Deal Alert: ShopBop’s Friends & Family Sale

FYI – ShopBop’s Friends and Family sale has just started, with 25% off sitewide with code FAMILY25.  ShopBop is home to a ton of great brands, and the editor’s picks are usually SPOT on in terms of what’s trendy, interesting, and now — their jewelry collection is also drool worthy.  There are also a ton of great basics, though — so I’ve rounded up a few pieces that are classics that have been around forever (and probably will be).  It’s also nice that they offer free 3-day shipping (although you can use your Amazon Prime membership for faster shipping), and, as always, free returns. Readers, what are you eyeing for the ShopBop sale?  If you had $1K to spend, what would you buy?

Can You Wear a Sheath Dress and Jacket to an Interview?

Theory 'Betty 2' Stretch Sheath Dress | CorporetteAre you required to wear a skirt suit for an interview, or are sheath dresses acceptable? We’ve talked about interview attire (including what to wear beneath a suit jacket) before, but let’s discuss again. Here’s Reader L’s question:

I have an upcoming call back interview at a big law firm. I am a 2nd year associate. Can I wear a Theory sheath dress and jacket or do i have to wear a skirt suit? I only ask because the Theory sheath dress is wonderful, comfortable, and super professional. The internet basically says absolutely not … but this is a West Coast based firm. Any thoughts are much appreciated!

For my $.02, I think that while a skirt suit is the default conservative option, pants suits are becoming more and more acceptable — and a sheath dress with a matching blazer isn’t that far behind. A few notes on this, though:

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FIFTY Columbus Day Sales – and Kat’s Top 8

33 Columbus Day Sales! || CorporetteHappy Columbus Day!  Sales are already heating up so I thought I’d round up the noteworthy ones — my top picks are in bold.  As always, we’ll add any new ones we hear about over the weekend, so please stay tuned!

  • 6pm – 10,000+ shoes, clothing, and accessories for $20.
  • Ann Taylor – 40% off your entire purchase.
  • Anne Klein – 30% off sitewide.
  • Anthropologie – 15% off full-price dresses.
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase.
  • Bare Necessities – 50 bras, 50% off.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Tons of stuff in the 5F collection, with prices up to 75% off.
  • Bloomingdale’s – 25-50% off selected merchandise.
  • Bluefly – Up to 75% off outerwear. Warehouse sale 80% off.
  • Boden – 40% off, mid-season sale. One week only!
  • Brooks Brothers – Select women’s shirts (and men’s dress and sport shirts) 3 for $189 or up to $98.50 each.
  • Cole Haan – prices up to 60% off.
  • Club Monaco – Up to $100 off with code FALLSALE.
  • CUSP – The Denim Event: $25 off one pair, $75 off two pairs, $125 off three pairs.
  • C. Wonder – Extra 50% off sale items.  $5 shipping through 10/15 only.
  • Dorothy Perkins – All sale items are half price or less.
  • DvF.com – Additional 25% off sale items with code EXTRA25.
  • eBags – Up to 65% off.
  • eShakti – 30% off sitewide.
  • Eloquii – Up to 70% off.
  • Express – All sweaters 40% off, all outerwear 30% off. $25 off every $75 you spend (excluding jeans), with code 1870.
  • Forever 21 – Extra 30% off sale items with code TAKE30.
  • French Connection – Up to 40% off selected styles.
  • Gap – Buy 1+ item, save 20%; buy 3+ items, save 30%; buy 5+, save 40%.
  • Hendri Bendel – $50 off $250, $100 off $350, $150 off $450.
  • Hugo Boss – Sale, up to 40% off.
  • Intermix – Additional 30% off all sale items.
  • J.Crew – 30% off full-price styles with code WEEKENDPLANS.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off entire site.
  • Jones New York – $50 off a $200 purchase.
  • Karen Millen – Mid-season sale with up to 30% off.
  • Kate Spade – Take 20% off all sale merchandise with code FALLSALE20.
  • Kate Spade Saturday – 20% off all outerwear and sweaters with code BUNDLED.
  • Kohl’s – Additional 20% off with code YES2FAM.
  • Lands’ End – 25% off with code COOL.
  • Last Call – Additional 30% off everything.
  • The Limited – 40% off sitewide, including sale items… and (online only), 60% off select sweaters.
  • LK Bennett – Prices up to 50% off in their sale section.
  • LOFT – 50% off select fall favorites with code EXPLORE, additional 50% off all sale styles.
  • Macy’s – Super Saturday extra 20% off with code SUPER.
  • Madewell – The Finally Fall Event: 30% off fall-ready styles with code OHFALL.
  • New York & Company – Buy one get one 50% off on new arrivals. $100 off $200 purchase with code 3812, $50 off $100 purchase with code 3811.
  • Nordstrom – Prices up to 60% off. 
  • Piperlime – 20% off with code FALL20.
  • Reiss – Sale prices up to 50% off in their outlet.
  • Shoes.com – Take 15% off sitewide (plus free shipping) with code SHOES15.
  • ShopBop – Prices up to 70% off.
  • Talbots – Up to 50% off full-price styles.
  • Theory – Friends & Family shop 25% off with code THEORYFF2014.
  • White House | Black Market – $50 off your entire purchase of $175+.

