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Beauty Tuesday: My Lip Balm Wardrobe

The Lip Balms Every Working Woman NeedsI was thinking about lip balms the other day — totally basic, boring lip balm — and I was surprised to realize that not only do I have SEVERAL favorite lip balms, that they each have their own purpose (and that I’m perhaps looking for a better option in a few places). So: here is my lip balm wardrobe — and I’m curious to know: which are your favorite lip balms, and why? Do you have specific purposes for each of your lip balms — and what are the lip balms every working woman needs?

Update: Goodness, I didn’t realize people felt so strongly about the phraseology of balm vs gloss — I’ve updated this post to more accurately reflect the discussion, which, yep, is just about lip balms for working women. (I’m one of those people who gets distracted if my lips are dry, so perhaps I’ve got more lip balms than most ladies?)

The lip balm I put on every night before bed: Caudalíe. As I’ve mentioned before, I love that it has antioxidant properties and is formulated with 99.5% naturally-derived ingredients. The scent is minimal, and I find it comfortable to wear on a nightly basis.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Walker Top

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

I love this gorgeous, wrap-inspired top from MM. LaFleur. It’s so chic and refined, but simple and versatile at the same time. It looks great with ankle pants as pictured here, and it would also work well with trousers or pencil skirts. I think you could even layer this on top of a tank dress or a sheath dress if you wanted to give it a go. MM. LaFleur notes that the top, which is made in the U.S. from silk jersey, is “bust-friendly,” “middle-friendly,” and “maternity-friendly.” It’s $240 and available in sizes S-XL. (XS is currently sold out, but you can ask to be notified when it’s back in stock.) The Walker Top

Two more affordable tops are here and here; two plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Water Resistant Slipper

ugg-slipper-gift-idea One great gift idea if you’re on the hunt are these water-resistant UGG slippers. Sure, they’re a bit fug — but if you know a woman whose dog needs a quick early morning walk, or who has to take the trash and recycling outside for pickup, these could be a lifesaver. They were originally $95, but in the big Nordstrom sale they come down to $55. The women’s version (pictured) comes in three colors.  (UGG does make men’s slippers, but they’re all still full price, alas.) UGG® Moraene’ Water Resistant Slipper


Cyber Monday Sales 2016: 34 Awesome Sales for Workwear

sales-for-workwearAs I’ve mentioned before, the Nordstrom sale is the big winner for me — but I’ve also placed orders this morning with H&M and Shutterfly,  and a few days ago with Limited and Ann Taylor, and texted friends about the sales at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Lands’ End. (Yeah, I’m kind of a shopping enabler.) Some sale notes for the big workwear sales I’m seeing this Cyber Monday:

  • Amazon – This kicks off Cyber Week! One of the big sales today: 50% off Tumi Vapor Lite luggage, and 30% off select clothes. (Oooh, and they’ve got a nice little feature on Oprah’s favorite things too.)
  • Ann Taylor – Free shipping + 50% off sitewide; check out our latest favorites here.
  • Anthropologie – Extra 30% off sale items, 20% off full price items + free shipping over $150.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Online only: take 25% off a large selection of regular- and sale-price items for a total savings of up to 60%, plus free shipping and free returns for everyone.
  • Boden – 30% off, plus free shipping over $49+.
  • Brooks Brothers – Save an additional 10% off online, plus free shipping on all orders.
  • Club Monaco – 25% off $150+, 30% off $250+, 35% off $400+ — PLUS take an extra 30% off sale.
  • Dorothy Perkins – 50% off everything, plus free shipping on $50+.
  • Express – 50% off everything and free shipping on all orders. 50% off sale excludes gift cards and featured brands.
  • French Connection – 40% off lots of items.
  • Henri Bendel – enjoy up to 60% off sitewide, plus free gift (of a really cute convertible backpack) with $200+.
  • H&M – 30% off your
  • J.Crew – 40% off everything, plus free shipping.
  • J.Crew Factory – 60% off everything, plus extra 40% off sale and free shipping.
  • Journelle – 15% off orders of $150+.
  • Karen Millen – 30% off sitewide.
  • Kate Spade – 30% off (exclusions apply).
  • Lands’ End – 45% off sitewide.
  • Last Call – Extra 40-80% off everything, plus free shipping.
  • Limited – 60% off everything, plus $20 off your purchase of $100+.
  • LK Bennett – 30% off all orders over $250.
  • Loft – 50% off everything, plus free shipping.
  • Lord & Taylor – extra 25% off almost everything, plus free shipping on every order. (Up to 75% off storewide.)
  • Madewell – 25% off your entire purchase.
  • Neiman Marcus – Final day! Up to 70% off all clearance on sale, plus up to 40% off regular prices. Also, online only: $750 gift card with qualifying purchase of $3000+ (for lesser amounts: spend $200 save $50, spend $500 save $125, etc)…
  • New York & Co – All of the year’s best prices are back, plus take $30 off $100+ — savings up to 75% off.
  • Net-a-Porter – Up to 50% off sale.
  • Nordstrom – Huge clearance sale, plus an extra 20% off (ends tonight!). See our roundups for workwear and gift ideas.
  • The Outnet – Extra 15% off all orders over $150.
  • Rent the Runway – Get 30% off all rentals.
  • ShopBop – 15% off orders of 200+, 20% off orders of $500+, 25% off orders of $800+. Includes sale items!
  • Soma Intimates – 50% off your highest-priced item when you buy 2 or more.
  • Talbots – 50% off one item, plus 40% off your total purchase
  • Uniqlo – Free shipping on all orders (no minimum), deals on Heattech products, PLUS take $15 off $150, $30 off $200, and $50 off $300.

