Weekend Open Thread

Ugg Classic Cardy BootsSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Brrrrrrr: it is COLD outside.  I almost never wear my regular UGGs, but for some reason these cardigan slipper UGGs look like they would be just the thing for puttering around the house — it’s like they have “Netflix binge” written all over them.  They’re $150 (with 586 great reviews!) at Zappos. UGG Classic Cardy 

(Old Navy has a few more affordable options (if I had a really small foot, I might even try these.))  Happy weekend, ladies!

Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Snake-Embossed Contrast-Striped Skirt

Romeo & Juliet Couture Snake-Embossed Contrast-Striped Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I go back and forth on whether I like this kind of pencil skirt — but I love the contrasting stripes on this one, as well as the nice, muted color palette. The price is even better: it was $140, but is now marked to $29.40 at Last Call. Romeo & Juliet Couture Snake-Embossed Contrast-Striped Skirt

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Coffee Break: Soho Heavy Grain Pebble Tote

Botkier Tote Bloomingdale's Exclusive Soho Heavy Grain Pebble | CorporetteI’m always a huge fan of Botkier — the leather! the construction! the great pockets! A number of places (including ShopBop and Amazon) have this lovely, simple tote — but Bloomingdale’s offers at least one thing the others don’t: this nice red leather, exclusive to Bloomingdale’s. The bag is $298. Botkier Soho Heavy Grain Pebble Tote

Here’s a lower-priced option, currently on sale at Nordstrom.

Should You Buy a Holiday Gift for Your Boss?

gifts for boss 2Should you get presents for your boss? If so, what gifts should you get? Reader A wonders:

I’ve been with my company for less than a year, and it’s also my first corporate job. I work in a very small team, consisting of my two bosses and myself. As holiday season is almost upon us, I was wondering if you had any guidelines for what (if anything) is appropriate to give as a small gift for two supervisors who have been very generous with their time and expertise while I’ve been learning the ropes. Any suggestions welcome!

Hmmn. Hmmmn. We’ve talked about gifts for associates who refer you new business, hostess gifts for a dinner party at your boss’s house, and gifts for your secretary, but this is a new one, and I’m curious to hear what readers say. For my $.02: I would be verrrry careful about giving gifts to a boss because I think it’s unnecessary, and it’s easy to offend. A too-personal gift (like towels or something) may create the impression that you don’t know the difference between family and the office. On the other hand, a too-impersonal gift (a random gift that reads “this is my go-to gift when I don’t know what to get,” like a bottle of wine or a box of fruit) simultaneously smacks of “why even bother” along with “wait, does she think we were supposed to get her something?” A gift that’s too small (like a $25 gift card) is both cheap and insulting (as in, you think your boss needs a $25 gift card) — but a gift that’s too generous raises the problematic interpretation of, “she isn’t working for the money.”

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

Lord & Taylor Cashmere V Neck Sweater | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Lord & Taylor’s big sale seems to have started, which means that if you haven’t already, you may want to check out Lord & Taylor cashmere. Recommended by readers in the past as the best cashmere sweaters for softness, warmth, and quality, these are starting to dip into the under-$100 territory. I like this V-neck sweater, which comes in 22 colors, sizes XS-XL — looks like a great, simple basic for the office or weekend. This one was $160, but is now marked to $89. (Sadly, the extra 20% off pass does not work on the cashmere department — but if you’re looking at other stuff, try code BIG.) Lord & Taylor Cashmere V Neck Sweater

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Suit of the Week: Halogen

Halogen Seam Detail Skirt 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’m obsessed with the little seam details on this Halogen suit, which I think makes it look a lot more expensive than the price.  The teeny tiny checkered pattern curves around with inset side seams on the blazer and angled panels on the skirt — the whole effect is streamlined and tailored.  Love.  The jacket (Halogen® Seam Detail Suit Jacket) is $148, the skirt (Halogen® Seam Detail Suit Skirt) is $79, and the pants (Halogen® ‘Taylor’ Suiting Pants) are $88.  The suit comes in sizes 0-16, as well as petites and plus sizes.

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