Weekend Open Thread

Joie caviar wool pointelle 'Lucia' tunic sweater Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

Bluefly’s Semi-Annual Sale is on, with prices up to 70% off — including this lovely wool sweater by Joie.  I like the henley look, as well as the tunic length — I’d probably wear it unbuttoned with a lacy or textured camisole and jeans for the weekend.  It was $293 retail, then $176 at Bluefly — and it’s now marked $85 (71% off retail).  And shipping is only $2.95, which is cheap enough for even a die-hard “free shipping” fanatic like myself.  Joie caviar wool pointelle ‘Lucia’ tunic sweater

Weekly News Update

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FitFlop - Pietra (Bronze Leather) - FootwearGovernment Executive wonders: since when did flip flops become appropriate for work? (Hint: they didn’t — for our $.02, they’re only for commuting!) (Pictured:  FitFlop – Pietra (Bronze Leather) – Footwear, available at Zappos.com for $64.)
The WSJ’s “Cranky Consumer” reviewed some personal shopping services at various department stores, and shared his experiences  trying to find a new suit.  Meanwhile, over at YouLookFab, Angie wonders why it’s worth it to pay a premium price for some wardrobe items.
– Thinking of quitting your high-stress job? Marin Feldman compiles the “bucket list” — rites of passage to do before you quit — over at TechnoLawyer.
Women’s Health rounds up a bunch of interesting one-day diets, including the “I need to be on top of my game for work” diet.  (We know, it’s old — we are behind in our magazine reading!)  Also,  The Happiness Project has some simple ways to include more exercise in your routine.
– A PSA: according to the Memphis Flyer, yes, you can opt out of receiving the phone book.
– All the single ladies: our friend Carissa has a fun site, Stories From Our Black Books, that allows women to share their dating experiences, anonymously online — check it out!

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Perfect Trouser Pants

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

Gap Perfect trouser pantsGap has a whole new line of pants out, including the “perfect trouser,” a curvy fit, a “modern boot” and a “true straight” (and more!). The perfect trouser pants are getting great ratings, and come in gray, black, and a pinstripe, as well as regular, tall, and petite sizes.  They’re only $59.50 full price, and through 8/16 you can take an additional 20% off with code GAP2010 (plus, free shipping on orders over $100 with code GAPSHIP100).  Nice! With the discount, they come to about $47.   Gap Perfect trouser pants

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Coffee Break: Stevie Flap Shoulder Bag

Antonio Melani "Stevie" Flap Shoulder BagWe’re digging this “whiskey” colored bag from Antonio Melani — love the geometric look to the seaming, the flip-lock closure, and the comfortable strap-drop length.  It’s $179, only at Dillards.com. Antonio Melani “Stevie” Flap Shoulder Bag
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Professional Shoes for Wide Feet?

The Best Professional Shoes for Wide Feet | CorporetteReader K has a question about work-appropriate shoes for wide feet…

Could you do a post about work shoes for very wide feet? So few manufacturers make even wide sizes, much less extra-wide. I wear a 7 EW — short, wide, and nearly impossible to find — and it is a major struggle to find shoes that don’t look like they are for the geriatric, diabetic, or both (not meant as a dig against either the geriatric or diabetic, but I am pretty sure those two populations drive most of the demand for extra wide shoes!). I have only ever had any luck with Sofft, and they don’t offer extra-wide in most of their styles. I have a black version and a brown version of these. They are serviceable and unobtrusive, but not especially cute or interesting. I have one pair of black flats that I am only sort-of satisfied with. I have no other work shoes! I have searched on the websites I generally see recommended for shoes and I have gone to Nordstroms to try things on in person. Are there any specialty stores or websites that make young, cute, professional extra wide shoes? Are there any brands that are known for especially wide toe boxes, so that a normal W would be sufficient?

Interesting… We know of Designer Shoes (update 2014: now closed), whose mission is to “trendy, stylish and sophisticated shoes in narrow, medium, wide and extra wide, sizes 4 to 15 and widths AAA (slim) to WW (extra wide)” — you can even shop by shoe width on their site.  (Note: Zappos now has something similar!) We’re also aware of some other extended-shoe size places, such as Barefoot Tess (now part of Long Tall Sally) (up to size 15). From a quick swing by Designer Shoes, we see that your choices are limited — it looks like brands Soft Spots, Bella Vita, Walking Cradle, Elites, Dyeables, and more all offer shoes in your size. (Pictured: Bella-Vita pump, $89.95 at Zappos — 5 widths, 11 colors, 371 reviews, 4 stars.) We also note that Barking Dog Shoes, a great blog for comfort shoes, has a category for shoes that are known for wide toe boxes.

To the readers with experience here — where are your go-to spots for extended sizes for shoes?

Thursday’s TPS Report: Asymmetrical Neck Knit Dress

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

Ann Taylor Asymmetrical Neck Knit DressAnn Taylor is taking 30% off all dresses this week, meaning that this great knit dress (viscose, polyester and elastane) becomes pretty darn reasonable.  We like the interesting but demure neckline, and the ladylike knee-length.  It’s available in peacock (pictured), a winey red (“port”), a gray, and a black, in regulars, petites, and talls.  Was $98; price comes to $68ish after the discount.  Asymmetrical Neck Knit Dress


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