Celebrate Business Women’s Day with Last Call

last-call-friends-family-saleThis post is sponsored by Neiman Marcus Last Call, where they just started their Friends & Family sale, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Did you guys know that today is Business Women’s Day? Fun fact: The first American Business Women’s Day was sponsored by the American Business Women’s Association in 1982. It was recognized by Congressional Proclamation in 1983 and 1986. (Source.) In honor of the holiday, Neiman Marcus Last Call asked me to take a look at some of their business fashion picks for women. If you’re not familiar with Last Call, they have some killer deals on both affordable brands as well as more splurgey brands (hello, Donna Karan on deep discount!) — and a ton of great outfits for the office. Luckily for you guys, they also have a great Friends & Family sale going on right now — through September 25th, you can take an extra 40% off everything with your NM Credit card and code FRIEND40; or take 30% off everything with any other form of payment.  (Note that it excludes clearance, estate jewelry, fragrances, Godiva, Gorski furs, Tom Ford, merchandise more deeply discounted, NM new arrival merchandise, and special events.) I especially like that the 30% off sale prices are marked on each product.

Some general brands where they have a TON of workwear stuff includes: Theory, Lafayette 148 New York, Vince, Joie, Cinzia Rocca Due, and Vince Camuto (tons of VC Plus).

On the jewelry side of things their Alexis Bittar collection is so good I had to stop writing the post midway through to buy a gold and black necklace (last one left!) — I also like their Majorica and Kendra Scott collections. On the weekend side of things I love to stock up on Splendid, James Perse, Current/Elliott, and Rag & Bone.

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Coffee Break: Wool & Cashmere Scarf

tissue-weight-woolThis wool and cashmere scarf has been a hit for Nordstrom for years — it comes out every season, and is currently available in over 30 colors (including three different shades of teal! and two colors on sale).  At 29″ x 75″ it’s nice and big, and the 70% wool/30% cashmere blend means it’s strong and warm, but also soft.  I like it worn as a regular scarf, as shown here, but at 29″ wide it can be a wrap to a dress or a shawl around a blazer; if bad weather is threatening it can also be a makeshift hood/headscarf (think Grace Kelley/Audrey Hepburn). It’s $99 at Nordstrom. Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

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6 Things to Have on Hand When You’re Sick at Work

6 Things to Have on Hand When You're Sick at WorkWe all know we shouldn’t go to work when we’re sick. But whether you’re a presidential candidate or have a more typical career, most of us do it anyway. (Note: Here I’m referring to the average Corporette reader with full-time benefits; the millions of Americans without paid sick leave don’t have much choice about whether to stay home and rest.) Maybe you have a conference or special event to attend, a big scheduled presentation to give, or a meeting to lead, and you just can’t avoid being sick at work. We haven’t talked about tips for going to work while ill in quite a while, so we thought it was time to revisit. (Disclaimer: Of course, please don’t take this post as medical advice.)

In the past we’ve also talked about shaking hands when you’re sick, what to do when you think you’re coming down with a cold and ways to get over a coldhow to deal with many medical appointments, and how to explain an embarrassing illness.

First of all, here’s some information from an actual doctor on determining whether you’re too sick for the office. But if you need to go in no matter what, here are six things that can help you handle being sick at work (besides the age-old advice our mothers have given us since we were kids):

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Stripe Structured Flounce Top

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

j-crew-nordstrom-peplum-stripesI was surprised recently when I realized how many J.Crew pieces Nordstrom carries — they’d carried sister brand Madewell pieces for a while, but I hadn’t seen J.Crew stuff there before in any great numbers. (Although Net-a-Porter has sold J.Crew stuff for years! It’s also interesting to note that this top isn’t available at JCrew.com.) This top struck me as fun for both the workweek and the weekend — I love the bits where the stripes go in different directions (the peplum flounce, the cuff on the sleeves), and it seems like a nice crisp navy, if that makes sense — perfect for wearing with black, as pictured.  It’s $59, still available in sizes M-XL. J.Crew Stripe Structured Flounce Top

Looking for something similar in plus sizes? City Chic and Eloquii both have a ton of options.

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

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Suit of the Week: Vince Camuto

tweed-suit-vince-camuto-429x225pxFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Oooh: hello. This tweed suiting (with just a touch of stretchy elastane) looks awesome over at Nordstrom — I love the fall-friendly charcoal color, as well as the flattering peplum and collar. The pants are fitted ankle pants; the matching skirt has an interesting lace hem (but know your office!) — and if you want a really modern look, there’s a belted vest in a matching fabric that does look pretty cool with the pants. I especially like how the pieces look great together but are strong enough to wear as separates. The jacket (Vince Camuto Tweed Peplum Blazer) is $159, and the skirt (Vince Camuto Tweed Skinny Ankle Pants) are $99; both pieces are available in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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Previously, on Corporette…

Corp-square-201Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago. 

One year ago…

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