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Belle’s Weekly Roundup: May 24, 2013


Women are more pragmatic than men are.  We tend to analyze and over-analyze every situation, while men are more apt to just jump in with both feet.  Sometimes, you just have to say, “Yes,” to the opportunity that presents itself and take the leap.  Whether the risk will work out typically depends on the effort you put in afterwards, not the analysis you put in before.

1.) One of the most common “Ask Belle” questions that I receive is, “What does this dress code mean?”  From California casual to cocktail attire for a 1:00PM outdoor wedding, I have seen it all and so have the folks at Lucky Magazine.  Check out their guide for decoding six common invitation dress codes.

2.) Last week, I stopped a Senate staffer in the hall to ask who made her gorgeous shoes and now, with them.  One click and you’ll see why.

3.) I lived in a 415 square foot studio for six years without issue, but this 165 square foot apartment in Italy makes me totally claustrophobic.

4.) The Internets, especially the Twitterverse, are going great guns in a debate about the pronunciation of “.gif.” The creator says it’s a soft sound, like “jif,” but a lot of people aren’t buying it.  Still no agreement on how to pronounce “meme,” either.

5.) This shirt and skirt combo from All Saints has me rethinking my diet of white dresses for summer. In fact, this looks like the perfect birthday party outfit for celebrating the third anniversary of my 29th birthday next week.

6.) Love Greek yogurt?  Would you be surprised to learn that the leftover whey from the production process can hurt the environment?  You won’t see that on the Fage label.

7.) With the start of the summer travel season, the overlords at TSA would like to remind you that your liquids and gels must be 3 fl. oz. or less.  Luckily, Sephora, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus have your full-size favorites in government-approved sizes.  My travel must haves?  Say Yes makeup-removing towelettes, Big Sexy Hair Hairspray, Psssst Dry Shampoo and Fresh Hesperides rollerball perfume.

8.) The film critics at Cannes are going wild for a film called, “All is Lost,” the story of a man trying to save his sinking sailboat in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  Oh, and did I mention that the movie is silent?  Seems a shame to waste all of that Robert Redford voice-over talent.

9.) Three words: Maple-Bacon Biscuit Bake.

10.) I’m looking for a shirtdress for business casual days.  I love this black and white DKNY dress.  I’ve also been thinking about a dress with a full skirt, this white one and this orange one both caught my eye.  But I still think this green silk one from The Outnet is my favorite.



  1. LS says:

    Another great roundup, Belle! Call me crazy, but I love that tiny apartment. Then again, I would probably live in cardboard box if it meant I lived in Italy…

    May 24, 2013/Reply
  2. Jenn L. says:

    That apartment is crazy small. I live in a small-ish (not sure of the square footage).

    I hate to call the creator of something wrong, especially in the tech world, but it is a hard g, like Kathy “Gif-ford.” Also the brand Asus – they say that it is, “ah-seuss,” but I can’t being myself to call it that (and I work in IT!) – I say, “ay-suss.” Oh, and meme is like, “meem,” not, “me-me.”

    And oh dear lord maple-bacon biscuit bake. A coworker of mine brought in maple-bacon cupcakes from a local bakery and ohhhh my.

    May 24, 2013/Reply
    • Jenn L. says:

      Evidently I cannot type complete thoughts today!

      I live in a small-ish apartment but that Italian one is crazy. I adore how well they used the space, but I don’t think it would be for me.

      May 24, 2013/Reply
  3. Crystal says:

    Love your posts, as always.

    One nit-pick, however: meme is most definitely pronounced “meem.” The internet meme phenomenon was named after the much-older idea of spreading thoughts and ideas within a culture. Think spread of ideas, rather than spread of genes. Richard Dawkins is credited with inventing the term in the 1970s, although “meme” was essentially a shortening of the Greek “mimeme,” or “imitated thing.” Check out more on the wiki page,

    (Finally putting that B.S. in Biology to good use.)

    May 24, 2013/Reply
  4. Alaina says:

    Your link on number 9 about the movie All is Lost is broken. 🙁

    I’m also on the hunt for a nice white shirt dress. My favorite (but far outside of my budget) is this Miu Miu one:

    May 24, 2013/Reply
    • Alaina says:

      I mean number 8!

      May 24, 2013/Reply
  5. Ashley says:

    Love the green dress from Outnet! It’s not in my budget but if I was your shopper I would choose that one for you!

    Also, those are definitely stop worthy shoes. Love Kate’s shoes!

    May 24, 2013/Reply
  6. J says:

    Those Kate Spade shoes are definitely fabulous. If only my shoe budget were bigger!

    I live in a 475 sq. ft. studio right now and often say that it’s a bit too much space for me. I think that tiny apartment is adorable. The layout looks well thought out and functional. It looks like there is only a tiny window though, i’d probably want the entire wall to be a window.

    May 24, 2013/Reply
    • LS says:

      Good point about the window, J. I was too mesmerized by the tiny kitchen to notice that.

      May 24, 2013/Reply
  7. EBT says:

    Hah the apartment in #3 looks enormous and luxurious compared to the “studios” where my friends and I had to live when we were au pairs. I actually think it’s pretty adorable.

    May 24, 2013/Reply
  8. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says:

    In LOVE with those Kate Spade shoes!

    May 25, 2013/Reply
  9. Joanne says:

    Made the Maple Bacon Biscuits this Memorial Day Weekend… it was everything… dear God it was good!

    May 27, 2013/Reply
  10. Liz says:

    Love the shoes, and thanks for the Greek yogurt tip. I’m veggie for environmental reasons, and I’m not vegan for weakness reasons, and I love Greek yogurt, and it’s important to know the real environmental impact of my choices if that’s my motivation.

    May 28, 2013/Reply