Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: May 27, 2015



1) Tales of J.Crew’s fall from grace continue, despite weeks of puff pieces like this one in Town & Country.  The latest is from the Wall Street Journal who covers why shoppers are no longer enamored with the once beloved brand.

2) Net-a-Porter is having a sale, drop.everything.

3) i09 explains why washing your clothes in cold water with a cold-water detergent is good for your clothes and better for Earth.  PopSugar also covers how to wash dry clean clothing at home.  (Don’t forget, there’s a difference between dry clean and dry clean only.)

4) The trick to shopping at ASOS is to constantly check the new arrivals.  This week a chic trench coat for under-$150, a white crochet dress that’s selling out fast, and this slouchy, black hobo bag.

5) “Humblebragging doesn’t work. If you want to brag, just brag. Even better, just complain.” The Atlantic covers how to self-promote and express dissatisfaction in one handy guide.

6) I’m feeling pink shoes this season.  The mid-height slingbacks from River Island come in a delightful blush.  I also like these simple pointed-toe pumps from Ivanka Trump in fuchsia.

7) It’s that fun time of year when Merriam-Webster decided which “new” words will attain a coveted space in its dictionary.  This year’s mentionable nods include clickbait, NSFW, photobomb, and Sriracha.

8) To achieve the layered-ring look on a budget, I highly recommend this Forever21 textured ring set.

9) The latest topic of female-driven discussion making the media rounds seems to be women who choose not to have children.  This article, “I was a proud non-breeder.  Then I changed my mind,” is the seventh one I’ve seen in less than a month.

10) Looking for a rosy-pink lip color that looks natural?  NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikuegin is an excellent choice.  If you need a drugstore dupe, several blogs say NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops is the way to go.

*image found here.

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  1. Rachel says:

    The link for the Forever 21 ring set goes to a page for a blazer.

    May 27, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Fixed, thanks.

      May 27, 2015/Reply
  2. Angie says:

    Unfortunately that WSJ article on JCrew is gated/requires a subscription to the paper.

    May 27, 2015/Reply
    • mustard says:

      angie, you can get around it by googling “j crew” and hitting the news tab and the article should be listed towards the top

      May 27, 2015/Reply
      • Angie says:

        Thanks! Good to know.

        May 27, 2015/Reply
        • KayDee says:

          Thanks for the tip about getting around the WSJ gate. It’s obnoxious.

          May 28, 2015/Reply
  3. Rachel says:

    I’m not sure if you meant it this way, but #9 comes across as flippant and condescending and like you are implying that women’s decisions to have, or not have, children and certainly to change their mind regarding children isn’t important or a worthwhile discussion point. As a 30 year old who is struggling with this very issue right now, I find the open discussion that is currently circling the Internet and blogging world very interesting.

    May 27, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Decisions about having children are important, but the media latches onto a new hot topic about women’s choices every few months and beats it to death. When lean in came out it was careers. Not long after, there was the Atlantic article about having it all. Then there was a period of several months last year when they all wanted to talk about women getting married young pre-career.

      Sometimes the frequency with which these articles appear becomes abusive, an experiment in judgment, rather than helpful. In this case, most of the articles reiterate the same points and are click bait written to encourage vocal debate and judgment in the comment section instead of thoughtful discussion.

      May 27, 2015/Reply
  4. Monica says:

    Love your quotes in the WSJ article, I saw it yesterday and was like ‘Hey It’s Belle!’ haha, funny how reading a blog makes you feel like you know someone.

    Re: #9, topic is so played out, and I agree, so many others about women and fillintheblank. It’s good to foster discussion but the media always seems to make it us vs them, one side versus the other. As a professional I’m surprised how often I’m asked about my family planning decision making process, even once I did decide to have a family. Then they want to know when you’re having the next one, who’s watching the baby, etc. To me, it’s ‘mostly harmless’ but I know that some people get sick of hearing about it. They will never shut up about it, it appears to be human nature.

    May 27, 2015/Reply
  5. SarahH says:

    I found your post using God’s name in vain to be offensive & unnecessary. I have read that you are a Christian. Please take into account how you can be polarizing to your readers & how non-believers would react to this.

    May 28, 2015/Reply
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    May 28, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      New commenters have to have their first comment approved as a way to prevent spam. All comments, as long as they don’t include lewd language, personal attacks on other readers, or threats are posted. Sometimes, however, I don’t moderate the comments immediately as I am in class, at work, or just not near my computer.

      May 28, 2015/Reply
  7. MM says:

    The Nars pencil is the bomb! (Blonde, super-pale, light eyes).

    May 28, 2015/Reply
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