Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Tweed Fringe Jacket

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

What a great tweed and fringe jacket this is! I’m kind of surprised that a) I can’t find it at any of the many other places that carry Nic & Zoe (Amazon, Pendleton, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor)… and b) that I can’t find it in other sizes, because Nic & Zoe often makes pieces in both regular and plus sizes. Still: this is too gorgeous a blazer not to post. I think it’s that rare tweed jacket that isn’t too boxy or stiff, and instead is flattering and chic. Love. It’s $208 at Nordstrom. (Ooh, here’s a very similar one at Lord & Taylor in a wider size range.) Mixed Tweed Fringe Jacket

Looking for something similar in regular sizes? Love this structured tweed blazer on deep discount (try code SHOPFAST for another 20% off — ooh, actually one of the featured sales is for workwear with Elie Tahari, Lafayette 148, and Vince Camuto).

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Coffee Break: Soutache Wide Stretch Belt

Soutache Wide Stretch BeltIf you’re a fan of White House | Black Market, do note that they’ve got one of their big sales going on right now — including an additional 50% off many sale prices on accessories. This wide belt was $80, then was marked to $29 — with code 96266 it comes down to $15. Nice! These kinds of belts can be great to wear on top of sheath dresses or cardigans, and at this price it’s hard to go wrong. Soutache Wide Stretch Belt

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5 Super Slow and 5 Super Fast Recipes For Long Workdays

all day crockpot recipesIf one of your holiday gifts last year was a new pressure cooker or slow cooker (Instant Pot included), or if you just haven’t been getting enough mileage out of either or both of these kitchen appliances, we thought we’d round up some recipes for inspiration. Here are five all day crockpot recipes and five super fast Instant Pot recipes we’re interested in trying — slow for the long workdays, and fast when you want to make something quick (15 minutes or less) when you get home from work and can’t deal with another meal from Seamless or the freezer. Do you have a new pressure cooker or slow cooker that you’ve been trying out? What are your favorite sources of recipes (or recipes!) for them? Do you have any go-to fast or slow meals?

Psst: We’ve also talked about slow cooker recipes for working women, shared Instant Pot tips, and discussed the best cookware and kitchen appliances — and Kat’s shared some of her easy weeknight dinners in the past as well. 

Here are some workday-friendly recipes to try in your slow cooker or pressure cooker:

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Boat-Neck 3/4-Sleeve Sheath Dress

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

light pink sheath dress for workLe sigh: I always love Roland Mouret’s tailored, architectural dresses. This light pink masterpiece is gorgeous, and I could see it working in any number of situations, from work to events and beyond.  I particularly love the zig-zag seaming in the front and the wide boatneck. Gorgeous. It’s (gulp) $1,440 at Neiman Marcus. Boat-Neck 3/4-Sleeve Sheath Dress

Looking for more affordable options? This $188 Hall of Famer sheath dress also comes in a light pink, and this $138 dress is also really nice. In plus sizes, this pink sheath dress comes up to size 24W (and has a blazer to match).

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Weekend Open Thread

the best winter boots for snowSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

After my ACL tear and knee surgery a year or two ago, one of my main goals has become “not falling.” (Yes, I’m like a 80 year old, thankyouverymuch — two multi-week stints on crutches will do that to you!) In any event, I bought Sorels that first winter after my surgery, and am very glad I did because I’m so happy to pull them out whenever the weather is lousy. To be clear: my Winter Carnival boots (pictured) are HEAVY mo-fos, both in terms of weight and warmth, and not super ideal for a lot of walking in lighter temperatures — but when you’re looking at snow, slush and ice for days, these are the shoes you’re going to want. I just checked the weight on the product description at Zappos – 1 pound 5 ounces. The Caribou Slim is slightly lighter (1#2oz); the Caribou is even heavier (2#5oz!). I originally wanted the best-sellers, the higher Joan of Arctics (not quite knee high boots, but close) but worried I could only wear them with leggings, skinny jeans or tights — but in reality that’s all I wear my boots with so if you prefer the taller style, go for it. (Those are 2 lbs.)  I’ve pictured the black Winter Carnivals, but they come in a TON of color options: another bonus. (ACK and I just saw that there’s a royal blue version too! I don’t need multiples, I don’t need multiples…) You can find Winter Carnivals as low as $68 at Amazon, Zappos, and occasionally I hear tell of them at Costco as well (though I’m not sure which model you may find, so do note the weight issue); at full price they’re $150. Readers, do you LOVE your snow boots? Which ones do you have? Pictured: Winter Carnival Boots.

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Weekly News Update

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  • The Cut has the details behind Hollywood’s “Time’s Up” initiative to support working-class women who’ve experienced sexual misconduct.
  • Nylon shares info about the soon-to-be-released H&M brand, /Nyden, a collaboration of designers that will target millennials and will be led by Oscar Olsson.
  • Racked suggests if there’s a clothing item that works for you, buy one in every color to build up your wardrobe options for your personal uniform.
  • The New York Times shares a first-person account of how a woman felt that she’d need to dress when speaking to others about her experiences with sexual harassment.
  • Also in The New York Times, Lindy West asks, “Why is fixing sexism women’s work?”
  • Vulture reports that Hoda Kotb will reportedly make millions less than Matt Lauer, who she’s replacing on Today following others’ claims of sexual assault against Lauer. The Washington Post details Kotb’s professional challenges that led to her current position, including 27 rejections in 10 days as a recent journalism school graduate.
  • The Washington Post also takes a look at why at least 79 women — 49 Democrats and 30 Republicans — are running for governor or seriously considering it.
  • Pew Research Center has results of a new study that breaks down how women experience discrimination in the workplace.
  • Working Mother outlines 15 ways the workplace will change for women in 2018, including more diversity and more women in leadership roles.
  • NPR asks whether food-tracking apps help with weight loss.
  • Laugh of the Week: The New Yorker highlights a few examples of “toxic femininity” in the workplace.

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