Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 277

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. // Mother Teresa

+ You only have so much time; how you can escape the productivity trap.

+ This tweed jacket from Mango is timeless.

+ ‘With God as My Witness, I Will Not Pick the Restaurant.’

+ WFH Outfit: Denim jacket + sweatshirt dress + leopard-accent sneakers

+What if I don’t want my co-workers to be like family?

+ Get ready for fall’s dry skin with this clean-beauty honey hydration mask.

+ Career coaches discuss negotiating your salary and being willing to walk away.

+ This plus-size maxi wrap dress is perfect for August.

+ A Guide to Quitting Your Job from HBR.

+ Hiking Outfit: Longsleeve top + longline bra + shorts

+ Looking for US Made cleaning products?  You probably own them already.

+ Sale on sale at Ann Taylor (code: FLASH). Love this <$20 blouse.

+ Caramelized Pork and Cucumber Stir Fry.

+ I now own this pleated clutch/crossbody in three colors.

One Short Read. Why following anti-racism accounts run by white creators may miss them point.

One Long Read. 16 Things I Want My Daughter to Know Before She Leaves for College.

Recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what comes after Capitol Hill Style.  Next week, is my 13th year of blogging, and while I still love it, the time that once existed for it isn’t there like it used to be.  Some of this is a late-30s loss in energy, some of this is just running another business as a solo-practitioner, as opposed to having a 9-to-6.

One of the things I love about this site is the community that built up around it.  We’ve taken that community into a thriving Facebook group.  And we’ve used the Facebook group to launch two newsletters — a free daily newsletter similar to a mini-Edition that you can find on Instagram and Substack, and a paid newsletter ($6 per month) that comes out twice per week, discussing work on Wednesday and life on Sunday.

I’m really proud of all we’ve been able to create at Capitol Hill Style.  My hope is that I’ll be able to train someone to help out with it so I can keep it going a few more years, but I’m grateful to have created a community for women in their 30s and 40s that will survive after it.

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  1. jules says:

    This is the only blog I read, and have been reading for years. Thanks for creating content all these years that is so useful, pertinent, not hypey and real.

    August 10, 2021/Reply
    • Holly says:

      +1 Couldn’t have said it better. I so value our CHS community. Thank you for creating and nurturing a positive space for us all these years.

      August 10, 2021/Reply
  2. Mary says:

    Every week I find myself so delighted to turn to Capitol Hill Style with a cup of tea in hand – your posts never disappoint, whether it’s a thoughtful article or amazing blouse. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

    August 10, 2021/Reply
  3. Sarah says:

    This is the only blog I read consistently, and I also subscribe to both of your newsletters. I read every single day without fail. However, from the things you’ve said in the last year, I wondered if you’re hitting the end (even as I selfishly hope you are not). When you’re at the end, you’re at the end. Something that fit into your life in your 20s and 30s may not fit in your 40s, and that’s okay. Thank you for everything you have shared and continue to share with us! We are along for the ride for as far as it goes.

    August 10, 2021/Reply
  4. s-p-c says:

    Echoing these thoughts – I read only this blog and one other, and love your voice and insights. I hope we can continue to keep the community connected, no matter what’s ahead.

    August 10, 2021/Reply
  5. Nadine says:

    I love this space, but you’ve also created something really wonderful with Break Things, and I’m happy to follow you there.

    August 11, 2021/Reply
  6. Sheryl says:

    Echoing these sentiments. Yours is the only blog I regularly follow, and I appreciate your writing, style and priorities. I’m grateful to have had you for these last many years. I closed my Facebook account but subscribe to your newsletter and am hoping to have you around for a long time still, in one way or another.

    August 11, 2021/Reply
  7. michelle says:

    Like others have said, yours is the only blog I read regularly.

    The main things I love your blog for the articles you share and your honest unsponsored reviews of products. The newsletters include reading links, but please consider continuing reviews in some format since a lot of us value and trust your opinion.

    August 11, 2021/Reply
  8. N. says:

    I’d be sad to see you go but you always have to put yourself first. If you’re feeling burned out, maybe consider just one post a day?

    August 11, 2021/Reply
  9. Annie says:

    Ditto to the other comments. Your approach and voice are why this is only blog I check daily. Hopeful you’ll find the right balance for your life.

    August 11, 2021/Reply
  10. Libbi V says:

    Oh Abra, I know nothing lasts forever, but if CHS shuttered… I would be devastated. This is one of the first blogs I started following religiously, it has been such a beacon of style and practicality. But at the same time, I recognize you are in a much different season of life than you were 13 years ago. I’m in the Thirty-ish FB group, I love reading your posts and newsletters, and love the community you’ve built. Like I’ve commented before, you feel like an old friend with the best advice.

    August 11, 2021/Reply