1) The Atlantic is taking on America’s culture of overwork. The author argues that many workers pulling 80-120 hours per week are doing so more for social cachet than actual need.
2) Piperlime always has interesting pieces of jewelry to spice up your everyday basics. I like this green enamel bangle from Kate Spade, and this cool, horseshoe cuff from House of Harlow. I also like these simple pave bar studs from Michael Kors.
3) Funny or Die is taking on the wage gap with a video featuring Christina Hendricks from Mad Men. Stick around for the second video where Kristen Bell does her best Mary Poppins in a discussion about the minimum wage.
4) The Limited has some lovely tops tight now. I like this blush and black striped number. This raspberry-colored split-neck blouse is a lovely choice. And this short-sleeve blouse would make a nice layering piece.
5) Lifehacker has an interesting post on how checking e-mail can hinder your productivity. The post discusses how the average worker looks at their e-mail every three minutes, disturbing their “flow”. Several of its points originate from a 2010 NYT article about the zombification of modern life–it’s also worth a read.
7) Extra Petite has some great tips for styling a floral top for work and casual time. If you’re looking for an inexpensive floral blouse to finish out the summer months, I like this tie-neck option from Forever21 and this soft watercolor print from Alfani.
8) A few weeks ago, I posted an article that discussed PR being a “pink ghetto.” The Atlantic has a piece pondering whether many women find their way into public relations because it’s their only option or is it because it’s their best option?
9) My love for J.Crew has waned, but I kind of want these Valentina patent pumps in every color.
10) LinkedIn has an interesting article on how successful people stay calm. For me, the hardest tip on the list is avoiding the “what if” question.
11) How great is this Cesca two-tone satchel? Especially for $42.
12) Getting older can be difficult. I’m far less concerned about the wrinkles and the grey hair than I am about making a career change in my mid-30s. So I can relate to this Elle magazine editor who was age-shamed during a beach vacation. Sure, she’s only 29, but no one likes hearing that a younger person thinks their age qualifies as old.
13) Need a primer on belts? I recommend that you buy a wide brown belt, a skinny black belt and then one belt without a metal buckle. For variety’s sake, a leopard, snakeskin or metallic belt may also be a good addition. Check out this Refinery29 slideshow for tips on how to style them.