Thursday’s TPS Report: Davie Leopard-Print Taffeta Jacket

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

Lord & Taylor is having some crazy clearance sales right now. Today, for example: buy 1 pair of boots, get 1 free. They’re also offering an extra 50% off lots of items (that price is now marked), plus an additional 15%-25% off with code LASTCHANCE. Insane! For today’s TPS I like this deeply discounted jacket from BCBGMaxAzria. I can see why it’s so deeply discounted: even I don’t quite know how to describe it. For purposes of getting dressed in the morning, I would probably think of this more like a very structured blouse (and less of a jacket). Love the big short sleeves (they look both looser and longer than most short sleeves), and that peplum detail and curved hem look very 40s to me (always a good thing). Love it styled with the belt, too. It was $248, but is now marked to $79.36.  (Unfortunately BCBG is excluded from the LASTCHANCE sale — but still, it’s a pretty great deal!) BCBGMAXAZRIA Davie Leopard-Print Taffeta Jacket

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    //done being Ellen now.

    • This is proof that Kat does read the threads. Lol.

      • MissJackson :

        That is exactly what I was thinking, too!

      • I LOVE Lord and Taylor! Especialy when they have a clearence. I also get a coupon for 20% off.

        I want this blouse b/c the manageing partner can NOT look down and see anything. FOOEY on him.

        He is MARRIED! LET him Look at his OWN wife, not me.

    • Diana Barry :

      LOL! I don’t own a single animal-print item. This is interesting, but it would only work in a warm office – otherwise you would have to keep putting something over it and it would look weird.

      • That’s what I hate about the whole short-sleeved jacket trend. I never know when I’m going to be somewhere were I need long sleeves.

      • I have a great, short sleeved cowl-necked sweater that gets worn maybe three times a year because…lets be honest. What is short sleeved sweater weather? And when is it ever that temperature in my office? NEVER!

        • Not sure it would work for this jacket, but I will sometimes where a long-sleeved shirt under a short-sleeved sweater dress. Would that work for your sweater? I agree that short-sleeved sweater weather is a weird category.

        • I have one too and I’ve been trying to wear it more! It’s such a beautiful color and is absolutely perfect with one certain pair of pants…but I wore it, um, Tuesday? The beginning of this current heat wave here in Northern CA, and I was sweating by the time I got home. Not good. Earlier in the winter I was cold and had to turn up the heat in my office. *sigh*

        • Merabella :

          I saw a pic on pinterest where a girl wore a long sleeved silk shirt under a short sleeved cowl-neck sweater. Super cute.

        • Research, Not Law :

          I have a short-sleeve turtleneck sweater. I like it, but have yet to figure out when to wear it. When do I want my neck warm but my arms cold?

    • Haha, I know!! But I actually dont like it very much at all – eek!! I think it would make me look like a Soviet cinema star circa 1978. Something about the combination of the wide near-elbow length sleeves, the mandarin-esque colar, and the high neckline — it just wouldn’t work on busty old me at all….

      But I am psyched that leopard seems to be getting an official corporette seal of approval :)

    • I think this print would suit me as I’m southeast asian and brown skinned. Alas, I don’t own a single animal print yet :(

      • Then you must get one pronto! ;)
        In all seriousness, animal prints (esp. leopard) tend to be surprisingly versatile. Like red shoes and purple purses.

        • Seattleite :

          And purple shoes and red purses.

          Since I have all the aforementioned purses and shoes, perhaps I should branch out into leopard. Although I’d bet money I’ll take lots of ribbing from my own personal MANAGEING PARTENER.

  2. AIMS, Kat must have been listening to your plea!

    Also, I was too late to comment on the “ain’t” thread from yesterday, but it got me laughing at the memory of my little brother using “I amn’t” instead of “I’m not.” It was especially funny when he was mad (“stop, you’re acting out” “NO I AMN’T!!!”) But thinking about it… why shouldn’t that work? We use both “He isn’t” and “He’s not,” “We aren’t” and “We’re not” etc…

    • Actually, “amn’t” is used in Ireland. I grew up in an Irish immigrant community in the US, and I was about 12 before I figured out that Americans don’t say “amn’t.”

