Archives for November 2010

Coffee Break: Black Agate, Ruby & Diamond Sterling Silver Earrings

20 5/8 Carat Black Agate, Ruby & Diamond Sterling Silver EarringsIce.com has been on my mind lately,* so I “wandered” over to the site today to check it out — and fell in love with these gorgeous black agate, ruby, and diamond sterling silver earrings. They’re beautiful without being blingy, and — bestill my beating heart! — have a comfortable leverback instead of a post. Regularly $150, they’re $125 today with an extra 20% off deal that Ice.com is offering. 20 5/8 Carat Black Agate, Ruby & Diamond Sterling Silver Earrings

* I had noticed a Living Social deal for 50% off ice.com — which, alas, has ended by now. Congrats to everyone who got it, though!  If you haven’t seen our round-up of the flash sales and group-buying sites, check it out here.

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Looking Young — or Acting Young?

A firm handshake, originally uploaded to Flickr by afagen

2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to act older, but you may want to check out The Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women.

Reader K asks a great question that comes up, sadly, altogether too often — looking too young to get the job.

I am a 31-year-old female attorney who graduated from a top law school in 2008, went biglaw, and got laid off. I’ve had several interviews with great feedback about my resume and my presentation, but no offers. I recently met with a consultant who said I look too young to trust with bet-the-company matters. I might look 25. I need a power look. I have great skin because I haven’t had a tan in 16 years, and I wear there-but-light makeup. I’m tall and slim, and I have light mousy brown, layered hair that is bra-length in back. I usually wear glasses, but not to interviews. My interview outfit is a lightweight black wool pantsuit with a little feminine detail, oxford pumps, tiny hoops, my wedding band, and a semi-statement necklace. I’m willing to cut or dye my hair, but not to have a bad haircut. Please help me look older.

We’ve talked about acne on the job, as well as whether long hair makes you look too young — but there must be more here because your outfit sounds fine (and I’m not about to recommend you get a Mom cut in order to look order). I recently attended a conference where a number of senior, extremely accomplished women lawyers spoke — many of whom looked young (such as, wow, how can she have accomplished all that and still be early 30s? oh, she’s 49? oh-kay). However, they all carried themselves with gravitas, and spoke with authority — so perhaps those are issues we should talk about today.  (Pictured above: A firm handshake, originally uploaded to Flickr by afagen.)

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Leopard-Striped Cashmere Sweater

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Leopard-Striped Cashmere SweaterI am loving the look of this cashmere sweater, on deep discount at Last Call by Neiman Marcus. The diagonal stripes are interesting (as is the fact that they’re a leopard print!) but the sweater itself is a subdued gray with a high crewneck. Lovely. I’d wear it with pearls and a pencil skirt, or perhaps a black scarf, knotted at the neck. It’s now $160 (was $299), still available in sizes M-XL. Leopard-Striped Cashmere Sweater

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Coffee Break: Barbarella Pump Wave

Rockport Women's Barbarella Pump WaveI saw this shoe mentioned somewhere recently as one of the highest-rated heels for comfort, and have had my eye on it. The “smokey teal” color, pictured,  is particularly fun — but it also comes in the more sedate black, brown, and “camel.” The shoe is normally $130, but with the Cyber-Monday deals going on at Endless (spend $100 save $30, spend $200 save $60, spend $300 save $100) the price drops to a reasonable $104.92 (with free shipping). Rockport Women’s Barbarella Pump

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Cyber Monday Sales from The Affordable Style Network

This is a sponsored post written by Kat Griffin, but brought to you by The Affordable Style Network.

Noteworthy Cyber Monday sales seem few and far between this year, but I like the extra 25% off that the various stores in The Affordable Style Network are offering — especially given the low (extra low!) (really low!) prices the stores have regularly. The stores in the Affordable Style Network are Inexpensive Watches, Handbag Heaven, Affordable Scarves, ABC Neckties, Reading Glasses Shopper, Sunglass Warehouse and Socks 4 Life.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Stretch Wool Gabardine Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ports 1961 Stretch Wool Gabardine Dress
iconAh, holiday sales.  It was this time, just a few years ago that the Saks sale was so good that people whispered the company was going bankrupt.  That hasn’t seemed to have happened, but the Saks sale is still quite good — particularly for a splurge.  I’m liking this stretch wool dress from Ports 1961 — it’s designer and interesting without being too far out there.  Was $595, now $357 — at Saks. Ports 1961 Stretch Wool Gabardine Dress
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