Workday Reading

The Afternoon Post: February 3, 2017



1) Nordstrom drops Ivanka Trump’s brand from stores. (The New York Times)

2) This Alo Mantra Keyhole Top is a great casual going-out top.  Very sleek.

3) The worst money mistakes you can make. (Refinery29)

4) Saw this AQ/AQ top; bought it instantly.  Would also take this equally phenomenal dress.

5) Thermostat controls in hotel rooms don’t actually control anything. (Economist)

6) This heather purple workout set from Anthro is so chic.  I also love this knotted Gap breathe back top.

7) How to trick yourself into success when you feel like you’re failing. (Career Contessa)

8) For $105 you can own 18 vibrant Butter London nail lacquers and their base and topcoats.

9) Don’t Tell Me to Dress My Age. (The Cut)

10) M.Gemi made their Felize moccasin in soft metallic hues, and they’re wonderful.

11) Blue Feed, Red Feed. Liberal and Conservative Facebook, side by side. (WSJ)

12) Need to find the perfect nude-to-you lip?  Sephora has you covered.  This is my go-to.

13) This is our 30s. Why you can’t really map out your life. (HuffPo)


What Has Me Craving Summer.  This recipe for Coquitos, coconut rum punch.

What I’m Making for Dinner This Weekend.  Korean BBQ Yum Yum Bowls.

What I Purchased Spur of the Moment.  I now own an etched glass globe.  Don’t ask me why; I can’t tell you.

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  1. Minnesota says:

    Hi. The Economist link goes to the Korean Rice Bowls page. Just FYI. Sadly, the Korean Rice Bowls like does not go to the Economist. There would have been so much irony there . . ..

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    • Belle says:


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  2. Allison says:

    Love the Anthro workout set, and would like to hear opinions on something. I have been toying around with buying a workout top that’s cropped like this. I think it’s a cute style. Do you think it’s too, “look at me”? If you saw someone wearing it at the gym or in a workout class, would you judge them? I never see them in my workout classes, but I’m tired of the carbon copy lulu outfits.

    February 3, 2017/Reply
    • Lauren says:

      Allison, I’m someone who joined a gym for the first time in January…I often feel self conscious, even in my leggings that are fitted, but have worked a lot to focus on the fact that I am there for me- for my health and wellness. If you feel comfortable, I’m going to encourage you to wear something you love, and encourage you to feel good in it! If anyone were to judge you, I truly believe that is all about them, and they should probably just focus on their own stuff.

      I want to encourage every female to just: DO YOU! Easier said than done, but we can make our best go of it, right?

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      • Anna says:

        I’ll be honest, I kind of judge the women who go to the gym in full makeup to stroll on the treadmill or the elliptical and hardly break a sweat, but if someone shows up in a crop top or sports bra, I’d probably just be jealous. I definitely can’t pull that off.

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        • Niki says:

          If I come from work, I don’t remove my makeup. I’m lazy, but I do not put it on to go to the gym if I am not already wearing it! Okay, that’s not entirely true, I wear waterproof mascara any time I leave the house, whether to run or workout or whatever.

          All that said, I agree – wear what you want! Working out should be enjoyable and if wearing a crop top makes you feel like a bad ass and you get a great workout in – do it!

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        • Belle says:

          I wear makeup to the gym. Not a full-Kardashian face or anything, but I have acne, and I don’t need to be wondering whether people are looking at my bad skin while I’m trying to focus on a workout.

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          • Valerie says:

            Ditto. Even though I usually end up sweaty and bright red at the end of a workout, I usually put concealer over the inflamed parts of my skin and some lip gloss. Or if I’m going after work, I don’t bother to remove the eye makeup I put on that morning.

            Honestly, I think women should wear whatever makes them feel comfortable and confident in the gym, whether that’s a gigantic sweatshirt or a tiny sports bra. I admit that I am a bit bothered by women who seem to go to the gym solely to attract men, but that’s mainly because it creates an awkward environment where the worst guys assume that they can approach any woman working out nearby and hit on her.

            February 5, 2017/Reply
  3. Lauren says:

    THANK YOU for sharing the ‘This is Our 30s’ article. I appreciate getting older, for the most part- any hesitation or concern I have, I’ve come to realize is from our culture. Every other commercial for a face cream, hair dye, how to NOT age! It’s a continual job to question that and see it for what it is.

    I lost my 26 year old sister, almost 2 years ago now. Not everyone gets to live into their 30s and beyond. I related to so much in that article, particularly as I’ve been delving more into spirituality, after rejecting religion in many ways after being raised in a strict Baptist church. My 30s are a continuation, a more grounded place that I’m exploring life from. It’s a place where I’m becoming more comfortable with myself, focusing on my health- mentally, physically, emotionally. It’s a place where I’m asking: what can I give to the world? Where/how can I contribute? I’m becoming a better person- evolving into who I need to be. There is so much I haven’t done in my life, milestones I haven’t reached, that I’m not ever sure I want to reach (marriage, children…). I try to make a concerted effort not to compare myself and my life to anyone else. It’s a challenge, but if I notice something on Instagram making me feel jealous/insecure, I can unfollow it, but also ask myself- why is this getting to me? I’m more conscious now, than ever, of my thoughts and how my mind works. I’m more in control.

    Added note- was very glad/relieved that Nordstroms is done with Trump!

    February 3, 2017/Reply
    • Anna says:

      I haven’t read the article yet, but my only hesitation with being in my 30s is that there is so much I want to do that I haven’t done yet. I wouldn’t mind the wrinkles or gray hairs so much if they came from trying to raise kids as opposed to work stress. In some ways, I feel like I’m just not ready to age and don’t feel like I’ve earned my wrinkles.

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  4. Emma says:

    Etched globe – have you been watching Young Pope?

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    • Belle says:

      I dislike Jude Law, so no.

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  5. Mary says:

    I love the etched globe. The last few weeks, I’ve been thinking that I should add a globe to my collection. Maybe something about remembering that my little corner of the midwest isn’t all there is to the world.

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  6. Monica T. says:

    I’ll be 36 this year, so I’m actually closer to the ‘this is your 40s’ life. But part of the awesomeness of accepting your 30s and all the things in that article, is that you realize it doesn’t really matter. I’m kind of excited to see what I’ll be like in my 40s. My daughter will be a child instead of a toddler, I’ll start to get some of that freedom back, be able to share the things I love with her. It doesn’t mean I don’t notice the wrinkles, because it’s the same face I’ve been looking at all my life, and of course it’s changing. But it doesn’t mean those changes are bad. Embrace who you are today, and who you will be in the future. Embrace what your life is today and what it will be in 10, 20 or 30 years. It’s a tall order, some days it comes easy and some days I struggle.

    February 3, 2017/Reply
  7. CynW says:

    Thank you for the ‘Don’t Tell Me to Dress’ article; it led me to the Wrinkles in Time blog in NY Magazine. I would suspect I am a bit older than most of your readers but I love your fashion sense, interesting links and inspirational blurbs. Please keep up the fabulous work and thanks again for all you share!

    February 4, 2017/Reply