Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Caslon® ‘Flower Bouquet’ Cardigan

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2010Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Color us psyched: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on!! Tons of pieces from the fall collections are on sale — the items will return to their regular prices on August 2.  Today, we’re liking this simple cardigan — we like the range of colors offered, the three-quarter-length sleeves, and the floral appliques on the shoulder. Normally $68, it’s priced at $44.90 during the Anniversary Sale.  Caslon® ‘Flower Bouquet’ Cardigan

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Coffee Break

Monserat de Lucca grey leather 'Trenza' braid detail shoulder bagWe’re liking this great shoulder bag from Monserat de Lucca. We like the braided detail, the multiple pockets (both outside and in), the two optional handles, and the gorgeous, lovely color.  It’s $297 at Bluefly (was $495). Monserat de Lucca grey leather ‘Trenza’ braid detail shoulder bag

Whoopsies: How to Get Over a Mistake at the Office

Quotable Cards Magnet - EmersonReader K has a question about recovering from a big mistake at the office…

I’m a young professional, recently out of college, working in financial services. I recently discovered a mistake on a project I managed, after it was already completed. Fortunately, I will be able to correct the error, but it will cost the company some money. I’ve been working for almost a year and this is my first “big” mistake. Granted, this project was reviewed by multiple people (including my colleagues, my manager, and multiple legal/compliance staff) without the mistake being caught, but as the project manager, it’s ultimately my responsibility. I already brought the error to my manager’s attention. She reacted very calmly, told me not to worry too much about it, and we came up with a workable solution.

Still, being the Type A personality that I am, I’m having a hard time not beating myself up over it. Any tips or advice on how to professionally handle your mistakes? I’ve never been in this situation before and want to handle it correctly. Also, any tips on rebuilding your confidence after making a mistake? I handled dozens of projects successfully, but this one error is really getting to me and making me second guess myself. I’d appreciate any words of wisdom. Thanks!

This is a big issue for so many successful people — even the Harvard Business Review recently had an article on it.  (And there is an amazing quote from Emerson on the topic, available as a handy fridge magnet from FridgeDoorPDQ for $4.95.)  Reader K has done absolutely the right thing: corrected the mistake and ‘fessed up with her boss .  Still, when I’ve made mistakes, the hardest thing (for me, at least) has been to forgive myself for the mistake.  For my $.02 — do your best to turn the mistake into a learning experience.  Sit down and really analyze — just once — what went wrong, how the mistake crept into your day — and figure out how you can stop it from happening again.  Make a note of it, and carry on.  See?  That mistake was helpful.

Now get over it.

Really — there’s no other way to do it.  Just move forward. As Emerson says — finish the day and be done with it.  If you find yourself dwelling on the mistake, try to change it in your head so you’re thinking about what you learned from it instead — not the mistake.

Readers, what are your tips for getting over a professional blunder?


Thursday’s TPS Report: Canterbury bells pencil skirt

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

J.Crew Canterbury bells pencil skirtWe’re in a pencil skirt kind of mood today, and we’re loving this on-trend skirt from J.Crew — florals continue to be everywhere, and we like the lovely pattern on this (inspired by “a vintage scarf the designers fell in love with”) and the basket-weave cotton.  We’d go for a tone-on-tone look and wear it with a navy top and, perhaps, a navy blazer or sweater.  It’s $98 at J.Crew. Canterbury bells pencil skirt

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Suit of the Week: Donna Karan

For 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.

sheryl sandbergs suit for TED talkLove, love, love this Donna Karan suit — if only it weren’t quite so low cut. First, the good: love the flattering, feminine look — the cinched waist, the suit-but-not-a-suit look to it, and even the brown-on-gray color scheme (with the belt). The bad: we’d probably advise going up a size (or three) in order to make sure that jacket crosses at a high enough point — we’re just not sure we could work a camisole beneath it. Still: gorgeous suit. The jacket (Belted Cascade Jacket) is $1295, and the skirt (Drape Back Pencil Skirt) is $650, both available at Bergdorf Goodman.

Psst: I’m 99% sure this is the suit Sheryl Sandberg wore for her famous TED talk!


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