  3. phillygirlruns :

    i kind of love this, but it would look absolutely awful on me (curvy and shortwaisted). maybe unbuttoned, over a long-sleeve shirt?

    for anyone who missed it – reach out to phillycorporettes at gmail to get in on a philadelphia meetup.

  4. Corporette babymamma :

    Hi all, reposting from yesterday in the hope of getting a few more responses. Thanks to Diana Barry and others who responded!

    Thoughts on flying while 5 weeks pregnant? DH and I were excited to have booked tickets to Hawaii for my post bar trip. However, I just found out that I’m pregnant. DH wants to rethink the trip because of the flying involved — the flight will be about 6 hours for us. I know that there is a greater chance of miscarriage in the first trimester, so I too am wondering if we should rethink this flight. This is my first pregnancy, I’ve never had a miscarriage before and I really really really want this baby. Even if flying is not a big issue, I’m wondering if I will be spending way too much worrying about flying, and not enjoying my vacation like I should be.

    (We bought the flight on miles and we can cancel the hotel, so we wouldn’t be losing any money on this if we had to reconsider).

    Thoughts? Am I being paranoid or is this a legit concern?

    • SpaceMountain :

      It’s not a problem, though you might want to talk with your doctor just for your peace of mind. For anecdotal evidence, I travel a lot for work and flew all the time, including to Hawaii, during my pregnancies with no problems. The biggest problem was when I was really big, and I’d get stuck in the aisle while the flight attendants were moving the drink cart (because you have to pee all the time), and I could not suck in my stomach to let them get by. That stomach will not budge!

    • Here’s the thing corporette babymama….you may be a little paranoid. And I’m not sure that there’s anything any of us here on this anonymous website could tell you to reassure you to fly. Other then that lots of people don’t even KNOW they’re pregnant yet at 5 weeks and do way unsafer things.

      Probably the only thing that’s going to reassure you is research and talking to your GYN. And if it really bothers you — not going.

    • You’ll be fine.

    • Take the trip! It’s only going to get harder for you and DH to get away to Hawii together, so go now while you can. Yes, you are being paranoid, but that goes along with a first pregnancy (or with later pregnancies for those of us who have had difficulties), so go ahead and ask your doctor about it too.

    • Salit-a-gator :

      My understanding is that flying is only a concern closer to the due date. I honestly think you have nothing to worry about. I’m not a doctor, but my sister in law and her husband are, and they both flew to Asia when she was 2 months preagnant. I doubt they would have done that if there was anything to worry about. Just take the normal precautions – stay hydrated and have some snacks on hand to combat morning sickness (I’ve heard ginger candies are good, found some recently at World Market). Other than that, I think you’ll be fine.

    • I think you should double check with your doctor if you’re concerned, but I don’t think you have anything to worry about. A friend traveled to Costa Rica in her first trimester without any problems (her doctor gave her the go ahead).

    • I think it would be fine so long as you don’t have any sort of predisposition to blood clots (which can be worse during pregnancy and during flying, so the combination could be quite dangerous). Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned, but there’s really no reason why most pregnant women in their first or second trimester shouldn’t fly.

    • Corporette babymamma :

      Thanks all for the comforting words! Seeing my doctor today, I’m sure you’re right that it is fine but I will double check with him.

    • goirishkj :

      Check with your doctor, obviously, but don’t let it keep you from travelling! Some other posters previously mentioned to be careful about clots. I haven’t been pregnant, but I’ve had two separate clotting incidents and they’re not fun (and pregnancy does increase the risk of clots). So, drink plenty of water, get up and move around on the flight, move your legs in your seat, walk the concourse during any layovers and if your doctor recommends them, go buy compression socks. They aren’t pretty and aren’t always comfortable, but it is better than twice-daily heparin injections.

      Go on the trip! I can’t remember if you said you’ve been to Hawaii but it is absolutely gorgeous and would make a GREAT bar trip! And didn’t you say on the last post that you weren’t sure you were pregnant yet? I presume this post means you confirmed it? If so, giant congratulations!

