Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: February 24, 2015



1) Why dressing for success leads to success. (WSJ)

2) Floral print blouses are everywhere this spring.  I like this flowy Calvin Klein blouse.  This sleeveless navy BR blouse is worth a look.  Plus-size?  Try this Junarose shortsleeve top.

3) Publicly complaining about your salary is a bad plan.  It’ll also draw the indignation of those who stress hard work over easy breaks. (Business Insider)

4) Have dark circles?  Bioxidea, with a powerful anti-oxidant formula and massaging roller-pen, is the hot new must try product.

5) Interacting with people of opposing viewpoints on social media can change minds. (Science of Us)

6) I found some hot items at The Outnet, including this Issa fluted-wool skirt, a slate blue sheath dress, and a tan Rebecca Minkoff shoulder bag with cool details.  It’s my favorite online retailer.

7) Why Kesha’s legal battle is about more than just Kesha. (Elle)

8) Long necklaces are my long-term obsession.  This delicate tile necklace from BR is wonderful.  For something a little edgier, try this Aurelia necklace from Stella & Dot.

9) How to balance freelance and family life. (Fast Company)

10) Looking for cool shoes that are still work-friendly?  These printed, lace-up flats from BP are so chic.  These Joe’s Jeans Doran pumps are sleek.  And these SJP cut-out t-straps in a blush-beige are so pretty, or bold in bright flame.

11) The single woman is the most potent force in American politics. (NYMag)

12) This Sigma lace top from Anthro is a must have.  I also love their dramatic Anthophilous kimono.

*image found here.



  1. Lila says:

    Belle, do you think the quality of BR has gone up? I’ve noticed you’ve linked more of their items lately and I think they have a new head designer in place. I like the look of some of their stuff, but the reviews make me think I’ll be disappointed again.

    February 24, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      On some of the items, no. On others, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. As always, the tops are the riskiest. I think the jackets are usually a good bet, and the shoes are pretty good too.

      February 24, 2016/Reply
  2. Denise says:

    I really like that blue sheath dress. Wondering however about the exposed zipper in the back? Is that considered somehow less formal / conservative than a hidden zipper, especially since it is full length? I really miss hidden zippers!

    February 24, 2016/Reply
  3. Addie says:

    I loved the response to the Yelp employee. While I’m not ashamed of my job, it is certainly not what I had in mind when I graduated college 4 years ago. I came to DC to work in politics (surprise, surprise) and when I couldn’t find anything permanent after 2 years of looking, I sucked it up and took a full time office job so I could pay my bills. It’s not where I want to be forever but it’s teaching me skills that will be critical no matter the industry I end up in and I’m not relying on anyone else financially.

    February 24, 2016/Reply
  4. Emily says:

    Question on long necklaces. I have a few tops and dresses with asymmetrical necklines. Can you successfully carry off a long necklace with these? Any tips or tricks?

    February 24, 2016/Reply
  5. Kyra says:

    Belle – notice that the study in the WSJ piece only used men? Wonder how it may differ especially given that the options for working women are not just suits or white tee shirts (as you well know)!

    February 25, 2016/Reply