I mentioned one of my favorite fashion movies a little while ago, and thought the topic was deserving of its own post — what are your favorite movies for fashion? Some of my favorites (they’re almost all rom coms!), below. (Let’s just say it may not be a huge mystery why we named our son Harrison Grant after you read this…):
- Cleaning out your closet, or trying to get rid of clothes that aren’t worn (or just organizing your closet better with the clothes you have in it)
- Rebuilding your wardrobe after a change in size, taste, or budget
- Putting yourself on a shopping moratorium, or shopping your closet
- Wearing a suit on a regular basis (like once a week) so you don’t raise suspicions at your current job when you start interviewing — pictured: the classic favorite, Theory’s suiting (Gabe jacket, Emery or Max C pants)
- Challenging yourself with some patterns or colors to try in your wardrobe — maybe try a fun pattern with a scarf like the one pictured above, available at Nordstrom for $38
For my $.02, I’d love to start wearing heels again. Between the babies and the babywearing and the work-at-homing I’ve gotten out of the habit — I put on a pair of 3″ boots last week and nearly fell over. Part of the problem was that all of my old shoes haven’t fit for a while <sob> because I seemed to pick up an additional half shoe size with each pregnancy. After Jack was born I knew I wanted to get pregnant soonish so I didn’t want to bother with buying a ton of shoes in my new size, so I tried to squish myself into my old shoes — and it went about as well as it sounds. (Not good…. ow.) I’ve heard your feet can still change size (up or down) in the postpartum months, so I’ve been waiting a bit after Harry’s birth as well. Obviously I don’t need to wear heels — no one does! — but I really miss them! (Pictured above: I may just have to pull the trigger on these best-selling Cole Haan booties at Zappos. Hmmn…)
I always do a roundup of which posts were my most-viewed ones for the year — but I thought I’d start our review posts this year with some of MY favorites. Some of them were fun to write — some of them sparked a great discussion — and some of them were just something that I thought was important we talk about. Ladies, which were your favorite posts? Any I’m forgetting?
- How important are “empowering clothes” for women?
- One of my favorite weekend activities: how to shop your closet.
- What work clothes should you avoid if you don’t want to look frumpy? How can you blend a conservative style with a business casual environment?
- Must a blazer BUTTON to fit, we wondered?
- Another great topic: how often do you wash your bras?
- How should you expand your suiting collection? Along similar lines, our Next Step series (on workwear, bags, shoes, and furniture) sparked a lot of great discussions — stay tuned in the New Year for a few more of these.
- How can you be taken seriously if you look young?
- In beauty news, we had some thoughts on professional hairstyles, and I wrote an opus on tinted lip balms.
- How to maintain professional contacts.
- We pondered career plans, and talked about how to deal with imposter syndrome.
- In health news, we had a great conversation about healthy office snacks — and we also talked about how to get started lifting.
- I’m surprised how many Tales from the Wallet made this personal list — but I really enjoyed our discussions about emergency funds, money roadmaps, how to invest $10K, and fashion math.
- Random, but an interesting discussion: how to prepare for emergencies.
- Many thanks to all of my guest posters during my maternity leave! Some of them really sparked great discussions among the readers, including Sweet Hot Justice‘s post on how to fit exercise in, Ruth’s post on growing up poor, Belle‘s post on how to CYA, and Kathryn’s post on professional image and self-confidence — as a plus-size woman.
Disclosure: 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…
Disclosure: 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…]
SO. I’ve kept a few creative endeavors on the down-low, and now is the time to share! (Gulp!)
The CorporetteMoms Newsletter
Longtime Corporette readers may remember that when I announced my pregnancy with Jack (now 2.5 years old) I ALSO announced that I’d be starting a new newsletter, devoted entirely to pregnancy, navigating maternity leave, and the return to work. Ahem. I never actually got around to starting it, but it’s always been in the back of my mind as one of my major goals for expanding this site. So, first up: I am FINALLY starting the CorporetteMoms newsletter! There will be two subscription options: one for if you’re pregnant (along with a free eBook with my very best tips for dressing professionally while pregnant), and a second if you’re a working mom interested in news, deal alerts, and other updates.
In the process of developing the newsletter, though, one of the things that frustrated me was the huge variation in how the emails looked in different programs — so it was important to me that each post have a home on the web. So: I am also announcing the launch of the CorporetteMoms SITE, now live at http://corporettemoms.com. The newsletter and site will have a lighter publishing schedule than we have here at Corporette, but there will be at least an Open Thread and news roundup every week, as well as deal alerts for women’s and kids’ clothes and gear. (Because CorporetteMoms has its own database and lives on a separate server for now, it’s likely that we’ll be testing forum software (!) there first… so stay tuned for that announcement, hopefully soon.)
A Call for Guest Bloggers!
But wait, there’s more — I’d LOVE to get some of you guys to be guest bloggers for the CorporetteMoms site. Yes, you! My hesitation in launching a site for working mothers has always been that a) there’s a TON of parenting and mom-deal sites out there (to say nothing of mommy blogs), many of which are doing amazing work (and are addictive reads for me), and b) my own work/life balance is an unusual one. But after a lot of thought, I realized that as an editor I could contribute to and facilitate two kinds of conversations: professional maternity-style posts, and posts about work/life balance from REAL working women. So: [Read more…]