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Weekly Round-Up: If you wear it to play, don’t wear it to work

pink polish for work– The Girls in the Beauty Department round up the best pink nail polishes. [Glamour] We totally want the one The Daily Obsession recommended, though (pictured). (Available at Nordstrom.)

– Eeek! How did we miss this? “Clothing” arguments for a new legal dress code. We luuuurve the rule that “if you wear it to play, don’t wear it to work.” [ForbesLife Executive Woman] Oh, and speaking of lady lawyers, the Observer, well, observes that the Litigatrix has eaten Ally McBeal for breakfast. [NY Observer]

– Oooh, ten bags under $1000. [BagSnob]

– On the off chance you’re working in Second Life, Counterfeit Chic has some fashion advice for your avatar. [Counterfeit Chic]

– Long days in front of computers make our necks hurt. But hey — at least we have some government-approved exercises to feel better. [MedicineNet]

– Here’s an interesting site: They focus on Top 15 lists. One we like: Top 15 Podium Tactics From Public Speaking Pros.” [Top 15s]

We love old, musty desks, even in the Internet age

WowOwow has an interesting new segment where they’ll show a “scene” from their daily life.  Today, it’s desks. We’re sort of an odd duck: we’ve been in love with desks for a while now.  (We were also in love with libraries as a child, so this may not be that odd.)  In our opinion, the right desk is a declaration of self as well as a power statement.  Yes, they’re huge and expensive, but they may have hidden drawers and engravings and inlays — and all those details tell you something about the person beneath the suit.  We’ve seen some gorgeous desks through the years — editor’s desks, professor’s desks, CEO’s desks, judge’s desks, law firm partner’s desks — and every single one of them has taught us something about the person.  Who they are, what they’re really like beneath the suit.  How messy they are.  How powerful they think they are.  How attentive to details they are.  It’s also sort of come to represent a true form of success: no one in the junior ranks has a desk like this.  You are a boss — either the boss of many other people, or a boss of yourself.  Either way, you’re no longer the midlevel.

Come to think of it, we have no idea where one even purchases these desks.  (We found the image above by Googling “partner’s desks.”)

In the wOw spread, we love Judith Martin’s desk the best — it kind of looks like the place Miss Manners would work.

wOw Scenes: Our Desks

Image above: “Seven Seas” collection by Hooker Furniture, available at thefurniture.com.

Poll of the day! Pantyhose in the summer…

PantyhoseAre bare legs acceptable for the office?  Photo by telethon, courtesy of Flickr.

bare legs acceptable

Blog round-up from before…

So, in the time before we actually got this website up and running, we were reading TONS of articles we thought our eventual readers might want to read about. Here are some of those articles…

– Glamour looks at Hillary’s make-up on the campaign trail.

Bunnyshop blogs about cute business-card holders.

J.D. Bliss blogs about What Women Lawyers Really Want.

Ms. JD blogs about whether long hair is unprofessional. (We don’t think so here at Corporette, but neatness is KEY — we’ll be discussing!)

– Business Week blogs about why there aren’t more women on boards of companies, as well as about how young people can seem more “grown up” in the business world (like, you know?).

– Inc.com blogs about how self-employed women are more educated.

– Lifehacker blogs about the importance of cleaning your keyboard. (Ewwww.)

– Feministing blogs about Madonna’s impact in the feminist world. (We love her here at Corporette. I get up again, over and over…)

– And Jezebel. God, Jezebel, how we love thee. They lament the death of fast-talking dames in Hollywood. They play dress-up Barbie with potential First Ladies. They bring our attention to great new articles regarding, ahem, strong women.

– WSJ also had a great article about how stay-at-home mothers are filling in for executives on a temp basis. Although the Jezzies think otherwise, we at Corporette think it’s a great option — these women are probably working for 2 months (at intense levels and hours) and bringing home enough to count as a small second salary for their homes. They’re also keeping their skills, expanding their networks, and they still get to be stay at home moms. Providing they’re paid well, we see no downside.

– Finally, Forbes has its quarterly “Executive Women” issue out, available online, now. It’s target audience is the woman a few rungs above us on the corporate ladder, but it still has some interesting features. Including a great fashion spread that teaches you how to mix white and beige.

Business Archetypes: Which Type Are You?

businesswomen archetypesThe LA Times has an interview with Hillary Clinton’s former “spiritual” advisor, Jean Houston; she says Hillary failed to embrace her archetype of “classical wise woman or priestess,” which would have quelled fears about the “rising feminine.” Um, yeah. It’s been a while since we were in a discussion about archetypes, but we do see them every day throughout the business world, particularly when women work with men in close proximity. Here’s the five types we’ve observed… and sadly, none can be classified as the “wise woman”:

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10 Things You Should Know about a Business Lunch

business lunch 2016 Update: We stand by the advice below, but you can also check out our most recent discussion on dining etiquette for business lunches.

No, we’re neither Debrett’s nor Emily Post, but we know a thing or two about conducting ourselves properly at a business lunch… we’ve also seen some truly bad manners. Thus, whether you’ve been to a million business lunches or you’re just starting out, 10 Things You Should Know:

1. As soon as everyone at the table is seated, that napkin goes in your lap. If you need to get up at some point, the napkin should be folded and placed on your chair. (Not the table — no one likes to look at a dirty napkin.) At the very end of the meal, when everyone is finished eating, you should fold you napkin and put it beneath your plate, to the left. This holds true even if you’re eating at a diner with paper napkins.

2. Your water glass is to your right. Your bread dish is to your left. If you get confused, put your hands in your lap and touch the index finger of your left hand to your left thumb, and do the same with your right — your left hand should form a “b” (for BREAD) and your right hand should form a “d” (for DRINK). We’ve also heard to think “BMW”: bread, middle, water.

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