Workday Reading

Belle’s Weekly Reading: February 21, 2014



1) A reporter from NYMag crashed a party attended by Wall Street’s elite.  Apparently, the one-percenters who belong to Kappa Beta Phi require new members to dress in spangled leotards.  The rich, they’re really not like the rest of us.

2) Posh Spice’s singing talents weren’t enviable, but Victoria Beckham designs dresses that are positively lust-worthy.  This fuchsia gown is a showstopper.  I’ve seen this simple cap-sleeve dress on several TV heroines.  And this beige dress with mesh accents hits all the right notes.

3) House of Cards has seized the nation’s consciousness.  For locals, take The Washington Post’s quiz to find out how well you know the locations featured in the shows opening credits.  Also, check out this article on what House of Cards can teach us about managing a crisis.

4) Speaking of HoC, the Celeste dress from Club Monaco is pure Claire Underwood.

5) Alterations Needed has a great post on how tailoring can change a garment from fashion faux pas to fabulous.  You’ll never believe how she transformed a pair of skinny trousers.

6) I like to hit Old Navy from time-to-time to see what’s new.  I love this jersey, wrap-front top in ballet pink.  This inexpensive field jacket in dark navy is a must-have.  And if you’re looking for a pullover for the weekends, this cotton hoodie  It’s perfect.

7) Everything is bigger in Texas, even debutante balls.

8) Sneakers are having a moment.  Editors, bloggers and fashionistas are all wearing lace-ups.  WhoWhatWear has “7 Tricks” to wear them right.

If you’re interested in trying the trend, you can go minimalist with a pair of black Pumas or beige New Balance Tomboys.  Want something a bit more unique?  Try this metallic Ecco pair or this Nike pair with violet accents.

9) Dry shampoo is a time saver, and it you color your hair, dry shampooing every other day can prolong the length of your dye job.  Glitter Guide has the best dry shampoos for every hair type.  My favorite is Psssst, but DryBar Detox is a very close second.

10) If you’ve ever wanted to try the Cate Blanchett-endorsed skincare line SK-II, you can buy this $100 kit, which contains premium-size samples of their most beloved products.  I love the Facial Treatment Essence.  I’m not sure it’s a miracle cure, but it really brightens my skin.

11) An unmarried woman, 7-months pregnant moves from California to New York to attend Columbia University.  As a result, a California judge awards custody of her newborn baby to the father.  Oh, and did I mention the father is Olympian Bode Miller?

12) These Zara heels need to get in my closet!



  1. HC says:

    ugh. I can’t even with Bode Miller. He seems like such a creep in all his interviews (not to mention his creepy story about how he basically stalked his current wife into agreeing to marry him). the fact that he can’t even call his son the name the son’s mother legally gave him is the last straw. I spent much of the olympics hoping he would lose all his races (mature, I know)…

    February 21, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      The name thing really got me too. It just shows you how little interest he has in co-parenting. He clearly has decided that his wants trump everything else, and given how people fawn over him, it’s not hard to see where that attitude came from.

      February 21, 2014/Reply
  2. PSP says:

    I have that ON shirt – HUGE disappointment. It shrunk after one (cold, delicate) wash (no dryer). The V Neck wrap is very bizarre too – sewn together with what looks like one stitch. I don’t recommend!

    February 21, 2014/Reply
  3. DontBlameTheKids says:

    Holy hell, that custody case. I can’t even imagine the horror of having a baby taken away. It’s not like, as an Olympic athlete, the dad is spending all that much time with the baby.

    February 21, 2014/Reply
  4. SC says:

    Belle, I love that before and after on what a difference tailoring can make in your clothes. Are you aware of whether any blogs have done that for mens clothes? Not enough men (especially in DC) know what a tailor can do for their look.

    Also, I’ve recently started using Pssst! based on your rave reviews and I love it. Only dry shampoo that has ever worked for me.

    February 21, 2014/Reply
  5. Brittany @ The 1000th Voice says:

    The Bode Miller custody battle has tainted my view of him. It’s so messed up and anti woman.

    February 21, 2014/Reply
  6. Addison says:

    I literally received that Old Navy short in the mail yesterday and i agree with the other commenter, it was a huge disappointment. I was thinking about trying to fix the weirdly gaping wrap by sewing it, but it sounds like washing it will ruin it too so I’m going to go with my first instinct and return it. So sad, it looked adorable on the model

    February 21, 2014/Reply
  7. Kelly @ Alterations Needed says:

    Thank you for the link Belle! Have a great weekend!

    February 22, 2014/Reply