The Morning Post: February 21, 2017

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1) This college took their job interview dress code a bit too seriously. (CBS News)

2) I post a lot of affordable bags, but this Mango Flap Tote in blush is the best one I can remember.

3) To all the ‘bitches’ out there in the workplace. (LinkedIn)

4) These Born Wrap-around Flats look like a great casual basic with just a hint of flair.

5) Everyone likes ‘flex time’, but we punish women who use it. (HBR)

6) Get started for spring with this navy sheath from Dillard’s and this Mural structured blazer.

7) Does underpacking save you from “thinking about your clothes?” (Racked)

8) This $8 facial cleanser from Sephora is my new favorite. I love the Green Tea and the Yuzu.

9) An honest list of what not to eat at Trader Joes.  Because, yes, their sushi does “taste like how running into your ex feels.” (Man Repeller)

10) H&M Must Haves: a silky $10 short-sleeve blouse and this pretty, printed dress for spring.

11) Three immediate changes women can make for career success. (Forbes)

12) Completely and totally obsessed with this $6 gold-leaf, long pendant necklace.

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Things I Want to Learn. How to poach the perfect egg.

Dreaming About the Beach, Instead of the Bar Exam.  And this $20 Panama Hat figure heavily into those dreams.

This Makeup Trick Has Been a Secret of Mine for Years. The recipe for glowing skin.

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The Morning Post: February 17, 2017

8d78168e93069a7d974a08ee2cdfc6911) We talked about preparing for a networking coffee, here’s five easy ways to screw one up (or not). (LinkedIn)

2) Stop what you’re doing, go to Old Navy, and buy this simple and chic $22 purse.

3)  D.C.’s 100 Very Best Restaurants. (Washingtonian)

4) I only wear Jimmy Choo fragrance, so I’m incredibly excited for their newest fragrance.

5) This article of dual-arrests in domestic violence cases makes me physically ill. (ProPublica)

6) I can’t decide if this sweater’s sleeves are cool/on-trend or Carmen Miranda-esque.

7) How to learn flexibility from a quarter-life career crisis. (FastCompany)

8) These classic, dainty bow-sandals from Daya have me wishing for spring.

9) For millennials, it’s never too early to save for retirement. (The New York Times)

10) Finally, a way to store K’s ever-multiplying tech cables.  Praise be.

11) How to sell weed without getting caught? Hire models as dealers, Queens of the Stoned Age. (GQ)

12) BR has 40% off new arrivals. I grabbed this smartly detailed, office-appropriate flare skirt.

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The Idea Whose Time Has Come. Champagne vending machines.

What I’m Consumed By. All I can think about is the bar exam.  My assessments are not improving, and it’s scary because my MBE skills were barely passable to start with.  Right now, I’m trying to decide whether it’s better to risk a likely failure, or simply take a pause until the July exam.  So it’s 2:00 AM on a Thursday, and I’m not asleep.

What I’m Replacing. A pair of lost pearl earrings, with these $40 Akoya studs.

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The Morning Post: February 15, 2017

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1) Read this before asking a potential career connection to get coffee. (LinkedIn)

2) This navy Lily & Franc bag has stylish details, a sleek shape, and an affordable price.

3) Five types of difficult bosses, and how to deal with them. (The Everygirl)

4) Bring yellow into late winter with a bright, chunky knit from Mango and Becca driving mocs.

5) How to fall asleep faster, and sleep deeper. Yes, please. (Marie Claire)

6) Halogen kills it again with this simple, slit pencil skirt.  I’m also loving this versatile open-front jacket.

7) Travel Tip: How to block out distracting passengers on the plane. (Hitha on the Go)

8) Meghan and I will be doing the BabyFoot peel after the bar. We’re both a bit nervous about it.

9) Meet the reporter who started in sports, and wound up covering 6,000 weddings. (The New York Times)

10) This Trouve top mixes office propriety with a hint of sex appeal.  Would you wear it to work?

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Where I Store My Keys.  In this patterned All Across Africa woven grass bowl.

What I’m Drinking.  Flavored, sparkling water is now an obsession.  This article tells the history of the oh, so popular La Croix.  Spindrift is my drink of choice.

What I Subscribe To. PolarNews, the news reader that allows you to see how both sides are covering the big stories.

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Fashion & Beauty Queries: Vol. IV, No. Five

Hi Belle,
I recently started a new job in a casual office, meaning jeans everyday is the norm.  I feel like I wear sweaters and booties everyday, and am getting bored.  I guess I am looking for some shirts to change things up.  Any suggestions?  Tall sizes, please.

