More Sales – Sephora, ASOS, Ann Taylor, CUSP, Tory Burch, and more…

It seems more and more sales are ramping up…

Sephora has a rare 20% off sale going on: of the lots and lots of gift sets already marked down, take an extra 20% off. You can buy some for gifts for friends, sure, but you can also buy some for yourself. Personally I loaded up on eyeshadow sets to play with…

ASOS’s reductions have hit 70% off…

Ann Taylor is offering 50% off your entire purchase (but exclusions apply)

Bloomingdale’s has increased their sale — now save up to 75% off original prices through Jan. 2.

CUSP (by Neiman Marcus) is offering an additional 25-33% off all sale merchandise, for savings of up to 60% off

Nordstrom is offering Winter Savings up to 50% off on women’s and kids’ styles (and the men’s Half-Yearly Sale is on)

Reiss is offering up to 60% off

Tory Burch is offering an extra 25% off all sale items




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  1. Another “what to do I wear in this poorly-defined professional situation” question: I’m meeting a contact over coffee to discuss a position I’m considering applying for. A suit would be overkill, and it’s a holiday, so I can’t claim I’m headed into work later. Would I be okay in dark jeans, heels, and a nice top, or should I wear something more business-y?

    I don’t know his exact position or role in the hiring process (and the usual googling/company website checks haven’t helped), but I want to be sure I make a good impression, of course! I’m not telling anyone IRL that I’m looking at other positions (which is an issue unto itself), but I’m really glad I have Corporette to lean on! Thanks in advance, ladies!

    • Anne Shirley :

      Last time I did that I wore jeans, heels, a blouse, and a blazer, which I think is formal enough to show that you’ll dress okay on the job.

      • I like the jeans+blazer idea, but I don’t own a casual blazer (I’m kind of ashamed to admit that here!) Maybe it’s time I did a little after-Christmas shopping. Thanks!

        • Me either! I can’t find a nice petite one that is tailored (not boxy) and in a reasonable price range. I’m on the constant lookout though…

          • I feel better knowing I’m not the only one! If you find a good one, please share – the boxiness has been a big problem for me, too.

    • I second the jeans + casual blazer suggestion.

    • dc 'rette :

      I think a sweater is fine instead of a blazer. I’d wear jeans or cords, a top that’s neither a t-shirt nor sparkly/shiny/going-out-ish and a cardigan.

  2. Maternity clothes: update for non-Canadiennes.. I’m 4 months pregnant, been piecing together a wardrobe here for corporate wear with mixed results in Seattle. Went to Vancouver for a few days for fun, on the way out of town today checked a second-hand maternity/kids shop, and VOILA: whole new brands of nice stuff! Things from Paris, Australia, and a brand called Thyme I don’t know where is from. Point being: sad that we don’t have access to this stuff in the US- it is better than Motherhood crap- but glad I live near the border now that I know. If only I’d made the rounds while in Montreal last fall, bet they have some nice stuff.

  3. Seeking suggestions: I’m expecting a healthy bonus this year, but most of it needs to go to debt reduction and unexciting household needs. I have wanted nice diamond stud earrings for years, but I still can’t justify the price tag. I’d like to try good quality CZ, and the period after bonuses are disbursed is a perfect time to roll out some new fake jewelry credibly. Can anyone recommend a seller? I’ve looked online, and Mystique of Palm Beach looks good, but it’s hard to tell. And does anyone know if good quality CZ will look sufficiently real?

    • Anonymous :

      Don’t do it IMHO. Save for the real thing. CZs are easy to spot (if such things matter to you).
      Ideal-cut diamonds that have inclusions and a yellow tinge make great earrings and are quite affordable (no one will closely inspect your earrings, they just notice the sparkle).
      Or if you want fakes look at Swarovski studs. Way cheaper, same effect.

      • Well, I do want the earrings to look real. It seems ideal cut real diamond earrings with inclusions and a yellow tinge, just over 1.5 tcw, will run me nearly six grand on Blue Nile. That’s a lot of money, to me. Maybe I just need to wait a few more years.

