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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Eeeny, Meeny, Miny, Tote

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Dear Belle,

I am trying to choose between two very similar tote bags.  From a practicality standpoint, both meet my needs, so this really comes down to style.  I admire your taste so much, and I am hoping you could tell me which you would choose if you were in my shoes.

Would you pick this Kors Travel Tote or this Large Jet Set Tote?

Thanks, Caitlin

While these bags have a slightly different style, I think the bigger question is in regards to size.  The Jet Set tote is larger than the Travel tote.  The Jet Set also has a separated pockets and a zippered compartment.  For me, it’s always about storage.  I’d choose the Jet Set.

Looking for something similar under-$75?  This Saffiano tote from Mango is a good option.  I also like this Gabby tote from Neiman Marcus.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: July 1

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Rebecca Taylor Swiss Dot Top ($295)

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Jones New York Swiss Dot Tunic ($79)

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Talbot’s Stripes and Dots Swiss Shirt ($39, in plus and plus-petite)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: June 30, 2015

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1) Today will be one second longer thanks to something called “The Leap Second,” learn all about it on Vulture.

2) These Calvin Klein Gayle Pumps are $99, come in nine colors, have an ideal 3″ heel, and are available in sizes 5 thru a 11…need I say more.

3) Ask a Manager has five new Q+A’s, including how to manage someone who doesn’t want to move up.

4) Sick of fighting mid-day makeup melt to, worse, foundation-crushing humidity?  Try CoverGirl’s Outlast all-day primer.  (It’s also good for sensitive skin.)

5) Meet the man who helps Hollywood stay sober.

6) This open-back midi dress from Storee might be the most perfect summer dress ever, and it’s just $66.

7) Coloring books are catching on with adults.  And maybe it’s just me, but coloring sounds like it would be oddly relaxing.

8) This printed maxi shirtdress from Vince is to die for, to.die.for.  Tonal purple?  Perfection.

9) The Everygirl shows us 10 ways to style long and short hair.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Belle

Style Translator: Make Contrasting Necklines Work

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Rebecca Taylor Textured Jacket ($279) // River Island Cami ($64) // Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies Polish ($19)

I like when necklines complement each other–crewnecks with crewnecks, v-necks with v-necks, etc..  But what if you have two pieces in your closet that will look great together, and the necklines don’t match?  How do you make the combination look its most flattering?

This photo from Pinterest shows how to do exactly that.  Let me break it down.

Neckline. For this look, necklaces that complement the neckline of the jacket cure the disparity between the crewneck jacket and the v-neck top.  They create a kind of focal point that draws the crewneck down toward the point of the v.  This lengthens the whole look.

Here, she uses layered necklaces with delicate charms.  If you’re looking for something similar, this Henri Bendel necklace with an asscher-cut stone is lovely.  I also like this wishbone pendant from Sydney Evan.  For a more modern look, this Alvina Albramova pendant with a black, bezel-set stone is a great pick.

To unifying the contrasting necklines, you could also work from the opposite direction, and try a doubled v-shape pendant necklace instead.

Texture. I’ve mentioned before how I love mixing textures.  So this tweed-like jacket from Rebecca Taylor with a smooth, silky top is right up my alley.  If you’re looking for a less expensive jacket, this champagne Jones New York jacket has a silky trim, which is nice.  I also like this simpler jacket from Liz Claiborne for under-$50.

Plus-size? This Eloquii jacket comes in white or navy.  Petite? Try this Limited jacket in grey or this one in blue.

Color. Here, the palette is pure Olivia Pope.  Soft neutrals, on soft neutrals.  But what makes the look sing is the pop of contrasting burgundy nail color.

Some other color combos to try…how about white on white with a sparkling charcoal grey.  Or blue on blue with a bold coral nail?  Whatever color palette you choose, punch it up with a darker or brighter shade.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: June 30

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I know I’ve been talking about the LOFT a lot lately, but they are killing it right now.  Their current offerings are a nice mix of good basics and trendier pieces for summer.

As for the quality, given the lower price point and frequent sales, I’m generally impressed by the composition of the clothes.  The fabrics are mostly synthetics or blends (tis true), but they don’t fall apart like so many mid-price (J.Crew) or bargain (Charlotte Russe) brands.  Here are my favorite pieces they have on offer right now.

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Marisa Skinny Ankle Pants ($69)

How great is this deep purple color?

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Boho Halter Top ($59, petite)

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Rose Cocktail Ring ($25)

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Trapeze Swing Dress ($89)

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Space-dye Short-sleeve Sweatshirt ($35)

Don’t miss the back on this dress.  They also have an understated short-sleeved version.

Also, LOFT is offering 60%-off sale items.  The pieces below are my favorites from the sale.

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Constellation Ear Crawlers ($19)

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Mixed Eyelet Cami Dress ($89)

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Beach Halter Top ($39) and Bikini Skirt ($39)

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Ankle Strap Sandals ($25)

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