Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: June 3, 2015



1) Elle discusses why envy of a co-worker doesn’t usually translate into working harder to do better.  It’s actually self-sabotage.

2) Need blouses to wear under jackets?  I love this sleeveless overlay blouse.  This v-neck Pleione blouse is another lovely choice.

3) With the help of a rocket scientist and an astronaut, a former Space X employee is out to reinvent the high-heel.  She explains:

“To me, when you’re surrounded by some of the smartest people on the planet, building some of the biggest and most badass machines on this world, the idea that my shoes are such crap became really obnoxiously unbearable,” Singh said.

4) Asos has such wonderful cocktail dresses.  This layered, bandeau dress in canary yellow is fabulous.  I also love this flirty, square-necked halter in a blue, cut-work fabric.

5) The Wellesley commencement speaker delivered a powerful message: “Being a strong woman isn’t remarkable; it’s normal.”

6) I need some new pool accessories.  This floppy hat from Tildon is perfect for keeping the sun at bay.  I also love this gauzy cover-up with pom-pom trim.  Also, what’s the pool without a pedicure?  Butter LONDON’s Her Majesty’s Red is the best red ever.

7) A transgender man discusses how he’s treated differently now that he can experience “male privilege” first-hand.  My favorite quote from the piece:

I can say the most ridiculous things imaginable.  And people will still think I’m right.  Seriously, I’ve tested this.

8) I am still completely obsessed with my Viale flats from M.Gemi.  I wear either my black pair (which were gifted) or my tan pair (which I bought) nearly every day.

9) The earth is surrounded by plasma tubes.  Seriously, this will blow your mind.

10) This cape blazer from Mural is a fun topper for evening attire.  Here’s a similar option in plus-size.

11) John Oliver did a great piece on the exploitation of poultry farmers.  Now, the attention is generating results.  But the industry is going on the offensive.

12) A Cuisinart ice-cream maker for half-off?  Yes, please.

*image found here.



  1. DCQ says:

    Just FYI, “transgendered” (with the ed at the end) is considered offensive to many trans people (it implies something has happened to them as opposed to it being their identity). The term is either “trans” or “transgender” (no ed)

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    • Katie says:

      Oops! We must have been commenting at the same time, DCQ!

      June 3, 2015/Reply
  2. Katie says:

    Just FYI, the correct usage is “transgender man” not “transgendered.” The -ed is unnecessary! (Not an attempt to be nitpicky or rude about typos here! Just trying to promote correct terminology for marginalized groups!)


    (There are also several well-written blog posts and articles online on this issue, none of which I can currently access from my work computer.)

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    • Belle says:

      Good to know, thanks.

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  3. Addie says:

    FYI Belle, you can get a very similar coverup for $20 from Old Navy.

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  4. Cheryl Lux says:

    Good speech. Reminds me of the necessity of putting on war paint for battle.
    Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s, of Columbus, GA, commencement speech makes the case for what women’s-only colleges really do for women:
    and also lays the parameters for what public service truly is.

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  5. Niki says:

    I haven’t watched the John Oliver video, but on the chicken farmer exploitation topic, another good resource is the book The Meat Racket. The original Tyson was a brilliant business man, way ahead of his time, but he absolutely created a system where poultry farmers are at the mercy of Tyson Foods (they are the biggest offender for sure, but there are two others). It also slowly moved into the beef industry, although I think the pork industry has been able to hold out a bit. The book is actually quite fascinating and a good read for anyone interested in business.

    June 3, 2015/Reply
    • Niki says:

      It may be flipped on the beef and pork industries, but one has been able to hold out a little longer due to the geographical concentration of the majority of producers.

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  6. thb says:

    I’ve seen the description as both “transgendered” and “transgender” so it is glad to know there is a preference for description. And yup…looking at that ice cream maker for a 4th of July party.

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  7. thb says:

    “good to know” not “it is glad to know”

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  8. e says:

    LOVE that canary yellow ASOS dress! Good find.

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  9. Mo says:

    What I would pay to never be told to “smile” ever again.

    June 3, 2015/Reply
    • Anna says:

      I’m usually pretty tolerant of street “niceties.” As long as they’re not vulgar, I figure “well, my looks will go eventually, and I’ll miss this” and don’t read too much into the “hello, young lady.” BUT being told to smile really gets under my skin. It is incredibly condescending, intrusive, and completely uncalled for. My job isn’t to put on a pretty face for you to look at. Am I not entitled to show any emotion that isn’t pleasure? Ugh.

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  10. LL2727 says:

    Would reiterate that it’s transgender as three is for the win. As explained to me, while working at a LGBT rights organization, by my trans coworker, people aren’t “gendered,” they just have a gender. It makes more sense when you think of it as cisgender (person born with gender that they now identify as) vs. transgender (person born with opposite gender of which they now identify). Most people don’t know this and it’s almost never done to intentionally slight someone (as I think is the case here) but good information to have in your pocket!

    June 3, 2015/Reply