Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers! I am thankful, as always, for the readers of this site — I’ve learned so much from you guys and, as I hope you can tell, love writing for y’all. Thank you for the great run we’ve had thus far! Stay tuned over the next few days for sales — we’ll try to be on top of all the best Gray Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday deals. Our favorite sale at the MOMENT, though, is this extra 25% off handbags and shoes that Amazon is offering through November 28, as we noted throughout our boot roundup on Monday — there are a lot of lucky sizes, but it’s a great chance to buy a basic like a new sneaker. This New Balance shoe was $109, but is now marked down to $59-$92 (available in three colors) — with discounts the pictured shoe comes down to $70. Not bad. New Balance Women’s WR00 Minimus Running Shoe
- Lo & Sons just launched their newest style, the Pearl crossbody (pictured) — I haven’t seen it yet in person but it looks great.
- Even if you didn’t win, you can still get 20% off today with code PRETHANKS sitewide at the Lo & Sons site. (But a little birdie tells me they’ll have 30% sitewide, starting Thursday — so check it out!)
Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
I just learned about this company, Rose Wholesale, the other day — a friend had liked the page so the ad was showing in my FB feed with some alluring title like “Women’s coats for under $25.” I clicked, and while a lot of the pieces look a bit costume-y, there are some pieces for work that I might give a shot if I was tired of the usual budget offerings. Take, for example, this black and white blazer, which has a very Chanel-esque look about it. Reviews seeem positive, too, and for $15.37 it’s hard to go wrong. It’s available in sizes S-XL in white and black. Office Lady Blazer
For bargains for plus sizes, check out the “curvy young contemporary” section at Red Dress Boutique — I recently saw an episode of Shark Tank featuring the founder and was impressed enough by her story to click through to check out the boutique. Most of it isn’t my taste, but I though this plum blazer for $46 looked nice…
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Maybe it is news to no one but me, but I haven’t seen the colored Longchamp bags with matching leather straps. (Last I remember noticing they still had brown straps widely available online.) I much prefer the more streamlined look, and I think the purple is a lovely, versatile color (but of course I do). The pictured bag is $180 at Nordstrom. Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Tote
While doing our round-up of knee-high boots, I was struck by how things have changed in such a short time — when I first started this blog, knee-high boots were still pretty scandalous, and over-the-knee boots (or OTK boots) were completely, totally risqué. Cut to today, and they’re EVERYWHERE — flat versions, high-heeled versions, on most best seller lists, with rave reviews from everyone from 20-somethings to 60-somethings. I know Jean at ExtraPetite has talked about wearing her 5050s for the commute, but I thought it might be interesting to have a poll: are over the knee boots so omnipresent that you can wear them to work? (Pictured: Screenshot of the Stuart Weitzman 5050 from Zappos, where they’re $635; they’re also at Nordstrom for the same. Here are a few under-$200 alternatives.)
As always, you have to know the specifics of YOUR office. But because a poll can be fun, I thought we’d have this in two flavors: one poll for folks working in conservative offices, and one folks for the women in business casual offices. Just for ease of discussion, let’s define a “conservative office” as one where, on any given day, 30% or more of your coworkers are in suits.
Disclosure: In today’s sponsored post, State Farm Insurance asked me to talk about my first career change — magazine editor to lawyer — and some of the people who helped me along the way.
I was at a recent alumni networking event, and everyone older than 30 heartily encouraged the students and new graduates to reach out to alums. An email that mentions a shared connection opens a lot of doors. Generally, people are happy to give advice. Cast a wide net — particularly don’t be shy about reaching out when you’re looking to enter a new career or change careers entirely. All of this advice rings true with my own experience in networking when you’re junior, and changing careers — not once, but twice now. I’ve written about my career change from media lawyer to fashion blogger, but I’ve never talked about the first big career change I made: from magazine writer to lawyer.
It’s fun to think back on what drove the change…