Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: May 23, 2016



1) Women who spend a lot of time on their looks make more money. (HuffPo)

2) This $80 white lace dress from ASOS is sublime.  I also love this mid-price garnet dress from Likely.

3) No sound, no fury, no marriage: Why conflict in relationships can be good for them. (The New York Times)

4) If you haven’t tried the Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel, you must.  I’m obsessed; readers are obsessed. It works so well, I bought the companion night cream.

5) Sorry, but breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. (The New York Times)

6) Things I’m Loving Now: These wedge sandals from Gilt are everything.  Ulla Johnson’s Birdie top.  Old Navy’s crop denim jacket.

7) Trolls are hacking the social media accounts of the dead, bringing up uncomfortable realities in the digital afterlife. (The Washington Post)

8) I found the perfect silver foil heels at Anthropologie.  And I couldn’t pass up this HD in Paris lace blouse with a cool pattern.

9) The eternal conundrum: How to workout and diet for your health, without making it a body-negative experience.  Here are eight ways to keep the balance. (Refinery29)

10) Antonio Melani does it again with this gorgeous coral dress and this insanely chic Rahdia cotton sundress.

11) Some adults, who never had ADHD as children, are now developing the disorder. (Quartz)

12) Adam Lippes created a collab with The Outnet.  This one shoulder silk top is just the most gorgeous thing ever.  And of course this perfect ivory wool dress is sold out in my size (blast!!).

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  1. AttiredAttorney says:

    Belle- have you ever tried the Paula’s Choice skin care line? I’ve seen it extolled on some other blogs and like the background of the concept, but I’m always scared to pull the trigger on a new regimen. You and I seem to have similar skin types, so I was curious if you had ever used it.

    May 23, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      It didn’t really work for me. But I like the BHA liquid.

      May 23, 2016/Reply
  2. Sarah Shah says:

    I love the ASOS white lace dress! Any readers (or, you Belle) have any insight as to fit and sizing of ASOS stuff? I’ve never bought anything from them. I’m usually a size 4.

    May 23, 2016/Reply
    • Caroline says:

      It tends to run big, in my experience.

      May 23, 2016/Reply
    • Rachel says:

      ASOS is a UK company, so their sizes generally run smaller than US brands. I suggest ordering one size up from your regular size; this has always worked out for me.

      May 24, 2016/Reply
      • Belle says:


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  3. Carolyn says:

    Can you repost the link on the Garnet Likely dress? It opens to the ASOS lace dress.
    Thank you!

    May 23, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:


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  4. Anne says:

    Number 1 sounds a bit like confirmation bias — women who spend more on their appearance make more money — but isn’t more likely that women who make more money have both the time and money to spend more on their appearance?

    May 23, 2016/Reply
    • Lo says:

      Exactly my thought as well. Basically, there are a lot of other factors here, and while these two things may often occur together (time and money into appearance, making more money), I wouldn’t assume one causes another. On the other hand, thank you for sharing Belle, it’s good to see articles here that cause more conversation!

      May 23, 2016/Reply
  5. AVL says:

    I have been thinking about the concept of the first article so much lately. As someone who is moving into a higher level in my career and really trying to establish myself, is it okay to have an “off” day? Does it reflect poorly on me if I’m great at what I do, but my makeup/outfit/hair is off every once in awhile? I spend entirely too much time thinking about this, but I’m just so curious.

    May 23, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      People don’t really notice an “off day,” maybe an off week. But everyone has an off day.

      May 23, 2016/Reply
  6. Beth says:

    Do let us know how you like the night cream. I picked up the night gel on your recommendation and it is amazing. it the only product that I look forward to putting on before bed.

    May 23, 2016/Reply
    • Yellowrose says:

      AGREE! Belle if you love the night cream I’m buying it, as well! -amanda7180 on insta

      May 23, 2016/Reply
  7. Chloe says:

    Belle – how would you style a cropped denim jacket? I have a couple denim jackets still, but feel like they’re pretty youthful-looking. Ideas on how to adultify (I just made that word up) denim jackets would be awesome …

    May 24, 2016/Reply
  8. Sarah says:

    I went in to Sephora yesterday to get the invigorating night gel. The consultant I talked to noted a couple of important things. First, it is intended only for people who have *chronic* acne. Second, it is so acidic that it can *only* be used at night. Third, users **must** wear and reapply sunscreen throughout the day–otherwise the acid combined with the sun will swiftly lead to more acne and skin damage. This was the rare occasion that she didn’t try to get me to buy anything else, but After talking about my acne, she replied “you’re not at the stage you need this product yet.”

    May 25, 2016/Reply