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...]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Theory Jewel Top

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.

Theory Jewel Top

This Theory Jewel top is great for under a suit or over some wide trousers: slightly different but still your basic tee. It’s got a balloon edge at the bottom hem, and is semi-sheer near the clavicle. Available in white (which we’re sure you’d wear all the time with navy or brown suits) and orange red (pictured). Was $225, available (final sale) from ShopBop for $67.
Theory Jewel Top

Suit of the Week: DvF Windowpane Suit

This week’s Suit of the Week is a wool/cotton blend from Diane von Furstenberg. We love the fucshia windowpane pattern on the otherwise demure gray wool, as well as the structure of the jacket and the general quality craftsmanship one gets with a DvF garment. The ‘Etta’ jacket is available for $345, and the ‘Burnes’ pants are available for $280, both from Nordstrom.


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Wednesday’s TPS Report – Suzabelle Krona Dress

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.

Suzabelle Krona Dress
We love the simple details on this Krona dress, like the wide collar, the ruching, and the piping on the body and sleeves.  (Slightly sexy, yes, but the demure hemline and the ballet sleeves keep it appropriate for the office.) We expect it would be particularly flattering on curvy, high-waisted girls. Available at Couture Candy for $155, available in khaki/white (pictured) and mushroom/black. Suzabelle Krona Dress

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