Weekly Roundup

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conan best moments- This week’s roundup is fairly depressing, so here’s something that isn’t: Gothamist rounded up some of the best moments from Conan O’Brien’s farewell Late Night show (he’s taking over Jay Leno’s show in a few months.) [Gothamist]

- Would the stock market crashed if there hadn’t quite been so much testosterone on Wall Street? [The Washington Post via World of Wealth]

- Is the recession hitting women harder? PWC is doing a survey. [The Glass Hammer]

- Lifehacker offers advice on how to conduct yourself if you’re laid off. [Lifehacker]

- Finally: we’ve never bought eyeglasses on the Internet, but there are apparently great deals to be had if you do! [Lifehacker]

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Banana Republic’s Geo-Print Tulip Skirt

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.

Banana Republic’s Geo-Print Tulip SkirtWe like the fun geometric print on this skirt, in the shape of the season: the tulip.  Tulip skirts, while not for everyone, are a nice way to mix up a working wardrobe, and the price is certainly right on this one: it’s marked down to $39.99 at Banana Republic.  Because the print is a bit on the loud side, we’d wear it with all black at the office — perhaps a slim-fitting black sweater or twinset and simple accessories.  Women: Geo-print tulip skirt – Black combo

Thursday’s TPS Report: Anthropologie’s Friendly Terrain 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.

Anthropologie’s Friendly Terrain CardiganWe like this cheerful cardigan from Anthropologie for a casual Friday in the spring. At work, we’d wear it with wide-legged navy trousers, a white crewneck knit top, and pearls — then that evening we’d wear it with jeans and something lower-cut for wine and cheese with friends. Available for $98. Friendly Terrain Cardigan

Suit of the Week

This is a great basic suit for spring, summer, and fall — we love the double-edged collar, the darts for shaping, and the simple and clean skirt. The “acorn” color is a nice counterpart to white or pastel shirts in the spring and darker blues and blacks in the summer and fall. We’d even try it with a simple red t-shirt or blouse if we were feeling a bit saucy. The jacket is available at Dillards for $199 (Antonio Melani “Oceana” Jacket) and the skirt is available for $119 (Antonio Melani “Perch” Skirt).

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Tools of the Trade: Cute Office Supplies

cute office suppliesNo doubt, your employer provides you with plenty of office supplies. Manilla folders galore — great for giving a report a nice crisp look when you give it to your superior. Plain yellow Post-Its, legal pads, Bic pens — it’s all great for meetings and other stuff you must turn in. But for the stuff you keep in your office for your own reference and filings, it makes sense to upgrade to something nicer (prettier), both to make specific folders easier to find and to brighten your own day when dealing with office drudgery. Along those lines, Office Max was kind enough to send us some of their “private label” supplies to review. [Read more...]

Wednesday’s TPS Report: DKNYC Short-Sleeve Dress with Elastic Belt

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.

DKNYC Short-Sleeve Dress with Elastic Belt 2You cannot go wrong with basic black, and this is nearly a perfect summer dress for an office cocktail party.  The short sleeves give you coverage, while the wide v-neck adds some (ladylike) intrigue — and the on-seam pockets give you a place to stick your coatcheck stub or building pass.  We’d probably swap out the belt for something more luxurious, and perhaps accessorize with a brooch and some colorful pumps.  It’s $129 at Macy’s.  DKNYC Short-Sleeve Dress with Elastic Belt