Archives for July 2008

10 Things: About the Art Of Saying Goodbye*

how-to-end-internship-on-great-terms*The Pat Benatar song is actually “About the Art of Letting Go,” not saying good bye, but so it goes.

As the summer dwindles for summer classes of future MBAs and JDs, we thought we’d give some advice on how to say goodbye (and hello).

While you’re still working there…

1. Give people a head’s up that your last day is approaching — do your best to set up lunch, coffee, whatever. Until you’ve accepted your offer there is still very much an air of “let’s make the summers happy,” so now would be a good time to approach that Big Wig and see if you can set something up. (Hint: If you’re trying to organize something with the CEO or Executive Partner you may want to try to get a few other summers on board — it’ll be less awkward for you and it’ll be seen as more time-efficient for the Big Wig.) [Read more…]

Tool of the Trade: Shop It To Me

We remember a long, long time ago, when we used to love shopping sale racks. Buying stuff at full price was no challenge, we thought — it was only worthy of purchase if it was at least 66% off. We got some great deals — a pair of Banana Republic pants for $6.99, the perfect black silk blazer for $20, matching pieces of an Ann Taylor evening gown (ball gown and bustier) for $9.99 each. Ah, glory days.

Somewhere along the road, however, we got just a bit too busy to regularly shop the sales, as did many of our friends. And we would sit around and say, man, wouldn’t it be great if we had a personal shopper who could tell us when clothes we liked, in our sizes, went on sale?

Amazingly enough, there is such a service, and it’s free: Shop It To Me. This free online service will e-mail you as frequently as you want (daily, weekly, or a few times a week). You can set your preferences and select brands, sizes, even percentage off.

Personally, we have our e-mails come daily and have our sale markdown set at 60%. At that percentage, the e-mails are usually pretty short, but sometimes they go for pages. It’s like a daily head’s up if there’s a whole new stash of deeply discounted clothes somewhere.

Tuesday’s TPS Report – Kate Spade Kelley

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.

Kate Spade
We love a purple pump — you can wear them with black, navy, blue, gray, beige — and unlike some other colors (green, yellow, we’re looking at you) purple is generally a flattering color against bare legs so you can wear them with skirts as well. We’d even wear these with gray pants and a red, yellow, or green sweater. Available from Zappos for $332. Kate Spade Kelley

360 Review: Rachel Menken of Mad Men

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

This week’s 360 review is in honor of the women of Mad Men, which just began it’s second season last night. (AMC is showing repeats all week if you missed it!) In addition to showing us exactly what sort of daily glamour was par for the course back in 1960, the show also manages to show us the rampant sexism and horrible working conditions for women. It’s a great show; we highly recommend it. One of our favorite characters last season was Rachel Menken, the wealthy daughter of a department store scion (played by Maggie Siff). She’s a modern woman, of sorts — she runs the store, she hires the advertising company, she’s waiting to marry someone she loves. She also has some crazy suits. Let’s take a look…

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Weekly Roundup

Liking these posts? Follow Corporette on Twitter — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale.)

– Women aren’t necessarily leaving the work force for different reasons than men. [The Women’s DISH] But they are fleeing legal careers faster than men! [Vancouver Sun via Ms. JD]

– Ooh, a profile on Carly Fiorina… and her support of McCain. [WSJ]

– What you eat affects your mood (we knew that) as well as your cognitive abilities (didn’t know that). Salmon and beets, anyone? [iVillage]

– If you’re thinking of getting a dog, you may want to consider a mutt rather than a designer dog like a puggle, which can have massive (and expensive) health problems. [ChiTrib]

– Investing idea: buy a foreclosed home. [WSJ]

– Amusing: an article from on the evolution of lunch from summer camp through to partnership. []

– Randomly: A cool website we just found: a Yale-educated former lawyer is blogging (and writing a book) about a year spent making all efforts to be happy. [The Happiness Project]

Suit of the Week: Banana Republic Pinweave Suit

This week, we’re stepping a bit outside our comfort zone: we usually don’t like short-sleeved suits, nor do we like cuffed pant legs. (We just don’t have the height to pull ’em off.) However, we love the simple black and white weave, and we love that there is both a long-sleeved jacket and a short-sleeved jacket with the same fabric (as well as pants and an A-line skirt). The short-sleeved jacket is what caught our eye, actually — the slight puff sleeve, the cinched waist, the upturned collar. We’d also wear the short-sleeved jacket year-round — by itself in summertime, and with a turtleneck or scoopneck sweater beneath it in colder months. The short-sleeved jacket is $150, the pants are on sale for $77, the A-line skirt is $79, and the longer-sleeved jacket is $198. This is the kind of suit we’d wear with a simple black or white t-shirt beneath, and then go for loud accessories like purple shoes or a blue patent belt.