Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 142

To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. — E.B. White

Wrapped. This video has the belt hacks for wrapping presents.

Draped. This elegant black dress is a showstopper; perfect for NYE.

Raised. Building habits that build confidence at work.

Dropped. Nordstrom and Shopbop are both having killer sales. Love this <$40 cardigan.

Measured. It’s not you. Clothing sizes are broken.

Worked. A lovely black sheath dress for work. Just swap the belt.

Distanced. How to set healthy boundaries with your family.

Organized. These packing cubes are life-changing.

Skinned. Which beauty products you should and should not layer.

Sparkled. This WAYF top looks cool with jeans for New Year’s Eve.  Also, this shimmery beige one (so festive).

It has been a good year, and a difficult year.  The highs were very high, and the lows have been very low.  But here we are, at the end of our 11th year together.

Thank you for continuing to read, and chat, and shop with me.  Thank you for lifting up your fellow readers, and for building a wonderful community.  Enjoy your holiday, revel in the spirit of the season, not just the things we buy for each other.  And I’ll see you back here on Thursday.  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.

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  1. Julia Thompson says:

    Thank you for creating such wonderful and enlightening posts. You blog is the similiar to the now discontinued “More” magazine that I used to love to read.

    December 23, 2019/Reply
  2. Martie says:

    Thank you to you for your hard work and holding true to your values. It has been 11 FANTASTIC years, and I wish you the best for 2020! Cheers!

    December 23, 2019/Reply
  3. PriYa says:

    Hi Abraham,

    Congratulations on another excellent year with CHS. I enjoy your work here so much. I’d love it if you could do a rundown of ethically made professional fashion brands made in the USA. Ideally including brands that are on the affordable end of things. I came to MM Lafleur through you and love it.

    I have realized I am no longer willing to buy clothes made in China, and of course this limits my choices tremendously. But I can’t fathom wearing something made by prison laborers or workers in Uighur re-education camps. It’s not for me, and I appreciate your help in broadening my choices.

    Happy Holidays!

    December 23, 2019/Reply
    • Priya says:

      I am so sorry. I typed Abra and my phone autocorrected to Abraham. Sorry for not seeing this before I sent it

      December 23, 2019/Reply
      • s says:

        LOL! i was like … what? haha autocorrect is sooo weird LOL

        December 25, 2019/Reply
      • Belle says:

        Happens all the time.

        December 26, 2019/Reply
    • Catherine says:

      I second Priya’s request! One sustainable/ethical/slow-fashion voice I’ve also really enjoyed is Marielle Elizabeth (seems like her Instagram is the most active).

      December 25, 2019/Reply
  4. M says:

    Thank you, Belle! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Kyle!

    December 23, 2019/Reply
  5. Claire says:

    Thanks for the past 11 years – here’s to many more. The blog has seen me through a lot – it’s been a distraction when I need one, a resource when I need one, and I feel like I can turn to it to find content that makes me smarter. Thanks for being real, smart, and relevant.

    December 23, 2019/Reply
  6. SC says:

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, AB! Many thanks for all you do on this blog and cheers to more great things in 2020! <3

    December 24, 2019/Reply
  7. s says:

    merry christmas, belle! i’ve been reading your blog for what seems like forever and it helped me dress (and get) my dream job. wishing you all the best this holiday season and many more years of blogging! <3

    December 25, 2019/Reply