Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Wrap Dress

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best wrap dress for plus sizesLeota first came on my radar as a brand that had great maternity dresses in fun prints — but if you’re looking for a great wrap dress in a fun print in general (in any size), they’re great to know — especially since the classic DvF dresses seem to be fewer and fewer each season (the Jeanne and Julian both!). This black floral pattern looks great for work or beyond, and I love that most of the Leota line is machine- or hand-washable. This dress comes in six lovely prints at Nordstrom in regular and plus sizes (and even more prints are available at Amazon, Bloomingdale’s (regular sizes only), and (today, at least) Rue La La). The pictured dress is $148. Wrap Dress

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Coffee Break: Hydro Flask & Yeti

Here’s a serious question for the readers that’s very appropriate for a “Coffee Break” post: Hydro Flask or Yeti? I know people have some strong opinions on the best tumbler for carrying coffee to work. Hydro Flash has some serious accolades at Nordstrom, while the Yeti has the same over at Amazon. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who really wants to keep their coffee hot on their commute or travels, these are both good, affordable options that come in fun colors. So I’m curious to hear which is your preferred coffee transport method! Hydro Flask ($25) or Yeti ($30)

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Do You Take Time For Yourself in the Morning — Or Just Get Up and Go To Work?

This may be an odd question, but I thought it’d be a fun question for today: do you take time for yourself in the morning, or do you just get up and go to work? When I was working in BigLaw I decided that I desperately wanted to do certain things and just was not fitting them into my life anywhere else — sometimes it was reading good books; sometimes it was working out; sometimes it was trying to do a challenge like National Novel Writing Month. What I found, time and time again, was that the only time I could find that was reliably my own was first thing in the morning. (In fact, in our last discussion on morning routines for successful people, that was my advice — figure out what’s important to you and do it in the morning!) So I started getting up earlier and earlier, but kept going in to work at my usual time. This system of getting up early to get my “me time” in made me happy and feel like I was getting more accomplished. (There was also a significant rebellious feeling — kind of along the lines of “sure, I may have sold my soul but ha ha they can’t have all of it!”)

A few years later I was talking with an older man who had also been a BigLaw lawyer and somehow we got on the subject of our morning routines — his was to get up, shower, and go to work.  “So you just GET UP AND GO TO WORK?” I asked incredulously. Now, of course, it’s probably worth noting that he was more successful in his law career than I was — and I think he enjoyed it more. (And, of course, as a man, he wasn’t getting a lot of ladies’ magazines telling him to “take time for himself!” or recounting the importance of “me time.”) Still, the conversation has stuck with me — so let’s discuss, ladies:

  • does your morning routine account for “me time” — or do you just get up and go to work?
  • has this changed with different jobs — do you think how happy or unhappy you are with your work situation affects how you spend your personal time?
  • we’ve talked about midday workouts, as well as “homing from work” before (where you spend so much time at work that it may be acceptable to do some personal tasks at the office) — but I’m curious, for those of you who do “just get up and go to work,” where do you find your “me time”?
  • finally — at the end of the year we invariably start to take stock of the past year and how we hope next year will be different — will your resolutions include a change in your morning routine?

Picture via Stencil.how to find me time in your morning routine

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Ribbed Turtleneck in Italian Cashmere

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According to J.Crew, they’ve recently made their knits tighter, which means that they should pill less but may not feel as soft at first. This cashmere turtleneck looks lovely for work as a great basic that you’ll have for years, and it comes in the pictured camel, olive, and black, in sizes XXS–XL. It’s $298. I’m curious, ladies: Have you noticed a difference in J.Crew cashmere? Do tell. Ribbed Turtleneck in Italian Cashmere

At Bluefly right now you can get Cynthia Vincent cashmere turtlenecks for 83% off (final sale). For plus sizes, try the options at Neiman Marcus or Amazon (Lark & Ro), also on sale.

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Coffee Break: Cord Taco

Yes, the name of this product — the Cord Taco — might sound a little odd at first, but it’s been recommended by enough readers that I’m seriously considering giving it to a few people for gifts this year. I love that there are a bunch of fun colors, like this turquoise, and it’s something that’s affordable, functional, and a little fun. It has a lot of great reviews, too. You can get 3 for $16 at Amazon. Cord Taco

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Tips and Tricks for Holiday Networking

holiday networking2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on holiday networking, but you may also want to check out all of our posts on holiday business etiquette.

Here’s today’s question: what are your thoughts about holiday networking? What kind of events (whether through your office, professional organizations, alumni connections, or even friends’ parties) do you think are the best for holiday networking — and what are your best tips for having a successful networking experience at a holiday party? Perhaps importantly in 2017: What are the boundaries of networking these days — do you avoid politics, for example? (A related Q: do you think networking at parties is ever crass? For example — you go to your mother-in-law’s party and groan when, say, a trusts and estates attorney starts hammering in how you need a will and should really call him! How’s Tuesday for a call?)

Some general tips on holidays and networking:holiday networking tips for women lawyers

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