Coffee Break – Sterling Silver & 18K Yellow Gold Teardrop Earrings

David Yurman Sterling Silver & 18K Yellow Gold Teardrop EarringsI never feature longer earrings for the office because I feel like 95% of them are inappropriate for office wear, primarily because they’re distracting. But when a reporter asked me recently why, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, finally settling on “dangly earrings that move when you speak are distracting.” But readers, what are your thoughts — would these longer stationary earrings be acceptable for work? They are gorgeous — love the mix of silver and gold, and the teardrop shape. They’re $825 at Saks. David Yurman Sterling Silver & 18K Yellow Gold Teardrop Earrings

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  1. I love these. Too bad I don’t have $800 lying around right now for earrings!

    • Haha. I was thinking the same thing. :-P

    • I agree, they’re gorgeous! I too wish I had the extra cash (or a birthday coming up).

    • Agree! I think they are totally lovely – and work-appropriate. Way out of my budget, though.

    • Hi! Not to hurt anone’s taste, but I think most of Yurmans jewellry is rather tacky. In my opinion it’s a real run of the mill thing – his ‘bling’ is actually made in China (sic!) and “put together in the US” – I guess that means putting on a price tag. A couple of years ago he “made” completely regular curb chain bracelets for men, to which de added a small DY gold plated silver tag and asked 1200$ for it – these curb chains are made by the yards in Italy and can be found in any jewellers store for literally less than a tenth of that money. If anything I admire Yurmans business skills – and no, my husband were not allowed to have one;)

      Rather than pay 800 dollars for earings made of sterling silver with some gold plating, I’d buy hand made Scandinavian design jewellry or something antique and real eyecatching off Ebay and still have money for a decent lunch;)

  2. I wear dangly earrings often, and have for years. It’s not been an issue in our office, but we are West Coast and more casual.

    • I wear dangly earrings of varying lengths somewhat regularly (the longest probably being about 2 inches). If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!

  3. SF Bay Associate :

    Heh – David Yurman jewelry is one of my mental signposts in life. If I can comfortably afford David Yurman in my modest-percentage-of-net-income shopping budget, then that is a sign I have Definitely Made It. I am nowhere near that point yet, and may never be. Those earrings are gorgeous though.

    • Just curious what do you consider that percentage to be? I haven’t ever bought nice jewelery for myself (recently started working) and am just curious what other people think is a reasonable amount to spend! Especially because it seems like more than any other apparel items, jewelry lasts for a LONG time.

    • My sister is there. She’s a top salesperson at a tech firm, and they regularly make multiples of their (generous) base. When she makes a big sale, she usually buys herself something “purty”, as she says, from Yurman.

      I am too cheap to pay Yurman prices for sterling silver, sorry to say!

      Have you checked out Lori Bonn? Lots of very simiar styles in sterling and semiprecious gems.

      • Thank you, mambaear. I was thinking that $800 is waaaay too much for sterling silver, even if it is David Yurman.

  4. momentsofabsurdity :

    Dangly earrings make an enormous difference on my face – I don’t know why. Multiple people have commented to me on this – studs are fine, but anything that dangles very much softens my features and makes me look much better – I can see it in the mirror and so can most other people.

    As such, “no dangly earrings” is a Corporette rule I do not follow. Now if only I had $800!

    • That’s interesting. I used to wear dangly earrings a lot but then I cut my hair shorter and got funkier glasses and now I feel like longer dangly earrings look strange on me. I keep to short dangled and hoops. I don’t wear studs because the backs poke me in the neck and annoy me.

      • That is the same for me! When my hair is short, I wear only stud-type or huggie earrings. When my hair is longer than the bottom of my ears, I can wear earrings that dangle a bit.

      • momentsofabsurdity :

        Hmm it may well be a hair thing – I’ve never had hair shorter than the bottom of my neck so I’m not sure!

        I also need to be careful about which earrings I buy – I need very light earrings that dangle, because my earlobes are weak and stretch with heavy earrings. So I tend to do very thin/finely wrought earrings, as opposed to big stones, which may soften the look further, I’m not sure.

      • Intersting observation about earrings and hair length. I’ve only worn studs since chopping off my hair. There earrings are beautiful though.

