We’ve featured this bag before, but since the large jet-set tote rarely goes on sale in basic colors (at least so far as I’ve been watching it), I thought I’d post. The bag is a great basic — Saffiano leather to hide scratches, lots of interior dividers, and big enough for lots of stuff (14.5″W x 10.25″ H x 6″D). It’s available in black, coffee, “luggage,” and white. Nordstrom is offering 25% off only through 12/9, bringing the price from $278 down to $208.50. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Large Travel Tote
Congratulations to the winner of the Lo & Sons giveaway — we’ll be contacting you later today! For everyone else, remember that the code CORPORETTEHOLIDAYS is good through the end of December for 25% off — happy holidays to everyone!
If you’re new in the field, should you expect your boss to introduce you to her contacts and take you to networking events? How can you ask her to start helping you network? Reader S wonders…
I’m new in my career in a small office and my boss is well established in our field. She has wonderful contacts and is a member of many associations and groups. I had hoped my boss would take me under her wing a little and be a great mentor as I learn the ropes. Unfortunately, I have not be invited to join her at any of these events. Is it appropriate to ask to be introduced to her network and to accompany her to events? I don’t want her to feel threatened that I’m looking for better opportunities, but I think it’s important to get to know the industry players as well.
Great question, S! We’ve talked about how to network when you’re junior, how to get networking help from an adjunct professor, how to network at a conference, and how to know which networking organizations to join, but we haven’t talked about this before. [Read more...]
Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Both Amazon and Bloomingdale’s have this pretty and colorful sheath dress marked down to $72. I like the wide V, and the unusual blend of colors — I might try it with a navy blazer or sweater, and perhaps a long necklace. The dress was $148, but is now marked to $72 (and I think you can take an additional 25% off with code 25CLTH12 at checkout); it is eligible for Prime shipping. T Tahari Coral Dress
For busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.
A subdued but colorful suit can be hard to find, which is part of the reason I’m so excited about this Reiss suit — I love that blue. In addition, the seaming details on the jacket and the dress look flattering and interesting, and the wool/mohair mix sounds warm. (Annoyingly, the trousers shown don’t seem to be in stock online — call the store if you’re really interested.) The jacket (Aisha Ink Panel Detail Fitted Jacket Bright Navy) is $500, and the dress (Abbi Fay Tailored Dress) is $360.
This may well be one of those moments where I’m the insane one, but here’s a question for today’s open thread: how do you apply mascara? I’ll admit: I haven’t done a total survey of the field here, but every YouTube makeup tutorial I’ve ever seen has women applying mascara as the very last step when they’re done with their makeup — and some of them even curl their lashes after the mascara is on them. But what I do is completely different, and over dinner with a girlfriend recently we wound up having a 30 minute conversation about it, so I thought it might be interesting to ask the readers.
(Pictured: For those of you really into mascara, the Sephora “Lash Stash” gift set is a must — $145 worth of mascaras for $45. It’s limited edition for the holidays.)
For my $.02: I don’t know if it’s the shape of my eyes or the length of my lashes, but I always, always, always get mascara on my eyelids. Always. (I would describe my lashes as being of average thickness and average length (maybe a teeny bit longer than most?) but with no natural curl to them whatsoever — their natural tendency is to point down; my eye lids are fleshy enough that not a lot of my lower lid is exposed in general.) Something about this combo means I get mascara all over my lid — so if I were to apply mascara the very last step of my routine, I would totally screw up my eye makeup. Instead, for me mascara is one of the very first steps, generally right after I put my concealer under my eyes. For those of you interested in my routine, here it is, in all of its gory detail: [Read more...]