Thursday’s TPS Report: Patti Knit

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

PATTI KNITIf you’re a fan of British brands such as Coast, head’s up: the website combines the online shopping experience for Warehouse, Oasis and Coast — one shopping cart, and free shipping for orders over $85 ($10 shipping below that). Not bad. There are a ton of cute things on sale right now, too, such as this interesting orange knit sweater from Coast — I like the ruching at the waist and the adjustable tie, combined with the wide boatneck. Lovely. Was $140, but now marked to $80 at Patti Knit

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  1. Great choice, Kat. It’s so rare to find bright, unique items that are still professional, especially ones with sleeves. I like this a lot.

  2. PharmaGirl :

    Love this, Great find.

    • I like it also, and with my 30%, it is affordeable! Yay! I am going to get it. To bad I will not be abel to wear it for tomorow’s meeting with Roberta. I gave her an ORAL report on the 10 cases, and she says this is the FIRST time anyone has given such a thorough assessement of the case’s. She wan’ts to try a new place, but she says it is a SECRET! Yay! I love suprises! She also said that we should go shoppeing down at Macy’s afterward’s so it must be near there. This is FUN b/c the manageing partner will NOT be goeing! Jim keep’s bugging me about Saint Louis. He say’s we should stay at the 4 Season’s or the Ritz Carlton. Yay!!! I do NOT care as long as his company is paying for it!!!! But he better NOT make me drive him all over town in a smelly cab and make me pay the cab fare. FOOEY on that!

  3. I LIKE.

  4. To I Do Not Like the Cone of Shame :

    Already wasted 90 minutes this morning on dogshaming dot com – so cute. Just what I needed, another diversion from work! :)

    -2/3 attorney

  5. e_pontellier :

    2 problems with this (otherwise totally awesome) shirt: 1- it says hand wash only. 2- what do you put over this if you’re cold?

  6. I need some help from the San Francisco ‘r e t t e s. A young friend of mine (my fellow soprano soloist in our choir) is finishing her internship in December and will be moving to SF to join her boyfriend who is in graduate school. They just found an apartment in the Forest Hill neighborhood. We were thinking it would be fun to get them a gift card for a nice restaurant in SF to celebrate starting this new phase of their lives. I have no idea how much money we’ll have – maybe $150 for two people? Any suggestions? They aren’t vegetarian and they both love food.

    • Chouchou is a cute little French restaurant in Forest Hill. Or, consider L’Petit Laurent, another very popular, very intimate French restaurant in Glen Park (near Forest Hill). Citywide, Foreign Cinema is a favorite of mine. Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong with San Francisco restaurants :)

    • That’s really nice of you! I don’t know Forest Hill or Glen Park well, but I’d suggest:
      Farina (or Farina Pizza, which is the same owners’ newer, hipper place with a larger menu)
      Heirloom Cafe
      Slanted Door (downtown)
      Perbacco (downtown)
      Boulevard (downtown)

      Haven’t been there yet, but Rich Table is very new and got a great review on Tablehopper. If you like food want to waste some serious time (or just want to have some food sites to suggest to your friend), check out tablehopper [dot] com, sf [dot] eater [dot] com and/or seriouseats [dot] com (based in NY but they often cover the Bay Area).

      • SF Bay Associate :

        Chapeau! is a great idea – an excellent value for a nice dinner, as unfortunately $150 is not a ton of money for a “nice” dinner in this town. Tax is about 9%, and many SF restaurants also impose a “healthy San Francisco” charge of 8-10% to pay for the health care they are forced to offer to their staff due to a recent law, plus an 18-20% tip is standard. If they are also wine drinkers, Boulevard is out of budget, but its younger, hipper sibling Prospect should be within budget if they are careful about ordering. I like Prospect better than Boulevard anyway. I’m not a fan of Slanted Door (too sweet, too touristy, very expensive). I think Delfina’s lost some of its lustre. Yes to Nopa, Farina, Perbacco and its sibling Barbacco. Cotogna (the sibling of Quince) is another great bet, as is Canteen. Aziza may be within budget as well. State Bird Provisions and AQ are really hot right now. Incanto if they’re down with offal. La Ciccia is pretty close by to FH/GP – great Sardinian, cozy.

