Grab Your BFF and Get to Ann Taylor: The Friends and Family Sale is On

ann taylor friends and family sale This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat.

Ann Taylor’s Friends and Family sale is ending TONIGHT, with the entire site being 40% off with code FRIENDS40 until then. Sales are so much fun to shop with friends, and I’d love to hear what the Corporette community has bought already, is still considering buying, and is going back for more! I’m absolutely loving the patterns and textures I’m seeing, all amidst the classic shapes we know and love from Ann Taylor. Some of my favorites are below — but which are your favorites? 

Bold Patterns for Work

Bold patterns are a lux, sophisticated way to inject a ton of personality to your workwear. Pair them with neutrals to play it safe, or try mixing patterns and textures to have a bit of fun.  Some of my favorites from the sale:

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Above: dress / skirt / dress / blouse

  • Modern Geo Tie Waist Dress – I love this one for work and beyond! To make the dress more versatile, don’t forget that you can always top it with a slim cut merino sweater in navy to wear it just as a skirt; you can also layer it with a thin navy turtleneck beneath it for winter. The dress is $159 full price, available in regular and petites, and sizes 00-14; in the sale it comes to $95.
  • Colorblock Pencil Skirt – The slanted color block pattern here is amazing — classic but interesting at the same time. White and navy are the obvious things to pair it with,  but I’d also urge you to try it with a pale blue. The skirt is $89 full price, avilaalbe in regular, petite, and tall sizes 00-18, and comes down to $53 in the sale.
  • Diagonal Stripe Wrap Dress – Wow, I love this. It usually drives me batty when patterns don’t line up just so, but it looks intentional and artsy here — and the flattering, feminine colors somehow remind me of a tie.  The dress is available in regular and petite sizes 00-14, and it’s $98 full price, but comes to $58 in the sale. (There are actually a TON of great patterned wrap dresses if you’re looking, and this particular pattern also comes in a silky wrap blouse.)
  • Bird Ruffle Sleeve Top – While ruffles and birds aren’t for everyone, I think this top shows that you can still “put a bird on it” and be professional — love the way the pattern just looks abstract at a difference, and the unusual mix of pale peach and a brighter, almost fuschia-like pink in the pattern — interesting and great. The highly-rated top is $79.50, but comes down to $47.70 in the sale — it’s available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL.

Sophiticated Textures

Texture is a fabulous way to elevate your wardrobe — depending on how textured a fabric is, it can almost read as a pattern — but it’s far easier to mix and match pieces and colors without sticking to neutrals.  Ann Taylor’s new collection showcases a ton of great textures; some of my favorites include:

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Giveaway!

NAS giftcard giveaway!The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to everyone on July 22 (although Early Access continues for cardholders now), and I’m really excited about the great sales this year for workwear, shoes, and beyond.  I ALSO happen to have the best readers around (thank you guys!), so I thought I’d run a few little giveaways to help you take advantage of one of the best sales of the year.  I’m going to give away TWO $25o giftcards — and all you have to do to enter is like my Instagram page or my Facebook page!  (You can get additional entries by sharing with a friend, following on Twitter or Pinterest, signing up for our email list, or more.) You can enter one or both of the giveaways! The giveaways end on July 22, so you please act fast if you’d like to enter! 

(You can read the full terms in the contest rules, but please note that these contests are only open to United States citizens over the age of 18.)

Update (7.24): The giveaway is now closed, and both winners have been notified — thank you to everyone who entered!

Option 1: Like the Corporette Instagram feed to enter to win a $250 Nordstrom giftcard!

* This is my first time running a Rafflecopter giveaway, so please bear with me — I think they want you to “log in” via Facebook or email so you can be notified in the event you win — the giveaway is after the “login” page. Please see our Privacy Policy if you have any questions. 

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Survey Results!

reader surveyThank you guys so much for taking the survey — the giveaway is now closed, but if you want to weigh in you can still take the survey.  (I’m always grateful for feedback!)

I used Random.org to determine who won the giftcards — the first winner was #9, but that survey taker had not left her email address. The next random number generated was 1572, and the next random number generated was 436 — both of those survey takers have been contacted.

