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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: May 25, 2016




1) Egg-freezing is a hot topic among ambitious career women, but it’s not the solution many women believe it to be. (Quartz)

2) This Pantene Fine Hair Triple Action Mousse is my new obsession.  It’s not sticky or crunchy and gives impressive volume, even in bad weather.  And did I mention it’s $8?

3) So-called ‘millennial experts’ are making as much as $20,000 teaching companies how to market to the most misunderstood generation. (WSJ)

4) For pretty casual Friday dresses, check out BR’s crossover pom-pom dress and this pintuck flutter dress.  They can both do day-to-night.

5) Welcome to Kris Jenner U, the Kardashian matriarch’s business school. (The Daily Beast)

6) J.Crew Factory is having a great sale.  This split-neck sleeveless dress in deep blue is lovely.  This cobalt Levie pant is worth a look.  And this short-sleeve sweater is a great layering piece.

7) The French continue their efforts to reform the 21st century workplace by creating a ‘right to disconnect.’ (The New Yorker)

8) This cute printed top from Vince Camuto would look great under a jacket or cardigan.  For something with sleeves, this BeachLunchLounge blouse is the perfect pairing for a pencil skirt.

9) What would happen if we all stopped paying our student loans? (Mel)

10) I love stylish, affordable necklaces, and this oval cabochon black necklace from Kohl’s fits the bill.  I also love this JLM necklace with a celadon-colored stone pendant.

11) A Senate candidate.  An undercover cop.  A murder plot.  A giant fiasco. (The Washington Post)

12) Hate thongs, but hate VPL more?  Try these Commando Weightless Hot Pants instead.

*image found here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Belle

8 Office Picks from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly


Ladies, it is the most glorious day of May, the start of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale.  So many wonderful things at discounted prices.  Here are the eight office-appropriate pieces that caught my eye.


Classiques Entier Italian Ponte Bateau Dress ($136)


Nic + Zoe Gilded Button Back Sweater ($74)


Belle Vita Owen Flat ($65)


Adrianna Papell Pleated Crepe Dress ($66, eight colors)


Remi and Reid Reversible Tote ($56, three colors)


Dash Asymmetrical Wrap Front Skirt ($46)


Joie Gillian Ankle Pump ($194)


Halogen Brushstroke Print Scarf ($41)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Belle

#BeautyReview: Lancome Miracle CC Cushion


Color correction is the hottest thing in makeup right now.  No matter your skin issue–under-eye circles, dullness, redness, etc.–there is a product to correct it.  Want to learn the basics?  The Blondeshell has the scoop on which colors correct which issues.

My concern of record is serious under-eye circles.  Because when you’re an overachieving chick, dark circles come with the membership card.

s1781160-main-heroLancome’s CC Cushion Correcting Primer comes in a pinky hue to deal with under eye circles.  The cushion  is a new-ish delivery system that gives the product an airy, light quality.  It won’t dry out skin and offers a dewy finish.

The formula is thin, almost too thin.  When I first started using the product, I hated it.  Loathed it.  Was ready to return it.  Then, I realized my mistake.

The problem wasn’t the product, it was how I was applying it.  I was trying to use my concealer brushes.  Big mistake.  This is one of the rare products that must be applied using the included sponge.  It’s design to spread out the product and gently pat it into the skin.

So put your brushes down.  Put the BeautyBlender away.  And use the included sponge.

Once I started applying the product correctly, I loved it.  I apply a light layer, then let it set for a few minutes.  Then, I apply my Maybelline Age Rewind concealer.  And set it with my new favorite setting powder from BareMinerals.  If I want to highlight the area, I add a light application of Hourglass Strobing powder.

If you apply the product correctly, it provides just enough color correction to noticeably minimize dark circles without looking heavy or cakey.  This is a huge improvement over piling on the concealer.

Need a drug store dupe?  Pixi makes a pinky-peach correcting concentrate, but it’s a heavier formula.  Mix it with an illuminating primer to thin it out and create a highlighting effect.

Monday, May 23, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: May 23, 2016




1) Women who spend a lot of time on their looks make more money. (HuffPo)

2) This $80 white lace dress from ASOS is sublime.  I also love this mid-price garnet dress from Likely.

3) No sound, no fury, no marriage: Why conflict in relationships can be good for them. (The New York Times)

4) If you haven’t tried the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel, you must.  I’m obsessed; readers are obsessed. It works so well, I bought the companion night cream.

5) Sorry, but breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. (The New York Times)

6) Things I’m Loving Now: These wedge sandals from Gilt are everything.  Ulla Johnson’s Birdie top.  Old Navy’s crop denim jacket.

7) Trolls are hacking the social media accounts of the dead, bringing up uncomfortable realities in the digital afterlife. (The Washington Post)

8) I found the perfect silver foil heels at Anthropologie.  And I couldn’t pass up this HD in Paris lace blouse with a cool pattern.

9) The eternal conundrum: How to workout and diet for your health, without making it a body-negative experience.  Here are eight ways to keep the balance. (Refinery29)

10) Antonio Melani does it again with this gorgeous coral dress and this insanely chic Rahdia cotton sundress.

11) Some adults, who never had ADHD as children, are now developing the disorder. (Quartz)

12) Adam Lippes created a collab with The Outnet.  This one shoulder silk top is just the most gorgeous thing ever.  And of course this perfect ivory wool dress is sold out in my size (blast!!).

*image found here.

Friday, May 20, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: May 20, 2016




1) How to get through the airport’s TSA checkpoint as quickly as possible. (Lifehacker)

2) This boohoo Tilly shopper is unfathomably cool for just $35.

3) DNA tests are a popular law enforcement tool.  But what do you do when crime labs routinely get the tests wrong? (The Atlantic)

4) Looking to splurge on a dress for a summer wedding?  This DvF Kera dress is so punchy and fun.  For something fun and affordable, try this ASTR high-neck, twist front dress.

5) ‘Good Wife’ fans, Diane Lockhart is getting her own spin-off. (Elle)

6) Banana Republic is offering 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40.  This poplin peplum tank is on my must have list.  I also love this floral flutter sleeve dress and this very cool Jessa shoe in black and white stripe.

7) Why do we harass newly marrieds with questions about children?  And what can they do about it? (The Washington Post)

8) Shopbop has some cute shirts right now.  This embroidered TulaRosa Memphis top is cute.  I also like the re:named Red Petals top and this pretty scalloped hem top from Endless Rose.

9) The Cult-Favorite French Beauty Products You Can Buy on Amazon. (The Cut)  I’ve always been partial to the Lineage brand, particularly their Perfect Pore Cleanser.

10) Need a one-piece swimsuit?  This Shoshanna pleated waves suit is pretty.  This $39 scallop-trim suit is also a winner.  Plus-size? I like this jade green Kenneth cole.

11) Apparently 369 people thought being a blogger was just as good as being a doctor. (Career Cast)

12) Coil rings are everywhere right now.  Luckily, Max & Chloe and Elizabeth and James are offering mid-price versions of these pricey baubles.

*image found here.

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