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Workwear Inspiration from House of Cards: How to Get Claire Underwood’s Style

how to get Claire Underwood style from House of CardsA lot of women have taken major workwear inspiration from Robin Wright’s character in Netflix’s series, House of Cards — so today we thought we’d take a deep dive on how to get Claire Underwood’s style.

(Psst: curious for more workwear inspiration from TV, film, and beyond? Check out our look at Selina Meyer’s style secrets (from Veep).)

To me, the scene that says everything about Claire Underwood is in Season 4, when she comes home from her trip abroad to find her husband recovering from surgery — instead of putting on something comfortable and climbing into a bed to sleep, she doesn’t unbutton or unfasten a single thing, sits down at the settee at the end of the bed, and falls asleep, 4″ heels still on. Girlfriend is BUTTONED UP, and comfortable that way. She is extraordinarily disciplined, as evidenced also by her fit physique (she runs through graveyards, of course) and extremely tailored clothes. I’ve always found her sideswept short hair hard to believe for her character — it would drive me batty to have hair in my face all day — but perhaps the costumer wanted to get as far away as possible from Princess Buttercup waves.

How to Get Claire Underwood Style: Wear Black & Whitehow to get Claire Underwood style: wear black and white

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Tales from the Wallet: What’s Your Vacation Money Strategy?

vacation money strategy tips and tricksHere’s a fun question for today: what’s your vacation money strategy? What’s your overall strategy about vacations and budgets — how do you plan to budget while on vacation — and how do you pay for vacation? There are a lot of questions here, such as:

  • Overall vacation money strategy: What do you consider getting the most “bang for your buck” — frequent and small vacations, one big vacation every year or two, or something else? From the “time vs money” perspective for vacations, do you gravitate towards the more expensive but all-inclusive cruise, resort, or tour so that you save time at the research phase — or do you prefer (for money or enjoyment) to DIY your vacations? For those of you who go to the same place often (such as spending a week every summer at Cape Cod or the Jersey Shore, or heading to DisneyWorld once a year), how big of a role does budgeting play in that decision?
  • Budgeting while on vacation: do you have ways of saving money while on vacation that you use no matter where you go? For example, bringing protein bars with you so your breakfast is covered, or making sure to hit the “included breakfast” at your hotel and eat a ton so you don’t have to eat a big lunch?
  • How to pay for vacation: Do you save in advance for your trip, or put it on credit card? Does anyone use automatic transfers to savings to set aside money regularly to keep for vacations? Is anyone heavily into airline miles or points?

 

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How To Dress Like Selina Meyer in Veep

If you’ve ever watched HBO’s comedy Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, you know that Selina Meyer’s workwear represents some serious wardrobe #goals. First she was the vice president — then the president! — and, well, if you’re not yet caught up to season 6 we’ll leave it at that. Part of the plot is that she’s bumbling, inconsequential, doesn’t accomplish anything — and is super mean about all of it to her staffers while presenting a smiling face to the public. Her main goal seems to be staying in power for power’s sake. But whether you think she’s a brilliant politician or her character represents a big part of the problem, her wardrobe is always on point. We wondered what lessons we could learn by taking a look at her wardrobe, and if you wanted to, what are the best tips for how to dress like Selina Meyer in Veep? What are her style secrets?

Selina Meyer Style Secret #1: An Amazing Tailor — and a Willingness to Let the Dress Speak For Itself

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Tales from the Wallet: Seasonal Spending

seasonal spending budget tipsHere’s a fun question for today: Do you think you spend more in certain seasons? How do your strategies for saving or budgeting change from season to season — and what do you think your biggest money challenges are for each season? For those of you at big law firms and companies with extensive summer intern/summer associate programs, do you actively plan to bolster your savings this summer when there are so many firm-sponsored outings, to take care of things like food/drink/entertainment/transportation?

Pictured: love this floral wallet from Halogen for $89 (affiliate link). 

For my $.02, I definitely spend differently in different seasons, although I’m not sure which season I spend more during. A few ways my spending changes from season to season, off the top of my head:

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The Hunt for Nude-For-You Heels

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Beige pumps and other “nude” heels are starting to hit the stores, so I thought we’d do a hunt for nude-for-you heels today. The theory is thus: the closer to your exact skin tone you can get with any shoe, the more elongating and flattering a look it can be with sheer hose or bare legs. (Here’s our last guide on when and how to wear pantyhose if you need a refresher!)  Ladies, do you have any favorite beige/tan/pink/caramel/brown pumps that you love because they match your skin tone and are YOUR nude heels? What style of nude-for-you heel are you on the hunt for most this year — block heel, a strappy heel, a wedge, a classic pump, or something else?  (Looking for nude flats? Check out our last roundup here.)

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Tool of the Trade: What Apps, Gadgets, Tools and More Are You Loving Now?

We recently did a story over at CorporetteMoms about the best online backup services for your computer, but we haven’t had an open thread like this in a while, so let’s discuss: What apps, gadgets, tools and more are you loving right now? What makes your life easier, or more enjoyable?

Picture credit: Death to the Stock Photos.

For my $.02, my new favorite toy is my Chromebook — it’s so much lighter weight than the clunky old laptop we use (and has a great battery life), but it feels like it does so much more than my (clunky, now outdated) iPad. I mostly use it for lounging in front of the TV at night, though, or for working somewhere else than my desk to try to better focus on work (WiFi permitting), though.  I’m still a fan of my Bluetooth keyboard, particularly for typing on my iPhone when I’m traveling or at a conference; I sometimes bring it along if I expect I might be waiting in a doctor’s office for a while, too. And, like I wrote about a few weeks ago, I still really like the Siri productivity functions of late. I still love all of the apps I mentioned in our last roundup of the best apps for working women, in addition to Pepperplate for shared recipes with my husband. I’ve also bought Stylebook, the closet organizing app that I keep seeing readers raving about, but I haven’t gotten set up with it yet. Online focus-wise, I still use the Chrome extension Morphine all the time to improve focus; the Kill News Feed extension has also been pretty powerful for me. (I use it just for focus, but it would also be great if you’re trying to take a partial social media break.)

Over to you, ladies — which are your favorite apps, gadgets, or tools of the moment? 

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