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Archives for July 2014

Coffee Break: Ruby Mini Hoop Earrings

Ileana Makri Ruby Mini Hoop Earrings | CorporetteI always love me a good huggy earring, and this mini hoop from Ileana Makri looks like it fits the bill. I like the hinge back with the super teeny hoop (10mm), and I think the ruby color would look gorgeous against most, if not all, skin tones. The earrings are $1,050 at Barneys (also available in green tsavorite). Ileana Makri Ruby Mini Hoop Earrings

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Guest Post: 5 Healthy Eating Tips

5 Diet Changes to Make | CorporetteFor busy women, eating healthy can be impossible —  so I was curious which five small changes would make the most impact. We’ve talked about easy weeknight dinners, healthy snacks for the office, and ways to politely decline treats your coworkers bring to work, and today guest poster* Sara Sarakanti, a certified health coach, weighs in on this nutritious issue. (Sara is also an old friend who features prominently in Jack’s bedtime stories — it was at her birthday party seven years ago that I met my husband.) Follow Sara on Twitter at @SaraSarakanti

Replace soda with water, and make it sexy.
Stop drinking empty calories and sugar in soda, and start replenishing cells in your body with water. Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day can be tedious, but there are plenty of bottles out there to help you reach your goal easily. Find a large water bottle (BPA-free of course) that holds up to four glasses of water, and be sure to drink two full bottles’ worth of water throughout the day. Always remember to replenish midday. If you don’t like the taste of water or think it’s too boring for your palate, then purchase an infusion water bottle. You can load up the center tube of the bottle with lemons, berries, or any other refreshing, nutrient-rich fruits. For some elegantly designed infusion water bottles, check out Define Bottle (as seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank”). Soon enough, you’ll be drinking your H2O in style.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Drape Detail Sheath Dress

The Limited Drape Detail Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Thursday! Today I’m liking this happy purple sheath dress from The Limited. I like the unusual color, and the unusual drape details at the bodice. I’d keep this one pretty simple and wear it with gold or silver jewelry, simple black or nude-for-you pumps, and a gray or white blazer or shrunken cardigan. It was $98, but the code SAVE40 brings it to $59. The Limited Drape Detail Sheath Dress

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Suit of the Week: Boss Hugo Boss

Boss Hugo Boss Textured Stretch Cotton Skirt Suit with Striped Trim | CorporetteFor 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.

This gorgeous navy suit is that rare bird, I think: a fun, interesting suit that is also sophisticated and appropriate for a variety of situations. I love the variegated stripe details, and that stretch cotton has such a texture to it — it looks like it would hold up really well on a hot summer day but still be breathable. As always, I’m a fan of the modest hemline, and I always like a three-quarter sleeve to the blazer. The blazer (Jeisina Blazer) is $595, and the skirt (Valyn Skirt) is $295. The suit is available at Hugo Boss, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom.

 

 

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Sponsored: Sole Society’s Great Collection of Work-Appropriate Flats, Heels, and More

sole society screenshot.indexedDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Sole Society, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

I’ve been intrigued by Sole Society since 2011, when the brand was founded by the HauteLook team as a subscription shoe club.  (It was spun into a separate company a few months later, and they’ve since dropped the subscription aspect — they’re now just a regular eCommerce site.)  They currently offer shoes designed by Sole Society, French Connection, Lucky Brand, Matisse, and Vince Camuto.  Note that shipping and returns are free, but in order to get a refund on your credit card (versus store credit) they charge a $7.95 restocking fee per item returned.  (Some Sole Society shoes are available at some Nordstrom locations.)

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Tales from the Wallet: What’s Worth the Splurge (And What Isn’t)

When to Splurge, When to Save | CorporetteSomething that I’ve wanted to do for a while is talk about what’s worth the “splurge” (on a big or small level) versus what’s NOT worth the splurge. For example: I always joke that life is too short for cheap liquor and cheap toilet paper. On the flip side, I rarely notice the difference with a “fine” wine (ahem), and “good” coffee is wasted on me also — Folgers is just fine for my one cup a day. At the grocery store, I often buy store brands (or whatever’s cheapest).

On a day to day level, my cleaning lady (who now comes once a fortnight) is non-negotiable and an absolute essential (we love you Olga!), and I will give up other splurges (such as frequent dinners out) to keep room for her in the budget. (Pictured:  Fossil ‘Key-Per’ Wristlet, was $40, now $29.98.)

On a grander level, I think education is worth the splurge if other factors align; in other words, the more expensive program may be worth it if it offers enhanced networking capabilities / alumni base / career services / etc. In terms of housing, I’ve always prioritized living space over location or amenities (e.g., I’ve never lived in a glitzy apartment building in a super chic area but rather the largest apartment I could get in the safest area near where I wanted to live).

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