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Coffee Break: Water Resistant Slipper

ugg-slipper-gift-idea One great gift idea if you’re on the hunt are these water-resistant UGG slippers. Sure, they’re a bit fug — but if you know a woman whose dog needs a quick early morning walk, or who has to take the trash and recycling outside for pickup, these could be a lifesaver. They were originally $95, but in the big Nordstrom sale they come down to $55. The women’s version (pictured) comes in three colors.  (UGG does make men’s slippers, but they’re all still full price, alas.) UGG® Moraene’ Water Resistant Slipper

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Cyber Monday’s Workwear Report: Sauna Pleat Front Jersey Dress

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

nordstrom-cyber-monday-sale-2016Happy Cyber Monday, ladies — are you on the hunt for anything in particular today? I keep going back to the Nordstrom sale (I’ve placed like four orders now) and there’s still a ton of great stuff, including some items that are an extra 20% off in honor of Cyber Monday. (I’m still looking through the inventory to see if it’s the same clothes from earlier in the weekend. Here was our workwear roundup when the Nordstrom Thanksgiving sale began; here are some gift ideas I put together from the sale — that purple sweater at the top of the post is super soft and machine washable; I highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for yourself or a friend.) I’ll update the prices in the post if there are any changes as per today’s sale.) Designer duds like this gorgeous Max Mara dress (pictured) are on sale, but not the extra 20% off deal, alas — but it is still marked 40% off. I love the graceful, sophisticated pleat wrap, work-appropriate length, and the fact that the stylist here resisted overstyling it, letting your imagination do the work. (I’d either add a long, opera-length necklace or perhaps a heavily textured belt, like a black haircalf belt perhaps.) The dress was $745, but is now marked to $446. Max Mara ‘Sauna’ Pleat Front Jersey Dress

Here’s a great plus size sheath dress that’s now down to $95, and this previously recommended Splurge dress with wrap details is now down to $167 (!).

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater

uniqlo-merino-turtleneck-sweaterOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I haven’t yet added a Uniqlo merino sweater to my wardrobe, but a lot of readers love them and they’re highly rated. In general, merino is a great layer — everyone always talks about cashmere, but merino is super-warm and light, and I find that it holds its shape much better than cotton. For $29.90 this is a great layering piece or a top to wear alone paired with something more fun, like a pleated skirt as shown here, or else a statement necklace or brooch or something like that. The sweater comes in 13 (!) colors and offers sizes XS-XL. Extra Fine Merino Ribbed Turtle Neck Sweater

Here’s an option that comes in plus sizes (and regular and petite) in seven colors.

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Coffee Break: ‘Munich Tapisserie Boston’ Leather Tote

mcm-tapisserie-toteI’m not usually a big fan of MCM bags — I find them to be a little too busy for my taste — but this gorgeous, textured black bag is fantastic, and I love the embroidered geometric pattern on the soft calfskin leather. If you’re feeling extra lucky this year, put this one on your holiday wishlist — it’s a bit of a splurge, but it is on sale, from $2500 down to $1674. MCM ‘Munich Tapisserie Boston’ Leather Tote

Update: It looks like the bag has now sold out at Nordstrom, but it’s still available at MCM’s own site, where it’s on sale for $1750.

Here’s a lower-priced option.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Tonya Pleat Dress

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

This Tonya Pleat Dress from T Tahari is a bestseller that I don’t think we’ve featured before. I like the pleats at the neck, the deep but high V-neck, and the black and navy color choices. This well-reviewed dress also has a concealed back zip and comes in sizes 2-16. It’s available at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom for $118 full price, and note that Amazon has some major sales on the dress’s other colors. T Tahari Tonya Pleat Dress

A couple of plus-size options are here and here.

Psst: note that the Bloomingdale’s Big Brown Bag sale is on — you can take $25 off every $200 you spend.  Nice! The sale is good even on already marked down items, such as this simple, sleeved dress from Boss — it was $595, then marked to $249, but you can take another $25 off with the sale.

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Coffee Break: Original Tall Cable Knit Cuff Welly Boot Socks

hunter-boot-socksThe weather is getting colder, which means you’ll soon find yourself dealing with slush and ice as well as cold rainy days. So take a look at these Hunter Welly Boot Socks — they’ve been around for years and are well reviewed, and everyone loves them. I never see them on sale, but Nordstrom actually has them on sale right now — admittedly in some very bright colors, but I think they’re fun. (More colors are here.) The socks come in sizes M and L and they’re currently marked down to $33 from $50. For an even lower-priced option from Hunter, here’s a style that’s on sale at Nordstrom for $19/pair (without the cable-knit cuffs, though). Hunter Original Tall Cable Knit Cuff Welly Boot Socks

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