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Friday, October 17, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Weekly Reading: October 17, 2014

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1) Clementine Daily has some interesting thoughts on acceptance v. self-improvement.  Because loving yourself doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s no area of your life that can be improved through change.

2) Sole Society is making their popular $79 weekender in a new cranberry color; it’s gorgeous.  I also like this teal tote with a matching pouch.

3) Meet the man who smuggles Trader Joe’s into Canada.  The article is a fun read, and if you’re into the law, there are some fun choice of law and intellectual property issues.

4) DvF’s cap-sleeve Bevin dress is on sale for 59%-off.  A reader believes that it’s the best dress she’s ever purchased for work.  Off 5th has a large selection of DvF pieces including this basic Julian wrap dress for half-price.

5) On his show last week, John Oliver basically summed up how I feel about the pumpkin Spice Latte hysteria.

6) Emily at Cupcakes & Cashmere turned me onto MAC’s Rebel Lipstick. I love the plum hue, but I still think Clinique’s Black Honey is the most versatile lip color in the arsenal.

7) New research reveals that wearing a bra all the time can cause your breasts to sag. (Silent scream.)  Here is Stylecaster’s take on the 12 times when you can, and should, go braless.

8) Everlane sells sweaters that are both beautiful and affordable.  I love this slouchy raglan option.  This luxe long-sleeve sweater is also gorgeous.  And don’t miss this must-have cashmere tunic.

9) The photos of Alexander Wang’s collaboration with H&M proves that designer collabs can get weird.  Really weird.

10) How fantastic is this $13 scarf?  I love the Southwestern print.  And I adore this grey-hued leopard print.  It will look awesome with a black sweater.

11) If you like art, Business Week has a piece on the growing market for contemporary art.  The article revolves around a Christopher Wool painting that originally sold for $7,500, but was recently auctioned for $26.5 million.

12) If you’re looking for a rain boot with great traction that comes in a bunch of fun colors, these Chooka boots are a great option.  And they cost under-$75.  If you like a shorter boot, they offer this ankle-height option.

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Friday, October 17, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: October 17

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525 America Fair Isle Sweater ($172)

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Tommy Hilfiger Fair Isle Sweater ($80)

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Fair Isle Striped Sweater ($23)

Plus-size: Land’s End Fair Isle Sweater ($79)  Petite or Tall: Gap Fair Isle Sweater ($42) 

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Belle

Two Ways: H&M Grey Sweater

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Sweater: H&M Tie Neck Sweater ($25)

From Left, Earrings: Chan Luu Labradorite Drops ($98) Coat: Goodnight Macaroon Pastel Pink Coat ($198) Bag: Sole Society Kimberley Satchel ($45) Pants: Hutton Super 120s Trouser ($168) Shoes: Nine West Flax Pumps ($69)

From Right, Bracelets: Kate Spade Idiom Bangle ($48) and Renegade Cluster Bracelet ($59) Watch: Michael Kors Chronograph ($365) Tights: Hue Micro-Fishnets ($9) Bag: Clare V Leopard Satchel ($695) Skirt: Burberry Prorsum Pencil Skirt ($995) Shoes:  Ivanka Trump Fargo Bootie ($160)

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For the Office. The base outfit is all about monochrome, while the coat and accessories add color to the look.  I love the soft mauve and bold burgundy.  But there is nothing like the simple elegance of all grey.

These trousers are one of the few pairs of dress pants in my closet.  If you’re looking for something less-expensive, Express has these tweed trousers and these sleek Jones New York trousers.  Plus-size?  Try these Sejour pants in charcoal.

Looking for a long sleeve sweater?  Try this Gap Merino v-neck, also in tall and petite.  Prefer a blouse?  I like this inexpensive Forever21 blouse.

This mauve coat is incredible.  I also fell hard for this collarless coat in a bold deep-berry.  There’s nothing like a colored topper to spice up an outfit.

For the Office. Oh, hello, gorgeous deep green skirt.  Why, oh why, do you cost more than three months of car payments?  I do not understand.  Luckily, J.Crew Factory has this deep green skirt for under-$75.

Now, you know I love micro-fishnets instead of nylons, but they’re not for every woman or every office.  Need a switch?  With these gorgeous grey suede booties, you need grey tights to conform with the two-out-of-three rule.  Grey keeps the look sleek, where black would just break it up too much.

Not loving the booties?  These grey tall boots from DvF are to.die.for.  Want something less-expensive?  You need to switch to black or chocolate-brown, these Alfani boots come in either color.

I chose a leopard-print bag for a burst of wild, animal print.  If you need something cheaper, try this bag from The Limited.  Prefer something else?  I like this mustard-colored Aldo bag.  You could also go for a plum or burgundy color; I like this Tommy Hilfiger shoulder bag (a great buy in four colors).

Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: October 16

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H&M Tie Neck Sweater ($25)

I love this tie neck sweater, it’s a great layering and transition piece.  Wear an ivory chiffon blouse underneath it, or a burgundy blazer over it.  You can even throw it on over your sleeveless v-neck sheath dresses.

Other great sweaters from H&M include this basic grey sweater with a button shoulder.  I also like this fine-knit drape sweater (looks great with a wide-leg trouser).  And if you’re looking for something different, I recommend this vivid orange turtleneck or this honeycomb-texture pullover.

I couldn’t find anything that looked just like this in the different size categories, so I just pulled my favorite sweater from each.

Plus-size: I love this Vince Camuto lace trim sweater ($109) Petite: This Caslon cowl-neck tunic would be on the top of my list (also in misses size).  Tall: I like this cozy turtleneck from Gap.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Belle

Saks Friends & Family Sale: Belle’s Picks

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Yes, it’s that time of the year.  Retailers need to make room for their Black Friday/holiday goods, so they’re discounting what’s available now.  But who am I to complain when discount codes abound?

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Adriana Orsini Bezel Set Station Necklace ($135)

I don’t shop at Saks much, but they have a few designers that are hard to find elsewhere.  Adriana Orsini makes the kind of long, beautiful necklaces that would make Olivia Pope swoon.  And since all jewelry is 20%-off, there are so many gorgeous necklaces to choose from.  I also love this oval-shaped station necklace.

Another brand that Saks carries in abundance is 4.Collective.  They have amazing dresses, which thanks to the sale are 25%-off.  I would also check out their selection of Milly.  And if you need denim, Saks has every awesome brand including my favorite, Paige.

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