Emergency Preparedness — What’s Smart, What’s Crazy?

Emergency Preparedness Plans | CorporetteAre you prepared for various emergencies?  When do you think emergency preparedness crosses the line from smart to crazy?  We joked the other day about “Nine Ways to Prepare your Office for a Zombie Attack,” but that got me thinking — I’ve read a ton of advice lately about emergency preparedness plans for situations you never want to be in, and while some of it is a bit out there, most of it I’m glad to have read. Maybe it’s the former lifeguard in me (or the mama) but it calms me in a weird way to know what to do and have a plan of attack, and I often find myself discussing it with my husband afterwards, teaching him what I’ve learned. Maybe I’m crazy, but it seems like there are more and more of these stories, too. (For what it’s worth, we have had a serious discussion on here about the best self-defense tips for women.)  Ladies, do you like these stories? Or do you think it’s crazy prep for the paranoid?  (After all: may none of us ever have to use any of this knowledge!)

These are some of the stories that I’ve read and thought were really helpful — have any to add?

  • What To Do If You Fall On the Subway Tracks [Gothamist]
  • How to Stay Safe If You’re Caught in a Mass Shooting [Lifehacker]
  • How to Survive a Plane Crash [Smarter Travel, via Huffington Post]
  • How to Survive a Fall Through the Ice [Lifehacker]

Another fun topic: what emergency supplies do you keep in your homes? [Read more...]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Rimini Tailored Dress

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

Reiss Rimini DressI’ve said before that I think light gray pants are even more versatile than white pants for spring and summer, and this light gray sheath dress looks amazing for the same purposes — you can wear it with a pop of color (pastel or bright in spring, and start introducing darker reds and olives in late August and September as you get excited about fall) or neutrals (navy, black, white). I love the seaming, and I think the cap sleeves look perfect for a summer blazer or cardigan. The dress is $360 (and does have matching pants and a blazer). Reiss Rimini Tailored Dress

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Weekend Open Thread

J.Crew Linen Cubist print teeSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

J.Crew has some decent sales going on this weekend — take an extra 30% off sale items, an extra 50% off final sale items, and they have a ton of “weekend-ready basics” marked 25% off. For the weekend, I like this linen Cubist print (and I even liked it even before I knew that it came in a blue version!). It was $49, then marked to $29; with code SHOPNOW it comes down to $21. Nice. J.Crew Linen Cubist print tee

Weekly News Update

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  • This article from Elle talks about how using “girl speak” and up-talk at work can hurt your career. (Totes McGotes, right?)
  • Extra Petite ponders how to style the sheath dress.
  • Capitol Hill Style gathers advice for job seekers who are currently employed and don’t want their interview outfit to broadcast their intentions while they’re at work.
  • Above the Law‘s “Anonymous Recruitment Director” reveals nine recruiter pet peeves, ranging from applications received without transcripts to rudeness toward receptionists.
  • Slate‘s Hanna Rosin reviews Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte, who says busyness has become a status symbol. Have you noticed this trend?
  • The New York Times talks to experts who advise that women must tread lightly when negotiating a raise.   
  • Do you work during vacations? Never take vacation time at all? Glassdoor‘s recent survey shows that you’re not alone.
  • Learnvest (via Popsugar Smart Living) offers several tips on spring-cleaning your finances.
  • Finally: Eww. Lifehacker says to never drink water from an airplane.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Short Tweed Structured Top

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

Express Short Tweed Structured Top (and: Express's Semi-Annual Sale!)Express is having their semi-annual sale right now, and there are some crazy deals to be had. I’m liking this structured tweed top, where for once I actually like the exposed zipper in the back. I’d wear it with a long pendant necklace (midriff length at least), and a pair of ankle-length pants and ballet flats for a casual day at the office. I might also try it with a bright skinny belt (belted a bit high) and a pencil skirt. It was $59.90, but is now marked to $29.99 (and take an additional 40% off in your cart). Express Short Tweed Structured Top

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Coffee Break: Delia Asymmetric Patent Pump

Alice + Olivia Delia Asymmetric Patent PumpI was perusing Bergdorf Goodman’s “just in” items the other day and suddenly found myself obsessed with these pumps (pictured on someone modeling leather leggings). On closer inspection, I fell even deeper in love — the textured patent leather! The adjustable ankle strap! And, of course, that asymmetric vamp strap. Lurve. I’m less in love with the 4″ heel, but hey.  They’re $360. Alice + Olivia Delia Asymmetric Patent Pump