Belle’s Weekly Reading: June 13, 2014

Jun 13, 2014

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1) If you’re paraskavedekatriaphobic, today is your unlucky day.  For the rest of us, it’s just another glorious Friday that will slip happily into Saturday.  I will, however, be avoiding black cats and cracks in the sidewalk.  Ya know, in case.

2) These Miu Miu glitter sandals are so damn adorable that I had to find a nearly identical pair in a price range I could afford.

3) Do you hate when you miss a call because your phone was in your purse?  Eliminate this problem with Ringly.  The ring buzzes to discretely let you know when someone is calling or texting.

4) While I would love longer, fuller lashes, the fact that Latisse can alter your eye color has always freaked me out.  I just bought Perricone MD’s No Mascara Mascara and I’m hoping it can help pump up my lashes without the slightly scary side effects.

5) Did you know Facebook’s mobile app can listen in on you when you’re posting a status update?  It’s called Listening, and it’s terrifying.

6) Not fashion related, but I am obsessed with Newman’s Own Pineapple Salsa.  It’s so, so, so very good.  Add some Pringles tortilla chips and you have a truly addictive afternoon snack.

7) For those ladies who prefer a flat shoe to a pump, WhoWhatWear has a guide to wearing flats anywhere.  My favorite pair of go to flats?  These Halogen Kylie flats with a mixture of beige and snakeskin.  Love ’em.

8) The older I get, the more I care about protecting my skin from the sun.  There are only two sunscreens that I will put on my face and neck (don’t neglect the neck): Coola or Supergoop.  As for my body, I like the spray on sunscreen from Neutrogena.  And if you’re looking for a self-tanner, I go for the St. Tropez mousse all the way.

9) Everyone is buzzing about the Women’s Wear Daily article discussing the rise of the style blogger.  It appears that some of the fashion blog hierarchy are making seven-figures per year.  No, that isn’t a typo.  Apparently posting pictures of gifted items to Instagram is big business.

10) This white maxi dress from Reiss stopped me in my tracks.  I also love this ivory crochet dress.  And you cannot ignore the subtle beauty of this pale lilac fit-and-flare dress.  Want the look of Reiss for less?  Do not miss their Outlet, this cowl-neck dress is high on my lust list and 50%-off.

11) Maureen Dowd, The New York Times columnist who I love to hate, went to Colorado, ate a pot brownie and wrote a column about it.  Unsurprisingly to anyone who has ever read her column, she had no fun and claims the whole thing went horribly awry.  But in a world where witty denizens of the Twitterverse can read her column and comment on it in 140 characters or less, the rest of us can have a good laugh.

12) Father’s Day is Sunday.  So what did I buy my Dad?  A Dyson dog hair grooming attachment for the vacuum cleaner.  Our Golden Retriever sheds so much dog hair-tumbleweeds blow through the living room like it’s high noon.

13) Because I still can’t get over it after posting it to Twitter and to Pinterest, I’ll share it here. Bloggers post a lot of helpful tutorials, but this is not one of them. Apparently, stacking store-bought donuts on a tray requires an instruction manual.

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  1. Linda L says:

    Your dog will let you vacuum him? Mine go running for the hills when the vacuum comes out.
    That donut thing is too much.

    • JMW says:

      LOL! I think Belle meant it is an attachment to pick up pet hair.

      • Anna says:

        Nope, it’s definitely to groom the dog. From the description, “Slick bristles remove loose hair directly from your dog before it has a chance to shed around the home…”

    • Addie says:

      My parents have two Goldens and one is utterly terrified of the vacuum cleaner but other one, who is 14, might not like it but he isn’t going to bother getting up if you start vacuuming him. Lol

    • Sarah says:

      Get a furminator instead! It’s saved my life and my carpets, and my incredibly fussy dachshund loves it.

    • Belle says:

      I doubt she’ll go for it, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. She tolerates the blow dryer, so we’ll see.

