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When I got this at a blogger event (in orange), I was really surprised at how it felt like a very sturdy, well-made top. It’s billed as a camisole but it’s got a pretty V-back and a thicker strap in the front to hide your bra, so I would wear this as a going-out top, personally. If you wanted to wear this under a suit, you could; I always like sleeves under suits, but that’s me. This top has come and gone in a bunch of different colors at Nordstrom (with lots of great reviews) and is now available there in blue and black. Over at Topshop there’s a couple more colors in regular, petite, and tall sizes. It’s only $30 at both Topshop and Nordstrom. Topshop Double Strap V-Back Camisole

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  • Whoa: Fashionista notes that H&M created a new fabric for its Conscious collection of sustainable clothing. (Check out the Corporette Guide to Slow Fashion!) In other great news, Page Six has the story on how Tamron Hall donated all of her work clothes after leaving ‘Today.’
  • Dia & Co. took out an awesome full-page ad in the NYT for Fashion Week demanding more diversity, according to Huffington Post.
  • The Washington Post has some notes on how the administration change is affecting trends in D.C. — French manicures, blowouts, and more.
  • Forbes has the story about a bunch of new bra entrepreneurs who are finally (finally!) women.
  • The Atlantic has an interesting story about how everyone’s productivity at work is way down since the election — here are our tips on how to focus on work.
  • HBR advises how to make sure your emails give the right impression.
  • The Hill suspects the Swedish climate minister is trolling certain people with this all-women photo, and Forbes rounds up the best working women’s responses to #DressLikeAWoman campaign. Huffington Post has the details on another trending hashtag: #ShePersisted.
  • Thank you to CreditDonkey for naming Corporette one of its top career blogs of 2017!

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Trumpet Sleeve Blouse

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

This blouse looks like a great basic and a very up-to-date trend piece if you’re looking for a an easy way to bring your spring wardrobe into 2017. While the top has a basic neckline, these trumpet sleeves look functional and pretty without being too gothic or floofy or just too much. This just looks like a simple, easy piece, and I like that the sleeves are sort of split, as well. My favorite is the green (it also comes in black), but the white looks great, and in the reviews it’s the one that everyone seems to be extolling the virtues of — a lot of people love it as the perfect white blouse. It’s machine washable, and it’s $55 at Nordstrom in sizes 2-12. Trumpet Sleeve Blouse

Here’s a plus-size option from Eloquii.

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Coffee Break: Lady Leather Tote

This gawgeous leather tote from Mansur Gavriel is part of the brand’s line of Lady bags, which come in a range of sizes — this is the biggest one. It looks so sleek and cool, whether you use it as a large handbag or a work tote, although at 10″ H x 12″ W x 4.7″ D it’s probably not going to be big enough to fit folders, etc. It seems like the right size for an iPad — and it’s pretty deep. I love the red lining and the little pocket on the inside, and I like that the long strap is detachable if you just want to carry it by the handle. Note that Net-a-Porter has it in leather-trimmed suede in a rust color (“brick”) as well in green leather: Net-a-Porter ($895) and Bergdorf Goodman ($995). MANSUR GAVRIEL Lady Leather Tote

Two more affordable options are here and here.

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The Best Teas: What to Drink to Wake You Up, Calm You Down, and Maybe Even Replace Your Wine

teas for busy womenI can’t believe I’m about to write these words, but they’re true: I’m getting into tea.  For years I have resisted tea, hating the “bitey” taste of green tea, and not seeing the appeal in black tea. The closest I came to “liking tea” was either with fruity blends of crushed/dried flowers and fruits (without any tea leaves in there) or “sick tea,” which is just hot water with honey and lemon.  But then I started reading about rooibos tea as a wine replacement on random Reddit threads from people looking to moderate their drinking, and I thought, huh, I guess I’ll give it a try.  And much to my surprise, I liked it — it didn’t have the bite from green tea, it didn’t taste like warm jello like a bad fruit blend, and it didn’t require a fresh lemon. It’s just a warm, comforting, drink.  Finally! I thought. I get it! (By the way, I think I’m giving up wine for 2017 (but not liquor or beer); I can write more on this if you guys want.) Back to teas for busy women — the whole experience made me realize that there’s a much bigger world to tea than just green and black tea.  So, today I thought we’d go through a few quick benefits of different teas, but I’d love to hear from you, readers — Do you drink tea? What kind of teas do you like best, and what purpose do they fill in your life? Do you drink tea to replace wine, or wake you up, or calm you down? Do you like the routine or ritual associated with teas? Which type, brand or blend is your favorite? 

What to drink to replace wine or for an afternoon routine: I have no idea why, but rooibos was recommended by a few places I looked on the Internet. It also has a lot of other supposed health benefits, including improving blood circulation, promoting healthy hair, being anti-inflammatory, and more. I also like that it’s caffeine free, and requires a long steeping time (5-7 minutes), so if you tend to get distracted the way I do, you’re OK if you leave the bag in too long. (According to this Eat This, Not That article it’s also supposed to curb hunger, but I feel like drinking any big glass of liquid before dinner will do that.)

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Open Front Shawl Collar Blazer

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This blazer is a bestseller at Nordstrom and has a lot of positive reviews. They only have it in three colors right now (the pictured olive plus black and navy) but it’s come in a ton of colors in the past. It’s got sort of a cropped, fitted look in the back with shorter sleeves, so it’s definitely more of a casual blazer. It’s hand wash cold, line dry, and is available in XS-L for $74. ‘Curve’ Open Front Shawl Collar Blazer

Two plus-size options are here and here.

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail tps@corporette.com.

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