Weekend Round-up

- The first female nominated four-star general gives leadership tips. [Washington Independent]

- Nice article profiling Bonnie Fuller, one of the power women of today. Good quote: “Ms. Fuller is known for her hellacious hours, indifferent people skills and an approach to deadline matters that is more akin to ritual sacrifice than publishing protocol.” (And for continuing to edit while in labor.) [NYT]

- The four parts to an effective thank-you note — and just in time for interview season. [The Simple Dollar via Lifehacker]

- Obama’s got lady troubles. Watch out, sweetie. [WaPo]

- A review of some products designed for the inner klutz: Miss Oops. [The Daily Obsession]

- Yes, we’re trying to kick our Diet Coke addiction also. Here are some tips to help. [Lifehacker]

Above: Photo by Roadsidepictures, courtesy of Flickr.

360 Review: Ellen Parsons

In the 360 Review, Corporette examines a “professional woman”s” attire and critiques it from all perspectives: underling, boss, friend.

ellen parsons fashion(1)We must admit, we stopped watching FX’s series Damages after a particularly preposterous deposition scene. However, we were impressed with Aussie actress Rose Byrne’s portrayal of Ellen Parsons, the naive young lawyer who finds herself playing with wolves. Her style reflects some of her naivete: She seems to think that having absolutely no personality will make her seem professional. Accordingly, most of her choices are either black suits with beige blouses, or occasionally a white shirt with a black blouse. It’s 100% professional — the most daring thing she does is wearing dangly pearl earrings — but given that her brutal boss, played by Glenn Close, dons them in half of her scenes it could be another example of Parsons towing the line. [Read more...]

Monday’s TPS: LV Epi Leather Alma bag in Grenade

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Happy Monday!  Not so happy?  Perhaps you feel like you’ve been kicked in the head already?  Yeah, us too.  But, good news!  This is a four day work-week!  Woo hoo!  Still, you’re going to need sustenance to make it through the week, and we suggest this little ditty, to your right.  Louis Vuitton bags have long been classic; the Alma bag is particularly favored among business women.  Made of durable and luxurious Epi leather; it’s large enough to fit all your technology, a large paperback, a huge sunglasses case, and more. This season they have two limited edition colors, Grenade (at right) and a darker purple, Cassis.  We’re sure both would be surprisingly versatile — after all, what can’t you wear purple with?   Available at Eluxury.com for $1,240. Louis Vuitton – Epi Leather Alma – Grenade.

Steal a Trick From… an 11 Year Old

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In this new feature we’ll suggest a lifestyle trick you should steal from a different walk of life.

Do you have wavy hair that never looks quite right unless you’ve spent about an hour under the blowdryer wrastling with a roundbrush? This is a special kind of hell when you’ve got an early meeting with a client or otherwise have to look professional before you’re fully awake. Here’s a tip: Take a shower the night before and, after your hair dries slightly (i.e., no longer dripping), add some gel to it. Then, French braid your hair.

Yes, you heard us right. In fact, if you have thick hair (or a side part) we’d suggest French braiding pigtails into your hair. You may not have French-braided your hair (or worn pigtails) since you were in grade school, but when dry, your hair will be perfectly wavy. (Which, depending on the length of your hair and the level of professionalism of the meeting, you can then pull back into a low ponytail or barrette or just wear it loose). You get to wake up in the morning, undo the braids, and run off to your meeting without a care in the world about your hair.

How to French Braid Hair [YouTube]

Weekly Roundup

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Geox Women's Stefany Ballerina Flat
– The Chicago Tribune asks, why must comfortable shoes be so ugly? We like the story of the woman who thought about changing into flip flops to cross the street. [Chicago Trib] At left: We’ve heard great things about these shoes being comfortable, and we can vouch that they are not ugly. Geox Women’s Stefany Ballerina Flat, $109 at Endless

- Happy days: an article about the misogyny women on Wall Street face. [WSJ]

- We’re not sure a makeup trick has ever “changed our lives,” but these women disagree. [GirlsInTheBeautyDepartment]

- Breaking:  Dark under-eye circles could be a sign that you’ve been working too much OR, it turns out, of iron deficiency.  Take a cue from Pop-Eye the Sailorman: Eat your spinach! (Or steak!) [HungryGirl]

- The 9 best-selling cars for women drivers. [LAT]

- Tips on how to save money and not get killed with baggage fees. [SmartMoney]

- The 7 Must-Read Stock Blogs. [TheMotley Fool]

- Hmmn, this may be a new thing to add to our LeechBlock: Polyvore, an online site where you can mix and match outfits. [Fashionista]

Bargain Friday’s TPS – Old Navy Corsica Blue Tee

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Women: Women's Cap-Sleeve Tees - Blue Corsica
Sometimes, things don’t need to be complicated for the office, and a simple t-shirt will do wonders under a suit. In our experience, if you’re a fan of white shirts, you should go for something slightly more expensive — but if you’re a fan of darker shirts, Old Navy is your place. This place defines guilt-free purchases. Our tip: stay away from prints if you’re purchasing stuff for the office — it’s a bit more recognizable than your basic t-shirt. For $10, we love this happy blue t-shirt — we particularly like the shirring along the shoulder. Available in gray, as well. Women: Women’s Cap-Sleeve Tees – Blue Corsica