      • Corporette babymamma :

        Thank you! Confirmed this morning via a at home pregnancy test, going to the doctor today to get the blood work so that I know for sure. Very exciting, but hard to concentrate with the bar exam next week! :)

        • Don’t forget to tell security so you don’t go through an X-ray machine if that is what they use! They will give you a pat down instead (and high five your baby daddy if in attendance by my experience).

          • Anonymous :

            I’ve also seen TSA allow a visibly pregnant woman to go through the metal detector when they were making everyone else go through the body scanner (they actually pointed her to it, she didn’t even have to ask). I’ve never been pregnant so I don’t know if the metal detector carries any risk, but assuming it doesn’t, that’s another option if the pat down bothers you. You may need a letter from your doctor though since you obviously wouldn’t be showing.

            And congrats!

          • Oh yeah – don’t go through the body scanner. It isn’t clear if the extra radiation is dangerous for your baby, but why risk it. If they direct you to a body scanner, you have the right to request a pat-down instead.

          • Bursting out :

            Good point about the body scanner. I requested a pat down instead while visibly pregnant, and the female TSA officer admitted that she had been nervous working near the machine while pregnant and had asked to be switched to another station. She was completely supportive of the decision not to go through the xray or body scanner.

        • goirishkj :

          Yay! And I just realized how harsh my blood clot post seemed. I didn’t mean it to sound so scary–chances are you will not throw a clot but there are easy precautions to take. I give the same spiel to my long-haul travel friends all the time. Good luck with the bar as well–it’s a sucky test but you’ll get through it. Sending happy internet thoughts your way!

    • GO! Unless there is some reason for you to be considered high risk (bleeding, etc.), in which case your doctor might tell you to take it easy. You’re lucky you’re only going to be newly pregnant – it would be worse if you were 7-11 weeks or so, since that’s when people tend to have the worst nausea and exhaustion. Hopefully yours won’t hit until you’re done with the bar and your trip. I fly all the time while pregnant – just make sure you drink a lot of water and bring snacks with you. And there is no risk of going through security, whether through the older machines or the newer body scans. I had a nice chat with one of the FAA agents who said the new body scan machines are even safer for pregnant women, but of course you can always ask for a pat down if you’re worried. You only have 7-8 more months of it being just the two of you – take advantage!

    • I wouldn’t worry about it. I flew to the UK when I was about 6 weeks pregnant, roughly a 5 hour flight. Other than advising me to no go through the full body x-ray machines (which I refuse to do anyway) my doctor was fine with me flying.

    • Bursting out :

      Take the trip! I did a fair bit of flying during my pregnancy and was never any worse for the wear. I flew to a conference the day after I learned that I was pregnant, and didn’t give it a second thought. Stay hydrated, get up and move around the cabin every hour or two (necessary if you’re staying hydrated), and take some healthy snacks to keep both hunger and nausea at bay.

      I read extensively about travel during pregnancy. Flight attendants (and probably pilots, though they weren’t mentioned – too few female pilots to study?) have a very slightly higher risk of miscarriage, presumably because of the increased radiation exposure at higher altitudes. But nothing I read said that this tiny increase in risk for women who spend weeks and months in the sky translated into any increased risk for your average business or pleasure flyer.

      The thing about early miscarriage is there’s nothing you can do about it. It’s generally linked to a genetic problem with the fetus, or no known cause. Neither of these issues are in your control, so you might as well go to Hawaii and have a great time with you husband (who know? the relaxation could even be GOOD for your pregnancy). Later on, you’ll be making plenty of sacrifices in terms of diet, mobility, and travel, so live it up now!

  5. My 5-year old son says amn’t! I’d never heard anyone say that before! I do correct him, but it’s so endearing I kind of don’t want it to change too soon!

    • This was supposed to be in response to Cat, above.

    • ha, glad he has a kindred spirit! That was about the age he grew out of it. Very logical of them, IMO.

      I had a similar streak around age 2 when I was learning how “I” vs. “you” worked – because everyone was referring to me by using the word “you,” I concluded that by me saying “You do it” I conveyed that I was going to do it. According to family lore, plenty of “who’s on first” entertainment would ensue with people who didn’t know what I meant :)

    • DC Association :

      My five year old says, “yesternight.” As in, last night. I mean, there’s yesterday, why not yesternight?!

