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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 by Belle

Belle’s Five Picks for February

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One day, you’re amazed it’s 2016.  The next, you’re shocked it’s February.  Before you know it, you’re carving a turkey wondering where the year went.

This month, I’m feeling bold.  More color, more texture, more impact.  Here are some of the pieces that caught my eye for February.

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1. Loeffler Randall Scarlet Lace Up Sandal ($425) // 2. Rifle Paper Garance Dore Social Stationery ($22) // 3. Goat Marcelle Dress ($333) // 4. Queenbee Cuff ($58) // 5. Plaited Updo (Pinterest)

One. Lace-up shoes are the biggest thing in footwear right now.  These Loeffler Randall sandals are so much fun (also in silver/nude).  For an affordable lace-up sandal, I like these laser-cut sandals from Nasty Gal.  I also like their tassel trim gladiator sandals.

Like the lace-up look but want something more conservative?  These blush-colored Topshop lacer-cut grille flats are to die for.  These black ASOS lace-up flats are also a great basic for $36.

Two. Garance Dore created a gorgeous collection for Rifle Paper.  These social cards are very fun.  Her 2016 wall calendar is a great little item.  And I adore the sketches on her New York/Paris notebook.

Three. Red.  I am on the hunt for a red sheath dress for the office.  This Goat dress is a Kate Middleton favorite.  For something in a mid-price range, this Maggy London gathered dress is a nice option.  I also like this Tahari Origami dress.

Plus-size? Try this Kasper v-neck sheath.  Petite?  This Maeve Evangeline sheath is super chic.

Four. Buzz buzz.  This bee-embellished bracelet from Baublebar makes such a statement.  Their chunky Billow cuff mixes metal and sparkle in a really cool way.  For a subtle statement, this layered Pisa cuff is a must-have.

Five. The weather has been terrible out West–wet, humid, yuck.  It feels like my hair has been in a permanent updo since Christmas, so I’m searching for new ways to pin it up.  This plaited updo from Pinterest caught my eye.  I also like this laptop loop, and this pretty, slightly-crazy faux-hawk.

Monday, February 1, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: February 1, 2016

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1) What are the Iowa Caucuses, and how are they different from primaries? (Digg Explainer)

2) I am completely obsessed with this Halogen blanket scarf.  The black and tan is right up my alley, thought the pale blue is nice too.  They also have a similar oversized scarf in red for just $22.

3) Is telling people “don’t read the comments,” enabling abuse and harassment online? (Medium)

4) Have you checked out LOFT’s “work” section?  I love this flippy skirt.  This dotted blouse in black and white is chic.  And this side-shirred melange dress is comfortable and sleek.

5) The Normal Financial Habits That Are Actually Causing You to Lose Money. (Elite Daily)

6) Honest Company is launching a new natural beauty line.  Their Kissable Lip Crayon comes in a lovely selection of colors.  If you want to try their skincare products, they’re offering a free trial.

7) The 7 Ways Clutter is Ruining Your Life. (Fast Company)

8) Banana Republic is offering an extra 50% off sale.  This long Heritage chunky cardigan is a dream.  I love this vented pencil skirt.  And this hidden closure belt is perfect with dresses.

9) Polling shoes that millennials political views are contradictory and nonsensical. (The Atlantic)

10) Need commuting flats?  These Gentle Soles ballet flats in metallic or black are the ideal choice.  They are so, so comfortable.

11) Cooking for one?  These easy recipes make solo dinners a snap. (Pure Wow)

12) Black Halo makes some of my favorite work dresses.  I need this Marissa sheath, this Gretchen cowl neck, and this square-neck Kento dress.

13) A father took his teenaged daughter’s cell phone away, and then the cops came knocking. (The Washington Post)

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Monday, February 1, 2016 by Belle

Three Ways: How to Style a Sleeveless Dress

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Dress: J.Crew Faux Leather Sheath ($168)

While I prefer dresses with sleeves, they are difficult to find.  But since we don’t all have FLOTUS’s arms or work in offices where bare arms are okay, we need to learn how to style sleeveless dresses.

