Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Zip-Front Perforated Peplum Jacket

Akris Punto Zip-Front Perforated Peplum Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m not a beige girl, but I LOVE this cool perforated peplum blazer from Akris Punto — so lovely. It looks cool (both physically and in vibe), rich, and on trend. It’s $1590, alas (at which point, hey, just spend the extra $390 to get the matching skirt and you have a suit!). Akris Punto Zip-Front Perforated Peplum Jacket

Here’s a (much) lower-priced version and a plus-size option.

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Weekend Open Thread

OluKai Unahi SandalsSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

As someone who logged many miles in my Reefs with arch support, I was intrigued to see readers singing the praises of the OluKai flip flops recently, as I hadn’t heard of the brand. They look great for that commute to or from work (with your heels either in your bag or at the office), or out and about with friends on the weekends. What are your favorite brands of “fancy” flip flops, ladies? These OluKai Unahi are $70 at Zappos. OluKai Unahi Sandals

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Weekly News Update

weekly news update - shirtdressesLike 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.

  • The Guardian sings the praises of the shirtdress.
  • Lifehacker shares five useful price-tracking tools.
  • Above the Law lists four common mistakes associates make.
  • The Wall Street Journal, clearly not fooling around, sought advice from NASA on dealing with a too-hot or too-cold office.
  • The New York Times has a piece about the reasons for and consequences of rudeness at work — and an essay about why so many of us apologize so much.
  • Gretchen Rubin has good nighttime advice for those of us who reach a point when we’re too tired to watch TV or go online: Go to bed.
  • The New York Times reports that more than 5,000 women have complained about serious problems with Essure implants (which provide permanent birth control without surgery) and the FDA has scheduled a public meeting this fall.
  • Fortune looks at a new study that showed many people — about 40% of those surveyed — don’t know their spouse’s salary.
  • Here’s your Laugh of the Week: McSweeney’s provides some wisdom for your early 20s, which people of any age can take to heart.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Cotton Windowpane Lawn Shirt

Brooks Brothers Cotton Windowpane Lawn Shirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

There are a lot of great deals to be had at Brooks Brothers right now, including this lovely “lawn shirt” — it’s the perfect white top that isn’t a blouse or tee. I like the crispness of it, and think it would look great tucked into a navy suit. I also like it untucked, though; I get a bit of a ’50s vibe from it and would wear it untucked with cropped ankle pants and flats. The top is marked down to $32, and is available in sizes 2-12. Brooks Brothers Cotton Windowpane Lawn Shirt

Here is one (slightly more casual) alternative that goes up to size 14/16 and another that’s available in sizes up to 22/24.

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Coffee Break: Crystal Quartz Huggie Earrings

Rebecca Taylor Crystal Quartz Huggie Earring | CorporetteOooh: I have not really focused on Melissa Joy Manning jewelry before, although I’ve certainly heard her name — but now I’m obsessed. She has a ton of delicate, delicate hoops and huggies, my favorite for work. (My theory: it’s really uncomfortable to talk on a phone with a post earring, and bigger earrings run the risk of being inappropriate for work. If you have a conference call you can plan to take your earring off, but then you run the risk of losing your earring…) Anyhoo: these lovely recycled-metal and crystal “hug hoop earrings” look modern and delicate, perfect for work. They’re $150 at RebeccaTaylor.com. (Pro tip: They often have steep sales with additional discounts offered only to their email list, so if you like Rebecca Taylor or these earrings, consider signing up.) Rebecca Taylor Crystal Quartz Huggie Earrings

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Feeling Jealous of a Younger Colleague

Feeling Jealous of a Younger ColleagueWhat should you do if you’re feeling envious of a colleague who’s younger than you, seemingly unappreciative of the opportunity you’re giving her, and also — in your opinion — inappropriately flirty at networking events? Reader J wonders:

I’m a 40 yr old business development manager at an engineering firm. I’ve formed a group of female colleagues that helps with networking and business that’s getting notice in my city (like a Stiletto Mafia). A few months ago one of the key ladies in my group invited my junior engineer in my firm to join.

This engineer is funny and smart but also a gorgeous 24 yr old. Now I am torn between wanting to be a mentor and jealousy. I am jealous that she has access to this group of high powered ladies that are my friends and doesn’t seem to grateful that I’m including her. This engineer also occasionally helps with networking. It’s frustrating to attend a business event while these men are flirting with her. She isn’t overt, but she is aware of her looks and plays them up.

I’d like to drop her from the group and ask her to focus on current clients vs networking. Am I being a hypocrite?

I think you’re being honest, Reader J — a lot more than most people would be in person. I don’t think this is unusual, though; I think a lot of younger women alienate good mentors by being too entitled (like the reader who expected her boss to help her network) or arrogant at work, or, here, too focused on other parts of life like flirting. (We have offered some tips in the past on how to network with older women that may help younger readers here!)

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