If you’re looking for a quality bag and “designer” isn’t important to you, I know many readers have had a lot of love for Hobo bags and wallets over the years. I like the classic, almost vintage vibe to this shoulder bag, as well as the Italian leather, fun, colored lining, and kiss-lock pockets. The bag is available in five colors for $228. HOBO ‘Harloh’ Leather Shoulder Bag
Ladies, what are some of your favorite TED talks for working women? Which ones do you think about the most; which have you heard a ton about but haven’t yet watched? Some of the ones that I think about the most are:
1. Sheryl Sandberg, “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders“
This is the talk that came out before Lean In, and I’ve thought about the talk as well as the book a lot over the years. Description from the page: “Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.” (Here’s our original discussion on the talk, as well as our Lean In discussion.)
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Limited, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat.
The Limited has a lot of sales, but this is a really great sitewide sale — $30 off Every $50 You Spend (using code TREATS). This offer includes all Eva Longoria Collection Items + New Arrivals + All Sale Items! Note that you can get free shipping if you spend $125, but you can also reserve items for in-store pickup — even online exclusives! Another important note — the sale details change every day, so these prices are good only for Thursday, October 27. I thought I’d round up some of my favorites from the sale, but ladies, let’s hear from you — have you gotten anything great at The Limited lately?
Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
I love a good felted wool skirt for work, and J.Crew has a few nice colors of them for $47-$57: light gray, light pink, and a light teal. While I’d probably save the teal and pink for springtime, I’d still wear this light gray now (as well as in the spring) — pair it with darker grays and other wintry colors, and you’ve got some a great outfit. The gray version of the skirt is $57, available in sizes 00-16. Asymmetrical Zip Pencil Skirt in Wool
This similar gray pencil skirt comes in sizes 14W-24W.
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For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.
Oooh: I’m kind of loving this houndstooth suit from J.Crew, either worn as a suit or as separates. I was just pondering what to wear with houndstooth these days — I think red can be a bit played out, so I’ve settled on “Tumblr pink” as being a more modern look (like this blouse). The jacket (Lady Jacket in Italian Confetti Houndstooth) is $198, and the skirt (Pencil Skirt in Confetti Houndstooth) is $110; take 30% off a purchase of $200+ with code SHOPMORE.
Ladies, what end-of-year financial steps do you plan to take in the next few months? Besides making sure to buy a new planner (if you’re a paper-planner person, that is) and finish your holiday shopping, another thing to do before the end of the year is to take time to focus on your financial situation. Besides quick things like reviewing your W-4 deductions to decide if they’re still appropriate and checking that your employer has your current address on file so that you’ll definitely receive your W-2, taking these seven year-end career and financial steps will build a good foundation for the months to come: