Mid-Day Workouts: Yay or Nay?

midday-workoutsToday, let’s talk about a subject that we’re sure is near and dear to everyone’s hearts, particularly given the new guidelines that women should get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day: is it acceptable to sneak in a mid-day workout? How can it be accomplished with style and grace?

The main problem that we’ve always had with a mid-day workout is the fact that the hour dwindles pretty quickly if you head to the gym and plan on showering afterward. Let’s say that you have an hour to workout:
– Subtract 5 minutes for the trek from your office to the gym (assuming it’s somewhere very close, like around the corner)
– Subtract 5 minutes to get into your workout clothes, get “checked in,” get your towel, and secure your locker.
– Let’s subtract another 20 minutes for a shower after your workout — by which we mean disrobing, bathing, and getting re-dressed in your work attire.*
– Subtract another 5 minutes to return to the office … with dripping wet hair and no makeup. [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: ‘Mermaid Tweed’ Jacket

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

‘Mermaid Tweed’ JacketWe love this elegant, summery take on tweed from Nanette Leport.  We love the deep V, the ruffle at the back, and the cuffed sleeves — and we love that color.  It’s $498 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 0-12.  Nanette Lepore ‘Mermaid Tweed’ Jacket

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Weekend Open Thread

Via Spiga “Scarpa” Double Breasted Trench Coat with PeplumSomething on your mind?  Chat about it here.

I have been craving a blue trench coat ever since I saw a number of them featured in Real Simple.  I’m liking this lovely one from Via Spiga, part of Bloomingdale’s 30% off sale — it was $230, now $184 (available in black and khaki as well as turquoise).  (Use code FFMARCH to knock another 20% off it; valid through 3/28.)  Via Spiga “Scarpa” Double Breasted Trench Coat with Peplum

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Weekly News Update

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Dana Davis Abetona Pump,The LA Times reports on “high-heeled shoes your feet won’t hate you for” from designer Dana Davis.  (We like the Dana Davis Women’s Abetona Pump, pictured — available at Endless for $217 (formerly $395).  Meanwhile, Jauntsetter sings the praises of these Bass sandals as being perfect for sightseeing and shopping.

The Wall Street Journal reports on new findings that women need at least 60 minutes of daily exercise to ward off weight gain.

Forbes has an interesting story about office friendships.

Lifehacker has a great tip on how to chill your wine fast.

In Admin news…

So far, this is what our survey results are telling us — if you don’t agree, please take the survey yourself. (It’s really short, promise!)

  • 44.4% of you are 22-28, and 31.5% of you are 29-36.
  • 73.6% of you are married or in a long-term relationship.  78.9% of you have zero children.
  • 85.8% of you are Caucasian.
  • 30.8% of you make less than $50K per year (we’re guessing that’s because a number of you are still in school), with 27.8% of you making between $100K-$200K.  (0.3% of you make more than $500K a year — nicely done, ladies!)
  • 61.5% of you have a B.A., and 53.8% of you have a JD.  (Only 4.7% of you have an MBA — if anyone has any tips on how we can bring the women MBAs into the fold, please e-mail me at [email protected])
  • 30.7% of you have just started your career (years 0-3), while the next highest percentage, 24.2%, have been at it for 3-8 years.
  • 38.0% of you estimated you spent between $1000-$2500 on clothes in 2009, with 30.1% estimating you spent between $500-$1000.
  • Overall, you guys seem really happy with your careers, with “it’s great” being the top choice for all of the factors we laid out.
  • 33.0% of you say you are a size M, while 27.1% of you say you are a size S.

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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Ruffle-Trim Open-Front Cardigans

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

Ruffle-Trim Open-Front CardigansWe’ve liked a lot of the ruffle cardigans we’ve seen this season, but have been flummoxed by the asymmetrical or uneven ruffle effect we’ve seen on a lot of them — some only have details on one side of the neck, others on one shoulder, etc.  We like this Old Navy open-front cardigan for the evenly spaced ruffles — and we love the navy, pictured.  It’s $29, only at OldNavy.com (which is having pretty good sales anyway), and is available in navy, black, white, a taupey gray, peach, and a coral pink, in limited sizes (generally M-XXL).  Old Navy Womens Ruffle-Trim Open-Front Cardigans

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Coffee Break: Genevieve Small Triangle Tote

Genevieve Small Triangle ToteEndless has a lot of sales on Cole Haan handbags today, for some reason, including this lovely brown bag.  We like the details (the feet, the technology pockets), as well as the general look of the bag.  We can’t help but think it would look great with the white suit we featured on Wednesday…  The tote was $395, now $276, at Endless.   Cole Haan Genevieve Small Triangle Tote,Saddle,one size

UPDATE: We just realized it’s even cheaper at Zappos — $213. FYI…

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