LinkedIn: When Catastrophe Strikes…

A few weeks ago, a good friend of ours accidentally hit the button on her LinkedIn account that invites your “friends” — ALL of them, every single person in your e-mail account.

She was horrified. Within minutes she became aware of the mistake — when not only did she start hearing from recruiters, friends of friends who had been on mass-e-mails, and ex-dates (or, in any event, men who she had e-mailed with after meeting them through a dating service). We were already “linked” with her, but because we had e-mailed with her from various addresses, we were invited again. So we took particular note when, a week after the incident, we got a “reminder” e-mail, asking us to link to her — and then a week after that, yet another “reminder” e-mail.

Our question is to you, the readers — does anyone know anything she could have done to stopped the error, once she realized her mistake? Is there some hidden “unsend” button (which has saved us from making at least one stupid mistake in Gmail!). What’s your general opinion on “linking” with people — do you only do it with people whose work you would recommend? People who you know from a working capacity? Or do you treat it like Facebook — and allow anyone and everyone to link with you? (At least, that’s how we treat Facebook.)

Thursday’s TPS Report: Jessica Howard Belted Dress

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

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Today’s post is suggested by reader J, who — like us — wears dresses as often as possible in the summertime.  She recently purchased this dress, and notes that “for the price, the quality seems quite good (except for the belt, which is easily swapped).  Although it doesn’t say so in the description, the dress also has essentially invisible — yet deep — pockets. It’s incredibly flattering on. I think that it’s a great summer-to-fall dress.”  So do we — it’s lovely!  J got hers at Macy’s but we couldn’t find it on the website… it is also available at Dillards.com for $80.  Jessica Howard Belted Dress
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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.

Reader E brought this dress and matching jacket to our attention, noting with excitement that “J Crew came out with some cute twists on normal suit pieces.” We agree — we love that the dress is only slightly embellished with some subtle black on black “petals” at the placket. We also love the fact that the pieces are made of four-season merino wool, and that there are multiple pieces (jackets, dresses, pants) in matching fabric. The dress (Super 120s papillion dress) is $195; the jacket (Super 120s Lizza jacket) is $230.

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Calvin Klein Dolly Pumps

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Today’s suggestion comes from reader J, who gushes about these Calvin Klein Dolly shoes:

I have literally walked several miles in them in a day and they (and my feet) held up great. They are a good height for pants or skirts (2 3/4″) , fashionable but not trendy and come in great colors – even hard to find classic navy!  This spring they had a nice cream color and it looks like they’ve just rolled out a black suede for fall.  At just under $100, they are a good deal for such a comfortable classic.  I have bought them in a couple of colors and couldn’t be happier with them.

(We are intrigued that they also come in dyeable satin, for $107, also — handy if you’re a bride or a bridesmaid.)  The ones pictured — classic black — are available at Zappos.com for $89.   Calvin Klein – Dolly (Black) – Footwear

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Open Thread: Great Hair Cuts

New in Town (movie poster)A while back we got this e-mail from a reader, curious about great hair styles…

Can you do a story on work appropriate hair cuts / styles? I’m getting a hair cut soon for interview season, and I’m looking for suggestions on savvy, sophisticated, work-appropriate haircuts.

This is an excellent question, and we’re curious to hear what you readers have to say. For our $.02, it seems that the greatest cut is the one that is flattering to you and requires the least upkeep as possible. For a lot of tv and film producers, however, “professional hair” has been interpreted as having stick-straight hair that hits between “shoulder-length” and “just past shoulder-length” (see, e.g., Renee Zellweger’s latest movie, New In Town (poster pictured above)*. Similarly, a lot of anchors have that same length hair, but with a lot of poof (such as Maria Bartiromo). Of course, these styles look less professional when you don’t have the benefits of a hair stylist on staff.

What do YOU think the best hair cuts are? Which actresses or personalities do you admire as having amazing, professional-looking hair? Personally, with our wavy, newly short-ish hair, we strive for Christina Applegate’s hair in “Samantha Who?” (but alas, ours is more wavy/frizzy than curly/bouncy — sigh). (Also, for our $.02, any hairstyle hitting below approaching your bra strap  is too long to be professional, unless you are Portia de Rossi in Better Off Ted, in which case it works.)

* Update 8/2010: Please do not take this mention as an endorsement of the movie — I finally saw it a few months ago and, yes, let’s just say I’m not endorsing it. – Kat

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Latico’s Bettina Tall Pleated Handbag

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Latico has a ton of really cute leather bags right now — lovely totes with lots of intelligent pockets and a cheerful interior fabric. Take, for example, this lovely North/South tote. At 13″x10″x4.5″, it’s wide enough for any papers you need to carry with you, but the construction of the bag makes it more structured than a hobo and more lightweight than a briefcase. Was $155, now $124 on sale at eBags.com (and available in lots of colors). Bettina Tall Pleated Handbag

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