I’ve been ogling these sophisticated light brown T-strap peep-toes from Brooks Brothers for a few weeks. I like the mixed leathers (suede and patent), the 3″ heel with .25″ platform, and the sale: the heel was $228, but is now $91. (Brooks Brothers is a reader favorite for comfortable heels, so their shoe sale might be worth checking out in general — lots of work-appropriate pieces and good prices.) The pictured T-straps also come in black. Brooks Brothers Suede Peep Toe T-Strap
Should you manage men differently than women? We’ve talked about becoming a boss, delegating work, motivating a lazy secretary, and whether you should be friends with staffers — but not this particular topic. I’m honored to welcome Anna Runyan of Classy Career Girl to the blog — a new mama herself (congrats!), Anna is a leadership coach for ambitious women, and the author of the new book, The Professional Woman’s Guide to Managing Men. Welcome, Anna! – Kat. (Pictured: World’s Best Boss, originally uploaded to Flickr by Kumar Appaiah.)
As an overachieving chick, you are bound to have the challenge of managing men at work. You might be worried about coming across as too strong, aggressive, or bitchy. You might not be confident in yourself because you don’t really understand men. You might be uncomfortable around the men you work with. I know I was.
For eight years I worked in a male-dominated work environment and I quickly found out that understanding men was the key to getting promoted. Once I learned how to manage both genders successfully, I finally started getting ahead.
Here are the keys I found to successfully manage men at work:
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, stripes aren’t typically my thing, but I really like the white/navy/lime colors of this skirt, and the interesting diagonal details, and the two front slits. It strikes me as preppy and fun, but professional and kind of effortless. It was $225 but is on sale at Bloomingdale’s for $157. Ted Baker Tijana Stripe Skirt
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If you’re looking for some fun shoes to perk up your summer work wardrobe, there’s a great sale going on at Sole Society right now (mostly final sales, alas). There are a ton of of classic styles in numerous colors, with many enthusiastic, glowing reviews. We actually have another sponsored post from the brand coming up next week, but because the crazy sale going on right now only goes through Tuesday, I wanted to post something now! I’m MOST in love with the shoes pictured at left (they’re even bigger below the jump), but there are so many choices just from the sale section it’s hard to narrow it down. The beige pump at top (Yasmin) comes in three other colors and is currently marked to $15 from $50, the black polka dot flat (Kirby) comes in EIGHT other colors, has 59 positive reviews and is marked to $18 from $60, and the cobalt blue pump (Alexandra) also comes in black and lavender, and is marked to $28, down from $70 (and is sadly out of my size — I think I’m going to cry). Bigger pictures and more picks from the sale below (the sale prices are not reflecting on hover for some reason — but most of the prices come down to $20-$30). I’m mostly in love with the shoes but they have jewelry, bags, hats, scarves, and more.
This little friendly brass elephant strikes me as the perfect thing to give some personality to your office, as well as to help you keep some tiny things — paperclips, perhaps — organized. (Or, if you take your earring(s) off for long phone calls, you can always keep them here when you’re not wearing them.) I like the elephant the best, but the bowl is also available as a pig and a dachshund at $88 and $118, respectively. The elephant bowl is $88 at ShopBop. (Also adorable from Jonathan Adler: this set of canisters labeled SECRETS, WHITE LIES, and GLITTER, sold separately.) Jonathan Adler Elephant Bowl
Your personal style is made up of many preferences and habits — your work style vs. your off-the-clock style, how conservative or edgy your wardrobe is, the accessories you choose to complement your look, your opinions on what’s office-friendly and what isn’t, and the styles/colors/trends that you’ve decided you just don’t wear, ever.
Many moons ago, I had a purple t-shirt with a teensy flower stuck on it, right at the base of the jewel neck. I was in college — and wearing primarily black — and one of my new best friends (ah, freshman year) took one look at me in the shirt and said, “WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? YOU DON’T WEAR FLOWERS!” At the time, the comment really irked me — I hated that it was such a blanket statement, and I hated feeling pigeon-holed. Like I was giving up my right to wear flowers simply because I primarily wore something else all the time.