Coffee Break: Wallice Mule

Wallice muleSometimes, you see something marked down and wonder, what the heck happened? For example, here: there are a ton of really cute colors left in this mule, in a ton of sizes. (The metallic magenta is totally calling my name, but let’s go with the more subdued metallic blue to feature.) The product has high ratings for comfort and style. And yet it’s 40% off. So what happened? Here’s my guess: the product title says “Wallice Appliqué Mule,” and the product description goes on about the appliques. Huh? What appliques? It looks like there was an iteration with appliques on it (Amazon still has it, if you’re interested) and all of the other solid colors got forgotten by online shoppers worried about what crazy applique was going to come on the shoe. If you dare to try, it was $109, but is now marked to $65, in the Nordstrom Winter Sale. Wallice Mule

Here’s a pressing question for the readers: what’s your preferred sock/hosiery situation with mules? Barefoot… toe covers… or trouser socks?

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How to Track Billable Hours: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

how to track billable hoursThis question is for the lawyers and others who have to keep track of your time — what are your best tips and tricks on how to track billable hours? If you’re a lawyer who reviews time sheets (either at a firm or in house), we’d love to hear your thoughts on what’s acceptable, what’s NOT acceptable, and what’s a red flag for you… Here’s Reader C’s question:

I thought it might be fun to do a post about all things billing. For newer attorneys, or those interested in transitioning from gov’t/etc., it could be really useful to learn the general rules and what more senior attorneys look for on their bills. For others it would be interesting to see tips/tricks for billing, key terms, billing as a way to market to clients and other related things. (E.g., my firm sends out a billing insert of a short article with each month’s bills).

Great question, Reader C! In my experience people tend to fall into two categories here: the obsessive billers who keep track in 6- or 10-minute increments — and the people who will definitely, totally get you those timesheets from six months ago asap. (We’re right on top of it, Rose!) The more cases and billable matters you have to keep track of, the more you have to be the first, obsessive person — whereas if you’re stuck on one never-ending project (doc review, anyone?) you can swing towards the second end of the spectrum.

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Splurge Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Sleeveless Wool-Cotton Crepe Dress with Contrast Piping

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

I think this dress from Marni is really interesting — I like it because it has a very feminine shape while the contrast piping has sort of a comic book, witty vibe to it. The dress is totally acceptable for work, and I really like how fun and flattering it is — and a little bit different, too. Unfortunately, the dress is priced accordingly — it’s $2,095 at Neiman Marcus (and one size has already sold out). Sleeveless Wool-Cotton Crepe Dress with Contrast Piping

Amazon has more affordable options from Calvin Klein and Adrianna Papell, and Macy’s also has a Calvin Klein option, but in plus sizes.

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39 Great President’s Day Sales for Workwear!

Happy President’s Day, ladies! There are always some great sales afoot — here are some of our favorites. Have you seen any great sales today?

