Poll – Is it acceptable for businesswomen to have long hair?

older-women-longer-hairIs it acceptable for businesswomen to have long hair? What do you guys think?


And, now, just because we’ve got it running through our head, we thought we’d share some lyrics from Hair with you:

I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy
Snaggy, shaggy, ratsy, matsy
Oily, greasy, fleecy, shining
Gleaming, steaming, flaxen, waxen
Knotted polka-dotted, twisted beaded braided
Powdered, flowered and confettied
Bangled, tangled, spangled and spaghettied!

Is Long Hair Unprofessional? [Ms. JD]

Pictured: Long Hair Design, originally uploaded by asobitsuchiya.

Weekend Round-Up

Photo at left by 19melissa68, courtesy of Flickr

– Because sometimes, you need to take the shopping abroad: The World’s Best Outlet Stores. [Forbes]

– An interesting read: SmartMoney’s guide to living longer and healthier. “For a growing band of affluent consumers, living a longer, healthier life is the next big challenge — and often the next luxury indulgence.” Ah, good, because we needed more to splurge on.

– Do you believe talent is innate or that it can be honed? That belief may determine whether you fulfill your potential or not. [NYT via The Thin Pink Line]

– We just found this blog and are loving it so far: advice on hiring a financial advisor as well as some basic FAQs on financial advisors. [Barbara Stanny Blog]

– How to protect yourself if you’ve lost your wallet. [The Simple Dollar]

– How to create your lifeplan. [Lifehacker]

The Hunt: The Perfect Black Blazer

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

This week’s “The Hunt” features that perennial office basic — the black jacket you can throw on over anything and it looks great. This one was a surprisingly challenging hunt because we wanted to feature jackets that were intended as separates, not ones that were part of a suit (although that is always a valid choice as well). The black jacket is particularly great for the summertime — come in wearing a sheath dress or a casual t-shirt and, when you get to the office, put your black jacket on. You’re instantly more professional (and warmer).

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Weekly Round-Up


Coffee Break, originally uploaded
by bitzcelt

– Interesting review of an Title VII case out of Pennsylvania wherein a receptionist was fired nine minutes after sending an e-mail telling her two male bosses she would not get them coffee every day at 3 p.m. The judges said that because there had never been a male receptionist, she couldn’t possibly prove she was being treated unequally. [Feminist Law Profs]

– There’s a great series over at The Glass Hammer profiling 35 Women Under 35.

– Ah! Advice on how to avoid making a poor investment in a franchise. [WSJ Independent Street]

How to Kill Time at the Office (because you need suggestions, right?)

– This one’s for the New Yorkers: a review of a well-planned kitchen space that is also teensy. Handy article to read for renovations! [Apartment Therapy]

– In totally unrelated news, happy birthday to Go Fug Yourself! Four years, wow! To celebrate, they give their readers a gift we can only hope to one day match — a link to “one of the most awkward, poorly costumed and excruciatingly choreographed moments in television history.” Enjoy!

It is our sincere hope that most readers will be cutting out of the office by 3 PM today. Dare to dream, ladies! Accordingly, we’re taking Friday off. See you Monday.

Bargain Thursday’s TPS Report: Belted Cotton Coat from Boden

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.

We have a thing for yellow raincoats, we’ll admit it. It’s nasty and gray and pouring outside, and there you are in your happy yellow raincoat, dry and cheerful. This yellow jacket from Boden is perfect for the job — not only is it $50, but we love the blue polka-dot lining. If you don’t share our affection for yellow jackets, however (whaaaaaat?) then rest assured: the cuteness comes in beige (with red polka-dotted lining) and navy (with yellow polka-dotted lining). Get 10% off, off your order and receive free delivery and returns

Polls: Handling Workouts Near the Office

workouts-near-workOK! We have no real idea what the answer might be here, so we’re particularly curious to see what people think about this week’s question, inspired by one of the commenters on Above The Law:


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