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Monday, July 18, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: July 18, 2016




1) Young people are oblivious to the gender pay gap, or choose to believe time will heal it. (Financial Review)

2) I know no one wants to think about fall, but these suede booties with knot detail from WHBM should be on your must-have list.

3) The average US women wears a size 14, so why do so few retailers stock that size? (Racked)

4) If you need a new black bag for fall, feast your eyes on the Rebecca Minkoff Isabella Tea Satchel.

5) Chicago is still paying off its failed Olympic bid seven years later. (Chicago Tribune)

6) New from ASOS, this lipstick red tie waist dress for Friday day-to-night.  I love this breezy stencil-floral wrap dress.  And don’t miss this killer yellow dress from Whistles.

7) The data-driven case for offering employees vacation time and encouraging them to take time off. #useyourdays (HBR)

8) This striped dress from Shopbop is the perfect late-summer/early fall piece.  This $88 boatneck a-line dress from Three Dots is also a good transition piece.

9) A harassment whistle blower goes looking for a new job, watch what happens. (Wired)

10) The beauty mags are totally in love with this Marc Jacobs Air Blush blush duo.  Physician’s Formula makes a similar blush for $10.

11) Convent asks prospective nun to come back when she’s paid off her student loans. (Yahoo)

12) This colored Igloo mini-fridge is the stuff of college dorm dreams.  Definitely need one for my office.

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Friday, July 15, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: July 15, 2016




1) An insane feud has overtaken the town of Rehoboth Beach as weekenders and natives battle over backyard pools. (Washingtonian)

2) This Earth iPhone case by Zero Gravity has the coolest agate-like pattern on it.  So pretty.

3) Graduation speeches are basically life advice, so feast on the best messages from 2016’s speeches. (The New York Times)

4) I picked up this Drybar curling iron and brush set at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Also, don’t miss this NARS palette with four blushes, a bronzer and highlighter.

5) A new app lets women charge for a night out. I have so many opinions about this, I don’t know where to start. (The Verge)

6) Boden has some great new arrivals.  This blue, printed wrap dress is a chic classic.  This Ottoman a-line dress is perfectly relaxed.  And this floral lace top is an end-of-summer must.

7) How technology swallowed the truth, or why social media has made it so hard to discern fact from fiction. (The Guardian)

8) Brass is back in a big way in home design.  I chose brass pulls for my recent DIY project.  If you’re into brass, try this Honeycomb side table from Target or this brass starburst chandelier.

9) An interesting article on how the 40-hour work week shapes our spending and our lifestyles. (Films for Action)

10) Lululemon has the best outerwear.  It’s always chic and comfortable.  Their running vests, jersey jackets, and funnel neck sweaters are the best.

11) If you live in D.C. the costume designer for the TV show The Good Wife is speaking at the Smithsonian in two weeks, should be a good time.  Tickets are $30.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016 by Belle

Belle’s Picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016


The launch is approaching, and I’m tired.  But the thought of shopping the Anniversary Sale right at midnight is helping a bit.  Still, I have no idea how I stayed up until 4:00AM to do this when I lived on the East Coast.

Here are my first set of picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early releases.  It’s not the prettiest post, but since these items sell out so quickly, I figured looks were less important than speed.  But before we begin, some notes on the sale.

  • They have a “work” section.  So if you’re hunting for new office attire, start here.
  • The skirt selection is sparse.  And the Halogen pencil that has been the hero of so many Anniversary Sales past only came in black and camel this year.  Boo.
  • They are not letting you sort the items to 100 per page or stack them from lowest to highest price.  This makes it more difficult to search for the best deals.
  • Prices seemed more reasonable this year.  Fewer big ticket items, more things in the $80-$175 range.
  • Lastly, this is a stronger sale overall than I’ve seen in a few years.  Some sections (shoes, bags, skirts) are weaker.  But the majority (dresses, tops, sweaters, coats) are stronger.



Milly Mixed Media Fit and Flare Dress ($262) // Topshop Colorblock Shift ($76) // Eliza J Bow Neck Dress ($99)

There are some amazing dresses this season.  These dresses were my favorites.  The runner-up picks were this Halogen Mock Neck Sheath, this pink Ted Baker Tarala Dress, and this CeCe scallop dress that looks just like a Kate Spade frock from a few years back.

If you like the Milly dress, this Topshop dress is similar for less.  Need sleeves?  Don’t miss this Tahari Seamed Sheath and this Eliza J knot-front sheath.

Plus-size?  This oxblood Sejour dress is fabulous.  I also like this Ellen Tracy color block sheath.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by Belle

Political Convention Do’s and Don’ts



From Upper Left, Julie Vos Elephant Pendant ($145) and Large Patriot Donkey Pin ($13) // BCBGeneration Open Front Blazer ($118) // Tahari Crepe Dress ($118) // Kate Spade Wedges ($298) // Ted Baker Red Lace Dress ($143) // WHBM Taffeta Skirt ($99) // Caslon Gauze Wrap ($149)

Every four years the party faithful, the press, and the protesters gather to celebrate republican democracy.  The days are packed with speeches, meetings, dinners and parties.  And with most attendees sleeping miles from the main site, you leave your hotel in the morning in the clothes that you will be wearing all day.

Dressing and preparing for such an event is a real challenge.  So let’s sort out some of the confusion.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by Belle

The Workday Reading: July 13, 2016




1) Rule Check: All delegates the Republican National Convention are unbound and “free to vote their conscience.” (The Hill)

2) Tomorrow is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s first day of early access.  Bookmark the link.  Check out the catalog.  My picks will be up bright and early.

3) Advice on how to know when you’ve outgrown your current job. (The Everygirl)

4) ASOS has amazing skirts.  This beige paperbag skirt is incredibly cool.  Or go bold with this red belted pencil skirt.  Plus-size? This dotted pleated skirt is so feminine.

5) How to encourage an employee who “dresses like a slob” to step up her game. (The Cut)

6) Want to bring some drama to your work wardrobe? Check out this sculptural Bec & Bridge mock neck dress in blush pink.

7) Today, in things that are uncomfortable, the Holocaust Museum has a Pokemon Go problem.  And, even more shockingly, so does Auschwitz. (The Washington Post; USAToday)

8) For $58, this pink Aqua tank packs a lot of pretty.  This discounted Elie Tahari tank would also look amazing under a navy suit.

9) What women get wrong about working in male-dominated industries. (Fortune)

10) Kate Spade is having a great sale on Gilt.  There are 186 handbags to choose from including this gorgeous Holden Street satchel.  As for apparel, this flounce dress looks chic and comfy.

11) How pregnancy actually boosted this woman’s career. (Women on Forbes)

12) These gold Qupid Huarache’s are my new casual Friday shoe.  And they’re $25.

13) How unpaid interns in D.C. get by; hint, second jobs and group houses. (The New York Times)

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