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Belle’s Workday Reading: October 29, 2014



1) NPR has a great article on women in STEM careers, the unique challenges they face, and why “leaning in” isn’t right for everyone.  It also contains advice from a senior Caltech engineer that would be helpful to any career woman, “Bemoaning your fate is not going to solve the problem,” she says. “One has to move forward.”

2) This week’s under-$50 bag combines the femininity of Kate Spade’s bows with a modern shape.  It’s just girly enough.

3) Last week, I featured an article about desirable second careers.  This week, I read a wonderful article about octogenarians who are still killing it in their original professions.

4) If you are a working woman, bookmark Nordstrom’s wear-to-work shop.  This jacquard, long-sleeve sheath is a unique work option.  And this sleeveless sheath in black and navy is incredible.

5) Forbes has a list of the most ridiculous excuses ever used for skipping work.  The best on I ever heard?  The intern who borrowed his girlfriend’s car and couldn’t drive to work because he didn’t know how to adjust the seat or mirrors.

6) This Elizabeth and James ring is one of my favorite pieces.  I wear it almost every day.  If you’re looking for an inexpensive facsimile, try this $16 ring from Art Box.

7) 29 Brilliant Business Cards (I love the chef’s cheese grater card.)

8) I love little pouches for organizing my bags and purses, but what some of these brands charge is a scandal.  Luckily, One Kings Lane has some chic options at affordable prices.  I love this set with a charcoal geometric print, and these pouches with a whimsical (but not gaudy) floral.  Also, if you need a chic, simple keychain, this metallic leather keychain comes in gold or silver.

9) The Washington Post talks about a Pew Research poll, which found that women who want successful careers should look for a conscientious partner.

10) Target has some nice pieces right now.  If you work in a creative office, this faux-leather tuxedo jacket comes in four great colors (also in petite sizes).  This $30 ruched dress with a boatneck is a great day-to-night option.  I also found these inexpensive mid-height heels that are the perfect basic.

11) An economics teacher shared his best advice with his students, it may comprise everything a person needs to know.

12) My skin always flares up around this time of the year.  I turn the heat on in my apartment, and the dry air just throws everything out of balance.  The solution?  This lemony clay mask (really reduces inflammation) and a humidifier that isn’t ugly.



  1. Michelle says:

    Hi Belle –

    I have that same Elizabeth and James ring and love it, but the gold plating is really wearing off. Do you have this problem? Any tips on replating or keeping it from getting worn off in the first place? Thanks!

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    • Belle says:

      I bought mine from the original run, and I haven’t noticed it. You can apply Krylon Clear Coat to cheap jewelry to keep it from tarnishing/turning your skin green, that might work here.

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    • Joules (@stylebyjoules) says:

      Wow, I can’t believe this would happen on such an expensive ring! I was actually considering purchasing this ring since I really like the shape, but after reading this review I might pass on it.

      October 30, 2014/Reply
      • Belle says:

        It didn’t happen to mine. But I take it off before I hand sanitize, which screwed up another ring in a similar way.

        October 30, 2014/Reply
  2. amelia says:

    thank you for the long sleeve option in the work section of Nordstrom. The weather is turning cold yet air conditioners are still running and coats just aren’t made like they used to be. Always looking for dresses with sleeves.

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  3. Jenna says:

    I have that humidifier! It super quiet and works really well. And it reminds me of an alien spaceship or something.

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  4. Addie says:

    I want to be like those octogenarians in that article! I’m not exactly sure how old my boss is, but he’s got to be in his mid to late 70’s and he still works long hours including many weekends and rarely forgets anything. Good genetics may be part of it, but I’m betting it’s also because when he’s on vacation he actually takes a break. He doesn’t check emails or voicemails and if I call him, it had better be an emergency.

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  5. Fabiola says:

    The first business card is from my hometown and I know the owner of the store : )

    Fabiola (a Brazilian reading)

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  6. Mary says:

    Love the quote leading this entry–is it yours?

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  7. Charlotte says:

    General comment – love these round ups! Basically always enjoy the articles you share.

    Interesting read on the STEM careers for women, but I feel like the article saying “leaning in” isn’t the “best option” for some women suggests that the woman interviewed has an alternative. How is switching to another (male dominated) career in which you’re still concerned that you’ll be singled out as a woman an alternative? If that’s her manner of facing adversity, I have a feeling it isn’t her gender that will hold her back but rather her attitude in general.

    Just a pet peeve when people gratuitously drop “lean in” into articles (I assume to generate hits) that don’t even remotely address the very complex ideas that make up the book. I must have missed the part of the book where leaning in meant “bemoaning your fate” and not moving forward…

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