Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress

Dorothy Perkins Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been seeing a lot of what I’ll call the “mullet” trend with dresses, pants, even blazers — it’s one color on the front and another color on the back.  I’m not a fan of this, in general… and yet, I love this teal notch neck dress from Dorothy Perkins, which incorporates that element (at least, the upper back of the dress is all black).  I like the dark teal color with tiny polka dots, I like that it’s machine washable, and I like that it’s 110 cm long (43″). I also like that it’s $44, full price. Happy Friday!  Dorothy Perkins Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress

The pictured dress comes in sizes 4-18, but here’s a few plus size options that are similar: here and here.

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Coffee Break: Southport Avenue Cameron Bag

Kate Spade Southport Avenue Cameron | CorporetteOooh: I like this pretty tote from Kate Spade, now on a pretty steep (50%) discount. I like the interior pockets, the fun lining, the feet, and the fact that it zippers on top — all very important! It’s available in gray, beige, and black, for $224 at Kate Spade New York (final sale, alas). Kate Spade Southport Avenue Cameron

CRMs, Business Development Trackers, and Other Organizing Fun

How to Keep Track of Business Development Efforts | Corporette How can you track business development efforts, beyond traditional CRM (customer relationship management) software programs?  We’ve talked about how to build a book of business, but not how to organize those attempts.  Here’s reader EJ’s question:

I have accepted a new job that will involve less billable hours and more business development. I would like to keep track of new contacts made (even if it does not translate into business immediately) and business development generally (lunches attended/seminars/conferences) so that come my review, I can show my efforts and, hopefully, the tangible benefits. Can Corporette readers recommend any specific type of app/software to keep track of this kind of work and the results? Obviously, I will record all of my time in the usually way but I was hoping to use some sort of software/app to collect the data and the results. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Great question, and congrats to EJ on the new job!  I can suggest a few things here, but I’m curious to hear what readers say…

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Admin Question: Redesign

corporette redesignI mentioned this in yesterday’s SOTW thread, but thought I’d ask in a bigger post — I’m in the beginning stages of starting to think of refreshing the design for the blog and thought I’d see if anyone has any favorite blogs or websites that they LOVE the design of (so I can see if their designer is available for hire, and otherwise get ideas).  It doesn’t have to be similar in style to this blog, just an intelligently designed website.  Thank you guys in advance for your thoughts!

(Pictured: our original logo and color scheme, just for kicks.)

Thursday’s TPS Report: Stamped Structure Leather Trim Top

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

Classiques Entier Stamped Structure Leather Trim TopNordstrom has a ton of nice Classiques Entier on sale right now, and I’m liking this structured, thick tee with leather trim details. It seems like a great way to elevate ankle pants or the like for the office — I can particularly see it being great if you tend to run hot (or you have an aggressive radiator in your office). The top was $198, but is now $98.98. (And please check out this gorgeous dress and matching jacket, also — they’re not in the price points for our Thursday posts but I love that dress!) The pictured top: Classiques Entier Stamped Structure Leather Trim Top

Here’s a more affordable option, which also comes in plus sizes.

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Suit of the Week: Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci Floral Jacquard SuitFor 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 Nina Ricci floral jacquard suit strikes me as incredibly unusual. First, I’ve never seen a wool floral jacquard quite like this one. Second, the curved panels and cutaway peplum make it look incredibly lux (a good thing, considering the price). And here’s the most unusual thing about it: it has all of these fantastic design elements, and yet it still seems like it’s totally wearable for a conservative job. The jacket (Nina Ricci Floral Jacquard Jacket) is $1990. The skirt, while apparently sold out at Barney’s, is still available at for $1050.

The alternatives pale in comparison, but here’s a blazer + sheath dress option with a similar vibe for about $60 total (!), and knitwear brand Misook has a bunch of nice collarless navy blazers and separates, in both regular and plus sizes, at Last Call. Meanwhile, for those of you with an extra $10K burning a hole in your pocket, may I direct you to this vaguely similar blazer.

Psst: Check out the Secret Sale at Kate Spade Saturday — up to 75% off! (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)

Nina Ricci womens suit