Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: July 21, 2015



1) Levo League discusses how to find out if a job’s low salary can be outweighed by its perks.

2) This $72 pencil skirt (in pink or black) from Elizabeth and James brings just the right amount of sultriness to a work-appropriate skirt.

3) Business Insider summarizes New Yorker piece on how the Hollister brand fabricated their elaborate backstory.  Reminded me of a 2014 story about how Madewell appropriated an old brand name to appear more authentic, less corporate.

4) Looking for some dresses to wear to work on days when a suit isn’t needed.  I loved this forest-green Aurelia dress from Boden.  Their Betty dress in Heather is also gorgeous.

5) Carolyn Hax at The Washington Post offers advice to a married woman whose position on remaining childless is changing.

6) Gilt has a great selection of pale neutral accessories right now.  These Best Society flats are good for casual work days.  And I am absolutely loving this Furla satchel in a milky chocolate color.

7) Did you know that the ‘poverty line’ was dependent on each home having a skillful and competent housewife/cook?

8) I was dry-brushing to improve the look of my cellulite, but it was hard on my skin.  This $8 massaging tool and a skin-firming serum from Nivea has done a better job with less pain.

9) Why short-term international volunteering (also called “voluntourism”) does more harm than good.  In Cambodia, most of the orphanages that foreign tourists visit are stocked, like fish ponds, with children who have parents and homes.

10) Part of me doesn’t want to think about fall fashion, yet.  Part of me can’t deny that this Split-Side Sweater from LOFT is awesome.  I also adore these fantastic navy tweed trousers.

11) This article from China discusses consultants who are hired to drive away mistresses.  It’s humorous, terrifying, and interesting at the same time.

12) This DKNY watch with rose gold and a grey, leather band is sublime.  So damn chic.

*image found here.



  1. AHCP says:

    I’m surprised to see the massager and cellulite cream on here. I always assumed that those were baloney, does it really make a difference? I know you are critical of products you recommend so I’m hoping it does!

    July 21, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      They don’t “cure” anything, so don’t hope for miracles. But I’ve found that they do reduce the appearance. For me, because I sit all day and fluid seems to collect in that area, the difference is somewhat pronounced.

      July 21, 2015/Reply
  2. Alison says:

    Love the articles about voluntourism! I wish people would focus more of their kind spirit on helping their neighbors (literally!) and realize doing volunteering in one’s own backyard is often makes more of an impact!

    July 21, 2015/Reply
  3. Anne says:

    The Cambodia article on voluntourism lost me (from The Collegian). She makes valid points but also tries to talk to a kid about Jesus Christ and seems distraught that Jesus’ message doesn’t get through. I mean Cambodia is 95% Buddhist, so… The white savior complex she discusses also includes trying to bring Christianity anywhere and everywhere.

    July 21, 2015/Reply
  4. Anne says:

    Now I see that she was in Western Sahara not Cambodia but my point still stands.

    July 21, 2015/Reply
  5. Alexandra says:

    Surprised you would link to something published by the Global Times…

    July 21, 2015/Reply
    • Belle says:

      An acquaintance who works as a reporter in China tweeted it. I thought it was kind of a weird, funny story.

      July 22, 2015/Reply
  6. Lina says:

    Thanks for including my article about voluntourism in Cambodia! I live in Siem Reap where I see tourists come into to town who very much want to help, but end up doing more harm than good. It’s frustrating, because of course they don’t have any idea that volunteering can actually be harmful to the local community. Thank you for helping to spread the word.

    July 22, 2015/Reply