Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: June 19, 2015



1) Struggling to stay productive this summer?  Everygirl has five TED talks to inspire you.

2) This $42 Eva satchel comes in a sophisticated gunmetal grey.  It also has great internal storage and minimalist details.

3) Profits are declining, you just laid-off 175 people, but why not go out drinking and post Instagrams about how your survived J.Crew’s version of the Hunger Games.  Speaking of bad brand behavior, Jezebel covers how things at Nastygal turned, well, nasty.

4) Shopbop has some sleek dresses for work.  This Black Halo Jodee dress is a great basic.  I adore this ivory, blouson Badgely Mischka dress.

5) This is the most horrific wedding night story that I have ever heard.

6) Yesterday, we talked about nude-to-you shoes for a variety of skin colors.  Stuart Weitzman is now offering their basic styles in a rainbow of flesh-toned hues.

7) The airlines are discussing shrinking the size of allowed carry-on bags to fit more bags on the plane.  Or to force more people to check luggage in order to drive up their profits.

8) I’m still searching for the perfect off the shoulder top.  ASOS has this Laden top in crisp white that I really like.  This black Warehouse top has a great bohemian look.  Plus-size readers should look at this Gypsy top.

9) The L.A. Times reports on Comic-Con’s decision to ban selfie sticks as a “small victory for society.”  Several dozen museums, theaters, and festivals are also showing them the cold shoulder.

10) I spotted this Tory Burch Brody satchel on Atlantic Pacific, and I am obsessed.

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  1. Angie says:

    Re: #8 I really like the boho flair of the off-the-shoulder tops, but never sure if they’ll make me look pregnant. I’m a D cup and usually not self-conscious about my stomach area, but the OTS tops might create a weird “balloon” effect (sort of like those “trapeze” dresses that were all the rage a few years ago).

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  2. SC MD2 says:

    Re: #5, the OP wrote back to Carolyn Hax in her weekly chat here:

    My only comment to this entire crazy saga is it’s a good thing this lady got her passport back.

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    • Alice @ What I Really Wear says:

      Yup, that follow up reads like a romance novel. I call shenanigans

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      • Monica says:

        So glad it’s fake. I hope it isn’t an attempt at “romance” as both parts of this don’t seem the least bit romantic to me, more like a train wreck waiting to happen. If it is real, they both need help.

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  3. Mikey says:

    2) Love the shape of that Danielle Nichols bag and I’ve been wanting one of hers for a while… but I’m not sure about the color and thinking about going leather in future bags so they last longer. Anyone able to comment on the durability of her bags?

    3) The J.Crew story frankly doesn’t surprise me, but the Nasty Gal one does, especially given how the press lauds #girlboss. I’ve always window-shopped their website because I love the street/punk style, and they had cute “normal” clothes on occasion too… but I’ve definitely noticed that the style and price point have changed a lot over the last few years. I guess it’s good to have that sense validated, but after this article (especially the fact that they couldn’t find one employee to say something positive about the company!) I won’t be shopping there after all.

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  4. Sarah says:

    Wow! That J. Crew story. I was recently laid off, and if I saw pictures of my boss celebrating afterwards, I cannot imagine the level of anger I would have felt. It’s already such a demoralizing experience. So needlessly cruel and self-centered, if the story is correct about what happened.

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