Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: July 19, 2017

The blog is a little slow this week.  There are two reasons for this.

First, the new design is launching next Tuesday/Wednesday.  I have final confirmation of this.  It is glorious, but it needs my attention.

Second, I started a new job this week.  I am somehow back on the political campaign trail.  We’ll discuss this more at a later date, but today, as I was editing a donor list, I kept thinking, “I feel 25 again, but with grey hair and cellulite.”


1) How I stopped checking my phone, and started using it with intention. (Medium)

2) LK Bennett has the best, most ladylike dresses.  I need this utterly chic a-line, STAT.

3) What is “stage zero” breast cancer? (Marie Claire)

4) A monogram coffee mug so chic, I might actually buy it.

5) How bosses are literally like dictators. (Vox)

6) Musts from the Reiss Sale: a red twist-front dress, a textured blue suit, a slate blue top.

7) A video about microblading (eyebrow tattooing) that covers everything. (Refinery29)

8) $5 Well Worth It: Wet ‘n Wild Highlighting Powder.

9) Should you be able to openly use sick days for mental health? (Allure)

10) This fresh, pale blue M&S tote is just $64. Also loving their Dolly crossbody bag.

11) 8 Reasons to Turn Down a Job Offer. (Levo)

12) This H&M caftan is the greatest swimsuit cover-up, ever.


What Caught My Eye. You know I love a good remodel.

What’s Offensive. That thousands of women are suing Kay jewelers for sexual harassment, and the jeweler may have swapped out diamonds in customer’s rings for cheaper stones.

What I Bought with My Amazon Gift Card.  A blender.  I’m officially an old person.

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  1. Alison says:

    A+ choice on the blender. My Ninja is my favorite appliance (and my favorite wedding gift). I use the smoothie cups that came with mine all the time instead of a small food processor.

    July 19, 2017/Reply
  2. Gigi says:

    Ha, I used my Amazon gift card to buy a vacuum. Oh adulthood.

    July 19, 2017/Reply
    • Niki says:

      Me too. Well worth it!

      Another Wet N Wild product I LOVE is their Volume Max mascara – it’s in a hot pink tube with white lettering. One of the best I have ever used and it’s $5 and CF.

      July 19, 2017/Reply
    • Erin says:

      I used my Kentucky Derby winnings to buy a vacuum!

      July 19, 2017/Reply
    • Jess says:

      Insta Pot. I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about something adult since I’ve been an adult!

      July 19, 2017/Reply
      • Belle says:

        I read somewhere that is Amazon’s number one seller.

        July 19, 2017/Reply
  3. Erica says:

    I needed that reminder today! (the quote) Thanks.

    July 19, 2017/Reply
  4. Anna says:

    On #9, back when I was a dumb dumb who didn’t realize how important it is to take at least one real vacation a year, I would take what I called “Anna Days” and made no qualms about it. I used vacation days though

    July 19, 2017/Reply
  5. Lindsey says:

    I love the Anthro mugs, but some of them don’t have the cute big letter. Look at the L! I don’t get why they aren’t all the same. The big letter ones are really cute. And I’m with you on most monogram mugs.

    July 19, 2017/Reply
    • Belle says:

      So many monograms are just too precious. Like, how old am I? Too old to have my initials on my mug in hot pink cursive.

      July 20, 2017/Reply
      • SC says:

        I bought one of the simpler “Monogram Mugs” from Anthro for a friend back in 2011 (I can’t believe they’re still available!), and she still uses it…I might need to get one for myself too.

        July 20, 2017/Reply
  6. Chelsea says:

    Love the quote! All of Elisabeth Elliot’s books are excellent. If you haven’t read one, Through Gates of Splendor is a great place to start.

    July 20, 2017/Reply
  7. Kate K says:

    Congrats on your new job, Belle!

    July 22, 2017/Reply