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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 by Belle

State of the Blog: Legal Briefs and Bright Pink


dc2b32810c0592982eecc4a04dbe36baInstead of writing about shoes and dresses (i.e.: what I want to be doing), I am writing a lengthy legal brief for a client.  Almost 40-hours in, and the only way I’ll finish is to stay up all night plugging away on Westlaw.  Because who doesn’t love an evening spent legal research and writing?

Only 87 days until graduation…but who’s counting?

On an unrelated note, this image of a perfectly styled bright pink coat really caught my eye.  It looks like the perfect piece to bring a bit of pop to my late winter/early spring wardrobe.

I found this perfect Kate Spade coat with a bow neckline.  For something under-$125, this Julie Grace coat may be the item in the photo.  Prefer a softer pink?  The cotton coat from Mango is just the ticket.  Plus-size?  Try this Gallery Button a-line coat.

I’ll be back tomorrow, post-deadline.

Monday, February 8, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: February 8, 2016




1) How did guides for the ‘Lazy Girl’ take over the internet? (The Cut)

2) Blush dresses are my current obsession.  This Ann Taylor sheath is a must.  This WD-NY short-sleeve sheath is affordable and chic.  I also love this Donna Morgan cap sleeve dress.

3) If you’re looking for jobs on Capitol Hill, here are tips on navigating the process and getting hired. (Politico Magazine)

4) Striped tees are a spring must-have, and this $25 Gap tee is the best.

5) Judges don’t want people to wear pajamas in court.  Schools don’t want parents to wear them at pickup.  It’s a war on pajamas! Where do I sign up to fight? (WSJ; Redbook)

6) Tory Burch is having a HUGE sale. If you can find something you love in your size, you will find an incredible deal.

7) How Joan Didion, writer, became Joan Didion, legend. (Vanity Fair)

8) Aqua has amazing under-$100 party dresses.  I like this ink-blot dress with short sleeves, this navy crochet knit dress, and floral fit and flare.

9) The Feel-Good Female Solidarity Machine. Is feminism’s trendy re-birth good for the cause? (Bloomberg Business Week)

10) This Deborah Lippmann Undressed Nail Polish Set is a superb collection of pale hues for work.  For something more affordable, try these three Essie shades for $15.

11) Can you learn not to be so ‘nice’? (Femsplain)

12) How does Monique Lhuillier make pockets chic?  Her sheer lace and jacquard dress makes it happen.

*image found here.

Monday, February 8, 2016 by Belle

Three Ways: The Striped Turtleneck


This winter, I was obsessed with striped, jersey turtlenecks.  This grey pima cotton turtleneck from Banana Republic is my favorite.  But for this set, I grabbed a navy striped turtleneck with a dramatic cowl neck from LL Bean.  Here’s how to style it for the winter-to-spring transition season.


Upper Left, Bag: Dune Dacey Hobo Bag ($89) // Shoes: Calvin Klein Gayle Pumps ($99) // Bracelet: Sole Society Open Metal Cuff ($13) // Skirt: Celine Flower Power Skirt ($376)

For early spring, I love this turtleneck and pleated skirt combination.  The floral print on this Celine skirt pairs perfectly with the navy stripe on this top.  And the hint of yellow brings a bit of color to the outfit.

For something more affordable, this Yuki Tokyo skirt is fun.  I also love this laser-cut JOA floral pencil skirt.  Plus-size?  Try this jacquard skater skirt with a flounce hem.

The red pumps bring a real contrast to the yellow in the skirt.  If you want a coordinating color, try these yellow Massimo Matteo suede pumps.

I added a tan hobo bag for something chic and casual.  I like the details–the rivets, the tassel–and the relaxed shape.  For something more expensive, this Rebecca Minkoff Bryn hobo is super chic.

To style this look, I would roll up or ruche the sleeves and wear a chic bracelet like this inexpensive cuff.

Right, Jacket: Tommy Classic Trench ($85) // Earrings: Louise et Cie Hoops ($29) // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Original Aviators ($150) // Jeans: AG Farrah High Rise Jeans ($168) // Shoes: TOMS Lunata Ankle Boot ($129)

This outfit is perfect for the weekend.  The base is a chic pair of skinny white jeans and a striped turtleneck, and the topper is a fabulous olive jacket.  Keep the accessories simple and the hair wavy and feminine.

These AG jeans are my favorite, but they’re a little thin.  These NYDJ Clarissa jeans are a bit thicker.

I like this Tommy olive jacket.  It’s sleek with a cool shape and neckline.  This Against Nudity jacket is still my favorite.  Plus-size ladies should check out this drawstring hoodie from Charlotte Russe.

To keep the look early spring and not early summer, I chose these tan ankle boots.  I own these Ann Taylor Darla Belted booties in dark caramel, and I love them.

Bottom Left, Jacket: Turquoise BR Blazer ($128) // Jeans: Factory Denim Trouser ($54) // Bag: Gigi Madison Crossbody ($135) // Necklace: Stella & Dot Rebel Pendant ($79)

Need an outfit for casual Friday?  These wide-leg trouser jeans from Factory are the perfect choice.  If you like designer jeans, Ralph Lauren makes a super chic flared trouser.

