Coffee Break: Tie Stripe Scarf

Brooks Brothers Tie Stripe ScarfBrooks Brothers’ Friends & Family sale is on, and ends tonight! I always like the scarf and accessory selections there, so I’m drooling over these tie stripe oblong scarf — it seems fun in a “borrowed from the boys” kind of way. It was $98, then marked to $68, and it comes down to $51ish with code FF25. Brooks Brothers Tie Stripe Scarf

Deal Alert: Nordstrom’s Secret Sale (?!)

Nordstrom secret saleNordstrom is not usually one to have a secret sale, but not only is there no big announcement on the home page, I can’t even find a good link to send you guys to the entire collection of sale stuff. Yet, I noticed a ton of great workwear that has just hit 60% off (thank you, Shop it To Me newsletter), and thought I’d round up a few…

My best tip for the sale: if there’s a brand you love that I haven’t already mentioned, do a search on it, then filter by “Sale” — for some reason it doesn’t put the largest amount of sale stuff first (e.g., 33% stuff may be filtered before 60% stuff), but it does put all of the markdowns stuff ahead of the full-price stuff.

Readers, did you get anything at Nordstrom’s secret sale today? Any great pieces on sale not mentioned above?

Are You an Office Mom?

Office Mom: Valid Management Style, or Career Suicide? | CorporetteOffice Mom: Valid Management Style, or Career Suicide? | CorporetteHere’s a fun question for you: are you the office mom*?  I’ve read that being the office mom tends to hurt your career because people see you as, well, the MOM instead of the professional you are. So here’s the Q: do you agree that being the “office mom” is a bad thing — or is it just another management style? Are you the office mom, or do you work with one?  Is it more appropriate (or effective) in some office cultures, and less in others? 

For my $.02, I have always been totally guilty of this — long before I became a mom. I never baked cookies or cupcakes for people, BUT: I like to be prepared, and I generally remember the birthdays and other fun stuff (with a little help to remember personal details).  So I used to carry with me (and keep in my desk) all sorts of stuff — Shout Wipes! Bandaids! Tissues! Spare chargers! Fans! Sweaters! Coworkers always came to me when they needed something.  In some ways this was a plus — I’m definitely an introvert, and I’m sure I sometimes come off as cold if I’m focused on other stuff (thank you, resting bitchface!) — so this was my own little way of being friendly and approachable. I suppose I subscribe to the idea in the WSJ article — office mom as management style.

I’m curious, ladies — what do you think?

Pictured: Pink cupcake – meeting leftovers, originally uploaded to Flickr by Alpha.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Beasley Fit & Flare Dress

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

Burch Beasley Flare DressOoooh: purty. I like the seamed panels and texture on this black Tory Burch dress, as well as the ladylike length and neckline. What a great example of a fit and flare dress! (Click here for our last roundup.) It’s $450 at Nordstrom, sizes XS-L.  Tory Burch ‘Beasley’ Fit & Flare Dress

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Psst: here’s a less expensive option and a plus-size option.

Another deal alert (’tis the season, I guess): Bare Necessities has a great sale on some of my favorite brands like Fantasie, Freya, Panache, Le Mystere — 40% off plus an extra 15% off with code EXTRA15.  Also, panties starting at $6.99.  (Here was our last discussion on the best lingerie brands and styles — readers, any favorites in the sale today?)

Deal Alert: Ann Taylor Extra 70% Off Sale

Ann Taylor is having a flash sale, offering an extra 70% off sale items with FLASH70 … until midnight.  Tomorrow, it’s an extra 65% off until noon (code FLASH65), and then until midnight tomorrow, it’s an extra 60% off (code FLASH60). Tons of inventory, and only some of it is final sale.  Lots of sizes, too… happy shopping, ladies!

Weekend Open Thread

Hue Moto LeggingsSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I’m back on the hunt for some comfortable moto leggings that hold their shape, and was happy to see the Hue brand marked down to $35 — perfect for a trend piece that I’ve seen for as much as $1000 elsewhere.  The blue is sold out, but the black is still available in all sizes online — hooray! Happy Friday, ladies.   Hue ‘Moto’ Denim Leggings (Online Only)
P.S.: please note that you can earn triple points at Nordstrom through 9/21.
P.P.S. Here’s a plus-size option.