Career Coaches: Why, How, When

career-coachesCareer coaches: how do you find one?  Why might you need one?  When in your career should you look for one?  Let’s discuss.  First, Reader J’s question:

Have you ever written about using the services of a career coach? How does one go about finding someone to work with? I work in tax/accounting in the NYC/NJ area and I need some career coaching at this point in my life. I have worked in public accounting so far and need some help advancing in my career aside from the technical skills.

Great question, Reader J!  I know readers were discussing this in this morning’s TPS thread.  While we’ve talked about career changes and other career transitions, we haven’t really talked about this. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Perfect Parisian Sheath

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

Ports 1961 Perfect Parisian Sheath | CorporetteOh kay! Game on. I was going to blog about this baby back when it was available for rent, but then I got distracted. But NOW, it’s even better: it’s available for sale. And it’s $87… down from $695. My strongest association with Ports 1961 is with an old commenter who was obsessed with the brand. (Shayna, this one’s for you, wherever you are.) ANYHOO: I’m not a huge fan of the desk-to-dinner dress (just change, say I), but this one looks like it would walk the line beautifully. It’s $87 at Rent the Runway’s clearance sale, with almost all sizes 2-12 still available. Ports 1961 Perfect Parisian Sheath

(Psst: the absolute best part of RTW is the pictures of customers wearing their dresses — definitely check ‘em out if you have not already. It’s fun to see women of all shapes and sizes, and it’s always kind of a pick-me-up to see people gussied up at happy events like weddings, parties, and more.)

Another good workwear option is this Cedric Charlier dress.

Here are a lower-priced option and a plus-sized alternative.

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

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Suit of the Week: McQueen

McQueen Crêpe Cobalt SuitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I found this lovely suit while writing about the Armani cobalt blazer — I worried that cobalt waned for a moment in popularity, but it seems to be back this season. I love the sharp shoulders of this Alexander McQueen blazer, and I love how everything about it is tailored to define your waist — angled pockets, single button, and padded shoulders. The cropped pants aren’t my favorite (they seem to be getting into pedal pusher territory), but I can see wearing them as a separate and together with the blazer when I wanted a Statement Look. The jacket (Alexander McQueen Crepe blazer) is $2,085, and the pants (Alexander McQueen Cropped crepe tapered pants) are $785.

OK, tough act to follow, but here are other options: a lower-priced skirt suit in a bright shade of blue and a plus-sized suit that comes in a “navy” color that’s brighter than most.

McQueen Womens Suit

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Beauty Wednesday: Moisturizers for Dry Winter Skin

Burt's Bees Radiance Night CreamI thought my dry skin last year was pregnancy-related, but I’m finding that I really do need extra moisture on my face. I haven’t yet taken the plunge on something serious like La Mer in part because I really like my affordable Burt’s Bee’s option. It’s 99% natural, moisturizes with “Royal Jelly,” which Amazon describes as thus: “Fed to the queen bee, Royal Jelly contains 8 essential amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, D & E along with Niacin and Folic Acid. It is the reason she lives 40 times longer and is 50% bigger than worker bees.” Alrighty then! A 2-oz. jar of Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly is $14.59 (and even less with a Subscribe and Save order).

Ladies, what are your favorite products for dry winter skin?

Psst: see my other maternity skincare picks.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Sunmosa Ponte’ Seam Detail Dress

Classiques Entier 'Sunmosa Ponte' Seam Detail Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love a good discount, and there’s a ton of Classiques Entier on sale at Nordstrom for 40-60% off. This simple sheath dress (and its sleeved version) is now 40% off, in both the blue pictured as well as simple black. I like the high neckline and interesting seaming details at the waist, and the color seems really lovely. It was $228, but is now marked to $136.80 (sizes 0-16). Classiques Entier ‘Sunmosa Ponte’ Seam Detail Dress

Other great sale pieces: here, here, and here.

Here’s a lower-priced option (and one more, here), and a plus-sized alternative.

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

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Coffee Break: Leather Ankle Strap Ballet Flats

Brooks Brothers Leather Ankle Strap Ballet Flats | CorporetteThe strappy flat is my favorite kind of flat both for comfort and style reasons, but I really like the fact that the leather strap is removable here. The leather looks supple, and I like the shiny patent detail on the back. The shoes were $198, but are now marked to $99 at Brooks Brothers. Brooks Brothers Leather Ankle Strap Ballet Flats

Here’s a lower-priced alternative.

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