Coffee Break: Penelope Flat

Footzyfolds Penelope Flat | CorporetteWe’ve covered foldable flats a few times in the past, so I don’t write about them often, but I definitely use the few pairs I have pretty frequently — I even took some with me to my cousin’s wedding a few months ago as a back-up option. I love the little mesh details and fun colors on these Penelope flats. They’re available in sizes 6-11, for $54.95, at Nordstrom. Footzyfolds Penelope Flat

The Hunt: Strappy Pumps

The Best Strappy Pumps To Wear With Tights | CorporetteSure, 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.

As we approach tights weather, I thought it might be fun to round up some strappy pumps (see also our roundup of t-strap pumps).  Although boots and booties are much more acceptable to wear with tights than they used to be (just for kicks take a look at our 2010 poll on peep-toe booties), the most conservative option is still, I think, pumps or flats, whether with straps or without.  So without further ado… readers, what are your favorite shoes to wear with tights?  Have you made any killer purchases recently (or classics that are still available) that go the distance in terms of comfort and style?

[Read more...]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress

Basler Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I happened to find this black houndstooth dress (and its comps, below) while looking for last week’s Suit of the Week, and I’m kind of obsessed with the crazy mix of black and white houndstooth. We all know I like a good mix of black and white patterns, but this dress by Basler takes it to a new level. It’s $895 at Bloomingdale’s (sizes 34-44). Basler Short Sleeve Houndstooth Dress

Psst: A less expensive crazy option is here (up to size 16), and here’s a more sedate and affordable option (up to size 18). Here’s a plus-size option.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

Weekend Open Thread

Sam Edelman Petty Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

I was sure we’d already featured the Sam Edelman Petty, but was surprised to see that we had instead featured the lookalike from Clarks, Spye Belle. The Petty is a very popular boot at a nice price, and comes in a million different color options — I like the low heel, and in the version pictured, the mix of black suede and almost reddish wood sole and platform. The boot is $130 at Zappos. Sam Edelman Petty

Readers, which are your must-have boots for weekends and evenings these days?  On the flip side, which are your must-have boots for work?

Weekly News Update

News update - Drugstore Beauty Buys | CorporetteLike these posts? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale through our CorporetteDeals Twitter feed.) You can also follow us on Pinterest and Instagram, or by our RSS feed.

  • Lucky rounds up 14 budget-friendly drugstore beauty products for fall.
  • Naomi Alder writes for Medium about working in the tech industry and finding herself playing the stereotypical roles that others expect. And in The New York Times, a geobiology professor writes about the prevalence of sexual assault against female scientists working in the field and how it’s changed the course of her research.
  • Inc. gives you tips on ways to signal power with your body language, voice, and more.
  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains to The New Yorker why she is not planning on retiring anytime soon.
  • Business Insider finds out what nine successful people, like Mark Cuban, Tim Ferriss, and Debbi Fields (the Mrs. Fields), wish they’d known about personal finance in their 20s.
  • The New Yorker has a very honest, heartfelt essay about the writer’s difficult decision whether or not to have children — and the local kids she tries to help in the meantime. New York Magazine gathers some thoughts from famous women — from Margaret Cho to Gloria Steinem — on choosing not to have kids.
  • SheKnows gives advice to a woman whose boyfriend’s controlling ways with money seem to be creating an abusive situation.
  • Jill Lepore at The New Yorker delves into the surprising and fascinating history — and evolution — of Wonder Woman.
  • Which are better for drying your hands, paper towels or hand dryers? Lifehacker tackles this eternal question — and even links to a TEDx talk about the subject. (Spoiler: paper towels are slightly better.)

Did we miss anything? Add ‘em here, or send them to [email protected] Thank you! Also: Are you a mom or mom-to-be? Don’t miss this week’s news update at CorporetteMoms.

Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Silk Tie Neck Blouse

Wyatt Peacock Silk Tie Neck Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Silk blouses are classic items for a working wardrobe, and I’m liking these affordable tie neck ones from Wyatt. The ties actually look good in a bow (as pictured); I’ve often tied them like a men’s tie as well. Lots of colors and sizes left — the blouse was $160, but is $49.50. Wyatt Tie Neck Blouse

Psst: Here’s a plus-size alternative.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]