How to Recover From a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Workweek

how to recover from a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad workweekGot it. Apologies to my assistants and anyone else I offended.

So: I’m having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad workweek. I was so late with Tuesday’s Coffee Break it was a Cocktail Break. My assistant accidentally posted a very rough draft of our forthcoming Outfit Challenge yesterday while I was busy, and the post stayed up there so long before I noticed it that some of you will see it hit your newsletters today. I just realized another assistant posted the incorrect image on Budget Thursday over at CorporetteMoms, so Monday’s maternity dress was featured today. Really, the problem is that I took three days off a few weeks ago to go out of town to help a family member with an outpatient surgery, combined with the problem that I’ve lost some work time on the weekends because my youngest has stopped napping — and it just seems like I can’t get caught up. I have four windows with browsers open with a thousand tabs, I’ve got to catch up on all the social media I missed from the past 3 weeks of content that I DID get up, AND I’m trying to get next week’s content done because I’ve got another trip next week (and the week after that, at the end of the month, I’m going out of town for an alumni networking thing). Ah yes, and a lot of my brain power is going to a kid problem that largely exists in my head (yay overthinking), and of COURSE I have to check the news hourly to see if anyone’s been impeached yet. I know: whine whine, bitch bitch… #bloggerproblems are a special subset of #firstworldproblems, I get it. Still: I thought it might make an interesting topic here: how do you recover from a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad workweek? Do you make a list? Pomodoro it up? Winnow your priorities? Take a nap? Close your tabs? (The answer is always to close the tabs, isn’t it?) I’d love to hear your stories and advice.

Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Essential Silk Blouse

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

Equipment’s silk shirts are always highly rated, they’re reader favorites, and they’ve been around forever. Personally, I like the essential silk blouse (pictured), which doesn’t have pockets, much better than the “signature” blouse, which does have pockets and comes in a zillion different colors and shapes and sizes. (Note that Equipment also has a lovely popover right now called the Liana.) I don’t think we’ve ever featured this in a Workwear Report, so I thought we would today because it’s a great basic for work and layers nicely under cardigans and blazers and sweaters. Readers: What is your favorite silk blouse and your favorite no-button popover? This one is $228 at Nordstrom and comes in sizes XS–L in white and “Eden green.” Essential Silk Blouse

Here’s a plus-sized option for a similar price as well as a more affordable cotton/silk option in petite, regular, and plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: Marieta Flats

which shoes to wear with navy tightsI originally flagged these flats to feature because they have an embroidered version (in addition to a navy and black suede) — and embroidery details are very trendy right now! Still, I think I like the suede versions the best. I noticed a lot of comments on the work outfit challenges thread regarding what to wear with navy tights — I always say to go ahead and wear black with navy, particularly with shoes, but if you really don’t like mixing your colors, an affordable shoe like this is another good option. They’re $52 at Zappos and Amazon, available in sizes 6-11. (Aldo Shoes has them even lower, at $41!) Marieta Flats

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Luxe Wool Cashmere Flannel Cap-Sleeve Dress

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Luxe Wool Cashmere Flannel Cap-Sleeve DressLove this green sleeved dress from Talbots — the cap sleeves, the V-neckline, the darts and set-in waist — fabulous! I only wish it came in navy or black. It’s $299, available in regular and petite sizes 4-20, but take 25% off today (and get free shipping on $175+). (There is a matching jacket and pants if you like it.) Luxe Wool Cashmere Flannel Cap-Sleeve Dress

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Pleat-Neck V-Neck Top

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 Anne Klein Pleat-Neck V-Neck TopAnne Klein has had this top in white and black for a while now (white is marked down to $29 today!) — it’s one of those great basics for layering under suits because it’s got a little bit of pleating at the neckline but is otherwise a simple, basic sleeveless top. The leopard print is fun, particularly coming on the heels of our discussion about your work outfit challenges — a number of people said they never know what to wear with red, and as Selina Meyer showed us, red and leopard look great together. If you’re not really an animal print person, this is very easy to tone down with a buttoned or belted cardigan on top, so only a bit of the leopard print peeks out (or, if you can get the Vs just right, you could also wear it with a V-neck sweater). The tops are $30-$40 at Nordstrom, Amazon (tons of colors and prints as low as $9!), Rue La La, and more. Anne Klein Pleat-Neck V-Neck Top

This top reminds me a bit of this affordable, popular knot-front top that comes in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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Love this classic pleated V-neck jersey top -- it's perfect for layering under cardigans and blazers for work -- and the affordable price tag doesn't hurt, either.

Coffee Break: Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere ScarfI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: A nice thick and soft office pashmina can be helpful in so many situations, particularly in fall weather when it’s hot one day and cold the next. Nordstrom always has a nice wool and cashmere option for $99, and they have a bunch of fun prints this year — I’m really not a floral person but I dig this “pressed flower” one. Don’t worry that it’s called a scarf — it’s 28″ x 80″, which is actually bigger than the “oversized wrap” pictured here. The point is that it’s thin enough to wear as a scarf OR a wrap if you want to. It’s $99. Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

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