What to Eat for Long-Haul Days at the Office

2018 Update: We still stand by this discussion of what to eat for long-haul days at the office — but you may also want to check out some of our more recent discussions, such as on the best energy foods to help you work all day  or 40+ snack ideas for work!what to eat for energy on long workdays - image of a computer and a salad

We smiled when we got this reader mail because, well, it’s a subject near and dear to our hearts: what to eat for long-haul days at the office.

I would love to see a story on what everyone eats! Given that the topics of conversation frequently discuss clothing size, size of models, etc, I’d love to know what everyone eats. How do women have enough energy to make it through long days? Are people subsisting mostly off of coffee and redbull? Do people order in all the time or bring PBJ (like me!)? How much is typically spend on food a week? (I know that will vary greatly by location)

We’ve talked about it a bit here before, but it does seem like an evergreen topic. So here’s the question: What do you eat for the days when you know you need to make it through a super long day at the office? (Original image for this post (2010): Dinner @ Office, originally uploaded to Flickr by jetalone. Current image (salad + keyboard): Shutterstock / benedix.)

For this author, the answer depends upon small meals that keep energy levels high and blood sugar levels constant.  For us, this translates to lots of fiber and protein.  A typical long day might look like this: [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Calvin Klein Gored Skirt

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

Calvin Klein Gored SkirtWe like this basic gored skirt from Calvin Klein — it strikes us as a perfect go-to skirt if you’re a fan of the A-line look. It seems to be hitting the model at the perfect point — just at the knee — also.  It’s available at Nordstrom in sizes 2 through 16 for $69. Calvin Klein Gored Skirt


Suit of the Week

62For 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.

For today’s suit pick, we’re loving this linen/cotton blend from Ann Taylor Loft, available only online.  We like that it comes in navy, white and a creamy beige, as well as that it’s available in sizes 00-18 in regular and petites.  We know, short-sleeved jackets get a bad rap sometimes, but this one truly does strike us as a perfect solution for a situation where it’s ridiculously hot and you’re still expected to look presentable.  The jacket (Linen/Cotton Jacket with Waist Tie) is $79.50, and the skirt (Linen/Cotton Pencil Skirt) is $59.50.  Matching cropped pants (not pictured) are also available in two fits for $69.50 each.  (Julie Linen/Cotton Cropped Pants and Marisa Linen/Cotton Cropped Pants).

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Beauty Wednesday: Laser Hair Removal

laser-hair-removalFor today’s beauty post, we thought we’d talk about a beauty decision this author made a while ago that was one of the best purchases ever made:  laser hair removal.  There are a ton of other articles that weigh the pros and cons and advise about how to find a good laser hair removal spot, but we thought we’d just write about it from a totally personal perspective.  We also asked a few friends who had also had it done to weigh in. (Pictured:  Ministry of Sound – Laser Light Show with DJs Deep Dish, originally uploaded to Flickr by Anirudh Koul.) In any event, this can be a bit of TMI, so we’ll put the rest of this after the jump — read on if you’re interested.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Ruched Cotton Dress

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

Donna Ricco Ruched Cotton DressNordstrom has a ton of cute work-appropriate dresses in the $150 and under range right now.  We’re really liking this simple black faux wrap dress which, apparently, is almost a “stretchy denim material,” according to the one reviewer (who raved about the dress).  We like the collar, we like that it’s lined, and we like the ladylike length of it.  Lovely.  It’s $118 at Nordstrom in sizes 4-14.   Donna Ricco Ruched Cotton Dress


Coffee Break: Darleen Pump

Circa Joan & David Women’s Darleen Mid Heel PumpWe like the look of this pump from Joan & David — particularly because it’s only a 2.5″ heel, which is our preferred shoe height.  It comes in both black and brown, and the black is on sale today — was $88, now $79 at Endless.   Circa Joan & David Women’s Darleen Mid Heel Pump

(Oh! We just realized it also comes in pewterand red at  Zappos, and those colors are $75.)


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