Weekly News Update

Weekly News Update - where to buy glasses onlineLike 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.

  • Lifehacker shares readers’ top five sites for buying eyeglasses. (Kat has also shared her tips on shopping for glasses online.)
  • Alyssa of Runway Chef shares the lighter, summer-friendly beauty products she starts using when hot weather arrives. Do you make your own switches?
  • Who What Wear offers 14 ideas for interview outfits. Their picks tend more toward the business casual side, so you also might want to check out our Guide to Basic Women’s Suiting for more interview-wear tips.
  • BuzzFeed Style introduces you to 18 body-positive style bloggers.
  • The WSJ advises you how to avoid buying something you’ll regret. One hint: beware “sale brain.” Do you have any wish-I-hadn’t-bought-it stories to share?
  • More useful info from Lifehacker: their list of the must-have iPhone apps. Check out their other recommendations (Mac, Android, and more) in the Lifehacker Pack series.
  • Business Insider reveals the differences between the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy regarding views on money (and making more of it).
  • NPR’s blog “The Salt” takes a look at the relationship between food and mood (pumpkin seeds, anyone?). Corporette guest poster Ruth More talked about stress eating in a 2011 post and offered tips to break the habit.

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: Navy Block Piped Dress

Dorothy Perkins Navy Block Piped Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Friday! This lovely navy and white dress (also available in ivory with black piping) looks like something I’ve seen from a much higher price point. The high neckline, the ladylike hem, the non-body-con fit — all are great. It’s $44 at Dorothy Perkins. Dorothy Perkins Navy Block Piped Dress

P.S. Don’t forget — the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the general public today, with prices on NEW merchandise marked down until August 4, when prices will go back up. You can see our early access roundup of workwear/bag/shoe picks here — we’ll do another one today with what’s left! Cardholders who bought with the early access — what did you get?  Any early reviews?

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

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Coffee Break: Metal Hinged Bracelet

Tory Burch fitbitSo: that’s a Fitbit. Where? Right there, on her wrist. It’s part of Tory Burch’s new collaboration with Fitbit. I’m pretty psyched about this, even though I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Fitbit ever since I got the Force rash (while pregnant, too!).  (I now wear a Fitbit Flex but only when I’m going on a walk or run.) The little rubber bracelet is functional, but it sure is ugly — so like I said, I’m really excited about this collaboration. The hinged metal bracelet (pictured) is $195; there are some more affordable silicone bracelets with fun Tory Burch patterns and colors on them (for $38). There’s also a hinged pendant necklace for the Flex. Tory Burch for Fitbit Metal Hinged Bracelet

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Guest Post: Tips for Traveling Solo

How to Travel Solo | CorporetteSolo travel – have you ever done it? We’ve talked about how to plan a vacation and how to take vacation time without making yourself crazy, but we haven’t really discussed traveling alone as a woman. Particularly considering some folks may be in the midst of planning bar trips right now, I thought we’d discuss. Today’s solo-travel tips come  from one of my best friends since college, who we’ve called Auntie M when she’s guest posted in the past (taking a week of TPS reports in 2011 and another earlier this year, as well as sharing her experiences with freezing her eggs). Welcome back, Auntie M! – Kat

Hi there. I’m writing this from Madagascar, where I’m working on a documentary on a traveling French brass band.  Since I’ve started traveling, it’s really been a trip – I’ve lost my luggage for five days, found weird (huge!) bugs in my clothing, and gotten super sick from eating who knows what. My point is, when you travel, things will happen that will surprise you, even when you’ve passed the point where you think you can still be surprised. And your ability to cope with these things will also surprise you. And travel — yes, even solo travel — can be fun. Like, a lot of fun. With some good preparation, a friendly attitude, a commitment to let go of some of your neuroses (seriously, leave that sleep-sheet behind, princess) and to never, ever panic, you can be ready to take on the world. Below are some tips and tricks. Safe travels, everyone!

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Tailored Peplum Jacket

Topshop Tailored Peplum JacketOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Topshop isn’t a brand I usually think of for workwear, but I’m loving not one but two blazers from them, both at Nordstrom: this lovely peplum jacket (available in four colors, pictured in grey) and this other open-front blazer. Both are really reasonably priced ($96 and $90, respectively) and they look hip and easy to style. Topshop Tailored Peplum Jacket

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

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Suit of the Week: ASOS

ASOS Crepe Suit | CorporetteFor 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.

Everyone seemed to really love the color of the Escada suit from a few weeks ago, including me — so when I saw this (much) less expensive version from hip retailer ASOS I had to pass it along. Love that bright pink! As of this writing it’s available in sizes 1-14, with matching ankle pants. For work, I’d wear it as styled, with a gray skintight croptop — ha, just kidding! I do like the gray, though — I think it does a better job of muting the pink (as would a cream or a beige); I’d worry a black or white would just make it pop. I might try it with orange or red accessories if I were having fun, or a single metal color to complement my shirt. For some reason I’m seeing silver with a gray shirt, and gold with a cream/beige top. (Ooh: if I were wearing the blazer as a separate this would be a great time to dress in different textures of the same color, like gray.) The blazer (ASOS Blazer In Crepe With Slim Lapel) is $85.74, and the pants (ASOS Cigarette Pants) are $47.64.

 

 

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