Coffee Break: Magnetic Running Pocket

Running Pouch: RooSport 2.0 Magnetic Running PocketIf you, like me, are always looking for some place to put your stuff when you go to the gym or go for a run, then do consider these RooSport running pouches. The idea is that it adds a pocket to athletic shorts where there is no pocket. I haven’t tried one yet, but I think I’m going to have to pull the trigger — I don’t mind walking or running with my keys and iPhone in my hand, but when I go to the gym I’m constantly losing my stuff as I move from one weights area to another. There are a bunch of different types; they’re all under $30 at Amazon. RooSport 2.0 Magnetic Running Pocket

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The Hunt: Comfortable Ballet Flats

comfortable ballet flats for work roundupSure, 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.

We’ve talked a lot about flats over the years, but I don’t think we’ve ever done a major roundup of the most comfortable ballet flats for work.  So ladies, let’s hear it — which are your favorites? What are your favorite ways to break in a new pair of flats, or make them more comfortable for your feet? (As someone with narrow heels I’m always adding these heel pads.) Although rounded toes have come really far for work, I still think the best flat for work is one that has a bit of a point to it, in a durable leather, preferably with a rubber sole or rubber heel for comfort and grip. I know some people hate the look of patent leather flats, but I don’t mind them, particularly in a tumbled patent leather (like the Calvin Klein flat pictured below) or a color other than black, like a nice gray. We’ve rounded up some of the best-selling, highest rated styles below — which brands and styles are your favorite?

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Felted Cashmere Wrap Coat

Cashmere Coat: Donna Karan Felted Cashmere Wrap CoatOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This cashmere felted wrap coat in blush looks Olivia Pope-worthy, and perfect for chilly spring weather for years to come. I love the wide belt, and — hello, sale! It was $3300, but is now on sale for $1700ish. Donna Karan Felted Cashmere Wrap Coat

Two lower-priced options for wrap coats are here and here, and here’s a plus-size alternative.

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

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Weekend Open Thread

Chunky Heel Sandals: Splendid JaylaSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

These block heel sandals look kind of perfect — I love the thick straps that give them a bit of an edge. They’re $158 at Zappos. Splendid Jayla Sandal

Two lower-priced options are here and here.

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Weekly News Update

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  • Fashionista reviews some of the latest lip glosses, and Racked offers advice on removing eye makeup.
  • Amanda Peet writes for Lenny about caring about your appearance while accepting some signs of aging (without turning to things like Botox).
  • Fountain of 30 rounds up several root concealer sprays to cover up the gray.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut separates fact from fiction about the size of your pores and what you can do about it.
  • A former investment banker and in-house counsel writes for Above the Law on how to leave the legal field in 21 steps.
  • The Muse gives advice on dealing with a job you hate — before you’re able to leave.
  • Fast Company tells you “Why You Should Evaluate Job Offers Like An Investor” (and how to do it).
  • Fusion looks at how women have been body hacking for years — for example, getting IUDs — while other, often male, instances of the practice are seen as new and groundbreaking.
  • Lifehacker shares tips for stopping a night of heavy drinking from ruining your sleep that night.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, The New Yorker tells you how to prolong the magic of your wedding day. One more: Alexandra Petri explains in The Washington Post the perks of holding the Woman Card.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ponte Flare Long Dress

Belted Dress: Uniqlo Ponte Flare Long DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Uniqlo has a number of cute dresses right now, including this ponte flare dress. (Do check out their seersucker dresses too, though, especially for summer.) I like the simple look of this one — it seems more minimal (or elegant or some such) than the usual ponte dresses we see at this price point. The dark green is nice (try it with light gray, beige, white and navy, or even pale lavender to make it more springy), but the dress is also available in white, gray, and black. It’s $39.90 at Uniqlo, well-reviewed, and available in sizes XS-L. Uniqlo Ponte Flare Long Dress

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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

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