Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 175

Life is a long lesson in humility. // James M. Barrie

+ Shifting your mindset when you just can’t.

+ The <$25 Amazon dress I’ll be wearing all summer.

+ How I got my company to talk about social injustice.

+ Wilde House Paper has gorgeous office goods. Their ‘monthly list‘ is on point.

+ 3 Myths That Stop People from Asking for Help at Work.

+ The $15 knife sharpener that will save your knives.

+ How a ‘rogue’ employee pushed the NFL to address Black Lives Matter.

+ Black-owned brand Golde has the drinks you need for better skin.

+ Turn your neglected book club into a bartering club.

+ Back to the office? Rack has the dresses you need. This floral wrap is <$25.

+ ‘Bragging’ about yourself without turning others off can help your career.

+ The Outnet has great lingerie. This La Perla bra is a steal.

+ Three-ingredient recipes to solve your quarantine meal rut.

+ Acne patches that shrink zits and cost less than Acropass.

+ The gender divide in wearing COVID-19 masks.

My skin was pretty even-keeled.  Then, last week, an explosion of acne and ‘maskne’ and now, a mess.  If your skin is not adjusting well to the change in seasons, a change in diet, or just the stress we are all struggling with right now, you know what I’m talking about.

So what if you need to heal it fast?

This Clearing Solution mask is the only product that I use on Tuesday and see visible, often dramatic results on Wednesday.  I’ve used two in the past week, and my skin is almost right again.  And while, at $9 a piece, they aren’t cheap, I keep a few on hand for breakouts like this.

Don’t have acne?  Dr. Jart also makes sheet masks that firm, treat wrinkles, hydrate, brighten, and even peel the skin.  So when you need results quickly, these are the masks for you.

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  1. Becky says:

    Hi Abra, I really appreciate your recent posts addressing Black Lives Matter and the complicated work of white allyship. However, I find it a little jarring that many of your posts continue to contain affiliate links to Amazon products. Activists have been very critical of Amazon providing facial recognition technology to police departments, a partnership that harms Black communities (as reported in the Guardian story linked at the end of this comment). I encourage you, as you keep working to be a better ally — which is something many of us are trying to do right now — to consider not just your words but also the products and companies that you promote through the blog. Thanks for considering, and for continuing to speak up about these important issues.

    June 10, 2020/Reply
    • Lisa Cox says:

      I very much agree with those comments.

      June 10, 2020/Reply
    • Brittany says:

      Really good point, Becky. Glad you brought this up.

      June 10, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Hi Becky:

      I’ll read up more on what you’ve sent over, I wasn’t familiar with this particular concern about Amazon. So many companies from small brands to huge retailers have revelations coming to light that they need to reckon with. Bon Appetit, Book of the Month, Vogue,, Nordstrom, Bumble, Nike, and those are just the ones I’ve seen today. I’m thinking about how to manage affiliations in the future, but I honestly don’t know where to draw the line right now, because there aren’t many companies in the retail sector getting it right.


      June 10, 2020/Reply
      • Allison says:

        Appreciate your honesty. I used to work for an investment firm that was socially responsible, we had a team of analysts focusing on evaluating social responsibility that was larger than the investment analyst team. That analysis is no small feat. Entrepreneurial idea, who wants to start a searchable database that will list what companies are responsible?

        June 11, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Also, I just saw this on the Guardian reporter’s Twitter account. Apparently Amazon is placing a one-year moratorium on sales to police departments and is reviewing whether to continue sales in any capacity.

      June 10, 2020/Reply