Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: June 28, 2017


1) How to explain the reasons for leaving your job in an interview. (Lawyer Whisperer)

2) This $69 Tahari ASL tulip skirt is a nice pencil skirt alternative.

3) How to pack a suitcase (an expert opinion). (The NYTimes)

4) This easy H&M floral dress and side-knot dress are both perfect for summer.

5) The rise and reign of ‘unruly’ women. (Slate)

6) Bloomingdale’s Shoe Sale — Hobbs embossed pumps and Karen Millen court pumps.

7) Discomfort is the secret to success, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. (My Domaine)

8) This Athleta long, open cardi is amazing. Relaxed, but cool.

9) What to do when your application asks for your salary history. (Forbes)

10) These Sephora brush wipes are perfect for cleaning your makeup brushes on the road.

11) 5 Tips to Help You Stop Mansplaining. (Payscale)

12) Ann Taylor Sale Musts: Coral eyelet midi-dress, floral ruffle shell, textured tweed jacket.

13) Easy hairstyles for hot summer days. (The Everygirl)


What I Never Knew I Had to Own. This Nooni Whip Maker turns your face soap into a rich foam. I use less soap and it seems to be less drying.

Should I Be Planning For This? Who do you trust with your passwords after you die?

What I Read Cover to Cover. Goop and The Wellness Epidemic.

What I Wish My Hair Looked Like Everyday.  This.  The color, the style, all of it.

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  1. Valerie says:

    Hi Belle, the H&M side knot dress link goes to exercise wear.

    June 28, 2017/Reply
  2. Niki says:

    Ha! That link to the hair you want is pretty much my hair, although mine is a little shorter. I just got it cut and colored two weeks ago and I LOVE it.

    June 28, 2017/Reply
    • Anna says:

      Did you get it cut in DC? That’s basically the haircut I want, but I’m currently stylist shopping.

      June 28, 2017/Reply
      • Niki says:

        No, sorry. Central PA of all places. Haha

        June 28, 2017/Reply
  3. Melly says:

    I’m honestly kind of surprised you read GOOP. Obviously to each their own, but personally I’m pretty turned off by a publication that would recommend steaming your vagina or putting jade stones up there. And after her interview with Jimmy Kimmel where she literally said, I don’t know what the fuck we talk about…I can’t help but think of GOOP as a bunch of psuedo-science trying to take advantage of the current trend in “wellness.” That being said, I’d be interested in other articles or wellness blogs you like!

    June 28, 2017/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I do not read it. I just see things occasionally on other blogs. I think she’s completely full of it.

      June 28, 2017/Reply
  4. Hanna says:

    Yes, I can’t recommend enough how much everyone should plan to leave access information for online accounts. My mom passed away recently and had everything in her life online and on auto-pay, with no records of passwords anywhere. It’s been a nightmare, even as executor. The kindest thing you can do for your family is create an “If I Get Hit by a Bus” file with information for all of your affairs including your online accounts and passwords. No matter how young and healthy you are, you never know what could happen. Keep a hard copy with your will and keep it up to date. It’s not hard and saves your loved ones so much pain, frustration, and grief.

    June 28, 2017/Reply
    • Kate says:

      In addition to passwords, keep a standard list of security questions and answers. Often the password might have changed since you last updated your password document, but the name of your first dog will always be the same.

      June 28, 2017/Reply
  5. e says:

    Sorry for your loss, Hanna.

    I’ll add that me and my sister made “If I Get Hit By a Bus” documents and threw in some goodies for each other, such as the flattering photos we want used by the media in case we go missing and which frenemies and coworkers can’t be interviewed by Dateline. 🙂

    June 28, 2017/Reply
  6. Lauren Lewow says:

    Thought I’d share this sale on Tony Moly

    June 28, 2017/Reply
  7. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for the post on passwords. I did my will several years ago. When providing copies to my mother and sister, I included a supplemental document with things like who to contact at my office (and where my office is), my financial advisor (who I have had for 15+ years but since everything is online, no one would know unless some random piece of mail showed up), location of papers (including list of passwords), bequests (including charitable donations), and instructions for burial. Sadly, and with much frustration, I’ve received absolutely nothing from them, despite multiple requests. I do not know who has been designated guardian of my niece, and have no idea how I’ll deal with my mother’s estate. I realize estates and eldercare may not be your specialty, and this is a more fashion-centric blog, but I wonder if you (Abra/Belle) could create a post on this? P.S. One helpful website is

    June 28, 2017/Reply
  8. Mary says:

    One of the difficulties in providing password lists to others in case of your death or other emergency (which is definitely needed) is that they are so much work to keep updated since many financial sites require you to change your password regularly. My husband and I both use LastPass to manage our passwords. We only have to update when we change the master password, and everything else can be found in our LastPass account.

    June 29, 2017/Reply
  9. Para says:

    Love Dashlane as a password manager and how my emergency contacts can request access to my accounts and if I don’t answer in a # of days I set, they will get it (you can opt out certain accounts if you want).

    July 4, 2017/Reply