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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FIFTY Columbus Day Sales – and Kat’s Top 8

33 Columbus Day Sales! || CorporetteHappy Columbus Day!  Sales are already heating up so I thought I’d round up the noteworthy ones — my top picks are in bold.  As always, we’ll add any new ones we hear about over the weekend, so please stay tuned!

  • 6pm – 10,000+ shoes, clothing, and accessories for $20.
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off your entire purchase.
  • Anne Klein – 30% off sitewide.
  • Anthropologie – 15% off full-price dresses.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase.
  • Bare Necessities – 50 bras, 50% off.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Tons of stuff in the 5F collection, with prices up to 75% off.
  • Bloomingdale’s – 25-50% off selected merchandise.
  • Bluefly – Up to 75% off outerwear. Warehouse sale 80% off.
  • Boden – 40% off, mid-season sale. One week only!
  • Brooks Brothers – Select women’s shirts (and men’s dress and sport shirts) 3 for $189 or up to $98.50 each.
  • Cole Haan – prices up to 60% off.
  • Club Monaco – Up to $100 off with code FALLSALE.
  • CUSP – The Denim Event: $25 off one pair, $75 off two pairs, $125 off three pairs.
  • C. Wonder – Extra 50% off sale items.  $5 shipping through 10/15 only.
  • Dorothy Perkins – All sale items are half price or less.
  • DvF.com – Additional 25% off sale items with code EXTRA25.
  • eBags – Up to 65% off.
  • eShakti – 30% off sitewide.
  • Eloquii – Up to 70% off.
  • Express – All sweaters 40% off, all outerwear 30% off. $25 off every $75 you spend (excluding jeans), with code 1870.
  • Forever 21 – Extra 30% off sale items with code TAKE30.
  • French Connection – Up to 40% off selected styles.
  • Gap – Buy 1+ item, save 20%; buy 3+ items, save 30%; buy 5+, save 40%.
  • Hendri Bendel – $50 off $250, $100 off $350, $150 off $450.
  • Hugo Boss – Sale, up to 40% off.
  • Intermix – Additional 30% off all sale items.
  • J.Crew – 30% off full-price styles with code WEEKENDPLANS.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off entire site.
  • Jones New York – $50 off a $200 purchase.
  • Karen Millen – Mid-season sale with up to 30% off.
  • Kate Spade – Take 20% off all sale merchandise with code FALLSALE20.
  • Kate Spade Saturday – 20% off all outerwear and sweaters with code BUNDLED.
  • Kohl’s – Additional 20% off with code YES2FAM.
  • Lands’ End – 25% off with code COOL.
  • Last Call – Additional 30% off everything.
  • The Limited – 40% off sitewide, including sale items… and (online only), 60% off select sweaters.
  • LK Bennett – Prices up to 50% off in their sale section.
  • LOFT – 50% off select fall favorites with code EXPLORE, additional 50% off all sale styles.
  • Macy’s – Super Saturday extra 20% off with code SUPER.
  • Madewell – The Finally Fall Event: 30% off fall-ready styles with code OHFALL.
  • New York & Company – Buy one get one 50% off on new arrivals. $100 off $200 purchase with code 3812, $50 off $100 purchase with code 3811.
  • Nordstrom – Prices up to 60% off. 
  • Piperlime – 20% off with code FALL20.
  • Reiss – Sale prices up to 50% off in their outlet.
  • Shoes.com – Take 15% off sitewide (plus free shipping) with code SHOES15.
  • ShopBop – Prices up to 70% off.
  • Talbots – Up to 50% off full-price styles.
  • Theory – Friends & Family shop 25% off with code THEORYFF2014.
  • White House | Black Market – $50 off your entire purchase of $175+.

Readers, are you looking forward to any big sales this weekend? Which ones will you check out first? 

Guest Post: From Growing Up Poor to Working in Big Law

Growing Up Poor | CorporetteHow does your background — like growing up poor — affect your life in Big Law or other conservative jobs? After all, Big Law (and other Big jobs) can be interesting places, full of strange traditions, big personalities, and a lot of assumptions — that everyone knows what to wear yachting or for a golf scramble, for example. Today, I’m happy to welcome back Ruth Moore*, a lawyer turned actress (who’s currently a recurring character in a TV series) with some deep thoughts on how growing up poor affected her legal career. Ruth has guest posted before, with a Tales From the Wallet post about how to break free from golden handcuffs (and get used to paying tuition again). Welcome back, Ruth! – Kat.

This post came about because I was telling Kat about how I’d always been curious which of my Big Law colleagues had also grown up below the poverty line. I have this theory that there were certain habits and ways of thinking from growing up poor that stuck with me as a young adult, when I suddenly went up a couple of rungs on the socioeconomic ladder.

Some of those habits were sartorial. For example, even though I was earning a lot of money, I was still very cheap with myself, especially in the beginning. I distinctly remember buying a pair of jeans from H&M for $39.99 and thinking, “Wow, I’m buying forty-dollar jeans at full price, I really made it!” For work clothes, I splurged on two skirts and three shirts (deeply discounted) from a chain that represented, to me, the height of luxury: The United Colors of Benetton. Dry cleaning seemed too frivolous so I’d just wash them by hand. I wore my Aldo heels with the same pride with which my officemate wore her Louboutins. I didn’t get a professional haircut until my fourth year as a lawyer, opting to trim it myself instead. It’s kind of a miracle that no one reported me to “What Not to Wear.” (Pictured: Money, originally uploaded to Flickr by loopoboy 2.0.)

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