Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 208

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” — Albert Camus

+ Explaining a career transition in cover letters and interviews.

+ Love the dramatic sleeve on this sweater for winter/spring.

+ How a condo went from dingy to fresh.

+ This Eye Bright concealer is the best I’ve found for dark circles.

+’My Boss’s Stress Is Affecting Everyone‘ and it’s counterpart, ‘How to Stop Making Excuses for Toxic Bosses.’

+ Rack just got a fresh shipment of BOSS work dresses. Love this one.

+ Can you actually cook rice in your oven?

+ Save 15% on Verishop’s gorgeous home decor including this cheery planter.

+ How to bounce back after multiple job rejections.

+ My favorite shampoo/conditioner is keeping my hair happy.

Long Read. The Color of Money: How do I budget for a baby?

If you’re not feeling well or just need a bowl of comfort this week, let me introduce you to chicken noodle’s older, more mature sister: Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo.

It’s bright.  It’s fresh.  It’s homey.  And it will make you want to eat the whole pot with a loaf of crusty bread.

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  1. Jill says:

    How does that concealer compare to your old favorite concealer, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind? I’ve been using the Maybelline for years, discovered thanks to your recommendation.

    January 19, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Similar consistency, better brightening and a little better concealing.

      January 19, 2021/Reply
  2. meghan says:

    Better than the trusty workhorse Maybelline?! *add to cart*

    January 19, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I find it brightens better, covers equally.

      January 19, 2021/Reply
      • SC says:

        Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand onto the ULTA favorites list it goes!

        January 20, 2021/Reply
  3. Priya says:

    Ooh I will try this whenever it is I go back to wearing makeup again. I started using the maybelline thanks to your recommendation. On a different note, would you consider a roundup of made in USA brands again? I feel like you did that a few years ago. I am increasingly uncomfortable buying clothes made in China. The idea that my clothes might be made by imprisoned Uighurs is too upsetting.

    January 19, 2021/Reply
    • LS says:

      I know I’m a few days late, so you may not see this Priya but I wanted to mention that there’s a misconception that “Made in US” means workers were treated fairly and paid well. There are still very bad conditions where usually immigrant women are not paid minimum wage, not given breaks, bad air quality etc. If you’re passionate about workers being treated fairly, that’s awesome (I am too). I would focus on buying clothes that explicitly focus on that vs using the country of origin. Happy to chat more with you (or anyone) who’s interested. I’m “tiny chef eats” [no spaces] on Instagram.

      January 23, 2021/Reply
  4. Vanlaw says:

    After reading the baby budget story, I’m feeling especially grateful to live in Canada. I had a baby boy 5 weeks ago, and we didn’t have to pay for one penny of prenatal medical care, or the c-section surgery and 4 days in hospital. It was hard enough to save for a year’s worth of expenses for my maternity leave (by law our employers have to let us take a year off, and most of the women I know do take the full year) and even then my income will be supplemented by the federal employment insurance by about $1700 per month for the entire year. Without these things, I would have had to go into debt to have a child. Not trying to be political here, just really amazed at the difference the experience must be in the States.

    January 19, 2021/Reply
    • Audrey says:

      It is so different.
      Do you happen to know if people in Canada have similar savings habits? The general lack of emergency funds is a big problem in the US and I was curious if it’s similar or different in Canada based on those other supports.

      January 19, 2021/Reply
      • VANLAW says:

        I suspect that Canadians and Americans have similar savings habits – I think it’s generally accepted here in Canada that it would be good to save 3-6 months’ worth of expenses, although I seriously doubt most of us do it.

        January 20, 2021/Reply
    • Stephanie says:

      It is very different. I am about to have my second child in April. I am EXTREMELY fortunate to live in California and to have an employer who gives 12 weeks paid maternity leave. In total, I expect to take about 18 weeks off, though not all of it will be fully paid. I also expect to pay $5,000 (my out of pocket max) for the birth and hospital stay, and full-time infant daycare will run us $2,000 a month beginning in August. If our older child is back in school, our total daycare costs will be $2,610 a month (infant care plus our older child’s after school program). That is only slightly under what we pay in rent each month.

      January 20, 2021/Reply
  5. Betsy says:

    On a whim I decided to make that lemon chicken soup and it was delicious! Also so easy! Thank you!

    January 22, 2021/Reply