The Work Edit: December 1, 2017

Quote of the Week.

“I want it all, and I would like it delivered.” — Bette Midler.

The Week’s Top Story.

Some Awful Solutions to the Sexual Assault Problem. (The WaPost)

The tables are turning on men who’ve used their power to harass, demean, and assault women.  At first, it was some slimy Hollywood people with a casting couch.  But as the number of exposed harassers grows to include a popular Senator, a well-known comedian, two popular morning show hosts, a much lauded actor, and other previously beloved personalities, the conversation about how to stop harassment and assault in the workplace is speeding to a dark place.

Some want zero-tolerance policies for harassment, but Fairygodboss explains why those policies will only hurt women.  Some want the ‘Pence Rule’ to reign; but preventing men from socializing with female coworkers will only hurt women.  And lost in the shuffle, are all the stories of women deterred from their career path by the harassment of men.

Undoing thousands of years of patriarchy is a messy business.  We all need to make sure we get it right.

Weekly Links and Reads.

1) I’m in full end-of-year cleaning mode. Check out my Poshmark site to shop my closet.  Come Dec. 31, everything goes to Goodwill, so shop fast.

2) This CalPak blush luggage is every wear this season.

3) Holiday magic is made by women, and it’s killing us. (Huffington Post)

4) Nordstrom’s under-$100 jewelry gifts are awesome.  I love this moon/star pendant and this cool multi-strand necklace.

5) Do these six things immediately when you start to feel sick. (Camille Styles)

6) LOFT Must Haves: a wrap skirt for work, an off-shoulder halter, a buffalo plaid jacket,

7) Tips for getting out of a job that you hate, because life’s too short. (Marie Claire)

8) Need scarves? Try this ivory blanket scarf and this colorful plaid.

9) How the Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows are made. (The Cut)

10) These family mugs are a cute gift idea; love the little sketches.

11) Feminism and the ‘Trailing Spouse.’ Whose career gets put first? (Slate)

12) This BB Dakota sweater dress is a must-have.  Also, this swingy one from LOFT (for when I inevitably eat too many cookies).  Plus?  This Eliza J dress has the sweetest appliqué.

13) Love career stories from real women? Check out The Lifestyle Edit.

14) Planning an NYE champagne toast? Choose coupes instead of flutes.  Also, in plastic.

15) Jay-Z discusses marriages, therapy, and why he cheated on Beyonce. (NYTimes)

The Weekly Ws.

What I Found Interesting. Meet a woman who is a professional bridesmaid.

What I’m Forwarding to Everyone. How tech has changed in the last 30 years. #vcrgeneration

Why I’m Always Craving Carbs. Because I keep seeing this adorable mini-waffle maker in people’s gift guides.

The Weekly Photo.

Am I too old for ribbons and bows?  Probably.  Definitely.  Whatever.  This Coveteur article on how to make a simple ponytail pretty has me think I should give it a go.  So what if I’m 35?  How cute is this $12 bow ponytail holder?

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  1. Nina says:

    Surprised you’re selling a Burberry! Never worn? Did you get it in London? It has always been a ‘someday’ dream item for me. Did it not live up to the hype?

    December 1, 2017/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I have a navy one that I love. I bought this one in London, but I just haven’t worn it, which means I probably won’t.

      December 2, 2017/Reply
  2. Airlie Loiaconi says:

    I would love to see you try out the hair ribbon/bow trend. I really love it, but have been nervous to try it out on the streets of DC. A decade in this city has taught me that we have little appreciation for whimsy. I’d love see how you do it.

    December 3, 2017/Reply
  3. Sarah b says:

    Thank you for posting the article about women planning and creating Xmas. After 6 years of marriage, I told my husband this year I flat out wasn’t decorating for the holidays. I’m already exhausted from sending out cards, picking gifts, planning travel, cooking meals and still trying to keep a smile on my face. Any reader suggestions on how to equally share holiday tasks in a relationship are sppreciated 🙂

    December 3, 2017/Reply
    • Monica T says:

      My husband comes from a family where his Mom decorated the entire house for EVERY.SINGLE.HOLIDAY. I’m talking themed throw pillows for Valentines day, St. Patrick’s Day etc. I do not. What I find helps is that if he wants to recreate that in some way for our daughter, a lot of it is on him. So it’s he and my daughter who pick out the holiday flags, and go look at the new decorations at Home Depot. It’s THEIR thing, and I’m the one ridiculously happy to clean the whole mess up January 1, and get my house back to normal. Maybe the secret to splitting the load is finding out which traditions matter to each of you, and then assigning them up by who will really get JOY out of doing it. Because it is supposed to be a Joyful thing to celebrate the holidays.

      December 4, 2017/Reply