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Monday, March 30, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: March 30, 2015

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1) “She sounds smart, but look at her hair!” The New York Times covers the abuse female television guests take from viewers over their appearance.

2) This floral appliqué dress from Dorothy Perkins is one of the best pieces I’ve seen in months.  I love the slightly vintage vibe.

3) 15 Workplace Skills Every Woman Should Master.

4) Lots of lovely under-$100 jewelry pieces from Shopbop.  This Rachel Zoe claw ring is amazingly chic.  I also like this rose gold link Michael Kors ring.  And these Gorjana Ryder studs are simple with a twist.

5) Two people were killed, dozens lost their homes, and firefighters were injured putting out the flames…but, sure, let’s swing by the hazardous area to snap a selfie.

6) Gilt has a wide selection of work dresses both sleeved and sleeveless.  This dove grey Ava & Aiden dress is at the top of my list.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Belle’s Favorite Lip Gloss

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Hi Belle,

Cleaning out my purse today, I tossed all of my gummed-up lip glosses.  I want to replace all of the cheap ones with one or two beauty counter lip colors.  Do you have a favorite gloss or glosses?

I’d love some help! Em

I mostly wear sheer lip colors like Sugar’s Plum Lip Treatment.  But I do own two lip glosses that I highly recommend.

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Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Gloss ($25)

Trish McEvoy’s Beauty Booster is a gloss and treatment in one.  It’s not sticky, which I love, and it moisturizes my lips.  I also prefer the tube to the brush, because I have a little trouble keeping the brushes lint free.

In case you’re wondering, I use the middle shade, brightening pink.  It gives lips a hue that is basically a pinky, enhanced version of your natural lip color.

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M.A.C. Sized-to-Go Lip Glass ($10)

I don’t wear a lot of lip gloss, so being able to buy a travel-sized one for a good price is perfect for me.  I’m not crazy about the M.A.C. formulation, as it’s a little stickier than I like, but I LOVE this color.  It’s called Love Child.  It looks dark raisin in the photo, but it’s a nice dark rose with a bit of shimmer.

If you have a favorite gloss, leave it in the comments!

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Warm Weather Blazers

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Hi Belle, 

It’s spring. I am so ready for warmer weather but my wardrobe, sadly, is not. I am mainly looking to add a few lightweight blazers in fun but professional colors. I would like to spend less than $100 if possible. 

Thanks for your help! Ellen

I keep a number of blazers on hand to throw on over my favorite dresses and skirt outfits.  Here are a few options in both neutral hues and other colors.

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Chase Single Button Blazer ($99) // Mango Pale Grey Blazer ($99) // H&M Navy Blazer ($50)

Sleeker, fitted styles are usually better than boxier cuts.  I also prefer one-button blazers, but depending on your figure, two or three buttons might be better for you.

A white blazer is a year-round staple for me.  I like the contrast it provides to black pieces and how it lightens colored items.  Need a two-button?  This Calvin Klein blazer is a solid option.  Plus-size? This UFO textile blazer looks like a nice piece.

Grey is a great color to add to basic black or wear over summer pastels.  This Mango jacket has a nice look, but if you want something with a darker grey, this ASOS slim blazer has a modern cut.

A navy suit is a versatile piece, but you can wear the blazer so much you wear it out before it’s time.  I suggest you have a navy blazer on hand to sub-in.  This H&M jacket is a nice choice.  Need two-buttons? Calvin Klein makes a nice blazer for the price.  Plus-size? Try this Jones New York number.

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Forever21 Shawl Collar Blazer ($30) // Nine West Notched Jacket ($60) // Topshop Molly Blazer ($90)

Want to add some color to your wardrobe?  Imagine these blazers in their Easter-egg hues over a navy sheath or a grey v-neck blouse and pencil skirt.  A little color can go a long way to boosting an outfit.

Want bolder, less pastel hues?  This raspberry blazer from Nine West has a great look.  This bright yellow blazer would look great with navy separates.  This emerald-green blazer from Modcloth is also a fun option.

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Cap-Sleeve Maxi Dresses for Summer

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Hi Belle,

I love the look of maxi dresses but am looking for some with cap sleeves. Any suggestions?

-CK

I love a maxi dress.  I can’t wait for summer so I can wear them.  They’re so comfortable, and yet chic at the same time. Cap sleeves aren’t as popular as short sleeves, but I found a few that are worth a look.

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SHE Cap Sleeve Drawstring Dress ($40)

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Charlotte Russe Cut-Out Maxi Dress ($30)

This dress has a criss-cross open back that’s kind of fun, but the straps are wide enough that you can probably wear a bra.  That’s helpful.

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Splendid Ziggy Maxi Dress ($89)

I own this dress in navy.  The side slits keep it comfortable even in the summer heat.

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BCBG Cap Sleeve Maxi ($95)

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: March 30

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I love navy pumps with navy trousers.  They make your legs look much longer.  They also work with denim on casual days or with navy pencil skirts.

Corner Office

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Manolo Blahnik Nausikaba Pumps ($665)

Middle Cubicle

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Ivanka Trump Boni Pump ($110)

Intern Desk

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Liz Claiborne Joelle Pumps ($35)

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