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Monday, November 23, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Long Wool Winter Coats


Hi Belle,

I love the short coats you just sent…but I need a long winter coat.  I would love a nice wool coat, but don’t want to pay more than $500.  Any good options that will last through several years?  Thanks!


$500 is a very healthy budget.  Even then, it may be difficult to find a 100% wool coat because many brands are cutting their natural fibers with the artificial stuff in the name of profit.  Here are some coats in the $200-$500 range that should fit your needs.


DvF Wool Blend Wrap Coat ($449)


Talbots Gramercy Wool Coat ($229, also in petite and plus)


Cinzia Rocca Virgin Wool Coat ($379)


Ted Baker Wool Cocoon Coat ($311)


Belle Badgley Mischka Wool Blend Coat ($289)


Vince Camuto Wool Blend Officer Coat ($248)


MYNT 1972 Wool Maxi Coat ($458)


BR Pink Double Breasted Coat ($328)

Friday, November 20, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: November 20, 2015




1) Meet the 10 Most Powerful Women in History.  A fun Friday read from Listverse.

2) Stop the presses. This $51 Neiman Marcus tote mixes black and navy, has a cool shape, and is reversible.  Need it.

3) A brief, but valuable history of how the U.S. government’s quest to defeat communism led to the rebirth of Salafism and the rise of ISIS.  (Salon)

4) Nordstrom Rack has some nice work dresses.  This plum Tahari dress is pretty.  Brighten things up with this red Emploi dress.  For casual Friday, try this Max Studio fit and flare.

5) People who sleep late are actually smarter and more creative.  You hear that, Mom and Dad?  (Elite Daily)

6) This Madewell pendant blends natural elements with clean, architectural lines.  I also love their slip-knot bracelet and simple balance necklace with a cool geometric look.

7) Ronda Rousey, and the danger of being imperfect while female. (Medium)

8) Need tights?  I bought these Spanx Luxe Leg Blackout Tights, and I am in love. Total opacity achieved.

9) Demaryius Thomas writes a moving piece about losing his mother to drugs and prison, and how he survived a hard childhood to make it to the NFL. (The Players Tribune)

10) Looking for a cool gift for the man in your life?  Try a Hook + Albert bag that switches from a duffle to garment bag or a Yeti cooler.

11) Why do recipe writers lie (and lie, and lie) about how long it takes to caramelize onions? (Slate)

Eye Candy. The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is just overly indulgent, capitalist eye candy.  I find it endlessly entertaining to see what Neiman’s can convince the under-rich to buy.

*image found here.

Friday, November 20, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: November 20


I love a long winter coat, but I know that’s just not practical for everyone.  Maybe you need something shorter, less formal.  Or maybe you just want to save your long coat for work and have something else for the weekend.  Here are a few options for short coats.

Corner Office


Burberry Brit Needlethorpe Coat ($1,295)

Middle Cubicle


Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Peacoat ($165, four colors)

Intern Desk


Old Navy Classic Peacoat ($65)

Plus-size: Calvin Klein Wool-Cashmere Coat ($150) Petite: Kristen Blake Peacoat ($180) Tall: Land’s End Peacoat ($125)

Thursday, November 19, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Style Hair with a Bang


Hi Belle!

I rely on your beauty and hair advice and was hoping you’d have some tips/tricks for me. I recently, impulsively, got bangs (for the first time since I was 7). I think I’m in over my head. Any suggestions on what to do, what products I need, how to deal with wind!, or overall tips/tricks?

Thank you so much! Bangs Newbie

P.S. This is a pretty good example of my hair.

I’ve had bangs every day of my life, so you’ve come to the right place for advice.

Bangs take a bit more work, but they are worth it.  Bangs cover fine lines in your forehead (cheaper than Botox), and they frame the face.  I’ve grown by bangs longer since my younger years, but I will never be parted from them.

First. To prep your hair, I like a thickening mousse.  Living Proof makes the best one.  Need a drugstore brand?  L’Oreal Paris makes a decent dupe.

Second. You need a round brush.  The bigger the brush the looser the curl.  I like this Spornette ceramic brush in the 3″ size.  To do the job properly, you’ll need a concentrator nozzle for your hair dryer.

Third. I also use a curling iron to curl my bangs.  Mostly because my hair doesn’t hold a curl very well.  This 1.75″ Conair iron does a good job.

Four. To preserve the bend, you will need a bit of hairspray.  The Big Sexy hairspray has the best hold, even in humidity.  For a bit more hold, a shaping paste can smooth and control unruly hair.

Five. The wind is the constant enemy of those with bangs.  To combat the breeze, I carry a travel size hairbrush, and my secret weapon, a velcro roller.  The roll provides a bit of bend and lift to refresh your bangs in a pinch.  If you want to get serious about it, a travel sized curling iron can be kept in your desk at work.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 by Belle

Ask Belle: Sources for Cotton Sweaters


Hi Belle,

You feature a lot of wool sweaters but they are so itchy.  Do you have a source for cotton sweaters?  I feel like J.Crew’s are so cheaply made it’s not even worth trying.  Please help me find some sweaters.  I need to pay $100 or less.

Thank you. Olivia

If you’re searching for cotton sweaters, I recommend Land’s End, Nordstrom, and Macy’s.  They all have a healthy selection of styles.  Here are a few cotton sweaters from other retailers that caught my eye.


Everlane Cotton Sweater Crewneck ($60)


Anthro Funnel Neck Pullover ($68)


Mango Textured Sweater ($49)


Gap Chunky Knit Cardigan ($50)


ASOS Roll Neck Tunic ($63)


Snap Turtleneck Sweater ($45)


Oasis Embellished Top ($81)


Plus size Chunky Knit Sweater ($30)

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