Sponsored: Sole Society’s Great Collection of Work-Appropriate Flats, Heels, and More

sole society screenshot.indexedDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Sole Society, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

I’ve been intrigued by Sole Society since 2011, when the brand was founded by the HauteLook team as a subscription shoe club.  (It was spun into a separate company a few months later, and they’ve since dropped the subscription aspect — they’re now just a regular eCommerce site.)  They currently offer shoes designed by Sole Society, French Connection, Lucky Brand, Matisse, and Vince Camuto.  Note that shipping and returns are free, but in order to get a refund on your credit card (versus store credit) they charge a $7.95 restocking fee per item returned.  (Some Sole Society shoes are available at some Nordstrom locations.)

Meanwhile, I continue to drool over half of Sole Society’s stock — they have a ton of professional, work-appropriate heels, and — even rarer! — a ton of fun but appropriate flats (many with straps, too).  Some of the gorgeous pieces I’m dying over (all with rave reviews on the site):

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Tales from the Wallet: What’s Worth the Splurge (And What Isn’t)

When to Splurge, When to Save | CorporetteSomething that I’ve wanted to do for a while is talk about what’s worth the “splurge” (on a big or small level) versus what’s NOT worth the splurge. For example: I always joke that life is too short for cheap liquor and cheap toilet paper. On the flip side, I rarely notice the difference with a “fine” wine (ahem), and “good” coffee is wasted on me also — Folgers is just fine for my one cup a day. At the grocery store, I often buy store brands (or whatever’s cheapest).

On a day to day level, my cleaning lady (who now comes once a fortnight) is non-negotiable and an absolute essential (we love you Olga!), and I will give up other splurges (such as frequent dinners out) to keep room for her in the budget. (Pictured:  Fossil ‘Key-Per’ Wristlet, was $40, now $29.98.)

On a grander level, I think education is worth the splurge if other factors align; in other words, the more expensive program may be worth it if it offers enhanced networking capabilities / alumni base / career services / etc. In terms of housing, I’ve always prioritized living space over location or amenities (e.g., I’ve never lived in a glitzy apartment building in a super chic area but rather the largest apartment I could get in the safest area near where I wanted to live).

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Navy Lightweight Wool V-Neck Sheath

Banana Republic Navy Lightweight Wool V-Neck Sheath | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader E wrote in to recommend this dress, noting: “I just tried on this dress in the store, and it’s amazing! The model does not do it justice… probably because it looks better on curvy figures. The neckline is a bit low but otherwise it looks and feels great, and I love a dress with sleeves. I just had to share!” It looks gorgeous, and a simple wool/spandex sheath dress with sleeves can be hard to find. It was $150, but is currently marked $135. Banana Republic Navy Lightweight Wool V-Neck Sheath

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Coffee Break: Madison Leather Small Phoebe Shoulder Bag

Coach Madison Leather Small Phoebe Shoulder Bag | CorporetteThis Coach bag is one of Zappos’ best sellers, and it’s easy to see why — it’s available in 12 bright colors and has none of the logo madness that Coach has been known for in recent years. The 52 glowing reviews speak of sumptuous leather and intelligent organization — lovely. The light pink ruby (pictured) is on sale for $286.40, as is a fun orange “mandarin” color; the rest are full price at $358. (6pm also has a beige snakeskin print on sale for $238, and Amazon has a zillion colors for $150-$528.) Nordstrom also has several colors (and another 53 glowing reviews). Coach Madison Leather Small Phoebe Shoulder Bag

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Rewarding Yourself for a Job Well Done

Rewarding Yourself for a Job Well Done | CorporetteWhat are some good ways to treat yourself for a job well done? Reader L wonders how best to reward herself with a fun splurge…

I just learned that I received a huge promotion at work, for which I’ve been working very hard for a very long time. I would like to do something special for myself to celebrate, and was thinking about splurging on something as a reward. Many of my male colleagues will do something like buy a very nice watch for such a promotion, but I’m not really interested in that. What other options would you suggest? For example, I thought investing in a really nice handbag might be an option, or I’m also considering going on a bucket list trip somewhere exotic. I would love to hear your suggestions and those of other readers, and while I know this is a very personal decision, I thought it could make for a great discussion.

Great question, Reader L (and congratulations)! We’ve talked about how to celebrate a win, and even the splurges I thought were worth the money, but this is always a fun topic.

Given Reader L’s particular question, though, I have to say: TAKE THE TRIP IF YOUR SCHEDULE WILL ALLOW! A lot of readers noted that I didn’t include trips on my list of “best splurges,” but my schedule back then was always way too busy to fit in a bucket list trip (ditto for my friends’ schedules at the time). Material goods like watches usually won out over experiences. (Even if you can’t go out of town, though, I suppose you can always schedule a pampering spa day at a fancier hotel in your city.)

Readers — do you reward yourselves with travel and materialistic splurges, or do you celebrate work successes by treating yourself in other ways? 

(Pictured: Bali Paradise, originally uploaded to Flickr by Sean McGrath.)

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Short-Sleeve Chevron-Print Shell

Vince Short-Sleeve Chevron-Print Shell | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I was going to do a post on this other Vince blouse, which I also love and comes in a million colors, but I love this one so much that I almost don’t want to post it so I can stalk it till it goes on sale. I think the chevron peacock coloring is gorgeous yet classic at the same time, and while the other blouse has a slouchy elegance to it, this one could be worn in a modern way (with ankle or cigarette pants, for example) or in a traditional way (tucked in as part of a regular suit). I’d go with a bright white pop from pearls at the neckline. It’s $295 at Neiman Marcus. Vince Short-Sleeve Chevron-Print Shell

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