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Monday, August 31, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: August 31, 2015

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1) Miss Manners explains why not every e-mail needs to be read right now.  Also, the NYT covers the perils of e-mail auto-fill.

2) This pale grey bag satchel has a lovely mix of textures and sleek hardware for a reasonable $79.

3) What to do when you find out a co-worker makes more than you do.

4) Limited has some fantastic new arrivals.  This zip-back dress in cobalt is really chic.  And don’t miss this silky, drape neck top.

5) GQ examines the real life of sugar daddies/babies and the growing popularity of their arrangement.

6) Need your nail polish to dry right now?  Try these ‘Ta Da’ drops from Julep.

7) The Wall Street Journal discusses life lessons from the NYPD’s top hostage negotiator.

8) These mirrored-silver sandals from Schutz are crazy fun.  For a classic shape, try these Nine West Margot pumps of these B.P. Moreover flats.

9) Levo League explains how to take a personal day without feeling guilty.

10) Lace dresses can be boring, but this Rebecca Taylor dress is modern and cool.

11) Thanks to a “gerrymandering fail,” one woman will decide the future of a major tax increase for her town. I guess one vote does matter.

Eye Candy. This Elizabeth and James gown is simple in the front, drama in the back.

*image found here.

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Where to buy ‘cute’ sweatshirts?

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Dear Belle,

Odd question, maybe not odd, but definitely not work related…where do I buy nice/cute sweatshirts?  The only sweatshirts I own I got in college or on a campaign.  I keep seeing women in plain hoodies and pullies but I don’t know where they’re finding them.  Ideas?

xo, Hanna

Since the rise of ‘athleisure,’ clothing that used to be reserved for weekend lounging or gym trips has become appropriate for almost any occasion.  This means there are cute, stylish sweatshirts for sale in many stores.  Here are a few of my favorites.

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Wilt Basic Sweatshirt ($139)

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Athleta Tech Hoodie ($89)

Athleta’s line also offers tall, petite and plus-sizes.  Though not all products are available in all ranges, there is a little something for everyone.

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BR Drapey Hoodie ($69)

I also like this simple pullover sweatshirt from BR (it’s a great length for covering the rear view).

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Scotch & Soda Home Alone Sweater ($125, 3 colors)

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North Face Zip Front Hoodie ($57)

I thought the asymmetric zipper on the front was a really cool detail.

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Flat Shoes & Boots for Fall

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Dear Belle,

I know it’s not yet Labor Day, but I love autumn, so can’t help myself planning ahead. I’m looking for some new flat shoes that will keep my feet warm through winter. What trends in casual footwear and boots do you like this year? Are riding boots still in fashion? Is it all about booties? Lace up boots?

Absolutely love the blog.  Thanks, Julie

Most of the big shoe trends for this season revolve around high heels and mid-thigh boots.  Neither of which seems to be what you’re looking for.  Here are some classic and trendy choices.

Menswear-Inspired Flats

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Vince Camuto Empa Flat ($109) // Louise et Cie Tassel Loafer ($139) // Halogen Lacey Oxford ($109)

Flats with masculine shapes and details were on several of the Fall 2015 runways.  Nordstrom has a trend guide for their favorite menswear flats.  I love these Vince Camuto flats with a strong shape; they also come in three other colors.  I also love these sleek M. Gemi flats.

Looking for something under-$50?  These cut-out oxfords from Forever21 are the perfect blend of masculine and feminine.

Also, this Gilt sale has a good selection of interesting and basic flats that is worth a look if you’re hunting for flats for the fall.

Classic Riding Boots

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Sam Edelman Penny Boot ($149, also in wide calf) // Corso Como Geneva Boots ($198) // Nine West Velika Riding Boots ($179)

The most popular “must have” brand of riding boots is Frye.  But I am so hard on my boots, I can’t bear to spend $388 on a pair (even if they are gorgeous).  However, for some readers, that might be a very worthwhile expense when considering cost-per-wear.

My current go-to boot is Corso Como.  I’ve had pretty good luck with them.  I think they’re fairly comfortable, and they accommodate my skyscraper-high arches.

If you’re looking for boots at a bargain price, may I suggest Nordstrom Rack (lots of Corso Como) and Last Call.  In the coming weeks, the selection at Zappos will also be pretty good.

As for booties, they’re just not where I want to put my money right now.  I know they’re still the hot trend, but they’re usually not flattering (esp. the flat, ankle pairs).  Unless you have evenly proportioned legs, they just emphasize width, whether it be calf, thigh, or hip.

If you love ankle boots or you’re one of the rare women who they look great n, these Louise et Cie booties keep calling to me.  I just shout back that I’m too pear-shaped to wear them.

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: August 31

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Ponchos are big for fall.  The trick to finding one that looks flattering is to avoid anything that looks like a serape and instead, choose something that looks like an oversized cardigan.  They’re very warm for traveling and a good alternative to an oversized scarf if you get cold at the office.

Corner Office

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Vince Graphic Stripe Poncho ($425)

Middle Cubicle

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Ralph Lauren Striped Wool Poncho ($165) 

Intern Desk

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Dreamers Blanket Poncho ($54)

Petite: Ralph Lauren Two-Tone Poncho ($155) Plus: NYDJ Striped Poncho ($138)

Friday, August 28, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: August 28, 2015

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1) Are women more likely than men to use just their first names when they introduce themselves?

2) Love sleek totes?  You need to see this grey Mango satchel and this super chic black tote.

3) Why Men Think Women Are Flirting with Them When They’re Not. (video)

4) This $70 Luxe sweater from Everlane might be the perfect fall sweater at the perfect fall price.

5) The story behind the one pot pasta recipe that conquered the Internet.

6) Meghan at Wit & Whimsy has her pics for fall handbags.  All I can think about is this burgundy satchel.

7) Mother Jones discusses why salad isn’t as virtuous as it seems.  The WaPost covers why salad is totally overrated. #longlivecheeseburgers

8) Urban Decay Ozone Pencil is the perfect primer for lipstick or eye makeup.  For something in a drugstore price range, try this NYX primer pencil.

9) In-flight Wi-fi prices go up as demand surges.  Or why I no longer bother with Gogo’s slow connection.

10) Boden has some phenomenal shoes right now.  I love these Court Heels in six colors and these Audrey Bow Flats in three.

11) Banning child labor imposes naive Western ideals on complex problems.  So what should we do instead?

Eye Candy.  These Fred Leighton earrings are magical.  They’re so pretty and yet, still modern.

*image found here.

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