This J.Crew dress has a nice look to it; the leather accent is a nice touch.  My favorite sleeveless dress on the market right now is this blush-colored Ann Taylor sheath.  This bright green Black Halo dress also caught my eye.  And if you still need a basic black dress, try this $79 Tahari v-neck dress.

Plus-size?  I love this white dress from Spenser.  Petite?  Try this Alyx boatneck sheath.

Upper Left, Jacket: Theory Braneve PeplumBlazer ($525) // Bag: Matt & Nat Tia Satchel ($168) // Brooches: North Star Brooch Set ($42)

A sheath dress is the perfect foundation for a peplum blazer.  This Theory jacket is a fabulous option.  If you need something more affordable, H&M has a gorgeous dark grey jacket.  I also like this ivory peplum jacket from Off5th.

Pins and brooches are hot right now.  I love the look of these brooches from Baublebar.  I also like this Glitter Eye brooch and this Bling jewelry pearl brooch.  A brooch is a great way to add sparkle and color to your outfit.

Right, Sweater: Line Barclay Sweater ($119) // Belt: B-Low Ribbon Belt ($98) // Shoes: Sam Edelman Kourtney Bootie ($89)

A chunky sweater is a nice contrast to a sleek sheath.  I love this midnight navy cardigan as a complement to the black and ivory dress.  Thins grey oversized cocoon cardigan and this Mango cardigan comes in several lovely colors for an affordable $60.

To complete the look, I chose a sleek statement belt and a pair of booties.  If you’re looking for a wider belt, this WHBM double buckle belt is a great choice.  I also like this Pieces round buckle belt for $18.

Lower Left, Top: Preen Nita Blouse ($735) // Shoes: Vince Camuto Nihal Pump ($70) // Earrings: Kadin Ear Crawlers ($85)

Wearing a blouse under the sleeveless dress is a great way to cover up if it’s done right.  The blouse needs to be in a light material because a heavy one will look bulky or matronly.  This graphic printed Preen blouse   has the same base color palette as the dress with some additional pops of color.

This petite floral blouse from Wallis is also a nice choice.  This 1 State floral chiffon blouse in shades of blue is also nice.  For something short sleeve, this melted tweed blouse from The Kooples is great.  I also like this geo-print placket blouse.

If you’re wearing a cool printed blouse, you need equally chic earrings.  I thought these Elizabeth and James ear crawlers were a nice choice.  For something more affordable, I recommend these Open Space Greeley ear crawlers.

Monday, February 1, 2016 by Belle

Morning Line: Taking a Break

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I mentioned last week that I need to cut back on the posts for a little while.  My class load is rather extreme this semester, and a few extra hours per week will make a big difference.

After a lot of thought, I have decided to cut the morning post.  It takes a surprising amount of time to find three like items and their petite and plus-size counterparts.  Instead, each Friday, I’ll post a Splurge vs. Save post featuring a few great items I found that week.  There will now be two posts per day that will go up at 11:00AM and 1:00PM Eastern.

Friday, January 29, 2016 by Belle

Lumpgate: The Verdict Is In

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First, thank you to everyone who commented and e-mailed to show your support during the past few weeks.  After I found the lump in my breast, it triggered a lot of emotions, primarily confusion and fear.  Knowing that so many of you have been through the process and it turned out to be nothing, or that if it was something, you had been able to persevere was a great source of comfort.

After several tests, the doctor determined that the lump in my breast — accompanying pain and swelling — was caused by an infection.  It’s an uncommon diagnosis since I am neither breastfeeding, nor rocking a sweet nipple piercing (as if).  But I am exceptionally grateful that it is something treatable and far less serious than initially feared.

Thank you again for all your support, it meant the world to me.

xoxo, Belle

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