The Ten: December 2, 2016



1) An oldie, but such a goodie: 21 things hiring managers wish you knew. (Yahoo)

2) These gold, tassel flats from Sole Society are perfect for casual holiday parties, or just for fun.

3) Four steps for beating burnout (so important this holiday season). (HBR)

4) I’m not doing a beauty gift guide, but if I were: this Bite Beauty set, and this Ole Henriksen set would be tops.

5) From cat photos to stardom: Confessions of an ‘Instagram Influencer’. (Bloomberg)

6) Going to a mild climate for the holidays?  This chic side-tie, jersey dress and this ruched tee dress are perfect.

7) Ways you’re sabotaging yourself at work without realizing it. (The Zoe Report)

8) Need cute pajamas for Xmas morning?  Try these Kate Spade flannel pjs or these uber soft Barefoot Dreams pants.

9) How couples handle money, real stories about when the finances of two become one. (Bloomberg)

10) This tie-sleeve Banana Republic sweater is gorgeous.  These ivory, tie-front trousers are also chic.

Bonus) You don’t change anyone’s mind by labeling them.  Why persuasion are better than stigmatizing the other side, and why we can’t sit out difficult debates and expect lasting solutions to follow. (The Atlantic; The Washington Post)

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2016 Gift Guide for the Career Woman


Whether the career woman in your life is your daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, or your self (never!), they can be especially difficult to buy for.  The prevailing sentiment of many successful women is, “If I wanted it, I’d buy it for myself.”  And for those still coming up, they’re usually working so hard that they don’t have time to think about a holiday wish list.

For me, the best way to buy for a career woman is to find a gift that brings style and elegance to every day necessities.  After the jump, fine the gifts that I would want under my tree this holiday.

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The Ten: November 30, 2016



1) Maybe cursing at work isn’t as taboo as you thought (I couldn’t agree less.). (Popsugar)

2) I’m kind of in love with this Louise et Cie satchel; we all know how I feel about a snakeskin print.

3) Childless, but not quite by choice.  How not making a decision is a decision. (Refinery29)

4) Antonio Melani does it again, this black and pink sheath is so pretty, as is the kick-pleat skirt on this navy suit.

5) Decades in the making, the writing of Fidel Castro’s obituary. (The New York Times)

6) I found two pieces of jewelry at Nordstrom that I have to have: this Soko Horn Line Ring with a gorgeous natural look, and this sleek Jules Smith Tulum Cuff that is perfect for layering.

7) Meet the glammed-out, kickass attorney fighting ‘revenge porn’ and empowering her clients. (New Yorker)

8) If you need cocktail dresses, look at H&M.  I love this longsleeve, white lace dress and this simple LBD.

9) Six things you need to know about job hunting when you’re already employed. (The Everygirl)

10) At $1.19, every woman I know is getting this brilliant nail polish holder in her stocking.

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Let’s Talk: Gift Guides 2016


Each holiday season, my daily blog reading is overcome by gift guides.  While some are helpful and fun, the prevalence of poorly edited 30-item guides, fully sponsored guides, and ones with clickbait-y titles like ‘Gifts for the Outdoorsy Modern Man’ and ‘The Feminist Girl Boss Wishlist’ has really turned me off this year.  But since December starts tomorrow (eek!), I thought I would just ask you ladies what type of gift guides you find most (or least) helpful.

In past years, I’ve handled gift guides in a variety of ways.  Some years, I crafted the traditional collages filled with subject or recipient specific items.  Sometimes, I crafted guides based on price point.  And one year, I posted a single gift idea at the end of each work day.

My friend Meghan, built her gift guides as a list this year.  There’s always the traditional collage.  Or I could build them using photo widgets featuring snaps of each item, like in this post on Shopstyle.

Beyond format, what kind of gifts do you need help with?  Co-workers and friends are always popular Ask Belle subjects.  I also have emails asking for boyfriend gifts and sibling gifts.  And each year, there’s at least one post filled with inexpensive White Elephant/Secret Santa gifts.

It seems silly of me to spend hours crafting gift guides that may not help anyone find good gifts.  So leave your thoughts in the comments about which formats work best and who or what you’re shopping for this season.