Workday Reading

Ten at Ten: November 11, 2016

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1) Thank a veteran today, and then, thank their families for their sacrifice. (WaPo)

2) LL. Bean’s Signature Fisherman’s Sweater is winter-time perfection, the best chunky knit under-$100.

3) Why you should still dress up for work, even if you work home. (Lifehacker)

4) Burberry’s chic rainboots are everything you ever wanted in a Wellie and so much more.

5) People are coughing up a lot of cash for dating apps and matchmakers. (Observer)

6) Inglot’s AMC Eyeliner Gel is my new favorite, the color is so rich.  I also love their eye makeup base.

7) 10 Things You Should Never Do as a Dinner Guest. (Lonny)

8) These Boyarde letters let you monogram your bags without the commitment. So chic and fun.

9) Advice: How can I stop people from constantly interrupting me? (Elle)

10) I love this quirky smartphone projector for just $32.  Or go old school with a Polaroid camera.

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    20 comments

  1. Lindsey says:

    I know you mentioned on Wednesday that this might be a politics free zone, but I am an avid reader exactly because of the mixed conversations your host, including those of a political nature. I look forward to your Daily Eight quote everyday, but this recommendation to embrace the unknown feels hauntingly misguided today. It’s a scary week for young professional women, and I don’t know that this will have any real impact on your content or my fellow readers, but I think you have a great space to have important conversations. I would love for you to take the time to share your thoughts on what’s to come. Now more than ever women should be look to each other for support and advice.

    Thanks for your blog, it’s a huge part of my daily routine.

    November 11, 2016/Reply
    • Anna says:

      I didn’t see it as misguided. I took it as more of a, these are the cards we’re dealt, we can stew about it or we can use it as an opportunity to step up and take action.

      November 14, 2016/Reply
    • Belle says:

      The quote had nothing to do with the election.

      I have thoughts on the election, obviously. I am reticent to share them here as since I started using my real name on Insta and Twitter, I have received dozens of emails from readers who see the fact that I am a Republican as a blight against my character. Some of the emails have been esp. troubling. And I’ve lost hundreds of followers on both platforms. So I’m feeling understandably gun shy about starting any discussion about politics.

      Maybe I’ll change my mind in the short term, I’ve been reading a lot of thoughtful, interesting articles I’d like to share. But given the emails I’ve been getting, I’m not ready to run the risk of lighting the comments on fire.

      November 14, 2016/Reply
      • Anna says:

        You do you, girl. FWIW, as someone on the opposite end of the political spectrum, I completely respect your views and your right to express them as you see fit. I come here for the style advice and the female empowerment stuff is the cherry on top. Your political views have absolutely no bearing on your ability to deliver quality fashion tips. And I didn’t necessarily think the quote was posted as a statement on the election, but like with art, we all bring our own biases to the way we see things, and right now, a lot of us have the election on the brain, so it seeps into a lot of what we see/do.

        November 14, 2016/Reply
        • Belle says:

          True enough, read into it what you need. I just needed some clarity at a very uncertain time in my professional life.

          November 14, 2016/Reply
      • Jess says:

        Another Republican here. I also am disappointed that it’s considered a blight on our character or that we are racicts/homophobic/stupid etc. It get’s tiring and I can completely understand your hesitation. I’ve seen enough of people saying on blogs that they would be disappointed to find out if that person was Republican because they respected them so much….. Like somehow we can’t respect people who have views different than us?

        November 14, 2016/Reply
        • Belle says:

          It is frustrating. When I started in Congress in 2005, it was normal and encouraged to have friends from both parties. By the time I left, people were surprised (at least in the house) that I knew people in the other party well enough to call them friends.

          I think the only thing more upsetting than being told it’s disappointing that I’m a Republican is being told I’m the good kind of Republican. I make zero apologies for people of racist/homophobic/xenophobic views, but there are plenty of people in the GOP who don’t believe those things, are horrified others do, but are significantly more conservative than I am. Being unfollowed for being a Republican is upsetting because what we should be learning from this election is to be less polarizing, and willing to listen to those of opposing views, because labeling them made it impossible to persuade them on the merits.

          November 14, 2016/Reply
          • KateL says:

            A “good” Republican sounds unbelievably patronizing… which is kind of how we got to the polarized place we are in today. Like you I long for more moderate views where compromise isn’t a dirty word. I recognize that both parties have members with extreme views but they need to stop dominating the conversation so we can run this country for all Americans.

            November 15, 2016/Reply
          • Anna says:

            If it makes you feel any better, my D office is very friendly with our R next door neighbors. The Member even comes to eat lunch or just hang out in our office. I think as the influence of the Tea Party has waned a little bit, things are becoming more convivial and collaborative again.

            November 15, 2016/Reply
            • Belle says:

              It does make me feel better. I hope that continues.

              November 15, 2016/Reply
          • Mary says:

            I’m sorry you are getting so much flak. I understand your hesitance to share more. I have really appreciated the balance of discussion on your blog when politics come up. This comment thread is a perfect example. Not everyone agrees with everyone else, but everyone has been respectful. The internet needs more of that.

            November 15, 2016/Reply
            • Belle says:

              It is nice when it works out that way, isn’t it?

              November 15, 2016/Reply
  2. MG says:

    Sorry, but E. Jean is wrong on that one. Telling a woman who is being interrupted that she simply isn’t interesting enough and dismissing the point that men speak over softer voices or dismiss women who sound more traditionally feminine as stupid is dangerous ground to walk.

    November 11, 2016/Reply
    • julia says:

      I thought the same thing.

      November 11, 2016/Reply
    • Meghan says:

      Totally agree with you MG and Julia. Can we stop blaming women for men not listening to them? It shouldn’t matter what you sound like, or how you present yourself, or if you raise your hand. It SHOULD only matter that you are a person with a voice who is asking to be heard.

      November 11, 2016/Reply
      • Jenn S. says:

        I mostly agree – people SHOULD listen, but we shouldn’t pretend that presentation isn’t important. If someone comes to work with a sloppy presentation in a professional-dress workplace, that signals that they don’t care. If they don’t care, the people around them won’t care what that person has to say. I know that isn’t the issue of the woman in the article, but presentation IS important.

        Otherwise, the article is silly. It’s rude to interrupt people, period (even if their presentation is sloppy).

        November 14, 2016/Reply
    • Em says:

      Yes – I was really bothered by that article, especially since finding it here, a place with content I very much respect. The author telling that poor woman that she’s probably a bore or not well informed because she is frequently interrupted is both mean and misguided. It is well documented that women are interrupted far more frequently than men. Disappointed in this.

      November 11, 2016/Reply
      • Belle says:

        Posting the article does not mean I agree with it. I thought it was very thought provoking, and a problem many of us have dealt with. The point of these posts is to bring up topics that apply to women’s lives, I’ve posted pieces that I didn’t agree with but I thought would spur an interesting decision in the past.

        November 11, 2016/Reply
  3. Claire says:

    On a lighter note… I’ve had those rain boots for four or five years now and they are so worth the money. They (almost) make me look forward to rainy days. If you’re on the fence, get them.

    November 11, 2016/Reply
  4. Bonnie says:

    Agreed. Belle, I’d love to hear your honest thoughts on the election and what’s to come.

    November 14, 2016/Reply