        • I’m the opposite– when I have long hair, I find that the dangly earrings get lost in my hair. I only wear them when I’ve lopped off my hair, so they’re more visible. :-)

      • SF Bay Associate :

        What do you all think about dangly earrings + non-funky glasses? I always feel like there is too much going on in terms of metal on my head if I have dangly earrings while I am wearing glasses, so I feel resigned to studs on glasses days. But maybe I am just being silly?

        • You know, I’ve worn glasses my whole life and wore dangly earrings and never thought much of it. It wasn’t until I cut my hair shorter that I felt like it didn’t look right. I got the new glasses right around the same time, so I’m not sure. I know there are people who say you shouldn’t wear dangly earrings with glasses but I never felt that way. I do still wear somewhat shorter dangles, but the long ones look odd.

        • I’m the same way SFBay. I also have a rule that if I have larger earrings on, no necklace and vice versa. It can look like way too much going on otherwise.

    • Legally Brunette :

      Yep, same here. I really need to wear fairly prominent earrings for my face. I think this is because I have a fairly wide face and curly hair, so studs just disappear.

  5. I don’t wear dangly earrings to the office because they get in the way of the phone; I always end up taking them out (same goes for larger-ish hoop earrings). So then I get frustrated that I can’t wear them all day (and fear losing them when they do come out of my ear or that I walk around with only one earring in) so therefore, it’s just easier to wear my studs (diamonds or pearls).

    • Former MidLevel :

      I have the same problem. But I have no problem with dangly earrings in theory.

      • I’ll second this. I have no problem wearing dangly earrings (and don’t find them distracting,) but I frequently leave one on my desk overnight as I have taken it off to talk on the phone. Not so worrisome with $80 earrings – scary with $800 ones.

    • That’s funny, I’m just the opposite: I find that stud earrings become terribly painful when talking on the phone. I much prefer dangly earrings because they don’t get pressed into my skull when I’m on the phone.

      On the issue of what’s work-appropriate, these earrings would definitely be work-appropriate even in a formal office, in my view. Personally, I routinely wear dangly earrings — much less formal than the featured pair — to give a little bit of bohemian spice to my otherwise conservative office outfits.

  6. Gail the Goldfish :

    Posted this in the morning thread, but I think I was too late (though thanks, CA atty, for the reply) (also, I normally don’t like David Yurman stuff and think it looks too heavy for me, but I love these earrings):

    Is there a trick to walking in wedges? I bought the first pair I’ve ever owned for an outdoor wedding, and I’m having trouble walking in them, despite the fact I can walk perfectly fine in heels of the same height. What am I missing here?

    • With wedges, I have to stomp instead of walking. I find it impossible to dance in them.

    • I don’t think you’re missing anything; it’s just that fit is tricky with wedges. If your heels slip at all, you’ll walk right out of them. Most wedges won’t stay on my feet, and I think that’s due to fit and my feet, not my technique.

  7. I wear dangly earrings to the office regularly, but only if I’m not wearing necklaces/rings (other than the wedding ring)/bracelets.

    It’s kind of like with make-up – you can carry off one very “there” element if the rest is pretty toned down.

  8. Anon for this :

    Oh good Coffee Break, I’ve been waiting all day to post this. In depressing news, did anyone else see this article in the Harvard Business Review?

    This rings very true in my workplace. I work in a small office with ten attorneys, 8 men and 2 women, and all of the partners and senior attorneys are men whose wives stayed home to raise their children. Over the last few years, several women lawyers have gotten bad reviews within a year of having a child and most have left. I don’t necessarily feel like there is an outright prejudice around here, but more of an implicit, deeper prejudice that mothers =/= attorneys. Has anyone else experienced anything similar?

    • I have definitely experienced a stay-at- home wife bias at my firm. Although, it appears through social interactions. The wives have a social get together (movie night, BBQ) where only the male attorneys and their non-attorney wives are invited. Female attorneys and their spouses are not included. The male associates that are invited to attend these functions have “leapfrogged” the promotions ladder and ended up partners more quickly.

      • LadyLawyer :

        Your comment reminds me of the time I got invited to join my city’s bar association’s auxiliary. My husband is also an attorney and, because I work in another city, he’s the only one of us that belongs to our city’s bar association. It would appear that all the male attorneys’ wives received invitations to join the auxiliary, which, if I remember correctly, did things involving luncheons and knitting. I found the invitation to be very sweet, but I had a good laugh over it.

