The Lo & Sons Giveaway is now CLOSED…

pearl crossbody… but thank you to all 2000+ entries we had! We’ll be contacting the winner later today. A few points to note:

  • Lo & Sons just launched their newest style, the Pearl crossbody (pictured) — I haven’t seen it yet in person but it looks great.
  • Even if you didn’t win, you can still get 20% off today with code PRETHANKS sitewide at the Lo & Sons site. (But a little birdie tells me they’ll have 30% sitewide, starting Thursday — so check it out!)

 

Don’t Be Shy When Changing Careers (and 5 Other Career Changing Tips)

magazine to lawyerDisclosure:  In today’s sponsored post, State Farm Insurance asked me to talk about my first career change — magazine editor to lawyer — and some of the people who helped me along the way.

I was at a recent alumni networking event, and everyone older than 30 heartily encouraged the students and new graduates to reach out to alums. An email that mentions a shared connection opens a lot of doors. Generally, people are happy to give advice. Cast a wide net — particularly don’t be shy about reaching out when you’re looking to enter a new career or change careers entirely. All of this advice rings true with my own experience in networking when you’re junior, and changing careers — not once, but twice now. I’ve written about my career change from media lawyer to fashion blogger, but I’ve never talked about the first big career change I made: from magazine writer to lawyer.

It’s fun to think back on what drove the change…

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Giveaway: Win a $500 Credit at Lo & Sons!

 

LoSonsGiveawayI’ve talked before about my love of Lo & Sons bags — they’re lightweight and durable, yet stylish and functional. I love the gazillion smart pockets (whether it’s a laptop bag or not), the back panel sleeve that makes them super travel friendly (pictured below), the neutral colors (and often a choice of gold/silver hardware), and the clever marketing — most of the product pages show videos of a woman packing up her Lo & Sons bag so you can see everything that can fit in there.  Brilliant.  Anyway: I was thrilled when Lo & Sons reached out to offer Corporette readers a giveaway, and it’s a big one, ladies: one grand prize winner will receive a $500 store credit. Pictured above: the O.M.G. ($275), the T.T. ($260), and the Brookline laptop tote ($198). Pictured below: the O.G. overnight bag ($295).

OG overnight bagThe Rules: Readers enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter (see the app after the jump, or use this link to enter); you can gain additional entries through various social media (all through the app).  One winner will be chosen the morning of Tuesday, November 25 (chosen by Rafflecopter) and gets to choose any Lo & Sons bag(s) currently in stock. Please note that, due to legal reasons, this contest is only open to adult residents of the United States. The winners will have one week to respond to Kat to claim their prize or a new winner or winners will be chosen.

N.B. There’s a great pre-Thanksgiving sale running right now — take 20% off all orders with code PRETHANKS2014.

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Coffee Break: Moonlace Boomerang Multi Print Silk Scarf

DVF Moonlace Boomerang Multi Print Silk Scarf | CorporetteYes, yes, I love a good blue detail — but I also like the mixture of prints on this scarf. What fun! Five different patterns mix and mingle, making this a lightweight statement piece that packs a lot of punch. I’d wear it with a very simple, neutral outfit otherwise, such as a black scoopneck tee and black trousers. The scarf is $178 at DVF.com. Diane von Furstenberg Boomerang Multi Print Silk Scarf

Here’s a lower-priced scarf with multiple patterns.

Psst: We have a beta version of the collapsible comment thread feature working (as requested by readers in our redesign thread). Please let us know what you think! And big thanks to our tech guru extraordinaire, Rustan, for getting it done so quickly!

Just a few other housekeeping notes — I’ve quietly added some more links to the sidebar that hopefully will improve site navigation for folks:

  • (near the top) links to recent TPS reports, coffee breaks, sales, Suit of the Week, the Hunt, Tales from the Wallet, and our general career advice and fashion advice categories
  • (in the middle) a widget that tells you what posts are popular this month — we’re working to make a number of improvements and tweaks already, but for the moment I think it’s helpful
  • (near the bottom) links to ask a reader Q, submit a tech problem, suggest a site improvement, or otherwise contact us
  • (near the bottom) an RSS feed of what’s been published on CorporetteMoms lately
  • Finally — I know we’re still having problems with our RSS feed (grrrrrrrrrrr rrrrr  rrrrrrrrrrr) but for the moment we have a “Follow us on Feedly” button that takes you to the correct feed since I know that’s been problematic for a lot of people.

Rustan (our tech guy) is working on improving search functionality (and about a zillion other things I’ve thrown his way lately).

Admin Question: Redesign

corporette redesignI mentioned this in yesterday’s SOTW thread, but thought I’d ask in a bigger post — I’m in the beginning stages of starting to think of refreshing the design for the blog and thought I’d see if anyone has any favorite blogs or websites that they LOVE the design of (so I can see if their designer is available for hire, and otherwise get ideas).  It doesn’t have to be similar in style to this blog, just an intelligently designed website.  Thank you guys in advance for your thoughts!

(Pictured: our original logo and color scheme, just for kicks.)

Sponsored Post: Shop Jones New York’s Friends and Family Sale!

JNY sale 2014Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jones New York, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

The Jones New York Friends and Family sale has just started, and there are a ton of lovely pieces.  In addition to the houndstooth suiting and cardigan sweater I was drooling over a few weeks ago (or their washable suiting line that I called out on Washable Wednesday a few weeks ago on CorporetteMoms), there is a ton of great stuff on the site — and it’s 30% off sitewide.  If you’ve never tried the brand, you’re missing out — I’ve thought of them for years as a stalwart for classic yet feminine workwear that is flattering, wears well, and launders easily.  I also like that many of the pieces come in regular, petite, and plus sizes.  Some of my favorites currently part of the sale are below — please note that all prices are an extra 30% off from the prices I’ve listed here.  :)

I love the look of a lot of their suiting, including:

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