Weekend Open Thread

Sam Edelman PettySomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I think the bootie is one of the key casual looks for this fall — which is handy since I’ve always been a fan of the motorcycle/Western style with low, stacked heels. These suede Sam Edelmans are rated highly for comfort (one of the Zappos reviewers own three pairs!), and I think both the black and the brown “putty” color are classics.  They’re both $129 at Zappos. Sam Edelman – Petty (Black Suede) – Footwear

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Easy Waist Dress

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Merona® Women's Easy Waist Dress - Assorted ColorsI haven’t seen this feminine little number in person, but I think it has real possibilities to be great. I like the polka-dotted navy pattern, the collarless design, the placket down the front, and the thick ruching around the waist. And it even has pockets!  It’s also available in “orange flame;” both colors are $25. Merona® Women’s Easy Waist Dress – Assorted Colors

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Coffee Break – Rocco Duffel with Rose Gold Hardware

Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel with Rose Gold Hardware Fine, fine, fine: I want one. I’ve seen the Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel bag everywhere (around town, on blogs, on TV) and I can’t deny it any more: I want one. One with rose gold hardware, please. It’s $895 at ShopBop. Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel with Rose Gold Hardware

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How to Secretly Use LinkedIn to Change Careers

How to Use Linked In Secretly to Change Careers | CorporetteHow do you use LinkedIn to get a new job — without alerting your coworkers or boss that you’ve got one foot out the door? Reader B has a GREAT question:

I am nearly six years into my first job, which is in commercial insurance. I want to transition out of this industry and thought augmenting my LinkedIn profile would be helpful (to show up in search results, connect to new contacts, etc.). HOWEVER, my entire work history and a good proportion of my contacts skew insurance. Since my current co-workers can view my profile (through second and tertiary contacts – I am not directly linked to any of them at present), I don’t want to raise any red flags at my office. Any suggestions?

Excellent question! I’ll be 100% honest here: whenever I get a little LinkedIn activity notification that someone has updated their experience, I wonder whether they’re starting to look around for a new job. I suppose it’s a bit like wearing a suit — if you never, ever wear a suit to the office and then one day, you do, everyone starts to wonder whether you’ve had an interview that day. But if you’re savvy about your LinkedIn usage, though, you can get around that. (Pictured: Secret, originally uploaded to Flickr by val.pearl.)

I think there are two phases to using LinkedIn to change careers. The first phase is the research phase, when you want to discreetly look at other people’s profiles, see what connections you might have, and join a lot of new groups in your target industry to get an idea for the conversations happening within the industry. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Peplum Frill Jacket

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ASOS Peplum Frill JacketToday, I’m liking this stretch jersey peplum jacket. It’s very feminine, for sure, but I think the fact that it’s a jacket and has so many structural seams that it sort of makes up for it.  I like it best in the burgandy — I’d probably wear it with a black pencil skirt and, perhaps, light blue accessories, such as a chalky chalcedony ring or brooch.  It was $60.36, but is now marked to $48.29 at ASOS (regulars and petites). ASOS Peplum Frill Jacket

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Suit of the Week: Theory

Theory Gabrielle BlazerFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Happy Wednesday! I like this marled gray suit from Theory — it just looks classic, gorgeous, and really clean.  Yes, the pants have cuffs, but I’ll forgive them that (hey, even if I hate cuffs, some people like them). And kudos to Saks for finding a model who doesn’t look as if, right before the photographer took the shot, she was spun around multiple times then asked to do long division in her head. The jacket (Theory Gabrielle Blazer) is $395, and the pants (Theory Yadie Wool Pants) are $275. [Read more…]