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Amazon just launched an in-house brand of jeans called Hale that are designed by Adriano Goldschmied, and considering that AG jeans are usually much more expensive and the price point for Hale is under $55, that’s pretty noteworthy. (N.B. that AG jeans made TWO appearances on our list of bestselling denim a few months ago, both with a price point of around $150-$225.) These midnight ones look great — they come in sizes 24–33 and they’re $48.50, eligible for Prime. HALE Joyce Sculpted Cropped Skinny Jean

These jeans at Nordstrom are an option that’s available up to size 24.

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Weekly News Update

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  • The Cut reports that for the second time in the 12-year-history of the National Book Foundation, all five of the nominees for “5 Under 35,” which recognizes debut fiction writers, are women.
  • Racked shares that Madonna’s beauty line, MDNA SKIN, which has been available in Asia since 2014, is now available in the U.S.
  • The Wall Street Journal has advice on accepting a “stretch job”—even if you don’t feel qualified enough. (WSJ articles are behind a paywall.)
  • Above the Law reports that a former partner of Biglaw firm Winston & Strawn has filed a complaint of gender discrimination, alleging that “she was robbed of opportunities to develop her business, had her salary slashed, bonuses denied, and was ultimately forced out.”
  • The Daily Dot defines the new term “he-peating” as when a woman’s idea gets shut down and “a male colleague not only repeats this same idea, he gets credit for it.” (Ad may autoplay.)
  • Ask a Manager has an update to her earlier post about an advice-seeker who learned that an ex-girlfriend he “ghosted” following a three-year relationship was going to be his new boss.
  • NPR shares that the first woman has completed the U.S. Marines’ Infantry Officer Course. About 10% of all participants drop out on the first day, and about one-third don’t graduate.
  • The Guardian presents why, according to a sleep scientist, the world is facing a “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic.” Scroll to the end for the stats about sleeping. (Ad may autoplay.)
  • Bustle explains that the history of gynecology is “racist, sexist, and extremely scary.”
  • Chase.com provides six factors to consider when deciding whether a home equity line of credit is right for you.
  • Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s explains why you should “fire up that computer, hop on that treadmill, and start doing the finest work of your careeeeq3!r” (As long as you don’t mind a few typos.)

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Suit Skirt

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

I don’t remember how I found this (at JCPenney — we haven’t featured anything from there in a while), but this seems like a nice, basic skirt if you’re looking for one that’s very affordable and slightly different from the usual pencil skirt. I like how it’s a little bit flippy but also a little fitted. It’s $50 full price but is now on sale for $25, and it’s available in sizes 4–18. (There is a matching blazer that, alas, has some unfortunate zippers — but you do you.) Black Label by Evan-Picone Suit Skirt

Here’s a plus-size option (and this dress isn’t exactly appropriate for work BUT it is almost the exact color of the skirt pictured). This $9 skirt also comes in royal blue and is available in sizes 2-18.

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Coffee Break: ‘Pointy Lace Mix’ Colorblock Suede Pump

I love a pop of color that’s a little bit understated, and I think these shoes from Hugo Boss are just sublime. I love the tall, proud heel, and the gray/yellow/black color scheme is a really winning combination. These are $455 at Hugo Boss, with only lucky sizes in stock at this point. Pointy Lace Mix Colorblock Suede Pump

Here’s a more affordable option in heels, and this comfort brand has a colorblock options if you like the tights-with-heeled-sandals look.

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Financial Tips for Women Lawyers Just Starting in BigLaw (Or Other Very High Paying Gigs)

Financial advice for women lawyers (and others new to high paying gigs like BigLaw!)Here’s an odd post that I don’t think we’ve ever done: financial advice for women lawyers starting in BigLaw or other big corporate gigs with lots of money. Starting salaries for lawyers can be as high as $180,000 these days, so it can definitely be a great first salary! It’s a good idea to be prepared for the ways that working in BigLaw will affect your finances. Here’s some of our top financial advice for women lawyers:

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Metallic-Fastening Blazer

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I just discovered that Mango has a bunch of fun blazers as well as suits right now. Averting your eyes from the styling here (i.e., that hideous zipper on the pants), you’ll notice that this flattering blazer has some really nice details. The shoulders have a rounded, structured look; it’s got a nipped-in waist with an interesting straight metal fastener; and to me it looks a lot more expensive than $79. It’s available in white, “nude” (pictured here), and black, so if you’re looking for a basic black blazer to keep in your wardrobe, give this one a try. I would hope to see the white on sale soon — since it’s October in a few days — and the pale pink is also nice. It comes in sizes XXS–L. Metallic-Fastening Blazer

For plus sizes, here’s a pink and black pinstripe.

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