-Ashley

I would start by extending the pieces you already have.  In other words, layer up.

I love this long, olive vest from Club Monaco.  For something less expensive, try this $50 Romeo & Juliet vest.  If olive isn’t your thing, try this navy vest from Sugarlips.

Another option is a leather jacket, like this white funnel neck one from Nordstrom.  Or pick up this BB Dakota classic with a shawl collar.  Need a tall option?  Try this Muu Baa jacket.

If you want new pieces, I would look into some casual dresses.  I like this cocoon sweatshirt dress from Anthropologie.  This funnel neck chunky sweaterdress would look great with leggings and this Gorjana pendant necklace.  In tall sizes, this simple, black swing dress is perfect for layering.

Hi Belle,

My navy pencil skirt is on its last legs.  I want to buy two new ones to replace it, a basic one and something cooler than that.  Any suggestions for either skirt? I’d prefer something in the $150 or less range.

Good luck on the bar! Amy

Let’s start with the “cool” skirt.  This Iris & Ink skirt has a fluted hem midi-skirt that’s pretty fun.  Antonio Melani has a similar look that’s knee-length.  I also like this Kobi Halperin wrap-front skirt with a bow-belt accent.

For the basic one, you can’t go wrong with the Ann Taylor Seasonless Pencil Skirt.  And I’ve always been a big fan of the T Tahari pencil skirts for their simple fit and affordable price.

Plus-size?  This Calvin Klein pencil skirt is a good basic.  For something a little different, try this Briggs gored skirt that has a bit of flare to it.  Petite?  Try the Ann Taylor pencil, and this BR layered-pleated skirt.

Hi Belle,
I am looking for cute, inexpensive and warm loungewear pants. I am always cold and usually wear unflattering fleece leggings. Zella’s live in leggings are not warm enough for me. Please help! Thanks. Good luck with the bar exam!  – JL

These Make + Model track pants are like a sleek pair of sweatpants.  They might work.  Also, these Topshop velvet joggers don’t have the saggy rear-view that so many joggers give you.

If you want to stick with leggings, I would recommend Uniqlo Heattech leggings.  They’re super affordable, and lined with fleece to give you a warm base layer.  I bought a pair for skiing (not that I’ve seen a run all winter thanks to the bar!).  Athleta also makes a PolarTec Line that’s specifically meant for winter runners; I would give that a look, too.

Hi Belle,

I will be making a trip to Florida with the boyfriend to visit his parents in March. They live close to the beach and spend a lot of time there, so we will be doing the same. I’m excited, but I’ve only met them a handful of times and the thought of wearing a swimsuit around them is a little stressful. Any tips for places to buy a well-made swimsuit? I’m a curvy girl, so want to make sure I’m keeping my assets up top and bottom in check!

Thank you! Erin

Swimwear is so hard to find.  My only recommendation would be to order a bunch of suits from Shopbop or Zappos and try them all on in the comfort of your home.  Instead, let me recommenda fantastic cover up.

For Cuba, I bought this long, white coverup from LOFT, and it was the buy of the trip.  Perfectly beachy, but also pretty and functional.  Sadly, it’s sold out, but this Skin Skin caftan and this OdlR cotton caftan look similar.  I also love this Natori kimono sleeve caftan from Nordstrom rack in grey.  And this Ellen Tracy printed caftan for $39 is pretty cute, too.

I prefer the long caftan to a short cover-up because you can wear it anywhere.  As long as it’s not super sheer, you’re covered up enough, but still dressed for the beach.  You can wear it to a casual lunch or to run a quick errand.  It’s definitely a poolside, beach staple for me.

Seven Fun Accessories for Under-$75

Sometimes your outfit just needs a little something extra — a pop of color, a bit of shine, a hint of print, a different texture.  And nothing is better than when you can pick up a fabulous piece for a reasonable price.  Here are seven extras that will give your outfit a lift.

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Caslon Shoreline Stamp Wrap Scarf ($39)

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Steve Madden Robbins Cross Body ($48)

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Panacea Beaded Circle Pendant Necklace ($24)

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Nine West Seeya Flats ($48, also in turquoise, navy, and neutrals)

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Baublebar Marina Collar ($48)

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Halogen Scallop Laser Cut Corset Belt ($39)

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Sam Edelman Ankle Bootie ($65)