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Company GlamourShots: How to Work with a Hair & Makeup Team for Your Company Headshot

Does anyone else remember the GlamourShots trend of, like, 1992? (Ah: apparently the company is still in business!) It was the envy of every high school girl. The idea was that you’d go and get crazy cool makeup, awesome (read: big) hair, a super flattering soft focus, and WHOA: glamour! Well, the trend may be back — for company headshots. Reader S wrote in with a troubling trend: company headshots where they bring in a hair and makeup team to redo your makeup for your professional portrait  Here’s her email:

I just had an insane conversation with some friends from my former law firm. Apparently the firm had a photographer in to take headshots…but also brought in a hair and makeup team. Evidently it was not optional; men and women had to get makeup. They went so far as to pluck one woman’s eyebrows! Our friend who switched firms said the same thing happened at her new job, and in fact they removed and totally redid her makeup for the photo. Is this a thing now? Because it strikes me as totally nuts.

MAN. I HATE THIS. I love being pampered and glammed up as much as the next person, but a) dang it takes a long time if you’ve got a makeup artist who’s really into blending (or straightening! or curling!) or eyebrows or whatever, and b) you don’t always look like yourself when the GlamourShots team is done. I forget which sponsored post it was (maybe my JC Penny video back in the day), but for one of my early “introduce myself to the readers!” shoots I was really upset because when the makeup artist was done with me, I barely looked like myself. I could never quite figure out what was wrong with the makeup — too little eyebrow pencil? too much bronzer? not enough blush? — but it. bugged. me.  I even had a thought at some point that TV personalities/talking heads surely must have some way of ensuring that they have a consistent look, makeup artist to makeup artist — but I could never find anything on point.

Actually, hmmn: one of my newer mom friends, S, used to be a television reporter. Here are her best tips for working with a makeup artist in a professional capacity (assuming you can’t dissuade your company or firm from this course of action):

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Slub Suiting Jacket

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

navy slub blazer rebecca taylorOooh: this slub suiting jacket from Rebecca Taylor looks kind of awesome if you want a simple but slightly feminine blazer. I like the puff sleeves (they’re coming back!), the wider lapel, and the shape to it.  Rebecca Taylor has it in navy and a nice light pink, marked from $450 to $279; Bloomingdale’s, Saks, and Neiman Marcus also have the blazer in navy marked to $270. (There are also matching pants on sale at Rebecca Taylor, NordstromNeiman Marcus, or Saks, but annoyingly, no store has a full shot of the pants with the blazer.) Pictured: Slub Suiting Jacket

Here’s a navy blazer in plus and petite plus sizes; this plus size cobalt blazer has a nice fitted look if you want something a bit different.

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Coffee Break: Merona Tote with Pouch

I love the really bright, happy yellow of this tote from Target. I haven’t seen a yellow bag like this in a while — I like the tassel detail and the fact that the center is removable and becomes a little purse on its own. This bag is getting good reviews so far and is only $45. It comes in gray, pink, and the lovely mustard yellow. Merona Tote with Pouch

Right now you can save $15 when you spend $75 at Target on select clothing, shoes, and accessories.

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7 Ways to Freshen Up Your Work Wardrobe for Spring

7 Ways to Freshen Up Your Work Wardrobe for SpringLast Monday was the first official day of spring — yay! Temperatures are still all over the place in many places for the country, but I thought we’d talk about some easy ways to freshen up your work wardrobe for spring. And, while I’ll get to the seasonal wardrobe switch at the end of the post, note that a lot of these suggestions are a great way to “finish” wearing your cold weather clothes before you launder them and put them away for the season.

  1. Bring on the pastels.  Light blue blouses, pinks, mints, lavenders, pale yellows — they’re all a welcome addition to everyone’s wardrobes. If you’re a fan of “Tumblr pink,” the dusty, dusky pale pink that’s everywhere lately, pull it out — I know I have a dusky pink necklace that I just pulled out (and am wearing today with a dark green sweater that’s probably going away for the season in another wear or two.)
  2. Pale gray for the win. I’ve written before of my love of light gray pants instead of white — it’s also worth noting that you can wear very pale gray with darker, wintry grays and have a great outfit.  Add a bright lip or a colorful accessory (hot pink feels kind of huge this season), and you’re set for the day.

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Splurge Monday: Line-Print Sleeveless A-Line

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

I love the line print on this dress from Piazza Sempione — it’s absolutely gorgeous but still totally appropriate for work. There are so many colors to wear with this dress that would work well — navy, white, green, purple, light blue — but I think it’d still be a knockout no matter what you choose. It is pricey — it’s at Neiman Marcus for $1,195 — and it comes in Italian sizes 40-46 (U.S. sizes 4-10). (There’s also a sleeveless top with the same print at NM for $750.) Line-Print Sleeveless A-Line Dress

Here are more affordable options (also made it Italy) from Peserico: a dress and midi skirt from Saks. Two interesting options in plus sizes are here (also at Neiman Marcus) and here.

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Weekend Open Thread

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This cute dress with cutouts is from LNA, which I normally think of as leading the trend of the destroyed look. It looks like the perfect little dress for wearing with sneakers for a day of brunch, meeting friends, shopping, etc., and maybe a really casual date. It’s at Zappos for $128 and at Bloomingdale’s for the same price, in sizes XS-L. At Amazon it’s available in both black and a gray/black stripe, also for $128. LNA Mini Esso Dress

Here are a couple of similar dresses in plus sizes from Eloquii; Universal Standard also has a very similar t-shirt.

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