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Belle’s Weekly Roundup: June 14, 2013


Being a planner and a list maker is great.  But at some point, you learn the difference between blazing a path and letting a path confine you.  I hear a lot of women–friends, relatives, colleagues–saying, “I want to {insert dream here}, but now just isn’t the right time.”  Sometimes this is true, but sometimes, women use timing as a mask for their fears.  So the next time you postpone something you really want, ask yourself why, and then ask yourself whether you can make now the right time.

Just like the quote from Tina Fey a few weeks ago said:  Say yes, you’ll figure the rest out later.

1) Today is Flag Day. Celebrate the Star Spangled Banner by watching this 11-year-old boy blow the roof off the stadium with his rendition of The National Anthem.

2) Did you know that someone actually owns the copyright to ‘Happy Birthday’?  It’s why chain restaurants make up their own birthday songs, and television anchors aren’t permitted to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to one another on air, unless they want to pony up the royalty fee.  But one brave soul has stepped forward to sue Warner Music to ensure that we are all permitted to celebrate our loved ones by singing off-key.

3) I’m trying to add some new pieces to my jewelry box.  So far, I am drawn to this enamel and crystal ring, these geode earrings and this rustic-looking rose gold necklace.

4) Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson was flagged for ‘excessive celebration’ by the judge handling his domestic violence charge and will spend 30 days in jail as a result of his antics.  Now, if only we could send this judge to Los Angeles to hear Lindsay Lohan’s case.

5) The leather-accented shift dress that I was craving all spring went on sale for 50-percent-off on Monday.  Of course, I recently decided to go on a shopping-hiatus until mid-July, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

6) Feeling charitable?  Here’s hoping you haven’t donated to one of the 50 Worst Charities.  It’s sad how many of these organizations purport to support law enforcement, veterans’ groups and cancer patients.

7) If you follow me on Twitter, you know that donuts are my obsession.  A friend (or is she an enemy?) bought me this donut pan for my birthday, and I used it to make these incredible little pastries.  This would be why the seams in my pencil skirts have been giving me the side-eye.

8) I cannot wait to give myself a manicure with these amazing Urban Decay polishes that I bought last week.  They’re everything.  The charcoal grey is my favorite, it’s shimmery and a bit edgy.

9) Several years ago, I attended a wedding where one of the bridesmaid stood up for the couple at the ceremony, skipped the reception and never spoke to the couple again.  I thought this disappearing act was weird until I read this article from Slate: “This is the Last Time I Will Ever See You.”

10) Need a good gift for a whiskey lover?  Check out this leather bound notebook, which includes details about different regions and distilleries, and cocktail recipes.

11) And last, but by no means least, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  A Republican from Montana, Rankin was sworn-in in March 1917, more than three years before the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.  Rankin was a truly incredible woman who led the way for all the amazing female elected officials who came after her.



  1. eduncan says:

    On a hiatus from shopping? That must be tortuous as you find cute things all week to post- its like Willy Wonka giving up chocolate. More power to you, Belle.

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  2. Kim says:

    I’m very intrigued by # 9. What do you mean by “the bridesmaid stood up for the couple at the ceremony”?

    June 14, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      You stand up on the altar when you’re in the wedding party, so she “stood up” in support of them and then vanished like Shangri-La.

      June 14, 2013/Reply
      • Maharani says:

        Not surprised. THe one time I was a bridesmaid-in 1986-was for someone-a dear friendat the time-I havent seen or heard from since.

        June 15, 2013/Reply
  3. freddie_my_love says:

    Yay Jeanette Rankin! I always loved the statute of her in the Montana capital growing up.

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  4. freddie_my_love says:

    And because I’m in law school I typed “statute” when I meant to say “statue.” Whoops!

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  5. Lindsay says:

    I was just telling someone yesterday that liking Sports Night is a barometer of good taste in entertainment.

    June 14, 2013/Reply