        • Yeah I knew that was probably a stretch, but they’ve been students so I’m thinking that range is plenty. I’ll look at some websites and see what I can come up with. They’ve both been living here (he went to undergrad here and spent the summer back here) so they’re spoiled with the really good neighborhood restaurants. I like the idea of Chouchou since it’s near where they’ll be living.

    • Oh that’s my old neighborhood. Chouchou is delicious! My parents used to take me there for special occasions as my non-profit budget ran more towards the taqueria on Portola. The restaurants in West Portal are nice but casual. The yummy Peruvian one and Squat and Gooble.

      Aah, I miss yummy food. Can’t wait til I’m home for Christmas.

      It’s such a small world and not a ton of rentals, I half wonder if they’re moving in to my old house.

      • Cool! I looked at the Chouchou website and it looks yummy! I want to go there. She will be job-hunting and he is a grad student so it would definitely be a stretch for them. That’s exactly why we wanted to do that. The other option would be more money to spend at a cheaper place, but I’ll see. I know nothing about the neighborhoods or restaurants. I’ve only been to SF once.

      • What are you talking about? There is awesome food in Edinburgh….

  7. BR — 33% off entire site today. Just snagged cute scarves for $34.

    • Someone please stop me from spending a pretty hefty chunk of change on the BR website…

  8. PSA – 6pm is running its $13 sale. It’s hit-or-miss, but I got a great pair of pants and a scarf for $13 each.

    • Definitely didn’t realize today was 10/11/12 until I looked at the sale. Thank you marketing dept?

  9. Quick Q for the hive– I interviewed for an internship last week, and they offered me a job (yay!!!). I just got the offer email yesterday afternoon. I was thinking about sending the partner who interviewed/hired me a quick note– something like “thanks for the offer, i’m looking forward to working with you blahblah” Is this a good idea? What should I say? This is my first real job (career job, not just job job), and I want to start out on the right foot.

    • momentsofabsurdity :

      I think that’s totally fine, especially if the partner who interviewed you is the one you’ll be working with.

  10. Any one here a “Coupling” fan? When I was watching the Nashville pilot last night, everytime I saw Hayden Panetierre’s character, I kept turning into Jeff: “b**sts, b**sts, b**sts”

    • I love Coupling!
      I can’t decide what I thought of Nashville though. It struck me as a TV version of the movie Country Strong.

      • Woods-comma-Elle :

        I found it pretty slow-going if I’m honest and got distracted pretty quickly!

      • I have an unhealthy adoration for Connie Britton (Tami Taylor FTW!) and I think she is so great in everything. Also, my parents lived in Nashville for a year so many of the spots were recognizable. I definitely think it has potential, but could go South. I’ll probably watch several more episodes to decide. I do love my trashy TV, so even if it gets quite soapy, I’m okay with that.

        • Tami and Eric Taylor! Miss them so much. I wanted him cast as her husband in Nashville……

  11. 2/3 attorney :

    Shopping quest! I am looking for a long sweater (but NOT a sweater dress!) to wear over leggings (stay with me…). I know the legging debate is polarizing, but I think if they are thick and completely absolutely totally opaque AND you cover your butt (and, um, front) then they are a good weekend option for fall days with a pair of boots. So that’s my position, and I look forward to hearing yours :)

    For anyone who agrees: have you found the perfect sweater for over leggings? I am thinking kind of slouchy and oversized, for balance, and long. I like the shape of this one but it’s too lightweight and sheer. Any ideas? Thinking heather-y gray and maybe under 100.

    • Check out TCFKAG’s tumblr from yesterday (link to follow) – she found such cute stuffs, I’m considering joining the leggings/boots contingent!

    • momentsofabsurdity :

      I love this look too and have a few suggestions.

      This one isn’t quite heather but looks like it could be very comfy.

      • I love the look as well but can never decide how long a sweater needs to be. Based on that picture, if the model were wearing leggings, would that sweater be long enough on her? It totally covers her b u t t but not much more.

        • momentsofabsurdity :

          I do just enough to cover the butt – I don’t care if I move just the wrong way and maybe my butt is exposed. Whatever, leggings were pants when I was 5, why can’t they be pants now?

