Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Cable-Knit Wrap Vest

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Old Navy Womens Cable-Knit Wrap VestsOK: This wrap vest from Old Navy is a bit outside our comfort zone, but imagine this for a casual workday outfit:  Pencil skirt, knee-high boots.  The vest, worn with a  simple long-sleeved crew neck beneath it, a statement necklace, and perhaps one simple bangle worn on top of the sleeve of the crewneck.  We think it would particularly be a great way to play with tone-on-tone dressing — we like this greenish “twilight,” but they also have a lovely camel, charcoal, and a “black marl.”  The vest is $34.50 at Old Navy. Old Navy Womens Cable-Knit Wrap Vests

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Coffee Break: Sigerson Morrison Buckled Pumps

Sigerson Morrison 2 Piece Buckled PumpsWe’re liking the look of these buckled pumps from Sigerson Morrison — they’re edgy without being unacceptable for an office.  Love the slightly pointed toe, as well as the covered heel, and the diagonal buckle strikes us as kinda fierce.  (We think the black is best for the office, but they are available in red also).  They’re $595 at ShopBop.  Sigerson Morrison 2 Piece Buckled Pumps

When Disaster Strikes: Acne and the Job

Face Powder with Applicator BrushI thought this might be an interesting topic for an open thread — what to do when you wake up the day of an important meeting and find you’ve got a blemish on your face? In addition to being a serious confidence killer, it can make you look younger and lead you to being taken less seriously.  (And, as an outward indicator of stress, it is definitely noticed!  Does anyone else remember that blemish George Bush had on his face during the “who won the race” time period? If you can find a picture, please forward along.)   So — what’s a working woman to do?  (Pictured: Face Powder with Applicator Brush, originally uploaded to Flickr by incurable hippie.)

For my $.02 — and I normally have pretty clear skin, except for a few annoyances here and there — here’s my line of attack:
a) assess what can be done before the meeting — and how important the meeting is. I’m curious — would anyone visit a dermatologist, or has anyone had any success with those tiny devices for zapping zits, like the Zeno? What other methods have you guys found work best?  (I have my own methods, but, well, it seems a bit too TMI to get into — maybe I’ll post as an anon commenter!)
b) if the meeting is later that day, I’ve found all you can really do is apply cover-up and Visine (dab some on a cottonball and apply to the blemish — it gets the red out).
c) finally, I’ve found that a darker lipstick helps “detract” attention — you don’t want the blemish to be the reddest thing on your face.

So, readers, what are your tried-and-true strategies for dealing with the occasional breakout? Does anyone keep a dermatologist on call, or use one of those devices?

Thursday’s TPS Report: Cap Sleeve Pinstripe Bi-Stretch Dress with Self Belt

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Tahari by ASL - CS Pinstripe Bi-Stretch with Self Belt (Navy/White) - ApparelWe are lovng this dress on sale at Zappos (they seem to have a number of dresses on sale today, for some reason).  Love the sleeves, the flattering v-neck, and the subtle pinstriping.  It’s marked to $97.24 (was $142) at Zappos, and available (as of this morn) in sizes 4-16. Tahari by ASL – CS Pinstripe Bi-Stretch with Self Belt (Navy/White) – Apparel

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Suit of the Week: Michael Kors

Michael Kors Architectural BlazerFor 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

We are loving this “architectural blazer” on sale at Neiman Marcus — the wide lapels, the Balmain-esque shoulders — it’s fabulous.  We even love the silk wrap blouse it’s shown with.  The blazer was $1495, now marked to $672 (lucky size 6), and the pants are $695.

Michael Kors Architectural Blazer Michael Kors Stovepipe Pants

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Belted Cowl Neck Jersey Dress icon

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Donna Ricco Belted Cowl Neck Jersey Dress
iconReader E found this on the Nordstrom site and “fell in love. It looks wonderfully cozy, yet sophisticated and professional as well.” We like it! We like that it’s meant to fit a bit looser than so many dresses out there today, and yet still does look professional.  We like the accessorizing possiblites, also — a brooch worn high on the cowl, or perhaps a bracelet to accent the bracelet sleeves… lovely.  It’s $118 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 2 through 14. Donna Ricco Belted Cowl Neck Jersey Dress
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