Coffee Break: Archie Leather Tote

taupe leather tote bagI included this lovely Spencer tote in my classic interview outfit the other day, but this pretty taupe version is calling my name. (The name of the color is “dark mousse frosting” — yes please.) I like the fun interior lining, the multiple interior pockets, the feet, and the pretty envelope-like outside pocket.  It’s on sale right now — it was $428 but is currently marked to $285 (it’ll go back up when the NAS ends). kate spade new york ‘spencer court – archie’ leather tote

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The Busy Woman’s Guide to Using Evernote and Other Note-Keeping Apps

busy woman's guide to using evernoteI don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a zillion tips on how to use Evernote and other note-keeping apps — but all seem geared at freelancers or entrepreneurs.  So we thought we’d do a roundup of some top tips for busy working women, but we want to hear from you guys: DO you use Evernote or a similar system? HOW do you use it, and what are your favorite tips?

A bit of background: Evernote is a web/app-based program that is billed as being a digital brain. You can use it for almost anything: project planning; note-taking; storing and organizing things that can include to-do lists, travel details, grocery lists, and gift lists; and much more. You can organize your notes and other content into notebooks (with or without tags), clip content from ebooks and webpages, send designated types of emails to your account, create checklists and reminders, save images, save PDFs and other files (which become searchable), share content with other people, record audio, take photos and scan documents (e.g., business cards, whiteboard notes, takeout menus, product warranties, receipts), add hand-drawn pictures or handwritten notes, and sync across your devices. Evernote also works with many other applications, like Google Drive (beta), Scanner Pro, IFTTT, Pocket, and DocuSign. You can use Evernote for free (several features plus 60 MB new uploads each month) or choose one of the paid plans.

Of course, other programs are similar to Evernote — and considering the recently-announced price increase, if you want your info synced on more than two devices, now is a great time to be aware of Evernote alternatives as well, such as:

  • OneNote – Lifehacker just did a showdown comparing Evernote and OneNote.
  • Google Keep and Google Drive – Tech Republic recently discussed how to ditch Evernote in favor of Google apps.
  • Some of the functionality but not everything:
    • B-Folders – not very easy to save articles beyond copy/paste, but: very secure, includes contacts, syncs across desktops and Androids; Kat’s written of her love for it for keeping track of various lists.
    • Pinterest – nice way to save articles or recipes for later. Con: it often only works if there’s a picture in the article to pin (since it’s a graphic search engine). Also, you can’t make to-do lists or save things like emails.
    • To-do list apps like Remember the Milk, Wunderlist, Teuxdeux, Todoist, and more.
    • iPhone Notes app – allows you to make buying lists, recipes, and more; can access on your PC through iCloud.
    • Meal planning apps like Pepperplate or Cozi (family scheduling, grocery shopping, recipe keeper and more).

Here are some of our best tips for using Evernote and other similar apps — readers, what are yours?

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Woven Fit & Flare Dress

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

Tahari Fit Flare Dress under $100When I looked through the NAS before for my workwear roundup, I somehow didn’t notice this classic little fit and flare dress from Tahari — but it looks great. I like the high arm holes and graceful neckline, as well as the full lining.  (Do note, though, tthere is an exposed zipper.) The dress is available in black (pictured) and “deep orchid,” regular and petite sizes 4-16 for $91.90 (but the price will go back up to $138 after the sale ends). Tahari Woven Fit & Flare Dress

The dress is also available in plus sizes.

Psst: don’t forget to enter our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale giveaway, which ends tomorrow morning!

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

Suit of the Week: Stretch Weave Suit

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale suitingFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

This affordable black and white suit is calling my name — I love the V-neck collar, hook and eye closures, and stretch fabric. Black and white patterns can be slightly tougher to style than plain old gray, but pastels work well in addition to neutrals like white or black. I may be odd in that personally I don’t like to pair red with a black and white pattern because it seems too ’80s to me, but that’s just me.  Another pro: all pieces are available in regular (0-16) and petites sizes. The jacket (Halogen® ‘Trace’ Stretch Weave Suit Jacket) is $79, and the pants (Halogen® ‘Trace’ Stretch Weave Suit Pants) are $49. The matching skirt (not pictured) is $39. All prices will go back up to $68-$148 after the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends.

The jacket and pants are available in plus sizes as well. 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Giveaway!

NAS giftcard giveaway!The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to everyone on July 22 (although Early Access continues for cardholders now), and I’m really excited about the great sales this year for workwear, shoes, and beyond.  I ALSO happen to have the best readers around (thank you guys!), so I thought I’d run a few little giveaways to help you take advantage of one of the best sales of the year.  I’m going to give away TWO $25o giftcards — and all you have to do to enter is like my Instagram page or my Facebook page!  (You can get additional entries by sharing with a friend, following on Twitter or Pinterest, signing up for our email list, or more.) You can enter one or both of the giveaways! The giveaways end on July 22, so you please act fast if you’d like to enter! 

(You can read the full terms in the contest rules, but please note that these contests are only open to United States citizens over the age of 18.)

Update (7.24): The giveaway is now closed, and both winners have been notified — thank you to everyone who entered!

Option 1: Like the Corporette Instagram feed to enter to win a $250 Nordstrom giftcard!

* This is my first time running a Rafflecopter giveaway, so please bear with me — I think they want you to “log in” via Facebook or email so you can be notified in the event you win — the giveaway is after the “login” page. Please see our Privacy Policy if you have any questions. 

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Previously, on Corporette…

Corp-square-201Travel back in the Corporette time capsule… Here’s what was on our minds oh so many moons ago. 

One year ago…

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