Tech Problems

I know we’re having tech problems but I’m lacking information — is it mobile only? Can you identify which ad (or which ad spot)? Anyone who can send me screenshots and more information will win my undying affection. (I know of two potentially separate problems: and a redirection to some app/game…. please fill me in if there are others.) Thank you all for your patience!

Deal Alert: ShopBop’s Friends & Family Sale

FYI – ShopBop’s Friends and Family sale has just started, with 25% off sitewide with code FAMILY25.  ShopBop is home to a ton of great brands, and the editor’s picks are usually SPOT on in terms of what’s trendy, interesting, and now — their jewelry collection is also drool worthy.  There are also a ton of great basics, though — so I’ve rounded up a few pieces that are classics that have been around forever (and probably will be).  It’s also nice that they offer free 3-day shipping (although you can use your Amazon Prime membership for faster shipping), and, as always, free returns. Readers, what are you eyeing for the ShopBop sale?  If you had $1K to spend, what would you buy?

Deal Alert: Ann Taylor Extra 70% Off Sale

Ann Taylor is having a flash sale, offering an extra 70% off sale items with FLASH70 … until midnight.  Tomorrow, it’s an extra 65% off until noon (code FLASH65), and then until midnight tomorrow, it’s an extra 60% off (code FLASH60). Tons of inventory, and only some of it is final sale.  Lots of sizes, too… happy shopping, ladies!

Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Ashton Shirtdress

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

Limited Ashton ShirtdressI normally do not like shirtdresses — they’re hard to look flattering, and a few years ago it seemed like retailers were purposely making them to look like you’d thrown on your boyfriend’s shirt, belted it, and left the house without pants. So it’s unusual for me to say that I really like this shirtdress from The Limited, inspired by their popular Ashton blouse — it looks clean, professional, and flattering. I like this “fireside red” color, but it’s also available in other colors: “midnight blue,” black, green, and a number of sleeveless iterations. The dress is $79.95, but if you buy one you get one 50% off. Limited Ashton Shirtdress

Psst: here’s a plus size version. FYI — although The Limited shuttered their plus-size line about a year ago, the brand Eloquii has been resurrected and is under new management (with no affiliation with The Limited).  This sheath dress comes down to $66 today with code TGIF and looks like a nice basic.

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Coffee Break: Majorie Pump

Tahari Majorie PumpSure, these shoes are a little bit boring… but sometimes you want a simple beige or black pump. The price is pretty good: they’re $70 at DSW. Tahari Majorie Pump

What to Wear for a Polygraph Test

polygraph testWhat do you wear for a polygraph test, particularly if it’s in the same building as HR?  Reader L wonders:

Help! I applied for a position that requires a polygraph. Mine is scheduled for next week and I am concerned about what to wear. It is in the same building as HR and I do not know if I will have an interview then. I would normally wear a business suit but my suits are all paired with camisoles (due to style, 3/4 sleeves, etc.) I am concerned about this because isn’t there a chest strap you are hooked up to? This is a professional position and I am thinking of wearing a blazer and dress slacks and dark cashmere shell that hopefully I will not sweat into from nerves. This is my go-to outfit I wear to work when I do not have court because it is most comfortable and still looks nice. Have you had to think about a physical comfort issue when interviewing and choosing your outfit? For what it is worth I was informed the polygraph will be 90minutes long.

Interesting question!  We’ve talked about how to stay professional at the metal detectors, and how to wear an ID badge with style, but we’ve never addressed polygraph tests for job interviews.  My gut instinct here tells me, “call and ask” (always an option, ladies!) but in case anyone in the readership has experience with this, I’ll open it up to the readers. Poking around online I did find a number of similar questions, primarily from men about to take police exams — the serious answer seemed to be “business casual,” with the less serious answers ranging from “chicken suit” to “For your polygraph wear a tuxedo. Then go naked to your psyc eval.” Ha! Ha. Ok. [Read more…]