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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Belle

Gift Guide: Chic Storage Pouches

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Deux Lux Elle Pouch ($45)

I love leather pouches.  I organize my handbag and school bag with pouches like this one (medications in one, pens in one, etc.).  This Deux Luxe pouch is nice.  I also love this gorgeous eggplant bag from Yoox.  And these metallic West Elm pouches are my favorite.

Prefer something not made of leather?  J.Crew has a cool metallic canvas bag.  But these personalizable pouches from Mark & Graham may be the best ones I found.  I love the neutral black and tan colorblock.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Workday Reading: December 17, 2014

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1) Some people want their career to be their passion.  Others just want a good job.  Levo League has the question you need to ask yourself if you think your career path falls into the first category.

2) This black satchel from Target is perfectly modern.  It’s also 30%-off with code JOY30.

3) LinkedIn covers the career choices that you may regret.  I agree with “thinking you can change something about the job” and undervaluing your own happiness.

4) The Net-a-Porter work dress section makes it hard not to covet expensive designer fashions.  Luckily, I can appreciate this phenomenal Burberry dress with chiffon sleeves, this patterned Narciso Rodriguez dress, and this Roland Mouret sculpted sheath from afar.

5) 7 Tips for Writing Cold E-mails to Prospective Employers.

6) Looking for some work pieces under-$100?  This Halogen skirt in a metallic pewter is a unique option.  I also love this black peplum jacket from Forever21.  And don’t miss this short sleeve, burgundy dress from H&M.

7) A Korean Airlines VP, who is also the daughter of the airline’s chairman, threw a temper tantrum on a flight over a bag of macadamia nuts.  Her father promptly fired her.  The article discusses some interesting cultural issues.

8) This MAC Keepsakes Palette has all my favorite eyeshadow shades in one place. So gorgeous.

9) It’s almost the New Year so I’m thinking about ways to improve my financial habits.  A columnist at The Cut has 11 great tips for getting financially healthy.

10) This Delicat heel has a sculpted vamp that is perfectly feminine and chic.  They’re the perfect thing for transitioning from day-to-night.  I can’t believe they’re only $39.

11) The Atlantic has an article about a structural shift in the American workforce.  More men describe themselves as “non-working” than ever before, and the increasing industrialization is eliminating “manliness.”  It’s an interesting take.

12) Continuing my Stella & Dot obsession, I bought this Aria layered necklace, and I am obsessed with it.

*image found here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: December 17

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BR Marled Sweater Dress ($150)

Banana Republic is becoming my go-to place for chic casual and work clothes.  This marled sweater is perfectly chunky.  I also like this textured shirttail dress with black tights and boots.  And this fit-and-flare dress is a versatile choice.

If it’s been a while since you’ve shopped at Banana, start with their sweaters.  I like this chunky, ivory pullover and this horizontal stitch sweater in a gorgeous grey hue.  Their shoes are also worth a look.  I own these Ninah pumps in two colors, and I love them.

Also, if you head over there, and there isn’t a discount available, just wait until tomorrow.  No need to pay full price when a discount code is almost guaranteed to arrive in a day or two.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Belle

Gift Guide: MiracleFold Laundry Folder

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MiracleFold Laundry Folder ($24)

A laundry sorter is a bit of a controversial choice for a gift guide.  Some of you are probably wondering when I teleported back to the 1950s, but stay with me for a moment.

Hitha over at the blog Hitha on the Go turned me onto this contraption because I hate folding laundry more than any task on Earth.  The MiracleFold makes folding a breeze.  It’s so easy (and just a bit fun) that I no longer let the laundry pile up in the basket until I need a sherpa and a yak to reach the top.

This would be a good gift for a college student, a young man living on his own for the first time, or a Secret Santa.  I love mine; I don’t know how I did chores without it.  Oh, yes I do, suffocating under a pile of unfolded towels.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Glamorous Earrings for New Year’s Eve

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Dear Belle,

I purchased a dress for New Year’s Eve but I need jewelry.  I’m searching for a pair of crazy glamorous earrings to go with it.  Maybe something with some color, but definitely a pair that makes a statement.  I need to spend under $50 but I want to spend more like $25 or $30.

Thank you so much for your help! Raelene

A special piece of jewelry can be the perfect thing for a special occasion.  Here are a few choices in your price range.

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BaubleBar Callisto Drops ($34)

I adore the mix of soft blue and black in these statement drops from BaubleBar.  They’re a bit art deco with a lot of sparkle.  BaubleBar also has these drop earrings that look like shimmery exploding snowflakes, in a good way.  These Tildon fan drops mix crystal accents with a black cord for something unique.

Looking for something more modern and less sparkly?  These smoky quartz drops from Robert Lee Morris are really cool.

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Fragments Green Faceted Drops ($32)

If you’re looking for something more delicate, I like these wire drops from Last Call.  I also like these Anne Klein short drops with a magenta-colored stone.  But my favorite earrings that I found are these round Erickson Beamon drops that look like a wheel of sparkly goodness.

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