Weekly News Update

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  • PopSugar Beauty tells you why you shouldn’t get your hair cut when it’s wet.
  • Racked looks at the not-so-fun fitting room experience that you will most likely recognize.
  • A startup founder writes at Racked about why she always wears the same outfit to meetings.
  • Over at Medium, the director of product at Facebook reveals how a pregnancy-induced period of bed rest (while she worked from home) changed her idea of what a leader looks like and what brings respect.
  • Intuit’s Fast Track blog has advice on relaxing your perfectionist/Type-A tendencies a bit.
  • The New York Times looks at how millennial women are planning for motherhood and pondering work/life balance.
  • New York magazine checks out new research about “head” people vs. “heart” people.
  • Travelle shares tips and products for taking care of your clothes while you’re traveling.
  • A Cup of Jo uses her sister’s experience of grief to explain what sort of sympathy cards and gestures can help the most.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, The Toast presents a list of modern relationships.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Harper Top

The Limited Harper Top | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This top looks great if you’re looking for a slightly dressier tee. A lot of details — the buttons at the sleeves, the mixed fabrics, and the colors — remind me of one of my favorite tops for the weekend, but with more polish and a more appropriate neckline for work. I love the jewel colors it’s offered in, and the elbow sleeves look great. The top comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes and is available at The Limited for $40. The Limited Harper Top

Here’s a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: Faust Large Bucket Bag

Nina Ricci Faust Large Bucket Bag | CorporetteBucket bags are really big right now — but it’s hard to find one that looks sleek and professional. Somehow, this Nina Ricci bag manages to do the impossible: it’s a bucket bag, but looks like the best of structured totes. I love the unexpected pop of blue suede on the inside lining of the bag (let’s face it, a bright blue accent never hurts with me), and I really like the magnetic closure at the top. It’s $2,500 at Barney’s. Nina Ricci Faust Large Bucket Bag

Two lower-priced alternatives are here and here.

Update: Unfortunately, the color is now sold out, but Barney’s also has it in black.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Twirl Dress

Nic+Zoe Twirl Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I did not realize that Pendleton sold clothes from other brands, but they sell at least one Nic+Zoe dress that I’ve admired many times at Nordstrom, and it’s part of Pendleton’s crazy sale at the moment. I like the linear details, the midnight color, and the fact that it’s hand-washable — and the fact that it’s on sale for $69 (was originally $198). Pendleton has crazy sales occasionally, and we seem to in the midst of one of them — including this lovely “handwash” cotton-blend dress. (Tip: if buying, be sure to go to the “sale” homepage to make sure you can take advantage of any discounts — today, for example, many pieces are 50-60% off.) The dress is also available at 6pm in regular, petite, and plus sizes in multiple colors/prints and two different sleeve lengths, from $59 to $179. Nic+Zoe Twirl Dress

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Suit of the Week: Theory

Theory jacket - Ornella Admiral CrepeFor 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.

If memory serves, August is always a bit dead for suits — the boring and bad ones sit in clearance, and the new ones haven’t been brought out yet. So this week’s pick is a bit of a mixed bag to me — but hey, maybe it’s perfect for someone else. The pros, as I see them: this is a lovely black shift dress and matching blazer made from “Admiral Crepe,” which the Theory website describes as being a “super-smooth fabric with excellent drape.” I like the look and the cut of both pieces, very much. EXCEPT: the armholes on the dress (as seen here)! Why?!?!?!? If you, for some reason, are up for either a) letting your bra show whenever you lift up your arms, b) wearing your blazer or a sweater all day anyway, c) wearing a camisole (or other blouse) beneath a dress with a high neckline, or d) taking the dress to the tailor for an added expense of adding some fabric or zipping that bit up… then this is the dress for you. It is a kind of sexy look, I’ll grant Theory that — but to me it just ruins an otherwise perfect sheath dress. Sigh. The dress (Minaeon Dress) is $325, and the blazer (Ornella Blazer) is $395. (Note that Theory has many pieces in this fabric.)

There doesn’t seem to be much out there that’s similar, but here are a couple of lower-priced alternatives for the jacket (one, two).

Theory Suit

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Previously, on Corporette…

corp-square-logo-2-aug08 Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago.

One year ago…

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