How to Look Great for Work Every Day

How to Look Great for Work Every DayReaders, what are your best tips for how to to look great for work every day? What do you think is the key to being consistently polished and put together? I was talking about this with someone recently and some of my top tips would be these six below — but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

1. Wear a good bra.

If you want to see an immediate improvement in your appearance, get a new bra that fits well — everything you wear looks better! This tip is especially a good tip for busty women, but it’s true for everyone.

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Deal Alert: Tahari Warehouse Sale

Tahari warehouse saleI had no idea that there is a Tahari Warehouse sale happening now– let alone that it was online! You can save up to 80% off until the sale ends tomorrow, July 25. There are regular, petite, and plus sizes — and lots of lucky sizes only.  Tops start at $15, skirts and pants at $18, dresses and jackets at $30, and entire suits (sold as sets) are $50. (Shipping is not free, alas — and all purchases from the warehouse sale are final sale.) Note that the site’s regular sale section is full of stuff at about 50% off; I believe those purchases are returnable.) A few nice picks, at top and below:

Tahari warehouse sale

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Picks for Work

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Picks for Work from Early AccessDum dum dum… we present Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Picks for Work!

Updated 8/3 to reflect restocked inventory! Anything that only has a few sizes left has been marked with an asterisk — if you like it, you may want to move fast! 

I’ll be honest: Based solely on the presale catalog, I was a little worried that this sale was going to be (to quote recent news articles on other matters) “a big nothing burger,” so I’m thrilled to report that it’s actually really good once you wade past all of the ruffles (my God, why all the ruffles?) and odd off-the-shoulder/cold shoulder looks.  There are a TON of great dresses from Eliza J, Ellen Tracy, Classiques Entier, Halogen and Vince Camuto; tons of investment pieces from BOSS, Lafayette 148 New York, and for the weekend a lot of great pieces from AG, Paige, Wit & Wisdom, Articles of Society, Kut from the Kloth and NYDJ. Reader favorite workout gear Zella is included in the sale, as is lingerie from brands like Natori, Chantelle, Hanky Panky, Spanx, and Yummie by Heather Thompson. (Oh, and this reader favorite brand for pantyhose and tights is in the sale too!)

Without further ado, here’s our initial picks for workwear from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…

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The Best Shoes for Work From the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Best Shoes for Work in the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary SaleI keep going back to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and finding more and more stuff (I’m personally on order #4 I think now, sigh) — but the shoes are really great for work. Tons of things that will be cute with tights, pantyhose, or bare legs — with skirts, dresses, or pants.  We’ve rounded up the best shoes for work from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — which are your favorites, ladies?Shoes for Work in the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Updated 8/3! Anything that only has a few sizes left has been marked with an asterisk — if you like it, you may want to move fast!

Psst: you can see our earlier workwear picks here! Note that there’s only a few more days of Early Access — the sale opens to the public on July 21.

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My Magnetic Lashes Review of One Two Cosmetics

magnetic lashes review one two cosmeticsI have NEVER been able to do false eyelashes, and taking the time to go get lash extensions is just not in the cards for me from a time/money perspective. (I am also mascara challenged.) So this is my magnetic lashes review (specifically, One Two Cosmetics’ Magnetic Lashes).

I’m not sure if it’s from the Jenna Marbles video (NSFW) on what your eyelashes mean (she talks about “natural” fake lashes around the 4:40 mark) or this Buzzfeed Ladylike review in general of false eyelashes, but for some reason I keep thinking this is something I need to spend some time on: perfecting my fake eyelash game. The Buzzfeed crew said they had used Esqido lashes (affiliate link), which are around $32 at Amazon, but I balked at spending that much on yet another failed attempt to “learn” eyelashes when it sounded like every single attempt I’d ever made to learn eyelashes. So when I heard about magnetic lashes from One Two Lash, even though they were $60, it made more sense to me — they’re reusable, come with two applications, and there’s no glue involved, which was always where things went wonky for me in the past. (The case comes with 8 lashes, as pictured — two go on each eye, one on top and one on bottom. The other four lashes are spares.) I finally pulled the trigger on magnetic lashes a few weeks ago, and I’m giving them a definite thumbs-up, with some caveats.

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Deal Alert: Early Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early PicksEarly Access to The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale just started for cardholders! If you’re unfamiliar with the sale, do check out our guide — the 411 is that fall merchandise is being marked down early, for a limited time; prices will go back up after the sale ends. I’m going to be poking through the sale in more detail later this morning, but I pulled out some early picks from the sale catalog that I liked for work… Readers, what are you liking in the sale this year? Are you excited for anything in particular?  What do you think of our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks?

Updated 8/3!  

Pictured at top:

  • beige pump (five colors!), now $80; will be $120 after the sale ends
  • black bootie, now $105; will be $158 after the sale ends (four colors)
  • black tote (a new twist on a classic, in multiple colors!), now $129; will be $198 after the sale ends

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks for Work

Pictured above:

  • green merino cardigan (NINE seven colors!), now $50; will be $79 after the sale ends
  • ruffle skirt, now $59; will be $89 after the sale ends
  • plaid pants, now $149, will be $228 after the sale ends
  • a mixed stripe popover blouse (great layering piece for fall!), now $150; will be $229 after the sale ends
  • investment suit from Boss – blazer now $395; will be $595 after the sale ends; pants now $184; will be $275 after the sale ends

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks Great Laptop BagAnd one more early pick from the sale because it’s kind of a great deal: this classic tote with removable laptop sleeve. It’s $284 in the sale right now, but will be $428 after the sale ends. Available in black and a pretty Atlantic blue. Oh, and I just found this merino wool sweater blazer for $164 and love it (not pictured).

Ladies, what are you excited to get at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year? Stay tuned for a more complete roundup later today!

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