Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: June 10, 2015



1) Suffering from a lack of motivation?  How to break The Procrastination Doom Loop.

2) These textured Acedia heels from Aldo has a 3.25″ heel, a$75 price tag, and enough style to lift any work outfit.  Did I mention they come in five colors?

3) Harvard Business Review: How to know if you talk too much.

4) BCBG has the best belts.  I love this cool skinny belt with metal chevrons.  This studded contour belt and this black loop belt are perfect for elevating a basic black dress.

5) The hipster is dead.  Soon to be replaced by the Young Urban Creative.  I miss the hipsters already.

6) I bought these lace-up sandals from Gentle Souls, and they are sublime.  Seriously, I feel like I’m walking on pillows of sunshine and flower petals.

7) Wedding registries always perplex me.  Who needs 12 napkin rings?  Will you really use that Waterford Crystal decanter?  The Kitchn covers which registry items they still use 10 years later.

8) Madewell has some fun dresses for weekend wear.  I love this off-the-shoulder, white maxi.  And this sheer-stripe cami dress in coral is sublime.

9) Sweater snafus unravel J.Crew’s quarterly earnings.  #reviveJCrew

10) I need to do some re-organizing in my closet.  I think these collapsible storage bins and half-bins from Threshold are the way to go.

11) Forbes offers time-management tips from several moms who earn six-figures.  Their best advice?  Think in terms of a 168-hour week, not a 24-hour day.

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  1. Monica says:

    Love #11. You have to make your situation work for you and your family. It helps if you have a supportive partner or family, supportive manager and excellent time management skills.

    June 10, 2015/Reply
  2. LTH says:

    Hey Belle – Heads up you are mentioned directly in this Buzzfeed article re: JCrew sucking wind in general.

    June 10, 2015/Reply
  3. Jenn S. says:

    The Young Urban Creative, really? Dear heavens. Age-wise, I fall within the group that the first of these will be coming from.

    “You deserve to make a living being yourself. Your ideas are valuable,” no, actually, that isn’t a universal truth. /eyeroll

    June 11, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      One of the most common responses I get from under-26 year olds when I say, “remove your nose ring for your job interview” or “leave the Hello,Kitty notepad at home” is shouldn’t I be myself? And I’m always thinking, being yourself is for your personal life.

      June 11, 2015/Reply
    • Maddy says:

      The acronym YUC is just way too appropriate in this case, isn’t it?

      June 11, 2015/Reply
  4. Allison says:

    Yes, you use 12 napkin rings when you host Thanksgiving dinner. Depending on the size of the wedding, I think it’s impolite not to register for enough items for guests to purchase. It makes life much easier as a guest to just pick something off the registry. So many people see registries as bratty brides and grooms saying, “I need this” and often that’s not the case. At least for me, it was, “I know you are going to be giving a gift since it’s a tradition, let me make it easy for you.” Seriously, there is so much coverage about how Mom’s get attacked and criticized by other Moms, and it’s just women hurting women, and it should be stopped, can we lay off bride’s already? It’s a stressful time and it doesn’t help to be judged from every angle, you spend too much, you spend too little, you lose too much weight, you don’t loose enough weight, you register for too much, you register for too little, you involve your spouse too little/much, just LAY OFF BRIDES. Let it be a happy time for them. Rant over.

    June 11, 2015/Reply
    • Cait says:

      I agree with you that people are way to quick to criticize brides who are just trying to have a happy day and start the rest of their lives, but I think registries really vary a LOT depending on the couple. For some people, the crystal and fine china (and napkin rings) will be used and appreciated on special occasions and so should definitely be part of the registry. But other people can get so caught up in the wedding frenzy that later they end up wondering why they asked friends and family for things that don’t really fit their lifestyle. I think that’s really what the article focuses on- trying to register for things that you will really use, so you’ll make the most of what you’re asking friends and family to purchase.

      June 11, 2015/Reply
    • Stephanie says:

      You’re right– I’ve been married 16 years and napkin rings are a thing I would actually use! All the decorative stuff, not so much. And we changed our minds about stuff over the years. An older couple bought us a Waterford photo frame that I thought was hideous at the time– now it’s on my nightstand with my kids’ photo in it. The slow cooker that I laughed at and gave to Goodwill? Yea I’ve bought three since then. Life is funny.

      June 11, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      An article about what one couple found useful from their wedding registry isn’t really attacking the bride. I don’t understand large registries, esp when the couple are in their mid to late 30s, but I don’t see how being baffled by asking wedding guests to buy gifts the couple may never use is attacking the bride.

      June 11, 2015/Reply
  5. Beth says:

    For anyone considering the Aldo shoes – I have the bone color with the same texture in an Aldo d’orsay flat and the material is a sort of suede-y feel that attracts dirt and stains like crazy. I’d only recommend them for a desk drawer/carpet shoe (or get another color).

    June 11, 2015/Reply
  6. Cat says:

    i don’t think the Madewell designer, who seems to have shooting for slighty depressed normcore, can #revivejcrew.

    June 13, 2015/Reply