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Archives for November 2012

Weekend Open Thread

Tahari by ASL Jose Surplus Sparkle Chiffon Party DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

6pm has a lot of party dresses on sale today — lots of ones marked 75% off, and lots of recognizable brands like Tahari, Donna Ricco, Suzi Chin, and more. I like this sparkle chiffon party dress from Tahari — looks like a great basic, and I like 70% off. A few notes about how it’s styled here: I think the tights are too dark for this dress — if I were wearing this to a party I’d go for sheers, fishnets, or maybe even a lacy tight. Second: I really hope it’s a bra issue and not a dress issue (maybe the model was wearing a strapless bra because she was modeling lots of party dresses that day, or no bra at all). Finally: do your hair a little bit (even a sock bun), and I would totally try to wear a brooch with this dress — either at the waist or on one of the straps, near the clavicle. It was originally $148, but is now marked to $44.99 at 6pm (lots of sizes left). Tahari by ASL Jose Surplus Sparkle Chiffon Party Dress

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Weekly News Update

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– Thank you to the ABA Journal for nominating Corporette one of the Top 100 Law Blawgs, for the fifth year in the row (eek!)! Readers, I’d be honored if you’d go vote for me as best of the category “Career” — go here, register/sign in, and vote away. Thank you!
The Washington Post has a fascinating article about how newswomen have stopped wearing suits, which may hasten the suit’s demise.
SheFinds has an intriguing slideshow about what actually sold on Black Friday.
– Grammar nerds, unite: Savvy Sugar has a gift guide for us.
Fast Company tells you how to make up for lost ground if you didn’t negotiate your first salary well.  Meanwhile, Online MBA has an interesting video about how to know when it’s time to change careers.  Similarly, a guest poster at The Careerist has a three-part series for lawyers about how to make a lateral move to a new firm.
– Four career experts weigh in over at Intuit Quickbase on how to fix it if you’ve got a focus problem at the office. Over at Above the Law, guest poster Susan Moon shows us how to manage our managers.
FitSugar has a great slideshow about the best yoga poses for desk dwellers.
– In other Kat news: thanks to the NYT for quoting me in an article about how to buy new work clothes on a budget, and thanks to Above the Law for letting me guest post this week (all about BigLaw holiday parties).

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Woven-Trim Tank

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

Woven-Trim TankThe Limited has a bunch of discounts today that are worth taking a look if you’re a fan — 70% off coats, 40% off dresses and, today, an extra 25% off markdowns. This marked-down tank is definitely on the simple side, but I think it looks great for layering — great reviews on the website (it’s got 4.9 stars out of 5), a high neckline, a little bit of interest at the top, and it’s machine washable (perfect for the bottom layer). I’d wear it under a sweater or cardi with a deeper V, and possibly layer a blazer on top of that. It was $16.99, now $12.74, available in sizes XS-XL in purple, black, navy, deep red, camel, and gold. Woven-Trim Tank

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Coffee Break – Ebenezer Leather Shoulder Bag

Anya Hindmarch Ebenezer leather shoulder bagI first saw this bag at the Shopbop sale last week, in an almost glowing green and navy crinkled metallic leather — and thought, it’s nice, but for $1900 I can’t recommend that as a “sale” item (even though you could have gotten up to 35% off on it with the sale they were having then).  So I came back to it today and — baboom — it’s sold out.  Which just makes me want it even more!  A lot of stores have this bag in various colors and styles — some even on sale (e.g., Saks has the smallest size (more of a crossbody/clutch) marked to $570 from $980).  Ultimately, I like this black/tan smoother leather version for work.  This bag is actually the largest of the offerings, so I suspect the difference in price is due to the leather (smooth versus crinkled/crackled) — it’s only $1450 at Net-a-Porter — what a steal. Anya Hindmarch Ebenezer leather shoulder bag

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How Much Do You Spend On Bags?

Purses & Pumps :), originally uploaded to Flickr by nikkicookiebaker.How much do you spend on bags? After our discussion on Tuesday regarding whether a reader should spend $2100 on a bag that she was different from what she normally carried, reader E wrote in with this comment:

After reading your post yesterday regarding expensive, professional bags, I wonder who out there can afford such a bag? I am a lawyer at a big firm and live in DC. My firm pays the standard scale — I currently make $185,000 and will soon get a raise to $210,000. While I realize I may be somewhat conservative when it comes to clothes (I tend to buy designer clothes on sale or through Gilt or Ideeli), I am definitely not cheap. I would buy a $350 purse, but that is a far cry from $2100! Like most lawyers I know, I have student loans and a mortgage. However, I don’t save that much money (though I do pay extra on my loans). So my question is, who pays $2100 for a purse? Are these people who have no loans? Who have married money? Or am I just not investing enough in my wardrobe? I am interested in getting your (and other readers) opinion(s).

This is a great question, and we haven’t discussed this since the big discussion on how much people generally spend on clothes a few years ago.*  (Pictured.) I’m curious to hear what readers say here, but for my own $.02, this is how I look at it:

– The vast majority of my bags are in the $300-$600 price range.  Many were purchased for below $200, though, either at sample sales, online sales, or through flash sales (some of where I had “referral points” from recommending different flash sale sites on the blog).  [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Falling Stones Tee

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

Falling Stones TeeI don’t know if this is a new thing from DvF — a cotton t-shirt emblazoned with one of her vintage prints — but I really like the idea of it.  Yes, I kind of wish it were silk or even rayon, but I’ll take cotton.  It’s washable, breathable, and will be much easier to take care of than something that needs dry cleaning or air drying. And, while $75 seems steep for a t-shirt, there are a lot of t-shirts in that price range that are far less appropriate to be worn to work.  The shirt is available for preorder from DVF.com, sizes P-L still available.  Falling Stones Tee

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