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I always think of myself as looking for plums or a slightly taupe sort of lipcolor, and I hunted for a long time for an everyday red, eventually giving up the search. So I was really surprised when I picked up this Clinique Chubby Stick and loved the red called broadest berry. I recommend the Chubby Sticks because they’re moisturizing and easy to apply — I even scrape them out when I get to the end so I can put the last parts in a little container and keep using it. They’re $17.50 each at Nordstrom, and right now there’s a GWP: deluxe samples of Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate (0.24 oz.), Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser (0.01 oz.), a mini Lip Pop Color & Primer in Love Pop, and Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm (0.1 oz.) (with a $35 Clinique purchase). Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm

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Weekly News Update

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  • ABA Journal offered a look at how and why professional wear has evolved for lawyers, from traditional suit-and-tie ensembles to the fashion-forward looks on politicians and shows like Suits.
  • Racked explained how so-called modesty brands are becoming more mainstream — and more expensive.
  • Fashionista shared how Charli Howard — author, model, and co-founder of The All Woman Project, an organization to push for more size diversity in the modeling industry — shops for clothes, accessories, and makeup.
  • The Strategist investigated the best mascaras of all types, based on Amazon reviews.
  • Ask a Manager answered a reader’s question about whether it was overstepping for a manager to tell an employee not to wear hair extensions.
  • Fortune provided tips for landing a job, according to recruiters at the companies on their list of the 100 best companies to work for.
  • Psychology Today suggested how to address underlying fears when you want to make a fundamental change in your behavior or attitude.
  • The Balance gave advice on what not to say when negotiating a salary.
  • The Broad Experience podcast discussed who supports whom in heterosexual and same-sex couples, and what that support looks like.
  • NBC News reported how female doctors and nurses are seeking their #metoo moment in the male-dominated culture of medicine.
  • The Wall Street Journal shared why fitness retreats that include rosé at sunset, private snorkeling tours, and dance parties at night are growing in popularity.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, The Onion offered a behind-the-scenes look at how Twitter addresses user complaints.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Wrap-Front Top

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

This top from Banana Republic is $68, but they’re always having sales, so keep an eye out — and I’ve seen blouses like this at much higher price points (for example). We’re featuring it in the “wide stripe,” but there’s also a “shadow stripe” (white on black) as well as basic black and navy. It’s getting great reviews, and it’s machine washable. The top comes in regular (XXS–XXL) and petite (XXS–L) sizes, although the petite is currently only available in the black-on-white stripe. Wrap-Front Top

Lands’ End and Eileen Fisher have plus-size options.

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Coffee Break: Marie Forleo’s B-School (And Corporette)

why Kat loves Marie Forleo's B-School

Warning: If you’re not at all interested in starting your own business, you may want to skip this post. (But please feel free to use it for our usual coffee break threadjack!) If you are, though, read on — whether you’re pondering an online business, a services-based business, or more. Basically, I have an online course to recommend: Marie Forleo’s B-School — and I think it would be really fun to start a private Facebook group for Corporette readers who are going through the program at the same time. The program is a great overview (honestly) of so many different aspects of business for solopreneurs or small businesses. The program just opened for enrollment (it ends March 1) so I thought today would be a good day to mention it! (Read on for more details…marie forleo b-school corporette)

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Update: I’m bummed to see your comments (but thank you for reading!). For the record: when I was a lawyer in 2008 with a business idea for a blog, I randomly found an online class from a guy I’d never heard of before — Yaro Starak. In those days it was about 12 MP3 files that I downloaded to iTunes. The class was $600 or so, which seemed reasonable considering the $800 or so I’d just spent on a humor writing class.  I’ve always marveled at my luck in finding the class because it was really helpful in getting me started. The class isn’t offered anymore, as far as I know, but I’ve taken many, many, many classes online since then. Trust me when I say that B-School is legitimately a good course, and that the price is right for it. In the almost 10 years that I’ve successfully run an online business, this is the only course I’ve told you guys about (amidst all the shoes and books and podcasts and other things I recommend) in large part because this class reminded me so much of that class I took with Yaro so long ago — it’s great advice for all levels — and I thought it really would be fun to go through with women who come from my background of law school or other similar degrees. And yes, I paid full price for B-school last year (and signed up through Hilary Rushford since I felt her sign-up best addressed what I wanted to learn last year).

Yes, like many other things on this blog, I do get an affiliate cut from signups, as per our disclosure. Some affiliates of this course probably do make a big chunk of their earnings from the affiliate money they make off this class (just like a lot of bloggers make their living by blogging about blogging and selling Bluehost signups). A lot of commenters below are mistakenly disparaging B-school as an MLM course — but there are thousands of B-Schoolers who just take the advice and apply it to their business and never tell anyone about the program (because it’s a great program!); there’s absolutely no pressure to sell the course after you take it. I’m not intimately familiar with how “MLM businesses” work but with most I would assume that once Seller1 gets you in the door they want you to buy more and importantly, pressure you to become Seller2, building a pyramid beneath you so that Seller1 profits from the revenues of Seller2, 3, 4, etc. None of that exists in the B-school course — it’s a straight affiliate sale; specifically the last click. The person I bought from in 2017 won’t get a cut of any of my sales; if you sign up from me in 2018 and choose to sell it in 2019 I won’t get a cut from your sales. Almost every link on this blog is an affiliate link, as we try to disclose fully and regularly.  See my further comments below; I’ve also updated other points in this post for clarity.)

As others have noted in comments, there are a lot of great online business and management classes, many of which we’ve profiled before; if your goal is to advance in your current corporate career, get a continuing education certificate or something else to put on your resume, or even to launch The Next Big Thing with outside funding, this is not for you — B-school is more suited for the kind of person who wants to start a lifestyle business and be a solopreneur or small business owner. There are absolutely great resources out there for free on the Internet (if you’re interested on my thoughts on this kind of thing sign up here for my personal email list as I keep meaning to round them up and it’s pretty clear readers don’t want it here); the value of Marie Forleo’s course is that it collects everything together in a coherent manner, presents it well, and covers the “you don’t know what you don’t know” problem by bundling it as a course and then giving you substantial resources in the FB group.

I’ll try to address some of the other comments elsewhere as soon as possible. As always, thank you for reading!

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How to Plan a Wedding While Working Full Time

how to plan a wedding while working full timeI feel like I’ve seen a bunch of fun threadjacks on this recently(ish), so let’s discuss this today: what are your best tips on how to plan a wedding while working full time (or, as many of you do, well more than 40 hours a week)? What are the best things to outsource as far as wedding planning goes — and what are the best ways to simplify wedding planning? And a corollary question: what wedding planning tasks can you do at the office? We’ve talked about homing from work, making personal calls on the clock, and a bunch of aspects of wedding and business etiquette (including whether you should invite colleagues to your wedding) — as well as wedding finances — but I don’t think we’ve ever had a post rounding up everyone’s tips on how to plan a wedding.

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Pinstripe Pencil Skirt

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

This pinstriped pencil skirt from White House Black Market looks like a great basic for work. I like the sort of flip at the hem — it’s not too much and it makes it fun. Note that the lack of a hem means you don’t have to worry about the skirt seeming a lot shorter when you sit down. I can’t find the jacket that’s shown in one of the pictures, but if you’re on the hunt, check with a store near you, because they may have it. The skirt also comes in straight sizes and petite sizes and is the same price for each, $89. WHBM offers free shipping and free returns on plus sizes — this could be something they’re doing because their plus-size line is relatively new, so take advantage of it now! Pinstripe Pencil Skirt

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