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Call for Comments! What’s your go-to “briefcase”?

briefcases for womenWe’re prepping for our next “Hunt” article: this time, we’re tackling briefcases/attaches/totes for businesswomen. Sure, the USB drive is all you need most days, but what do you carry when you’re going to a big meeting or to court and need to carry some serious documents (and look serious doing it)?

Suggestions welcome — please comment below when you get a chance. If possible, please mention where it can be bought. (For example: the classic nylon Kate Spade bags — are those sold anywhere, still? We’ve been trolling the various sites and can’t find them anywhere…)

Photo courtesy of lanuiop’s Flickr set.

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OK, some seriously cute stuff on sale at Net-a-Porter

Damn you, Bunnyshop, for tipping us off to such a great sale. But lots of great pieces here for the office also. We’re too tired to figure out how to make the pictures look the way we want them to (booo) but here’s a hint of what’s to come:

net-a-porter sale

  • Tory Burch Eugina Rope Dress, marked to $175 from $350. Nice long length (unlike many of the other dresses on the site, which are waaaay too short for the office.
  • A great Marc by Marc Jacobs Dixie cotton sweater. We generally prefer our sweaters in silk or cashmere, but hey, we make exceptions. So adorable! Originaly $368, now $184. We also love the Marni brooches the good folks at Net-a-Porter styled the sweater with.
  • We went back and forth on this one for a while — that ruffle! — but it’s so unique we had to pass it along: An Anna Sui Deco backless top, from $282 to $141.

We’re thrilled to see that the art deco stuff looks like it’s coming back in style.

Weekend Roundup

ask a working woman survey– Ask a Working Woman Survey: Indeed! You’ll learn all sorts of stuff. Such as, nobody likes pantyhose. But seriously, go take the survey! [Feminist Law Professors]

– WaPo thinks Vogue’s shoots of lady politicians is a window into how these women would like to be perceived. [WaPo]

– Uh oh: Barack has now been caught calling women “sweetie” twice. [Chicago Trib, bastard.logic]

– Wired tells us how to hack our brains to get smarter, including which drugs to take. [Wired] Oh, and Real Age advises us to drink lots of tea. [Real Age]

– Information overload? Part of the game is knowing when to give up. [NYT: Shifting Careers]

Poll results!

is pantyhose requiredWe’ve taken the poll down for the moment because it was screwing up the sidebar, but the results are in:

– 50% of you think pantyhose never need to be worn, regardless who you’re meeting with that day,

– 43% of you think that bare legs are fine unless you have a big meeting (i.e., in court or with the CEO)

– 7% of you think that pantyhose/stockings should always be worn in the summer.

Interesting!

Weekly Round-Up

– The ChicagoTrib looks at the prevalence of sleep problems in today’s society. If you’re having trouble sleeping, we recommend working out in the morning, not drinking caffeine after 3 PM, and avoiding thoughts about work/career issues before bedtime.

– Oldie but still relevant: WSJ’s The Juggle has lots of good links to old articles about how neglecting your appearance may negatively affect your career.

Oprah Magazine and Jezebel explore one of the primary dangers of the office bathroom: the Tinkler.

– WowOwow has lots of excerpts from Cokie Roberts’ new book on the First Ladies.

– NYT has an article about how, for a mere $156,000, you can buy a share to an apartment in Paris for one month a year. We don’t think this is such a bad idea, but then again, we also can’t imagine being able to get away from the office for a full month, so we’re thinking of this more as a 1/22nd share in a Paris apartment.

– The secret to succeeding in the law for women lawyers is, apparently, a deep love of practicing law. [Ms. J.D., New York magazine: Women Leaders in the Law. ]

– Drool, drool, drool: The World’s Most Dazzling Royal Jewels. We’ve bought right-hand rings and diamond earrings before, but these are stunning. [Forbes]

– Totally unrelated to business or fashion, but if you are as big of a Buffy fan as we are then enjoy: interview with Joss Whedon about his new project, starring Eliza Dushku. [LA Times]

Poll of the day! Pantyhose in the summer…

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

bare legs acceptable

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