Sponsored: Get Work-Appropriate, Custom-Fit Dresses from NUMARI

NUMARI bespoke dressesDisclosure: This post is sponsored by NUMARI, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Everyone wants a dress that fits you like a glove — but it can be a struggle to put in the time needed at the tailor (to say nothing of the money or the guesswork involved with the initial purchase), and getting a bespoke dress seems intimidating and expensive.  Enter NUMARI, an up-and-coming fashion brand with a triple threat: cute work-appropriate looks, an easy custom fit, and affordable price points ($160-$235 with free shipping and free returns).  I also like that the two founders both actually have worked in conservative spaces — one worked in banking, consulting, and consumer products, while the second was a management consultant in the tech world.  They sent me a few samples to look over, and I must say, I’m impressed with the quality and look. [Read more…]

Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Suiting Event Kicks Off Today!

Ann Taylor summer suits eventDisclosure: This post is sponsored, but written by your friendly regular blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor’s summer suiting event kicks off today, and there are a ton of cute options that are now 30% off with code POWER30.  A few picks from the sale…

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: a linen blend suit is a great option for truly sweltering days when you still have to wear a suit.  I’m loving the “iced latte” color here — it makes the white blouse look so crisp! I also like that you can buy matching pants or a matching skirt.  After the discount, the jacket (Linen Cotton Two Button Jacket) is $118.30, the skirt (Linen Cotton Skirt) is $55.30, and the pants (Linen Cotton Trousers) are $68.60.

 

 

Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Two Button Jacket Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Skirt Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Trousers

Cotton sateen is another great option for summer because it tends to hold its structure and form a bit better than linen or more fluid fabrics.  All of these pictured pieces below have great reviews and are available in beige and navy. The one-button jacket (Cotton Sateen One Button Jacket) is now $111.30; the straight leg trousers (Signature Cotton Sateen Straight Leg Pants) are now $62.30, and the pencil skirt (Cotton Sateen Pencil Skirt) is now $55.60. [Read more…]

Sponsored: My Mom Clearly Needs a Ellipsis™ 7 from Verizon for Mother’s Day

Ellipsis7Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Verizon, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin. Pictured: The Ellipsis™ 7 Tablet from Verizon (vzw.com/bestdeals), $49-$250 depending on contract (or free with any purchase of a smart phone).

What are you getting for your mother for Mother’s Day?  If you’re a mother yourself, what do you want — and how heavily are you leaving hints for your partner and/or kids? If you have siblings, do you make joint purchases for your mom — and how do you organize them?

I’ve written before about my amazing mother — but I haven’t shared a kind of amusing story about my brother and Mother’s Day.  See, years ago when I started working and finally had disposable income, I decided that both my mother and grandmother should get flowers on Mother’s Day (and all other holidays), if not also a gift.  Being the good Big Sis I am, even if I picked out and paid for everything, I always put my brother’s name on the card, and we both got credit.  But this bugged me:  I didn’t want to have to become go-to The Purchaser/Organizer.  I was wary, as a woman, of putting myself in that default role where, if I didn’t get Mother’s Day gifts, no one would do it.  [Read more…]

Sponsored: The Best #CareerChat Moments!

secret twitter partyDisclosure: This post and the chat are sponsored by Secret Deodorant (but written by your regular blogger Kat Griffin).

Thank you so much to everyone who turned out for the Twitter party #CareerChat yesterday — we had some great discussions with Secret’s Career Confidence Coach Nicole Williams.  Nicole gave us insightful advice on the topic of personal branding, how to get your LinkedIn profile noticed, what to wear to client dinners, how guys can show personality in a suit, whether perfume is ok at the office, and more. Additionally, four lucky participants won a Secret “#BeFearless in ’14 prize pack” — congratulations, ladies!

Some of my favorite discussions from the hour-long conversation are below…

Nicole had a great take on how NYFW differs from office style:

nyfw office style

I did not know that your LinkedIn profile is 11x more likely to be looked at if there’s a photo — perhaps we should revisit the post on corporate headshots? Readers, do you have a photo on your profile?  (For more career confidence advice and inspiration, visit Secret’s LinkedIn page: http://bit.ly/1fawdZQ.)  [Read more…]

Sponsored: #CareerChat Tomorrow With Kat and Career Expert Nicole Williams!

Join us for a #CareerChat with @Corporette and career expert Nicole Williams!As I mentioned in our news roundup, tomorrow is our first Twitter Party!  Sponsored by Secret Deodorant, career expert Nicole Williams and I will be sitting down and having a #CareerChat about how to #BeFearless in your career.  How does your personal appearance affect your career — and your confidence?  Come to us with your questions about workwear, personal branding, growing your skillsets, switching career paths, getting that promotion, or juggling work/life commitments.  Join us tomorrow from 12PM – 1PM Eastern for the #careerchat!

About the participants: [Read more…]

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