      • that sucks that they exclude you guys!

    • I haven’t read the article yet (will soon; thanks for sharing), but this echoes a double-standard I’ve see in way too many offices:

      Men who leave the office early to go to a little league game or a school play are being “good dads.”

      Women who do the same lack commitment and dedication to their career/firm/profession.


      • This this this.

      • Its not just that they’re being “good dads”, its “cute”. People think its so gosh darn cute when dads take time off to go to their kids things. But god forbid a woman do it (but of course, if she doesn’t, she’s a vile harpy who’s a terrible mother.)

        Yeah….life’s fair. NOT.

      • MissJackson :

        Agree completely.

      • Totes McGotes :

        Stealing the phrase “ragestroke” forever.

      • +1000 for “ragestroke”

        It’s part of the higher standard for women when it comes to: parenting (women are expected to be perfect, men are rewarded merely for showing up), and physical beauty (women are expected to be perfect, men are rewarded for merely showing up.

        Then, there’s also the lower standard for women when it comes to: earning power (women are not expected to be big earners or breadwinners, so people expect them to derail their careers when they have children), and competence (women who are very competent and independent intimidate idiots who want to perpetuate these foolish standards.)

        These sets of higher and lower standards all fall along traditional gender roles. It’s not coincidence.

      • On that note, I have a question.

        If a firm has refused to give an increment to a female partner on the basis that her earnings were down the previous year because she was on maternity, and speaks glowingly about the only other female partner in the same department that took the bare minimum of maternity – would you consider this a major red flag?

        To provide more context, all of the partners are male, save for one remaining female junior partner in another department who does not have young children. All except one have had SAH or almost-SAH wives, or at least a great deal of help with childcare. There are no other attorneys who might find themselves in the same position at the same time that I would. I’ve also repeatedly been told that the firm wishes we had more male attorneys (women outnumber men in the lower ranks).

        All of this worries me, especially since I am ramping up my efforts in anticipation of partnership in the next few years. I am seriously afraid that all my effort will be for nothing if they decide (or use the excuse) that I am less dedicated once I have a family.

    • Always a NYer :

      I know this is wrong but I always take it personally when I hear about women who choose to “opt-out” of the workforce when their children are young. I understand that is their choice to make and while I respect it, I also fear that it will negatively impact me when I get further along in my career (now I’m 23 and single). Supervisors and colleagues make comments in passing about what I plan on doing and my answer is always the same – I don’t plan on taking additional time off. This is all irrational and I know it but I hate that there’s a chance I’ll be judged based on what other women have done in the past and what employer’s think is an option for me.

      It also p!sses me off how men never have to deal with this. If I hear about women being built differently (physically and emotionally) one more time, I think I’ll hurt someone…

      • And this is a lovely double-edged sword. If you take time off or scale down, your employer thinks you have lost your brain and are no longer committed to your career. If you don’t, your employer is judging you for being a bad mother.

      • Disinformation Campaign :

        When I was fresh out of law school and married to my first husband, a number of partners asked obliquely about the possibility of kids. At the time, our firm had a 7 year up or out partnership track – very short. I knew I didn’t want kids. And I kept saying, “Oh, X and I don’t want kids.” But the questions kept coming. Finally, when an attorney who was well known for being a terrible gossip in the office asked, I told him that “X and I CAN’T have kids.” The questions stopped immediately and forever.

        Apparently people only stop asking when they decide they need to feel sorry for you. I became partner in 7 years.

        Take a tip from the Gang of Four: disinformation works.

      • Part of it though, to be fair, is that too many women let men off the hook or marry captains of industry and then wonder why the captain of industry expects the women to quit after having kids so he can maintain his focus 100% on his career.

        Yes, yes, individual choices, etc. But individual choices add up to a critical mass of women who let their men do very little childcare, and who don’t require their men make any career sacrifices.

        Seriously, don’t marry someone who wouldn’t be willing to take serious time off or cut back hours or seriously, truly consider being the primary caregiver to your kids if this sort of stuff matters.

        • This! Someone’s got to take care of the children, to some expense to their work at some point or the other. I don’t care which sex that person is, but we can’t pretend that it’s not necessary.

