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  • Domino tells you how to do a spring cleaning of your beauty products.
  • Have you heard how Ivanka’s clothing was labeled as Adrienne Vittadini at Stein Mart (Business of Fashion)?
  • Forbes shares Stacy London’s workwear tips.
  • From New York magazine’s The Cut: more changes at J.Crew, including 250 employees losing their jobs.
  • Laura Shin writes in Forbes about Charmaine Pocket, who has made $1 million (!) through her work on Fiverr.
  • Above the Law has five survival tips for new associates.
  • At Ozy, Leslie Nguyen-Okwu wonders if we should ditch the germ-laden handshake and adopt the bow.
  • Science of Us comments on an essay that warns against destigmatizing mental illness in a way that “normalize[s] severe suffering.”
  • Jennifer Wright writes at Harper’s Bazaar, “Being a parent is a source of joy and challenge and meaning for many humans of all genders. But it’s not the most important job there is.”
  • GOOD shares some of the funniest signs from last week’s March for Science. (Did you go?)
  • Molly Ringwald tells the tale of that Pretty in Pink prom dress, at Teen Vogue: “If I’d had it my way, I would have burned the dress on the Paramount back lot.”
  • Your Laughs of the Week (enjoy a bonus laugh today) are from The Daily Mash and Rachel Bloom of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (video NSFW).

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  • Refinery29 reminisces about Steve Madden’s iconic slide (pictured), which has returned.
  • Fashionista shares a list of eight brands that are petite-size-friendly.
  • Racked wonders what will happen to brands like Carol’s Daughter and Dark and Lovely as they try to expand their customer base beyond black women with natural hair.
  • From MSN Lifestyle: A former H&M employee dishes on the chain’s best-kept shopping secrets.
  • Wired tells you how to erase files and back up what you need when you leave a job.
  • Levo lists some common passive-aggressive comments you might have heard at the office.
  • The Wall Street Journal looks at the increasing popularity of hugging — as opposed to handshakes — at some offices.
  • Inc. reports on a study that found that “a collaborative work environment can make top performers — the innovators and hard-workers — feel miserable and socially isolated.”
  • TIME takes a look at Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joyand her path since her husband’s sudden death in 2015.
  • The Huffington Post says that a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America would affect commentary that’s critical of Trump (from shows like “Full Frontal” and “The Daily Show”).
  • The artist who created the Charging Bull sculpture is asking for the Fearless Girl statue to be moved, says Gothamist.
  • The Washington Post has an essay on “Girls” from Elizabeth Wurtzel.
  • Inc. reports on a study that shows the effectiveness of interval training.
  • Your Laugh of the Week, from The Onion: the pros and cons of quitting social media.

Earth Day is tomorrow! Did you know that we have a shopping guide to slow fashion? Also tomorrow, the March for Science.

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Tips and Tricks to Spring Clean Your Office

tips and tricks to spring clean your officeDo you have a spring cleaning routine at home? Do you spring clean your office? I’m sure there are more “yes” answers to that first question. But no judgment here! After all, my office cleaning “routine” is typically something like, “Wow, how did all this dust get here? I guess it’s time to wipe it off!” We touched on office cleaning in our post on things to do in a quiet office a few months ago, but today we thought we’d share some tips and tricks to spring clean your office. (We’ve also talked about when an office is too messywhen to use cute office supplies and how to organize your office.)

Obviously, before you start to clean your office yourself, consider what’s already being done, such as work by a regular cleaning service at the office. You may want to coordinate the effort with them; for example, they may be able to sprinkle stuff on your carpets, vacuum vents, or dust blinds if they know the area will be clear. Depending on how strongly you feel about things, you may also want to ask them if they can give you a fresh trash can or recycle bin as well.

