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Sponsored Post: My New LensCrafters Glasses!

So I picked up my glasses yesterday and am really psyched about how they turned out. So first, a quick review of the last 3 pairs of glasses I got from LensCrafters (all purchased during the same “take 50% off lenses” sale sometime in 2007 or 2008): [Read more…]

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Sponsored Post: I’m a LensCrafters Ambassador (Just in Time for Their Best Sale of the Year!)

So even though I normally wear contacts for photos/videos I take for the blog, the truth of the matter is that I’m in glasses a lot of the time. This is, in part, due to some complications I had with my eyes a few years ago (which we really should talk about on the blog some day; I would never want anyone else to go through what I did!) — I basically went from wearing contacts about 80% of the time to now wearing glasses about 80% of the time. I have so many pairs of glasses I view them as accessories! [Read more…]

Sponsored Post: Kat’s Lancome House of Color Video

Lancome's Color Design 5 Pan palette in Taupe CrazeA few weeks ago Lancome asked a few of their favorite style bloggers to create short films inspired by the colors of their Color Design 5 Pan palettes, and I was honored to be included. They sent me the Lancome’s Color Design 5 Pan palette in Taupe Craze (which I truly do love and have been wearing to death), and my cameraman (aka my husband) and I got to work filming, mostly in our Brooklyn Heights apartment and on The Promenade, which is a few blocks away.  (We did the filming a few weeks ago, so I’m about five months pregnant in the vids…)

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Sponsored Post: Derek Lam & eBay Launch New Crowdsourced Collection

This post is sponsored by Derek Lam and eBay, but written by your usual blogger Kat Griffin.

How fun: Derek Lam and eBay have just announced the first ever crowdsourced collection — and it’s available for purchase now. In February, Lam debuted an exclusive 16-dress collection and then invited shoppers everywhere to view the collection and vote for their favorites. More than 120,000 votes rolled in, and five designs were actually produced. Prices range from $125-$295 in sizes 0-16 (which is a pleasant change from his normal prices, with blouses around $850 and dresses usually well over $1000), and pieces are (mais oui!) available in limited quantities.

Personally, my favorite is the Shift Dress, which retails for $175 (pictured). I think it’s a great dress for the office — your classic V-neck, a ladylike length, and even a nice curve to the armholes, if that makes sense.  I love that it’s made of a black cotton poplin with a hint of stretch (poplin AND stretch? sign me up), and apparently there’s a peplum back, as well.   It strikes me as a classic, to be worn with a blazer and pumps for day and perhaps with bolder jewelry and sandals for a night out.

Pictured below: I’m also a huge fan of the denim sundress for the weekend, as well (albeit perhaps with a tank top underneath? I’m never quite that daring with cleavage!) — it looks like a fun dress to pair with wedges and a sunhat and see the sights.

Readers, which of Derek Lam’s 5 looks is your favorite?

Sponsored Post: Hoseanna Asks

This is a sponsored post from Hoseanna, a new site that launched last week and aims to help busy women everywhere put some of their most annoying purchases (such as pantyhose!) on autopilot by offering subscription service. Read my post last week about it, or visit Hoseanna — and note that you can still enter to win the Facebook contest as well!

1. I write for the Corporate Rookie because I remember being there! There were so many other things to focus on being new in the corporate world — and yet how you look does affect your job and career, as well as etiquette and all those things that no one really talks about. [Read more…]

Sponsored Post: A Curated Pantyhose Collection, from Hoseanna

Corporate-RookieIt’s easy to find a cheap pair of pantyhose on the fly, for those situations where it’s an hour before the big meeting and you realize you’ve got a run.  But quality hosiery usually requires a trip to a department store, which just may not be in the cards when you’re slammed with work — part of the reason I started this blog was because I was always working when stores were open!  Hoseanna, a new site, is launching today, and it aims to help working women everywhere get the pantyhose, nylons, and tights you need, on your schedule.  Because you can make a one-time purchase or sign up for a subscription (every month, every two months or every three months), you can even put pantyhose on “autopilot” — it’ll show up when you need it, and you can cross it off your already massive to-do list.  Their curated collection includes some brands that are new to me, including b.ella, Foot Traffic, Pretty Polly, and Boottights, as well as brands that everyone would be familiar with, such as Hue, DKNY, and Silk Reflections.  Also, note that the first 250 women to register on the site will receive 25% off all purchases throughout the year + 1 month free shipping. And, through a fun giveaway going on now, 4 people can win a full year-long subscription to Hoseanna and a style makeover (details below!)

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Hoseanna’s founders, Tracey and Katrina.  I loved both women (they’ve been friends for years and have walked in our shoes, ladies — both of them had successful corporate careers before they went into business together!) but I also loved the idea behind the site:  that while yes, sometimes women like to browse, a lot of times you just want CONVENIENCE when you’re shopping.  Especially for busy, working women, you don’t want to have to spend your one free hour of the week to run to the department store to pick up a few new pair of hose. [Read more…]