        • FWIW, go to a jewellery store and try on. “H-I-J” diamonds are so much more expensive than “K-L” diamonds (Blue Nile doesn’t sell them) with an I1-I3 and the difference is really tough to see for earrings and pendants.
          Also, a .75 carat stone is frigging huge so I’m wondering if you’ve tried them on? (Just asking, different stones for different body types and regions of the country).
          The thing with fakes is they’re often poorly set and mounted — dead givaway of cheap jewellery (sometimes that’s OK). Well crafted CZs are great but I’d bet the people you work with will be able to spot the difference. Buy what you love and makes you happy.
          You’ll likely be able to get a pair of .94 TW studs (with some resale value) for well under $1000 if you look around. HTH

      • These ones (for fifty bucks) look really nice IRL:

    • I don’t have suggestions for where to buy but I love my CZ earrings. My husband wanted to get diamonds but my cheapskate practical side just can’t abide that kind of expenditure for jewelry. I am no discerning jewelry shopper but they look real to me. YMMV. I don’t really care if people think they are real or fake or whatever though.

    • Alanna of Trebond :

      For anyone buying diamonds this article is extremely interesting:

      This is probably harsh, but after reading this, I honestly will judge everyone for buying real diamonds. They are like Uggs. Your desire for them, and their price is completely manufactured. Why should you pay more for them than for CZ?

      • I don’t mind if you judge me. Ethically sourced diamonds mined by union aboriginal workers can and do change lives in remote communities. I’ve seen it, and I’m proud to wear the product.
        But to each their own.

  4. Happy New Year!

  5. Happy 2012, everyone!

    I almost started the year by ordering this suit from BR (see skirt here: Whoops! So glad I looked at the back view. WTF are you thinking, BR??? I know people’s opinions vary on exposed zippers, but seriously, this is one accident away from disaster, no? ;)

    • dc 'rette :

      I’m not against all exposed zippers, but an exposed zipper that also goes the entire length of the garment strikes me as pretty overtly sexy. Also, I’d be concerned that, if it can be unzipped from the bottom (as opposed to just having a decorative zipperhead there), it could accidentally be unzipped and make the slit in the skirt really high. My jacket unzips from the bottom, and it regularly unzips itself when I twist around in it.

      • My fear exactly! Also, not that this is the case for ALL exposed zippers, but one that unzips the whole length down your a** seems unnecessarily suggestive, no?

  6. I’ve finally gotten tired enough of not printing out my digital pictures that I’m going to start making photo books for every year. The problem is that the choices are overwhelming. One thing I would really like is to have the year of each book – 2011, 2010, etc. – printed on the spine. It doesn’t seem like a huge request, but I can’t seem to figure out which services offer that. Also, I would like to be able to make my own pages without templates so I can add a text box or picture wherever I want. I know Snapfish won’t do either of these things. Any suggestions? I also care about quality, of course, so if it appears there aren’t any good choices with these features, I will just pick the highest quality.

    Thank you in advance!!

    And happy new year!

    • dc 'rette :

      Shutterfly! I just made photobooks for a friend and they were very affordable, with options to design your own or to use a template, and you can customize the cover and put the title on the spine.

    • don’t know, except, NOT snapfish for anything! Just ordered prints- they are awful quality, it was a pain from flickr, and they are spamming me despite unsubscribing 3x already.

    • I used recently to print digital photos for framing and was blown away by the quality. It puts anything I’ve received from Shutterfly or Snapfish to shame. Plus, the prices are incredibly reasonable.

      I think Mpix has a book option, but I haven’t looked into it. I don’t know if it fits your exact needs, but it’s worth considering.

    • I can’t recommend MyPublisher highly enough! I just finished a photobook myself and it turned out great. The quality of the finished product is fantastic and the software is the right mix of easy to use templates and customization.

    • I’ve had great results with Blurb. Layouts are adjustable, or you can choose blank pages, add text boxes, headlines, etc. We did wedding photo albums for the parents who just LOVED them.

    • Classof2011 :

      I second my publisher. I chose it to make a photo book from my wedding for my parents. High quality all the way.

