GIVEAWAY: Win a Lo & Sons Bag of Your Choice!

lo sons giveaway heatherI’m thrilled to bring you guys a giveaway today — one lucky reader will win a Lo & Sons bag of your choice.  I’ve written before about my love of Lo & Sons bags for working women (I even Instagrammed my own OG bag on one of my last trips), and so I’m excited about the new heather grey material for both OMG and the OG (pictured). It’s still lightweight and durable, but it has a subtle new texture and style; of course I love the happy blue lining.  If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, it’s a family business started by Helen Lo and her two sons, Jan and Derek.  Each bag is the epitome of thoughtful design — pockets galore, a travel zipper/sleeve to help it stay put on a rolling bag, and more. (They have really fun videos on their site showing how much stuff the bags hold, too!)  The new heather OG is $295, but note that the original nylon designs are on sale right now for $236 (20% off) as part of the brand’s summer sale.

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Tech Update

Hi guys — I just thought I’d give you a little update regarding tech problems as we’re finally closing in on some big changes thanks to some new tech help (hooray for Laura!). You should experience a much smoother, faster site — please let me know on this thread if you’re still noticing a wonky site. Some of the changes we made required us to get rid of some features because they were mucking up the database, including the edit comment feature and the report comment feature (which was used correctly approximately three times for the two years we had it running)!  (We kept the “subscribe to comments” feature — I need to investigate why that one isn’t working.)

Two other notes regarding admin issues with the site:

  • Video ads.  I’ve given my termination notice to the company I was working with for below-the-fold ad space, so hopefully a lot of those autoplay video ads should stop soon — we’re still in the thirty day termination window at the moment, unfortunately; let me know if you continue to see them and I’ll do the best I can to stop them. (It is/was an incredibly long process with the company to stop the ads, which is part of why I terminated.)  If you see/hear any audio ads ABOVE the fold (leaderboard, at the top of the sidebar, or that Garnier ad in the middle) please let me know asap — that is a different company and they’re much better about responding quickly.  Please also let me know if you have mobile-only problems as well, such as redirects to the app store (grrr) — in particular if you could forward me the long URL that you’re redirected to, that would be amazing.
  • Commenting problems.  After we finish this project one of the next ones I’d like to work on is messaging regarding the comments; we may be able to find a way to tell you why your comment doesn’t post.  If a comment doesn’t post immediately it could be because a) you’re new to the site (or you’re using a new computer) and you’ve gone to moderation, b) you’re using a word that sends you to moderation, c) your IP address has been placed in moderation for violating our commenting policy, d) your comment for some reason got stuck in our spam filter (in which case it’s unlikely to post ever because I almost never check spam unless you contact me), or e) it HAS posted and is just on page 2 of comments.  There are also the annoying Wordpress problems with “duplicate comments” and “you’re posting too quickly,” which both hopefully are much less of a problem than they were a year or two ago — please let me know if those two things are still cropping up all the time.

Tech Troubles

Hi guys — I’m seeing some reports of people not being able to click/comment on the Weekend Open Thread. I can’t recreate the problem on my end in any of my browsers.  If anyone is still having the problem, can you give me more info? (Specifically — does the page get “stuck” while trying to load something? You can usually tell by watching the gray bar at the bottom of the web page, which shows the various various things being loaded and connections being made (see screenshot below).

I know there were a lot of other general complaints re tech troubles — what is specifically still happening for people now (not several weeks ago)? Thank you all for your help (and for your patience!). Thank you!

(Regarding the comments-not-staying-filled-with-your-names issue, this was the response from my tech guys, below: we’re going to continue to investigate — if you have any other info on it, please contact us so we can correspond with you directly on the problem.)

That information input in the Comments form is cached in the visitors browser,
you can prevent your browser from caching form fields, but since this is happening to only some of your visitors that means that their individual settings are set to have the AutoComplete feature off in their own browsers.

And here’s that other screenshot I mentioned…

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Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Suiting Event Starts Today

ann taylor suit saleDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor has a ton of great sales, but if you’ve noticed, the suits are rarely part of those sales — except for the rare Suiting Event, which just started, and now offers 30% off all suits.  There are some great women’s suits in the sale, including:

All Season Stretch Suiting

I’ve always been a fan of Ann Taylor’s all-season stretch suiting — it’s such a great basic for every working woman.  Wear it with cashmere and merino in the winter; with cotton and linen in the summer… it really is seasonless.  This lovely “smokey charcoal” suit (pictured below) caught my eye, but it’s also available in black, navy, a beigy “stone beach,” and a light brownish “dark stone taupe heather.” Pictured below:

  • All Season Stretch Two-Button Jacket, was $169, now marked to $118. The jacket is lined and has besom pockets; it’s available in regular and petite sizes (limited sizes only, alas!).
  • All-Season Stretch Pencil Skirt, was $79, now $55.  It’s available in regular and petite sizes 00-18.
  • Modern All-Season Stretch Trousers, were $98, now $68.  They’re available in regular and petite sizes 00-18. (The same color is also available in Ann Taylor’s other two main cuts, the curvy cut and the signature cut.)

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Congratulations to the Tuxe Giftcard Winner!

tuxe-giveawayThank you to everyone who entered the Tuxe Bodywear giveaway!  The giveaway is now closed, and the winner has been emailed.

Pictured: The Coach bodysuit, available in ivory and black at Tuxe Bodywear for $104 (tall fit available).

Giveaway: Win a $250 Giftcard to Tuxe Bodywear!

tuxe giveawayI’m super excited for today’s giveaway because readers have been singing the praises of Tuxe Bodywear (formerly Bradamant Bodysuits) since we first talked about how to tuck blouses neatly. The idea: no more fidgeting, no more loss of concentration or confidence. Tuck once, and it stays put! — TUXE Bodywear is a thoughtfully designed line of cotton and silk blouses with bodysuit bottoms.  Their traceless technology means the smoothest look under skirts and pants, and a flattering, comfortable fit always.  They have a lot of nice pieces, but I’m loving this silk crepe de chine blouse, available in both white and black (sizes XS-XL, as well as tall sizes XS-XL) — it’s called the CEO.  (It’s $104.)

Update: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!
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