Workday Reading + Ask The Edit

Belle’s Workday Reading: August 26, 2014



1) According to The Atlantic, employers care more about internships than area of study or grades.  Vindication tastes sweet.

2) I desperately want this Vince leather jacket.  However, I’m going to settle for this sweet, under-$100 tweed moto jacket.

3) Levo League covers their professional wardrobe fundamentals.  For mine, I can’t live without a good pencil skirt, a silk blouse and a pair of black flats.  I also need the perfect sheath dress with sleeves.

4) These Cole Haan Carlyle boots are perfect. Perfect heel height.  Sleek look.  I like them better than my Loeffler Randalls because they have a zipper.  They also come in extended calf sizes.

5) Asking for advice makes you seem more competent, not less.

6) Ann Taylor has some nice jewelry piece for sale right now.  This tortoise link necklace is fabulous.  This long silver necklace has modern, square links.  This sculpted, open cuff is awesome.  And I love these square stud earrings with grey stones.

7) When you care about your work, sometimes you get so pulled into a project that you can’t move on from it. The creator of Mad Men offers his best advice for moving on.

8) I really want a camel coat for fall/winter.  This under-$100 H&M coat certainly caught my eye.

9) If your energy lulls mid-day, here are a few ways to give yourself a boost.  I’m not sure how many of them work, but they’re interesting.

10) Looking beyond the pencil skirt?  I love drape skirts.  This DKNY drape skirt is amazing at $79.

11) The Cut has a piece about being a woman working in the video game industry.  Sounds a little like being a woman in politics.

12) Asos has some great end-of-summer/early-fall dresses right now.  This dotted, short-sleeve dress is pretty great.  This bright, draped sheath is a stunner (also in basic black).  I also love this pale pink midi dress.



  1. Oliver Davis says:

    Thank you so much Bella. Your blog is really encouraging to a up and coming dressmaker like myself. Thanks for the insight.

    August 26, 2014/Reply
  2. Joules says:

    Love the ASOS dress picks. The dot print one is fab.

    The energy boost tips are interesting. I may have to try a few…

    Style by Joules

    August 26, 2014/Reply
  3. yousaucyminx says:

    I like the H&M coat, but I’m skeptical about its quality and warmth. Any suggestions for camel or ivory coats that are warm in the 200-250 category?

    August 26, 2014/Reply
  4. Rachel says:

    Will you let us know the quality and fit of the Piperlime tweed moto jacket, if you pull the trigger on it? I’ve been eyeing that jacket myself!

    August 26, 2014/Reply
  5. B says:

    I totally buying that tortoise link necklace. Great pick!

    Also, that Cut article has a single comment that says “I’m sure this applies to all STEM careers…” As someone who has worked in IT for almost 2 decades, I will say that 1) sexism exists in general and 2) working in a male-dominated profession has been interesting and challenging to navigate, especially in the area of upward mobility….

    August 27, 2014/Reply
  6. Megan says:

    The cole haan boots and h&m dress are spot on… if onlu h&m catered to taller people. I find myself looking at zara more because I’m 5’10”

    August 28, 2014/Reply