Weekly Roundup

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– You’re welcome, hubs:  Jezebel notes that the husbands of educated women live longer.  (Pictured:  Graduation Cap Cupcake, originally uploaded to Flickr by clevercupcakes.)

The NYT talks about the recession and the gender gap.

Above the Law gives us an update on that female lawyer’s photo that we posted about last week. (Hint: it’s even worse than you thought!)

Lifehacker advises how to find the best credit card based on your lifestyle, and rounds up the best online free weight management tools.

– Jauntsetter offers some great advice on booking a trip (part 1 and part 2); meanwhile the WSJ has some tips on getting a free upgrade on your next flight.  (Update: Sorry about the incorrect link; it’s been fixed!)

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Shape fx Two-Way Stretch Control Skirt

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Let’s be honest here — unless you’re built like a model, if you wear a high-waisted pencil skirt you’re likely to be rocking the shapewear.  Spiegel saves you a step by including a built-in “powerful mesh control slip” in the skirt, along with lace “grippers” so it doesn’t ride up.  We saw a girl wearing this look about a week ago and it really did look amazing — we’d suggest wearing a short-sleeved blouse with it, or perhaps a simple black scoop-necked tee.  It’s on sale for $29.99 (was $39) at Spiegel.com in sizes 2-18 in regular, petite and tall.  Shape fx Two-Way Stretch Control Skirt

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Reader Mail: Lunch at One’s Desk

Today’s question comes from a reader curious about lunching etiquette…

I have a question for you guys: what’s the opinion on eating lunch at one’s desk?  There are some projects I need (and want) to stay in the office for but I have to eat!  It’s incredibly hard to look professional mid-bite of a taco and even salads can get interesting.  Not to mention, with an open office plan, not everyone is in lunch mode, so while they’re having a meeting, I’m scarfing down a sandwich.   Dinner isn’t so much an issue, as its afterhours but lunch is still a conundrum for me.   Is this an issue for anyone else?  Do you avoid certain foods?  Curious…

For our $.02, if we haven’t planned lunch with someone, then we tend to prefer to lunch at our desk.  We don’t mean to be antisocial, but it helps us to continue whatever thought we were in the midst of before hunger pangs overtook us, or to surf the web and read blogs that we wouldn’t have time for otherwise.  (In fact, we hate taking breaks in the middle of the day, and tend to bring snacks like yogurt and raw almonds so we don’t have to leave the office at all.)  Some people really do not like the smell of pungent food — we worked in one place where, allegedly, the microwave had been banished to a back room on a middle floor because one of the bigwigs did not like the smell of cooking food.  And to that end, it might make sense to avoid really smelly lunches or snacks.  It might also pay to be considerate, smellwise, of folks who are dieting — avoid bringing in McDonald’s fries or heating up that brownie.

If you’re eating in an open space, there may be other considerations, such as what people can see and here.  You may want to avoid things that are difficult bites to eat — long spaghetti, really large pieces of sushi — or things that fall apart randomly (e.g., hard-shell tacos).  This doesn’t mean you’re left with nothing to eat — ask for them to chop your salad.  Choose tortellini rather than angel hair.  Soup and sandwiches are lunch hits for a reason.  If you prefer to adopt our approach of eating really small meals between breakfast and dinner, it does seem (to us at least) pretty unobtrusive to eat things like an apple, a carton of yogurt, a few raw almonds, a skim latte, and so forth, throughout the day.

Readers, what are your thoughts?  Do you lunch at your desk frequently?  If you’re working in an open space, what do you eat?

Pictured above:  Flickr has an amazing pool of photos snapped by folks who bring their own bento lunches to work, many of them using the Zojirushi Mr. Bento system.  (Specifically, above:  Tuesday Bento (28) – Zojirushi, originally uploaded to Flickr by devlyn.)  If this isn’t quite your thing, check out Amazon’s fairly extensive collection of really cute lunch bags.
Shop lunchbags, below…

Thursday’s TPS Report: Nine West’s Novellos

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Nine West - Novellos (Black/Black Fabric) - FootwearReader E write in to rave about these simple black pumps. As she says:

I usually spend much more on shoes, but was pleasantly surprised by these little gems. I started with the Navy and then got all three colors. They’re relatively low, walkable, and super sharp with a side of sexy. They don’t look comfortable, but they actually are! This may not work for everyone, but the heel is narrow and doesn’t slip. I did end with in a half size smaller than I usually wear.

They strike us as classic shoes that would be great to keep at the office, as the fabric won’t fare well on the actual street. Lovely! They’re $78.95 at Zappos.com in a pretty wide range of sizes:  5 through 12.  Nine West – Novellos (Black/Black Fabric) – Footwear
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Suit of the Week

For 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Maybe it’s us, but we’re liking this version of the boyfriend jacket paired with the pencil skirt.  Both pieces seem like they would work well on their own as separates, but together this seems like a very professional take of a very trendy style (hello, ’80s!).  We’re curious about the fabric, which supposedly “resists wrinkles and stays in shape”– readers, please comment if you have experience! The jacket (Long and lean jacket in seasonless stretch) is $89, and the skirt (Front pleated miniskirt in seasonless stretch) is $39.50, both available at Victoria’s Secret in sizes 0 -14.

(We just called Victoria Secret’s to see if anything else matches the jacket, other than the miniskirt, and the answer is why yes, lots of things — choose the color you like (e.g., 163, charcoal heather) and mix and match to your heart’s content.  Such as:  the Christie fit flare pants, or the Christie fit pant.)

(Also, in the runner-up department: we wish this weren’t red.)

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Calvin Klein Belted Ponte Dress

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What, you don’t enter every boardroom and assume this stance?  Modeling aside, we like the dress — it’s a ponte knit, which we like because it holds its shape without wrinkling and can oftentimes be washed on the delicate cycle.  We also lurve the crosshatch pattern, as well as the nice high neckline with the pleat details.  It’s $119 at Dillards in sizes 4-16.  Calvin Klein Belted Ponte Dress

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