      • Ah, but did you ever consider how many of the women you are judging felt just the same as you when they were 23? More than a few, I bet.

        • Always a NYer :

          I’m sure some of them did. That doesn’t mean I still don’t enjoy being treated as if I were to follow their choices.

    • UGH!!!

      Kanye, your ragestroke is contagious.

      • It’s so variable between workplaces. I have been at 3 firms and my current workplace is the most flexible, but yet I work harder than ever before. But I can effectively log in from home and work and that allows me to be at home with the kids during the critical dinner hour. I also work with a lot of men who have kids and we’re all generally supportive. But we also don’t have any of those crazy partners w/o kids who churn people, so I guess I’m lucky. Or strategic – there’s a reason I left my prior two firms!

  9. Solo Practitioner :

    TJ here –

    I represent a client in a criminal case. She has some mental health issues, which may have contributed to her criminal charge. She gave me an invite to her high school graduation. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t go, but should I give her a gift? I’m thinking of giving her a notecard with my office logo, and just writing “Congratulations!” on the inside. Is that appropriate? Do I have to go to the graduation?

    (I’m in solo practice, so have no partner to ask. In my years of doing criminal defense, this has never happened.)

    • I think a note on an official notecard with a handwritten wish of congratulations and perhaps some thoughts/advice for the future sounds about right. I can’t really imagine sending a gift or attending the graduation.

      • Totes McGotes :

        I like this idea, especially advice for the future. She obviously sees you as an influence in her life so it’s sweet and I’d want to do something to mark the occasion but not to go overboard. I might get a gift but something inexpensive like a pretty watch or bag from Target.

    • Does your state bar have an ethics hotline? Might be worth the call to cya.

      • What’s the potential ethical problem here? I’m not seeing it and am curious what I’m missing.

        • Some states may have rules or guidance about gifts to clients generally. Obviously not a cut and dry issue, but I have seen one opinion where the whole situation had a lot of issues, but it did not help that the attorney had brought the client to a family function. I would probably give a card with a nice but not overly personal note, not attend, and not give a gift.

          • Got it, thanks for the clarification.

          • Solo Practitioner :

            This is what I’m thinking, too. I’m afraid a non-office notecard would be a little too personal. She already has my cell number. I don’t want to blur any boundaries.

          • Yeah, I would be particularly careful given that you said she may have mental health issues, and I take it she’s fairly young if this is high school graduation–definitely don’t want to mislead her about your relationship.

    • just Karen :

      A nice card with a sincere congratulations, I am proud of you would be appropriate and well received, but I wouldn’t use the office note card – it doesn’t have to be a Hallmark graduation card, but a plain note card would be much more personal.

    • What about the Dr Seuss book “oh the places you’ll go?”

      • karenpadi :

        I don’t know. FWIW, if the client is already in the criminal justice system, the “waiting” place in the book is pretty scary and could represent going to jail.

  10. Question for the Hive

    I got a sample of BB cream in my most recent Birchbox. I put it on this morning instead of tinted moisturizer. Is this wrong? What is the point of BB cream? I generally like how it made my skin look, but am feeling deficient as it is a product I don’t understand.

    Please explain BB cream to me.

    • I use Smashbox BB Cream just like a tinted moisturizer, but I think it has a little more coverage than other TMs I’ve used, plus it has a good sunscreen. You can also use it as a base for regular foundation. It’s really just a tinted moisturizer with added ingredients like sunblock or antioxidents, but it’s gotten all hyped up.

    • Here are all the BB creams reviewed by Paula Begoun. If you click on the individual reviews they contain a short explanation of BB creams.

    • I tried out the same sample today and am liking how it’s wearing (certainly more than I’ve liked other sunscreens or tinted moisturizers). I can’t imagine it’s actually enough protection to count as sunscreen unless you really plaster it on, but it’s more than I usually wear unfortunately. I can’t imagine wearing another foundation on top of it though – if I needed more coverage, I’d just wear foundation instead of the BB cream.

