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Weekend Open Thread

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Last year I remember seeing a bunch of women with great big faux fur pom pom hats and — sad trombone! — by the time I finally said FINE, yes, I want one too, they were all sold out. This year I’m ogling this $48 option in a happy, bright red from Free People, but this $15 option also has great reviews and may win out from a budget standpoint. Hmmn. Happy weekend! Pictured: Happy Trails Faux Fur Pom Beanie

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Weekly News Update

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  • Racked shares the new Universal Standard collaboration with Danielle Brooks, including this sweater dress.
  • Racked also offers an insider’s look at almost $100,000 worth of fashion swag they’ve received over the last six months.
  • The New Republic takes a look at why retail chain stores like RadioShack, The Limited, Payless, and Toys R Us are among 19 retail bankruptcies this year. (Our love of shopping online isn’t the only culprit.)
  • NPR explores, “When it comes to sexual harassment claims, whose side is HR really on?”
  • U.S. News provides red flags to watch for during the hiring and interviewing process.
  • The New Yorker digs deep in its report on gender discrimination in the tech industry, including why “Almost half the women who get tech jobs eventually leave the field, more than double the percentage of men who do so.”
  • The New York Times offers a doctor’s opinion of when you should stay home when you’re sick, and a reminder: “It’s not just about you.”
  • The New York Times also shares a piece by Lindy West on “Why men aren’t funny,” in light of the reports of sexual harassment by comic Louis C.K.
  • The Washington Post reports that women have been tweeting photos of their 14-year-old selves (with the hashtag #MeAt14) following recent allegations against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama involving high school girls.
  • Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s offers a solution to cut back on sexual harassment in the workplace: Hire dogs instead of men.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Tie Front Cotton Jersey Knit Top

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

I keep coming back to this interesting top at eShakti — like everything else on the site, it’s completely customizable, and I like the darts and the empire waist. I also really like the tie-front look because it’s much dressier than a t-shirt but it’s also not that much fussier than a t-shirt. I can see this working in a lot of different situations and offices. It’s $40, and you can change the sleeves or the length. Sizes are 0–36W. Tie Front Cotton Jersey Knit Top

Update: Unfortunately, this has now sold out, but here’s an option at Neiman Marcus.

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Coffee Break: Wool Blend Asymmetrical Skirted Coat

ted baker skirted coatIf you’re looking for a gorgeous, statement-worthy coat for this winter, may I present this gorgeous Ted Baker asymmetrical skirted coat. Love the open wrap (it also buttons up for, you know, warmth), the light gray color, and the pleated skirt effect of the coat. Stunning. It’s $575 at Nordstrom (and Amazon may have a similar Ted Baker one in navy, on sale). Wool Blend Asymmetrical Skirted Coat

For more affordable alternatives, try ASOS (a fun pale pink) and Macy’s; two plus-size options are at Macy’s and Amazon.

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Co-Dependent or Budget Savvy: Family Cell Phone Plans, Shared Passwords, Help with the Rent, and Definitions of Adulting

adulting and family cell phone plansWe were talking recently in the Corporette Slack channel about people we knew who were still on the family cell phone plan as an adult — and considering we’ve seen so many news stories about different levels of this kind of co-dependence, from sharing passwords with family members to getting help with your rent, we thought it would be fun to have a bigger discussion about it here at Corporette. Thank you to Rebecca Berfanger for writing this for us — I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on this topic! – Kat.

Readers, have you ever thought about whether you are independent–or co-dependent–when it comes to your expenses? Is part of your view of “adulting” to be 100% totally financially independent — or do you think it’s budget savvy to share passwords and family cell phone plans? Where is the line in your mind? If you’ve discussed this intimately with friends or partners, do you think you’re normal or on one end of the continuum? Do your parents or other friends or family members still financially support you in some way (mortgage, bills, transportation, housing) or do you always pay your own way? If you’re in a relationship, do you share a bank account? Are there some things you don’t mind sharing, like a family cell phone plan or passwords for your favorite source of entertainment?

In the first episode of Girls, Lena Dunham’s Hannah Horvath asks her parents for money so she can continue to live in her Brooklyn apartment. Sure, New York is very expensive, but it’s a good place for a writer to live so she can network and land a decent job in her field. Fair enough. Yet even though she seems to have a decent job, it is an unpaid internship with no guarantee of advancement. Depending on your personal situation, that conversation was relatable, cringe-inducing, or possibly both.

Here are few questions to consider:

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Classic Blazer

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This is a great blazer by Treasure & Bond — I like the burgundy color and the sort of jacquard pattern, as well as the contrast lining (which is a delicate floral). Like yesterday’s sheath dress, this is a good thing to dress up or dress down at the holidays, and the price doesn’t hurt either: It’s $89 at Nordstrom. (By the way, when you buy Treasure & Bond at Nordstrom, 2.5% goes to youth charities.) Classic Blazer

Here’s an option in plus sizes (and three other size ranges) at Talbots.

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