Weekly Roundup — Happy Halloween!

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- Oh, good — a sexy prosecutor outfit, available for $64.99.  But wait, isn’t that what we all dress like every day, anyway?  [buycostumes.com]

– Christina Binkley (WSJ fashion reporter) waxes poetic about the power of her St. John suit. [WSJ]

– Is rank unfeminine?  Do women have problems “assimilating” to law firm hierarchy?  [Ms.JD]

– Yet another addition of Blackberry: Tips and Tricks.  [Banker's Ball]

– So cute: a teeny tiny flash drive that holds up to 8 GB.  Who needs a briefcase when you can have one of these? [Best Bets Daily]

– Fashionista muses about shame shopping, and then celebrates the fact that Net-a-Porter will send you stuff in unmarked boxes.

– Learn how to declutter your life in 5-, 10-, and 15-minute increments.  [Unclutterer]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: New York and Co.’s City Stretch Shirt

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.
City Stretch Shirt - Plaid
New York and Company’s cotton-spandex shirts are great basics to keep in your closet — the touch of spandex means not only that they’re forgiving but also, in our experiences, that you can sometimes forgo the iron. They’re having a sale right now, too, on all of their city stretch shirts — most are marked to $25, with a special sale where if you buy one you get the second one 75% off. So you could get 2 blouses for under $33 — not bad if you’re growing your wardrobe. We like this great blue plaid number — it’s on trend with the resurgence of plaid without being lumberjack-like. City Stretch Shirt – Plaid

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Photo credit:  air mail, originally uploaded to Flickr by ‘smil.

Poll Results: Not many will admit to napping, even though it’s good for you!

Wow — in what was one of our most unpopular polls ever, we asked last week whether people nap at the office and whether they have a system to it.  The poll is still open, but the initial results were split pretty much in thirds:

– 32% said that yes, you had napped at the office more than once

– 30% denied ever napping

– 38% said they’d only napped once and weren’t proud of it.

As various articles report, napping for just 20 minutes can increase your productivity by clearing your mind’s clutter, as well as improving memory, stamina, and motor skills.  One article even weighs the different benefits of naps lasting anywhere from 2 seconds to 90 minutes.  Some companies are even installing “sleep pods” to help their workers recharge:

http://www.healthylivingnyc.com/article/123

Some articles to consider, if you’re not currently napping:

Photo credit:  Cat nap, originally uploaded to Flickr by Mr. Miyagi. Note that there’s actually a difference between a cat nap (which one does on a lazy Sunday) and a power nap (which one might do at your office).

Thursday’s TPS Report: Halogen Pattern Cashmere Cardigan

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 love this cashmere cardigan from Nordstrom’s Halogen line. The cashmere won’t be top notch for this price, but the print is adorable — fun and lively, with just enough of a vertical bent to be flattering as well — and the colors are young and fresh. Wear it with a collared shirt, as shown, or perhaps with a black shell beneath it for the office. We’d add a more traditional piece of jewelry, like good pearls, to complete the look. It’s available at Nordstrom’s website for $98. Halogen Pattern Cashmere Cardigan

Deal Alert! Dillards

Dillards, which very rarely has sales, has some great ones going on right now.  Some selections, below.

Tahari by ASL Beaded Sleeveless Dress, now on sale for $64.72 Antonio Melani “Reardon” Jacket, now on sale for $83.58 Calvin Klein Satin Gown, now $80.50 (in black and brown)

(If you want to see everything on sale, go to the Dillards home page, search on “sale”, and then go to the category of stuff you want to look at.)