Results didn’t change much from the interim survey results. Final numbers were:

  • Age: 33% of you are 28-32, with 26% of you being 33-37.
  • Relationships: 60% of you are married, 18% in a relationship, and 18% single.
  • Kiddos: 44% of you don’t have any children yet, and 20% don’t plan to have any.
  • Salary: 45% of you make at least 6 figures.
  • Degrees: 43% of you have JDs, and 9% of you have MBAs.
  • Career: 40% of you say you’ve been working 3-8 years in the same career.
  • Office environment: 58% of you said you worked in a “business casual” environment (defined in the survey as “for men, no tie but a tucked button-front shirt and khakis; women may wear blazers but usually as separates”), with 31% saying “business conservative” (defined in the survey as “men may wear a tie but keep their suit jacket in their office; women may or may not wear full suits often”) and 20% saying “California business” (defined in the survey as “people may wear blazers with jeans”).
    • 48% of you have your own office, while 28% work in a cubicle or other shared office space.
  • Size-wise: 47% of you identified as a size M, 40% as small, and 29% as large. (Multiple choices were allowed on this Q and a few others so the percentages may be a bit screwy.)
  • Thoughts on Kat’s style: 74% of you liked my choices “sometimes,” with the chief complaint (35%) being that choices were too expensive.
  • Visiting the blog: The majority of readers visit Corporette once a day (35%), 30% visit a few times a week, and 21% visit multiple times a day.
  • Blog comments: 36% of readers said they read the comments either “always” or “usually,” while 30% of readers said they read comments sometimes, and 26% said only if they were very interested in the subject matter of the main post.
  • Current blog content: In general most people thought the mix of current blog content was just right. 33% thought more beauty advice was needed, 37% thought more career/job advice would be good, and 35% wanted more financial advice.
    • The most loved features were the Hunt (67% loved it), Weekly News Roundups (50% loved it), Tales from the Wallet (49% loved it).
    • I also asked for readers’ thoughts on a certain commenter in particular (rhymes with Shmellen): 38% had no opinion, 23% hated, 23% thought “it’s fine”, and 15% “loved” it. (I’m kinda surprised by these answers!)
  • Expanding blog content: We had a lot of ideas for ways to expand the content that we swung by you guys — the most popular was “interviews with regular working women” (61%), while roughly 48% of people also liked the ideas for more posts from Kate, short interviews with Big Name businesswomen, or guest “house” bloggers for fashion or jobs.
  • 79% of people answering the survey had commented on Corporette 10 times or less, but 30% of people said they came primarily for the comments section.
  • Future Corporette projects (in addition to/outside of the blog): The biggest hits among our many ideas for outside projects were meetups, a podcast, a “Corporette Seal of Approval,” ebooks, a paper Career Planner, and job listings.

Stay tuned while we explore these new avenues — and thank you guys again for your feedback!  For some reason one of the projects I’ve started first was a paper Career Planner — I’m hoping to have a beta form available for download at least by the end of the summer. If you’d like to sign up to be notified of the planner when it comes out (and likely be offered a big discount on whatever initial price we attach to it), please sign up here.

Pictured: balloons, originally uploaded to Flickr by Ilario Prospero.

 

Interim Survey Results

reader surveyHi guys — our survey is still open and you’re still welcome to enter the giveaway (through June 24!) but I just thought I’d round up a few interim results (with more than 2000 readers taking the survey!). If these answers don’t sound like you and you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do so to make sure your voice is heard!

  • Age: 33% of you are 28-32, with 26% of you being 33-37.
  • Relationships: 60% of you are married, 18% in a relationship, and 18% single.
  • Kiddos: 44% of you don’t have any children yet, and 20% don’t plan to have any.
  • Salary: 45% of you make at least 6 figures.
  • Degrees: 45% of you have JDs, and 8% of you have MBAs.
  • Career: 41% of you say you’ve been working 3-8 years in the same career.
  • Office environment: 57% of you said you worked in a “business casual” environment, with 30% saying “business conservative” and 20% saying “California business.”
    48% of you have your own office, while 27% work in a cubicle or other shared office space.

