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  • The Strategist sings the praises of a minimalist Japanese notebook, the Hobonichi A6 Techo Planner Book. (It’s already sold out on Amazon, but a Google search revealed it on sale on at least one other site for office supplies.)
  • Racked offers why some retailers won’t participate in Black Friday sales, including ModCloth, REI, and Patagonia—and what they’re doing instead.
  • Fashionista answers a reader’s question: How young is too young for Botox?
  • The Cut has author Rebecca Traister’s take on the ongoing reports of powerful men accused of sexual harassment: “This is ’70s-style, organic, mass, radical rage, exploding in unpredictable directions.”
  • The Atlantic provides a look at how power causes brain damage (from a couple of months ago, but worth a share).
  • Quartz at Work reports that the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, will be helmed by seven women, including Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund—and zero men.
  • Quartz also explains why millennials may become the generation with the biggest income inequality.
  • Vox offers details about the Treasury Department’s Settlement and Awards Fund, which settles sexual harassment cases for members of Congress (using taxpayer money).
  • Fortune shares that Denise Young Smith, Apple’s new VP of diversity and inclusion, will be leaving for a position in academia after only six months at the company. (Video autoplays.)
  • Thought Catalog provides some good tips for true self-care—beyond salt baths and chocolate cake.
  • Laugh of the Week: If you need a funny (and kinda scary…) refresher about Net Neutrality, which the FCC announced it plans to dismantle, The Oatmeal offered this explanation (still helpful even though it was posted a while ago).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Wool Blend Blazer

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Camel blazers are not usually my thing, but something about this wool blend blazer from Ann Taylor looks like that magical mix of luxe, polished, and comfyness. The fact that the entire store is 50% off today doesn’t hurt — the blazer (available in petite, tall and regular sizes 00-18) was $159, but comes down to $80. Wool Blend Blazer

Looking for a similar camel blazer in plus sizes? Check this one out at Talbots, where you can also take 25% off sitewide.

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Coffee Break: Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride - a great board game for grown-upsWhile timing might be a little tight to get this delivered by Thursday, those of you planning to be spending a lot of time with family over the next coming weeks may want to check out our recent post on great board games for grown-ups — including this fun board game, Ticket to Ride. My parents were introduced to this game by dinner guests of theirs — and yet my 6 year old also loves the game. Fun for everyone! It’s $39 at Amazon.  Ticket To Ride

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Thanksgiving / Black Friday Open Thread

what to buy for black friday 2017I see that Nordstrom is already starting to mark down stuff for their big sale that usually starts Thanksgiving night — I’ll try to do a roundup for everyone this afternoon. In the meantime, here’s a fun open thread for everyone, with a few questions…

a) What are you bringing to Thanksgiving dinner (or if you’re not celebrating Thanksgiving, in general what do you bring to large family gatherings?) Share with us your favorite wines, cheeses, hostess gifts, recipes, and more! (This year I’m going to try to force my 6 year old to help me to make these candy corn cookies, but if anyone has recipes for leftover Halloween candy I’ll take those also!)

b) What are you keeping an eye out for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday? I usually buy an embarrassing amount of stuff from Nordstrom (occupational hazard), and have my eye on a few different things for biggish family purchases. I’m also hoping to find a batch of good gift cards on sale (it seems like we have a zillion teachers and therapists to thank this year!), and if I saw another UE Boom for under $100 I’d grab that too. I also found a ton of different blogging tools had great Black Friday deals last year, so I’ll be keeping an eye on those. (What have you gotten great deals on in the past on Black Friday? This was our roundup of Black Friday sales for workwear last year to give you an idea of what to expect from various stores…)

c) If you are doing turkey this Thanksgiving — what are your favorite recipes for leftovers? 

Let’s hear it, readers…

Picture via Stencil.

Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Scuba Crepe Sheath Dress

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I really like the dark green teal color of this Vince Camuto sheath dress, and I also like the fact that it has sleeves, and the faux split-skirt look. Note that it does have an exposed back zipper. It’s labeled hand wash, i.e., you could take your chances with the hand-wash cycle on your machine. The dress is available in plus, regular, and petite sizes for $148–$158. Scuba Crepe Sheath Dress

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Coffee Break: Rickrack Skinny Belt

Where are your favorite places to get skinny belts to go on top of dresses, readers? I always see them on sale at Loft or Ann Taylor — but Kate Spade at Nordstrom often has a bunch, and they often go on sale. This fun zigzag belt (in a “rickrack-inspired shape”(?)) would be great for dresses and tucked in looks — it was $58, but is now marked down to $34.  rickrack skinny belt

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