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Friday, February 12, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: February 12, 2016




1) Easy steps to upgrade your resume.  Because if they don’t notice your resume, you’ll never make it into the interview. (Refinery29)

2) The ‘clear the rack’ sale is on at Nordstrom Rack.  This Stella McCartney jacket and this DvF wrap dress caught my eye.

3) How to embrace your time being single and red flags to look for when you’re ready to start dating someone new. (Everygirl; Lifehacker)

4) The geometric print on this ASOS bandeau dress is just too good.  This short sleeve Prea dress also has a bold, graphic print.

5) The Sexist Aftermath of Appearing on Jeopardy!.  As a former contestant, let me co-sign this. (Broadly)

6) Looking for an affordable, chic watch?  Nixon has some great choices.  This watch in navy leather and rose gold is my favorite.

7) The ways women are sabotaging their career success stories. (Forbes)

8) Ulta is now stocking Tony Moly’s Korean skincare goodness.  Try my favorites, the Banana Sleep Pack and the Green Tea Sheet Mask.

9) The science of waiting in modern courtship, or why the three-day-rule might actually work. (Nautilus)

10) Anthropologie has 40%-off sale.  This red Evangeline sheath is perfectly sleek.  And this off-the-shoulder sweater is pure goodness.

11) All the goodies celebrities will take home in the 2016 Oscar Swag Bag. (Business Insider)

12) Case Factory makes the most stylish iPhone cases.  I’m not sure which I love more, this black and white haircalf or this pink crocodile.

13) Leslie Mann, the woman who has been making rom-coms watchable for two decades. (Rolling Stone)

14) If wear a plus-size, Eloquii should be your new go-to brand.  Look at this Erika dress and this slick Hartwood blazer, and tell me they don’t have the goods.

*image found here.

Friday, February 12, 2016 by Belle

Belle’s Misadventures in Online Dating, Part I


I never cared much for dating.  As a teenager, my nose was too firmly planted in a book (or in the air, depending on who you ask) to be googly-eyed about boys.  As an adult, the last thing I wanted to do at the end of a long work day was sit in a darkened bar and make small talk with a perspective suitor.

I was perpetually single, but it didn’t really affect my social life.  I found my job, my friends, and my extracurricular interests wholly satisfying.  And in D.C., solo time was easy to fill–a stroll through a museum here, a movie at the Landmark there.

Then, I relocated to a city where free time is more plentiful, everyone in my age cohort is married, and cultural diversions are nearly non-existent.  The hours felt longer, emptier.  And if it’s possible–given the District’s oft-discussed, much maligned male-to-female ratio–the dating pool seemed shallower.

After a decade as a dedicated non-dater, the thought of diving back in felt like someone wanted to hand me a jar of fissile nuclear materials. Sure, I can hold that for a minute, why not?  And like many life changes, the biggest stumbling block was figuring out how and where to begin.

So like any good blogger, I started on the Internet.


Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Belle

Three for Thursday: Who’s Ready for Spring?


Sometimes, you just want to style a few outfits.  You see a fun piece, and you want to turn it into something.  Welcome to Three for Thursday.


Left, Mango Shawl Collar Blazer ($59) // Stella & Dot Moon Necklace ($59) // Forever21 Faux Leather Satchel ($29) // Mila Tortoiseshell Pump ($128) // Mango Fitted Dress ($99)

Olive and white is not a combination you see everyday, but I assure you, it works.  Add a pair of tortoise heels and a dark tan bag to pull it together. We also have a contrasting neckline issues to solve–crewneck vs. longline-shawl–and a long pendant necklace blends them nicely.

If you like the dress, but you’re afraid it might be too snug?  Buy the dress one size up and tailor as needed.

Plus-size?  This olive belted t-shirt dress is a good option for a relaxed office dress.

Middle, Pyramid Orbital Earrings ($58) // Fossil Elastic Belt ($48) // AT Signature Crossbody ($98) // Lucille Ankle Wrap Pump ($79) // Mango Outlet Trouser ($48) // Chelsea28 Peplum Poplin Shirt ($118)

Olivia Palermo did a chic collaboration with Chelsea28.  It’s available exclusively at Nordstrom.  This structured, peplum blouse is from that collection.

I added the belt to emphasize the waist.  It also helps bring some balance to the wide leg trouser by slimming the torso.  Also, if you wear wide-leg pants, you need to add some pointed toe pumps to lengthen the leg line.  Plus-size?  These Halogen wide-leg pants are a great choice.

