Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 308

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom. // H.L. Mencken

+ How to succeed at failure.

+ This <$75 draped dress is perfect for work.

+ Practical ways to set boundaries, and stick to them.

+ This balloon-sleeve sweater and bell sleeve cardigan are awesome.

+ An e-mail hack for communicating better with your boss.

+ H&M has great coats: an ivory one, a chic scarf one, and a shearling one.

+ Are you ‘grey curious‘?

+ The lust-worthy Hotel Lobby candle is finally back in-stock.

+ Why a wide-scale return to the office is a myth.

+ Casual Date Outfit: a cool top + bootcut jeans + ankle boots + hoop earrings.

+ An equation for making delicious sack lunches every day.

+ This plus-size satin wrap dress is sublime.

+ Five beauty products that are better chilled (and the fridge to do it).

+ This Olaplex kit will fix your damaged hair in a flash.

+ Why is Gen-Z obsessed with the 1980s?

+ This NB Tunic is perfect for being outside in the cold.

Long Read. The son of a wine-country villain is accused of fleecing the family bank.

I really like baking bread.  And now that I have an office to go to, I think I’ll break out a few of my favorite recipes.

Poppy Seed and Lemon Challah

Bon Appetit Magazine’s Focaccia Bread

Scallion Pancake Challah

Do you have any favorite bread recipes?  Share them in the comments.

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  1. Eloise says:

    Drooling over the lemon poppy challah, but the link is swapped with the Olaplex kit.

    January 18, 2022/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Thanks for flagging! It’s fixed.

      January 18, 2022/Reply
  2. Susan says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed the article about young people obsessed with the 80s. It dovetails with my hope/dream for my kids’ generation upcoming…I’ve always said, we 90s kids had *so* much fun and freedom. All this tracking, photo taking, social media, gps, etc., leaves them all vulnerable to getting caught, getting in trouble, etc. My sister used to literally track my niece through her friends’ social media accounts alone. I like to think the younger generation—who are proving to be smarter than we give them credit for —are going to soon realize, “hey, if we give up this phone/social media we can be free and happy and go and do without being watched.” Not to mention the emotional turmoil social media inflicts on them…

    Anyway, thank you for coming to my delusional, rose colored glasses TED talk!

    January 18, 2022/Reply
  3. Sarah says:

    Ugh I wasn’t shopping but that NB tunic is so great

    January 18, 2022/Reply
  4. BA says:

    Oh my goodness, I am just using this as an anonymous place to shallowly say “I knew it!” I have been following that bank from a distance for years, and was even recruited for a position with them a few years ago. The only reason I paid attention is because everything just struck me as super shady. Just hit my gut, never added up, never made sense. I knew something(s) was up!

    January 18, 2022/Reply