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Belle’s Weekly Reading: December 13, 2013

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When you get into a place that you can’t see out of, it’s easy to give up.  The task of building back to where you were seems monumental, and the energy to take you there is often nonexistent.  But it’s important to take a deep breath, look around and find something to be grateful for.  Then, you can start to figure out a way to come back, even if it will take months or years to get there.


1) The New York Times has written several good articles this year about gender politics, both inside the board room and the family room.  This article about women who work on Wall Street and have stay-at-home husbands is particularly fascinating.

2) I have been obsessed with the Nicholas Kirkwood toe-cap pumps for years.  So when I spotted these similarly chic Ivanka Trump heels in a versatile black, white and gold color combination, I knew I would regret not snapping them up.

3) Looking for gifts for the little girl on your Xmas list?  Apartment Therapy has a list of ‘un-princess” books with titles like  ‘Do Princesses Scrape Their Knees?’ and ‘Grace for President’.

4) One of my favorite places to look when I’m in the market for a new dress is Neiman Marcus Last Call.  From party dresses to work attire, they always have a great selection.  I adore this dark green ruched dress from BCBG, this knot-front dress from Three Dots and this cobalt blue cap sleeve Tahari dress.  (Did I mention all of those dresses are under-$100?)  But my favorite dress is this Lafayette 148 peplum dress in brilliant jade.

5) has an interesting post about what motivates people to purchase a particular item.  The infographic also illustrates who women truly love to go shopping with.  And if you like infographics, don’t miss Daily

6) Like many olive-skinned people by skin color varies widely from summer to winter.  I usually mix a little of my summer foundation with my winter one to get the right mix, but this season I decided to try something different.  I was fairly impressed with this Almay Smartshade CC Cream.  The consistency was good and the color match was spot on.

The color spectrum is on the light side, so darker skinned people won’t be as pleased.  I did find this Boots No. 7 color match foundation that runs a bit darker, but if anyone has other suggestions please leave them in the comments.

7) ‘Affluenza’ is when people who grew up in wealthy families believe that their money will insulate them from the consequences of their actions.  A defense attorney in Texas used this as an explanation for why his 16-year-old client, who killed four people in a drunk driving accident, didn’t comprehend the totality of his actions and couldn’t be held fully responsible.

The kid got 10 years of probation.  I’m fairly certain this is ironic, but I am damn certain that it’s a tragic miscarriage of justice for the families of the deceased.

8)  Looking for lingerie to make it a very Merry Christmas?  Anthropologie has some great choices.  I love this embroidered balonette bra and this drapey Snowblossom baby doll.  But my favorite lacy and racy item is this black and midnight navy set from Underella.

9) D.C. has a penchant for overreacting to the presence of snow, the threat of snow or the mere sight of a Frosty the Snowman cartoon.  Buzzfeed has a satirical look at our recent ‘Storm of the Century’.

10) For all my Clarisonic lovers out there, Nordstrom is selling a special four-pack of brush heads for $75.  Since they usually cost $25 a piece, it’s like getting one for free.  I linked to the acne brush heads, but they have all the varieties for sale.  Sephora is also selling a Luxe Brush Collection that has longer, tapered bristles for better cleaning.  It also contains my favorite thing, the body brush (your chest or shoulder acne doesn’t stand a chance against this thing.)  And if you still don’t have a Clarisonic, allow me to recommend the Amethyst Radiance Mia 2 set that comes with a bunch of great Philip Thomas Roth products.

11) The holidays always inspire a lot of fun Internet posts.  Don’t miss this info graphic detailing the rising costs of fulfilling the ’12 Days of Christmas’ wish list.  I also loved this tongue-in-cheek letter that 10-month old wrote to Santa.  And while I love the Williams-Sonoma holiday catalog (peppermint bark cookies!), this Deadspin take down of some of their stranger items had me in stitches.

But my favorite Christmas-related post has to be this document on the best way to revamp the Santa brand, including its ‘brand promise’ XMAS: excellence, measurability, accountability, snow.  Clever.



  1. Rachel says:

    The Clarisonic brushes are 10% off, so they are only $67.50 for the four pack! Not sure how long that sale will last.

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  2. Candida says:

    What are your favorite legging; I think you mentioned many times I don’t remember?

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    • Belle says:

      Zella Live In Leggings from Nordstrom.

      December 13, 2013/Reply
  3. Erica says:

    Would you recommend the Acne or Sensitive brush heads? Acne’s an issue for me, but not sure if the brush is too rough in comparison to the Sensitive.

    December 13, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Acne. My sensitive brush was fine, my acne brush was great. But don’t use it every day, three times a week is plenty.

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  4. Anna-bird says:

    I just wanted to check – Clarisonic brush heads are usable for all brushes, right? I have the Mia (my skin is so much better – glad I finally listened to your advice after two years!).

    December 13, 2013/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Yes. The only exception is the foot brushes, which only work on the foot device. The face brushes work on all face devices.

      December 14, 2013/Reply
  5. Krysta says:

    I am irate about number 7. Someone needs to be punished for this, and 10 years of probation certainly won’t teach any lessons. At least give the kid copious amounts of community service! Make him work for a change; I’m sure it would do him good!

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    • Belle says:

      Yeah, When the article said that he wouldn’t get the treatment he needed in jail but would in a 450k per year facility in California, I was like yeah, I’m sure that’ll fix him. My Father pointed out to me, however, that he will def. violate his probation (hopefully not hurting anyone) and will def. wind up in jail at some point. But that point should be now, not after his second strike.

      December 14, 2013/Reply
  6. RH says:

    Nomorerack had a set of 2 clarasonic heads for $18!!!! Not sure if still in stock

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  7. Widowed reader says:

    The quote really rings true for me with the sudden death of my fiancé earlier this year. Ones step at a time.

    December 14, 2013/Reply
  8. save. spend. splurge. says:

    Belle, you’d enjoy this link on similar Power Wives from Toronto with Stay at Home Husbands

    December 14, 2013/Reply