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  • Fashionista talks to Mindy Kaling and the costume designer for “The Mindy Project” (who’s also Kaling’s sometime red-carpet stylist).
  • Racked brings you a thorough guide to online swimsuit shopping.
  • Vice looks at a new report that ranked 40 major fashion companies on the transparency of their supply chains that found that “40 percent of the companies analyzed don’t appear to have systems to monitor whether they are compliant with labor standards.” Companies that were ranked low include Prada, Fendi, Hermès, and in last place, Chanel. (Have you checked out our slow fashion shopping guide yet?)
  • The Wall Street Journal talked to 25 male CEOs about how they manage work-life balance.
  • The Muse reviews five soft skills that can help you succeed in any field and gives you five tips to brighten up your desk or office.
  • Quartz introduces you to Bullet Journal, a new and popular productivity method that just uses pen and paper, while The Everygirl recommends eight online tools to help you get more organized.
  • Stephen R. Williams writes for Above the Law about firing employees, and for those who haven’t gotten that far in their careers yet, Above the Law also shares advice for people heading to law school.
  • The executive women’s editor at The Huffington Post writes, “Love or hate or feel totally ambivalent about Hillary Clinton, this is a historic moment.”
  • The Huffington Post shares a guide (from a few months ago, but still relevant) on contacting your elected representatives about reducing gun violence, including a sample letter. (Here’s a chart on how your senators recently voted on background checks.) If you’re still feeling helpless and are looking for something to do/read, see this post from Wonkette to follow Mr. Rogers’ advice and look for the helpers, or make an appointment to donate blood in your community. (Sure, it probably won’t go to Orlando, but you’ll still be helping someone in need.)

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  • Racked brings you “A Cultural History of Ugly Bridesmaids Dresses.”
  • Fashionista looks at the world of fashion-blogger photographers.
  • Trello’s blog shares tips on the best foods to maintain energy at work.
  • The BBC reports on a potential law in France that, among other measures, would require certain hours in which employees are not supposed to send or answer emails.
  • U.S. News & World Report explains why the summer months are a great time for job hunting.
  • Adia Harvey Wingfield writes in The Atlantic about the consequences of model-minority status — and stereotypes that are more negative — for Asian-Americans at school and work.
  • Huff Post Women shares the edited version (created by Ali Ozeri and shared via Twitter) of the original rage-inducing letter written by Brock Turner’s dad. Meanwhile, Vox has an annotated version of the letter with notes by Alyssa Peterson of Know Your IX.
  • The Washington Post reviews the history of companies marketing women’s versions of products and includes the irritating fact that “women pay approximately 7 percent more than men for similar items” (like body wash or deodorant).
  • From BuzzFeed News, in case you missed it on social media this week: “In a world full of princesses, dare to be a hot dog.”
  • For your Laugh of the Week: Warning: Curves Ahead writes a response to “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30” (language NSFW).

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  • In The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman writes that office dress codes don’t seem to make much sense anymore, while The Wall Street Journal looks at uniform dressing.
  • Racked introduces us to entrepreneur Kiana Anvaripour’s Fovo, “a personalized e­-commerce platform that uses a proprietary algorithm to send shoppers clothes tailored to their body shapes.” It carries sizes 00 to 32 but mostly de-emphasizes numbered sizes.
  • Fountain of 30 explains why it’s too risky to buy an injectable or filler (like Botox) through a deals site like Groupon.
  • Blue Collar Red Lipstick (one of our previously featured #RealWorkingWomen on Instagram) takes a close look at her closet and her environmental footprint.
  • Create & Cultivate asked several successful women what common career advice they disagree with.
  • Alison Green of Ask a Manager details the career issues she has changed her mind about, such as following up after job interviews.
  • Above the Law recommends an episode of the podcast West Wing Weekly in which the hosts — with Ronald Klain — look back on Justice Ginsburg’s 1993 nomination.
  • Bust wants you to “Meet The Men Behind Your Favorite Women’s Websites.”

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  • Bloomberg Gadfly reports on the state of plus-size fashion, which is lagging behind the stats: Annual U.S. sales of women’s plus-size clothing rose by 17% to $20.4 billion in 2016, from $17.4 billion in 2013. (There’s also an interesting footnote about how many retailers base their women’s sizing ranges on 1940s data.)
  • You’ve probably heard about the meteorologist who was seemingly told to cover up on live TV — here’s her side of the story in The New York Times.
  • Fashionista shares some anonymous tales of truly unprofessional intern-wear.
  • The Huffington Post asks why powerful women on TV are always in high heels.
  • The New York Times‘ Workologist answers a question from a woman who wonders about getting a professional contact out of being hit on at a coffeeshop by an older man.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut reports on sexual harassment in the medical field and on the fact that 1 in 4 Americans work for companies with men-only management.
  • The Wall Street Journal shares excerpts from Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech at UC Berkeley.
  • O Magazine brings you “8 Delicious Veggie Swaps that Aren’t Zucchini Pasta” (warning: autoplay ad).
  • For your Laugh of the Week, Vanity Fair shares Amy Schumer’s sketch about what happens when you ask for a larger size at the store.

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  • The Curvy Fashionista shares a post about clothing alterations for women who are both petite and curvy.
  • The Kickstarter for the Unstainable® Workwear Collection by Elizabeth & Clarke has been fully funded — check out their sustainable, machine-washable, dryer-safe, vegan workwear wth Unstainable® and Sweat-Proof™ technology. (Right now, Unstainable shirts are available on their website.)
  • The BBC reports that many women in the UK want the government to ensure that women aren’t forced to wear high heels at work — right now employees can be fired if they don’t follow “reasonable” dress code requirements. (Here’s the petition, with 125,000+ signatures.) Fortune weighs in.
  • Marisa Meltzer writes for The New York Times Style Magazine in praise of naturally curly hair.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut talks about research into whether the satisfaction we get from checking off to-do list items leads us to favor easily completed tasks over tougher work.
  • Above the Law features a quote from this Bloomberg Law opinion piece about how women lawyers need to feel supported by their female coworkers.
  • The Muse gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the background-check process of hiring.
  • The Washington Post talks to Erin Meyer, the author of The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business, about the ways various cultures express emotions to different degrees and how they handle confrontation — check out the interesting charts.
  • Julie Farman of The Grayish Carpet (pic NSFW) talks about sexual harassment in the music industry of the ’90s and praises women who are speaking out about today’s equivalent.
  • Many women are deficient in Vitamin D — Self explains how to tell if you’re one of them and how to get more D.

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