Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 286

I never have considered myself a perfectionist, but I do think of myself as a ‘professionalist’…I always strive simply to be my very best. // Dolly Parton

+ ‘My son wants me to take my husband’s name.’

+ This might be the perfect <$75 LBD (also in plus).

+ How to stop being a manager without sinking your career.

+ Lots of great beauty gifts at Sephora. This one is four mini-lipsticks for the price of one.

+ The most useful websites you’ve never heard of (including Just the Recipe).

+ One Stop Outfit: A swingy, mauve sweater + a plum pant + a tall boot.

+ The best crowd-source productivity advice.

+ Am I crazy, or is this lumberjack-plaid fleece really cute?

+ The Way Down is the most mesmerizing documentary of the year.

+ This scoop neck sheath dress and button sweater dress from AT are awesome.

+ Suggestions for how to close every type of e-mail.

+ Bloomingdale’s Work Shop always has good things. Love this Theory blouse and ba&sh sweater.

+ These Linzer Cookies went on my holiday cookie list (as did these cookie boxes).

+ I love the sculptural look of Ree Project’s Helene Mini Hobo Bag.

+ What would it take for teenagers to actually like their bodies?

+ Every essential piece of cookware to stock a new apartment for <$75.

A Long Listen. I am following the ongoing saga of the Murdaugh family closely, but the snippets in weekly magazines don’t do it justice.  The podcast Murdaugh Family Murders is the most in-depth, comprehensive, groundbreaking coverage out there.  Two words of warning though, the host does not have a voice for radio and it takes three-episodes to learn enough about the story to become full engrossed, but then you’re totally hooked.

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  1. Emily says:

    The tension between wanting to open all the most useful websites and wanting to implement best productivity tips!!

    October 19, 2021/Reply
  2. Jules says:

    Oh dang those pots and pans are a good deal. I need to replace my pans and my pots and they have it in stock at my local Macys…!!!

    October 19, 2021/Reply
  3. Niki says:

    As someone who lives in Pennsylvania, home of Woolrich and Woolrich plaid, that fleece is absolutely cute! I have two similar ones that I wear all the time (real Woolrich ones :)).

    October 19, 2021/Reply
  4. Jenn says:

    Why is everyone being so rude about Mandy Matney’s voice? (I personally don’t notice anything “wrong” with it!) I thought it was just the Twitter trolls being trolly, but here, too? She’s doing amazing work and the podcast is essentially sharing her reporting free of charge, outside the paywall of the site she writes for. She deserves to be thanked, not lambasted for “not hav[ing] a voice for radio.”

    October 20, 2021/Reply
    • Belle says:

      When you listen to someone on a podcast, the radio, in an audiobook, etc. there are some voices more suited to the medium than others. Because the opinion that Ms. Matney’s voice is not a traditional radio voice has been expressed by many people (yes, some are jerks about it), I wanted to advocate for those interested in the podcast to push past that to the quality reporting, which you mention.

      It wasn’t a lambasting, but a recognition that the most popular pods feature narrators with a certain tone, cadence and speaking style, and hers is not that. At first, I didn’t find the listening experience pleasant, it took a few episodes to get used to her breathier voice esp. when combined with the mediocre production quality.

      As for thanking her, certainly, telling people what good content she creates should have sufficed.

      October 21, 2021/Reply