Cyber Monday’s Workwear Report: Sauna Pleat Front Jersey Dress

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

nordstrom-cyber-monday-sale-2016Happy Cyber Monday, ladies — are you on the hunt for anything in particular today? I keep going back to the Nordstrom sale (I’ve placed like four orders now) and there’s still a ton of great stuff, including some items that are an extra 20% off in honor of Cyber Monday. (I’m still looking through the inventory to see if it’s the same clothes from earlier in the weekend. Here was our workwear roundup when the Nordstrom Thanksgiving sale began; here are some gift ideas I put together from the sale — that purple sweater at the top of the post is super soft and machine washable; I highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for yourself or a friend.) I’ll update the prices in the post if there are any changes as per today’s sale.) Designer duds like this gorgeous Max Mara dress (pictured) are on sale, but not the extra 20% off deal, alas — but it is still marked 40% off. I love the graceful, sophisticated pleat wrap, work-appropriate length, and the fact that the stylist here resisted overstyling it, letting your imagination do the work. (I’d either add a long, opera-length necklace or perhaps a heavily textured belt, like a black haircalf belt perhaps.) The dress was $745, but is now marked to $446. Max Mara ‘Sauna’ Pleat Front Jersey Dress

Here’s a great plus size sheath dress that’s now down to $95, and this previously recommended Splurge dress with wrap details is now down to $167 (!).

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Gift Ideas from the Big Nordstrom Sale

Nordstrom Gift Ideas for 2016 (All On Sale!!)The Nordstrom Thanksgiving Sale is so good for workwear it’s a bit of a downer to remember, ah yes, I’m supposed to be buying for other folks too.  So I thought I’d put together a few quick gift ideas if you’re on the hunt — with Nordstrom’s very customer-friendly, open ended return policy, they’re great for everyone. CYBER MONDAY UPDATE: Don’t forget, Nordstrom is offering an extra 20% off select items through the end of today! (updated prices in red below). 

(Check out our other favorite Black Friday Sales here.)

Pictured at top: cardigan

Pictured below: pillow / glasses / hat / bubble bath


  • Barefoot Dreams. I’ve heard great things about the drape front cardigan for YEARS, and finally got the circle cardigan during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I’m hooked on the super, super soft material — it’s a nylon/rayon blend that feels like cashmere but is machine washable. In addition to lots of cardigans and wraps for the women in your family (note: they come in plus sizes also!), they also make manly-looking plaid pillows (pictured above) and throw blankets. The cardigan at top is now $54-$68; the pillow is $39.
  • Drinkware.  Personally, I’m a total sucker for anything art deco, like these $41 double old fashioned glasses (now sold out, alas, but check out this set of whiskey glasses and decanter, now on sale for $40)— but they’ve got a ton of nice glasses on sale.
  • Cashmere beanie. Kate and I were just talking about how it’s so hard to find a stylish winter hat — you either look like you’re 20 or you look like you’re 60.  This cashmere beanie is highly reviewed, and on sale for $26 — it looks like a great gift idea too. It comes in ELEVEN colors. They have a ton of hats on sale though.
  • Bath and beauty stuff. A bubble bath/gel is always a safe bet (this Philosophy special edition one is marked to $12 from $18, which is a pretty great deal) — but there’s a ton of fun makeup markdowns in the sale.  (PLUS, there’s a “mystery beauty gift with purchase” today.) Makeup can be hard to buy for grown women — but if you’re on the hunt for a teenager or a makeup addict, there’s a lot of fun things in the Nordstrom sale. (I for some reason am drooling over most of the MAC Star Trek collection, mostly 40% off — doesn’t this illuminating powder look like a much more affordable version of Guerlain’s Meteorites?). Hmmn: this $17 shower cap looks great for the blowout addict on your gift list (now sold out, alas).

Ladies, what are you hunting for as far as gifts go? Have you gotten anything great at the Nordstrom sale