Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: April 7, 2015



1) Finding a mentor is a challenge, but it can be even more difficult when the prospective mentor is a man.  Cosmopolitan offers tips on how to handle common problems with opposite-sex mentorship.

2) Looking for spring flats?  These bright Topshop flats caught my eye.  I also like these laser-cut, metallic flats from Steve Madden.

3) The Food Babe has turned her crusade against food additives into big business. Recently named one of the most influential people on the Internet, her claims are challenged by scientists on Slate, NPR, and Gawker.  They argue that her posts are little more than social-media fueled disinformation that exploit the “scientific ignorance” of the public.

4) This Michael Kors dress with crochet panels is boho-chic for women who want more emphasis on the chic.

5) The New York Times features an interesting opinion piece on why college costs students so much. (Spoiler: It’s not a lack of public funding.)

6) Nic + Zoe is a mid-price brand that’s piqued my interest.  I adore this printed, sleeveless shell.  And this cobalt, textured dress would look lovely under a blazer.  They also offer a plus-size line.

7) The Washington Post tackles the complicated origin story of ISIS and the influence of Saddam Hussein’s Baathist loyalists.

*image found here.



  1. Maddy says:

    The Food Babe is just so irresponsible. Truly nothing worse than an individual with a powerful platform using it to spread fear-based “science” to the masses.

    April 7, 2015/Reply
    • Lea says:

      As a healthcare professional thriving to provide evidence based content to patients with cancer, her website makes me cringe.

      April 7, 2015/Reply
      • Belle says:

        I don’t like that she deletes the content that’s been debunked. Why hide that you made a mistake? Also, 610 campaigns? Is she just throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what sticks? I got suckered by her PSL post because I loathe the pumpkin spice latte hysteria, never again.

        April 7, 2015/Reply
    • Niki says:

      Agreed. Here is one of my favorite pieces on this topic

      April 8, 2015/Reply
      • Niki says:

        Oops, I didn’t see that Belle already linked to this one. Whoopsie!

        April 8, 2015/Reply
  2. Rachel says:

    Here’s a rebuttal to the NY Times article that reaffirms it is, in part, due to a lack of public funding.

    April 7, 2015/Reply
  3. Monica says:

    I don’t know if it’s certain industries where having a male mentor / sponsor is fraught with danger but I work in IT and ALL my coworkers are men. All my bosses are men. And I’ve never had an issue with boundaries or anything like that, I’ve had a lot of supportive mentors and while we aren’t hanging out getting coffee (do people have time for that?) we foster close working relationships and there is a lot of knowledge transfer. It would really stink if all the women who want to learn from their superiors have to deal with this hassle.

    April 8, 2015/Reply