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Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Belle

Happy Hour: Put It on Ice



Sipping a cocktail on a hot summer day is a great way to relax.  But it’s disappointing when you reach the bottom of the glass and discover that your libation is more watered down than a 90s pop album.  These flavored ice cubes from The Jungalow keep your drink cold without diluting it.  I like these silicone ice cube trays from Williams Sonoma because they’re easier to use than the plastic ones.

Serving your cocktail from a punch bowl?  Make a large ice cube ring filled with fruit and herbs.


Suno Embroidered Peasant Top ($395)

An embroidered cotton top is a great addition to your warm weather wardrobe.  It’s also the perfect attire for a casual backyard party.  You can pair it with shorts, white pants, or skinny jeans.  It’s relaxed and breezy, but still impossibly chic.

Looking for something a bit cheaper?  This Forever21 cap-sleeve top is incredibly cute.  This J.Jill embroidered top with turquoise accents is a good choice.  It also comes in petite and plus-sizes.

I like my peasant blouses with a long-sleeve, so this red-accented top from Shoptiques caught my eye.  This Gibson & Lattimer top with black accents is pretty.

Prefer a tunic length?  Tory Burch is the standard.  This Ark & Co. tunic is more affordable, but just as stylish.  Plus-size?  This Charter Club tunic is lovely.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: April 30, 2015




1) The 5 Things Your Emails Need to Include to Get People to Read and Respond.

2) This Nine West ‘Valaria’ wedge sandal is perfect for summer.  It comes in a strong variety of colors for an affordable $78.  These red high-heeled sandals with mesh accents are also really fun.

3) LA Weekly covers how the liberal-leaning film industry excels at discriminating against women.  And I thought politics was bad.

4) Elle covers the American drugstore-beauty products that French fashion editors love.  My favorite drugstore products?  Eucerin Aquaphor (great for the under-eye area) and Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in Shade 08.

5) The Verge discusses the best ways to store your photos online.

6) This simple, black dress from Anne Klein could work in any office wardrobe.  Plus-size? This Pendleton dress is very similar.

7) An ex-boyfriend used the Internet destroy Zoe Quinn’s reputation, but he wasn’t alone.  He had an army of trolls gleefully helping him.

8) Beauty High covers how to apply highlighter to your eye area.  I love this Anastasia highlighter stick.

9) Fighting a tendency to procrastinate?  Inc says an app may be the best way to fix it.

10) This pale violet Balenciaga dress is incredible.  I love the pleated sheer yoke.  #jawsdrop

*image found here.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: April 30



Forever21 Faux Leather Weekender ($35, also in black)

The word ‘weekender’ might lead you to believe that this bag and its kin are uni-taskers suitable only for their stated purpose.  However, these large satchels make great airplane bags, diaper bags, and gym bags.

This blush-colored satchel from Forver21 has a sleek look and some cool details.  This black H&M weekender offers a chic slouchier shape.  And this barrel-shaped Sole Society weekender is one of the most popular options on the market.

Not into faux-leather?  The Lipault nylon bags are a great option.  This striped canvas bag from Baggu is perfect for the beach.  And people rave about Everlane’s duffle-style weekender.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: April 29, 2015




1) This video tour of Antartica is absolutely stunning.

2) Iris & Ink kills it again.  This short-sleeve maxi dress in black or grey is a must have for summer.

3) More Magazine covers spring fashions for every age. (Bring on the florals.)

4) Redbook has ’12 Cool Manicures You Can Do Yourself.’  I paint my own nails to save money, and I could not live without Deborah Lippmann’s Gel Lab.  I also adore her new purple-mauve Love in the Dunes shade.

5) Bloomberg discusses the best and worst fonts for your resume.  Guess I need to switch out the Times New Roman that I’ve used for years.

6) These red-hot ASOS Heartbreak Hotel shoe is to.die.for.  I also love these black, fringed Harbour sandals.

7) If you’re wealthy and find yourself driving in Finland, do not get a speeding ticket.  They’re calculated based on income, so if you make big bucks, you pay big bucks.

*image found here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Belle

Belle’s Closet: Spring Purchase Reviews


Every few months, I like to review my recent purchases.  Talk about what I liked, what I loved, what I loathed.  This time, there are a mix of clothing and beauty purchases.  Some are new, some are re-reviews.  Let’s get started.


Belinda Eyelet Sheath Dress ($169)

From the moment I put this dress on, I fell in love.  It’s so pretty.  So pretty.  The cinched waist, flirty skirt, and eyelet fabric create a dress that is perfect for many summer occasions.

I ordered a 2 based on the size guide’s recommendation to size down.  I’m typically a 4/6, but this dress fits very well.  However, if you’re busty, you’ll want to take your regular size.


Britt Dress ($169)

I bought this dress unsure whether it was a work dress, a dinner dress, or possibly both.  I’m pleased to say that for many offices, this dress is both.  It’s not so snug as to be inappropriate for work, but fitted enough that you can dress it up for dinner.

The best thing about this dress is the color.  In the photo it is blush; in person, it’s a soft rose.  It gives you a hint of spring color without washing you out.

As for the fit, the sleeves are a bit snug and the bust too.  So you’ll want to take your regular size even though the size guide says to size down if those are your problem areas.


Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex Mascara’ ($28)

A few months ago, I gave this mascara a good recommendation.  I take it all back.

As the mascara ages, it becomes impossibly dry.  When I started wearing it, a bit would rub off on my lids.  By the end of the first month, it started to flake like breakfast cereal.  And changing contacts midday and fishing pieces of mascara out of the corners of my eyes is not a good time.

I’m going back to my Kevyn Aucoin mascara.


Seychelles ‘Can’t Trust Myself Sandal’ ($49)

I bought these sandals for a casual summer option.  I like that they have the cage front and an ankle strap to keep them from clopping about.  They also come in gold and melon.

They seem well made for a $49 sandal, but it’ll take a few more weeks of wear before I know for sure.  They’re comfortable, but did take a few wears to break in.  Blisters are always a concern when you wear a strappy sandal, but some anti-chafe stick will keep them at bay (mostly).

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