Coffee Break: Small Square Stud Earrings

Pink Earrings: Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings  These bright stud earrings come in a zillion colors, and I like how they bring a healthy dose of color to your face while still staying small and pretty discreet. There are 13 colors to chose from in flat colors, and seven more in glitter colors, if that’s your jam. They’re $38 at Bloomingdale’s. Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings


Dining Etiquette: 10 Things to Know About Business Lunches

dining etiquetteHot on the heels of our discussion about how not to gain weight over the summer recruiting season, we thought we’d round up some of the readers’ top tips on dining etiquette, collected from our last discussion on the topic. Ladies, what is your top tip for dining etiquette? What etiquette mistakes do you see interns and summer associates making that you wish you could correct, and what mistakes did you make? 

  1. Don’t be the odd one out. To prevent awkward situations, e.g., ending up as the only person eating an appetizer while everyone waits for you to finish so they can have their entrees, feel free to ask your colleagues if they’re planning on ordering an app or starting with a main course. If they don’t order drinks, don’t order a drink. And, although it probably goes without saying, don’t make a habit of choosing the most expensive thing on the menu.
  2. Choose wisely. This classic advice is worth sharing: Don’t order something that’s hard to eat and/or likely to be messy.
  3. Avoid appearing “high-maintenance.” When you order, don’t ask too many questions of the server (remember that waitress scene in “When Harry Met Sally“?), and don’t make a zillion modifications to your meal.
  4. Don’t make a big deal about special dietary requirements. Meaning: a few questions or exclusions are fine — a 15 minute interrogation on different menu options isn’t. Check out our posts on eating gluten-free or being the only vegetarian at a business lunch where there’s nothing you can eat for more guidance. If you need to make a game plan, consider calling the restaurant ahead of time with your questions (so that you don’t have to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining your requirements and ordering your food).

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Duchess Blazer

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

smythe duchess blazerSmythe’s popular Duchess blazer has been around for years, but I haven’t seen this army green color before. I like it as styled, with all white, but if you’re a fan of whites, beiges, browns, army green looks great with those softer colors — it can also look great with a pop of light pink or another pastel, particularly when worn with a darker neutral like navy or black. The blazer is $595 at Shopbop. SMYTHE Duchess Blazer

I like this slightly more affordable military green blazer, as well as this similar plus-size blazer.

Psst: if you’re curious about the dress we accidentally posted first this morning, here are details on the original post from April.

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Weekend Open Thread

Weekend Top: Bobeau Off the Shoulder Top Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

There are plenty of hot mama off-the-shoulder tops out there right now (like this one, which I like enough that I nearly posted it for the Weekend Open Thread). Still, if you don’t feel like Spanxing it up, this more relaxed look is still on-trend and date-appropriate — but a lot more comfortable if you’re just running errands or going to a friend’s dinner party. As always, hooray for hand-wash-cold instructions and for $48 trendy tops. Bobeau Off the Shoulder Top


Psst: note that Nordstrom is having a Designer Clearance event! Some great options include:

nordstrom designer clearance

t-shirt / scoop back rib knit top / tie front rib knit top / wool sheath dress


Weekly News Update

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  • Fashionista talks to Mindy Kaling and the costume designer for “The Mindy Project” (who’s also Kaling’s sometime red-carpet stylist).
  • Racked brings you a thorough guide to online swimsuit shopping.
  • Vice looks at a new report that ranked 40 major fashion companies on the transparency of their supply chains that found that “40 percent of the companies analyzed don’t appear to have systems to monitor whether they are compliant with labor standards.” Companies that were ranked low include Prada, Fendi, Hermès, and in last place, Chanel. (Have you checked out our slow fashion shopping guide yet?)
  • The Wall Street Journal talked to 25 male CEOs about how they manage work-life balance.
  • The Muse reviews five soft skills that can help you succeed in any field and gives you five tips to brighten up your desk or office.
  • Quartz introduces you to Bullet Journal, a new and popular productivity method that just uses pen and paper, while The Everygirl recommends eight online tools to help you get more organized.
  • Stephen R. Williams writes for Above the Law about firing employees, and for those who haven’t gotten that far in their careers yet, Above the Law also shares advice for people heading to law school.
  • The executive women’s editor at The Huffington Post writes, “Love or hate or feel totally ambivalent about Hillary Clinton, this is a historic moment.”
  • The Huffington Post shares a guide (from a few months ago, but still relevant) on contacting your elected representatives about reducing gun violence, including a sample letter. (Here’s a chart on how your senators recently voted on background checks.) If you’re still feeling helpless and are looking for something to do/read, see this post from Wonkette to follow Mr. Rogers’ advice and look for the helpers, or make an appointment to donate blood in your community. (Sure, it probably won’t go to Orlando, but you’ll still be helping someone in need.)

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Pointelle Cardigan

Work Cardigan: White House | Black Market Pointelle Cardigan  Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

A friend wrote in to personally recommend this cardigan, noting “I know you love a good cardigan, and this one is a lovely color, nice fit (3/4 sleeve), and is marked down to $30. Reviews: 3.6 stars, but some of the bad reviews complain about the color (which matched mine, so perhaps they fixed the website color?) and say it is boxy, which it certainly isn’t.” Ooooooh, love. Love! Of course I love the color, but the shape is perfect; the exact shape I was talking about disappearing on our last guide to different cardigan types. White House | Black Market Pointelle Cardigan

A couple of plus-size options are here and here.

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