Coffee Break: City Tote

Lipault Paris City ToteWe have a lot of favorite products on this blog, and this new tote bag reminds me of two of them.  One is a big, durable tote bag that has very little in terms of interior organization, but is very light weight and easy to carry — and the other is a big, durable tote bag that has TONS of organization and travel sleeves (to fit on your rolling bag), but can be a bit overwhelming in size to some people.  This smaller tote bag, from new-to-me brand Lipault, looks promising.  It’s smaller than both of the other two products, but still lightweight.  It has zippered outside compartments (one of which converts to a “slip through pocket” for a rolling bag), as well as one interior pocket.  I like that it has a flat bottom (no feet, alas, but it’s better than a bag that doesn’t stand up at all) and a zipper on the top.  And for $89, it’s pretty affordable.  It’s available in purple and black at Zappos.  Lipault Paris City Tote

Update: Wow, Amazon has it in a zillion colors!


What to Do When Your Office Temperature is Never Right

Office temperature controlIs there a single solution to making an office’s temperature more comfortable if big windows make it too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer? Reader A wonders…

I just started as an associate attorney and it’s my first time with my very own office! It’s so great to have my own four walls. My issue is that one of those walls is actually windows leading to outside, which is great except it makes temperature control a nightmare. Right now, it lets in tons of sun, which makes my office far too hot. I’ve been told by the person who previously occupied my office that in the winter, she froze because of the massive windows. I’m considering looking into an air conditioner for now, but when winter hits, I’ll need a heater. Any idea of a combo unit that I can just switch over when the weather changes? I’d really like to just have one unit, preferably not one that’s massive or noisy.

First, congrats on your own office, Reader A! I’m curious to hear what the readers say. We’ve talked about cold offices and hot offices and how to dress professionally in hot weather and cold weather, but not for dealing with wide temperature discrepancies within a private office like this. Here are my thoughts:

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: V-Neck Double Cloth Sheath Dress

Classiques Entier V-Neck Double Cloth Sheath Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Tuesday! This simple olive sheath dress from Classiques Entier looks lovely — I like the V-neck, the work-appropriate length, and I like the pleats and haven’t seen them used in a similar way on a suiting fabric like this. Also: I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: olive is surprisingly versatile — I’d wear this baby with neutrals like black, white, cream, and navy, but also with pops of color like baby pink, cobalt, lavender and dark purple. The dress is $298 at Nordstrom. Classiques Entier V-Neck Double Cloth Sheath Dress

A few lower-priced alternatives are here, here, and here (up to 3X).

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Coffee Break: Double Drop Pendant Necklace

Panacea Double Drop Pendant NecklaceLast Call has a nice sale going on right now on accessories, including tons of great office-appropriate jewelry from brand Panacea (also sold at Nordstrom, fwiw). I like a lot of the pieces, but my favorite is this long pendant necklace with large white stones — it’s the kind of thing I’d wear with sheath dresses, turtlenecks, boatnecks and more all season long.  The pendant was $65 but is now $31. Panacea Double Drop Pendant Necklace


The Hunt: Strappy Pumps for Work

strappy heels for workSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I find classic pumps challenging in tights (damn my narrow heels!). As the weather gets colder, though — particularly if you’re commuting in rain boots or snow boots — tights become more practical. My way of dealing with this has always been to keep strappy pumps at the office. They’ve become some of my favorite shoes over the years because I find them much easier to walk in. We haven’t talked about strappy pumps in almost a while, though, so let’s discuss… Readers, what shoes do you wear with tights in the winter? Are you a fan of strappy pumps for this purpose — or do you prefer to wear booties and shooties? Bought any great ones recently?

First, a round up of some broad categories (most links, unless otherwise obvious, go to Nordstrom or Zappos):

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Wool Jacket

Stella McCartney Wool Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Wow — what a stone cold cool wool jacket from Stella McCartney. Love (love) (love!) the peplum back, and the hi-low effect for all of it. Gaw-geous. It’s $1545, at Nordstrom. Stella McCartney Wool Jacket

A few lower-priced coats with a similar feel are here, here, and here.

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