Wednesday’s TPS Report: One-Button Blazer

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

Vince Camuto Green BlazerI feel like this blazer has been around in seasons past, but this “lush green” color looks fresh to me. (It’s also in cobalt! A beeeyoootiful cobalt! But I’ve posted a lot of cobalt lately, so let’s post the green. It also comes in black.) Green, of course, is harder to wear than cobalt, but I think there are a lot of opportunities — try it with navy, gray, black, even a smidgen of dark purple (hello, purple pumps). If you have a French blue or other light blue blouse, I might try it with that and gray pants for a very springy look. The blazer is $150 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 0-14. Vince Camuto One-Button Blazer

Here’s two more affordable options, as well as several plus-size options.

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Coffee Break: Faux Pearl and Crystal Necklace

Kate Spade Faux Pearl and Crystal NecklaceI’m a fan of the long necklace for simple tops — and this faux pearl and crystal necklace from Kate Spade New York is calling my name. It seems effortlessly chic, feminine and fun. It’s $148 at CUSP. Kate Spade Faux Pearl and Crystal Necklace


Here’s a more affordable option.

P.S. Apologies to all for the super annoying video ads that I seem to be getting every time I refresh the page — we’re working to get them done. For what it’s worth, my longstanding policy is that I NEVER have video or audio ads on here by choice – I understand most people are reading from the office, and stupid video/audio ads are annoying even if you’re not. I just started working with a new banner ad company and we’re apparently having some difficulties. I’ve seen an ad for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter,” and Kate has seen one for Verizon — are there other video ads you guys are seeing? Is it just the sidebar spot below the “Feedly” graphic, or other spots on the page? If you could let me see which other video ads you’ve seen recently, it would be hugely appreciated.  Thank you for your patience!

Joining the Boys’ Club When You’re a Woman

Boys' club at work | CorporetteShould you join the office boys’ club if you’ll be the only woman? What if your male coworkers meet and talk shop outside of work while taking part in an activity — such as tennis or golf — that you don’t even like? Reader K, who works outside of the U.S., wonders:

I have a question regarding the ‘old boy’s club’ at work; my workplace is fairly conservative, with only 15% of the workforce women (although the number is increasing in the younger generation), but quite politically correct and thus nothing seriously sexist or misogynist. My male boss, in his mid-50s, has been fantastic to work with, and as a recruit (from a different company, relocating quite a distance), I’ve been happy with my position and also see potential in the company itself. BUT, after three years, I see that there is a ‘boy’s club’, where they get together and play tennis, have a beer, and get things done. My boss has even suggested that I join the tennis club (playing once a week or so) — but I’ll be the only female and really don’t like tennis. What would you do?

Tough question, K. We’ve talked about networking with older men, dealing with sexist coworkers, and whether or not to pick up the tab at lunch with a group of male partners, but not specifically about this topic. I’d ask myself a few questions first:

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Splurge Tuesday’s TPS Report: Belted Silk Wrap Blouse

Carolina Herrera Belted Silk Wrap Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Hell-o. We’ve seen a ton of iterations of this belted/wrapped blouse combo (some good, some not) — I usually like ‘em all. I do think the key to making it non-bathrobe-like is the emphasis on the waist (or, the flared bit below the belt). The more the waist is emphasized, and the wider the flare is, the more dramatic it looks, and the better. I like that this one is silk, and Carolina Herrera definitely knows feminine but professional blouses. This blouse is $2,290 at Neiman Marcus. Carolina Herrera Belted Silk Wrap Blouse

Here’s an option that’s a bit more affordable; also check out Anne Fontaine.  Here’s a crisp white plus-size option, as well as a silk wrapped blouse in plus sizes.

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Weekend Open Thread

Alexander McQueen Leather Double Skull Cuff | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

First: don’t forget to check out our roundup of MLK-day sales — we’ll update it as we see ‘em!

I’m not really into skulls for the office — but something about this really aggressive scary McQueen cuff is speaking to me for the weekend. I think it would be superchic with, well, anything, from jeans to a cocktail dress. I like this blue leather and silvertone brass version the best (it kind of says “White Walker / Skeletor” to me, but hey), but it’s also available in pink. Alexander McQueen Leather Double Skull Cuff

Here’s a skull bracelet with a lower price tag.