  • 6PM Up to 70% off MSRP (lots from Kate Spade, Nine WestZac Posen, London Times, Taylor, and Tommy Hilfiger (mostly totes))
  • Aerie – 10 for $35, ALL undies
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off full-price styles with code GETMORE, extra 50% off sale styles
  • Anthropologie – Extra 40% off
  • ASOS – 15% off everything, including sale, with code PREZDAY
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase
  • Barneys Warehouse – Up to 70% off when you take 40% off select designer styles
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Free gift card: $75 when you spend $500, $150 when you spend $1,000, $400 when you spend $2,000, $1,000 when you spend $5,000+ with code BGFEB.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Save 20–50% on select regular-price items and 60–75% on almost all already-reduced items
  • Boden – 20% off 2/19–2/25; 15% off 2/26; 10% off 2/27 — (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
  • Brooks Brothers – 25% off fall and winter – don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Brooks Brothers!)
  • Club Monaco – 25% off purchase of $200+ with code REFRESH
  • Dressbarn – Mix and match tops & denim: buy one get one 50% off (regular-price styles)
  • Eloquii – 40% off dresses, pants, and jackets & free top when you buy one with code NEEDTHIS
  • Express – 40% off everything
  • French Connection – Extra 60% off sale
  • J.Crew – 30% off plus extra 10% off & free shipping with code SOGOOD
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything and extra 50% off clearance & free shipping with code EVENBETTER 
  • GiGi New York – 20% off sitewide (full-price items)
  • H&M – 20% off $100, bestsellers up to 60% off
  • Kate Spade New York – Extra 30% off all sale styles with code SPARKLE
  • Lands’ End – Friends & Family Sale: 30% off full-price styles with code FAMILY and PIN 2714 – Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Lands’ End!
  • Last Call – Extra 10% off sale items, including clearance, with code EXTRA10; extra 30-75% off every thing
  • L.K. Bennett – Spend $400 and save 20% on full-price styles with code SAVE20
  • Loft – Extra 60% off all sale styles; 40% off your purchase of full-price styles 
  • Lord & Taylor – 20% off regular-priced and sale items with code PRESIDENT; $20 off $160+ purchase with code BONUS
  • Macy’s – Extra 20% off (10-15% in select departments) with code PRES; 10% off $25+ purchase (select departments) with code PRES25; lingerie event, 25–40% off select styles
  • Madewell – Extra 20% off all sale styles with code HAPPYDANCE
  • Mango – 30% off purchases over $150; 20% off purchases over $100 with code MNG
  • Naturalizer – Extra 25% off sale and free shipping with code TIME2SAVE
  • New York & Company – $19.99 Pant & Jean Event + doorbusters; 50% off suiting pants, jackets, and skirts + other jeans. Redlines 80% off; free shipping
  • Nordstrom – Winter Sale: Up to 40% off through 2/25
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack: Extra 20% off clearance for up to 65% off 
  • The Outnet – Extra 40% off (purchases are final sale)
  • Saks – Free gift card when you shop shoes or bags: $35 gift card with $250 purchase; $75 gift card with $500 purchase; $150 gift card with $1,000 purchase; $450 gift card with $2,000 purchase; $700 gift card with $3,000 purchase with code BAGSSHOES.
  • Saks OFF 5TH – Extra 25% off clearance apparel (select styles); up to 80% off select designers
  • Shopbop – Calvin Klein underwear sale: save 25% on select styles
  • Talbots – Pant-A-Monium: All sale pants $19.99 (wow) – don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!
  • Target – Up to 30% off home items; 20% off clothing

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Weekend Open Thread

Velveteen High Waist Skinny PantsSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Hmmn: I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many pieces from cool girl brand Frame on sale before. The denim is what most people lurve, but they’ve also got blazers, sweaters, and more. I’m liking these velveteen skinny pants which look like a comfy but stylish choice for the weekend or a casual workday (know your office, though). They were $235, but are now marked to $140; lots of sizes are left as of right now. (I’ll try to do a fuller roundup of the big Nordstrom sale that just started, as well as all the Presidents’ Day sales starting now — please stay tuned!) Velveteen High Waist Skinny Pants

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Weekly News Update

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  • Racked explained how the dress Michelle Obama wore for her official portrait — by Milly designer Michelle Smith — reflected the former FLOTUS’s personal style.
  • Racked also provided some of Loft’s new plus-size looks.
  • Refinery 29 shared some Parisian hairstyles to consider for 2018.
  • The Strategist asked dermatologists for the best over-the-counter retinol products for every skin type.
  • The New York Times reported why working harder won’t get you ahead, but working smarter will.
  • The Cut’s “Ask a Boss” columnist Alison Green answered letters from readers with irritatingly bad bosses.
  • The Cut also shared why Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she can’t “technically” take maternity leave.
  • ABA Journal suggested ways to fit relaxation into a busy schedule, courtesy of Jeena Cho, co-author of The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation.
  • Daily Worth compared Bitcoin to more traditional types of investments.
  • For Valentine’s Day, Jezebel gave recommendations for romance novels according to your other reading preferences.
  • If you’re into the Winter Games like we are, Vulture suggested 17 winter Olympians’ Instagram accounts to follow.
  • For your Laugh (Groan?) of the Week, McSweeney’s shared an apology of sorts from a woke misogynist.

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