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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Belle

State of the Blog: Midterm Crisis


Woof.  My end-of-summer finals were such a blur, that I forgot how distressing comprehensive testing is.  There will be posts every day this week, just not as many as usual.

If you need another distraction, my Pinterest page has become my 10-minute study-break of choice.  I’ve also been posting to Instagram a bit.

As for other blogs to recommend, I always enjoy Mizhattan.  Gal Meets Glam has lovely, well-done photos.  If you like sleek neutrals, try Fashion Mugging.  And if you’re looking for well-layered casual styling, have a look at Seersucker + Saddles.

Back to Contracts.  xoxo, Belle

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Post-Night Out Footwear


Dear Belle,

I share your disgust for women who walk home from the bar barefoot.  Just the thought of it gives me chills.  I purchased a pair of Footzyrolls on your suggestion.  They work fine, when I want to ditch my heels, but I go through a pair every few months because they’re so cheaply made.  Do you know of any flats that can fit in a clutch, but aren’t flimsy?

Love the blog! Cait

I stopped counting the number of barefoot women walking down the street in front of my apartment when I needed my toes to keep counting.  It’s so gross.  I’ve seen the things that happen on that sidewalk.  So I appreciate when women take precautions for the inevitable post-nightclub foot pain.


Yosi Samra Studded Snake-Effect Flat ($44)

For a thin, foldable flat, I like the Yosi Samra slip-ons.  I can’t wear them all the time because the elastic is hard on my feet, BUT they can be worn as a casual flat (I hear they’re great for traveling).

The Outnet has a large selection at just over-half their usual price.  I like this gold flat and this croc-effect flat in all black.  If you don’t mind paying full-price ($84), Shopbop has even more colors and sizes.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Tunic Sweaters for Winter


Hi Belle, 

I wear skinny jeans or thick leggings all winter and I need tops that provide coverage.  Can you help me find some tunic length sweaters?  I need to spend less than $100 per sweater.  Also, no bright colors or pastels if you please.

Thanks, Eun

Longer sweaters are a good casual option, though you can also wear sleeker ones with pencil skirts.  I found some lovely choices in your price point, so let’s dive right in.


Caslon Cowl Neck Tunic ($68) // Vince Drop Shoulder Sweater ($90) // Heather B Marled Sweater ($88)

The first two tunics come in fall hues neither bright, nor pastel.  If cowl neck tops aren’t your thing, this Topshop sweater is cozy-looking.  This scoop neck sweater from Ann Taylor (also in petite) comes in three seasonal colors, and this Vince Camuto tunic comes in a lovely shade of cranberry.

Prefer neutrals?  I love the black-and-white marled tunic from Bloomingdale’s.  Banana Republic also has this merino tunic in black and charcoal, and I adore their chunky cable tunic (also in petite).  This BCBGeneration boucle sweater is an interesting option.  And don’t miss black-and-cream color block sweater from Last Call.

Plus-size? This cable Alfani sweater comes in several gorgeous colors, and this shirt tail hem Halogen sweater is a nice option.

One last bit of advice, before you buy a tunic sweater always check the rear view.  If they cut across your backside in the wrong place, they actually make your rear look wider.  And who wants that?  Nobody, that’s who.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: October 28


If you’re looking for an alternative to skinny jeans, try a slim bootcut.  They balance out wider hips, lengthen the leg, and you can easily tuck them into tall boots.

Corner Office


Mother The Runway Skinny Bootcut ($188)

Middle Cubicle


NYDJ Billie Mini-Bootcut ($110)

Intern Desk


Calvin Klein Curvy Jeans ($58) 

Plus-size: NYDJ Billie Mini-Bootcut Jeans ($120) Petite: Ralph Lauren Modern Bootcut ($90) Tall: 678 Dark Wash Jeans ($80, also in misses)

Monday, October 27, 2014 by Belle

State of the Blog: Things I Don’t Miss



Midterms, thing #435 that I didn’t miss about school.  Not as stressful as finals, but a harbinger of things to come.  I will celebrate the joy of freedom when Friday comes.

I’m taking today off so I can re-learn defeasible fees and assignment clauses.  Back tomorrow with some Ask Belle questions.

xoxo, Belle

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