  11. phillygirlruns :

    i’m a creature of habit when it comes to office jewelry – at least 90% of the time i rotate between cheap-o pearl studs from target if i’m wearing one of several pearl necklaces, and yurman “petite albion” blue topaz studs if i’m not wearing pearls. i used to have little diamond studs as my non-pearl go-tos, but i lost one about a year ago and haven’t replaced it yet. occasionally i’ll get crazy and wear more fun stuff, but the reason i don’t is because my more interesting earrings are dangly and of the moving kind – definitely not office-appropriate.

    i do have one or two pairs of smaller dangly earrings that i’ll wear to the office if i’m wearing my hair up, and i’ll usually get a compliment on them from my boss or my secretary – which, spinning off of the last post, i always worry is really a backhanded way of saying that they aren’t office-appropriate. i think i’m just paranoid.

  12. T/J: I am a rising 2L considering applying to firms at a regional job fair later this summer for SA positions next year. However, after researching the firms that interest me, I feel very discouraged because my school is one of the dreaded “ranking not published” schools. I performed very well first semester and have prior non-legal work experience. Second semester grades, class rankings, and law review results are not yet available. I am feeling as though I should not even bother applying to these MidLaw and BigLaw programs because I didn’t go to a “better” school. FWIW, I love my school and attending here rather than some of the ranked schools I applied to was the best choice financially and practically. One possible explanation for why my school is unranked is because it is very new and only received full accreditation in August. It is possible that I am being overly sensitive about this since I also do not have a gig for this summer yet (but not for lack of trying). Thoughts from the Hive?

    • What possible harm can applying cause? Just be prepared for some (a lot) of rejection.

      I’ve been told straight out in the job hunt that I wasn’t offered jobs because I hadn’t gone to HYS, despite finishing top of my class at a ranked school. So…some firms will be willing to look past the school to the candidate and some won’t.

    • Former MidLevel :

      Do it. There is pretty much no downside, and lots of potential upside. And if your grades are good, your changes will increase–lots of firms that won’t hire an average student at a school like yours *will* look at a top student. Good luck!

    • Regionally-focused firms often do a lot of recruiting from local schools regardless of rank so I definitely think attending a regional job fair is a great idea.

      The market is tough right now no matter where you attend school so the more of these things you attend/the more jobs you apply for, the better chances you’ll have (and the more practiced you’ll be).

      • This.

        I graduated in 2011 from a ranked school, but was up in interviews against the top performers at the non-ranked school in my city at mid-law regional firms, both for summer positions and permanent positions. I can’t speak to BigLaw, as I didn’t apply to any BigLaw firms.

        There’s nothing to lose – go ahead and apply!

    • If you don’t apply, you definitely won’t work at any of these places! I would go for it, because you never know what will catch someone’s eyes.

    • Thanks for the advice! I am going for it and will let you know what happens.

    • Divaliscious11 :

      Send it, just be aware there are some firms that have unwritten but definitely spoken policy of requiring top 10% from any school outside of the top tier/top 50 (sometimes top 25). All you have to lose is postage!

    • I would definitely apply, but I will say from experience, that it is very difficult. I graduated top of my class (ranked 3rd, executive editor of law review and on moot court) from a similarly situated school and I had no luck finding a job with a larger firm. I actually got called to an interview just to be told that, even though my resume was impressive, they did not hire from my school. I wish you all the luck though, and hopefully your area will be more receptive than mine!

  13. Need to vent :

    I also wear dangly earrings to the office, but usually shorter ones (think ~1/2″-3/4″ drop maximum). This is partly because my office is conservative business casual and partly because I feel like large/long earrings are overwhelming for my face.

    Threadjack — I need to vent about an upcoming wedding (not mine) — feel free to skip over. :) I’m feeling frustrated and annoyed about the lack of communication for my brother-in-law’s wedding next month (my husband will be best man). I think part of the problem is that my BIL tends to rely on other family members to “get the word out.” They set the wedding date earlier this year, but we weren’t told (along with other immediate family members) about the time, location, etc. until about 2 months ago. Apparently save-the-date cards were sent out — but not to immediate family. My husband’s stepmother had to ask her daughter for this information, after not getting any replies from phone calls and e-mails to my BIL. Also, MIL had to tell BIL to formally ask my husband to be best man — BIL’s response was “He should already know” and that’s not the kind of thing one can assume or ask.

    What I now find frustrating is that we didn’t receive a wedding invitation (yes, we’re invited). Neither did my FIL, but SIL received one. Not sure yet if MIL received one as she’s travelling overseas right now. The RSVP date was last month.

