Weekend Open Thread

Steve Madden Vaale Cross Strap Sandal Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

Is it sandal weather yet? It’s totally sandal weather, right!?  Maybe? Kinda? If, like me, you’re dreaming of pedicures and hot weekend sandals, these sexy, slightly gold sandals from Steven look great.  (They also come in black.)  They’re $108.95 at Nordstrom. Steven by Steve Madden’Vaale’ Cross Strap Sandal

This looks like a nice option that comes in narrow and wide widths as well.

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Weekly News Update

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  • The New York Times and Racked take a look at Michelle Obama’s fashion choices during her recent trip through Asia.
  • Elle talks to Fran Lebowitz about her style — and about what she thinks about everyone else’s.
  • Fashionista and Racked bring lots of shopping news this week: The time has come to say goodbye to Kate Spade Saturday and Marc by Marc Jacobs, while Gap will close some stores to focus more on e-commerce, and you’re likely to see fewer of those ubiquitous big-sale emails from retailers this year.
  • The Telegraph reports on a new survey in which employers reveal what they think about women employees who don’t wear makeup. (We just talked about interview makeup this week.)
  • Which would save more water: drinking one fewer beer a week or installing water-saving faucets in your home? Answer: skip that beer. Southern California Public Radio has a quiz to test what you know about saving water.
  • Speaking of drinking… NPR reported this week about heavy drinkers cutting back rather than giving up alcohol completely, while an Atlantic piece critiques AA’s methods. (Have you seen our most recent discussion of overachievers and drinking?)
  • The New York Times‘ Opinion Page has an essay by Anna North about the problems with egg freezing (complete with the requisite mansplaining in the comments…).
  • Do you read the Food Babe? A chemistry professor writes in Slate about the blogger’s claims.
  • In Corporette news: Kat was recently interviewed by Michael Peggs for an episode of his personal branding podcast, “You University.”

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Textured Peplum Jacket

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Textured Peplum Jacket Ooh: we all know I love a white blazer (but really — go find one if you haven’t already!), and this cute, collarless, textured number from the Limited looks great. I like the jewel neck, the tiny grosgrain ribbon around the waist, and the peplum and three-quarter sleeves (both of which, IMHO, keep it far away from lab coat territory).  It was $128, but is marked to $64 today. Textured Peplum Jacket

Here are two plus-size options.

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Coffee Break: Diamond Triangle Earrings

gold triangle diamond earringsPretty! I like the teeny tiny diamonds in these small gold triangles — they look chic yet classic at the same time. They’re $331, available at Ylang 23. WWAKE Diamond Triangle Earrings

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How to Be Productive When You Work in an Open Office

open-office-adjustmentReaders, do you have any tips for how to work productively in an open office? What advice do you have for someone struggling to adjust to one? Reader K wonders…

I’d love to hear your and readers thoughts about open office plans in the legal environment, such as in the recent article Google Got It Wrong: The Open Office Trend is Destroying Workplaces. In my job at a large non-profit that also has a legal help line, the lawyers, except for legal director, are in cubicles. 2 lawyers spend 1/2 their time doing phone intake. The rest do typical legal research and writing. I have asked about ways of reducing noise/less open space, but am told to just deal with it. My question is whether in the legal industry in general there is an expectation that lawyers should be able to have quiet spaces to work. Looking back on K-12, college, and law school, I always found quiet places to work, and was efficient. My teachers noticed that I was a great writer and really distractable, so they made sure I had a quiet place to work. Now, as a lawyer, I wish there was a quiet space I could escape to do my best work, like I did for 19 years of school. I’d take a pay cut!

Interesting question, reader K. I’ve worked in cubicles (back in my magazine days), a closed-door office environment (back in my BigLaw days), and an open-door office environment (back in my nonprofit days)… so I’ve never worked in a truly open office. While I’m really curious to hear what the readers say, I have a few ideas that may be of help:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Gemma Wrap Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Gemma Wrap DressBanana Republic has selected items on a 50% off sale today, and I was happy to see the classic Gemma wrap dress included in the mix, as well as some of their non-iron blouses, Sloan dress and pants, and this other nice faux wrap dress.  The Gemma has been around for years; right now it’s available in regular and petite in the pictured teal for $60 and your basic black for $98; take 50% off both of those prices with code BRHALF.  Gemma Wrap Dress

Here are two plus-size options.

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