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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: March 3, 2015

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1) Did you binge on House of Cards this weekend?  Sesame Street recreated the story of the Three Little Pigs, Frank Underwood Style.  And speaking of HoC, check out LookLive for a complete look at the pieces in Claire Underwood’s closet and where to buy them.  I am seriously enamored with the silver satin gown she wears to the Inaugural.

2) I don’t usually matchy, colored suits, but this coral Tahari suit is lovely and under-$100.  (Though I’d swap out those gold buttons immediately.)

3) Four successful women offer their tips for asking for a raise.  My best advice?  Schedule a time to talk to your boss, come up with a concrete number to ask for, and, if you can, try to get a good picture of what others are making (Legistorm, Glassdoor, etc.).

4) Whim is a nail lacquer that goes on like a polish and wears with the strength of a gel.  I adore this soft champagne color.  Their selection of reds runs the gamut from candy apple to deep berry.  And their Dreaming in Pink is the perfect cotton candy shade.

5) Ready to be scared straight? How phone and computer usage before bed is damaging your brain.

6) The Outnet has a gorgeous selection of pieces from DvF.  I love this ivory shift dress with an open-work yoke.  These leopard-print pumps with a block heel look like they’d be comfortable.  And this embellished, scoop neck blazer is absolutely stunning.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Belle

Belle’s Closet: Beauty Purchase Reviews

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Since starting law school last spring, I haven’t been as diligent about trying new beauty products.  There’s just so much on the market, every week some new must-have.  After the holidays, I decided to use some gift cards to try a few new things.  Some were winners.  Some were back in the mail the next day.  Here are my reviews.

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Wen Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner ($32)

The air out West is much drier than my hair is used to after a decade in D.C..  After seeing dozens of late night infomercials for Wen cleansing conditioner, I decided to give it a try.  For the sake of my locks and my pricey dye job, maybe it was time to give up shampoo…

What a mistake.

The first day, things looked promising.  The second, my hair felt a little bit greasy, but had good volume.  By the fourth, the skin on my neck, my ears, my jawline, and my forehead was covered in acne.  I also noticed that I seemed to be losing more hair to the drain with every wash, sometimes clumps of hair.

I returned the bottle immediately.  Maybe this product just wasn’t compatible with my skin and hair, but I’m not taking any chances.  A nice, sulfate-free shampoo works just fine for me.

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Boscia Detox Cleanser ($28) // Makeup Cleansing Oil ($28) // Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel ($28)

I decided to switch my face wash a few weeks ago, so I wanted to try a few different formulas.  I loved the Detox cleanser.  It works very well, and it’s not drying.  I’m not sure it’s helping with my acne, but it does seem to be helping the redness.

The Makeup Breakup cleanser is my first foray into oil cleansing.  I like it.  Unlike what I believed initially, it does not make my skin oily.  Quite the opposite, it seems to balance it.  It’s gentle and doesn’t stress my skin.

While I liked the Detox and Breakup cleansers, I hated the Tsubaki cleanser.  So drying, with this odd scent, and I never felt my skin was really clean.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)

A few bloggers who I trust raved about the Too Faced mascara, so even though I was happy with my Kevyn Aucoin Volume mascara, I had to try it.

The mascara provides excellent length and volume.  Even without eyeliner, it looks really good.  I have two small complaints though.  The applicator holds too much product, so you have to scrape quite a bit back into the tube to avoid clumping.  Also, it will rub off on your lower lids, which can be annoying. (The Aucoin is the only formula I’ve tried that doesn’t.)

All in all, I really like the mascara.  I use it when I want more oomph, but it’s not a perfect fit.  But for lashes that long and voluminous, I’m willing to tolerate the negatives.

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer ($27)

Need a foundation that will give you near flawless skin?  This one is worth a try.  The formula absorbs excess oil, and breathes really well, so it never feels heavy.  I apply it with the BareSkin Perfecting Face Brush to get an even, almost airbrushed look.  If it’s the weekend, and I don’t want a full face of makeup, I mix it with a little primer for a lighter application.

