Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 220

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. // Eleanor Roosevelt

+ What is ‘career fear’ and how can women address it?

+ These inexpensive block heel sandals are perfect for every summer night out.

+ 35 Ways to Brighten Your Partner’s Day

+ Shopbop’s spring sale is on.  I bought a few of these adorable wine bags as gifts.

+ Why ‘stay at home’ parenting is a job title.

+ This <$40 shirt dress needs to be in your closet. (I have two in mine.)

+ Anticipating a good time is half the fun.

+ 25% off New Arrivals at Verishop. I bought this easy summer dress.

+ How to save when you’re living paycheck to paycheck.

+ I couldn’t help but window-shop the Valentino flash event at Rack.

Long Read. Where are we now?  A story of the post pandemic.

Guasha is a technique that involves scraping a stone tool over your face to improve circulation. I bought one of the tools months ago, but I didn’t know how to use it until I found this amazing TikTok.

My face feels less puffy after using the tool.  And if I bookend it with my icy facial roller, I might even forget that I’ve eaten nothing but salt and caffeinated beverages for weeks.

An important comment to add, sent in by a reader:

Hi Belle and other readers – in light of the recent anti-Asian hate incidents, I want to point out that guasha is a traditional Chinese medicine/therapy and should be given credit where it’s due. It’s not a brand new influencer skincare trend – in my own Chinese family we’ve been doing guasha for at least the last century. It’s a family tradition that the kids of the family will guasha the backs of their elders (so I did it for my mom, dad, aunt, and grandma; my younger sister did it for me if I couldn’t reach a spot on my back).

In my own experience, guasha on your back may or may not actually work in “expelling toxins and other harmful things in the body,” but it does provide you a way to give a deeper massage at home.

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  1. s says:

    Wow, that NYT piece was really moving. I know I’ve changed throughout the past year, but I also feel that I won’t fully realize or be aware of how much until we’re on the other side of this (or after more therapy).

    April 14, 2021/Reply
  2. Nadine says:

    I can’t even bring myself to read that NYT piece. Where I live the pandemic is at the worst it’s even been right now. I can’t look ahead to the future while also keeping my head down and crossing my fingers that all my people survive the next few weeks.

    April 14, 2021/Reply
    • e says:

      I’m so sorry, that is so hard. Just sending you some internet love so you hopefully feel a little less alone right now. I promise you that you will get through this.

      April 15, 2021/Reply
      • Belle says:

        Agreed. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Hopefully this is ending.

        April 15, 2021/Reply
      • Nadine says:

        Thank you. I’m hoping that last week’s lockdown measures will start lowering the case numbers any day now…

        April 15, 2021/Reply
  3. SC MD2 says:

    Hi Belle and other readers – in light of the recent anti-Asian hate incidents, I want to point out that guasha is a traditional Chinese medicine/therapy and should be given credit where it’s due. It’s not a brand new influencer skincare trend – in my own Chinese family we’ve been doing guasha for at least the last century. It’s a family tradition that the kids of the family will guasha the backs of their elders (so I did it for my mom, dad, aunt, and grandma; my younger sister did it for me if I couldn’t reach a spot on my back).
    In my own experience, guasha on your back may or may not actually work in “expelling toxins and other harmful things in the body,” but it does provide you a way to give a deeper massage at home.

    April 15, 2021/Reply
    • Lost says:

      Interesting! Thank you for sharing.

      April 15, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I added your comment to the post, thanks for flagging.

      April 15, 2021/Reply
    • TheLOOP says:

      Thank you for sharing this!

      April 16, 2021/Reply