Tuesday’s TPS Report: Mehira Linen Blazer (and Deal Alert!)

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Deal Alert: Saks Friends & Family Sale This fun leopard blazer first caught my eye over at Zappos, but for once Saks has the best price — not only is it marked from $298 to $238, but it’s eligible for their Friends and Family sale, so the price comes down to $178. (They also have it in a pale pink “mink” and a creamy “porcelain.”) I like the mix of linen and leopard print — it seems fun but also like a versatile basic. The Mehira cut seems to be a Joie classic (although some have buttons and some do not) — they have it in a “caviar” print at Nordstrom, and there are very limited sizes of other solid colors (navy, black) around the web. Off Fifth has a chambray linen version marked down to $130.89. Ladies, what else do you like to buy at Saks during their F&F sales? Joie Mehira Linen Blazer

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Coffee Break: Btalia Satchel

Steve Madden Btalia SatchelIt isn’t surprising that I like this bag: it’s clearly inspired by the Balenciaga bags that I’ve been drooling over for many moons. I normally don’t like things that are so clearly “inspired by,” but for $65-$88, it’s hard to say that it isn’t a great way to at least “try” the style. I like the fun colors it comes in (Zappos has a ton for $88; Macy’s also has a bunch but on sale for $65). Note that it is a pretty big satchel — 14″ wide at the bottom, 11″ tall, and 4″ deep. Steve Madden Btalia Satchel


Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

Gifts for Administrative Professionals | CorporetteAlthough Wednesday is officially Administrative Professionals Day, it’s been spreading into a weeklong affair for a few years now.  Readers, what are you getting your administrative professionals to celebrate?  Some past reading for you: we’ve taken polls on administrative professionals day gifts before, talked about how and what to delegate to your assistant, and swapped stories of amazing assistants (Pictured: It’s Your Day Bouquet® Thank You, available at 1-800-Flowers for $39-$49.)

For my $.02: in my BigLaw experience, this day and week paled in comparison to the year-end assistant’s gift, and a card + flowers presentation from the numerous people sharing a secretary was more than fine.  As we noted in our last poll, the vast majority of people gave less than $50.  Don’t discount the floral/balloon display as part of the gift, though — I’ve always thought that part of this holiday is about broadcasting to the world (and your higher ups) that YES, you remembered the holiday, and YES, you are capable of ordering flowers for your assistant without his or her assistance.

Readers, how much are you spending on your administrative assistant or secretary this week (cash plus gift)? What gift are you getting him or her?  In general, what kind of things do you delegate to your assistant?


Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Claudette Mayfair Jacket

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Claudette Mayfair JacketHappy Monday! The outfit here is not my favorite, but I do like that sharp-shouldered tweed jacket and the nice green. I’d wear it with lavender or a nice dark purple or navy. It’s part of some good sales going at Steven Alan — the blazer was $925 but is now marked to $462. Claudette Mayfair Jacket

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Weekend Open Thread

WHBM Stripe Knit Moto JacketSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Happy weekend!  This stripe knit moto jacket looks like a lot of fun — the different panels, the princess seams, the snap-down lapels… all very cool.  It’s available in regular (almost totally sold out) and petite sizes for $140.   WHBM Stripe Knit Moto Jacket


Weekly News Update

Great Stores for Wear-to-Work Clothes | 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, Instagram, or by our RSS feed.

  • Think it’s harder to find quality workwear lately? You’re not alone, as Fashionista’s Lauren Sherman writes; however, she managed to round up seven retailers (offering a range of prices) who are still go-to sources for professional pieces. P.S. Don’t miss the quotes from Kat!
  • While comfortable heels for work do exist, some well-known actresses are kissing high heels goodbye, according to The Huffington Post. Have any of you sworn them off, too?
  • The Atlantic looks at how women may be holding themselves back because of a lack of confidence in their abilities and qualifications; for example, many of us won’t apply for a job unless we meet the listed requirements 100%. (Does that sound like you, or do you just go for it?)
  • Forbes compares women in corporate careers and women who are entrepreneurs and also touches on a few points from What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know by Joan C. Williams and Rachel Dempsey.  Meanwhile, The Washington Post has a piece from one of the authors about how women are all too often stuck with “office housework.”
  • The NYT ponders women who are trying to reclaim “words that smear” — such as, you know, “ladylike.”
  • PopSugar Smart Living give you tips on dealing with six common types of “difficult” coworkers. (Here on Corporette we’ve talked about micro-managing bosses, hostile mentors, and sexist jerks, just to name a few.)
  • We all know that women typically live longer than men, but what does that mean for your life right now? NPR recently spoke to Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn Colvin about women and retirement planning.
  • Speaking of living longer, Hungry Girl offers several useful tips on lowering the sodium in your diet.

In Corporette news:  stay tuned next week for a BIG announcement!  (I’m psyched!)

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