    So, I’m upset about not receiving an invitation since at least one immediate family member received one. If none of the immediate family received invitations I think that wouldn’t bother me as much (though it’s not great either). I feel like it’s rude on BIL and his fiancee’s part, and I’m not sure there’s a good way to tactfully bring up being frustrated about the whole wedding (after the wedding, of course).

    Thanks for letting me vent!

    • That’s ridiculous. Of course you should get asked to be in the wedding party. And an invite.

    • So. Um… not to reveal to much of my own stupidity, but I put insufficient postage on all of my invitations and some just didn’t get there. Who knows, some people may never have gotten there (I did TRY to tell everyone.)

      Why not just a quick “Hey — we haven’t gotten an invitation. How do we RSVP? Want to make sure we don’t hold up the works!” That way it seems like you’re doing her a favor while simultaneously hinting that some may not have gone out.

      • What of my friends did that too. I guess they didn’t realize square envelopes required more postage. My mailman was nice enough to pay the extra postage and left a little note in my mailbox asking to pay him back (which I did right away – how nice was that!). But I always wondering how many others didn’t get their invite.

    • MissJackson :

      I agree that you should have received an invitation — but I’ll suggest that you should give the benefit of the doubt here. I had all kinds of crazy things happen to my invites (at least one that never got delivered at all). Isn’t it at least possible that this is a problem with the mail?

      Instead of being upset about what may or may not even be an actual faux-pas, why don’t you just call BIL/his fiancee and say, “gosh, the wedding is coming up but we never received an invitation — do we need to select a dinner option or do you need any other information from us?” Then either s/he will say, “oh my goodness, I can’t believe you didn’t get the invite!” or they will say, “gee, we knew you were coming, so we didn’t send you one.” Or they will say, “this is so embarassing, but we were trying to cut costs and we didn’t want to buy another box of invites so we didn’t send them to the handful of people who we knew were coming and thought wouldn’t be offended.” Or whatever. The point is, it gives them a chance to explain.

      Weddings bring out the weird in every family. Hang in there.

    • Need to vent :

      Many thanks — need the perspective to stop blowing this out of proportion! Husband plans to call BIL today, also to find out what he’s supposed to wear as best man.

      MissJackson — so true about weddings bringing out the weird in every family! We’ll have to see how this wedding turns out (we all have our concerns, as neither BIL or fiancee are organizing types…).

      • I have a lovely but crazy disorganized friend, who ordered invitations at the last minute and only them to people that she thought “would be offended if they didn’t get one.” Her guesswork as to who that might be seemed pretty random to me. Something similar might be going on with your BIL’s invitations.

      • Do we have the same BIL? My BIL got engaged in early January, and he did not bother to call my husband to tell him. Eventually (like three weeks later), future SIL called me to tell that they were engaged, which really hurt my husband’s feelings. (BIL was best man in our wedding.) BIL still has never told my husband about it, but evidently, they told the other family members.

        Also, future SIL called to chat, and she mentioned that they had finally set a wedding date. I was talking to MIL a few weeks later, and I mentioned how happy I was that they had finally picked a date. MIL knew nothing about the chosen wedding date, and it hurt her feelings that BIL had not called to tell her. I did not think that it was possible that BIL would not have bothered to tell his parents about his wedding…. but why am I surprised?

        In my case, BIL is incredibly cagey, stand-offish, and selfish, and personally, he drives me crazy. I really like my future SIL, and so, I am trying to put on a happy face so that I do not contribute to the wedding drama that will undoubtedly ensure as MIL is emotionally unstable….

      • LOL!

        And I don’t suppose that BIL is deaf, blind, and has had all his fingers and toes amputated so that he’s unable to send a big email to all family members with all the logistical info?

        Oh, yeah, and I forgot to add that he had his tongue amputated, too. One can use a tongue to depress keys, even though it’d be awkward!

  14. shopping challenge :

    Since we are on the subject of earrings… Looking for:
    Clip earrings;
    Nude-bronze-brick color scheme;
    Not sparkly but festive.

  15. anonforthis :

    So two nights ago my fiance asked if he should be concerned about my drinking. I currently drink 2-3 glasses of wine pretty much every night and had been thinking I need to cut back because it’s become such a regular thing, but him asking about it really threw me. I haven’t had anything since and plan to stop drinking for awhile to remind myself I don’t need it to cope (I hate my job and our current geographic location. We can’t afford to move until I find a new job because I am the breadwinner and my current position pays terribly for the industry. I’ve been looking for awhile but so far nothing has resulted in an offer) but I feel like crap that I got to a point where he felt he needed to ask.

