Coffee Break: Cookie Cards

LOVE this idea - you can gift single cookies and personalize them as thank you/birthday gifts!Oooh: in my latest “things I’ve learned from the readers” column, it’s that there are totally awesome single cookies you can send to someone for less than $6 (and personalize it for just a few bucks more). (Here’s the recent comment thread about it.) What a great way to make someone else’s day and go the extra mile when “nothing” is inadequate as a gesture/action to express your thanks/love/affection… but an official note/gift is too much. Lots of options, and they come with a $5 off card so whoever gets the cookie can pass the good vibes along. Cookie Cards

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5 Things Every Woman Over 40 Should Have in Her Office

I just saw a ridiculous article on MSN entitled “20 things every man over 40 should have in his office” — and while there are some good suggestions, it seems the author wrote the article based on Gordon Gekko alone. (A bespoke couch? An amazing chess set? Really?) So I thought we could do a fun, equally ridiculous roundup of things we think every stereotypical, cartoony executive woman over 40 should have in HER office. Here are my top 5 things…

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Fringe Trim Open Jacket

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I always thing of IRO as having amazing leather jackets, but this fringe-trim open jacket is really nice too, and I like the dark red “grenadine” color. It’s made from a cotton-rich knit, which is great for this time of year, and the few reviews it has so far are positive. It’s $380 at Nordstrom. Fringe Trim Open Jacket

For something more affordable, try these options: Elie TahariClub Monaco, or Shoptiques. For plus sizes, ASOS has a boucle jacket that goes up to size 22 (well, 24, but that size is sold out), and Talbots has another option.

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Weekend Open Thread

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Whoa. This is probably the oddest “must have that” feeling I’ve had in a while, but I really, really, really love these sexy sandals from Rupert Sanderson. Love the color. Love the “shooting star” detail. But: don’t love the price… the “tweed/leather upper”… or the 3.5” height. Hmmn. The pair is, er, $775 at Zappos (where the same brand has a similar blue tweed flat that’s far more practical for work/life). Rupert Sanderson Starfire

Looking for something more affordable? These dark green sandals are only $89 and are still pretty awesome.

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Weekly News Update

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  • Glamour shares Reese Witherspoon’s pep talk for all women: “If you are one of those people who has that little voice in the back of her mind saying, ‘Maybe I could do [fill in the blank],’ don’t tell it to be quiet. Give it a little room to grow, and try to find an environment it can grow in.”
  • The BBC quotes a woman CEO as saying, “Being a brunette helps me to look a bit older and I needed that, I felt, in order to be taken seriously.”
  • PopSugar Beauty provides a roundup of all 40 shades of foundation in Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty makeup line.
  • The Washington Post reports on Nordstrom’s new concept: a clothing store with no clothes, the first of which will open in West Hollywood next month.
  • Man Repeller offers alternatives to thongs to reduce the dreaded visible panty line.
  • Inc. explains why you should make your case for a raise before Oct. 1.
  • LifeHacker suggests when it comes to mansplaining at work, “maintain a professional tone and approach the problem head on. Firmly explain what the issue is, and offer a solution on how to solve it.”
  • Ivy Exec shares how you can take advantage of recent updates to LinkedIn.
  • The New York Times has video from a panel discussion at the inaugural Women in the World Canada Summit, including attorney Lisa Bloom’s legal and media strategy that ended in Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox News earlier this year.
  • Huffington Post reports that Busy Phillips shared her hospital experience on Instagram after she suffered from extreme pain that was caused by a twisted ovary (video autoplays).
  • Wired recommends avoiding security risks with your smartphone and other devices by turning off Bluetooth when you’re not using it.
  • Laugh of the Week: The Onion offers a look at the new T.J. Maxx website that makes you feel like you’re actually in their stores. (Thanks to Wardrobe Oxygen for sharing this one.)

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: 7th Ave Colorblock Sheath Dress

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I spied this colorblock sheath dress in the window at New York & Company recently, and it looks like a great dress if you’re looking for something that’s bold but easy to mute with a blazer or cardigan in darker color like burgundy, dark purple, or black. (It also comes in a green combination.) It has a hidden back zip and is machine washable, it’s available in sizes XS-XL, and it’s getting great reviews. The dress is affordable, too — it was $70 but right now is 30% off, bringing it to $49. 7TH Ave Colorblock Sheath Dress

Eloquii has a plus-size option.

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