Happy MLK Day! 52 Sales (and Kat’s Top 14)

sales175 punyThere are so many good sales going on right now, ladies — we’ll update them if any new ones arise, but there are so many good ones already going on.  I wanted to bold half the list, but here are my top 14… Updates are in red!

  • – 60% off Coach.
  • All Saints – End of season sale, 50% off all sale lines.
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 70% off sale styles with code STYLE. 60% off sale styles, 40% off full price styles with code SHOPBIG.
  • Anthropologie – Extra 40% off sale items with code EXTRAEXTRA.
  • ASOS – Up to 70% off sale in their end of season boutique.
  • Athleta – 20% off your entire purchase, including sale items, with code ATHLETA20.
  • Bare Necessities – Extra 25% off clearance.
  • Barneys New York – Final markdowns! Up to 75% off clothing, shoes, accessories and more. 
  • Barneys Warehouse – End of season sale, extra 60% off all clearance. (!!)
  • Bergdorf Goodman – The Grand Finale, save up to 75% off.
  • Bloomingdale’s – 5 day weekend sale. Save 25-65%.
  • Bluefly – Winter wow shoe styles, now up to an extra 30% off.
  • Boden – Save an extra 20% off winter clearance.  Ends midnight Monday.
  • Brooks Brothers – Online exclusive, winter clearance event.  Up to 70% off select styles.
  • Club Monaco – 30% off sale and clearance with code SALE2015.
  • CUSP – Final day, $50 off $200 regular-price order with code NEWYEAR.
  • C.WonderClosing sale. Take an extra 75% off your order.
  • DSW – Clearance, up to 50% off women’s boots.
  • DVF – Extra 20% off sale styles with code JAN20.
  • eBags – Winter sale and clearance. Save up to 70%.
  • eShakti – Clearance sale, 40% off.  Introductory offer of 25% off sitewide (ends today).
  • Express – Clearance up to 70% off, plus take an additional 50% off already reduced clearance items. On full price items, $25 off every $75 you spend with code 1042.
  • Halsbrook – Holiday sale, up to 60% off sale.
  • Inhabit – 70% off their fall collection, plus 50% off all holiday styles.
  • J.Crew – Extra 40% off final sale styles, with some at 50% off.  Use code SHOPNOW.
  • J.Crew Factory – Online only – extra 30% off clearance styles with code TICKTOCK.
  • Journelle – Semiannual sale, up to 70% off.
  • Karen Millen – The KM Sale. Extra 20% off, limited time only.
  • Kirna Zabête – Designer sale, save up to 70% off.
  • Land’s End – 20% off your order.
  • Last Call – Extra 50% off cold weather, 40% off boots, and 30% off everything else.
  • The Limited – Save, up to 70% off.  Also, online only, $20 off every $60 you spend.
  • L.K. Bennett – Up to 50% off sale.
  • Loft – Enjoy an extra 60% off all sale styles.
  • Lord & Taylor – Winter break. Up to 75% off clearance with 20% off your savings pass (or 25% with your L&T card).
  • Macy’s – Online exclusive, extra 25% off clearance.
  • Madewell – The Get Cozy Event: Enjoy an extra 30% off all sale styles with code AHHH.
  • Neiman Marcus – up to 65% off.  Plus, final day: take $50 off your select regular-priced qualifying purchase of $200 or more.
  • Net-a-Porter – Final clearance. Extra 20% off sale items now with code 20SALE.
  • New York & Company – The Big Sale! Up to 70% off — plus, $100 off your purchase of $200 or more, $50 off your purchase of $100 or more.
  • Nine West – sale, up to 70% off. Plus, extra 20% off select styles (price as marked).
  • Nordstrom – Thousands of items more than 50% off.
  • The Outnet – Up to 65% off handbags, and an extra 40% off coats and boots.
  • Piperlime – prices up to 75% off.
  • Reiss – Sale, final reductions.
  • Rebecca Taylor – End of season sale, extra 40% off with code FINAL40. .
  • Saks – Final sale, up to 70% off.
  • – Final sale event.  Blowout prices. No promo code needed.  Priced as marked.
  • ShopBop – Tons of stuff up to 70% off.
  • Sierra Trading Post – New Year Inventory Reduction, up to an extra 65% off select items.
  • Talbots – Savings up to 70% off, extra 50% off markdowns, and 30% off regular priced tops.
  • White House | Black Market – end of season sale, up to 70% off.