          But I explicitly do not ever do shirts short enough that they don’t cover the butt (and the front) when my arms are at my side and I’m standing up straight. That looks always reads as 5-years-old or on-my-way-to-the-gym to me.

          • “Whatever, leggings were pants when I was 5, why can’t they be pants now?”

            Amen sister.

          • Agree with your standard completely! I was strongly anti-leggings when I saw too many people wearing them with short shirts, but I have seen the light and would wear them every day if I could. So comfortable and warm for fall.

    • momentsofabsurdity :
    • momentsofabsurdity :

      This is cute but you’d need something underneath it.

    • I agree – think a long sweater, tights and boots are a great fall look. If you look for a tunic length sweater, it will be long enough to cover your butt/upper thighs, but not as long as a dress. I think it should ideally hit below your butt on your upper thighs to work with the right proportions.

      Sorry no specific shopping suggestions though!

      • A long sweater, LEGGINGS, and boots is a look. Sweater + TIGHTS + boots is going out in your underwear.
        I know some people think even legging require an over-layer. (I don’t.) But tights, like pantyhose, are not a “bottom” all by themselves. Ew.

    • Check out the brand Lole on zappos. I just ordered the Imagine (or something like that) tunic, and I really liked it, but it ran big. I just received the small and haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

      • 2/3 attorney :

        Ooh I do like that. Was the banding around the hip area really prominent on the one you tried on? Seems kind of strangely placed.

        For those following along at home:

        • I initially got the Rock Heather (lightest color) in a medium, and the banding was not that prominent, IMO. The whole thing was kind of shapeless on me. I am hoping the small will be slightly more fitted so it’s not gaping at the neck and arms, but not so fitted that the banding is clingy or anything like that. (For sizing reference, I typically get a 4 or 6 (S or M) in tops from BR, J.Crew, etc., but I have long arms, so I tend to order bigger with longsleeves, but the M sleeves in this were plenty long.) I can report back on the small–I got that in black, because the rep I was chatting with for the exchange said they didn’t have Rock Heather in small and that she loved it in black.

        • Ooh, that’s really cute.

    • Check out the Vince Cowl Neck Sweater at Nordstrom. It’s pricey, but I’ve found the Vince Cashmere wears well and is still looking good after many years.

    • Can someone recommend leggings that don’t give a muffin top?

      • I know people have mixed feelings on this company, but the Lululemon Wunder Under crops or longer pants are expensive but totally very flattering.

      • eastbaybanker :

        Spanx makes leggings now if you really want to get things under control! Otherwise, just look for a higher rise. If you’re shopping online, anything that hits at or near the model’s belly button is a good bet. In my experience, anything lower gives me muffin top to varying degrees. I got a great pair of high rise leggings in one of the old lady departments at Nordstrom, but couldn’t find them online.

  12. emcsquared :

    A colleague’s father in law passed away, and they are holding Shiva tonight. I would like to send some food, but I’m not Jewish and don’t know whether there are dietary or other restrictions that I should observe (I don’t think she is orthodox, but not sure about the family).

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    • Fruit from Edible Arrangements?

    • You should be safe with something vegetarian, in particular vegan.

    • If you aren’t sure, I’d send something from a kosher restaurant or bakery. They’ll package it so the recipient knows it’s kosher. But if you are not going to pay a shiva call, another tradition is to plant a tree in Israel in memory of the deceased. You can do that through the website of the Jewish National Fund- jnf(dot)com and look for the “shop” link. They will mail a certificate to the family.

      • Agree. Kashrut (Kosher rules) isn’t just about what you eat, it’s about what you allow into your kitchen.Don’t send food if you don’t know the dietary restrictions of the family at whose house they’re sitting shiva, unless it comes from a kosher establishment (note that few Jewish delis are actually kosher). Plant a tree in Israel and send a card.

    • I second the advise to stick with a kosher restaurant or bakery. Some Edible Arrangements locations are listed as kosher. My dad got rid of (donated) some lovely vegetarian platters that were sent when my mom died because he was concerned that cutting boards and slicers that were used for cheeses were also used for non-kosher meats.