The striped turtleneck would look great with a sleek blazer.  You could choose a lot of colors, but this pale turquoise is my favorite.  This red Regent jacket or this blush NYDJ blazer are both lovely choices.

To complete the look, I chose a long pendant.  This Stella & Dot Rebel necklace is my favorite.  For something under-$25, this pave feather pendant necklace is really cute.

For contrast, I added this green bag from Gigi New York.  Gigi is having a winter sale.  They have some many lovely, stylish choices.  This Parker satchel, with multiple pockets, in deep wine is my favorite.

Friday, February 5, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: February 5, 2016




1) For every ‘yes’ man at work, there’s a ‘no’ woman. (The Cut)

2) Looking for casual handbags under-$75?  Check out the Phase 3 line at Nordstrom.  I especially like this faux-leather tote with a front pocket and zip closure.

3) The surprising psychology of shoppers and return policies. (The Washington Post)

4) These “love is enough” tights from Wolford are very cool.  These corsage stay-up thigh highs are also fun.

5) One woman’s story of saving a year’s worth of salary in three years while living in New York City. (

6) Gilt has a wide selection of Rivka Friedman jewelry.  This cascading chalcedony layered necklace is sublime.  And I had to have these $49 rose quartz drops.

7) “My boyfriend won’t tell me how much he makes, should I insist?” (Slate)

8) Have trouble organizing your suitcase?  These eBags ultralight packing cubes look like a godsend.

9) The Lululemon founder continues his adventures in douchebaggery (why I won’t shop there, or at Kit and Ace). (Racked)

10) Maggy London is a great source for under-$150 dresses.  This navy-and-white print longsleeve dress is fun for work.  This burnout fit and flare in pink and grey is so chic.

11) The NFL is opening more hiring opportunities for women. (ESPN)

12) I am going to have dreams about this Liza Schwartz Glam Bar bracelet.  It’s unique and cool.

13) Meet the woman behind ‘Wine Folly,’ a website dedicated to the notion that drinking wine shouldn’t be a hoity-toity activity.  (Broadly)

*image found here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by Belle

Ask Belle: Five Skirt Styles for the Office



My closet is pretty boring.  The only bottoms I own are the pants and skirts that go with my suits.  Can you help me find some skirts for spring that don’t come with a matching jacket?

Best, Lauren

I love skirts, and there are a wide variety of styles, colors, and textures on the market.  The great thing about skirts is their versatility.  By adding a few new skirts to your wardrobe breathes new life into the blouses and jackets you already own.  Here are some styles that are suitable for the office but go beyond the basic suiting skirt.


From Left, Topshop Premium Wrap Midi Skirt ($95) // Austin Reed Leather Skirt ($375) // Topshop PU Pleated Midi Skirt ($100) // River Island Orange Print Pencil Skirt ($24) // Tillie Fluted Wool Skirt ($160)

Wrap Skirts are a fun way to bring a new style into your wardrobe.  They’re often cut in an a-line or tulip style, so they’re more forgiving than a pencil skirt.  They also add a lot of visual interest to an outfit.

This navy skirt is a great option, I also like this tied skirt in pale blue from Topshop.  For something dramatic, this Bec & Bridge skirt in rich burgundy is lovely.  For something under-$50, Liz Claiborne sells a wrap skirt and Charlotte Russe offers a textured tulip wrap for $12.

Plus-size? This BB Dakota Tula stripe skirt is cool.  Petite? LOFT offers a cool wrap pencil skirt.

Leather Skirts are super chic.  I love the look of one with a soft chiffon or silk blouse.  The interplay of textures is very cool.

This cognac leather skirt is chic, but the price is a bit prohibitive.  So if you’re looking for affordable leather, you’re looking at faux or vegan leather.  I prefer browns and other colors, because black can look a bit biker chick-ish.  This a-line leather skirt from WHBM is super fun.  ASOS offers an affordable navy leather skirt.  And if you’re plus-size, this asymmetric faux-leather grey skirt from Eloquii is very cool.

Pleated Skirts add a bit of flirty fun to your work wardrobe.  I’m not suggesting you twirl down the hallway or anything, but a little swish in your step never hurt anyone.  This blush colored skirt is really pretty.  I also like this plum-colored knife-pleat knit skirt from Talbot’s.  This Lelis black-and-white dot skirt is also cute.

Looking for wider pleats?  This bright Marina skirt expertly mixes red and blue stripes.  For something basic and affordable, try this burgundy Chelsea & Theodore inverted pleat skirt.

Printed Skirts bring a lot of life to an outfit.  This River Island skirt brings in a bold print and a pop of color.  This Milly glow-print skirt brings in a bit of the 1980s.  If you just want a neutral print, this Tahari ASL skirt has an interesting tree print in black and white.

Not looking to get to crazy with your prints?  Vivienne Westwood has a blue-on-blue dot print pencil.  Plus-size?  Eloquii has a black and white abstract dot print that’s worth a look.

Hemlines that are flouncy, fluted are peplum are a nice way to add a little something extra to your outfit.  This Tillie skirt has a subtle wave to the skirt.  This Bethani ocelot-print skirt with a flounce hem is super fun.  And this Kasper stretch-flounce skirt is a great buy at $52.

Plus-size? This berry-colored Nippon boutique skirt is pretty.  Petite?  The Kasper skirt is also available in petite sizes.

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