Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 280

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. // William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

+ Why ‘body neutrality’ is worth practicing.

+ Need shoes? These Madewell ankle boots and tall boots are drool-worthy.

+ The complicated reality of having a side hustle.

+ This satin trim tank or a v-neck shell are essential for fall/winter.

+ Ugly shoes have won (and they keep getting uglier).

+ WFH Outfit: A relaxed button down + seamed leggings + olive cardigan.

+ What is the secret to happiness at work?

+ Jonathan from Queer Eye has a hair care line. It’s so good.

+ Old Navy is redefining plus-size fashion. Check out their wares.

+ This tool is essential for closing bracelets yourself.

+ A meal prep hack to make eating vegetables more convenient.

+ This <$500 crossbody bag made my heart beat fast.

+ Lip balms for dry fall lips. (My favorite balm.)

+ This affordable sweater from 1.State is perfect for fall.

+ Cosmopolitan provides a handy guide to egg-freezing.

+ Thoughts on switching to boxed water to cut down on single use plastics?

Throwback Read. Anthony Bourdain describes the kitchen at Les Halles.

World Relief is a charity that resettles refugees in the United State.  My local Spokane chapter is taking in refugees from Afghanistan, from the Haiti earthquake, and other global hotspots.  So they’ve asked donors to put together Welcome Kits for the new arrivals.

I put together an Amazon Wish List to create three “kitchen kits” for refugees.  It would make me so happy if this community could help me fill some of that need.  I chose items between $9 and $50, and I will buy anything that remains un-purchased, box them up, and deliver the kits.

There is so much darkness in the world, and I know a lot of us are looking for a way to bring some light.  So if you’d like to help, I would be so grateful.

**All of the items for the first three kits sold. In fact, we collected several more items because people ordered two.  So I upped the list to 7 kits total for those who still want to donate.**

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  1. Leslie says:

    I’m trying to buy some of the things from your registry, but it’s not allowing me to ship it to you. Can you update that in the Amazon registry?

    September 8, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I thought I did this right. Let me fix it.

      September 8, 2021/Reply
  2. Libby says:

    Also trying to purchase items for the kitchen kits, but the only shipping options Amazon provides are my own addresses. I will check back in a bit to see if this is updated. Thank you for the opportunity to help!

    September 8, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I think it’s fixed. Obviously it’s tough to tell because I would be shipping to myself anyway. Let me know if you have an issue.

      September 8, 2021/Reply
      • Katel says:

        Thanks for organizing – I was able to order and select Abra as recipient.

        September 8, 2021/Reply
        • Belle says:

          Great. Thank you for letting me know.

          September 8, 2021/Reply
          • Libby says:

            Yes, confirming I checked back today (Thurs.) and was able to order & deliver to your address. Appreciate your efforts!

            September 9, 2021/Reply
  3. Jess says:

    The body neutrality article is worth a read. I have my own struggles with my body. I was for many years a size 12/14, but I wasn’t unhappy with my body. I have been a size 4/6 for about the last 3 years, and I know it sounds crazy but when I look in the mirror I still see a size 12/14. I totally get why anorexics don’t see how thin they are. I spent most of my adult life at that weight and it is not until I see myself in photos that I realize my current size. One statement that I do believe but still need to fall back on when I am feeling insecure is that “I am not unhappy with my body”. It really doesn’t matter what size I do or don’t see in the mirror, but the fact that I am truly happy with my body.

    September 8, 2021/Reply
  4. K says:

    Thank you for coordinating the welcome kits for World Relief. I appreciate having a small concrete way to help. Donating to Women for Afghan Women but I keep thinking about the people who had to flee so quickly…where do they go? How do they live? It might only help one person or family but that is something.

    September 8, 2021/Reply
  5. Karen says:

    Thanks for organizing the World Relief kitchen packages. I was able to select “Abra Belke, Gift Registry Address.” I’ve wanted a tangible way to help. Really appreciate that you coordinated this. Thanks for asking.

    September 8, 2021/Reply
  6. Rachel says:

    I think the registry is already done! It is telling me there is nothing left!!

    As for boxed water, that’s what I used for my son last year when they weren’t able to bring reusable bottle to school. I know its not perfect, but I preferred it to the plastic bottle alternative. If nothing else it sent a message that we try to avoid single use plastic bottles.
    This year he is allowed to bring a reusable bottle and his school has water fill stations.

    September 8, 2021/Reply
    • Julia says:

      Yes, please add another kit or two to the list! I went to buy a few things and it was empty. I guess that’s what I get for waiting a day! But still would love to help.

      September 9, 2021/Reply
  7. CLSVA says:

    Thank you for putting this together. Glad to be able to help, even in one small way.

    September 9, 2021/Reply
  8. Anna says:

    Ugly everything has won. I went into Target today and there were at least a dozen dresses that looked like something Kimmy Schmidt wore in the bunker – floral, ankle length dresses with long puffy sleeves and Peter Pan collars. Literally everything in the store was either sweats or peasant dresses and tops. So….many….puffy…..sleeves. I thought it was a cruel joke.

    September 10, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      These will now be known as Bunker Dresses. So it is written.

      September 10, 2021/Reply
  9. Pam says:

    My company ( precovid) switched away from selling any beverages in plastic containers so we have glass, aluminum, and yes this exact boxed water. While at first everyone was thrilled we quickly found that drinking our of them is nearly impossible because your nose runs into the fold at the top. This seems a design fail that they could fix. People at work started pouring the water into single use “ plastic “ cups. I just prefer to use my own water bottle. But it was awkward when offering guests water at a meeting who didn’t have their own bottle from home.

    September 10, 2021/Reply