      I don’t correct him because it is the most adorable thing!! “Mom. Yesternight. When you had to work late? I had psgetti.”

      • Sweetknee :

        That’s a great word. I am going to try to work that in to my vocabulary ! It IS the most adroable thing. We still use words in my house that the kids came up with like ” Buyit Coke” ( Diet Coke) and “bessert” (“dessert”) and “menna penna cheese” ( Pimento cheese; a regional spread/dip).

        • bluelarries (blueberries) are big in our home!

          • Research, Not Law :

            At our house, they are boo-boo-berries :)

            DC Association, yesternight is adorable!! There are some things my child says that I also haven’t corrected because they are just so darn cute.

      • Awww! My kids had some local ones – Lake Temescal was Lake Tennis Ball and Semifreddi’s bakery was Cinnamon Freddy’s.

      • Mary Ann Singleton :

        I actually think Jane Austen uses the word “yesternight” so your five year old is way ahead in his literary skills!

    • My 4.5 yo son has a ton of these and it makes me so sad to watch them disappear as he internalizes language. One of my faves has been “Am are!” instead of “I am.” He also refers to Chuck-E-Cheese as “Chuckie Cheezits.” :)

    • My brother and I would say “plug it out” instead of “unplug” as children, and it took years for our parents to convince us we were wrong. I still think it makes sense that you “plug it in” and then “plug it out.”

      • At our house, we have “fruck” instead of “truck”. The first time my 4 yr old said it, I almost passed out thinking he had picked up my sailor’s vocab:)

  6. Corporette babymamma :

    Oh, and I love the collar and the sleeves, but I hate the bottom part. If this were more fitted on the bottom, I would definitely consider it!

  7. ladies, odd question. where do you buy your pillows? my sore neck for the past 2 days tells me I need a new one, but I don’t want to spend $150 on a tempurpedic unless it’s actually just that great and will last 10 years. Thoughts? I’m a side/stomach sleeper depending on how tired I am if that matters.


    • phillygirlruns :

      my husband and i each have one “good” pillow that we bought at a mattress store, and the rest are homegoods/tjmaxx/marshalls. i can’t recall how much the expensive pillows were – i’m thinking in the $65-100 range? but we bought them about four years ago and they are showing absolutely no signs of wear. i’ve bought more than my fair share of cheap pillows from target and needed to replace them about yearly; i upgraded slightly with the homegoods pillows about a year ago, and expect that i’ll replace them in another year or so. in my opinion, it’s well worth it to buy just one good one.

    • I like Target’s brand name pillows. They’re often on sale for about $5 so you can switch them out frequently, which I like. I think new pillows are much more supportive than a $50 pillow that’s been around for a year or two. Plus I feel like pillows get cooties after a while, but that’s just me being a germaphobe.

      DH got a tempurpedic pillow at Costco for about $25-30 that he loves. He was having neck and shoulder pain from his (gross old) pillow, and the tempurpedic pillow solved it. Worth checking out if you want to try a tempurpedic pillow without the big investment.

      • I’m also a fan of the $5 target pillows, but the thinner ones, they have queen sized ones that funk my neck out.
        For more expensive pillows– I’m watching this board.
        I’m not a huge pillow fan in general, but my boyfriend LOVES them, so I was thinking about getting him some for our anniversary. Have my eye on some nice looking down ones @ Costco or LL Bean ones on Overstock. He also got the name of the ones they used at this hotel we went to a few weeks ago… but I wasn’t at all paying attention and don’t want to tip him off by asking (imho, they were too stuffed… but it isn’t a gift for me… sooo….).

    • You can try the pillows that are like the tempurpedic ones at Target — they’re $25 or so — to see if you like the shape. I’m a side/stomach sleeper too, and I like it for side sleeping, but it’s hard for stomach sleeping. (I know stomach sleeping is hard on my neck but there’s something deeply comforting about it to me.)

    • I buy memory foam pillows for $30-50 from Target or Walmart. They usually have a few options to choose from and so far everything I’ve bought has been great and lasted 1-2 years. I wouldn’t spend the extra money on a name brand.

