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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: May 4, 2016



It’s 2:57 A.M.  My to do list is not getting shorter.  Exit student loan counseling broke me emotionally.  And there’s a good chance I failed a final this weekend in a class I should have aced (ran out of time).

Sometimes, when you’re drowning, it’s hard to remember that the sea is made of champagne and other people would happily trade places with you.  After all, this will end Saturday, and I will have a JD.  Perspective.


1) Behold, the restorative power of the unfollow.  (The New York Times)

2) For stylish workwear under-$100, do.not.miss this gorgeous Ellen Tracy flounce hem skirt and long Halogen coral topper.

3) Arianna Huffington, and the Gilded Age of Corporate Feminism.  (Buzzfeed)

4) The Lancome Miracle CC Cushion might be the best money I’ve ever spent on a makeup product.  For a drugstore peach concealer, try Pixi correction concentrate and thin it out with a bit of primer.

5) Sneaky interview tricks the top tech companies use to ensure they hire the best people. (This article is satire, I read it while tired and didn’t pick up on it.  Need sleep.) (Quartz)

6) Nordstrom Rack is dripping in under-$50 work dresses.  This Tahari sheath with a cap sleeve and folder neckline, a must.  And this Donna Morgan printed shirtdress is perfect for casual Friday.

7) The five ways meeting get off track and how to prevent each one. (Harvard Business Review)

8) I have burned through most of my chic work pumps.  These Louise et Cie Hermosa heels may be a sleek replacement.  I also like these scalloped red Augusta flats to wear with my navy dresses.

9) Have you heard of Fairygodboss?  It’s a company review site (think Glassdoor) specifically geared to women, and it’s taking the industry by storm.

10) Have I mentioned recently how cool and impactful the jewelry from Chico’s is?  No, seriously, that Chico’s.  I bought this Danita long necklace, and I love it.

11) The pros and cons of working out before or after work. (Levo)

12) Shopbop is having a surprise three-day sale.  This Susanna Monaco dress is a good option for the office.  For a dramatic statement piece, try Tamara Mellon’s side keyhole blouse.

*image found here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 by Belle

State of the Blog: Last Day of School




Today is my last official day of law school.  I still have a few extern hours to complete, and a case to close, but this is my last exam.

I’m usually not one of those people who wonders where the time went, but I feel like I blinked and it was over.  At times, law school was nightmarish.  At other times, it was exactly where I wanted to be.

Some of you have written in looking for tips on getting into law school, surviving it, excelling at it, and I’ll write about it more in depth at some point.  But for now, I just need to get through these last few days.

Back tomorrow.  xoxo, Belle

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Monday, May 2, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: May 2, 2016




1) ‘I want all the perks of maternity leave without the kids.’   And a reply, ‘Maternity leave isn’t a break from work.‘ (NYPost; The Cut)

2) Reed Krakoff is bringing high-style to Kohl’s with their REED diffusion line.  Don’t miss their Atlantique and Boxer satchels.

3) How to spring clean your smartphone. (Real Simple)

4) This Halogen open jacket is a fabulous spring item, comes in four colors.  I also love their criss-cross hem tee for weekend wear.

5) Did you know Drybar made how-to videos?  Tips on the perfect blowout, and how to use their products (like my favorite Texas Tea).

6) I’m hunting for a tan, high-heel sandal for summer.  I think I’ve settled on M.Gemi’s Voce Sandal.

7) Stop saying, “I feel like.” (The New York Times)

8) BP. has great pieces for under-$100.  I love this cotton field jacket.  Their Adriatic sandals are also very cool.

9) The future of shopping: Trapping you in a club that you didn’t know you joined. (Bloomberg)

10) This lace, collared Michael Kors top is a show-stopper.  They made the same style in a dress.

11) Beware the rule following co-worker, Harvard study warns. (The Washington Post)

12) Hourglass, makers of my favorite Ambient Light Powder, now make an Ambient Light Primer.  Like a prayer you didn’t know you had.

*image found here.

Friday, April 29, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: April 29, 2016




1) Play the woman card, and reap these rewards! (The Washington Post)

2) These leopard banded sandals from Sole Society bring the best of fall into the summer.  I also like their fringe Koa sandal.

3) Hooked on reality TV?  What one woman learned working as a writer, and why she quit.

4) These Officina Bernadi moon hoops are so incredibly beautiful with rose gold and hints of sparkle.  Their delicate chain bracelet is also perfect for layering.

5) How we can help young girls stay assertive. (Fast Company)

6) This portrait-collar top from Talbot’s is perfection.  These Edison brush-twill d’Orsay flats are very pretty.

7) Why so many studies say you shouldn’t work out to lose weight. (Vox.)

8) My favorite Outnet new arrivals: This fashion-forward splatter-print Milly skirt, this twist-front, red Maje top, and this cool striped dress from Tart.

9) The maker of the Dyson vacuum is creating a quiet hair dryer for all your primping needs. (The New York Times)

10) This baby pink Primula cardigan from Anthro is utter perfection.  Their Chamonix cardi is perfect for an overly air conditioned office.

11) What are your favorite resources for summer travel?  I like CheapAir for good deals and Travelzoo for discovering new places to go.

12) H&M is killing it.  This off-the-shoulder coral dress is fab.  I also love this sheer jacquard skirt.  And this embroidered maxi dress is lovely.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Belle

State of the Blog: Bluebook Bonfire



23 months ago, I started law school.  Next Thursday, I’ll be done.  Provided, of course, that I can complete Belle’s End of Law School Checklist:

  • 1 Family Law Final
  • 1 Public Lands Law Final
  • 35 Externship Hours
  • 10 Community Service Hours
  • 11 Legal Assistance Hours, Including Case Closure and Transfer Memos

Blog content will be, let’s go with, unpredictable.  Repeat after me, it’s almost over, it’s almost over…

xoxo, Belle

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