Readers, are you looking forward to any big sales this weekend? Which ones will you check out first? 

Growing Out a Pixie Cut — and Looking Professional

growing out pixie cutHow can you grow out a pixie cut — without looking unprofessional?  Reader L wonders:

Last fall I cut my hair in a pixie cut and although I love the low maintenance cut I’d like to have longer hair again. As you know growing out this cut can be painful. Do you have any suggestions for keeping hair professional during a grow out? Are hair scarves ever Ok? Is it acceptable to get extensions?

This is a really interesting question, and one I don’t have a lot of experience with — the shortest my hair ever was was after I did the post-wedding chop and donated to Locks of Love.  I can see how growing out a pixie would be a challenge in a professional setting, though.  I poked around Google a bit and found some great tutorials from the bloggers at at Unspeakable Visions, Maybe Matilda, and Hair Romance (studying Carey Mulligan’s pixie cut growout)– these ladies did it right and looked great while growing out their pixie cuts! That said, here’s my $.02 for a corporate setting or other conservative office: [Read more...]

Guest Post: From Growing Up Poor to Working in Big Law

Growing Up Poor | CorporetteHow does your background — like growing up poor — affect your life in Big Law or other conservative jobs? After all, Big Law (and other Big jobs) can be interesting places, full of strange traditions, big personalities, and a lot of assumptions — that everyone knows what to wear yachting or for a golf scramble, for example. Today, I’m happy to welcome back Ruth Moore*, a lawyer turned actress (who’s currently a recurring character in a TV series) with some deep thoughts on how growing up poor affected her legal career. Ruth has guest posted before, with a Tales From the Wallet post about how to break free from golden handcuffs (and get used to paying tuition again). Welcome back, Ruth! – Kat.

This post came about because I was telling Kat about how I’d always been curious which of my Big Law colleagues had also grown up below the poverty line. I have this theory that there were certain habits and ways of thinking from growing up poor that stuck with me as a young adult, when I suddenly went up a couple of rungs on the socioeconomic ladder.

Some of those habits were sartorial. For example, even though I was earning a lot of money, I was still very cheap with myself, especially in the beginning. I distinctly remember buying a pair of jeans from H&M for $39.99 and thinking, “Wow, I’m buying forty-dollar jeans at full price, I really made it!” For work clothes, I splurged on two skirts and three shirts (deeply discounted) from a chain that represented, to me, the height of luxury: The United Colors of Benetton. Dry cleaning seemed too frivolous so I’d just wash them by hand. I wore my Aldo heels with the same pride with which my officemate wore her Louboutins. I didn’t get a professional haircut until my fourth year as a lawyer, opting to trim it myself instead. It’s kind of a miracle that no one reported me to “What Not to Wear.” (Pictured: Money, originally uploaded to Flickr by loopoboy 2.0.)

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Beauty Wednesday: Hair Masks

The Best Hair Masks | CorporetteAs the weather is getting cooler and the air is getting dryer, I thought now might be a great time to talk about hair masks. I really got into them while pregnant with Harry — my skin was super dry, and my hair seemed to be too — so these are all ones that I’ve bought and tried myself.  (In case it matters, I tend to have fairly fine hair, but a ton of it — and it’s getting curlier each year.  It also gets more dry each year, also — handy for making a blowout last for days.)

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