    • Tempurpedic is really that awesome! I love mine. I was having shoulder and neck pain too, but it’s all been alleviated by that wonderful pillow. I’ve had mine for . . . maybe a year or so , and it’s still in absolutely perfect condition. You can tell that the materials it’s made of are going to last a long time. And when they do give out, I’m going straight to a matress store to buy another one. Seriously, I love it. What amount of money would you spend to feel more rested and to help your body recover after a long day sitting at your computer?

    • Tired Squared :

      I have a Tempurpedic pillow that I absolutely love– it’s been 8 years since I purchased it, and it’s still going strong. It definitely solved a lot of my neck soreness problems, because it’s firm enough to support my head properly when I sleep on my side (which is most of the time) but it also sinks in enough to allow me to sleep on my side.

      The other thing I loved about the Tempurpedics was the extra zippered case that came around it. I’ve read one too many allergen/dust mite/bed bug articles about how your mattress and pillows absorb so much gunk, but this zip-around cover was one of those impenetrable ones. I have my normal pillowcase on top of the zip-around, which just gives Paranoid Me good peace of mind.

      • Tired Squared :

        Oh, but I wouldn’t get it for $150. I got mine from Overstock (dot) com on a 2/$50 promotion or something, and I know I’ve seen them at Costco too…

      • Warning re: the Tempurpedics and the other memory foams. If you are married to a person (or are a person) who happens to be particularly frugal AND live in the great North and thus it gets cold at night, since of course your beloved will turn the temperature down to near nothing. Those pillows will become rock hard. They will no longer mold to your head.

        Just a warning. :-)

        • Also, don’t try a pillow fight with one. That was a big mistake.

          • Though…in relation to our preparedness discussion yesterday, you wouldn’t need to keep a baseball bat underneath your bed!

          • I am here laughing at the mental image of a pillow fight with rock hard pillows :)

        • Temperpedics (both pillows and mattresses) also get very warm when it’s hot – so if your beloved is thrifty with the AC, you will not have a good time sleeping on these in the summer.

          FWIW, I buy my pillows everywhere from Homegoods to on sale at Bloomies, I just make sure they have real down, otherwise I don’t sleep well. I’ve even once brought a pillow over from abroad (one of those huge square European deals) because I take my pillows very seriously.

          • What is this “AC” of which you speak? Truly thrifty SO refuse this concept and insist “it is only truly hot two weeks a year” here.

      • Wow, I’m jealous. I purchased a tempurpedic @ BBB 6 months ago and its already started to loose shape and density. Have you done anything to your pillows to help them keep their oomph?

        • It might be you. DH and I had a pair, and his got squished while mine was fine. I replaced both, and again, his got squished and mine was fine. I stopped buying them (they’re not cheap!), so the experiment ended at two rounds. My conclusion is that his head is way heavier than mine. (No comments about relative brainpower, please.)

          • Or maybe you roll around in your sleep and that distributes the weight all over the pillow, as opposed to people who stay very still so that the pillow only gets weighed down in one place?

    • My dad got me a tempurpedic pillow my first year of college, and I had it for about 8 years. I probably should have gotten rid of it before then to be honest, but it was so comfy. I now have similar pillows that I got from Target or Wal-Mart a few years ago which are good, and big pillows from Macy’s Martha line that are comfy as well. I don’t know that spending the extra money on the tempurpedic is worth it because the technology has trickled down to the average consumer, but damn was that pillow comfy.

    • I got the Oxygen Pillow from European Sleepworks in Berkeley and haven’t had a sore neck since. You have to be fitted for them in person, though. Not sure who else sells them.

    • We’ve been using Ikea down alternative pillows for the past 6 months, so far, so good. You can buy different ones depending on how you sleep–I have one side sleeper and one back sleeper, but I prefer the back sleeper for all sleeping.

    • I bought a pillow from Brookstone for DH’s birthday. He seems to like it. Link to follow.

