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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Top Ten Corporette Posts of 2015

accessories to wear to workHappy (early) New Year’s Eve, ladies!  May you all have a fun, safe evening!  For today’s year-end review, here are the top posts of 2015 according to Google Analytics. See our previous “top posts” here!

  1. How to Style Long Hair for Job Interview
  2. Pantyhose for Work
  3. How to Wear Black and Navy Together
  4. Wearing a Dress & Blazer — Instead of a Suit
  5. Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for Work
  6. What to Wear to a Holiday Office Party
  7. Tips for Whitening Teeth and Nails
  8. How to Look Stylish and Professional at a Business Casual Office
  9. Easy Office Updos
  10. When Is It Time to Stop Wearing Tights?

Coffee Break: Strato Loafers

Mgemi-StratoDriving moccasins have been around for eons but are now trending, and these brand new suede ones from M.Gemi look great for commuting and casual days at the office. (As you may recall, M.Gemi introduces new shoes every Monday, and retires older styles as they sell out — they currently have a ton of great pumps and flats for the office, many of which we’ve mentioned before.) I’m loving the grape and royal colors (the red and blue ones pictured), as well as the fact that they’re designed to mold to your foot — and I also like that you can learn more about the Italian factories and craftsmanship behind each shoe. Lovely. The Strato loafers are $198, available in sizes 35-42. Strato Loafers

(L-all – This post is sponsored by M.Gemi; affiliate links were also used.)

Congratulations to the Lo & Sons Winner!

lo-sons-TTCongratulations to lucky #196, who won the Lo & Sons bag of her choice!  The commenter has been e-mailed.

To everyone else: don’t forget that they have a sick summer sale going on right now — the popular OG and OMGs are on sale for 20%, but one of my favorites in their line is the TT tote, which is a sleek N/S laptop bag and tote — love that travel sleeve (pictured!).  The TT tote is 25% off during the sale, bringing the price from $260 down to $195.  Nice!  Lo & Sons TT Laptop Bag

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.

Update: The giveaway is now closed; thank you to everyone who entered!

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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.