Weekly Roundup

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  • Have you voted for Corporette yet for best quirky blog? We’d be much obliged if you would! [ABA Journal]
  • A bargain-hunter’s guide to the galaxy. (We agree with everything Ms. Binkley has to say!) [WSJ]
  • The NRDC has some great holiday guides (and gift suggestions) for environmentalists.  [NRDC]
  • Oooh, handy: a round-up of holiday shipping deadlines for various online stores.  [SheFinds]
  • If you haven’t checked in with The Simple Dollar’s series, reading and reviewing “the best investing book ever written” —  Benjamin Graham’s “The Intelligent Investor” — check it out.   [The Simple Dollar]
  • Finally, for the lawyers out there, what do you guys think of this post?  We’re somewhat conflicted about how to feel about it — is he against women? introverts? Are we just being too sensitive?  We’d love your thoughts.

Poll: Holiday Presents for Administrative Assistants and Secretaries

holiday presents for secretariesA number of readers have written in asking about holiday presents for administrative assistants. We tend to agree with Above the Law’s advice last year — cash is the way to go for holidays. Still, we thought we’d poll people to see what they’re giving (and how much):

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Robert Rodriguez Collared Cashmere Cardigan

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Today’s TPS suggestion is this feminine and unique cashmere cardigan by Robert Rodriguez (pictured in a yellow but available only in a gray graphite). The balloon sleeves, cinched waist, wide collar — it all reminds us of something Katharine Hepburn would have worn (perhaps while chasing Cary Grant and her dog around). We think this would look great with wide trousers or a pencil skirt, perhaps accented with a brooch. Available on sale at Nordstrom for $229 (was $385). Robert Rodriguez Collared Cashmere Cardigan

Reader Mailbag: Hostess Gifts?

A few days ago a reader wrote in with a burning question:
As a new associate, I have been invited to a young partner’s holiday “open house” (what the invitation says). Should I take a hostess present (his wife sent the invitations) and, if so, what can I take besides a bottle of wine? I’m guessing a lot of us are having the same issues so a post on this would be great!

We’re sorry to say that we’re stumped on this one. On the one hand, a nice bottle of wine or champagne is never unappreciated. On the other hand, we’ve been to enough parties at partner’s houses that we can see there being a catering staff on hand, which would make the bottle of wine seem inappropriate. Our $.02 is that we’d probably arrive with nothing, gauge the situation, and send flowers after the fact if you think they’re called for. Get two or three other associates to chip in on something really nice, and thank the hostess for a nice time.

Readers, comment away — would your advice be different?

Photo credit: Wine bottles wrapped up, originally uploaded to Flickr by librarykyle

Weekly Roundup, Turkey-Day Style

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Happy Turkey Day!  Our round-up for the brief week:

– Ways women can hold their own in a male world. [WSJ]

– A recent survey says that “a formal appearance” is important to career success for women.  [The Thin Pink Line]

– It apparently pays to be politically incorrect if you want to be a successful businesswoman.  [Women on Business]

– How important is it to socialize with coworkers?  [WSJ: The Juggle]

– The Simple Dollar reviews Personal Development for Smart People.  Hmmn.  [The Simple Dollar]

Photo credit:  Whole Foods Union Square Turkey Cupcake, originally uploaded to Flickr by Rachel from Cupcakes Take the Cake

Etiquette Flash: Navigating the Tricky Waters of Holiday Cards

Thanksgiving means a lot of things — too much turkey, impressive sales, and the opening bell for mailing holiday cards.  Some law firms and corporations give their employees cards to send to clients and customers, but many businesswomen send cards on their own.  These cards are a great way of extending holiday wishes to coworkers, getting your name in front of a boss you barely work with, and shoring up relationships with clients.  They can also be very tricky waters — even Miss Manners ducked the question a few years ago! We’ve laid out our advice as best we can.  (If you have any corrections or thoughts, please comment!)

Who Gets ‘Em

Some people send out holiday cards to every single person in the office.  We don’t recommend taking this route unless you have a lot of free time on your hands. [Read more…]

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