Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: June 6, 2016



1) Why having a strong savings account is the best career advice for women. (The Huffington Post)

2) Ann Taylor has 40%-off suits (which are usually excluded from sales).  Ends tonight.  This sweet sharkskin suit definitely caught my eye.

3) Ask a former drunk: When do you know you have a problem? An important topic for white collar workers everywhere, but especially in D.C.. (Gawker)

4) These Calvin Klein Gildana heels are the perfect stylish work shoe.  I also love his Giorgi heels with the contrasting colors.  Both under-$150.

5) Ways to get relevant experience in a new field that don’t include ‘get an internship.’ (Fast Company)

6) Career selections from the ASOS new arrivals include: a gorgeous short sleeve coral dress, this $38 casual Friday shift, and this Sister Jane tweed jacket.

7) When is the best time for a meeting? (Quartz)

8) New York & Co.’s Eva Mendes collection has some interesting work pieces.  I adore this Rosemary blouse that has an unfussy tie neck.  I also like the vintage feel of this lipstick print blouse and skirt combo.   And this black pebble satchel is an incredibly affordable work bag.

9) Great, another career success guide written by an upper class woman!  Because having a nanny, housekeeper, trainer, and copious assistants is something we can all relate to. (The Frisky)

10) The Lodis Audrey is still the best ‘briefcase’ for women.  But their new, minimalist Jamie style is coming in a close second.

11) How to beat procrastination with ‘temptation bundling,’ aka bribery. (Lifehacker)

12) If you burn your phone battery down to zero, try Boostcase.  It comes in several colors, including my preferred matte gold.

*image found here.



  1. Kait says:

    It truly pains me to admit this, but I actually really enjoy Ivanka Trump’s blog, and am kind of looking forward to the book. Her blog has really good content- no, she didn’t work her way up, and yes, she has a lot of outside help BUT her blog brings in a lot of guest writers who are worth listening to. I travel a lot for work, and have gotten really great advice on work travel from her blog. Keeping an open mind.

    June 8, 2016/Reply
  2. Allison says:

    Upper class or not I think it’s great to have another voice out there supporting women in the workplace. Not every career book is going to relevant to all woman and I find it inspiring that someone like Ivanka, who clearly doesn’t have to work, not only does so with passion but spends time trying to help other women in her own way. The first step helping all woman succeed in the workplace is to be more supportive of each other!

    June 8, 2016/Reply
  3. neenz says:

    The first two asos links dont seem to be linking correctly, can you please include the correct links?

    June 8, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I fixed the second link. The first one goes to the style of dress, but in a different color. It must be sold out in the coral.

      June 9, 2016/Reply
      • neenz says:

        Thank you! I live in shifts so was very excited when I saw it was $38. Very cute and great price point – purchasing!

        June 13, 2016/Reply
  4. Jenn S. says:

    While I wholeheartedly understand why some would roll their eyes at what Ivanka and her team have to say, I’m surprised by how hostile that article was towards her.

    “…it’s also worth noting that the kind of advice slung by a terribly wealthy white woman about how to achieve success in the workplace is not the kind of advice that anyone should be taking.”

    I can dig taking a lot of it with a grain of salt. (I can’t outsource my errands to Postmates, no I don’t have a housekeeper, and I never will – so I cannot relate to a LOT of it) But I also don’t think it’s right to write someone off just because they come from a wealthy background…or because they’re a particular skin color.

    June 9, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I like the clothes and shoes she makes, but I’m just over all of these book on how to be a go-getting woman written by women who have copious amounts of help. Yes, the article is harsher than I would have been. But how many working Moms are trying to keep their heads above water with no nanny, a husband who also works, and without a maid, cook, and the $$$ to get it all done? These women are accomplished, but Trump, Sandberg, etc do not NOT know how the averaged working mom is living. That’s all I’m saying.

      June 10, 2016/Reply
      • Jenn S. says:

        We’re on the same page, I think.

        As someone who comes from a working class family and background, it is neither helpful nor entertaining. If we all had access to chefs, nannies, personal assistants to handle all our minutia we don’t care to…well, we’d have a lot more time for being ultra successful in our careers

        I keep hearing, “Lean in,” but at what cost?

        June 10, 2016/Reply
        • Denise says:

          I personally like Sandberg and I think one of her most important messages is that you shouldn’t ‘anticipate’ the need to ‘lean out’ of your career when you’re young, instead you should pursue it as if you’ll always be non constrained, and then adjust as necessary if needed. I see a lot of young women say “I don’t want to get into sales because some day I’ll have a baby, and then I can’t travel because I’ll have to feed the baby, etc. etc.”. It’s putting the cart before the horse and robbing them of a potentially great career move or experience.

          Sandberg and Trump have means to do a LOT of things working class women cannot…but they more than likely still struggle, as moms, with the constant time battle of home vs. family. They have live in nannies, but I’m guessing they also want to spend time with their kids.

          June 10, 2016/Reply
      • Hill Denizen says:

        My issue with most of them is that they hardly acknowledge how easy they have it or how their circumstance make their lives and the validity of their advice largely irrelevant to most women. They take an attitude, of “well, if I could do it, so can you,” without recognizing the advantages from which they benefit. I think Sandberg did somewhat, especially in discussing her husband, but I scream on the inside every time I see yet another article from Gwyneth Paltrow telling me how to lose weight or maintain work-life balance.

        June 10, 2016/Reply
  5. TheLoop says:

    Belle, I am with you. It would be better if all this energy were spent on advocating for policies on equal pay, more flexibility to balance work with other life goals (family, travel etc) etc., instead of writing another stupid career guide.

    June 9, 2016/Reply
    • Meg says:

      I couldn’t agree more.

      June 9, 2016/Reply
      • Jenn S. says:

        That’s true, but at the end of the day who are we to tell someone what to do with their time and money?

        June 9, 2016/Reply
        • TheLoop says:

          We can’t tell them what to do but as consumers, we have every right to judge what they are trying to sell us. And that’s all Belle did.

          June 9, 2016/Reply
  6. Jamie says:

    Please stop posting amazing ASOS finds that are out of stock.

    June 9, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I’m sorry, they sell out so quickly. I wish they had deeper stock!!!

      June 10, 2016/Reply