Workday Reading

The Daily Eight: July 25, 2016


I’m going to try something a bit different with The Workday Reading.  Leave your thoughts in the comments.


1) Is it a mistake for women to talk about their children at work? (BBC)

2) This bow waist belt and this skinny buckle belt from Boden spice up your basic sheath dresses.

3) A new movie about women on Wall Street unapologetically discusses money, power, and sexual harassment. (The New Yorker)

4) Round out your summer wardrobe with affordable pieces from Uniqlo.  I adore this seersucker dress, Supima cotton cardigan, and this sleeveless, pleated blouse.

5) Essential steps to take at work before leaving for vacation. (Fast Company)

6) Speaking of vacation, I love these tips for bikini line maintenance.  I like to use Stridex pads for exfoliation, and soothing spray for irritation.

7)  Feeling a little stiff?  Try these desk stretches to keep things limber. (Man Repeller)

8) This Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan is impossibly cozy and perfect for a chilly office.

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  1. Erika says:

    I like this streamlined format! Thanks for always being willing to try new things.

    July 25, 2016/Reply
    • Mary says:

      Yes! Easy to skim for the items of interest.

      July 25, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I’m also thinking about grouping the picks: News, Shopping List, etc. We’ll see.

      July 25, 2016/Reply
      • Cait says:

        Yes to the grouping! I sometimes go back to the workday reading multiple times in a day- a quick peek at the clothes and accessories, reading the work-related articles during a break, and reading the more fun pieces later in the evening.

        July 26, 2016/Reply
  2. kellie says:

    I’m childless by choice so I’m never into it when people talk about their kids at work. I have nothing to contribute and it’s not a topic that holds any interest for me.

    July 25, 2016/Reply
    • Lynn says:

      Huh. I honestly find this a little odd, and only seems to pertain to children. I have a co-worker who is really into dog shows. I’m not, but I find it interesting BECAUSE it’s not something I do myself–and it’s not something I do by choice, of course, much like you’re childless by choice. Most people seem interested in things that have nothing to do with them, until it comes to kids. I wonder why.

      But I’m just thinking out loud (Out written?). Honestly not here to start a fight.

      July 25, 2016/Reply
      • Jill says:

        I’m also childless (and pet-less) by choice. For me, my interest in listening to people talk about their children (and pets) is quite limited. That doesn’t mean I never want to hear anything about them, but it does mean that by the time the third coworker starts in on their child’s latest activity, I’m already over it.

        Other subjects hold my interest longer because I hear less about them. Odds are good that the coworker talking to me about her time as a 4H leader is the only one to do so that week, let alone that day.

        July 25, 2016/Reply
  3. Shannon says:

    I try only to talk about my kids when people ask or with people who have kids and like to commiserate. But I do think more people expect you to be interested in their pets these days (which I’m usually not particularly).

    July 25, 2016/Reply
  4. Elisse says:

    The article about discussing children in the workplace was an interesting read but I found it a bit frustrating. If a woman has a child then that child is a part of who she is. I’ll agree that some women go overboard and it seems the only thing they talk about is their child. But telling women to never mention their children is wrong and it just causes the bias to continue. I work in the legal field and I work with many women who are also moms. Oftentimes, when I walk into a part, everyone – the judge, the clerks, the reporter, the prosecutors, the defense attorneys and the court officers – is female. Sometimes they’re discussing their children but when it comes down to business everyone is professional and focused. In fact, the administrative judge, who happens to be a busy mom herself, sometimes talks about her children. That hasn’t stopped her from being a highly respected judge. When I speak with people who’ve been in the system for decades they note how much things have changed. That it’s no longer a “boys club” type of environment. And that’s important. Advising women to never discuss this integral part of their lives is wrong. The key is to find a balance in order to continue proving that women who are moms can still be productive and valuable assets in their workplace.

    July 26, 2016/Reply
  5. Lizzie says:

    I just bought the blouse from Uniqlo (#4) two weeks ago. The blush color is a lovely shade of pink (not bubblegum but deeper than a true blush). I’ve worn it twice and washed it with no problems! To be fair I bought it as a top to hide my early pregnancy, but it looks great with white jeans and shorts! I’ve gotten several compliments!

    July 26, 2016/Reply
  6. Amanda says:

    I don’t follow — what is the difference with the new Workday Reading? Looks the same to me.

    July 26, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      A bit shorter, less wordy. I was just trying to make it more readable.

      July 26, 2016/Reply