Workday Reading

Belle’s Workday Reading: September 16, 2014


If you’re feeling like the air inside the crystal ball is hazy, don’t look too far into the future.  Sometimes, focusing your energy on what is immediate is enough.  Make good decisions in the present, and the future will take care of itself.


1) Few women love their first job.  (I hated mine.)  First jobs are just that, the first step.  A chance to learn, gain some perspective and develop your resume.  Levo League explains why women being advised to “quit their day job and follow their passion” should actually stick with their first job.

2) This week’s inexpensive handbag has a dome shape, a lovely pale grey hue and loads of style.  If grey isn’t your look, Express offers the same bag in red, black or maroon.

3) Improving your listening skills might be the best thing you can do for your career. explores why better listeners are better leaders.

4) I can’t help it.  I adore the dramatic ruffle on this Theory blazer.

5) Marie Claire has an interesting article about married couples who live apart because they work in different cities.

6) Elie Tahari makes wonderful dresses.  The Axel sheath with elbow sleeves is phenomenal, and the animal print detail on this dress is so chic.  But my favorite dress is tie-dye.  No, really.  Tie dye.

Love the look, but need something less expensive?  Don’t miss the T Tahari line.  This basic black sheath is a great place to start.  This color block dress is also a nice option.  And the asymmetric neckline on this cap-sleeve dress is really chic.

7) Corporette covers The Top 5 Crimes in Office Decor.

8) I just replaced my Michael Kors Flex Pumps after two years of hard wear.  Nordstrom has a great selection of Flex pumps in several styles and colors.  The round-toe pumps run from sizes 4 to 12 and cost under-$100.

9) Working on your resume?  Careerly has a document filled with examples of the kind of quick, descriptive bullet points that will make your resume shine.  (Don’t copy them directly, obvi. Use them for inspiration.)

10) I am obsessed with Herbivore Botanicals beauty and skincare products.  Their pink clay bar soap is clarifying and perfect for traveling (down with the 3oz rule!).  And their blood orange lip butter, to die for.

11) What do the top jobs in the fashion industry pay?  Who What Wear has the answers.

12) Dear Tory Burch, You made the most gorgeous suit that I’ve seen in at least three seasons.  The tweed jacket with chiffon trim, sublime.  But why the hell did you make the skirt thigh-length?  Sadness.



  1. GoGoGo says:

    The Carreerly list of resume bullets is great and generally pretty practical.

    But this I love!

    Under Diplomacy:

    “- Communicated at the highest diplomatic level with over 75 foreign governments during the Arab Spring, the lead-up to Libya, the Japanese earthquake, and the capture of Osama bin Laden.”

    Well, shit! I mean, good work, that person! I’ll assume his or her job search is going to be a pretty specific one.

    (BTW Madam Secretary, if you’re planning on announcing your presidential run by posting a resume, I hope you know you’re doing it wrong…)

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  2. Joules says:

    I definitely raised my eyebrow at the tie dye dress, but dang is it spectacular. Too bad I don’t have that kind of money for just one dress.

    I need a new pair of nude pumps myself–perhaps I’ll give the flex pumps a try.

    Style by Joules

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    • rGm says:

      I picked up a pair of the round toe flex pumps in navy last week. They are beautiful. Plus- I’m hoping the saffiano-style leather is durable and easy to clean.

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  3. jjjjhnl says:

    #9 was great! Thanks for sharing

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  4. AC says:

    Belle, thanks so much for sharing the list of resume bullets by Careerly! There are way too many horrible resume samples out there. I’m on the job hunt and these bullets are incredibly helpful for revamping my resume.

    September 17, 2014/Reply