    • I’ve used this before and it worked well.

  13. MsLurksALot :

    Nice sweater and a fun new clothes site to lurk on!

    Unrelatedly, does anyone have recommendations for photographers in the DC area?

    I’m looking to get a few pics I can use in professional situations (bios, linkedin, etc) since my current taken-on-my-home-computer and crop-out-granny photos just aren’t cutting it. I’d like to find someone who can do pics maybe at iconic DC landmarks (I might as well get the holiday pics out the way at the same time) and can do corporate looking pics with nice backgrounds instead of the person-in-a-business-suit-stiffly-smiling-in-front-of-a-mottled-grey-background that seems to be a favorite in this region or, heaven forfend, a soft focus, puffy-haired glamour shot!

    • I don’t have a specific recommendation, but you can frequently find people who will do this sort of thing on craigslist. You can check out their work on their website before hiring them of course. You can also check out the local art school as well, because sometimes photographers trying to get into the business will do this sort of work as a way to build their portfolio and make some cash — and you can get a discount because their still newbies.

    • This is a friend of mine who’s just started her own business:

      I think her work is excellent!

    • MsLurksALot :

      Thanks for these suggestions!

  14. [For Bluejay] since our exchange was late at night, buried in yesterday’s post

    Thank you for your comments there– yeah, I didn’t think that the surprise was malicious, but I suppose it means that the bubble-effect is pervasive. And re: those mean sorority girls – LOL.

    Did you ever read David Brooks’ _Bobos in Paradise_? I think many of the folks he’d describe as Bobos (bourgeois-bohemians) would score a very low number in that PBS quiz, and I’m not surprised — even as a straddler, I feel the magnetic pull of that world. There are lots of things to recommend about it, and lots of things I like about it, but I know it’s not the be all and end all.

    • I loved David Brooks’ The Social Animal. Definitely was considering reading more of his work next. After the interesting discussion of classes on this site, I might need to check that out.

      • Hi, KC!

        I also read and greatly enjoyed _The Social Animal_. For a naughty (but in many ways spot-on for the time) look at the social classes, take a look at Paul Fussell’s _Class_. He published that in the late 80s/early 90s, and it definitely caused a stir, which was likely his intention. He comes across as an arrogant, snobby pr!ck who has delusions that he’s transcended his social class (his blathering about this “Class X” shows his wishful thinking her), but many of his observations about the existing classes of the time were spot-on.

        • Thanks for the recommendation. Sometimes you have to take an author with such transparent motivations with a grain of salt :) I will certainly give it a try!

    • Haven’t read it but will check it out! I’m not usually a big Brooks fan, but this book looks interesting.

  15. So hive, I had my big test Tuesday, and I can officially join the ranks of people living with Colitis. I’ve only been having symptoms since the middle of June, and it seems that my doc thinks we can treat with just meds, which I started last night. I made it all the way to 30 without ever being sick, so this is a new scary thing for me. I’ve also been adopted by the ‘rettes on here with similar conditions, and I just can’t thank them enough for their support!

    This place is just too great :)

    • Sorry to hear that the symptoms have crept up on you, but glad the doctor thinks it’s manageable with just meds. *hugs*

    • SDChicky619 :

      Hi SoCalAtty, I’ve been lurking around for a few weeks, and am commenting for the first time as yet another gal with “Swiss cheese guts.” I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis five years ago and have managed it pretty well (on and off). Oh, and I live in SoCal, too. Just wanted to wish you good luck with your new meds! I predict that you will soon start feeling MUCH better :)

  16. Threadjack for gift suggestions:

    Can anyone suggest appropriate Catholic baptism/confirmation gifts for a 6 year old girl and 4 year old boy?

    • A children’s illustrated bible, a nice wall cross, or cross/angel jewelry.

      • For the girl especially, a simple cross necklace is a nice gift. I received one with a tiny pearl in the center from my aunt and uncle for my baptism and first communion (I wasn’t baptized as an infant, so I received both sacraments at the same time). At the time, I owned very little non-plastic jewelry, so it was a wonderful way to remember the date. I still wear it from time to time, though I moved it to a longer chain when I got older of course :)

    • A saint’s medal with their confirmation saint on it. Are they really being confirmed, or is it a first communion? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone being confirmed so young, although I realize the age varies.

