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Monday, August 3, 2015 by Belle

Morning Line: August 3


This week, we’re talking about accessories.  Handbags, jewelry, and scarves, oh my.

I love leopard in the springtime, I love leopard in the fall…  All kidding aside, I think a leopard pouch is a great piece.  You can use it as a small clutch or toss it in your bag for storage.

Corner Office


Claire Vivier Leopard Clutch ($245)

Middle Cubicle


Mark & Graham Leopard Pouch ($119)

Intern Desk


Boden Zip Top Pouch ($58)

Friday, July 31, 2015 by Belle

Happy Hour: An August Cooler


Once July 31st rolls around, I start to hear the song “The Final Countdown” playing in my head.  How can summer be on the downswing?  I’m not ready.  I’m not ready.  

For many of us, August means a drastic uptick in temperatures.  Who needs a refreshing summer cocktail for Friday nights on the patio?


The Glitter Guide has this Rosemary Lemongrass Cooler on offer.  It mixes gin, champagne, lime, lemongrass and a syrup to make a light cocktail for summer nights.  This drink looks like the perfect thing to serve for a small outdoor dinner party.


Kut from the Kloth Sheath Dress ($98)

As it is almost August (eek!), it’s time for the last wide of the white dresses.  I chose cotton dresses, as it breathes a bit better than synthetic fabric.

This Kut dress has a nice trim and a sleek shape.  I also like this fuller-skirted Eliza J dress.  This henley dress from Ralph Lauren looks relaxed.  And this Ivanka Trump dress from Macy’s has a very unique eyelet pattern.

Want something more cocktail?  This BCBG ruffle-sleeve dress is divine.

Plus-size? This Calvin Klein eyelet fit-and-flare dress is nice.  I also like this Adrianna Papell cotton-eyelet dress.

Friday, July 31, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: July 31, 2015




1) U.S. News has ‘8 Career Tips for Women Who Want to Be The Boss.’

2) This $30 Aldo wallet is surprisingly chic.  I love the separate zip-up pouch and storage pocket.

3) Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men: A study in the dynamics of AC-cooling and office space.

4) White House Black Market has some amazing belts right now.  I adore this slim, cognac belt with a loop detail and this black belt with a wide knot.  Want a bit of fall color? This forest green belt is lovely.

5) A Pair and a Spare offers advice on how to e-mail someone you’ve never met (so that they might actually reply).

6) The Vogue September Issue is available for pre-order on Amazon.

7) Olympic teams at the 2016 Rio games will be swimming and boating in raw sewage. (And you thought the Sochi Games had problems.)

8) A metallic, long-sleeved cocktail dress for $1,200.  A metallic, long-sleeved cocktail dress for $178. Much better.

9) How we can stop exaggerating our political differences.

10) Boden has the cutest shoes.  These red, t-strap flats are great.  And these Harper ankle boots, in four fab colors, are perfect for fall.

11) On TV cop dramas, detectives use ViCAP to catch rapists.  In reality, fewer than 1 out of 12 police departments use the system.  ProPublica digs into the details.

12) This printed navy and mauve blouse from Anthropologie is the definition of relaxed chic.  I also like this lace-dipped sweatshirt (very pretty).

13) I love Birchbox for getting monthly beauty samples.  I want to try the PopSugar Box, which offers a wider selection of full-size beauty products and fashion accessories. Rachel Zoe’s ‘Box of Style’ also caught my eye.  Do you subscribe to any monthly boxes that you like?

*image found here.

Friday, July 31, 2015 by Belle

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The Best of the Rest


The 2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is coming to a close.  We’ve already talked about my best buys, but with so many sizes and items selling out, let’s talk about the best of what is left.


MAC Style Maven Face Kit ($49)

This is the kind of palette I would toss in my work makeup bag or in my desk for touch ups.  It has all the essentials and enough shadows to go from a day look to a night look.


DKNY Double Trench with Removable Hood ($119)


Le Mystere Tre Tisha Bra ($42)

People rave about this bra.  It’s designed for fuller-busted women and goes all the way up to 40C.


Pointed Cuff ($25)


Donna Karan The Nudes Hose (3 for $39)


Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote ($176)


Zella High Waist Leggings with Mesh Accent ($38)

Bought these. Love them.


Eye Opener Barette ($37)


Tahari Luisa Leather Jacket ($199)

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Belle

The Workday Reading: July 30, 2015



Thank you for your patience this week with the reduced content.  I have a huge school project due on Friday and, well, a new puppy who doesn’t understand my obsession with the silver Apple-branded box.  I’ll get caught up this weekend, and we’ll be back to normal next week.


1) Is there one question that can help you make the best new hire?  Fast Company thinks so.

2) These $29 lace-up flats have all the style of their Aquazurra brethren at a much lower price.

3) A father left his daughters $10 million each, but he put some constraints on the money to ensure that they don’t turn into wealthy ne’er-do-wells.

4) Off5th is having a clearance blow-out sale.  This Lafayette blouse and this dot-spray dress ($45) both caught my eye.  This $36 faux-leather satchel is a great basic.

5) The New York Times can tell you how many times your information has exposed to hackers thanks to a terrifying table.

6) Let’s talk clutches.  This Ecco sculpted clutch is modern and gorgeous.  This zippered, pale pink clutch from ASOS is a cool piece.

7) A negotiator brokering million-dollar deals has handled everyone from art dealers to warlords, and now he has tips to make you a better negotiator.

8) These $59 Gap trousers have a dressy look and a flattering tab front.  I also like this striped peplum tee.

9) Levo League covers how to freelance and make money.

10) I adore the chic black-and-blue print on this Kate Spade wallet.

11) TBD reviews beauty tools for microdermabrasion, acne prevention, and more.  I own the Illumask they review, and it lessens my breakouts.

12) This one-shoulder swim top from Moda Operandi is to.die.for.

*image found here.

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