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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Suit of the Week: Halogen

interview-suitFor 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.

I really love the slightly vintage vibe to this suit from one of Nordstrom’s most affordable lines, Halogen.  The  The jacket (Halogen® One-Button Peplum Jacket) is $138, the skirt (Halogen® Pencil Suit Skirt) is $68, and the pants (Halogen® Straight Leg Suit Pants) are $88. The suit comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

Psst: Note that a very similar Halogen suit that we liked back in January is now on sale for 40% off – lots of sizes still left.

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Beauty Wednesday: Interview Makeup

interview-makeupWe haven’t talked about interview makeup in far too long, so let’s discuss: what makeup do you consider a must for interviewing? How does your interview makeup differ from your everyday makeup?

I’ve noted before that I think the main purpose of interview makeup is to make you look awake and alive. Otherwise, makeup should be such that it removes itself from the hiring equation — your interviewer should not notice your makeup, and you shouldn’t be distracted from your makeup. Along those lines, this is what my interview makeup looks like:

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Aimy A-Line Skirt

BCBG Max Azria Aimy Pleated Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

The Bloomingdale’s Friends and Family family sale is on (almost sitewide!), and there are some great pieces, for great prices. I love the look of this BCBG skirt, which looks super sophisticated, graceful, and ladylike — while also looking sleek. It was $248, but comes down to $186 with code FRIENDS. BCBG Max Azria Aimy A-Line Skirt

(Note if your size is sold out, both Saks and BCBG have the skirt in stock for $173-$248.)

A couple of lower-priced options are here and here, and here’s a plus-size alternative.

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