You can also use the applicator tip to conceal blemishes or imperfections.  I don’t because I really like my current concealer and feel no need to change.  But it’s a good all-in-one choice if you want to buy a single product.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Belle

Belle’s Closet: Belle Reviews Her Winter Purchases

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From time to time, I like to review my recent purchases.  Here are my honest appraisals of the clothes I ordered with my own money hoping for greatness.  Some I loved.  Some I returned.

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AG Farrah High-Rise Jeans ($168)

Some of you are probably thinking, “Belle, a high-rise jean?  Have you cracked?  Time-traveled back to the 70s?”  No, neither, I’m just really in love with these jeans.

First off, let’s talk about how soft these are.  It’s like someone skinned a Muppet, tanned its hide, and made a pair of jeans.  The material is also perfectly stretchy.

Second, the high-rise was intimidating when I first tried them on.  But while the rise is higher than most of the jeans I own, it isn’t too high.  At least on me, it falls below my navel, and actually helps flatten my stomach a bit.  I liked the fit so much, I immediately bought them in black.

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J.Crew Collection Secretary Blouse ($188)

Purchasing anything from J.Crew is a game of chance.  Will it me well-made?  Will it arrive already damage?  How inaccurate will the sizing be?

I purchased this blouse for a job interview.  I just wanted something liven up an old business suit.  This blouse in a deep, peacock teal was a great choice.  The material had good weight to it and wasn’t sheer.  I sized down one size and it was still a bit too big, so be aware.  But so far, I’m really happy with it.

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Aetrex Erica Flats ($99)

I need to replace a pair of metallic ballet flats that I loved too much.  Sadly, this pair from Aertrex is not a suitable facsimile.

The shoes are clunky verging on cloven.  The internal supports need to hit your arches in just the right place or they rub uncomfortably on your foot.  Can you say blisters?  No thanks, on both counts.

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Printed Crepe Cutout Dress ($150)

I purchased this dress to wear to a cocktail party.  It’s a little bit different from the sleeker styles I usually choose, and it’s nice to shake things up a bit.  I love the flouncy hem and the open back.

The dress is chic, but comfortable.  The material has a good weight to it.  And I got a lot of compliments when I wore it, so that’s always a nice dividend.

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Stella & Dot Aria Necklace ($98)

I bought this necklace just before Christmas, and I find myself wearing it all the time.  You can wear the short necklace alone or with the other pieces.  You can use the extenders to adjust the length.  It’s really a great piece.  And if you’re looking for something a bit more versatile, there are weeks when I wear their Rebel pendant every day.

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MM LaFleur Ephron Top ($95)

I bought this top to wear with jeans, but it looks great tucked into a pencil skirt too.  It’s made of a soft material with a good weight to it.  The navy color is really rich.  And the shape is accommodating to my pear shape.

Honestly, I would wear it every day if I could.  They need to hurry up and make some more colors.

Have you purchased anything recently that you loved?  That you loathed?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: March 3

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Corner Office

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Roland Mouret Pencil Skirt ($775)

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WHBM Pencil Skirt ($78)

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Alfani Classic Pencil Skirt ($29)

Petite and Tall: BR Sloan Pencil Skirt ($79)

Monday, March 2, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: March 2, 2015

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1) Looking to save a little money here and there?  Levo League has the 12 things you need to stop paying for right now.

2) Century21 is selling these gorgeous, under-$50 Ciao Bella flats.  I love the rose gold.

3) 16 beauty editors discuss their favorite drugstore finds.  I’m currently loving Vaseline Rosy Lips lip balm and Lineage Water Sleeping Mask.

4) Looking for sleeveless blouses to wear under blazers?  I love this waterfall blouse from Oasis.  I also like this Nine West printed blouse and this sheer, blush blouse from Macy’s.

5) Mother Jones debunks last week’s viral “Lunches of the World” images.  Not only were the photos of lunches made by a chef in an American restaurant, one of the nations mentioned doesn’t even provide school lunch.

6) The eyelet Julia Jordan dress that was so popular last month is on sale for $93 at Last Call in a versatile navy hue.  Nordstrom has a few sizes left in the slate grey shade.

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