A New Mobile Theme

corporette-mobile-friendlyHi guys — I just thought I’d give everyone a heads-up that we are going live with a new mobile theme for the blog today. I’m still in discussions to do a design refresh in general for the blog, so this will hopefully be a temporary theme (and we’ll move to a nicer one in a bit). We’re still tweaking it, so stay tuned. One big thing to note: in order to view comments, you have to click the big pink button that says “View Comments” near the bottom of the post. We’re still working on making the different comment levels more apparent, and will be making other changes to the user experience as we go. Thank you for reading!

 

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One more note: due to some tech troubles with WordPress, we’ve made some changes to commenting — we expect these changes to be temporary until the vulnerabilities are patched.

Decluttering, Selling, Donating, Kondoing, and More

declutteringWe are doing a major declutter of our apartment, and I just feel completely scatterbrained because of it.  We donated a good chunk of stuff to charity a week or two ago, I have a ThredUP bag filled and ready to go, and yesterday some eBay auctions ended, so I’ve been scrambling today trying to get packages out to people. (The last time we did a major declutter we talked about eBaying and selling your old stuff, as well as what the best stuff to buy on eBay is; we’ve also talked about thrifting for workwear.)  We are trying to get rid of a ton of baby stuff via the local parents’ listserv, first offering it for sale and then issuing curb alerts, which requires more email management.  (The woman who sent her nanny to pick up the Bumbo this morning sent like 10 texts, which is fine, but considering it was a $5 sale, the drain on my attention was less than good.)  It is a colossal waste of time, when looked at per hour. And here’s the thing that I’ve been asking myself all morning:  Why do I feel obliged to do this, make “use” of stuff we no longer want? Why am I not just walking it to the trash chute/garbage room and disposing of it?  I answer myself with these thoughts:
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Giveaway: Win a $250 Gift Card For Luxury Workwear Brand Of Mercer

of-mercer-giveawayI’m excited to introduce you guys to another great workwear brand: Of Mercer, specializing in desk to anywhere clothes.  I’m even more excited to share that one lucky reader will win a $250 gift card from the brand!  The brand — started by two women who met at Wharton Business School — specializes in workwear for professional women who want to look and feel their best in the office.  The brand uses the same luxurious Italian wool as high-end designers, yet their dresses all sell for less than $200.  (They also have classic black wool suiting — check out their classic blazer ($235) and sheath dress ($165).

The Rules: Readers enter the giveaway by entering their email address at this link: http://www.ofmercer.com/pages/corporette-giveaway. One winner will be chosen the morning of Tuesday, April 28 (chosen at random by the ViralSweep software), and the winner will win one gift card worth $250 to spend at Of Mercer. 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 claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: Corporette® charges advertisers a fee to promote giveaways.

UKIES Giveaway Winners (and a Discount Code)!

Paris UKIES BlushThank you to everyone who entered the UKIES giveaway.  Five winners have been chosen via Random.org and the winners have been notified by the emails provided.  For everyone who DIDN’T win, though, the brand has been good enough to give us a discount code — use code CORPORETTE to take 30% off your entire purchase on ukies.com (valid through 5-1-15).

Update: What do women want in comfortable heels for work? Ukies put together a fun infographic from the reader responses in the survey. Of course, always feel free to check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels.

 

Giveaway: Five Winners Get One Pair of Comfort Heels from UKIES

Arianna UKIES Red Python NappaI’m thrilled to introduce you guys to a new shoe brand that seeks to bridge the gap between comfort and style for women’s pumps: UKIES. The brand’s patented nanogel technology guarantees comfort and support in every step — no more insoles or inserts. The brand currently has two main styles in their AM-PM collection, designed to take you from desk to dinner. The first is the Arianna pump (pictured), a classic 3″ pointy-toe pump that comes in four colors: red python nappa, black nappa, gold nappa, and beige patent, for $199. The second is the Paris, a 3.5″ heel with a .5″ platform; it comes in black and blush nappa, as well as a black and navy patent, all priced at $209. Both shoes come in half and whole sizes, 6-11.

I think they’re both great looking shoes, so I’m excited to announce that five lucky readers will win a pair of shoes of their choosing. It’s easy to enter: leave a comment below (please include your email address!) and tell us: what’s the most important thing you look for in a pair of office heels? 

Pictured: the Arianna pump in red python nappa, $199 at UKIES.com.  

UPDATE AS OF APRIL 14: The giveaway is now closed; thank you to everyone who entered!

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Sponsored: Gorgeous, Affordable, Quality Shoes from M.Gemi

mgemiThis post is sponsored by M.Gemi, but is written by your local friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was super excited for the new luxury shoe brand, M.Gemi — not only do I have a friend on the inside, but their launch last week went swimmingly, with some styles already selling out.  The basic premise: they sought out the most respected, family-owned specialty shoe factories all over Italy.  There, they conceive, design, source, pattern, last, stitch, and finish all of their limited edition shoes.  Then, they sell them directly to you.  Because they cut out the middleman, they can price their shoes much less than other luxury brands, even though they’re using the same quality leathers and materials.  As an added bit of fun, they’ve pledged to come out with new styles each week.  (You can read more about their process in their FAQs.)

Shipping and returns are free, but they do ask that you return shoes within 14 days of receiving them.

(Pictured at top, clockwise: Farfalla pump, Riveli pump, Fiero pump, Felize loafer.) 

Just launched today: the Reggia pump, in glorious blue. I love the slightly squared toe line, the light padding on the insole, and the soft suede.  It’s available in blueberry and raspberry pink for $248.

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