Weekend Open Thread

Steve Madden Vaale Cross Strap Sandal Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

Is it sandal weather yet? It’s totally sandal weather, right!?  Maybe? Kinda? If, like me, you’re dreaming of pedicures and hot weekend sandals, these sexy, slightly gold sandals from Steven look great.  (They also come in black.)  They’re $108.95 at Nordstrom. Steven by Steve Madden’Vaale’ Cross Strap Sandal

This looks like a nice option that comes in narrow and wide widths as well.


Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Textured Peplum Jacket

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

Textured Peplum Jacket Ooh: we all know I love a white blazer (but really — go find one if you haven’t already!), and this cute, collarless, textured number from the Limited looks great. I like the jewel neck, the tiny grosgrain ribbon around the waist, and the peplum and three-quarter sleeves (both of which, IMHO, keep it far away from lab coat territory).  It was $128, but is marked to $64 today. Textured Peplum Jacket

Here are two plus-size options.

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Coffee Break: Diamond Triangle Earrings

gold triangle diamond earringsPretty! I like the teeny tiny diamonds in these small gold triangles — they look chic yet classic at the same time. They’re $331, available at Ylang 23. WWAKE Diamond Triangle Earrings


How to Be Productive When You Work in an Open Office

open-office-adjustmentReaders, do you have any tips for how to work productively in an open office? What advice do you have for someone struggling to adjust to one? Reader K wonders…

I’d love to hear your and readers thoughts about open office plans in the legal environment, such as in the recent article Google Got It Wrong: The Open Office Trend is Destroying Workplaces. In my job at a large non-profit that also has a legal help line, the lawyers, except for legal director, are in cubicles. 2 lawyers spend 1/2 their time doing phone intake. The rest do typical legal research and writing. I have asked about ways of reducing noise/less open space, but am told to just deal with it. My question is whether in the legal industry in general there is an expectation that lawyers should be able to have quiet spaces to work. Looking back on K-12, college, and law school, I always found quiet places to work, and was efficient. My teachers noticed that I was a great writer and really distractable, so they made sure I had a quiet place to work. Now, as a lawyer, I wish there was a quiet space I could escape to do my best work, like I did for 19 years of school. I’d take a pay cut!

Interesting question, reader K. I’ve worked in cubicles (back in my magazine days), a closed-door office environment (back in my BigLaw days), and an open-door office environment (back in my nonprofit days)… so I’ve never worked in a truly open office. While I’m really curious to hear what the readers say, I have a few ideas that may be of help:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Gemma Wrap Dress

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

Gemma Wrap DressBanana Republic has selected items on a 50% off sale today, and I was happy to see the classic Gemma wrap dress included in the mix, as well as some of their non-iron blouses, Sloan dress and pants, and this other nice faux wrap dress.  The Gemma has been around for years; right now it’s available in regular and petite in the pictured teal for $60 and your basic black for $98; take 50% off both of those prices with code BRHALF.  Gemma Wrap Dress

Here are two plus-size options.

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Suit of the Week: Halogen

interview-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.

I really love the slightly vintage vibe to this suit from one of Nordstrom’s most affordable lines, Halogen.  The  The jacket (Halogen® One-Button Peplum Jacket) is $138, the skirt (Halogen® Pencil Suit Skirt) is $68, and the pants (Halogen® Straight Leg Suit Pants) are $88. The suit comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

Psst: Note that a very similar Halogen suit that we liked back in January is now on sale for 40% off – lots of sizes still left.