      Here is a good run down of the top online photo book sites:

      This really helped me make my decision. All the sites run specials all the time, so you can always save your project and order it when a good promotion comes along.

  7. screwedup :

    I need advice! How do you deal with a terrible mistake you made at work? I started a job a short time ago and am still getting used to it. I really need this job and need to do well in it. Unfortunately, I made a stupid assumption I shouldn’t have made and a clerical error resulted. A deadline was missed by a few minutes. I have looked into it and the mistake can probably be fixed but worst case scenario is that it costs the company a lot of money. I am going to speak to my boss about it as soon as I go back to work but I am terrified about how to approach the subject. You ladies always have such good advice. Please help!

    • Divaliscious11 :

      Be direct and own the mistake. Go in with a corrective plan of action to rectify, as well as your plan of action to avoid this happening again. Everyone makes mistakes. Fix it, learn from it, and move on.

    • Another Sarah :

      As my boss says, if you make a mistake and it’s fixable, it’s ok – it means you’re doing something. People who don’t do anything also don’t make mistakes. You know how to fix it, and even if it costs the company a lot of money, you probably won’t make the mistake again. So own up and say, “I messed up, but I fixed it, and it won’t happen again.” :-)

    • Do you have clients, or will this directly cost your company money? If this is something that would cost a *client* money, your firm/company is likely to eat the cost. Not awesome, but at least it doesn’t damage the client relationship.

      If it’s your company that will be directly on the hook, then figure out what the costs will be (best-case, worst-case, middle-case), and try to also guess how likely each outcome is. Present that to your boss, taking full ownership for the error.

      • screwedup :

        Thanks for the advice, all. My plan is to explain my mistake, apologize, explain what I will do to ensure it won’t happen again, and suggest a solution to the problem.

  8. Anyone feeling blab with their makeup? I am on the fair side and all of a sudden all my makeup seems beige and dull. Anyone have subtle face brightening or makeup favs they love? Thinking I need a foundation that is uber moisturizing with a pinky hue. Any pretty eyeshdows you’ve seen lately?
    Happy new year!

    • *blah

      • A light application of bright peach or pink blush will perk you right up. I’m a big fan of Lorac. Lorac Exposed is a nice peach blush and Lorac Flaunt is a bright pink. Revlon’s Berry Flirtatious cream blush is nice for a more subtle but natural glow.

    • I’m fair as well and absolutely love the Laura Mercier kit in “Nude.” The eyeshadow colors are great, it comes with a nice eyeliner and great blush and highlighter. It’s now my one and only for makeup needs (just need the mascara separately) which makes it amazing to travel with.

  9. new poster :

    Hi–I just wanted to say thank to everyone who helped with advice about a down jacket for my January Chicago trip. I ended up buying the one I saw at Loehmann’s. I just tried it on again inside my apartment, and was immediately so hot that I had to take it off. So I think it should be good for the trip! Thanks and happy new year!

  10. Fashion Faux Pas :

    Any suggestions for a top to wear under the Nanette Lepore constellation top (I’m not posting a link to avoid moderation.). It’s very sheer and I always struggle with what to wear under sheer blouses. TIA!

    • I normally wear beige camisoles under tops like this. Beige is similar enough in color to the top so it doesn’t scream “exposed undergarment”, especially if beige is at all close to your skin color.

  11. Anon-a-boot :

    Okay, hoping the collective wisdom here can help with a rather embarrassing wardrobe issue. I live in a city that necessitates wearing boots to/from work at least 4 months of the year. My commuting boots are amazing — weatherproof black leather that looks decent enough that I could wear them at work (but usually I do change into heels when I get to the office).

    The problem? Smelly smelly smelly. This isn’t a usual issue for me except in boot weather, and I’ve tried cleaning the inside of the boots, using odor-killing sprays, etc., which seems to work…until I wear them again, at which point it’s back with a vengeance. Please help!!

    • Always a NYer :

      Are you wearing the boots barefoot? I’d think if you were wearing socks or knee-highs that could cut down on the odor issue.

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