    • B says:

      My dog LOVES getting vacuumed. She’s such a weirdo, but when she hears the vacuum go on, she comes running and we have to vacuum her back in order for her to leave us alone and finish cleaning!

  2. Sam says:

    Thank you for the Facebook Listening notice. It has since been deleted from my phone!

  3. Rachel says:

    For lengthening and thickening your eyelashes, there’s no need to blow $30 on a fancy product – I’ve been using this for months, and now I rarely even need to wear mascara: https://www.drugstore.com/ardell-brow-and-lash-accelerator-treatment-gel/qxp87522?catid=183536

  4. Anna says:

    There are some truly fugly shoes in that flats guide. Barf.

    • Cait says:

      I agree. Can we talk about the fur shirt + silk shorts + birkinstocks combo they have on there? Truly tragic.

  5. Hayley says:

    Ringly. Genius. Gotta have it.

  6. Allison says:

    Pot legalization doesn’t bother me, does it does make me sad that it’s all that people seem to think happens in Colorado. We aren’t all pot heads! And there are lots of other great reasons to visit CO!

    • Anna says:

      It kind of reminds me of Amsterdam. Such a beautiful city, but all that people associate with it are pot and prostitutes, and all the tourist knick knacks play into it.

  7. BB says:

    Seriously, the Glitter Guide on stacking donuts. That hadto be an ‘April Fools’ joke right!? Does some idiot actually need a step-by-step, pictorial on how to buy a dozen donuts and stack them on a tray and put some store bought flowers next to it? #GlitterFail

  8. Joules says:

    Ha! I saw that “donut cake” on pinterest this week and had the same reaction you did. Sometimes tutorials can get out of hand.

    I had no clue bloggers could make so much!

    Style by Joules

  9. e says:

    Belle, regarding your love of St. Tropez mousse, have you tried Tan Towels? I used one last weekend at a friend’s recommendation and am a total convert.

  10. Sarah says:

    Belle, you have a ‘your’/’you’re’ mix up (in #5)…I understand that typos happen but I do try to teach my students to proofread and catch those mistakes before ‘publishing’ their work. I hope that you can set a good example! Unfair or not, people judge you by your grammar and spelling (even though spelling is not correlated with intelligence) just as they judge you by your appearance(even if beauty is more than skin deep).

    • Belle says:

      I write thousands of words per week for this blog. Now that I’m in law school, I’m back to writing these words at 2am or 3am after spending 12-16 hours at school. It is unavoidable that I will not catch every typo, esp. if the proofreading feature on here does not.

      I understand that this is a pet peeve for some people, and I’ve made an effort over the years to be more diligent about my “sound-alike word issues”, but even The New York Times, with a fleet of copy editors has the occasional typo. This blog is still at its heart, my hobby. So you may need to overlook a typo or two, just as I might have to be kind to someone who has dirty hair today even when they normally wouldn’t. Things happen.

      • Sarah says:

        Fair enough! I understand. I would definitely rather you spend the time proofreading your written work for your law school professors than for this blog 🙂 I appreciate your ideas, thoughts, tips, and reviews and I can definitely overlook them.

  11. KM says:

    Smart critique of the article about fashion bloggers actually making money: https://therewm.com/2014/06/13/fashion-bloggers-income/

    • Belle says:

      Good article. I hate when people expect bloggers to be journalists. Most blogs start out with just a few readers talking about what they like, if that blog grows to a million readers, why should that person be held to a journalist’s standard? Frankly, I don’t mind c/o posts because it’s easy to tell when the person really likes a product and when they’re just faking it for cash.

  12. Susan Kennedy says:

    Oprah.com?
    Seriously?
    You’re better than that!

    • Belle says:

      I found it on Pinterest. I was just giving attribution to a source. Regardless, the woman’s a billionaire, so I’ve got nothing but respect.

  13. https://www.salsaxochitl.com/tortilla-chips.html

    Best store bought chips ever. If your grocery has them

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