5 Things to Look for in a Nail Salon… Near Your Office

How to Find a Nail Salon Near the Office | CorporetteIt’s something every working woman needs from time to time:  a manicure.  Your primary salon should not be one near your office.  But sometimes, you just have to grab a manicure during the working day.  (True story: A lot of these tips come from an offhand conversation I had with a senior female partner at my law firm!) Here are the unofficial rules for looking for a nail salon near your office…

2017 update: you may also want to also check out our post about the best work-appropriate nail polish colors.

1.  Look for a nail salon where you won’t be visible from the sidewalk. Sure, you’re entitled to a lunch hour — everyone understands that! — but it’s an entirely different thing for your boss (or worse, a subordinate you’ve just dumped a load of work onto) to realize you’re spending your free time primping and pampering.  Look for a nail salon where the stations are set far away from the streetfront windows, or else aim for one on the second floor. [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Dior’s Zoya Knit Sweater Dress

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.

Gorgeous, gorgeous dress of the day: a wool sweater dress from Dior. In addition to a streamlined fit and a sophisticated shape, we love the little details of this — the tiny dot pattern of the dress, the way the hem peeks out from beneath the skirt, the folded detailing at the cuffs and of the waist (close-up picture below), and the inverted pleat at the front of the skirt. It looks beautifully luxurious and simple at the same time. Available at eLUXURY for $1,715. Dior Zoya Knit Sweater Dress

Weekly Roundup

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– Forbes advises what to look for in good cashmere.  We agree wholeheartedly with their tip to not buy online — there’s a huge difference in quality.  We’ve had some very itchy cashmere sweaters (Ann Taylor, we’re looking at you) versus some incredibly soft cashmere.  The best brand we’ve ever owned for a cashmere sweater is Autumn Cashmere.

– JibberJobber has some advice for women — on how to dress for FAILURE.  Our favorite tip? Wear six-inch heels. [JibberJobber]

– TIME magazine talks about the sacrifices Michelle Obama made, including leaving her corporate law firm job.  [TIME]

– On the other side of the spectrum, Sarah Palin’s sartorial choices are causing a buying frenzy of Naughty Monkey shoes and square rimless glasses. [WSJ]

– Hooray for gender equality, right?  Interesting side effect: the personality differences between women and men are becoming more pronounced.  [Jezebel]

– The Motley Fool has some retirement-planning advice for women.  [The Motley Fool]

– Yale Law Women name their Top 10 Family-Friendly firms.  [The AmLaw Daily]

Poll Results: Cropped Pants and the Office

Tech Capri - WomensAbout a week ago, we asked you guys whether cropped pants (and Bermuda shorts) are acceptable for the office, whether as part of a suit or otherwise.  While the poll is still going on, we thought we’d summarize the results for you thus far:

65% of you agreed with us that cropped pants and Bermuda shorts are never acceptable for the office.

28% of you said cropped pants were acceptable, whether as part of a suit or otherwise.

3% of you said either Bermuda shorts and cropped pants were both a-OK

A mere 1% of you said that if the shorts or cropped pants was part of a suit, it was all good.

So… perhaps leave your capri pants for your workouts if you’re new to the office and still learning the lay of the land. Above: Under Armour’s Tech Capri – Womens, available at Paragon Sports for $31.99.

Poll: How do you handle the day to night transition?

A few weeks ago on Project Runway the contestants had to design a look to take Brooke Shields’ character on Lipstick Jungle from “day to evening” in a single look. We wanted to scream at the television — we’ve never bought into the idea that women want to wear their office garb out for the evening.  Every time we see an outfit that’s supposed to take you from day to night, it doesn’t…  In our experience, if we’re going out on a work night we either need to change into a cocktail dress (to attend a charity event at a museum or something) or to casual-but-sexy wear for a date or a night out with a girlfriend and a hip restaurant.  (“Casual but sexy wear” has meant, for us in the past, either a casual dress or designer denim and a cute top).  And if it’s just a local neighborhood restaurant or someone’s house, who cares enough to change?  In any case, an outfit for work that’s too sexy for day makes us feel uncomfortable, and wearing our work clothes — no matter how “sexy” they are — while out and about just makes us feel drab and boring.  So we’ve always gone the two outfit route.

After Project Runway, though, we started wondering — are we alone in this?  Is everyone else actively looking for seamless day-to-night looks? Please take the poll and then comment away… particularly if you’ve found something that works great for day to night, do tell.

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Pictured above: 13th street, originally uploaded by g. rox.

The Hunt: Basic Black Pumps

2016 Update: Check out our most recent discussion and roundup of comfortable black pumps!

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. Psst: check out our frequently updated Guide to Comfortable Heels!

In today’s hunt, we search for reasonably-heeled black leather pumps — nothing higher than 3″…

black pumps for work 1Corso Como makes extremely comfortable shoes — their insoles are lined with gel.  Available at Endless for $154.95. Corso Como Women’s Cate Pump
black pumps for work2These black leather shoes also have a 5-star comfort rating on Zappos — and are at a slightly lower price point of $89. Calvin Klein – Dolly (Black)
black pumps for work under $100These are exactly 3″, but we’ll make an exception because they come in so many colors and get great ratings for comfort.  (Hmmn, perhaps we need a pair of peacock blue pumps.)  Available at Zappos for $83. Kenneth Cole Reaction – Inner Space (Black Leather)
black pumps for the officeWe just couldn’t do a round-up of basic black pumps without including one of our favorite brands, Cole Haan.  These Air Pumps are made with Nike Air technology — we won’t be playing basketball in our pumps any time soon, but it’s good to know someone’s making the shoes as if we were.  Available at Zappos on sale for $243.  (2″ heel; also available in 3″ heel.) Cole Haan – Fiona Low Air Pump (Black Calf)
black pumps pradaIf you’re upgrading and want something in a slightly higher price range, these Prada leather pumps (2.5″ heel) are only $360 at Saks. Prada Linea Rossa
black pumps for office louboutinWe’ve always envied the women who can rock the 4″ heels on the red carpet — and we’ve somehow developed a taste for the lipstick red of the Louboutin pumps.  Unfortunately, their towering heels make them next to impossible for us to use to navigate at the office.  Fortunately, there are more sensible pumps if you’re like us — these are far sturdier and more walkable, with a 2.75″ heel.  Available at Saks for $595. Christian Louboutin – Miss Tack Pumpstktktktk LINK6

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