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Coffee Break: Navy Blue with Pink Stripes Lunch Bag

cute-lunch-bag-cyntha-rowleyThis cute lunch bag is easy to clean and has adjustable shoulder straps and a small handle at the top. Of course, I love the colors, considering they’re the blog colors, but I also like how this bag is sort of feminine but also sort of masculine at the same time. If you’re looking for a new lunch bag for yourself or for someone in your life (holiday gift?), this one is $25 at Staples. Cynthia Rowley, Navy Blue with Pink Stripes Lunch Bag


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Open Thread: Who Are Your Celebrity Crushes?

celebrity-crushesSo here’s a random, fun question for today: who are your celebrity crushes; who do you admire? Who’s your Internet boyfriend or girlfriend — who’s your spirit animal — who’s your hypothetical best friend? (On the flip side, are there any celebrities you absolutely can’t stand? I have three actors who I will almost never watch in a movie…)

For my $.02:

  • Celebrity crush: The usual suspects, I guess; Benedict Cumberbatch (pictured here from Dr. Strange), Matt Smith, Idris Elba, Ashton Kutcher… in years past Clive Owen, Keanu Reeves, Bill Pullman, George Clooney. Like everyone else I thought Oscar Isaac was great in the last Star Wars. I also kind of have a thing for Adam Driver — I passed him once on the street in Brooklyn and was really surprised by how “leading man” he seems in person; at the time I only knew him from Girls. On the lady side I always admire Emma Watson, Zoe Saldana, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, and more recently Charlize Theron, often for their fashion risks as much as the roles they take.
  • Spirit animal / person who you recognize a bit of yourself in: Maybe Keri Russell’s character in The Americans? She has a cool, almost cold way of looking at situations that I recognize in myself, but I lack her black/white view of the world. (Also, you know, I’m not a trained killer.) I might also put Bethenny Frankel in this category, although there are a ton of differences between us.
  • Hypothetical best friend / person you’d actually like to have a drink with: Probably a comedienne of some kind — Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Tina Fey, maybe Emma Stone or Melissa McCarthy. I also like Jill Kargman (creator/actress of Odd Mom Out). I might put Stacy London, Tim Gunn, or Susannah Martin (from the old BBC version of What Not to Wear) here too. I’d probably put Oprah on this list also.
  • Actors I cannot abide: Nicholas Cage, Kevin Costner, and Bill Paxton. (Aliens is one of my husband’s favorite movies and we joke that I can only stand watching Paxton in it because he dies a violent death.)

I’m sure there are others that I’m forgetting — I’m looking forward to your lists in part so I can so OH YEAH I FORGOT ABOUT ____! (Ah, for the days when we had them all on posters around the room…)

Ladies, how about you? Who are your big crushes? Which celebrities do you watch for at awards shows — and which ones are you most likely to go see a movie just based on their star power alone? 


Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: ‘Simone’ Slim Ankle Pants

flattering-ankle-pants-rag-boneOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

These Rag & Bone ankle pants aren’t the best choice for a conservative office, but for a casual office or a really casual day at a conservative office, they’d work well. The most notable thing about these is the reviews — people love these pants. Customers (in a wide range of ages) have written things like, “This is the pant version of the LBD,” “These might be the best pants I have ever worn,” and “These pants are a dream come true!” If I were looking to splurge on pants, I would take a serious look at these. They’re made in a cotton blend (note that they’re “dry clean,” but not dry clean only), have a back zip, and come in sizes 00-12 in black and navy. They’re $295 at Nordstrom. ‘Simone’ Slim Ankle Pants

Here’s a more affordable option; two plus-size alternatives are here and here.

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Weekend Open Thread

party-shoes-kate-spadeSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

If you have some holiday office parties coming up, you may be on the hunt for party shoes — and these Kate Spade ones are not only adorable, but highly rated at both Nordstrom and Zappos. (Nice: Amazon has some lucky sizes and colors for under $100 today.) The heels are available in black, gold, silver, and a “multi sparkle glitter” with hot pink heels. At $325, these may seem like a bit of a splurge, but I’ll bet the fashion math works out: if you wear them a few times a year for the next 10 years, get compliments every time you wear them, and feel joyful whenever you wear them — then really, $325 seems downright reasonable.  Kate Spade New York Charm Heel

If you’re on the hunt for more of a glittery boot, readers were talking about this one (nice!); I’ve also been eyeing this glittery Chelsea boot (whoa, down to $40 in some styles).  If slingbacks aren’t your thing, this similar heel is a d’Orsay style (and on sale too).


Weekly News Update

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  • Jinnie Lee writes for Racked in defense of the humble Danskos.
  • What do you wear to your office holiday party when you feel like you’ve got nothing to wear? The Muse has the answer.
  • Inc. says that picture of you holding a beer or glass of wine on Facebook isn’t going to affect your job prospects, but there are a few social media activities that will.
  • CNBC shares a list of 10 jobs that pay women better salaries than men.
  • LinkedIn has announced a new featured called “Open Candidates.” You can set your profile to let recruiters know you’re looking for new job opportunities without tipping off your own company’s recruiters (or affiliated company recruiters). You can indicate the job titles you’re looking for and include a brief introduction.
  • Good news and bad news, from The New York Times: Law students are now almost 50% women, but women graduates start off at a disadvantage.
  • Alison Green of Ask a Manager answers a reader question for New York magazine’s The Cut about a coworker who keeps stealing ideas.
  • The Cut also shares the relaxation techniques of 25 famous women.
  • Little PINK Book tells you “what rich people know about money that you don’t.”
  • Elle asks, “So, What Should Liberal White Women Do Now?”
  • Have you heard the big news yet? Wired reports that Netflix is allowing users to download content to watch offline.
  • The mission of Donate Bigly is “mak[ing] it easy to donate in honor of Trump appointees to awesome organizations fighting for causes like equality, tolerance, and the environment.”

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Frugal Friday: Crimson Floral Jacquard Dress

red-jacquard-work-dressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This is a very well-reviewed dress at Loft. I like how it has a high neckline (like yesterday morning’s dress) as well as sleeves, and it’s in a machine-washable cotton blend. The reviewers really seem to love the fabric of the dress and also the way that they can wear it from desk to dinner — or at this time of year, to office holiday parties. It’s available in regular sizes 00-16 and petite sizes 00-12, and you can get 40% off (no code needed), which brings the price down to $53. Crimson Floral Jacquard Dress

Psst: While you’re there, check out this skirt — it’s a bit on the busy side but I really like it.

Here’s a plus-size dress option that also comes in tall, petite, and regular sizes.

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