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Tool of the Trade: What Apps, Gadgets, Tools and More Are You Loving Now?

We recently did a story over at CorporetteMoms about the best online backup services for your computer, but we haven’t had an open thread like this in a while, so let’s discuss: What apps, gadgets, tools and more are you loving right now? What makes your life easier, or more enjoyable?

Picture credit: Death to the Stock Photos.

For my $.02, my new favorite toy is my Chromebook — it’s so much lighter weight than the clunky old laptop we use (and has a great battery life), but it feels like it does so much more than my (clunky, now outdated) iPad. I mostly use it for lounging in front of the TV at night, though, or for working somewhere else than my desk to try to better focus on work (WiFi permitting), though.  I’m still a fan of my Bluetooth keyboard, particularly for typing on my iPhone when I’m traveling or at a conference; I sometimes bring it along if I expect I might be waiting in a doctor’s office for a while, too. And, like I wrote about a few weeks ago, I still really like the Siri productivity functions of late. I still love all of the apps I mentioned in our last roundup of the best apps for working women, in addition to Pepperplate for shared recipes with my husband. I’ve also bought Stylebook, the closet organizing app that I keep seeing readers raving about, but I haven’t gotten set up with it yet. Online focus-wise, I still use the Chrome extension Morphine all the time to improve focus; the Kill News Feed extension has also been pretty powerful for me. (I use it just for focus, but it would also be great if you’re trying to take a partial social media break.)

Over to you, ladies — which are your favorite apps, gadgets, or tools of the moment? 

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Cap Sleeve Crepe Sheath Dress

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

There are tons of nice navy dresses right now in this price range at Nordstrom, and the great thing about this one is that it has these curvy seams down the front (easier to see here). I also like the cap sleeves and the fact that it comes in navy as well as “light strawberry.” Personally, I would wear it with a statement necklace to visually lower the neckline, but that’s me. The petite sizes are sold out except for 10P, but the regular sizes in stock are 2-16. It’s $138 at Nordstrom. Cap Sleeve Crepe Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option in navy.

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Coffee Break: Kharen Flat

wraparound lace flats for workI am liking the trend of ankle-wrap shoes more and more — but I definitely have a preference for a delicate tie intsead of an up-your-leg gladiator/ballerina wrap, and I kind of prefer them in flats or low heels. This simple flat from Born not only looks comfortable and cute for work, but it’s on sale and available in six colors, all marked from $95 to $61.33. The red (pictured) or silver would probably be my favorite, but there are a lot of nice neutrals in there if you’re on the hunt. Kharen Wraparound Lace Flat

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Company GlamourShots: How to Work with a Hair & Makeup Team for Your Company Headshot

Does anyone else remember the GlamourShots trend of, like, 1992? (Ah: apparently the company is still in business!) It was the envy of every high school girl. The idea was that you’d go and get crazy cool makeup, awesome (read: big) hair, a super flattering soft focus, and WHOA: glamour! Well, the trend may be back — for company headshots. Reader S wrote in with a troubling trend: company headshots where they bring in a hair and makeup team to redo your makeup for your professional portrait  Here’s her email:

I just had an insane conversation with some friends from my former law firm. Apparently the firm had a photographer in to take headshots…but also brought in a hair and makeup team. Evidently it was not optional; men and women had to get makeup. They went so far as to pluck one woman’s eyebrows! Our friend who switched firms said the same thing happened at her new job, and in fact they removed and totally redid her makeup for the photo. Is this a thing now? Because it strikes me as totally nuts.

MAN. I HATE THIS. I love being pampered and glammed up as much as the next person, but a) dang it takes a long time if you’ve got a makeup artist who’s really into blending (or straightening! or curling!) or eyebrows or whatever, and b) you don’t always look like yourself when the GlamourShots team is done. I forget which sponsored post it was (maybe my JC Penny video back in the day), but for one of my early “introduce myself to the readers!” shoots I was really upset because when the makeup artist was done with me, I barely looked like myself. I could never quite figure out what was wrong with the makeup — too little eyebrow pencil? too much bronzer? not enough blush? — but it. bugged. me.  I even had a thought at some point that TV personalities/talking heads surely must have some way of ensuring that they have a consistent look, makeup artist to makeup artist — but I could never find anything on point.

Actually, hmmn: one of my newer mom friends, S, used to be a television reporter. Here are her best tips for working with a makeup artist in a professional capacity (assuming you can’t dissuade your company or firm from this course of action):

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Slub Suiting Jacket

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navy slub blazer rebecca taylorOooh: this slub suiting jacket from Rebecca Taylor looks kind of awesome if you want a simple but slightly feminine blazer. I like the puff sleeves (they’re coming back!), the wider lapel, and the shape to it.  Rebecca Taylor has it in navy and a nice light pink, marked from $450 to $279; Bloomingdale’s, Saks, and Neiman Marcus also have the blazer in navy marked to $270. (There are also matching pants on sale at Rebecca Taylor, NordstromNeiman Marcus, or Saks, but annoyingly, no store has a full shot of the pants with the blazer.) Pictured: Slub Suiting Jacket

Here’s a navy blazer in plus and petite plus sizes; this plus size cobalt blazer has a nice fitted look if you want something a bit different.

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Coffee Break: Merona Tote with Pouch

I love the really bright, happy yellow of this tote from Target. I haven’t seen a yellow bag like this in a while — I like the tassel detail and the fact that the center is removable and becomes a little purse on its own. This bag is getting good reviews so far and is only $45. It comes in gray, pink, and the lovely mustard yellow. Merona Tote with Pouch

Right now you can save $15 when you spend $75 at Target on select clothing, shoes, and accessories.

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