Coffee Break: Punjammies Lounge Pants

Readers have recommended these interesting pajamas, which are made by women in India who are working to free themselves from sex slavery. They’re a good gift for a socially-conscious person you know — or just for someone who’d like some new pajamas. They also have shorts, tops, robes, and more — including items for men and kids. The pictured lounge pants have 300+ reviews and five stars. They come in slim, regular, and tall sizes XS–XXL, and they’re 100% cotton and machine washable. They’re $49. Punjammies lounge pants

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How to Get a Poker Face at Work

how to get a poker face at work - image of lady gagaHave you ever worried that your face gives away your thoughts every time? Putting on a poker face is always a good skill to have, but especially with performance reviews (and bonus season) coming up, now is a great time to ponder how to get a poker face at work. Here’s Reader K’s question:

A mentor of mine said one of my best qualities is that I’m genuine; however, I was told that resulted in being easily read and having zero poker face. If people can read me, they know how and where to hit, which isn’t good. How can I develop a poker face and be less easily read?

Good question, K, and I can’t wait to hear what the readers say. I also have a face that is far too easily read, but here are a few ideas on how to get a poker face at work (and beyond):

Pictured: Lady Gaga / Poker Face.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Emeline Dress

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

MM.LaFleur has, as always, a number of great dresses right now. This laser stripe fabric is new to me, and I like it, particularly in the form of this flowy A-line dress, which seems like a nice alternative to a more structured sheath dress like the Annie. It’s $365, with limited sizes in stock at the moment; there’s also a pretty, origami-like top in the same fabric.  The Emeline Dress

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Coffee Break: Stocking Stuffer Snacks

If you need ideas for stocking stuffers for friends and family, something I like to do is look at Amazon for unusual foods that they wouldn’t otherwise try. My husband is obsessed with jalapeños, my mother really loves onions, I like anything that’s birthday cake–flavored — and at Amazon you can find everything from jalapeño KIND bars to glazed donut protein bars to caramelized-onion chips. If you have to go through Amazon Pantry to buy what you want, you can usually reach free shipping if you get a bunch of things at once. The pictured bars are $13 for a box of 12 at Amazon (but you can get them at a lot of other places). Roasted Jalapeño KIND Bars

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A Few Recent Skincare & Beauty Reviews: Good Genes, The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution, and More

I’ve recently bought a bunch of skincare and beauty items (many recommended by readers in our “beauty empties” post!) and I’ve been working through a bunch of them, so I thought I’d share my reviews! (We’re also working to update the “beauty empties” post to include a roundup at the bottom of the post of things at least two readers swore by, along with links to places where you may want to buy them.) Readers, did you try any new beauty products in the recent Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales (and specific beauty store sales like the big Sephora sale?) What are your reviews?sunday riley good genes review

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Two-Button A-Line Blazer

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armani two-button blazerHappy Monday! Wow: this blazer is amazing. I love the clean, sophisticated lines and the sleekness of it all. When they style a blazer like this with no blouse beneath it, it can be a bit hard to know how to wear it in a way that’s both appropriate for work and doesn’t mar the lines. I’d probably go with either a thin turtleneck (probably in black) — or I’d go with a simple scoopneck tee, probably also in black.  It was more than $3K, but you’re in luck: it’s on sale. With the extra 25% off offered today, it comes down to $1527. Virgin Wool Two-Button A-Line Blazer

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