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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: June 30, 2015

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1) Today will be one second longer thanks to something called “The Leap Second,” learn all about it on Vulture.

2) These Calvin Klein Gayle Pumps are $99, come in nine colors, have an ideal 3″ heel, and are available in sizes 5 thru a 11…need I say more.

3) Ask a Manager has five new Q+A’s, including how to manage someone who doesn’t want to move up.

4) Sick of fighting mid-day makeup melt to, worse, foundation-crushing humidity?  Try CoverGirl’s Outlast all-day primer.  (It’s also good for sensitive skin.)

5) Meet the man who helps Hollywood stay sober.

6) This open-back midi dress from Storee might be the most perfect summer dress ever, and it’s just $66.

7) Coloring books are catching on with adults.  And maybe it’s just me, but coloring sounds like it would be oddly relaxing.

8) This printed maxi shirtdress from Vince is to die for, to.die.for.  Tonal purple?  Perfection.

9) The Everygirl shows us 10 ways to style long and short hair.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Belle

Style Translator: Make Contrasting Necklines Work

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Rebecca Taylor Textured Jacket ($279) // River Island Cami ($64) // Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies Polish ($19)

I like when necklines complement each other–crewnecks with crewnecks, v-necks with v-necks, etc..  But what if you have two pieces in your closet that will look great together, and the necklines don’t match?  How do you make the combination look its most flattering?

This photo from Pinterest shows how to do exactly that.  Let me break it down.

Neckline. For this look, necklaces that complement the neckline of the jacket cure the disparity between the crewneck jacket and the v-neck top.  They create a kind of focal point that draws the crewneck down toward the point of the v.  This lengthens the whole look.

Here, she uses layered necklaces with delicate charms.  If you’re looking for something similar, this Henri Bendel necklace with an asscher-cut stone is lovely.  I also like this wishbone pendant from Sydney Evan.  For a more modern look, this Alvina Albramova pendant with a black, bezel-set stone is a great pick.

To unifying the contrasting necklines, you could also work from the opposite direction, and try a doubled v-shape pendant necklace instead.

Texture. I’ve mentioned before how I love mixing textures.  So this tweed-like jacket from Rebecca Taylor with a smooth, silky top is right up my alley.  If you’re looking for a less expensive jacket, this champagne Jones New York jacket has a silky trim, which is nice.  I also like this simpler jacket from Liz Claiborne for under-$50.

Plus-size? This Eloquii jacket comes in white or navy.  Petite? Try this Limited jacket in grey or this one in blue.

Color. Here, the palette is pure Olivia Pope.  Soft neutrals, on soft neutrals.  But what makes the look sing is the pop of contrasting burgundy nail color.

Some other color combos to try…how about white on white with a sparkling charcoal grey.  Or blue on blue with a bold coral nail?  Whatever color palette you choose, punch it up with a darker or brighter shade.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: June 30

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I know I’ve been talking about the LOFT a lot lately, but they are killing it right now.  Their current offerings are a nice mix of good basics and trendier pieces for summer.

As for the quality, given the lower price point and frequent sales, I’m generally impressed by the composition of the clothes.  The fabrics are mostly synthetics or blends (tis true), but they don’t fall apart like so many mid-price (J.Crew) or bargain (Charlotte Russe) brands.  Here are my favorite pieces they have on offer right now.

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Marisa Skinny Ankle Pants ($69)

How great is this deep purple color?

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Boho Halter Top ($59, petite)

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Rose Cocktail Ring ($25)

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Trapeze Swing Dress ($89)

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Space-dye Short-sleeve Sweatshirt ($35)

Don’t miss the back on this dress.  They also have an understated short-sleeved version.

Also, LOFT is offering 60%-off sale items.  The pieces below are my favorites from the sale.

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Constellation Ear Crawlers ($19)

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Mixed Eyelet Cami Dress ($89)

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Beach Halter Top ($39) and Bikini Skirt ($39)

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Ankle Strap Sandals ($25)

Monday, June 29, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: June 29

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Ladies, thank you for all of your support in the wake of Friday’s post.  I know it was more emotion that you’re used to seeing here, unless snark is an emotion.  With a huge paper due yesterday and a midterm today, it’s a bit of light day.  See you tomorrow! xo, Belle

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1) If you’re not paying attention to the Greek debt crisis, now might be the time to start.  The New York Times has a good primer.

2) This reversible Street Level shopper in pale blush/tan (and five other color combos) is still one of the greatest under-$50 bags for sale anywhere.  They also make an almost painfully on-trend fringe hobo that’s worth a look.

3) What to do when you have a great interview, but never hear back.

4) Love perfume but can’t find the right scent?  This custom perfume blending kit looks pretty awesome.  As for my favorite fragrance, I’m all Jimmy Choo Exotic, all the time.

5) The Atlantic discusses why you don’t need to worry so much about whether your fruits and vegetables are “processed.”

6) I can’t believe retailers are already stocking fall pieces, but I LOVE this leather and boucle jacket from Vince and this Parker sweater with sheer details.

7) Worried about Big Brother watching your social media?  The WSJ explains why younger siblings should literally be worried about their big brothers watching their social media. (Behind paywall, Google the article title to read it if you get blocked.)

8) If you’re still looking for the perfect shirtdress, this Land’s End dress is affordable and lovely.  And I really like the boho-chic vibe of this maxi dress from Free People.

9) Ghosting: When your ex gives you the ultimate silent treatment. (On a related note, is it weird to be happy Charlize Theron broke up with Sean Penn?)

10) Need inexpensive lingerie?  This lacy and racy teddy from ASOS is adorbs.  Not into lace?  This casual set with neon trim is kind of awesome.

11) Today, in headlines you won’t believe until you read the article, Sikhs are an integral part of the Parmesan cheese-making industry in Italy.

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Friday, June 26, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: June 26, 2015

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1) Eight Do’s and Dont’s for Finding and Keeping a Professional Mentor.

2) LOFT has some great pieces right now.  I am loving this bold, printed dress.  And this boho high-halter top would be perfect with white denim.

3) A man was tired of hearing women complain about their sore feet, so he wore high heels for a whole day.  The Today show captured the ensuing magic.

4) These Rebecca Minkoff studded sandals are not to be missed.

5) Big Data has changed the way Americans get divorced.  Imagine having your affair outed by your FitBit.

6) Two great cooking gadgets this week.  The first guarantees spreadable butter, the other keeps the other half of a used fruit/vegetable fresh.

7) How to tell fake designer handbags from the real thing.  And Who What Wear on why counterfeiters may be good for the fashion industry.

8) A lingerie expert reveals the best underpinnings for the office.  I love slipshorts, racerback t-shirt bras, and wide-strap camisoles.

9) Down with “the cool bride,” bring back Bridezilla.

10) Dillard’s is offering 30%-off clearance.  This Antonio Melani dress is perfect for the office, as is this business suit (under-$150).  This cute BCBG top is under-$50.  And don’t forget about petite and plus.

11) Fast Company explores how leaders can ask for help and still keep their team’s confidence.

12) And since it’s Friday, let’s ogle this gorgeous, sultry gown from La Chiara Boni.  That lace accent is divine.

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