Weekly Roundup

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- Ye Gods: Talk about an amazing suit (pictured at left). [Rare Vintage]

- Jezebel wonders what role fashion should have in the conversations about Democratic National Convention.

- Dream big:  establish a solid morning and evening routine to be a more productive and happy you.  [Zen Habits]

- We are not alone in our love for Microsoft’s OneNote — good to know!  (We really must do a “Tool of the Trade” about that program.)  [Lifehacker]  Ooh, and you can get it (and the rest of Microsoft’s latest products) super cheap if you have an .edu address.  [Lifehacker]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: DKNY Jeans Split-Neck Pintuck-Yoke 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.

We’re liking this split-neck top from DKNY, on sale at Macy’s for $24.  It could look appropriate under a suit or with nice trousers (possibly with a tank top underneath to add opaqueness and raise the neckline a bit) — but it’s great for transitioning to a more casual night, because it will also look great with jeans.  Available at Macy’s on sale for $24 (was $49).  DKNY Jeans Split-Neck Pintuck-Yoke Top

Fall Makeup Trends For the Office

Corporette would like to welcome its first guest blogger today — Marina from Makeup Loves Me!

having a finished face makes the difference between a great outfit wearing you and the whole office thinking you look fantastic.

i am absolutely head-over-heels for the high drama makeup looks for this fall (lancome’s piha red and piha black lip colors are pretty much all i think about), but i know you working girls may be conflicted about whether these dark, goth-inspired looks are office-friendly.  to take editorial looks and make them work at 10am requires a little bit of negotiation, but it can (and should!) be done.

runway turned coffee run:
undone updos – no time to blow dry?  just finger comb your hair into a not-too-tight bun and get to work already!  lately i’ve been loving the genius behind ricky’s bungee cords for securing my updos – they’re the best combination of hair elastic and bobby pin in one.

matte makeup – this is probably the easiest fall trend to bring straight into the office.  shiny makeup is usually a corporate no-no, so thank the makeup gods for bring 1994′s shimmerless shades for eyes, cheeks and lips back. clinique’s modern matte line is matte nirvana.  not sure where to start?  their stone violet shadow is universally flattering.  

a black glossy lip – the mega dark lips that have been gracing magazine spreads clearly really convey “i’m so professional!” (unless your profession is dominatrix, then, rock those black lips) but take that hue down to a cherry shade, and you’ve got the perfect addition to your look for after work drinks.  carefully swiping on a darker lippie for your “wine-down” takes 2 minutes and can change your whole look.  no matter what your skin tone, check MAC’s cult of cherry collection.

“nude” cheeks – you should never actually leave your cheeks completely bare, but beige has been the word in cheek color for the coming season.  three custom color’s wallflower is your best better than bare pick.

woodsy fragrance – the cooler air means heavier, more senual fragrances are in order.  changing to a fragrance that is a bit heavier, but one that you are still comfortable is a perfect shift, particularly because scent is subliminal.  collegues who see (and smell) you everyday will know something is different but they may not be able to put their finger on it.

and no matter what you do, enjoy fall 2008; it promises great things for beauty and fashion.  if you haven’t yet, please come visit me for all the latest is beauty at makeuplovesme.com.

Like what you’ve read about?  Much of the makeup above is available at Nordstrom — links below:

Thursday’s TPS Report – INC’s Short-Sleeved Cowl-Neck Sweater

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.

Short-sleeved sweaters are great for transition weather, and this one is a great update on a basic — the little ruched bit under the cowl, the puffed sleees ending with the band, the ribbed hem — we like it all. (Is it just us, though, or does the model look a bit alarmed? Anyway.) Available in green, purple, and black, from Macy’s, for $59. INC International Concepts Short-Sleeved Cowl-Neck Sweater

Deal Alert — Great sales at Nordstrom

Some great deals to be had at Nordstrom, including new 40% markdowns on shoes.  Some suggested purchases…

Pour la Victoire 'Prudence' Pump, was $164 now $98

Rebecca Taylor Mini Tweed Pants, was $275 now $110

Belle by Sigerson Morrison '5364' Flat, Was $310 now $185

Save 40% or more on shoes. Shop NORDSTROM

Suit of the Week: BCBGMAXAZRIA

For this week’s suit of the week, we’re loving BCBG’s menswear inspired tribute, the Nika suit. We lurve the fit, as well as the tiny details like the layered hem and collar (they’re different without being frou-frou, which is so necessary in a suit).  The Nika jacket is $318 in viscose and $338 in wool, and the Daria pant is $218.  (For some reason the website has the 2 jackets and matching pant in 3 different colors, none of which match — check your local BCBG store for the actual items.)