Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: April 22, 2016


The explanation for one of my favorite passages from my second-favorite book.


1) You have no idea how hardcore Harriet Tubman was.  Here’s to the new face gracing the $20-bill. (The Washington Post)

2) I’ve been looking for a pair of olive chinos, and I think these Gap ones are the thing.  Plus-size?  Try these canvas pants from LL Bean.

3) How to graciously accept a compliment. (Fast Company)

4) Saks is having a Friends and Family sale on select items.  This Elie Tahari Shannon sheath is perfect for work.  The timeless Black Halo Jackie O dress is also significantly discounted.

5) The art of storytelling according to StoryCorps and Humans of New York. (An oldie, but goodie.) (Ted)

6) I usually don’t like small purses, but this Karen Walker Mae Mini Satchel is the coolest.  For something cheaper, try this coral vertical buckles crossbody from Target.

7) America is increasingly moving to the cities.  This new map of a metropolis-driven nation is a bit terrifying for those of us from the sticks.  (The New York Times)

8) This $6 e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer is an amazing drugstore buy.  Comes in brightening formula for those who struggle with dull skin.

9) Rub these two things on your teeth to make them whiter naturally.  (Marie Claire)

10) The place for casual spring dresses is Boden.  I bought their slub tee dress last year, and I’ll be picking up another color.  This printed Dolly dress is a versatile option for the office.

11) How a Senator used Facebook to influence employees in one D.C. building. (Fusion)

12) Is it strange that I saw this Coco-Cola Lipsmackers collection and needed to buy it if only for the nostalgia?  Just a little?  Great.  These Lancome ‘Juicy Shaker’ lip glosses are the adult equivalent.

*image found here.



  1. Anna says:

    Considering how long it takes to wash the yellow off of kitchen appliances whenever I cook with turmeric, I’m not risking rubbing that stuff straight on my teeth.

    April 22, 2016/Reply
  2. e says:

    Ooh, good find on that ELF primer. I’ve been looking for a good drugstore version of the laura mercier splurge. I make so many drugstore purchases on your recommendations, Belle, thanks for them!

    April 22, 2016/Reply
  3. Betsy says:

    That East of Eden link was amazing – thank you! It’s my sister’s favorite book. If it’s your second-favorite, what’s first?

    I thought everyone knew how hardcore Harriet Tubman was, but this $20 business has startled (and depressed) me about how little people seem to know about her. Straight-up badass.

    The ELF primer made me break out, alas, and I had to go back to Smashbox. My skin is very sensitive, however. Just thought I would share. I’ve had great success with other ELF products.

    April 22, 2016/Reply
  4. B says:

    Can anyone speak to whether the quality of Gap’s chinos is any better this year? I had a couple pairs from 6 years ago that both finally wore out last year, and when I went to replace them the quality of the material was atrocious and sizing was a mess.

    April 22, 2016/Reply
    • S says:

      I tried on several pairs of Gap’s chinos this season (sounds like we are in the same boat) and settled on the Banana Republic Straight Fit chinos for looking a little nicer than Gap’s Girlfriend chinos. I am a very reliable size 8 and I could pull on the 8 without unbuttoning it in both the Gap and BR styles. The 6 has been fine after washing, tumble drying on low, and wearing (a tiny bit snug the first hour, but then great). A saleswoman at Gap told me that customers have complained about the Girlfriend chinos stretching out significantly during wear. I can’t speak to the crops though.

      April 24, 2016/Reply
      • Caroline says:

        If anyone’s considering getting the LOFT chinos this season, be aware that they stretch out A LOT during wear.

        April 25, 2016/Reply
  5. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the East of Eden link. Great! And, yes, can you share your favorite book?

    April 22, 2016/Reply
    • Jules says:

      I was about to ask the same – Love that quote! (And now curious what your favorite book is.)

      April 22, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion.

      Opening Line: This is a story of love and death in the golden land, and it begins with the country.

      April 22, 2016/Reply
  6. SunnyIA says:

    Just use toothpaste and a toothbrush to get the same degree of “whitening” that the turmeric method is claiming. Toothpaste has mild abrasives in it that, like turmeric, will remove plaque. Using your toothbrush without anything on it will do the same thing, but toothpaste will give you the added benefit of fluoride – which will prevent and reverse slight demineralization. You’ll need that if you’re drinking lemon water as much as beauty blogs advocate.

    April 23, 2016/Reply
  7. Jenn S. says:

    No judgment on the Lipsmackers. I actively use the Dr Pepper one, and have a spare in my vanity.

    April 24, 2016/Reply
  8. Tricia says:

    Just wanted to let you know that the Workday Reading posts are my favorite of all the blogs I read regularly. Thanks for consistently pulling together such a great mix of topics!

    April 24, 2016/Reply