    • This happened to my sister a few months ago. She would regularly have a couple glasses of wine after work to relax from a job she hated. I don’t know if your background is similar, but her bf came from a family that consumed alcohol rarely if at all, so regular alcohol use was very different to him. That you are thinking you need to cut back signals to me that you recognize the possibility that the wine has become a coping mechanism for your situation. It may be worth it to cut back a little (maybe every other night) and finding another way to relieve stress, if only to avoid the empty calories you have to work off at the gym. Good luck on the job search!

      • I feel into this trap a bit after I first started working at my (tough) job. It just became easy to pour a glass or three and sit on the couch unwinding. And yes my SO commented that we were spending a lot on wine (hey i like to the good stuff) – which annoyed me but also did make me see that I was wasting money and consuming extra calories (as well as relying on a crutch). I now try to keep wine for the weekends, unless I have a social event during the week (which is pretty rare).

        Find a replacement beverage like a nice tea or seltzer that you enjoy drinking instead. And do not beat yourself up and feel guilty – your life sounds tough with the job search, so take care of yourself. It is good that you are giving yourself a little break from the alcohol. You may find you sleep better and are more rested.

        • Yes, you might find that a good cup of tea punches the same emotional buttons as a glass of wine. When a friend of mine had to quit drinking, I broke out my grandmother’s tea service as a way of maintaining the ritual and specialness of having a drink (tea) together. We moved on to pretty mugs after a while, but the ritual, self-pampering aspect of it is what is important.

    • Dont feel like crap. You knew you were kind of using it as a crutch, thats why you were thinking about cutting back. it makes sense that the person who loves you would notice that to.

      • This.

      • Indeed. It sounds like you’ve got it under control, and good for your fiance for noticing. He loves you and cares about you. :-)

        Find another crutch— like cheesy novels, which are 0 calorie, and free from the library.

  16. Maine Associate :

    I love those earrings but way out my price range. I wouldn’t hestiate to wear those at the office and at Court.

    • If I spent that kind of money on jewelry, you better bet I’d be wearing them EVERYWHERE. :-)

  17. Does anyone else have a problem with their pants getting caught in the back of their shoes when they wear slingbacks? It’s driving me crazy. Now I remember why I never wear slingbacks. I’ve basically been walking around all day with the back hem of my pants tucked inside my shoe. I keep pulling them out, and they go right back in. Isn’t there some kind of device you can put on the back hem of your pants to prevent that? Has anyone used anything that works? I have some new brown slingbacks I was planning to wear this summer with 2 different pantsuits, but maybe not.

    • you are not alone. it happens to me no matter how close to the floor my pants hem is (or should be, in the absence of the slingback trap). Extra annoying is how wrinkled-up your pants hem gets! I save them for skirts now.

    • ugh…so annoying! why is it that the best looking match is dysfunctional!

    • I have this problem, and as a result, I never wear slingbacks. Drives me nuts. The only solution, to me, is to wear slingbacks with dresses, skirts and ankle length pants only.

      • Mules are the worst.

      • Agree. Completely. Sling-backs and mules are now only for dresses, skirts, and short pants. I cannot stand them with full-length pants. Every step is an annoyance.

    • My shoe repair store sells these and I bought them but haven’t tried them. The owner said they are really popular.

    • WestCoast Lawyer :

      I have a worse problem – I cannot wear cuffed pants with heels.

      I bought two beautiful pairs at the BR outlet a few years ago and managed to trip while wearing both of them (once completely bit it in a hallway and made so much noise when I landed that a paralegal came running over to see what happened, the other time I actually crashed down the last few exterior stairs and had some guy in a conference room looking at me like he couldn’t decide whether he was going to come out to offer any help or not – he didn’t).

      Promptly took the one pair that didn’t have a giant hole in it to the tailor to have the cuffs taken down!

      • Oh, I’ve done exactly the same thing. I had a black linen pant suit that I loved. Then, after tripping and falling down stairs multiple times in those cuffed pants, the last time quite badly, the suit got relegated to the back of my closet. It’s been there for about 5 years now and I still can’t quite convince myself to ditch it! So sad, but I’m terrified of falling again.

