Celebrate Business Women’s Day with Last Call

last-call-friends-family-saleThis post is sponsored by Neiman Marcus Last Call, where they just started their Friends & Family sale, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Did you guys know that today is Business Women’s Day? Fun fact: The first American Business Women’s Day was sponsored by the American Business Women’s Association in 1982. It was recognized by Congressional Proclamation in 1983 and 1986. (Source.) In honor of the holiday, Neiman Marcus Last Call asked me to take a look at some of their business fashion picks for women. If you’re not familiar with Last Call, they have some killer deals on both affordable brands as well as more splurgey brands (hello, Donna Karan on deep discount!) — and a ton of great outfits for the office. Luckily for you guys, they also have a great Friends & Family sale going on right now — through September 25th, you can take an extra 40% off everything with your NM Credit card and code FRIEND40; or take 30% off everything with any other form of payment.  (Note that it excludes clearance, estate jewelry, fragrances, Godiva, Gorski furs, Tom Ford, merchandise more deeply discounted, NM new arrival merchandise, and special events.) I especially like that the 30% off sale prices are marked on each product.

Some general brands where they have a TON of workwear stuff includes: Theory, Lafayette 148 New York, Vince, Joie, Cinzia Rocca Due, and Vince Camuto (tons of VC Plus).

On the jewelry side of things their Alexis Bittar collection is so good I had to stop writing the post midway through to buy a gold and black necklace (last one left!) — I also like their Majorica and Kendra Scott collections. On the weekend side of things I love to stock up on Splendid, James Perse, Current/Elliott, and Rag & Bone.

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The Limited and Eva Longoria Take You From Work to Wine

longoria-limited-work-to-wine-2Please note this post is sponsored by The Limited, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Have you guys checked out the new collaboration between The Limited and Eva Longoria? The Limited has been among reader’s favorites for years now for affordable suiting (their Collection Suiting line is awesome), their colorful Madison blazers (love the fun lining), and their very popular Ashton blouses and shirtdresses — so I was excited when they teamed up with Eva Longoria for a “work to wine” collection.  I’ve heard great things about the collaboration, particularly about the fabrication of the garments being amazing and the feel of them being super soft, so I decided to take a look… and the pieces indeed have a perfect desk to dinner vibe.

Pictured at top: black/white dress, cobalt dress (on EL), black top (on EL), black jacket (on EL), black/white dress on mannequin. Pictured with Eva: @fda553587.

Eva Longoria's dress from the DNC (under $125!)A number of the dresses are made of “power ponte, an impeccable double knit fabric with amazing stretch.”  I’ve felt some of the fabric, and it’s a nice, heavy weight ponte, with a slight touch of a “suck you in and smooth you out” kind of appeal.  This winter white dress, with a fabulous windowpane texture (you can see it better here) on the ponte, is one of my favorites — it’s a total show stopper, and great for a warmer climate. (For some reason I love the idea of it with dark red nails, but that’s me.) The dress is $109.95, available in XS-XXL. Eva Longoria Textured Power Ponte Dress
Eva Longoria for Limited black/white dressThis black dress is very similar to the above white dress, but the knit is slightly lighter weight — the white dress above has 68% cotton / 28% polyester / 4% spandex, whereas the dress pictured here has 60% cotton / 38% polyester / 2% spandex.  I love the pattern, though, as well as the elbow length sleeves and the boat neck — and huzzah for it being machine wash/tumble dry. The dress is $109.95, available in sizes XS-XXL. Eva Longoria Power Ponte Patterned Sheath Dress
Eva Longoria Limited cobalt blue faux leather sheath dressYou know the dress must be good if Eva Longoria herself picked it to wear to some store parties — this picture of her and two different women (with different body shapes, and they all look fab) is great. I love the vibrant cobalt color, the flattering color blocking and the stretchy knit. (I like the sauciness of a touch of faux leather, but note that this is very much a “know your office” situation.) The dress is machine wash/line dry, and is available in sizes XS-XXL, for $129.95.  Eva Longoria Power Ponte Faux Leather Dress 
Limited Eva Longoria Work to WineThe dresses are the real stars of the collection, but there are a few colors of this dramatic top with an asymmetrical peplum hem, which looks great with pencil skirts, ankle pants, and more. (There are also two dresses with the silhouette, and if you like the look you can also pair it with a matching pencil skirt in the same fabric/color.) I love the idea of it with a long pendant necklace (like this or this), but that’s me — it’s available in black and cobalt, in regular and petite sizes XS-XXL, for $99.95. Eva Longoria Power Ponte Peplum Top
Eva Longoria cropped jacket LimitedThis cropped cardi/jacket is super soft, and the draping is fabulous. I love the color combination, too — a dusty gray/blue/navy can be really versatile. It’s $109.95, available in XS-XXL. (If you’re in a more casual office, this drapey vest in black is similarly soft, but it’s much longer.)  Eva Longoria Textured Cropped Jacket

Readers, have you checked out the collection yet — what are your favorite pieces? 

A huge thank you to The Limited for sponsoring this post! 


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:

ann taylor patterns

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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