Maybe you’ve been curious about the over-the-knee boot trend. Maybe you’ve even zeroed in on the well-reviewed Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots, which everyone says are amazing. But: $600 (plus tax) can be a lot to spend on trendy weekend wear. So I was excited to see this much (much) (much!) cheaper version at ShoeDazzle. I ordered a pair myself and would say the materials and comfort levels are what you’d expect from a budget shoe, but it’s a great way to tip your toe in the waters and see if you like/wear the style. The boots were $50, but are now on sale for $35. Kimia boots
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- The Careerist ponders whether tights (even colored tights?) are acceptable with open-toed shoes (and quotes me!). Meanwhile, Fashion Pulse Daily has the scoop on fleece lined tights under $10.
- SheFinds rounds up some of the best beauty hacks.
- Road Warriorette has five tips for people about to take their first business trip.
- Ask a Manager is asking her readers for the coolest Excel tips they know. Funnily enough, I barely used Excel at all until a few years ago when I got staffed on a miserable reinsurance case, but now I use it almost every day, and it’s MS Word that I hardly ever open up. Readers, are you on the Excel-is-awesome train yet?
- Speaking of BigLaw, Above the Law has the scoop on bonus season. (Those of you lucky enough to get a bonus this season, you may want to check out our prior advice on the best resources for financial newbies, as well as this specific post on when to save versus when to pay down debt.)
- Finally, Lifehacker tells you how to peel an orange (this sounds brilliant, if it works; I haven’t tried it yet) and POPSUGAR Smart Living rounds up a million different uses for vodka (including using vodka to get smells out, something we’ve discussed before).
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Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive (yet not trashy) way to “festive” up your regular working wardrobe, I’m really digging this black-on-black sequin dot cardigan from New York & Company, also available in white and blue. The black on black, in particular, seems fun and holiday-like, without being totally inappropriate for work. The site is offering “buy one get one 50% off,” which I think extends to all of their Chelsea cardigans — you may also want to take a look at the lace version, which I also like a lot. By itself, the sweater is $50. Chelsea Cardigan Sequin Dot
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...]