Coffee Break: Dolce Vita Cassius

These boots are highly rated and look great — especially in black, which would go really well with tights, but also in the gray and taupe. I like the slightly pointed toe and the simple zip up the back. They come in sizes 6–13 and are on sale at Zappos, from $140 to $96. Note that Amazon has lucky sizes and colors as low as $50! Dolce Vita Cassius

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Snack Ideas for Work: Great Snacks for the Shelf, Office Fridge & Freezer

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It’s been ages since we talked about healthy snacks for the office — let’s hear about your favorite snack ideas for work, ladies! During my legal eagle days I spent so much time at the office that snacking was par for the course — I used to keep a banker’s box on my window filled with random snacks (mostly 100-calorie pouches and things like Fruit Gushers). I also splurged on a teeny fridge so I could keep cold water, a Diet Coke, a string cheese or two, and possibly sandwich fixings or yogurt nearby. I tried to avoid the office fridge where possible (things tended to… disappear in there…) but I kept a few things in the freezer on our floor, also. (My office weirdly kept the microwave on another floor entirely so I didn’t keep as much in there as I might have otherwise!) These are some of the best snacks I’d recommend you look into keeping at the office, both to keep your energy up for long-haul days, as well as to keep you from wandering to the local Starbucks (bad for your budget and your waistline)… I’ve never been much for packing a lunch daily, but I would bring several things in at the beginning of each week (yogurt, sliced cheese to add to bagels, etc). How about you, ladies — what are your favorite snacks to bring to work? What do you pack each day, each week — and what do you keep at the office? Do you pack a lunch regularly, or try to cut costs by bringing the “expensive” part of a lunch (e.g., meat, cheese, a more exotic ingredient like artichoke hearts, etc. to add to an affordable plain salad or bagel)? 

Shelf-Stable Snack Ideas for Work

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Wool Sheath Dress

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

This wool sheath dress from Brooks Brothers looks like a great basic for the office. I love the subtle diamond jacquard fabric as well as all of the darts and other seaming that elevates this a bit from the basic black sheath dress. It comes in both black and navy in regular and petite sizes 0–16 and is $298. (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Brooks Brothers!) Wool Sheath Dress

Here’s a lower-priced option that comes in misses, petites, woman, and woman petites at Talbots — also in both black and navy.

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Coffee Break: Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm

Readers raved about this lip balm in the post on beauty empties (as in, products they actually finish), but I wasn’t sure I needed another tinted lip balm. I gave it a try based on how much the readers love it, and now I love it as well. I have the berry/glow color. It’s moisturizing and not dry, it’s very easy to put on, and it’s a great no-fuss option if you’re looking for a “my lips, but better” product for work. Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Jacquard Blazer

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I’ve seen a lot of jacquard blazers that almost look like pajama tops, but the darts and the three-quarter sleeves on this one go a long way toward giving it a more tailored look. I love the paisley jacquard fabric because it’s so intricate and beautiful with the embroidery, and I like the edging as well. There’s very low stock, so if you like this blazer, grab it now. It’s at Net-a-Porter for $1,890. Jacquard Blazer

Here’s a lower-priced option at Bloomingdale’s (with a subtle paisley jacquard) and a much lower-priced option at Amazon in sizes 12–30.

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Weekend Open Thread

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Readers were singing the praises of this Weekender Convertible in this discussion about weekender bags, and it looks like a great option for a quick weekend jaunt. It has a laptop compartment and a lot of organization, and it fits in the overhead bin. It also converts into a backpack. I love that it comes in a bunch of fun colors — we’re picturing it in the black/orange, but it also comes in purple, red, gray, and a few shades of blue. It’s $129.99 at Amazon (try code D3A25YGT at checkout to get 20% off). eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible

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