      You can also go to a Catholic bookstore and browse around, or ask the sales clerk for suggestions.

    • Anne Shirley :

      A boxed set of the Narnia books to grow into? A bitty little pearl bracelet for the girl? Or a children’s biography of their saint or your local saint?

    • A rosary, book of saints, children’s prayer book, something with angels

    • DC Association :

      money. pure and simple. when I grew up that is what we got from everyone. (I’m east coast.)

      • Funny. I’m from the East Coast and had my first communion, but I’ve never received cash as a gift ever.

    • A card with a check inside (or maybe a savings bond) is what 99% of people give.

      • RookieRette :

        I got savings bonds from most of the family for my First Communion, as well as several birthdays. Little!me didn’t like getting paper instead of toys, but the bonds came in handy – those got cashed in my freshman year of college and bought the first semester’s worth of books. :)

      • This is definiely region/family specific. My first communion was not a money occasion in my family. And if I recall, my godparents were really the only people who got me anything.

    • Okay, they are almost certainly getting their first communion and not confirmed (confirmation happens when you are a teenager and are old enough to make the decision to reconfirm your commitment to the church.) It doesn’t really effect the present you get them, but it’s nice to know.

      I got two types of presents for my First Communion. The first type was cash, which my parents put into one of those little savings accounts you can get as a kid that has a little booklet or whatever (do those exist anymore?) but a cash gift to put into a college fund or something wouldn’t be entirely unacceptable. The other type of gift was books with nice, vaguely religious meanings (I don’t really think you have to get like “Your First Bible” or anything, just things with good underlying messages).

      My personal favorites included The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (trust me its great, though a bit hard to get your hands on these days), Stone Soup by Ann McGovern. Angeline Ballerina by Katherine Hollabird. I’m sure there are way more now.

      • anonymous Canadian :

        In our diocese the children receive communion and confirmation at the same time now! There is some theological rationale behind this that I am not sure I agree with, but I understand this is now the norm in more than one jurisdiction. I know I was confirmed later and appreciated it more than my 7 year old did a couple of years ago!

        I agree with the suggestions for illustrated books (perhaps from a Catholic bookstore), small pieces of jewelry, etc. Money is very thoughful, too, but it is nice to see your little ones using the gifts they were given and money doesn’t always have much meaning at that age.

        It is lovely that you are wanting to recognize the family’s special day!

        • Seriously. That seems theologically wrong to me. I mean, I feel like at 7 you can’t make the affirmative decision to commit to the church!

          But then again, my mom was a confirmation teacher at my church and she told more than one 13/14 year old that if they didn’t WANT to get confirmed they didn’t have to (which led several parents to give her some serious stink eye.) But she was adamant about it and I think she was right! Anyway, none of this implicates presents really, so no need to start a theological debate.

        • I have heard that there just aren’t enough priests so services are being thrown together or cut. A coworker who goes to a church near our office has complained that confession sessions were being cut because there weren’t enough priests. I wouldn’t be surprised that the priest-shortage is causing some churches to try to do confirmation and first communions together, but that’s probably not the only reason.

      • Practicing Catholic :

        Confirmation has nothing to do with reconfirming your commitment to the Church. It is a sacrament wherein you are anointed with oil and are sealed in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is not a Catholic coming of age ritual. There is no age at which it can or cannot be performed. You can receive all three sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, first communion, in that order) at the same time. In much of the world infants are confirmed.

        • Practicing Catholic :
          • Lady Harriet :

            Yep! In Eastern Rite Catholic churches, all three sacraments are done in infancy Age at Confirmation depends largely on your parish/diocese–some places require you to be at least 15, but some have Confirmation in elementary school. I believe that Anglican Use parishes (which, despite the name, are Catholic) also do confirmation at the same time as first Communion.

    • lucy stone :

      Are you sure it’s a baptism? Usually Catholics do infant baptism. For First Communion, which sounds like the right age for the 6 y/o, I still have the rosary my great-grandma got me that was blessed by the Pope (did not appreciate it at the time, but carried it on our wedding day), a few small Precious Moments trinket boxes, and a child-sized tin cup necklace my grandpa got me that I now wear as a bracelet doubled over.

