Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: July 22, 2016



1) How your morning mood affects your whole work day. (HBR)

2) I bought this Mystique faux-leather bag from Target.  It was worth every penny of that $50 and more.

3) Ivanka Trump’s speech was the highlight of the entire convention.  Sadly, it will probably be the last time I hear gender equality talked about from the RNC stage.  But I pray not.  (Policy Mic)

4) Banana Republic has lovely new arrivals.  This floral wrap dress is a great summer/early fall piece.  And this printed pleat dress is epic; perfect under a suit jacket as day-to-night.

5) Why we let famous women be bullied online. (Rolling Stone)

6) Shift dresses perfect for days when you don’t feel great about your body.  This Mango Essential Jersey Dress has a breezy ease to it.  This Esprit stripe shift from ASOS is great.  Size 14-22?  This lilac ponte shift from ASOS is real cute.

7) Sheryl Sandberg is rethinking some of her advice from ‘Lean In’ since the death of her husband. (WSJ)

8) Don’t like to splurge on makeup? The e.l.f brand makes great lip pencils, gorgeous eyeshadow palettes, and  contour products for $10 or less.

9) The Not-Crazy-Person’s Guide to Online Privacy. No tin foil hat required. (Bloomberg)

10) How cute is this bird sculpture from West Elm?  I want it for my office shelves.

11) Instead of complaining, seven productive things to do when you are annoyed. (Reader’s Digest)

12) 40%-off at Ann Taylor with code SHOP40 until Sunday night.  I had to have this diagonal striped wrap dress and these snake print slingback flats.

*image found here.



  1. Megan says:

    Love the Target bag! (#2) Which color do you think is more versatile?

    July 22, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I didn’t need black, so I bought the brown.

      July 22, 2016/Reply
  2. Bonnie says:

    Belle, I’m a new reader and am a bit confused as to whether you are still out west or if you have moved back to DC. Thanks!

    July 22, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I’m still here. I can’t sell my house until December per terms of the contract. So I’m taking the February bar in MT. Hoping to be in DC next spring if all goes according to plan.

      July 22, 2016/Reply
      • LS says:

        Just curious – why did you buy if you knew you were going to graduate from school?

        I’m vaguely toying with the idea of buying, but not sure how long I will stay in one place.

        July 25, 2016/Reply
        • Belle says:

          It was a great investment. This particular subdivision is a hot property. The homes sell for a significant profit, and very quickly to people who don’t want to get on the waiting list, wait for it to be built, etc.. And owning was cheaper than renting where I was living. So despite having to stay out West for a little longer, which wasn’t ideal, the numbers worked out.

          July 25, 2016/Reply
  3. Tif says:

    I want to read that entire Sheryl S article! Guess it’s time to sub to WSJ. And buy that black Target bag. Gorgeous.

    July 23, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Google the title. It will unlock the unblocked version.

      July 23, 2016/Reply
  4. Connie says:

    1) should be “affects”

    July 24, 2016/Reply
  5. Lisa says:

    Umm, I fell in love with the bird on a stick sculpture after seeing it here. I just purchased it for my new office. It’s really going to spruce up the boring office furniture I’ll have.

    August 2, 2016/Reply