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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: July 2, 2015




1) President Obama and Republicans in Texas are finally united…by their hatred of peas in guacamole.

2) Hello, stunning Elie Tahari short-sleeve sheath dress.  (And this smashing red Black Halo number.)

3) Why Women Apologize and Should Stop.  (The author of this piece also wrote one of my favorite books.)

4) I really want to try this Sally Hansen ‘Peel Off’ Base Coat that promises you can just peel off your polish instead of scrubbing it off.

5) Twenty-two years after Monica Seles was stabbed by a crazed tennis fan, the sport still struggles to keep female players safe.

6) Two beautiful sheath dresses from Raoul on sale at The Outnet.  One in navy/black, one in berry/black.

7) Is using the word ‘just’ too much hurting your credibility?

8) Anthropolgie has the best selection of vases.  These faceted, ceramic vases are really fun.

9) The trailer for the upcoming Chris Farley documentary is both hilarious and tragic.

10) This dainty little ring is absolute perfection.  It’s more affordable cousin is also lovely.

11) Randall Wulff, a.k.a. Lewis, made a fortune on Wall Street, partied with models and musicians, and recorded one of the most beguiling albums of the 1980s. Then he vanished.

12) Belle’s British Candy Update: Whoever said that StarBars were the best UK candy, you are correct.  Also, KitKat Crunch Peanut Butter, for reals.

*image found here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: July 2


Corner Office


Baja East Wrap Skirt ($1,077)

Middle Cubicle


424 Fifth Wrap Skirt ($89)

Intern Desk


Trouve Wrap Front Skirt ($44)

Petite: ASOS Wrap Front Skirt ($63) Plus-size: City Chic Wrap Skirt ($64)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: July 1, 2015




1) Elle discusses how to love your job and your salary, reiterating advice from Latoya Peterson about asking for a raise the right way.

2) Off5th is offering 70%-off everything sitewide.  They have a large selection of Cole Haan shoes.  I love these simple wedges.

3) How to be a good person on an airplane.  The most valuable tip, don’t be mad at people for just being themselves.

4) Old Navy has some cute dresses right now.  This printed wrap dress is great for casual workdays, and this midi tank dress is perfect for weekends.

5) The WSJ covers “Working Mothers Who Make It All Work.”

6) I could have really used these Underarm Deodorant Wipes when I lived in D.C..

7) Not sure how to feel about “feminine hygiene underwear,” but maybe it’s good someone’s thinking about these things.

8) I love Rebecca Minkoff jewelry. Mid-price, always cool, good quality.  These Leaf Cluster earrings are so dramatic.  And these reversible crystal and pearl studs are sublime.

9) In honor of Team USA’s win over Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, I present the ladies of Team USA doing impressions of Abby Wambach.

*image found here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Hats for the Summer Sun


Hi Belle,

I just moved to South Carolina from Oregon and I can’t take the sun.  (I know.)  It’s bleaching my hair and I feel like I aged 10 years.  I wear a baseball hat most days but it’s not exactly cute.  Do you have some other suggestions?  I see women wearing cute hats but I never see any for sale.  Thoughts?

Love the Blog! Ally

The older I get, the more I notice how my skin changes after a day in the sun.  So I know exactly what you’re talking about.  SPF helps, but who knows how long you’ll be outside or how intense the sun will be?  I own a couple of hats for the pool and for just wearing around.

Personally, I like inexpensive straw hats.  They’re glamorous and casual at the same time.  Here are some suggestions.


H&M Straw Fedora ($13)

I also like this wider brim hat from H&M.


Striped Floppy Hat ($15)


Gottex Vivienne Hat ($90)

*not exactly inexpensive, but I loved the shape.


Floppy Straw Hat ($14)


Mixit Fedora ($8)

Not feeling straw?  Or looking for a hat you can wear in all seasons?


BP Felt Hat ($38)

I love the bohemian feel of this mauve hat from Nordstrom.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Outfits for Independence Day


I received more than a few requests from readers about what to wear on the Fourth of July.  For a day of parades, barbecues, and beach vacations, it’s best to keep it casual.  If you plan to be outside, wear as many natural fibers as possible; polyester becomes unbearable after an hour in the sun.

As for what to wear, that depends on what you’ll be doing.  Below, I featured two outfits, one for a casual barbecue and one for a nicer dinner while on vacation.



Barbecue, left: Tory Burch Tunic ($140) // Factory 4″ Chino Short ($22) // Marc Jacobs Tortoise Sunglasses ($120) // Goldtone Hoop Earrings ($30) // Merona Straw Bag ($32) // Gentle Souls Break My Heart Sandal ($130)

Vacation Dinner, right: Mango Open Work Dress ($65) // Sanibel Pendant Necklace ($79) // See by Chloe Bucket Bag ($395) // Aerosoles Flat Sandals ($39)

For the barbecue outfit, I wanted something totally functional.  And washable.  You never know when a grass stain, a spilled soda, or an errant bit of ketchup will find its way onto your clothes.

I like this Tory Burch tunic, but even the sale price is a bit high for a casual top.  This Bloomingdale’s number suits me a bit better.

As for the shorts, many women buy neutral shorts and wear colored tops.  In my opinion, a bright short with a neutral top looks more current.  These jacquard shorts from Ann Taylor are cute.  I also like these eyelet shorts from LOFT.  Plus-size? Try these twill shorts from Sejour.

The dress has a pretty pattern that the photo isn’t doing justice.  It looks a bit like crochet.  The texture gives it a nice lightness.  Other white dresses I considered, this Topshop sundress with an open back and this Adrianne Papell eyelet dress.

If you’re going to wear white, I like to add a colored piece of jewelry for pop.  This Sanibel pendant is a good option.  I also like this Kenneth Jay Lane pendant in a bold green.

Bucket bags are still everywhere I turn.  This blush bag is lovely.  For something less expensive, try this navy bucket from Urban Outfitters or this bright pink bag from Sole Society.

In my experience it’s hard to know how much standing you’ll do at a barbecue.  There are just never enough chairs at a group event.  Both pair of sandals are built for comfort but also have style.  I own the Gentle Souls pair, and I love them.  And the Aerosoles pair have a great mix of texture and metallic.

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