Weekend Open Thread

Donna Karan Chiffon Metallic Tweed Skirt | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I am not a fan of beading and sequins. (I guess that’s a good thing — I just read that beading can often be indicative of child labor?) So I really like this non-beaded but sparkly (metallic tweed!) and slightly floaty (chiffon godets!) skirt, from Donna Karan.  I like the longer length to it, and the fact that it can be gussied up or down — wear it with something simple like a turtleneck or festive blazer for an office party… wear it with something fun like a sexy tank top for a dinner date.  The sale is also pretty amazing: the skirt was $1,295, but is currently marked to $317 at Last Call. Donna Karan Chiffon Metallic Tweed Skirt

Here’s a plus-size version (also in regular sizes), as well as another more affordable version.

Psst: Happy Halloween, everyone!

Weekly News Update

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  • Do you work in a cubicle that’s just … sad? Wired wants to see it.
  • Ever wonder how Rent the Runway cleans ALL those dresses to be ready for the next customer? Fast Company finds out.
  • This piece in Fast Company advises women that to succeed in business they need to speak up and grab the spotlight.
  • If your to-do list never gets shorter, only longer, check out this Washington Post story about catching up.
  • The Wall Street Journal talks about the paid, mini sabbaticals that some workplaces are offering.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut asks who actually gets empowered by women’s empowerment events.
  • The Mary Sue reports on a study that suggests men feel a blow to their self-esteem when women around them are successful.
  • Wired provides a “more buzz-killing, underreported set of facts” about women freezing their eggs.
  • Fortune talks to Sallie Krawcheck and Dambisa Moyo about strategic networking.
  • May none of you ever need to use this trick, but Buzzfeed tells the story of a patient and savvy 911 dispatcher who helped a victim of domestic violence when she had the excellent idea to get help by disguising her 911 call as a pizza order.
  • Need an easy, last-minute costume? Check out suggestions (Regina George!) from PopSugar Smart Living.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress

Dorothy Perkins Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been seeing a lot of what I’ll call the “mullet” trend with dresses, pants, even blazers — it’s one color on the front and another color on the back.  I’m not a fan of this, in general… and yet, I love this teal notch neck dress from Dorothy Perkins, which incorporates that element (at least, the upper back of the dress is all black).  I like the dark teal color with tiny polka dots, I like that it’s machine washable, and I like that it’s 110 cm long (43″). I also like that it’s $44, full price. Happy Friday!  Dorothy Perkins Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress

The pictured dress comes in sizes 4-18, but here’s a few plus size options that are similar: here and here.

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Coffee Break: Southport Avenue Cameron Bag

Kate Spade Southport Avenue Cameron | CorporetteOooh: I like this pretty tote from Kate Spade, now on a pretty steep (50%) discount. I like the interior pockets, the fun lining, the feet, and the fact that it zippers on top — all very important! It’s available in gray, beige, and black, for $224 at Kate Spade New York (final sale, alas). Kate Spade Southport Avenue Cameron

CRMs, Business Development Trackers, and Other Organizing Fun

How to Keep Track of Business Development Efforts | Corporette How can you track business development efforts, beyond traditional CRM (customer relationship management) software programs?  We’ve talked about how to build a book of business, but not how to organize those attempts.  Here’s reader EJ’s question:

I have accepted a new job that will involve less billable hours and more business development. I would like to keep track of new contacts made (even if it does not translate into business immediately) and business development generally (lunches attended/seminars/conferences) so that come my review, I can show my efforts and, hopefully, the tangible benefits. Can Corporette readers recommend any specific type of app/software to keep track of this kind of work and the results? Obviously, I will record all of my time in the usually way but I was hoping to use some sort of software/app to collect the data and the results. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Great question, and congrats to EJ on the new job!  I can suggest a few things here, but I’m curious to hear what readers say…

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Admin Question: Redesign

corporette redesignI mentioned this in yesterday’s SOTW thread, but thought I’d ask in a bigger post — I’m in the beginning stages of starting to think of refreshing the design for the blog and thought I’d see if anyone has any favorite blogs or websites that they LOVE the design of (so I can see if their designer is available for hire, and otherwise get ideas).  It doesn’t have to be similar in style to this blog, just an intelligently designed website.  Thank you guys in advance for your thoughts!

(Pictured: our original logo and color scheme, just for kicks.)