With that said, here are some tips and tricks to spring clean your office:

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  • Two new collabs to share with you: Victoria Beckham/Target and Prabal Gurung/Lane Bryant.
  • Fashionista shares the trailer for Netflix’s “Girlboss,” about Nasty Gal and Sophia Amoruso.
  • Charles Manning writes at Cosmopolitan about the key style lessons he’s learned as a fashion editor.
  • Fashionista proclaims, “The ‘Amazon Effect’ is crippling department stores,” while The Atlantic surmises, “In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.”
  • In a Yale professor’s opinion piece for The New York Times about job interviews, he writes that they’re bad predictors of a candidate’s future performance.
  • Forbes gives you: “Ten Guaranteed Ways To Appear Smarter Than You Are.”
  • Readers recently discussedHarvard Gazette article, “The Internal Marriage Tax of Women M.B.A.s,” that was shared in the comments.
  • In its “Money Diaries” series, Refinery29 features a finance VP with a salary off $230K.
  • Domino has tips for apartment living.
  • The Washington Post reports on a recent Match survey that looked at what single people spent on dating activities.
  • FYI: “Resistance School is a free four session practical training program to sharpen the tools we need to fight for our values at the federal, state, and local levels.”

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  • The Washingtonian talks to Renata Briggman, who adopted a work “uniform” to avoid having to decide what to wear: “she wears black slacks, black shoes, a grey blazer and a white shirt. Every. Single. Day.”
  • Lisa Marie Fernandez has introduced … the swimsuit twinset, and Fashionista has details.
  • Fashionista also reviews the biggest style contributions from Jenna Lyons, who recently stepped down as J.Crew president and executive creative director (reportedly a “mutual decision” between Lyons and Millard S. Drexler, chairman and chief executive). She will serve as a “creative adviser” until the end her contract ends in December.
  • Fortune explains how to cut down on “manterrupting”: by avoiding starting questions with “‘sorry,’ ‘may I ask,’ ‘can I ask,’ ‘excuse me,’ or by addressing [someone] by name” and using a more aggressive style.
  • The American Lawyer talks to working mother Karen Dunn, who was Hillary Clinton’s debate coach and was rumored to be her top choice for White House counsel.
  • The Washington Post has news that the NYC city council approved legislation that forbids employers from asking job applicants about their current or past salaries.
  • The New York Times reports that student loan forgiveness approval letters may be invalid, according to the Department of Education.
  • Refinery29 shares info on the new book Rebecca Traister is working on, The Furies, about female anger and politics.
  • Speaking of politics: The New Yorker shares, “Mike Pence’s Marriage and the Beliefs That Keep Women from Power,” by Jia Tolentino, and law professor Kerri Lynn Stone wrote “A Seat At The Table” on the same topic for The Huffington Post.
  • Advice from a 20-Something gives tips for dating a coworker.

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  • Fashionista shares a guide to business casual as part of its Back to Basics series. Also from BoF: Will Coach buy Kate Spade?
  • Business of Fashion tells you about a promising new virtual closet organizer called Finery. In other industry news, personal styling startup Keaton Row is no more.
  • After Bill O’Reilly’s pathetic “James Brown wig” comment about Rep. Maxine Waters (Chicago Tribune, autoplay video), black women are using #BlackWomenAtWork to share their experiences with racism in the workplace.
  • The New York Times has tips on making the most of your workday.
  • So… big changes in online privacy this week. Wired has news of a new browser extension, Internet Noise, that helps make your internet activity less obvious by mixing up your browser history — it auto-opens tabs based on random Google searches.
  • Jill Filipovic writes in The New York Times that the all-male photos released by the White House (The BBC) aren’t gaffes but actually show an “implicit pledge to return white men to their place of historic supremacy.”
  • Broadly reports on a study designed to find out why half of U.S. adults think that a woman’s name change after marriage should be required by law (!).
  • The Huffington Post (autoplay video) comments on Hillary Clinton’s new look and what message she’s sending.
  • TLC is bringing back Trading Spaces, as Apartment Therapy reports.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, McSweeney’s imagines “emergency preparedness among the liberal elite.” Here’s one more: The Onion shares one woman’s career worries.

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