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Coffee Break: Maya Calfskin Shoulder Bag

I love the boxy look of this classic shoulder bag from All Saints, and I continue to be really impressed with All Saints as a leather bag company. The lack of lining is a little interesting, but I like it, although the removable ruffle detail is probably something I’d take off immediately. I like the hidden magnetic snap closure and interior wall pocket, as well as the mix of leather and suede. It’s slouchy but cool, and its boxiness almost reminds me of the Loewe puzzle bag. It’s a beautiful bag! For $298 (at Nordstrom), if you’re looking for a classic bag with old-school appeal for the summer or interview season (it may be a little small for that, but YMMV), this just looks like a great bag. Maya Calfskin Shoulder Bag

Not finding a close match at the moment, but two lower-priced options are here and here.

SALE ALERT! I know it’s not Suit of the Week yet but I just noticed that Nordstrom has just marked down the entire suit that I picked out for tomorrow — and I’m totally gaga over the sheath dress (pieced-together navy pinstripe! tell me you don’t want that!), so I’m going to give you a link right here because the whole navy pinstripe suit is 40% off with lots of sizes left and I’m a little worried it may or may not hold out for tomorrow.  Dress, blazer, pants, skirt.

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How Many Bags Do You Bring to Work (And: What Does Your Schlep Look Like?)

how many bags should you bring to workWe’ve talked a lot about the commute to work over the years, but we just got a great question about how many bags you should bring to work — specifically, how many do you carry, how large, what stuff do you bring to work, and WHICH bags.  Reader A literally just wrote in to ask this question, wondering how many bags you should bring to work, but it’s such a good one that I can’t wait to hear what the readers say:  what DOES your schlep look like, what do you bring to work each day, and do you bring one large bag or several smaller ones?

Are the days of taking a work bag (lady briefcase type thing) + handbag over? I’m about to become a fully admitted lawyer and my totes just aren’t working – plus it’s a lot to take with me for client meetings! in my mind, two smaller bags is easier than a giant overstuffed one, and it does make it easy for spontaneous lunch and drinks plans, plus can be a little trendier. I want to invest in something really nice but am I missing something?

Such an interesting question, and I think this is going to vary HUGELY based on what everyone’s commutes look like — and what your jobs look like. When chiming in, please share a little about what your commute looks like:

(Pictured above: yeah, not like that. Photo credit: Stencil.)

  • how do you USUALLY get to and from work — drive? subway? taxi/Uber/Lyft? walk?
  • do you have a lot of meetings or other events that require travel during the day?
  • on a USUAL day how many bags do you carry with you — and what do you bring?
  • what does an unusual day look like for you — e.g., what bags do you take with you for court appearances or big presentations, or how do you bring bags to or from work if you’re planning for, say, a long weekend at home with a lot of work?
  • what bags do you keep at the office for “last minute” things, either from a “last minute drinks!” perspective or a “yay I have to take home these three binders and review them asap tonight” perspective

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Sponsored: How to Save Up to 90% Off On Workwear

secondhand workwear with thredupDisclosure: This post is sponsored by thredUP, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat. Curious about what we mean by “sponsored”? Click here for more details. Read to the bottom of the post for a great discount!

As the weather gets warmer and you start putting aside your winter clothes, now is a great time to do a seasonal closet review and assess the holes you need to fill for the coming season, as well as what you really wore this past season — and consider how to get rid of the stuff you aren’t wearing (or aren’t excited to wear again), especially if the stuff is like new.  I’m far too lazy to actually haul my stuff to a consignment store in person, and the pile of “stuff to sell on eBay” just never seems to move, so I’ve been thrilled to have a bunch of great experiences with thredUP, which is the largest online thrift store that buys and sells high-quality secondhand fashion (for as much as 90% off!). (This is a sponsored post, but my enthusiasm is real.) There’s also been a bunch in the news lately about how to be a more ethical shopper, and shopping vintage and consignment is definitely one way to do that.

Here are three things I love about the thredUP experiences I’ve had so far:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Houndstooth Stretch Pencil Skirt

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

This store, Cue, is new to me — it features a lot of stuff made in Australia. If you’re looking for something a little bit different and off the beaten track, definitely check it out. I like this stretch pencil skirt, including the very interesting paneling at the top, which I haven’t seen at many other places, and the cool, almost vintage vibe (but in a modern way). It has an invisible back zip (hooray!) and is fully lined. I also like the high-waisted style — it’s very of the moment. The skirt is priced at $229 in Australian dollars, which comes out to about $171 in U.S. dollars, and is available in sizes 6-14 (see size converter). Houndstooth Stretch Pencil Skirt

Here’s a similar option in plus sizes, and this $79 skirt has a similar vibe and comes in sizes XS-XL.

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Coffee Break: Francis Ballet Flat

This Sam Edelman flat looks like it was inspired by the popular Chloe flat — but it has a much more affordable price. (Also check out this flat from the same brand, which we’ve featured before in our guide to the most comfortable ballet flats for work.) The pictured shoe is at Amazon in 12 colors for as low as $47.99, and it’s also at 6pm, and at Shopbop in Havana Red (which isn’t available at the other stores mentioned). Sam Edelman‘s website has it marked down to $59.99 in a lot of colors. Francis Ballet Flat

(Psst: Flats are great, but have you checked out our guide to comfortable heels for work?) 

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: ‘Wandee’ Colorblock D-Ring Sheath Dress

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

This awesome colorblock dress from Ted Baker is like a basic blouse with a skirt but for the exposed zipper in the back pulling it together. I like the elbow-length sleeves, the grosgrain ribbon trim, and the goldtone hardware. It can either be dry cleaned or hand washed cold, and it’s $315 at Nordstrom in sizes 0-5 (00-14). ‘Wandee’ Colorblock D-Ring Sheath Dress

Two lower-priced options are here and here; two plus-size options are here and here.

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