The Workday Reading: January 19, 2016

Jan 19, 2016

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1) Why do Americans work so much? (The Atlantic)

2) This ‘On Duty’ blazer from LOFT is.a.must.have.  So chic with the notched collar.

3) Yes, and…no. How L.A.’s female comedians stand up to sexual harassment. (Buzzfeed)

4) The Sofia Coppola bag from Louis Vuitton gets me right here.  An eBay seller has a faithful recreation at a reasonable price.  It’s not a knockoff because it bears no fake LV label or purport to be the real thing.

5) Rich friend, poor friend. Don’t let income inequality ruin your friendships. (Medium)

6) Chilly weather has given me coat fever! This grey trench from ASOS looks like a must have.  I love this ASOS waterfall parka with hood and storm flap. Don’t miss the ASOS slim fit coat in a khaki melange.

7) ‘Baby carrots’ are not baby carrots.  My vegetable drawer is a lie. (The Washington Post)

8) I finally bought the Makeup Eraser (to remove makeup without wipes) and it is life altering, and a money saver!

9) How to prepare your home for guests.  Don’t forget a cozy throw on the bed and a blow dryer in the bathroom; people always forget them! (Waiting on Martha)

10) I adore Shashi’s modern take on the tennis bracelet, $66, in both gold-tone and silver-tone.

11) Sh*t you shouldn’t bother organizing. (Washingtonian)

Eye Candy. These Jimmy Choo Marny pumps in a mix of gorgeous blue-shades are a dream come true.

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  1. Jenn S. says:

    No. 5 is interesting and relevant, but I’m not entirely sure its the solution. After all, both parties in the friendship need to be comfortable disclosing financials. It’s important to approach the matter with caution and make sure both parties are comfortable sharing that information before either does.

    After all, if the better-off friend is the open one and the modest more reserved, then the modest friend might be offended or put off by what they may interpret as bragging or showing off. In the opposite arrangement, the better-off friend might interpret their friend’s part of the discussion as whining or seeking sympathy.

    Some friends, like Mason in the article, may indeed be fine with picking up the tab for hockey tickets. Personally, I treat to lunch regularly if I feel like seeing someone (regardless of their situation, but I know some of my friends who are more transparent about limited funds appreciate it). Some people might find themselves feeling resentful after a time.

    It’s troublesome. As my career has advanced, so has my salary and standard of living. For me, I’m super conscious of mentioning money around those whose circumstances have not advanced along a similar trajectory so as not to appear rude/tactless/etc.

  2. Lauren says:

    Belle – What’s your routine after the makeup eraser? I’d love to see a tutorial about what to do next. Do you cleanse like normal? Do you just moisturize? Much thanks!

  3. Dee says:

    How to prepare your home for guests:
    Say, “Oh, I’ve given up apologizing about how messy the house is because I’m a feminist and I know you’re my friend and you accept me and my style. Thank you! SO GOOD TO SEE YOU!”

    • ohraq says:

      not sure what being a feminist has to do with making your home comfortable for guests? (as a feminist myself)

      • Q says:

        I mean, you’re right. So change “feminist” to “woman” in your question and ask:

        How come articles about cleaning up your house aren’t on men’s or mainstream publications, only in women’s sections or sites?

    • B says:

      I’m a tidy person naturally, and a feminist. I don’t mind a few odd, eccentric piles on desk/chair/tabletop and I don’t expect anyone’s house to be totally clutter-free… but if I’m invited into someone else’s house (especially for an overnight stay) and I have to move aside their junk to set down my water glass, I won’t say anything but I will feel incredibly uncomfortable.

      The best hostessing tip I ever read was on Cup of Jo – make sure there’s a toilet plunger in the bathroom for your guests! No one ever wants to have to ask for that.

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