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A Corporette Survey (and a Giveaway!)

reader surveyHappy Wednesday, ladies! I’m always honored and humbled by this website and its fantastic community of bright women. As you know, from time to time I like to check in with you guys to see how we’re doing and whether we could be doing any better on content or other ways to serve the audience — and to that end, I’ve put together a little survey. (We haven’t had one since May 2013!) I always appreciate the time and thought it takes to answer these things, so I thought I’d do a little giveaway along with the survey — if you answer all of the questions and provide us with contact info, you will be entered for a chance to win one of two $250 Amazon gift cards! June 25 Update: the giveaway is closed! But you can still take the survey if you’d like to. 

Click here to take the survey!

Click here to take the survey!

Click here to take the survey!

(No, I have not been wasting any time on Perez Hilton lately, officer.) 

If you’re curious, the last survey results told us:

  • 35.7% of our readers are ages 28-32; the next largest grouping is 25.8% of you ages 23-27.
  • 35.4% of our readers spent $151-$300 on clothes last month (with 2.4% spending more than $1K)
  • 74.7% of our readers have no kids; and 51.3% of our readers are married or in a civil union.
  • 50.2% of our readers have a JD or are in the midst of attaining it.
  • 83.1% of our readers work full time; of those who work full time, 32.2% of them make over $100K.

* While I’d like to hear from ALL readers, please note that due to legal reasons, the giveaway is only open to U.S. readers, age 18 or older. The giveaway will end at 12:01 AM ET on June 24, 2016. There will only be two winners; they will be randomly selected by Kat and notified by email. (Email or other contact info is required to enter the giveaway; please note that we will only contact you if you win.) If the first winners do not respond within one week, a new winner or winners will be selected.

Admin Update: The place to enter your email address (and enter the giveaway) is the final question on the survey form (the last page that is titled “This is the End, My Friends”) — if you for some reason miss it or don’t get a chance to enter your email address, you can do either of these two things from the same computer you used to take the survey: a) email me using the Contact Form, or b) leave a comment on this post with your email address is the “email field” (not the body of the post).  (Tech background here: the survey grabs your IP address so you can’t take the survey 10 times (because you know you want to!); the commenting system and contact form also both grab your IP address as well, so I can link them.)

Pictured: balloons, originally uploaded to Flickr by Ilario Prospero.

Music, Moods, Discovery, and More

music-moodsLadies, let’s have a rare discussion:  which music is your favorite? How important is music in your life — how do you find new music, and when is the primary time you listen to music? Do you like to listen to music while you work, or is it reserved for other times in your day? 

A while ago on a plane I found myself writing a long draft post for Corporette about music — specifically, my favorite songs over the years. It’s a pretty navel-gazing post, so I figured, hey, I’ll save it for my birthday, unless I really get desperate for a post idea.  Today IS January 28 — so you’ll find that list below.

To answer my own questions above, though — music has always been important in my life, particularly for my moods, either to lift me out of them or give me that “you’re not alone” feeling.  For example, I vividly remember being about 15 and having a huge fight with my parents, retreating to my room, and blasting Talking Head’s “Road to Nowhere” on repeat — because it just felt so good to hear David Byrne wail “baby it’s alllll riiiiiight.” For some reason Leonard Cohen’s song “Everybody Knows” was the soundtrack to my first semester of law school — on repeat, full volume in headphones. (Not dark at all, right?) I’ve also mentioned before on this blog about how during some unpleasant times at my law firm where I had to work with unpleasant personalities (yay for screamers!), I had Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right (But It’s Ok)” as my wake-up song — every day, for months.

In terms of new music, finding new music for me is challenging. I use the Shazam app a lot when we’re watching television, or else my brother passes along a lot of his music.  If I’m doing dinner prep I’ll use the Amazon Echo to put Pandora or one of my iTunes playlists on.  I’ve had to winnow down some of my playlists to stuff I feel comfortable with the kids hearing (I don’t exactly want to explain PJ Harvey’s “30” or Marianne Faithfull’s “Love in the Afternoon” to my eldest). That said, though, I’ve started listening to podcasts instead of music during walks or workouts with weights. So I kind of miss music, and would love to hear your ideas about how you incorporate it into your lives!  Anyway, some of my favorite songs (links either go to YouTube or Amazon):

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