Sponsored: A New Luxury Shoe Brand

mgemi launchA friend of mine recently took a new job with a new company, M.Gemi — I’m psyched for her and for the company, which manufactures gorgeous shoes for work and beyond, all handcrafted in Italy. We’ll have a more in depth sponsored post in a week or so (stay tuned!), but right now I wanted to give you a head’s up about their pre-launch giveaway: You can go get an exclusive sneak peek now, as well as enter to win one of their first edition shoes — they’re giving away 100 pairs!

Updated to clarify: To get the sneak peek on M.Gemi’s site you must enter your email address — after that you can enter to win a giveaway by sharing with one friend (one entry per friend). (Full disclosure: this is a sponsored post, as noted in the headline, but Kat is not being entered to win free pairs of shoes via the links — they just allow the company to track the traffic so they know it came from Corporette.)

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Are Crossbody Bags Professional?

Are Crossbody Bags Professional? Are crossbody bags professional?  Could you wear one to a business lunch, or a networking event?  Reader C wonders…

Is a crossbody bag considered professional? I’m tired of carrying a ton of bags to work (briefcase, pump, lunch bag, and purse) and am trying to downsize my handbag. I’m considering purchasing the Lo & Sons Pearl bag. But would it be odd wearing a crossbody to a business lunch or networking event? Thanks!

The crossbody bag is SO HUGE right now. I think they’re cute, even if I wouldn’t wear one myself (busty girls, are you with me?). I would say this is a case of “you do you” and go ahead and wear it if you want to. I particularly think the crossbody is the new wristlet — perfect for grabbing something quickly to run to pick up lunch. (Pictured: another popular option, the Marc Jacobs Natasha, available at Nordstrom for $108-$398.  The pictured leather bag is $365.)

BUT — there’s always a but, isn’t there? — I might caution you in two possible regards that might invoke negative judgement about your professionalism.

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Favorite Fashion Movies

fashion moviesI mentioned one of my favorite fashion movies a little while ago, and thought the topic was deserving of its own post — what are your favorite movies for fashion? Some of my favorites (they’re almost all rom coms!), below. (Let’s just say it may not be a huge mystery why we named our son Harrison Grant after you read this…):

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Weekend Open Thread

Born Kamilla Cut-Out BootieSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

The cut-out bootie has been a trend for a while, and I finally am ready to take the plunge — they seem like a chic, but comfortable way, to run errands on the weekend in ankle-length pants (and even floaty dresses and, when the time comes, shorts)(!). Personally I’ve always loved Born’s comfortable shoes, so these cut-out booties are calling my name. I’m tempted by both the black and the suede taupe — readers, have you succumbed to the cut-out bootie trend yet? How do you wear them? (I pinned a few styles to a new Pinterest board for Weekend Wear in case that’s helpful.) They’re $135, available in sizes 6-10. Born Kamilla

These come in wide widths and regulars (and are more affordable); these look great if you want a bit more height.

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What to Wear to an Alumni Lunch Event

Should You Wear a Suit to an Alumni Lunch? | CorporetteIf you’re planning to attend an alumni lunch for your law school — and you’ll be taking the opportunity to network there — how should you dress? Is wearing a suit a must in this situation? (Pictured, Boss Juicy 6 Jacket, $575 at Nordstrom — check out our full guide to women’s suits for more ideas.) Reader K wonders…

I am starting to network to look for a new job and have decided to attend my law school’s annual alumni lunch (I am a lawyer). It’s on a Friday in a hotel ballroom. Should I wear a suit or is a professional business dress (with sleeves) sufficient?

Interesting question, Reader K!  For my $.02, I would say SURE, wear a suit.  Why not? You have one, and you want to look professional.  If anyone at work asks why you’re in a suit, there’s nothing suspect about attending an alumni event — and at the event if anyone asks why you’re in a suit, you can just say you have another big meeting.  (I doubt they will — my guess is that 95% of people there will be in suits.  But I’m sure this depends on your geographic location, as well as your law school.) Particularly given the fact that this is a lunch — and the law school alumni lunch at that — I would say that a suit is the easiest, no-brainer answer here — throw it on and be done with it.  (Read some of our best business lunch tips here, as well as some of our thoughts on alumni networking here.)

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Deal Alert: ShopBop’s Big Event Sale

shopbop big event 2015I believe ShopBop has this huge tiered sale twice a year — it’s a big deal because it includes so many things that don’t often go on sale. So here are the details: use code BIGEVENT15 to get 15% off orders of $250+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orders of $1K+.  The only brand that is excluded is Stuart Weitzman, at least as far as I can tell, so you can really clean up on some great accessories brands, including Ferragamo, LK Bennett, Rebecca MinkoffTory Burch, Kate Spade, Hunter, MZ Wallace, vintage Vuitton, and Michael Michael Kors’ Jet Set collection. (I particularly love their jewelry collection — it’s always hip and interesting.) Note that because ShopBop is owned by Amazon, Prime shipping is available (they have a general 3-day free shipping policy though); returns are free.  The sale ends March 7.

Some of my favorite pieces for work and the weekend are below; a few general brands to look for include Diane von Furstenberg, Black Halo, Equipment, and Smythe.  For the weekend, great selection of denim from Rag and BoneFrame, and Current/Elliott.

Ladies, what are your favorites? Any classics you’ll be grabbing at the sale, or are you drawn to the trendier things at ShopBop?

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