Belle’s Weekly Reading: January 30, 2015

Jan 30, 2015

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1) Sorority leaders want members at UVA to stay home on fraternity rush weekend.  Apparently, controlling women’s movements is considered a viable way to prevent sexual assault.  Or maybe they could follow Dartmouth’s lead and ban hard alcohol.  Everything old is new again.

2) Looking for inexpensive basic pumps?  These pointed-toe mid-heel pumps are a great choice.  I also love these almond-toe pumps with a cushioned insole and small platform (very comfortable).  These d’Orsay high heels are also a lovely choice.

3) Meet David Atchison, the U.S. President who served for just one day.

4) This gorgeous bag from Kate Spade Saturday has a casual-meets-chic style.  It also comes in five gorgeous colors; the blush hue is calling my name. I also love this striped jersey dress for spring and summer.  And this 3/4-sleeve split-neck tee is a long-time favorite of mine.

5) I love fresh produce, but in the winter the selection leaves a lot to be desired.  The Awl has a great piece on which veggies you should buy frozen or canned during the long winter months.

6) When I want to try a new beauty product the first thing I do is try to find it in travel size.  Nordstrom has a great selection of mini-sized products.  This NARS mini lets you try their Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer.  MAC offers a small Lipglass so you can try new lip colors for less.  And this mini-Moroccanoil is perfect for travel or curing your coifs winter blahs.

7) Jewelry made with breastmilk…things you probably neither knew, nor needed to know existed.  You.are.welcome.

8) New thing I learned this month: Net-a-Porter is pronounced net-uh-por-tay.  Thing I already new: They sell the most beautiful dresses.

9) When I was a child, the woman who owned the local video store used to give me a New York Seltzer every time we went in.  So I was feeling a little nostalgic as I read about the last seltzer man in Manhattan.  Something tells me this may be the next hipster-revived trend.

10) Zella Live-In Leggings are still my absolute favorite, but their Soul 2 Pants are a close second.  I also received their French Terry sweatshirt as a gift, and I want to wear it all the time.  It’s so cozy.

11) In Whittier, Alaska, all 300 residents live in the same building.  It’s a really interesting story about negotiating relationships in uniquely cramped quarters.

12) I am obsessed with ear cuffs–earrings that extend up the lobe.  These Gorjana cuffs are my favorite.  I also like these Elizabeth and James double-x crawlers.  For something inexpensive, these $6 Forever21 cuffs are a lovely choice.

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  1. Kate says:

    A really great video piece on another NYC seltzer man. Wonderful storytelling.

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    • Belle says:

      Interesting. I went to a Catholic school with no Greeks, so alcohol was/is banned on campus period. So a school that has rules for consumption and possession rules other than don’t do it is a bit of a mystery to me.

  2. NYC seltzer is amazing — I wouldn’t mind it as a trend if it made good seltzer easier to come by!

    I think fashion-related mispronunciations can be very charming 🙂 Out of curiosity, how did you think Net-a-Porter was pronounced?

    • Anna says:

      I’d imagine she thought porter was pronounced the way it is in porterhouse or like a luggage porter, which actually kind of sort of makes sense in context.

    • Liz says:

      Porter in French means to wear, and it’s pronounced por-tay. (Really surprised myself remembering high school French!)

      I know that prêt-à-porter means ready to wear. But I don’t know what net-à-porter translates as or if net is a play on internet. Does anyone know??

    • Belle says:

      What does it taste like? The stuff I drank was cherry flavored, I think. But does the seltzer he’s selling just taste like bubbly water? Is there something more to it?

  3. e says:

    I have that Kate Spade bag in a dove grey from last year, and it’s really a great bag. Perfect for work and can actually hold quite a bit more than it looks like it can. Also has held up really well so far. I was worried about the light leather scratching and haven’t had any problems, but I did spray it with a leather shoe protector before using.

  4. Meg says:

    Let me blow your mind again: “Net-a-Porter,” because of the phrase “pret a porter,” meaning “ready to wear.” Pret A Manger: “ready to eat,” said Pret-Ah-Mahn-Jhay. It’s Frenchie Friday.

    • Liz says:

      Oh and it’s “Away in a Manger” the Christmas carol because a manger is another word for a food trough for livestock from the French word meaning to eat! (I can’t believe I still can remember this!)

      • Anna says:

        Woaaaaaaah. I knew the correct pronunciation of pret-a-manger cuz I first saw them in the UK and people always used the French pronunciation. But I always thought a manger was more like a little house where animals sleep, didn’t realize it was the trough. NOW my mind is blown.

  5. Phoebe says:

    In regards to the UVA article: I think the writer was exaggerating some things. Yes, UVA women should not be blamed for the rapes, nor should they have to avoid men in general in order to prevent rape.

    However, until things change for the long run, as a woman, it’s not wrong to take precautions in the short term and avoiding fraternity events on Bid Day is something that shouldn’t be vilified. It’s more than legitimate for not only that reason but also because fraternity socializing is not what Bid Day is about.

    There need to be solutions for long term and short term. There’s also a need to be cautious yourself.

    • Anna says:

      I haven’t read the articles on this thoroughly, but I think it would have gone further if instead of being billed as a precautionary measure, it was billed as a boycott of fraternities, or at least their liquor-fueled ragers. It would hit the frats a lot of harder if no sorority women attended their events, maybe encouraging other women on campus to boycott as well.

      • KC says:

        I also just skimmed the article, but have some thoughts on the situation as a former sorority president. It’s wrong to blame women for men raping them while they are intoxicated. Rape and sexual assault are never okay. It’s wrong for fraternities (or any other group) to host parties with the goal of getting women as drunk as possible with the hopes that they will get lucky. I don’t think it’s wrong or un-feminist or out-of-date for women to recognize that this is happening on purpose and that they are being set up with these types of parties. I don’t think it’s wrong to make a collective decision that they will not participate in these types of parties. Anna is right–it would force fraternities (and rugby teams, in my experience) to revamp their parties so that women feel comfortable going to them. As for sororities controlling whether their members go to these parties, sometimes I see overzealous mandates. It’s no different than a union or an independent business association telling its members how to vote. I’ve also seen the small group of women who will always go to the parties no matter what, who always have too much to drink despite intervention attempts, and who always end up in situations they need to be rescued from or regret later. I never felt bad making them spend a Friday night sober at a sisterhood retreat.

        • Belle says:

          I think I would’ve felt differently about it if this had been something homegrown at UVA. For example, if the sororities grouped together and said, “We’re not coming to your parties until you change the way you throw them.” The mandate was part of what bothered me because it had a little aire of “We’re your parent org. and we’re here to fix your rape problem by telling you to stay home.”

    • Belle says:

      I think that’s a valid argument. Maybe it’s wrong to paint this as the only “solution” being considered, but I think the perception is probably compounded by the fact that the talk of other changes hasn’t made news and this one–seemingly nearsighted, short-term solution–has.

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