  8. SpaceMountain :

    Strangely, I had a Corporette nightmare last night about a short-sleeved jacket. I dreamed I was out of town for a court hearing, and unpacked my suitcase to discover that my conservative navy skirt suit suddenly had short sleeves. Of course I could not wear a short-sleeved suit jacket to court, so in my dream, I missed the hearing. I wonder if that means I’m stressed about my case, or about my wardrobe.

    • It so clearly means you need a fancy new suit.

    • At least your shoes were not peep toe…then you really would have been up a crick without a paddle.

      Also, suits magically transforming into shortsleeved is a valid reason to ask for a continuance. It is under Corporette Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 1.1.1

      • I confess, I am wearing peep toed shoes today. But they’re super cute and I’m not seeing any clients today!


      • Crick? Are you secretly from western PA?

        • MissJackson :

          NOLA are YOU secretly from western PA?

          • Yep! Born and raised. I don’t sound like I’m from there though. I lost a lot of my western PA-isms in college. I don’t have family there so I don’t even visit.

          • MissJackson :

            I was also born and raised… and am back again now. I don’t sound like I’m from here, either, though, because my parents were not natives and refused to let me pick up most of the words/phrases. My mom was on a one-woman elementary teacher quest to stop kids from dropping the infinitive (you can probably guess how well that worked).

          • I thought the same thing!

            Also – @Mrs. Jackson, I wish my mom had taught me not to split my infinitives – I STILL do it and have to consciously correct myself. Instead, my mom was on a one-woman mission to keep us from saying “yeller” and “wishrag.” Letting slip with a “yinz” resulted in soap for breakfast.

        • Accountress :

          That was my thought, too. Next she’ll be saying “any more” and “red up the house” :)

          • I’m struggling to figure out what’s wrong with “any more”.

            I’m not sure what red up the house means…but I’ll adopt it if you’d like. I’m a language chameleon.

          • MissJackson :

            “red up” is western-pa speak for “clean up”. As in: “I need to red up the house because we’re having company.” We have a million of ’em :)

          • Meh. I’m gonna sit here and eat my utz chips while yunz all figger this out fer yourselves.

          • MissJackson :

            TCFKAG: +150 LL Points for the quick pick-up of yinzer-speak!

          • Weirdly enough, I knew that one already.

            Now…someone bring me some Vernors (Verners?) to go with my Utz and I’ll be happy.

          • MissJackson :

            OMG, I <3 Vernors. And want some immediately. It's a Michigan thing, though — actually somewhat hard to find in Western PA. TCFKAG, I'm starting to wonder if you're inside my head.

      • Lol. First, I don’t really have any problem with peep-toes in non-formal offices and non-court proceedings.

        Second, no…I’m not from western PA. Though my father is from Ohio and my husband is from PA and I’m not entirely sure where I picked up “crick” as alternative to creek though I feel like I’ve always been aware of it.

        Between this and my y’all rant yesterday, I feel like y’all are going to expect me to have a really weird accent if you meet me and are going to be sorely disappointed. :-P

        • From KY originally, and it wasn’t until I was in college that my (little) sister told me that crick is just creek with an accent. I honest-to-God thought a crick was a small creek…

        • Seattleite :

          Fifth generation Seattleite here, and my people all said “crick.” Although if you go back far enough, some of my ancestors came from Lancaster County.

      • In my experience, “crick” is native to the Midwest (the Western PA comment makes me think it’s not exclusive), so the Ohio tie would make sense. Don’t hear it too much on the West in my experience.

        • MissJackson :

          Western PA should really be included in the midwest :) It has much more in common with Ohio than it does with Philly.

          western PA native

          • Western PA is more miswestern than much of the midwest. I say that with love.

          • Oh absolutely! When I was growing up, I didn’t even realize that people elsewhere didn’t talk that way. Everybody I knew was from there and we didn’t travel a whole lot. My mother didn’t allow us to say yunz or yinz (the western PA version of y’all) but my parents said “liggle” for legal and “iggle” for eagle (Gynt Iggle – a grocery store). When I went to college, I had a rude awakening! The first time I said “My hair needs washed” to my friend from New England, he laughed out loud. I learned fast.

          • When I visit my husband’s family in Western PA (near Erie) I feel like Lily on HIMYM visiting Marshall’s family. All of the salad’s have mayonnaise in them!

