Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: May 19, 2015



1) This Gizmodo article convinced me to stop buying bottled water.  Between the drought and the impact of plastic bottles on the environment, it’s time to stop.  The article also does a good job of laying out alternatives.

2) Speaking of bottled water, I own a couple of these American-made Tervis Tumblers to use instead.  I’m also thinking these Citrus Infusion bottles could be a good way to add a little lime flavor to my water.

3) The New York Times discusses a book about Upper East Side Moms whose status symbol is the ability to say “I used to work, can, but don’t need to.” has the response from a UES Mom who says the depiction of the monied, glamorous stay-at-home Mom isn’t entirely accurate.

4) Halogen is killing it this season.  I love this lace-front top.  This collarless, eyelet jacket is also fabulous.

5) Think today’s hit music stinks?  The intelligence of song lyrics is on the decline, but it really wasn’t that high to begin with.

6) Dillard’s has the best dresses.  Their Katherine Kelly brand carries this coral, short-sleeve dress for work.  Or, if you prefer cocktail, this cobalt high-halter.

7)  How I miss Shake Shack.  Smitten Kitchen’s recipe that replicates their classic burger.  I must try it.

8) Has anyone tried this Lancome cushion foundation?  I haven’t dived in yet, but it keeps popping up on the beauty blogs.

9) Slate has a fascinating piece on how an 1826 murder and the Freemasons led to the creation of America’s first third-party political movement.

*image found here.



  1. Amy says:

    Love Halogen! For the price point, their suits are surprisingly good, too.

    May 19, 2015/Reply
  2. Erin says:

    I don’t know where you got the image from, but “journey” is misspelled!

    May 19, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Clearly, her spelling isn’t for you either. 😉

      May 19, 2015/Reply
  3. Jess says:

    The perils of my occupation have me pointing this out – The image has the word “journey” misspelled.

    May 19, 2015/Reply
    • Angie says:

      Me too, but honestly the spelling error made me laugh/smile a bit more today.

      May 19, 2015/Reply
  4. Jessica says:

    I swear by my Yeti Tumbler (30 oz size). It keeps ice in a drink all day. Seriously. Love, love, love. Great on a beach week too with beverages other than water.

    May 19, 2015/Reply
  5. Annie says:

    I just bought the Lancome cushion foundation. Background – I’m a government attorney who does not wear makeup except to court and on dates. I just finished up the Boscia BB cream I bought a couple years ago and was looking for something with light coverage that didn’t feel like I was wearing lots of makeup. I tried the Lancome as well as a couple BB & CC creams and a tinted moisturizer at Sephora this weekend. The Lancome far and away looked and felt the best. They recommended using a primer. I used it yesterday with the basic Sephora primer yesterday for appellate oral argument and it worked great. I highly recommend for those not looking for a heavy foundation.

    May 19, 2015/Reply
    • Annie says:

      Proofing fail… apparently, I really wanted to convey that I used it yesterday.

      May 19, 2015/Reply
  6. Bunny says:

    I actually work at Macy’s in the beauty department and used to be full time at the Lancome counter so I’ve tested the testers. The consistency of the foundation is very similar to their Teinte Miracle foundation — a thinner medium coverage foundation. It definitely does not provide as much coverage as their Teinte Idole long wear foundation (which I love). Color matching is easy if you already use the TM or TI foundations — the numbering is the same, it just comes in fewer shades. The idea is good — easily portable liquid foundation — but the germ potential there with the sponge turns me off. The compact is rather large — think hockey puck, but it looks like eventually you’ll be able to refill the compact with a new foundation sponge once it runs out.

    May 19, 2015/Reply
  7. Sarah says:

    Speaking of a journey, my husband and I just found out we have to relocate from DC to a city significantly less organizations in my field. Any tips on moving to the midwest??

    May 19, 2015/Reply
  8. Sabrina says:

    About that NYT article about UES women, I’ll believe the author of the Elle article that it’s an exaggeration. BUT . . . I can tell you that in my suburb of Los Angeles, this is a real thing. No wife bonuses, but a massive percentage of the women don’t work after having kids, and it’s definitely a bit of a status thing– they’re usually well-educated and could afford the very best childcare. They just don’t want to, and many of them are the ultra thin, compulsive exercising shopping and girls’ night out types described in the NYT article. Nannies and maids do the housework. No wife bonuses though, never heard of that. Just a lot of women who retired at age 31 and never plan to work again. And really really like tennis.

    May 19, 2015/Reply
    • Kelly Andthenblog says:

      My close-in DC suburb is the same. I generally wonder what these women do all day when they are in their tennis whites at the upscale gourmet grocer…at 1:30 on a Tuesday…while I’m on my lunch break buying a $3 burger. We are the same age.

      Now, let’s be clear: I’m jealous! Ha!

      May 19, 2015/Reply
      • Sabrina says:

        Yes jealous because I would love a day off, a week off, hell a year off. But I don’t want to be wandering around at age 52 with no job, a blank resume, and two kids in college.

        May 19, 2015/Reply
        • Anna says:

          Yeah, but I’d love the financial freedom to take time off, take on more volunteer roles, work part-time, or do a job just because I wanted to not because I had to. I don’t think I could ever be a SAHM full-time unless I had a lot of kids, which considering I’ll have a late start isn’t going to be biologically possible. I would probably drive myself and my kids insane.

          May 19, 2015/Reply
    • Kelly says:

      Same thing here in Atlanta….

      May 19, 2015/Reply
  9. e says:

    The tone of that NYTimes article really bothered me, and I hadn’t seen that Elle follow up. Thanks for posting, Belle!

    I just hate these women snarking-on-other-women pieces of clickbait. It’s hard enough for any of us to accomplish what we want in life in terms of education, profession, and family. Can we just let each other live? I resent the idea that any woman has an obligation to fulfill a certain career path just because of her academic background.

    May 19, 2015/Reply
    • Meghan says:

      1000 times yes. Let’s try to support all women’s choices.

      May 19, 2015/Reply
    • Angie says:

      I was also bothered, but mainly because it seemed like the author was reaffirming the existence of a stereotype. I’m sure there *are* some women in very wealthy enclaves of major cities who have a strange, obsessive fixation on image (like Jane Krakowski’s character on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”). But just dedicating their adult lives to raising children and doing volunteer work for nonprofits and charities doesn’t make these women part of a strange cult.

      What’s more bizarre to me is the whole gender segregated socializing happening. I wouldn’t want to live in a world where my (male) partner spends most of his free time away from me and my female friends, nor would I want to have a social life that only consisted of female friends (those guy friends are important too).

      May 19, 2015/Reply
      • SN says:

        Segregated socializing is normal in the Indian community (I am Indian), and seeing it take hold here is disturbing. I think it does say something about these women being disempowered, or becoming so. Lets bring purdah back, right? That is one aspect of purdah. I prefer having a job, making my own money, and having some power, eve if I am not as wealthy as these women. And as for supporting “all women’s choices”, that is naive. This is not really healthy in my view-these women have been reduced to commodities that are paid for.

        May 19, 2015/Reply
      • Sabrina says:

        It gets a little cult-ish when you’re surrounded by it, and it becomes clear that it is the preferred, acceptable route. A friend once called them the “good girls.” I’m a bad girl (and mom) because I work.

        May 20, 2015/Reply