Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: May 10, 2017


1) What is 50/50 day? And what does it have to do with gender equality? (Motto)

2) Need work heels? Start with these $75 Michael Kors and these Edelman Strappy Pumps.

3) 26 conversation starters for a first date. (Refinery29)

4) Speaking of, this $28 Soprano knotted dress is the perfect date-night throw on.

5) Things People Don’t Talk About in Business, But Should. (Design Sponge)

6) Must Have Earrings: Adina Reyter’s cool studs, Majorica pearls, and Cloverpost hug-hoops.

7) Is it time for a digital Geneva Convention? (Wired)

8) Lululemon’s Enlite sports bra makes some really enticing promises.

9) 7 Items That Should Be in Every College Grad’s Closet. (Verily)

10) I need everything from Iris & Ink’s summer line, esp. this striped maxi.

11) What to do when you can’t stick to a budget. (Science of Us) 

12) Is your hair damaged? This Olaplaex No. 3 treatment is awesome.


Thing I Don’t Worry About. The psychological impact of having a common name.

Thing I Needed in London. How to make a custom Google Map for your trip.

Thing That Changed My Outdoor Workouts. The Mission Multi-Cool.

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  1. Vanessa says:

    The article on common names was really interesting. I’ve never wanted a common name but never thought about it from the author’s perspective. I love that my name is uncommon without being over the top unique. It’s not as uncommon as, say, Abra 😉 But when I meet other people with my name, they are more often than not African American or Hispanic, not Caucasian. An uber driver asked me once if I was Hispanic based on my name. My middle name, however, could not be more common (It’s two syllables and starts with an M- I bet you can guess what it is!). It literally goes with every female name. I wish my parents had chosen something else but it’s my paternal grandmother’s first name. They were originally going to name me Rhiannon because we are Welsh, but they decided it was unwise to name their baby girl after a witch! I’m kind of glad they changed their minds, people have a hard enough time spelling Vanessa.

    May 10, 2017/Reply
  2. Anna says:

    Haha, I’m from my Miami (therefore, majority Hispanic population), and Vanessa is pretty common, at least in my generation. And you just can’t win the spelling game. I have coworkers who still spell my name with one “n.”

    May 10, 2017/Reply
    • Vanessa says:

      Nope you can’t! When I mention the spelling issue to coworkers and friends their reaction is always, “Um, how hard is to spell Vanessa?” To which I’m like, “Thank you! I’ve been saying that for years!” I actually saw a comment from a Facebook user named Vahnessa ?

      May 10, 2017/Reply
      • Anna says:

        Aaaaaand I just got an email with one “n.” From someone I’ve worked with for THREE YEARS. Wtf?

        May 11, 2017/Reply
  3. Lisa says:

    I *love* my short, easy to pronounce, easy to spell first name. As a child I grew up with a foreign first name and went by an even more foreign nickname… I pity my teachers in a remote part of Canada where the whole school had only a few non-white students. When we moved countries, my parents suggested that I get my name legally changed (taking my former first name as a middle name, since I didn’t have one previously), and it’s still one of their best parenting decisions.

    May 10, 2017/Reply
  4. Amanda says:

    I’d love a London recap. What shoes did you end up buying, and how did they turn out? What did you pack? Trip highlights?

    May 10, 2017/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I wore those Coach loafers pretty exclusively. They were like butter. Needed a bit more support, but no pain until the final day and not one blister.

      May 10, 2017/Reply
  5. Jackie (York Avenue) says:

    Thanks so much for sharing my post! Love the piece about what to do when you can’t stick to a budget – very helpful for me as I have never had much luck with that. xoxo

    May 10, 2017/Reply
  6. Ann says:

    Heading to Madrid and Dublin in five days. I like to think I’m pretty travel gadget and map savvy, but THANK YOU for the link to the custom Google map link!! So, so helpful!

    May 10, 2017/Reply
    • Anna says:

      I definitely wish I’d done this on my Asia trip last year. We had a 12 hour layover in Tokyo last year, and I figured I’d just wing it. I mean, it’s Japan, there has to be wifi everywhere! Well, we couldn’t get a decent connection, when we did, google maps wouldn’t download for us to use offline, and while I knew what trains to take to make sure we got where we needed to go, my plan to just wander around Shibuya was totally foiled because I had no concept of where we were in relation to anything else. Didn’t help that it took a solid hour to figure out where storage lockers were and then how the hell to get out of the train station (no joke).

      May 11, 2017/Reply