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Monday, July 28, 2014 by Belle

Pinterest Mondays: Crisp White & Chambray

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Today’s outfit features fashion “It Girl” Olivia Palermo.  Found on Le Catch, this outfit is the perfect mix of flirty and crisp.  It’s a great choice for an end of summer dinner date or al fresco cocktail hour.

One. This Gap boyfriend shirt is softer than your average chambray.  It also comes in tall and petite sizes.  If you prefer a brighter blue, try J.Crew’s chambray shirt.  Plus-size?  Land’s End has you covered.

Two. This white midi-skirt has a heavier fabric than the one in the photo so that you can wear it in more than one season.  This Asos skirt is also an awesome choice.  Want the breezy cotton look?  Madewell has a skirt that fits the bill.

Three. I adore these Sole Society sandals.  The mix of snakeskin and pale tan is a dream.  I also love these Loeffler Randall sandals with a gold accent, and these under-$50 Nine West sandals.

Four. This blush clutch has a cool, geometric look to it.  If you’d like something with a bit more coral in the color, try this Matt + Nat clutch.  Prefer a darker hue?  Lulu’s has a fuchsia clutch for under-$40 that has an interesting look to it.

Five. Rose gold is my current obsession.  This watch from Fossil is more affordable than your average time piece, but it has a great look to it.  Add a few bangles to it and you have a chic, layered look.  Need some cheaper bracelets?  This infinity bracelet from Tahari is adorable, and this flexible, thin Fossil bangle is so classic.

Six. The lighter tortoise look of these sunglasses is fantastic.  It’s modern and light.  Kate Spade has a similar pair for under-$150 that have a wire-rim bottom.

Monday, July 28, 2014 by Belle

10th Commandment: July 28

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Elected Official

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Tory Burch Niki Point Flat ($250)

Hill Staffer

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Ivanka Trump Pointed Toe Flats ($120)

Paid Intern

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Zara Soft Ballerina Flats ($50)

Friday, July 25, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Weekly Reading: July 25, 2014

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1) I love football.  From training camp to the draft, I’m never miss a minute.  But it’s an insult to the millions of female fans who love the NFL when the league suspends pot-smokers for an entire season, but a player who beats his fiancee into unconsciousness gets a two-game bench-warming.

The ESPN article linked above mentions nearly a dozen incidents in which small infractions (eating an unapproved protein bar, taking an unapproved fertility drug) yield greater punishments than acts of felony aggravated assault.  It’s sick, it’s sad, and it needs to stop.

2) Like personalized jewelry? Nordstrom has several customizable pieces from Moon and Lola for under-$50.  Instead of my name, I ordered a necklace with my motto–fail better–on it.

3) One of the most fascinating things that I read this week was a kottke.org post about pickpockets in New York City. One part Dickens, one part Thomas Crown Affair.

4) I’m trying to finish out the summer in the sandals that I bought last year, but they’re about to fall apart.  I’d like to find something for under-$150 that I could wear the rest of this season and next summer.  These silver and gold Yosi Samra sandals are awesome.  I also like these simple Splendid sandals for $65.

5) If you’re struggling to keep cool in the sweltering heat of summer, Lifehacker has some tips for keeping your bedroom cool and comfortable.

6) To prevent bathroom spills, I moved my Clinique Clarifying Toner and my eye makeup remover to these inexpensive pump bottles from Ulta.  So much better than the big bottles.  It’s also great for nail polish remover.

7) New York City’s Inclusionary Housing Program helps provide housing for working class residents by giving tax breaks to luxury condo buildings that allocate units for lower-income people. There’s just one problem, the lower-income tenants are supposed to use the “poor door” at the rear of the building. Keep it classy, Manhattan.

8) This BCBG sweatshirt with sheer sleeves is perfect.  The sleek, modern style is right in my wheel-house.  But at that price, maybe I should stick with H&M?

9) Need a quick way to clean your engagement ring or other diamond jewelry?  How about dishwashing liquid and a toothbrush?

10) BodenUSA is having a great sale.  There are more than a few lovely dresses to choose from.  I adore this Portland dress with a flirty skirt.  Their Alexa dress is a great basic shift.  But my favorite piece is this wonderful eyelet dress in white, navy or yellow.

11) Four words for you: Honey Beer-Glazed Carmelized Shallots.

