Belle’s Weekly Reading: January 10, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
This week, I was reminded on several occasions that life is short. Sometimes tragically short. Don’t save that bottle of champagne, those fabulous shoes or that new lipstick for a special occasion. If there is breath in your body, you should celebrate being alive in whatever way you can.
2) Last year, facial oils were all the rage. In 2014, I predict that it will be facial mists getting all the attention. But don’t run out and spend your hard-earned just yet. Geri Hirsh from the blog Because I’m Addicted shows you how to make a vitamin-E infused, citrus face mist with things you buy at the grocery store.
3) Every few weeks, I like to cruise Nordstrom’s sale handbags just to see what steals and deals they have. This week, I found a Rebecca Minkoff MAB tote for 50%-off, this charming Kate Spade book clutch, and this cool wooden clutch. But my favorite is this bold, red Minkoff MAC chain purse for 33%-off.
4) Much has been made about fashion editor using Photoshop to make the women who fill their glossy pages look thinner. But what if I told you some editors were digitally adding pounds to their models? HuffPost has the story.
5) Some of my professional staples are in need of an upgrade, so I’ve been searching for a few things. This J Brand Hale Blazer is a showstopper that I think I may need to have when pay-day arrives. (I can’t stop looking at it.)
6) A photo of a father holding his baby daughter, while styling his two-year-old daughter’s hair is making the rounds on the Internet. Commentary about the photo ranges from the racist, to the sexist, to the inspiring, but I thought the father in the photo had an interesting take on the image and the backlash.
7) A friend gave me The New York Times guide to weekend getaways in the U.S. and Canada. If you love short trips, this is a must have.
8) Sometimes I listen to the radio program This American Life while I’m cooking or cleaning. My favorite piece in recent weeks is about astonishing coincidences. If you can’t listen to the program, check out these examples from the story. Some of them will blow your mind.
9) I did some real damage at Sephora last week. In addition to the things I went in for, I also came out with this Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Sleeping Mask (review forthcoming) and this Koh Gen Do cleansing spa water (just because the beauty editor at Lucky won’t stop talking about it).
10) Corporette asks, “Must a blazer button in order to fit?” (I believe the answer is a resounding yes. Size up and tailor down to get a jacket that fits and can button.)
12) I am an unabashed fan of Joan Didion, so I was thrilled with The New Yorker featured some commentary on one of her old pieces. In it, Didion discusses Martha Stewart and the conflict that arises when ambition and domesticity mix to create a mogul. I mean, how dare a woman rise to wealth and power by showing other women how to bake pies and clean cutlery.
And if I could climb onto my soap box for a moment: If you are a woman who has a job, works hard and aspires to a better job, then you are ambitious. Don’t hide from the term just because some insecure men and women aren’t comfortable with it. It’s not a dirty word.
Having ambition means having the strength and work ethic to turn your professional dreams into reality.