  18. Sarah Ann :

    I need to buy a number of new cardigans. I am looking for something neither too short nor too long, and more body conscious than boxy (I don’t like the J. Crew Jackie, for example). Any suggestions?

  19. Maddie Ross :

    So spurred on by the poster yesterday who complained about not receiving gifts from some of her law school friends at the time of her wedding, I am now motivated to buy several wedding gifts I still “owe.” I’m within the year “grace period” on each, but it just fell off the radar in each situation. Anyway, I got on one of my friend’s registries today and everything is complete. There is nothing left at all. Does anyone have any good suggestions for an off the registry gift? I feel like a bit of schmuck, so it can be something good. $100-200 range probably.

    • MissJackson :

      One summer I got invited to 9 weddings, which meant that I had to space those gifts out over the year — I ran into the complete or nearly complete registry problem, too. Lots of options, though. (1) Cash is king, always and forever. Send a card and a check saying that you really enjoyed celebrating, and saying that you hope that they’re enjoying married life,(2) gift certificate to a local restaurant –the amount your contemplating would buy a nice night out, (3) gift certificate to any of the stores where they registered.

    • I would get something from the store where they are registered and include a gift receipt. Personally, I like getting people nice frames because I think this is a) something you may not get yourself (I wouldn’t spend $100 on a picture frame for me) and b) you always end up with a ton of wedding and honeymoon pictures.
      You could also try a gift certificate for something they can do as a couple like a restaurant or couples massage, but personally I think those don’t always get used and it’s kind of a pain unless you know the couple well enough to know what they’d like.

    • When I can’t buy something from the registry, I like to buy pottery serveware like this:
      or something like this:
      Partly depends on how formal the person is, whether I’d choose pottery or crystal. But I have both types of items and use them both.

    • Senior Attorney :

      I think I’d go with a gift card to the store at which the couple registered. And what a nice friend you are to think of this and act on it!

    • My first comment is in moderation but I like to buy either pottery or crystal serveware. I got the Orrefors Corona Bowl as a wedding gift (and it’s $150 at Nordie’s) and it’s beautiful on my diningroom table. At Easter time, I use it to display handpainted eggs and at Christmas, I fill it with glass ornaments.

    • Beach Bar :

      You could always do a gift card to one of the registry stores, but they may not *need* anything from those stores anymore and such a generous amount might sit unused for a while. In my opinion, this seems like a situation for cash. Or, depending on how well you know the couple maybe a gift card to their favorite restaurant or wine shop? Home Depot/Lowe’s if they recently moved or will soon be moving into a house?

    • While I think cash is king, if you’re looking for an actual present I do love pottery from a local artisan. Or you could check some of the beautiful glass vases and bowls at Simon Pearce if you’re not familiar with them.

      • If I remember correctly, the thread that inspired you mentioned small crystal bowls as a gift idea. I imagine they would be good for entertaining (like for nuts, candies, or olives, etc), or as a pretty catch-all for jewelry/pocket change. My go-to gift is a large white serving bowl or platter, since it goes with pretty much everything and most people don’t get them. They are useful for entertaining, or for serving pizza and popcorn at home. My sister’s signature wedding gift is a copy of the book “I Married Adventure”. She finds them at used bookstores, and it has a zebra print cover. It makes a nice coffee table book.

      • (1) A bottle of champagne or sparkling wine and/or a pair of pretty champagne glasses.

        (2) crystal pitcher (I’ve given Tiffany’s Lily of the Vally pitcher a few times)

        (3) crystal bowl (again with Tiffany (I like the blue box!): the Georgetown bowl is simple enough to go with just about any decor / china pattern.

  20. I wear some dangly earrings to work, but it’s always a fact specific decision. Kind of like defining obscenity – you know it when you see it.

    I think the rule as an absolute bar is kinda silly and irrational. Certainly, lots of very powerful, professional women wear dangly earrings (see Christine Lagard, IMF head, during her 60 Minutes interview). On the other hand, *some* dangly earrings are indeed distracting or just inappropriate for daytime in the office (see Christine Lagard during her 60 Minutes interview). I guess ultimately it’s just a use your judgment situation.