauty products you won’t usually find other places.  I love this hibiscus face mask and this brightening eye serum, to help with dark circles.

9) Carly Fiorina both repels and enthralls liberal feminists.

10) Unique sweaters are on call at ASOS.  This textured, slouchy sweater for $33 is great.  This roll-neck sweater with a wide knit is sublime.  Plus-size?  This olive off-the-shoulder sweater is fun.

11) Deadpan teaches you how to be a gracious and fun wedding date.

Eye Candy. Few people make dresses that draw the audible gasp like Jenny Packham.

*image found here.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: October 1


Corner Office


Barbour Quilted Coat ($299)

Middle Cubicle


Ralph Lauren Rounded Collar Quilt Coat ($160)

Intern Desk 


Sam Edelman Lexi Coat ($60)

Plus-size: Michael Kors Quilted Hooded Coat ($154) // Petite: Laundry Quilted Coat ($135)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: September 30



I needed a laugh, and this made me laugh.

I was really hoping to get through a ton of ‘Ask Belles’ this week.  I am just too sick.  I’m going to power through as best I can, but this may be a light week.  I’m hoping to feel better soon.  Send good thoughts, and Theraflu.


1) 115 Ways to Scream Status — sometimes it’s about an item’s cost, other times its rarity.  What says ‘status’ to me?  An Hermes leather planner/notepad.

2) Throw this BR haircalf pouch inside this structured Sole Society black satchel and you are set.

3) How not to be a networking leech: tips for seeking professional advice without aggravating your colleagues.

4) A ballerina-style wrap cardigan can be worn to work with a pencil skirt or over a v-neck dress. Try this Anthro cardi or this inexpensive H&M cardigan for the perfect look.  Plus-size?  Try this cardi from City Chic.

5) No, you don’t need to post a Facebook copyright notice in your status.

6) Need to thicken up your eyebrows in a natural way?  You’ve got to try the foam applicator on this Brow Thickener from Sephora.

7) A ‘girlboss’ offers advice on what to do when you have a bad day at work.

8) Ann Taylor has the perfect tortoise shell pumps (and flats), and they are selling out quick!

9) How to set financial goals that stick.

10) I’ve been wearing the same winter coat for four years; I need a new one.  But I can’t decide between this camel coat with a bold red lining or this winter white coat from Reiss.

11) Does Twitter plan to do away with the 140-character limit?

Eye Candy. Elie Saab makes the most gorgeous things.  This black lace, sheer, and sequined top is spectacular.

*image found here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: September 30


Corner Office


Balenciaga Wrap Cocoon Coat ($2,225)

Middle Cubicle


Banana Republic Moto Cocoon Coat ($198)

Intern Desk


Mango Outlet Cocoon Coat ($90)

Plus-size: Old Navy Half-Sleeve Cocoon Coat ($69)

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