Right, Joseph Doll Dress ($210) // Uniqlo Ines Short Sleeve Pullover ($39) // Zales Spiked Earrings ($85) // Little Mistress Clutch Bag ($35) // Calvin Klein Calida Pump ($58)

Wearing a boxy sweater or sweatshirt over a dress is a great way to cover up without breaking out the cardigans or blazers.  It’s also a great solution if you own a cocktail dress that is long enough for work, but the top is cut inappropriately (like this Cushnie et Ochs dress).

I also like the balance between the fitted dress and the boxy top.  It reminds me of one of my favorite dresses.

Finally, to add some more color, I chose these deep teal Calvin Klein pumps.  If you want to wear color in a sophisticated way, mix shades in the same color family–like teal and ice blue.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by Belle

Ann Taylor Is Killing It



From Upper Left, Belt: Leopard Haircalf Belt ($39) // Skirt: Flared Knit Skirt ($98) // Top: Removable Tie Neck Blouse ($79) // Bag: Signature Tote ($98) // Coords: Tweed Fringe Top ($79) and Tweed Pencil Skirt ($89) // Bracelet: Lapis Disc Bangle ($39) // Top: Mixed Media Split Neck Blouse ($59)

The fashion elites consider Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and their ilk to be “generic mall clothes.”  What they forget, when they take a swim in their pool of condescension, is that most of America can’t drop $2k on a jacket or dress.  And their aspersions seem to disappear when the large brands ask them to take a turn designing their collections (Zac Posen for Brooks Brothers, Jenna Lyons for J.Crew, etc.).

Ann Taylor hasn’t gone the designer route.  Instead, they promoted their new creative director from within the company (from their athleisure line Lou & Grey).  And his first collection is killing it.*

Tops. Their selection of tops couldn’t be better for working woman.  Silky, feminine, in a wide selection of colors. The two tops above caught my eye; but I am especially enamored with the ash violet blouse.  I own this twist top, and it’s super flattering.  And they have a small selection of 100% silk shirts for sale.

Skirts. This flirty knit skirt is a fun piece; a nice alternative to the pencil.  I love the fun, summery print on this shadow floral pencil.  And this flirty lace skirt is the perfect thing for drinks or dinner after work.

Coordinates. I love this red tweed outfit.  It’s chic and fun with a slightly vintage feel.  AT is offering a few coordinated top/skirt sets.  I own this grey, peplum outfit, and I really like it.  I’ve also been considering this bright orange outfit, though it triggers thoughts of hunting season, I can’t entirely suppress.

Bags. AT is offering one tote in two sizes right now.  And, ladies, this bag is so cool.  It’s versatile, chic, and comes in a myriad of fabulous colors.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: February 10, 2016




1) Timeless rules for making tough decisions, and proof that women get less credit for teamwork. (HBR)

2) Ann Taylor is offering both snakeskin and tortoise pumps for spring.  It’s like they read here. *wink*

3) How the most successful people ask questions. (Fast Company)

4) Taking an overnight trip for Valentine’s Day?  This brushstroke-printed weekender from Target is so incredibly cute (and a great gym bag).  This Sole Society faux-leather weekender is a great unisex piece.

5) Is your intern begging for a letter of recommendation?  5 tips for writing a glowing review.  Also, how to get out of writing a letter for someone you don’t want to recommend.  (Levo League; Business Insider)

6) Have you tried Drunk Elephant Skincare?  Their JuJu Bar cleanses the skin without drying.  And if you need a daytime treatment that’s heavy on the vitamin-C, their C-Firma serum is a must.

7) Cheating, and why people who are already winners break the rules. (The Washington Post)

8) I’m on the hunt for black flats.  I’m torn between these Marc Fisher d’Orsay flats and these super comfy Dr. Scholl’s Tenacious flats.

9) How Hillary Clinton and her staff negotiate to get the media coverage that they want. (Gawker)  Also, the truth about Donald Trump and the “p-word.” (Time)

10) Am I actually looking at Zales for jewelry?  Really?  But look how dainty and cute this $69 open rose gold ring is.  And if you want something more substantial, this crossover dome ring is chic.

11) Five business casual mistakes that you don’t know you’re making. (The Everygirl)

12) Need suits?  This pale grey Antonio Melani cross-hatch suit is super chic.  I love the deep indigo color of this T Tahari suit.  And I’m not sure how I feel about this bright purple Evan Piccone suit, but that color is growing on me.

*image found here.

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