Summer Reading Fun

books to read this summer working womenIs anyone else excited that summer is almost here? On the off chance anyone has some down time this summer, let’s discuss: which are the best books to read for fun? Which are the thrillers you couldn’t put down — the rom-coms that warmed your heart — the memoirs that made you laugh, cry, think? Which authors do you eagerly follow and read pretty much anything they write, and which best sellers were worth the hype? 

I’m happy to report that I’m reading books again — a few months ago I got a Kindle Paperwhite after hearing readers raving about them, and so I’ve been getting a ton of books out of the library as well as buying old favorites to “keep” on my Kindle. I’m also a fan (particularly for nonfiction or memoirs) of getting audio books out of the library.  Some of my recent reads (and likes):

Fiction I’ve Enjoyed Recently:

  • Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins — Yes, I just got around to this. I didn’t like it as much as I liked Gone Girl, which still sticks with me.  I’ve been trying to clear out my Pocket reading list, and found all these old articles I’d saved about Gone Girl, including an old New Yorker article comparing it to We Need to Talk About Kevin — that book looks like a much heavier subject matter (especially as a mom to two boys) but I may try to get into it.
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette?, by Maria Semple. A few friends and I were going to start a book club and someone chose this one as the first book — we actually never got around to discussing the book, but I read it and enjoyed it a lot.
  • Twenties Girl: A Novel, by Sophie Kinsella.  Kinsella is one of those authors that I’ll read pretty much anything she writes, and I hadn’t read this one yet, so I did.  It wasn’t my favorite book of hers, but it’s a solid, enjoyable book.  (My all time favorite of hers is The Undomestic Goddess — I highly recommend, especially to Corporette readers. I also was surprised by how much I enjoyed I’ve Got Your Number: A Novel.) (Word to the wise, with any Kinsella or other book written by someone who churns out content (Stephen King, Julia Quinn, whatever) — don’t binge read several books at once!)
  • The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.  I mentioned this a few months ago, and it’s a solid, enjoyable book loosely based on Wils/K-Mid’s romance. Here’s a free Kindle preview (first 7 chapters).

Non-Fiction Books I’ve Enjoyed Recentlyish

  • #GirlBoss, by Sophia Amoruso – Yes, yes, I just got around to reading this one — I love that The Washington Post apparently called this “Lean In for Misfits.”  I got the audiobook out from the library and died laughing on a few walks — her story is really inspiring to me.

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Fluted Wool Pencil Skirt

Red Work Skirt: Fluted Wool Pencil SkirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Wow — you’ve got to watch the video on Net-a-Porter to truly appreciate how classy and graceful this skirt looks. For some reason it calls to mind actresses from the ’40s like Lauren Bacall, but I think it looks 100% appropriate for today’s office. I love it as styled with a simple white blouse and nude-for-her heels, but I’d also wear it with a black top and purple heels in the fall, and call me crazy but I think it would look great for an evening out with an orange top (this affordable one is really cute). The skirt is $1,090. Oscar de la Renta Fluted Wool Pencil Skirt

Here’s a lower-priced alternative and a plus-size option.

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

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Weekend Open Thread

Blue Sandals: Nine West Naci EspadrilleSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Happy weekend, ladies! Are you a fan of espadrilles for the summer? I haven’t had a pair in years, but these Nine West espadrilles look great for the weekend. They’re available in four colors, all great: blue, beige, black, and a nice coral, in sizes 5-12 at Zappos for $79. Nine West Naci Espadrille

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Weekly News Update

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  • Bloomberg Gadfly reports on the state of plus-size fashion, which is lagging behind the stats: Annual U.S. sales of women’s plus-size clothing rose by 17% to $20.4 billion in 2016, from $17.4 billion in 2013. (There’s also an interesting footnote about how many retailers base their women’s sizing ranges on 1940s data.)
  • You’ve probably heard about the meteorologist who was seemingly told to cover up on live TV — here’s her side of the story in The New York Times.
  • Fashionista shares some anonymous tales of truly unprofessional intern-wear.
  • The Huffington Post asks why powerful women on TV are always in high heels.
  • The New York Times‘ Workologist answers a question from a woman who wonders about getting a professional contact out of being hit on at a coffeeshop by an older man.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut reports on sexual harassment in the medical field and on the fact that 1 in 4 Americans work for companies with men-only management.
  • The Wall Street Journal shares excerpts from Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech at UC Berkeley.
  • O Magazine brings you “8 Delicious Veggie Swaps that Aren’t Zucchini Pasta” (warning: autoplay ad).
  • For your Laugh of the Week, Vanity Fair shares Amy Schumer’s sketch about what happens when you ask for a larger size at the store.

On CorporetteMoms Recently… 

Did we miss anything? Add ’em here, or send them to [email protected] Thank you! Also: Are you a mom or mom-to-be? Don’t miss this week’s news update at CorporetteMoms.

Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Crepe Blouse

Green Work Top: Apt. 9 Crepe BlouseOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Reader L wrote in to recommend this affordable blouse, noting:

I recently purchased a couple of workhorse blouses from Kohl’s, of all places. Yep, they’re polyester, but surprisingly substantial and not completely sheer like other tops. Regular price is $36, but only fools pay full price at Kohl’s. (I worked there many moons ago.) I think I paid less than $20 for them.

Nice! I like the black best, but I’m featuring my second favorite, mint green, because you can see the details better — an opaque, washable blouse is always great. They were originally $36, but are currently marked to $24 — keep an eye out for promo codes to bring them lower. Happy Friday! Apt. 9 Crepe Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option with several color and pattern choices.

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

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Coffee Break: ‘Marles’ Multicolor Woven Coat

Colorful Coat: Roksanda 'Marles' Multicolor Woven CoatI was perusing Nordstrom’s “emerging designer” section, which is definitely aimed at the sort of woman who prefers color, texture, and novelty over, you know, function, form, and, well, whatever else one could do with money rather than spending it on very expensive, odd clothes — but this multicolored coat appealed to me. I even like how the arms are oddly long (although, let’s be honest, I’d probably have them hemmed, and I’d also probably belt the jacket). It’s definitely a bit of a splurge (ahem): It’s $3735 at Nordstrom, lucky sizes only. Roksanda ‘Marles’ Multicolor Woven Coat

Tough act to follow — but a few interesting multicolored coats are here, here, here, and here.

In other news: you have to see this suit.

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