Tales from the Wallet: Wealth Building in Your 20s and 30s

Protect your moneyThis post is written by your regular friendly blogger Kat, but sponsored by Regions Bank, which features a Women and Wealth initiative to educate, equip and empower women by providing the information and tools that will help to ensure financial success for women.

Ladies, what are your best tips for building wealth in your 20s and 30s? For those of you (most of you) in that age range, what did you do in your 20s you were proud of — and what are your goals for your 30s? At the outset, let’s just acknowledge the awesome power of compound interest (these interactive calculators from Regions Bank are pretty cool) — it’s why this stuff is so important to get a handle on as early as possible, which I didn’t necessarily do. (Pictured.) Some of my best tips are:

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Ruffle Jersey Sheath Dress

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

vince-ruffle-sheath-dressI am not usually into ruffles for the office, especially on dresses, but this is the second dress I’ve seen recently that looks sophisticated and regal, and not frilly or overly fancy for work. (It doesn’t hurt that the first dress I saw recently was this $1900 dress from Carolina Herrera — now that I think about it also reminds me of this reader favorite dress.) The pictured dress only comes in purple, but it’s available in regular and petite sizes for $128. Vince Camuto Ruffle Jersey Sheath Dress

Looking for something similar in plus sizes? Check out this dress.

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

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Coffee Break: Diane Pump

franco-sarto-diane-heelThese pretty heels from Franco Sarto come in black, taupe, and a nice dark purple — but for some reason I’m feeling this dusty gray the best. They come in a huge range of sizes — 4-13, regular, wide and narrow — and they’re only $109.  I like the walkable 2.25″ heel, and of course readers have always raved about the comfort of Franco Sarto over the years. Franco Sarto Diane

On the hunt? Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels.

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How to Buy a Blazer to Keep at the Office

how-to-wear-a-blazer-as-a-separateLadies, what are your best tips for buying a blazer to keep at the office, or otherwise to look for in a blazer you’re buying to wear as a separate? (Does anyone have success with wearing suiting blazers as separates?) I often suggest to readers that they keep a blazer in their office to grab and go if you get an invitation to a meeting at the last minute or otherwise need to look (or feel) Very Professional. As another plus, it can also be a way to stay warm (whether with chilly air conditioning or a cold day), and — depending on the needs of the situation and the blazer you have — I might even grab a blazer with pockets if I were going somewhere and just wanted the use of the pockets.* But how do you know which blazer to keep at your office? We haven’t talked about wearing a blazer as a separate in years, so I thought we’d discuss. (Pictured.) Some of my top tips for buying a blazer to keep at the office include:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Mixed Plaid Blazer

red-plaid-blazer-red-fleeceOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Have you guys checked out Brooks’ Brothers’ Red Fleece section in a while? Ton of affordable, preppy workwear with just a hint of whimsy. (This $138 dress is almost sold out, but it’s just straight up gorgeous.) I love this red plaid blazer — I love the way the patterns are laid in different directions, and $228 seems entirely reasonable for a fully lined wool blazer. It’s available in sizes 0-14. Wool Mixed Plaid Blazer

This red cotton honeycomb blazer is on sale and comes in regular, petite and plus sizes.

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

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Coffee Break: Colorful Double Letter Tray

green-colorful-desk-accessoriesI’ve posted a lot of clear desk accessories lately — but when I saw this colorful desk accessory I couldn’t help myself; I love those saturated colors! I think they’re fun and they’d add a lot of personality to a drab office at work or at home.  There’s only one review, but (sad trombone) it isn’t that great — but if you’re on the hunt for one of these eight saturated colors you just might want to take the chance. The set of two letter trays, a pencil cup, and two smaller trays is $29. Source One Acrylic Deluxe 5 Piece Set Stacked Desk Oragnizer Double Letter Tray, Accessory Tray, Odds & Ends Tray, Pen Cup

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