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Coffee Break: Francis Ballet Flat

This Sam Edelman flat looks like it was inspired by the popular Chloe flat — but it has a much more affordable price. (Also check out this flat from the same brand, which we’ve featured before in our guide to the most comfortable ballet flats for work.) The pictured shoe is at Amazon in 12 colors for as low as $47.99, and it’s also at 6pm, and at Shopbop in Havana Red (which isn’t available at the other stores mentioned). Sam Edelman‘s website has it marked down to $59.99 in a lot of colors. Francis Ballet Flat

(Psst: Flats are great, but have you checked out our guide to comfortable heels for work?) 

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: ‘Wandee’ Colorblock D-Ring Sheath Dress

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This awesome colorblock dress from Ted Baker is like a basic blouse with a skirt but for the exposed zipper in the back pulling it together. I like the elbow-length sleeves, the grosgrain ribbon trim, and the goldtone hardware. It can either be dry cleaned or hand washed cold, and it’s $315 at Nordstrom in sizes 0-5 (00-14). ‘Wandee’ Colorblock D-Ring Sheath Dress

Two lower-priced options are here and here; two plus-size options are here and here.

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Weekend Open Thread

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I recently posted about this product from Alterna on CorporetteMoms, but it’s worth sharing here as well! (Hat-tip to the readers who recommended it!) It’s works really well for my wavy, curly hair — it leaves my curls soft and smelling great. The 2.5-oz. size is $26 at Nordstrom, which seems like a good price. It’s also at Sephora, which has a 1-oz. size, and Amazon for a bit less. Caviar Anti-Aging CC Cream for Hair

Psst: I’ve heard a lot of good things about this brand of “travel/sport undies” if you happen to be in the market…

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Weekly News Update

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  • Racked announced that the classic Nars’ Orgasm blush will expand to lipstick, liquid blush, and a limited-edition compact with the original blush ($28-$30).
  • MM.Fleur announced that in late May, it will begin offering sizes 14W-22W.
  • The Washington Post reports on a study about mean bosses and what they’re really feeling and thinking.
  • Fast Company looks at impostor syndrome and its various types.
  • Women’s Health tells you about five unusual ways to relieve stress.
  • Harvard Business Review reports on research soon to be published that looks at the trade-off high-achieving women face due to the fact that many men prefer women who are less ambitious than they are (sigh).
  • New York magazine’s The Cut ponders pregnancy tests.
  • The Huffington Post shares some Twitter reactions to Sally Yates’ excellent performance last week.
  • Elle looks at the character of Serena Joy in Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, The Onion has a story about a woman getting promoted.
  • Our quote of the week: “The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin (please feel free to share the pin below!)

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Drape Sleeveless Blouse

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This is your basic shell sleeveless blouse, but I like that it’s only $20 (huzzah!), and I like the little button at the back — it gives it a bit of a nicer look. Reviewers at Uniqlo’s site love it and say it doesn’t wrinkle, is good for layering, and keeps you cool in hot weather. We’re featuring it in olive but it also comes in mustard yellow and off-white and navy in sizes XS-XL. Drape Sleeveless Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option for $23.

(If you’re a fan of jumpsuits, whether for work or play, this $29 jumpsuit has tons of great reviews and has an interesting half-tuck look I haven’t seen too many other places.)

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Coffee Break: Hummingbird Skull Print Silk Scarf

I don’t know if they’ve jumped the shark or not, but I still find myself wanting an Alexander McQueen skull scarf. This ivory and sky blue one is just so different from what I’d normally think of a skull scarf as looking like — it’s kind of cheeky and fun. If you wear to work, depending on how tightly you wrap it the people you work with probably won’t even notice the skulls unless they’re familiar with McQueen’s work (or, you may just want to skip it — know your office). The scarf is $385 at Nordstrom (and available in black/pink at both Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus). Hummingbird Skull Print Silk Scarf

Nordstrom also has some slightly more affordable McQueen styles: the chiffon skull scarf in six colors ($295; fall collection pre-order) and this silk crepe skull scarf in three colors ($245).

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