Weekend Open Thread

black leather jackets at NASSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Happy weekend, ladies!  If you’ve perused the NAS at all, you know that leather jackets are HUGE for fall. There are vests! Moto jackets! Suede jackets! Jackets with shearling or fur details! Hooded leather jackets! Coated denim jackets that look like leather jackets! Sweater jackets with leather details! Yellow leather jackets that kind of remind me of Hilary Swank and the (horrible) movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! My favorite iteration is the sort of drapey leather jacket with knit panels, seen here — at least for my own figure it seems more bust-friendly than the usual ones. (Here’s a nice gray version on clearance, also.) And it doesn’t hurt that this one is less than $70 in the sale — love it! It’s available in black and red, sizes XS-XL, in regular, petite and plus sizes, for $65 — the price will go back up to $98 after the sale ends. KUT from the Kloth ‘Ana’ Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket

(While this very jacket comes in plus sizes, here are two other nice plus size leather jackets from the NAS sale, in suede and leather.)

See all of our workwear picks from the NAS, as well as our shoe picks — lots of sizes left.

Weekly News Update

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  • The Wall Street Journal gives you “The Unwritten Rules on Going Sleeveless”; the WSJ also looks at new ways jewelry designers are using pearls.
  • The Everygirl explains some surprising ways you’re getting sun exposure (and sun damage); it’s surprising that cars’ side and rear windows don’t block UVA rays, for one.
  • Ask a Manager answers a reader question about office decorating.
  • Above the Law comments on a few recent lists ranking the best law firms for diversity.
  • NPR reported on a new study on gender and ethics that found that “women receive harsher punishments than men for ethical violations at work.”
  • The Wall Street Journal reports on a two-month hackathon that resulted in seven new apps to address the gender pay gap.
  • Ellevate takes a look at Laura Vanderkam’s 10 strategies for making the most of the time you have.
  • At New York magazine’s The Cut, Jordan Kisner writes about the double standards around how women speak and how it often seems like we just can’t win.
  • Popular Science has an interesting article about Susan Finley, NASA’s longest-serving female employee, who was hired 58 years ago as a “computer.” She has no plans to retire, even though she was demoted in 2004 due to her lack of a college degree.
  • Vox shares some insights from Kate Shellnutt about women and multi-level marketing (MLM), which we recently talked about over at CorporetteMoms.

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Did we miss anything? Add ’em here, or send them to [email protected] Thank you! Also: Are you a mom or mom-to-be? Don’t miss this week’s news update at CorporetteMoms

Frugal Friday: High/Low V-Neck Mixed Media Top

Green V-Neck Top for Work: Pleione High/Low V-Neck Mixed Media TopOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I was going back and forth between this top and another top that I really liked — and I came to this green one and I said, NOPE, that’s the one I want to feature on Friday. I like jewel tones like green — and I’ve already noted that I think it’s a fun trend for fall. This top is great for work or beyond, is easy care (ish – “hand wash”) — and it’s under $30. Sign me up. It’s available in 13 (!) colors, in regular and petites, for $29. Pleione High/Low V-Neck Mixed Media Top

Here’s a plus-size option that’s also in the sale.

Psst: Note to all of you who aren’t Nordstrom cardholders: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to everyone today — check out our roundup of shoes and clothes if you haven’t already! Don’t forget that our giveaway closes in just a few hours (11:30 ET) — so if you haven’t entered yet, please do!

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Coffee Break: Archie Leather Tote

taupe leather tote bagI included this lovely Spencer tote in my classic interview outfit the other day, but this pretty taupe version is calling my name. (The name of the color is “dark mousse frosting” — yes please.) I like the fun interior lining, the multiple interior pockets, the feet, and the pretty envelope-like outside pocket.  It’s on sale right now — it was $428 but is currently marked to $285 (it’ll go back up when the NAS ends). kate spade new york ‘spencer court – archie’ leather tote

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The Busy Woman’s Guide to Using Evernote and Other Note-Keeping Apps

busy woman's guide to using evernoteI don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a zillion tips on how to use Evernote and other note-keeping apps — but all seem geared at freelancers or entrepreneurs.  So we thought we’d do a roundup of some top tips for busy working women, but we want to hear from you guys: DO you use Evernote or a similar system? HOW do you use it, and what are your favorite tips?

A bit of background on it:  Evernote is a web/app-based program that is billed as being a digital brain. You can use it for almost anything: project planning; note-taking; storing and organizing things that can include to-do lists, travel details, grocery lists, and gift lists; and much more. You can organize your notes and other content into notebooks (with or without tags), clip content from ebooks and webpages, send designated types of emails to your account, create checklists and reminders, save images, save PDFs and other files (which become searchable), share content with other people, record audio, take photos and scan documents (e.g., business cards, whiteboard notes, takeout menus, product warranties, receipts), add hand-drawn pictures or handwritten notes, and sync across your devices. Evernote also works with many other applications, like Google Drive (beta), Scanner Pro, IFTTT, Pocket, and DocuSign. You can use Evernote for free (several features plus 60 MB new uploads each month) or choose one of the paid plans.

Of course, other programs are similar to Evernote — and considering the recently-announced price increase, if you want your info synced on more than two devices, now is a great time to be aware of Evernote alternatives as well, such as:

  • OneNote – Lifehacker just did a showdown comparing Evernote and OneNote.
  • Google Keep and Google Drive – Tech Republic recently discussed how to ditch Evernote in favor of Google apps.
  • Some of the functionality but not everything:
    • B-Folders – not very easy to save articles beyond copy/paste, but: very secure, includes contacts, syncs across desktops and Androids; Kat’s written of her love for it for keeping track of various lists.
    • Pinterest – nice way to save articles or recipes for later. Con: it often only works if there’s a picture in the article to pin (since it’s a graphic search engine). Also, you can’t make to-do lists or save things like emails.
    • To-do list apps like Remember the Milk, Wunderlist, Teuxdeux, Todoist, and more.
    • iPhone Notes app – allows you to make buying lists, recipes, and more; can access on your PC through iCloud.
    • Meal planning apps like Pepperplate or Cozi (family scheduling, grocery shopping, recipe keeper and more).

Here are some of our best tips for using Evernote and other similar apps — readers, what are yours?

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Woven Fit & Flare Dress

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

Tahari Fit Flare Dress under $100When I looked through the NAS before for my workwear roundup, I somehow didn’t notice this classic little fit and flare dress from Tahari — but it looks great. I like the high arm holes and graceful neckline, as well as the full lining.  (Do note, though, tthere is an exposed zipper.) The dress is available in black (pictured) and “deep orchid,” regular and petite sizes 4-16 for $91.90 (but the price will go back up to $138 after the sale ends). Tahari Woven Fit & Flare Dress

The dress is also available in plus sizes.

Psst: don’t forget to enter our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale giveaway, which ends tomorrow morning!

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]