          • Oh, and by the way, when we were going to visit my aunt and uncle’s cottage in Darlington, we said we were going “out to the crick.” Went rafting on the little Beaver many times.

        • Always a NYer :

          I hear crick all the time in upstate NY. Originally from Long Island, I had no idea crick was supposed to be creek.

  9. Accountress :

    I got mine at JCPenney, during what turned out to be one of their final “sales”, as it were. Buy 1, get the second for $1. I double and triple up on pillows anyway, so it doesn’t matter quite how quality they are.

  10. Leopard-print taffeta? Oh dear.

  11. I love this and just ordered it. It looks like a totally interesting jacket that will go with black and brown. Fingers crossed it works!

  12. I work at a small division of a large university, and our office is both fairly resistant to change and fairly behind the times–most of our internal procedures and memos were set fifteen years ago and haven’t been updated since. I have a very good relationship with my immediate boss and mentioned to him that there were a few procedures we might consider changing; he suggested that I write up my proposals for his review, indicating that if he was convinced, he’d implement my suggestions throughout the office.

    I just put my memo in his inbox, and now I’m nervous! Anybody have any experience (positive or negative) trying to urge revision for internal procedures?

    • Legal Marketer :

      I have done this at a few firms. My experience is that if a process is giving me a headache, it is also causing pain for other people. In most cases, as long as the proposal showed the benefit (time/money saved, risk avoided, etc.) and the procedure was clearly outlined, it wasn’t a problem implementing it.

      Of course the main thing is to have it “handed down” from as high as possible to try to head off those who would resist change ordered by peers.

      Good luck!

    • By and large, universities are behind the times. At mine there has been very little turn over and no fresh eyes revamping policies. When I came in I made some massive changes and it went over very well! There will always be someone who has difficulty catching up with the times, but for every one person like that there are five who are thrilled to see progress. You will stick out in a very positive way for being the one to suggest improvements. If they get shot down this time, wait a little while and submit a revised proposal. Those who hate change can be worn down eventually! Good luck!

    • Anon Canadian :

      I also work at a large university. I’ve been in two very different divisions in the last 5 years and my experience has been that you really have to prove why your revision would be beneficial.

      I think the fact that your supervisor is even open to hearing your suggestions is a good sign. Just be prepared for the fact that nothing may come of it because either they don’t think the trouble of implementing the changes is worth the benefits or if your suggestions are received well may take a while to put your suggestions into effect depending on how high up the bureaucracy things need to be approved before they can change. So long in fact that it just doesn’t get done.

      Sometimes it seems like policies and procedures are just for our office/division/faculty but it turns out that they’ve stemmed from a bigger umbrella policy maker at the university. If the procedures are really autonomous to your division then your revisions could be put into effect very easily.

      If there are a lot of people in your office that have been following those procedures and memos for 15 years than they could be very resistant to any changes even if coming from your supervisor, as Legal Marketer suggested. Sometimes it’s easier to start with just your posisitons procedures and then once your colleagues see that your way is more efficient/easier they’ll be more open to your broader suggestions.

      • Research, Not Law :

        I worked at a university for about five years, in a couple of divisions (administration and student support) and agree with all above. Having your supervisor’s interest is a very good sign. Although there was initial resistance (which seemed to stem mainly from confusion) I found that once the initial hump was passed, people fell into the new process quite nicely. Seemed there was always one long-tenure person who completely resisted, but that was overwhelmed by the adoption by everyone else (who were generally relieved, once they adapted). I found “pick your battles” to be useful and left the resister to their old ways if possible. They seemed to catch up eventually – or retire.

        I’m in the process of suggesting policy and procedure changes at my non-university (but long-tenure) company. They’ve been received surprisingly well so far. The key is having affected others find what’s in it for them. GL!

  13. Wait – So we are allowed to wear animal prints to work now? I thought for a while there we weren’t.

    • If we’re not, I’ve been doing it wrong.

    • ditto!

