Don’t Be Shy When Changing Careers (and 5 Other Career Changing Tips)

magazine to lawyerDisclosure:  In today’s sponsored post, State Farm Insurance asked me to talk about my first career change — magazine editor to lawyer — and some of the people who helped me along the way.

I was at a recent alumni networking event, and everyone older than 30 heartily encouraged the students and new graduates to reach out to alums. An email that mentions a shared connection opens a lot of doors. Generally, people are happy to give advice. Cast a wide net — particularly don’t be shy about reaching out when you’re looking to enter a new career or change careers entirely. All of this advice rings true with my own experience in networking when you’re junior, and changing careers — not once, but twice now. I’ve written about my career change from media lawyer to fashion blogger, but I’ve never talked about the first big career change I made: from magazine writer to lawyer.

It’s fun to think back on what drove the change…

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

Neiman Marcus Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

So I’ve been eyeing this festive blazer but pondering how to wear it when it’s SO. DANG. COLD. And the answer, in theory, was always: a silk/cashmere turtleneck. But finding one under $300 turned out to be a bit of a challenge — which is why I’m posting a few of my finds today, because a slim-fitted but warm turtleneck is such a great layering essential. I like the pictured one, at Neiman Marcus (was $280, now $125, available in 10 colors), this Max Studio silk turtleneck (available in 14 colors for $128), and this C by Bloomingdale’s cashmere turtleneck (was $158, now $99, available in 16 colors). Neiman Marcus Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

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Coffee Break: Small Pavé Huggie Hoop Earrings

Nadri Small Pave Huggie HoopsI always love my huggie earrings, and these look like a great, affordable option thanks to the small pavé crystals (instead of diamonds).  As always, I find huggies super comfortable for long phone conversations, unlike post earrings, and they lend a finished look without being distracting when you speak, like a lot of dangling earrings can be.  These are $40 at Bloomingdale’s. Nadri Small Pavé Huggie Hoop Earrings

The Hunt: Knee-High, Heeled Boots

knee-high boots smSure, 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.

We haven’t done a roundup of knee-high, heeled boots for a while (2013, 2012), so I thought we’d go on the hunt. (Note that in our last poll, almost 70% of readers said knee high boots were office-appropriate with regular skirts (not minis) — still, knee-high boots are definitely still a know your office situation.) Note also that I’m going to do an entirely separate roundup for flat boots (hopefully in two weeks) — so please stay tuned!

Some great general sales to note if nothing here strikes your fancy:

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Convertible Collar Tweed Jacket

Santorelli Convertible Collar Tweed Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

OK, now I feel guilty: I saw this gorgeous tweed blazer a few weeks ago — and somehow I kept deciding to post other stuff. Now there are only a select few sizes left… but look how purty! Love the black, blue, and white crosshatch pattern, the three buttons, and the tall collar. It’s full price at $650, but note that there are a few very similar blazers from the same brand over at Nordstrom Rack for much less. Santorelli Convertible Collar Tweed Jacket

Here are two similar plus-size options.

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Weekend Open Thread

Ugg Classic Cardy BootsSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Brrrrrrr: it is COLD outside.  I almost never wear my regular UGGs, but for some reason these cardigan slipper UGGs look like they would be just the thing for puttering around the house — it’s like they have “Netflix binge” written all over them.  They’re $150 (with 586 great reviews!) at Zappos. UGG Classic Cardy 

(Old Navy has a few more affordable options (if I had a really small foot, I might even try these.))  Happy weekend, ladies!