      • Positive. Friend has rediscovered her faith and that is why the children are being baptized now as opposed to when they were born.

        • Research, Not Law :

          I was baptised at 6 years old. I received a nice rosary with irredescent beads that I thought was the most special thing ever. Iconic jewelry and money are also traditional.

          I like the suggestion of CS Lewis books, too. Very out of the box but appropriate.

          Most Catholic churches don’t have nurseries or schoold during mass, so an illustrated missal would be nice.

    • It does not have to be religious. I received a pendant with my initial for my First Communion and still wear it.

    • Our daughter recived her first Communion earlier this year. (Sniff-my baby! all grown up!!) A few items she received- handmade rosaries (look on etsy), a current Missal (our Order of Mass was recently changed and this is a little reference book with the new Mass as well as prayers), a lovely necklace from Lisa Leonard (Faith-Hope-Love), a James Avery necklace and charm, and a charm bracelet with a Communion charm.

      For the Baptism, I suggest a crucifix or cross for the nursery, a Children’s Bible, or a donation to the Church where the child will be baptized or the parents’ favorite charity.

    • Are you sure the children are being confirmed? I’ve never heard of children that young being confirmed. I’d look at a Catholic bookstore or some of the online Catholic supply/gift stores. Most of the baptism gifts will probably skew toward infants, but the First Communion rosaries would probably work nicely.

    • Lady Harriet :

      A nice rosary (either a fancy one for them to save, or a colorful kid-friendly one to use now), children’s saint biographies (bonus points if you can find one for the kids’ confirmation saints), toy Noah’s Ark with lots of animals, any sort of religious statuary or medals (again, bonus points if you can find one for the confirmation saints.) I like all of Nona’s ideas too!

    • Anything from www dot thingsremembered

      They have a section of religious gifts. Lots of good stuff.

  17. hellskitchen :

    TJ for NY ladies – any suggestions for good but affordable cobblers? Last one I went to charged me $13 to replace heel tips. That just seems too high. How much do you generally play for resoling and replacing tips? Thanks!

    • I do tips myself. It’s pretty easy to pull them out with pliers and hammer new ones in.

      • hellskitchen :

        Ooh, never thought of that. Where do you buy them? Could you share a link? Thank you!

        • I can’t remember where I bought them, but they were with the insoles and shoe polish somewhere like Walmart, Target, DSW, etc.

  18. Hey Zara fans, Zara’s big sister, Massimo Dutti, is debuting stateside & online tonight! I can’t afford it, but nice eye candy! Posting their preview link separately

  19. Seventh Sister :

    The Newsroom/Shopping for Guys Threadjack:

    So I was watching the season finale of The Newsroom last night and thought Jeff Daniels’ pajamas were pretty cute (I think they are Brooks Brothers last season). I was complaining to my husband that it was too bad he hated wearing pajamas.

    It turns out that he doesn’t actually hate pajamas, he is just extremely long-waisted/short-legged and “I need an XL pajama top and L pajama bottoms.” (I don’t buy clothes for him pretty much ever.)

    Any suggestions?

    • Heh. On a somewhat related note, I’m looking for light blue men’s and child’s button down pajamas. The plan is that my brother and his toddler will go as Gary and Walter from The Muppets for Halloween. The pajamas would then be close to the blue suits they wear in the movies. They have similar men’s pajamas at Hanes, but I can’t find any child’s pajamas. Any ideas?

      My sister-in-law has red hair and will go as Mary.

      • phillygirlruns :

        no suggestions, but this is a really cute idea.

      • How about a blue botton-front shirt and blue sweatpants? I can’t find any light blue, solid-colored boys’ PJs.

    • I’m confused. Do you just want tips on where to buy pajama separates? Because I’d just buy pajama bottoms and a henley top. Or do you want a specific style of pajamas but in separates?

    • My husband has a long torso and shorter limbs, and loves Brooks Brothers PJs. The tops are fairly long, and the bottoms have enough of a rise (and are draw string) that you can wear them at varying places on your hips.

  20. This site has a top similar to the one Kat featured this week (yesterday?)