Coffee Break: Bean’s Heritage Tote

ll bean signature toteA reader tipped us off to this gorgeous leather tote, but it wasn’t until we saw Shopping’s My Cardio post that we realized:  this tote is just the start of things to come.  LL Bean is launching a new signature line, and this tote is among the first pieces available for sale. What can we say? We’ll be eagerly waiting to see the rest of the line — and in the meantime, drooling over the tote.  It’s $189 at LL Bean.  Bean’s Heritage Tote

2016 Update: While the heritage tote is sometimes still available through eBay, you can also find a similar tote here or here.

The Warmth of Silk

silk long johnsReader N writes in with a question about warm pants…

I am based in Northern California, and have recently started having to travel for business. I am finding that the wool pants I buy around me are no match for winter in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and New York. I’m told that I should find lined wool pants for warmth, but can’t seem to find any. Are there other fabrics that would be warm enough? To add an additional wrinkle I am a size 18 , so I need to find someplace that carries extended sizes as well.

Welcome to the land of seasons! Out here, if the low temperatures don’t get you, the windchill factor will. We’re weirdly excited to share with you one of the best secrets we picked up from our undergrad years, which we spent in a city known for sub-zero temperatures: silk long johns. Wear these babies under regular pants or jeans and you’ll be comfortable (with a proper jacket) below 35 degrees or so — if it’s very cold (and windchill takes it subzero), we’d suggest wearing them with wool pants. [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Eileen Fisher Stand Collar Jacket

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

Eileen Fisher Stand Collar JacketWe’ve noticed this jacket about five times over the past four weeks, and we’re finally posting it.  We like the loose, sweater quality (lambswool and cashmere), combined with the jacket vibe.  We think we prefer the collar down, as Bloomingdales shows it (where it’s also, incidentally, still full price), but as Lord & Taylor shows it, you can also wear the collar standing up.  The red also strikes us as a good red.  We’d wear it with trousers or a sheath or, perhaps if we were daring, skinny pants and perhaps a collared tunic.  It’s $248 at Bloomingdales (all sizes), and at $124, in limited sizes (including petites), at Lord & Taylor.  Eileen Fisher Stand Collar Jacket

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Coffee Break: Crystal Two-Tier Necklace

Ann Taylor  Crystal Two-Tier NecklaceWe’ve been loving Ann Taylor’s accessories as of late, including this two-tier crystal necklace.  We’d wear it in place of pearls with a simple boatneck — particularly against a richly-hued blouse like this one from Gap.  It’s $58 at Ann Taylor.   Crystal Two-Tier Necklace

Dating at the Office: Working Women Share Their Stories

dating at the office2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on dating at the office – links have also been updated. You may also want to check out our more recent discussion on dating at work 

We’ve talked about dating a wee bit on here, but something we’ve never talked about is dating at the office.  (Disclosure:  This author has no experience with it personally).  Still, it happens frequently — a study by the American Management Association found that two-thirds of managers and executives say it’s okay to date someone at the office, and 30% have done so.  We’ve certainly known (and respected) folks who dated people at the office — in fact, a lot of those people wound up marrying that co-worker.  So what are the rules for dating a co-worker with dignity?

(Pictured:  Linda Lee Johnson Claddagh Ring, available at Barney’s for $3200. Update 2017: It’s sold out, sadly, but you can always get a great claddagh ring at Etsy (affiliate link).)

We thought we’d throw some suggestions for the single ladies amongst us — readers, please chime in.

What to Know About Dating at the Office

  • Do not view your office as a dating pool. It doesn’t matter how big the company is, or how many floors or offices it has — word will get around, and it will hurt you professionally.  There should be a chance for the relationship to be a fairly serious one — do not just “date” a co-worker for a “distraction.”  If you happen to really like someone you work with, let your feelings develop naturally, and let the relationship progress naturally.  (We might also advise that if you’ve already dated someone at the office and it ended, then you should be very, very careful about dating anyone else at the office, lest you be seen as someone who does view the office as a dating pool.) [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Snake-Print Carmela Dress

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

Tory Burch Snake Print Carmela DressCall us crazy, but it seems like we are seeing a resurgence of that in-again out-again classic, the snake print.  Animal prints for the office can be dicey, but we really like this simple shift dress from Tory Burch.  The loose fit, the high boatneck — and the styling of the model, with the clean, low pony-tail — all appeal to us.  We’d wear it with pearls and nude-colored pumps, and perhaps “grow it up” even more with a black wrap.  It’s $395 at Neiman Marcus, in sizes XS-XL.  Snake-Print Carmela Dress

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