Coffee Break: Classic Hardcover 17-Month Agenda

ban do agendaLadies who use paper agendas, which are your favorites? I spent way too much last year on pricey one from Erin Condren, and while it’s really cute and makes me happy when I look at it — it also reminds me every time I look at it that I spent a whopping $80 on a planner. Particularly when you can get just as cute ones for as little as $12, like this fun agenda from BAN.DO. I like the lay-flat design, the pocket on the inside, and yes, FINE, I’ll admit it: I like the stickers too. It’s $12 during the anniversary sale, but will go back up to $20 afterwards. BAN.DO ‘Classic – One Day At A Time’ Hardcover 17-Month Agenda


Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Two-Button Pinstripe Wool Blazer

Stretch Wool Blazer: Brooks Brothers Two-Button Pinstripe Wool BlazerOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Monday, ladies! Wool blazers may not exactly be the first thing that comes to mind when pondering how to dress for heat dome weather, but one presumes there’ll be cooler weather SOMEtime. Eventually. In the distant future. And when that time comes, this pinstripe blazer is the one you’ll want in your closet. Love the Loro Piana stretchy fabric, the fitted darts, the four pockets — and an inside pocket, squee! Even better, it’s on serious sale at Brooks Brothers: It was $798 but is marked down to $399. Sizes 2-12 are still available. Brooks Brothers Two-Button Pinstripe Wool Blazer

Two more affordable options are here and here; this one is available in plus, petite, and petite-plus sizes as well as regular.

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Frugal Friday: High/Low V-Neck Mixed Media Top

Green V-Neck Top for Work: Pleione High/Low V-Neck Mixed Media TopOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I was going back and forth between this top and another top that I really liked — and I came to this green one and I said, NOPE, that’s the one I want to feature on Friday. I like jewel tones like green — and I’ve already noted that I think it’s a fun trend for fall. This top is great for work or beyond, is easy care (ish – “hand wash”) — and it’s under $30. Sign me up. It’s available in 13 (!) colors, in regular and petites, for $29. Pleione High/Low V-Neck Mixed Media Top

Here’s a plus-size option that’s also in the sale.

Psst: Note to all of you who aren’t Nordstrom cardholders: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to everyone today — check out our roundup of shoes and clothes if you haven’t already! Don’t forget that our giveaway closes in just a few hours (11:30 ET) — so if you haven’t entered yet, please do!

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Coffee Break: Archie Leather Tote

taupe leather tote bagI included this lovely Spencer tote in my classic interview outfit the other day, but this pretty taupe version is calling my name. (The name of the color is “dark mousse frosting” — yes please.) I like the fun interior lining, the multiple interior pockets, the feet, and the pretty envelope-like outside pocket.  It’s on sale right now — it was $428 but is currently marked to $285 (it’ll go back up when the NAS ends). kate spade new york ‘spencer court – archie’ leather tote


Thursday’s Workwear Report: Woven Fit & Flare Dress

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Tahari Fit Flare Dress under $100When I looked through the NAS before for my workwear roundup, I somehow didn’t notice this classic little fit and flare dress from Tahari — but it looks great. I like the high arm holes and graceful neckline, as well as the full lining.  (Do note, though, tthere is an exposed zipper.) The dress is available in black (pictured) and “deep orchid,” regular and petite sizes 4-16 for $91.90 (but the price will go back up to $138 after the sale ends). Tahari Woven Fit & Flare Dress

The dress is also available in plus sizes.

Psst: don’t forget to enter our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale giveaway, which ends tomorrow morning!

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Suit of the Week: Stretch Weave Suit

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale suitingFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

This affordable black and white suit is calling my name — I love the V-neck collar, hook and eye closures, and stretch fabric. Black and white patterns can be slightly tougher to style than plain old gray, but pastels work well in addition to neutrals like white or black. I may be odd in that personally I don’t like to pair red with a black and white pattern because it seems too ’80s to me, but that’s just me.  Another pro: all pieces are available in regular (0-16) and petites sizes. The jacket (Halogen® ‘Trace’ Stretch Weave Suit Jacket) is $79, and the pants (Halogen® ‘Trace’ Stretch Weave Suit Pants) are $49. The matching skirt (not pictured) is $39. All prices will go back up to $68-$148 after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends.

The jacket and pants are available in plus sizes as well.