      • eastbaybanker :

        Yesterday I wore a leopard print blouse with a cream cardigan and skinny brown trousers, and the ensemble made me feel fabulous. I would like to thank JCrew for endorsing leopard print as classic prep so that I’m okay wearing it to the office. :-)

  14. Anonsensical :

    Anyone have experience with Jim Barnier boots or shoes? They look awesome, but they’re at the upper limits of what I can spend and I want to make sure they’ll last if I order them.

  15. Hey NYC corporettes, I noticed your facebook group calls yourself the nyc corporette group. I think Kat has specifically asked people not to do that but to call it group of people who enjoy the website corporette. She trademarked the term.

  16. Boston Area Corporettes :

    Boston Meetup is today at Elephant and Castle. People will arrive between 6 and 7. Reservation under Corporette. Hope to see some new Corporettes there!

  17. Boston Area Corporettes :

    Double post b/c of moderation.

    Boston Meetup is today at Elephant and Castle. People will arrive between 6 and 7. Reservation under Corporette. Hope to see some new Corporettes there!

    • Haha…actually triple post because I posted it again below. Sorry.

    • I had hoped to make it today, but was felled by a terrible cold, which I did not want to pass along to all of you. I hope to make it next time! (Although the thought of meeting you all is a little intimidating – what if my elastic is around my wrist?)

  18. Well, since everyone is in the mood for animal prints. … Any suggestions on how to style this sheath I just bought at the Talbots outlet? It’s pretty far out for me, although the cut is classic and it’s a nice heavy fabric, almost a twill. I would like to hear thoughts from the hive, as I would be most likely to wear a crochet-y cropped grey sweater or something else conservative. (If you zoom in, you’ll see it’s a zebra pattern but the individual, um, stripes are more like feathers.) For some reason, that made it OK for me to buy.

    • Wow — that’s beautiful.

      I think that would look great with something conservative like a black or grey sweater/cardigan or jacket over it with maybe either a long, opera length necklace or a bright statement necklace. Then if you wanted you could add a little pop of color with a contrasting shoe (like a red) or you could keep it conservative with a grey, black or a nude pump.

      You could also go more fun by pairing it with a fun colored blazer, like a bright kelly green or a navy or a red or just something different. But then I’d keep it with maybe less jewelry and a nude shoe. And maybe a bracelet or something.

      But maybe other people will have other ideas.

      But seriously, I like the dress A LOT. Thinking about snapping it up for myself. :-)

    • I’d style it with a belted or fitted cardigan, probably a v-neck, in a bright color. I think it would look especially good with kelly green. I have a similarly-patterned top that I often pair with a turquoise cardigan.

    • I don’t normally like animal print, but that’s absolutely gorgeous. You’re going to look amazing.

    • For work, I’d skip the crochet sweater and do more of a solid piece in a saturated color. A fitted blazer or belted cardigan would look great. If you want to avoid color, perhaps a fitted gray blazer and a pop of color in a necklace.

    • Moonstone :

      Thanks everybody — what great ideas. Also, I appreciate the kind words on the dress itself. It’s a perfect example of something I would not have bought before I started reading Corporette.

  19. Boston Corporettes :

    Boston Corporettes!

    We’re doing our monthly meet-up tonight at Elephant & Castle at around 6 (though some people are swinging by a bit later).

  20. Not helping my leopard print obsession…

    Hive, what are you thoughts on the differences between 1st and 2nd year associates? Due to some recent staff shakeups and office moves, our small to medium-ish sized firm has me (a 1st year) and the other associate (in his 2nd year) sharing space for a few months.

    I have received excellent and supportive feedback on my work so far but am starting to feel self-conscious since sharing space. The other associate seems to have much more going on in that he has more cases with more responsibility, is on the phone constantly, and in court more often. Should I feel worried that my work seems different from his or is the differences in case load, contact with clients, etc natural at this early point in our careers?

    • I wouldn’t worry about it. In my experience, during your first year or so you age at toddler-speed (no, you still don’t know a ton, but a year makes a huge difference as your learning/growing pace is really steep). During my first year, I went from being in the room and listening to client calls (but never speaking – just learning and using the information to help revise documents) to actually sitting at the negotiation table.

      Also, this is a great way to build a relationship with the 2nd year – invaluable when you want informal drafting tips, advice on how to handle something, etc before talking to the partner.