12) A reader sent me the link to this Alessandra Rich dress with the subject line, “In case you need a laugh.”  That works.

Friday, July 25, 2014 by Belle

10th Commandment: July 25

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The Limited Drape Detail Sheath Dress ($98 +40%-off)

While I vastly prefer dresses with sleeves, sleeveless dresses have their advantages too.  They allow you to wear blazers and cardigans without adding bulk to your arms.  And when they look as good as this Limited dress (also in petites), how do you say no?

Calvin Klein has some lovely sleeveless sheaths for sale.  I especially like this colorblock and animal print dress, and this under-$50 v-neck sheath with flattering ruched details.  Love color?  Don’t miss this teal dress from Tahari or this orange cowl-neck dress from Vince Camuto.  And my favorite Adrianna Papell sleeveless sheath, in stunning white eyelet, is on sale for $75 at 6pm.com.

Plus-size?  This bright, textured Calvin Klein dress is a stunner.  Petite?  Checkout this lilac, eyelet-trim sheath, also in misses.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 by Belle

Two Ways: Flounce Pencil Skirt

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Skirt: H&M Ruffle Skirt ($30)

From Left, Earrings: M. Flynn Rose Quartz Drops ($68) Rings: Windrose Ring ($95) and Sole Society Midi Set ($25) Bag: Michael Kors Selma Satchel ($358) Shoes: Sam Edelman Opal Heel ($100) Jacket: Blush Dome Jacket ($59) Top: Mossimo Sleeveless Print Top ($20)

From Right, Bracelet: Alfani Texture Bangle ($28) Clutch: Crinkle Satin Clutch ($28) Shoes: Nine West Allysway Sandal ($78) Earrings: Mixit Chandelier Earrings ($12) Top: Cory Sequined Top ($128)

For the Office. Blush, white and black…one of my favorite color combinations.  It’s soft, classic and feminine.  Does that check all of the boxes, or does that check all of the boxes?

The blazer is a pale blush color from Dorothy Perkins.  I like the complementary necklines, but the Mossimo top could also be worn with this v-neck, structured Topshop blazer.  Prefer cardigans?  Old Navy has an awesome blush one that would look great worn open or belted with a double-wrap belt.

The Mossimo top is a great basic.  Need something similar in plus-size? Try this Calvin Klein top.  Petite?  Try this Kasper blouse.

I chose the rose quartz earrings because I wanted the pinks to work together.  Want something cheaper?  Have a look at these Ralph Lauren drops.

As for the rings, the Windrose is my perennial favorite.  I’ve worn mine nearly every day since I bought it last year.  In fact, I just bought two more in case I lose one or it gets too scratched up to wear.  Definitely something I’ll be wearing when I’m old.  As for the midi rings, how adorable are they?  And if you’re headed over to Sole Society, I also love this cutout ring and this round stone statement ring.

To finish up, I chose a simple D’orsay heel and a grey satchel.  I prefer grey with black and white because it’s less severe, but still neutral.  I own this satchel in red, and it’s worth every penny.  Need something cheaper?  Try this pale grey satchel from Steve Madden.

For the hair, I would do a soft updo.  I really like this tutorial from Pinterest that shows you how to do a low chignon on shoulder length or longer hair.  Makeup?  Play it simple with a neutral look.  Don’t compromise the color palette of the outfit, but do add black eyeliner.

For Cocktails.  This skirt is a versatile piece for work, casual and evening.  The flounce gives it a little something extra that can be paired with any evening top for dinner, cocktails or a semi-formal wedding.

I loved the look of the embellished top with sheer accents.  Like the sheer but want to skip the sequins?  Have a look at this inset top from BCBG.  Petite?  Try this sheer-yoke Banana Republic top.  Plus-size?  Don’t miss this Vince Camuto top.

The white shoe is a bit of a departure from the typically classic style on this blog, but sometimes, it’s nice to shake things up.  Not into it?  Go for a basic black sandal like this Isaac Mizrahi heel.  Or you can replace the clutch with something more basic and wear these glorious raspberry-colored sandals from Schutz.

How great are these $12 earrings?  Fantastic.

For the hair, I would wear it down in waves.  For the makeup, I would go for a red lipstick (of course), like MAC Ruby Woo, and a red nail, like OPI Red.

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