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Belle’s Weekly Roundup: May 17, 2013


1.) Buzzfeed has a list of the books you need to read in your 20s.  I couldn’t agree more with #58.

2.) I spotted this amazing Phillip Lim crossbody bag/clutch in Muleh the other day, and I cannot get it out of my head.  Some people get songs stuck in their heads, I have chic leather goods on repeat.

3.) Looking for a way to kill time on a lazy afternoon?  Check out The Hairpin’s feature on the scandals of classic Hollywood.  One peek into the skeleton-filled closets of a bygone era and you’ll be hooked.

4.) I wanted a jersey dress that was nice enough to wear to work on a Tuesday, so I picked up this Ann Taylor sheath.  It has sleeves, a waist-defining detail and costs under-$100…what more could a girl want?

5.) A few years ago, I wrote a post about how I refuse to donate hair or money to Locks of Love because they make recipients pay for the wigs they receive.  So this Forbes article detailing how the charity “misplaced” $6 million in donations and only turned 3% of the hair donations it received into wigs caught my eye.

Still want to donate your shorn hair?  Try Pantene Beautiful Lengths instead.  They have a higher success rate at turning donated hair into wigs, and best of all, the wigs are provided FREE of charge to people in need.

6.)  The only thing I like more than clothes and makeup is television.  I watch way too much, so the season ending episodes are always bittersweet for me.  Luckily, Michael Ausiello has enough spoilers and inside info to keep me sated until fall.

7.)  Have you seen the new collection from Kate Spade called Saturday?  It’s supposed to incorporate everything you love about Kate into younger, hipper clothing.  I’m not her target demographic, but I have found a few pieces to love.  The bright mint sandals are really fun, and this slouchy dress is perfect for Saturdays.

8.)  Eating healthy food is a challenge for me because all I want to eat are cheeseburgers, nachos and ice cream.  But if I keep finding delicious and healthful recipes like this Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad, I might be able to stick to it.

9.)  On reader recommendation I signed up for The Skimm, a daily e-mail that breaks down the top news stories of the day into digestible bites, and I love it.  You should seriously sign up.   I also love Jon Stewart’s take on the recent troubles at the IRS; I laughed until I cried.

10.) Given that my new apartment is much, much warmer in the summer than my old apartment, I need some warm weather pajamas.  I was originally thinking about this set from Eberjey, but I’m a stomach sleeper so buttons are not the best choice.  This Donna Karan shorts-set is the cutest.thing.ever, but my pjs shouldn’t cost as much as my work clothes (same goes for this Hanro set).  So I think I’ll go for this pretty crochet set in ivory.

11.)  Now that the weather is heating up, I’ve started carrying a perfume rollerball in my purse for touch ups.  Sephora has a great selection of travel size fragrances that won’t spill in your purse.  Citron de Vigne is a favorite, but I also like the mix of scents in this Vanilla Grapefruit rollerball.



  1. R says:

    Victoria’s Secret and Target have some great summer pjs for much less.

    May 17, 2013/Reply
  2. Jessica says:

    #56 on the list of books is awesome too. It is laugh out loud funny!

    May 17, 2013/Reply
  3. LO says:

    So interesting to hear about Locks of Love! I donated my hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths in 2008, mainly because their wigs went primarily to women who lost their hair from chemo (as my mom did). I was surprised when some people admonished me for NOT donating to Locks of Love to “help the children”. If I was still bitter, I’d send this article to them 🙂

    May 17, 2013/Reply
  4. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for the info on Locks of Love. I have an appointment next week to cut off 10″ of hair. I was waivering between the two groups, will send to Pantene.

    May 17, 2013/Reply
    • Kate says:

      Anecdotally I will say my two donations to Pantene were acknowledged with a donation letter. Locks of Love didn’t send any receipt. If my experience is the norm I can believe locks isn’t tracking things very well or possibly at all.

      May 17, 2013/Reply
  5. Lynn says:

    Happy to see the Buzzfeed list has Song of Solomon! Every time someone says that Beloved is the best Toni Morrison novel, I figure they just haven’t read this yet. Amazing, amazing book. And the note about On the Road is totally accurate. That book is crap.

    May 17, 2013/Reply
  6. Kathleen Lisson says:

    Love rollerball fragrance as well, and thanks so much for sharing the Jon Stewart clip. I laughed, too!

    May 17, 2013/Reply
  7. LS says:

    Belle – curious about the Ann Taylor dress. I bought one of their wrap dresses in the fall that I love, but after only a handful of wears it started pilling. After wearing it through the winter, it looks very ragged. I believe it’s the same rayon blend as this sheath you posted. Have you had any problems with pilling? With this dress or any other of your AT dresses?

    May 17, 2013/Reply
  8. Hitha | Hitha On The Go says:

    I’m always a fan of your weekly roundups, but this has to be one of your best yet! I’ll be picking up tbat Ann Taylor dress, and I read the Skimm every morning!

    May 18, 2013/Reply
  9. Ginger R. says:

    I’m not a fan of hair donation sites because I’ve met so few cancer patients who actually liked their wigs, no matter how wonderful they were.
    Most I’ve known remove them ASAP upon returning home and ultimately prefer a soft scarf or cap.
    I think there are better ways to honor folks undergoing cancer treatments, the most important, in my opinion, is by supporting the Affordable Care Act, which will free cancer survivors from discrimination by health insurers and extend coverage to many more individuals. But your actions where they’ll make a different cancer patients will appreciate.

    May 19, 2013/Reply
  10. Ashley says:

    I made the Thai Quinoa Salad for dinner last week, and it was absolutely delicious. And easy. I substituted the cashews for peanuts because that’s what I had in my kitchen, but overall, it was wonderful.

    May 20, 2013/Reply