Coffee Break: Jemms Bag

Ted Baker can be a bit too twee sometimes, but I kind of love this purse with the robot wearing a bow. More importantly, it’s one of many Ted Baker pieces on sale at Zappos right now. I like this black/blue briefcase (for men or women, really), these two crossbodies with interesting black & white patterns, and this fun robot bag. Not on sale: this heavily quilted crossbody, which is why I originally started looking at the brand (Nordstrom has it in a satchel form) — but do note that prominent bow detail amidst the quilting, which I only realized after I started looking. ANYHOO: I prefer the robot to the bow, and it’s on sale, so huzzah: the pictured bag was $219, but is now marked to $152. It also comes in white; Amazon also has it in a “natural.”

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How to Build Good Habits: Tips & Tricks

How to build good habitsReaders, what are your tips on how to build good habits? Which healthy habits have you successfully started? Have you found that one healthy habit had a domino-type effect on other healthy habits (for example, getting to bed earlier)?

A few months ago, I started to get healthier by fitting exercise into my busy daygetting more sleep, and eating healthier. Although I bought a FitBit for points for my health insurance program several months earlier, I only recently started to use its tracking capabilities on a regular basis. I started by setting easy but meaningful goals, including how many days and minutes per week of activity. I made sure to enter all of my activities. To further motivate myself, I got a new bike. I started tracking my miles on two or three apps each day, as well as a legal pad, and set a goal of 100 miles per month. I also set reminders on my calendar. Looking back, I think it was about 4-6 weeks after I started that I realized that I was making exercise a priority and was consistently hitting my goals. I also felt healthier and my clothes fit a little better.

So let’s discuss some of the best tips on how to build good habits…

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Ryan-Fit Corduroy Pant

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

Call me a sucker for blue, but I think these pants from Banana Republic are really fun. The way they’re pictured here, it almost looks like they’re velvet, but they’re actually corduroy. You’ve got to know your office for corduroy — if you have super-quiet hallways, corduroy can be a little too loud, but these would work if your office is louder or more casual. Note that in the petite, these only come in this lovely blue, but in regular sizes there’s also lilac and a darker purple called Vineyard. They’re available in short, regular, and long sizes 0–16 as well as petite sizes 00–14. The pants were $88 but are now marked down to $65. Ryan-Fit Corduroy Pant

Lands’ End has a nice plus-size option for $69: eight colors, sizes 16W–26W, 28″ or 30″ inseams (also in straight sizes). They’re 25% off today, as are all regular-priced items on the site!

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Suit of the Week: Calvin Klein

For 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.

For several years now, designers have seemed to equate autumn with “plaid suit” — and there are a TON of them out there in all price ranges right now. (Here’s a very fashion-y plaid suit from a new brand to me, Lewit, at Nordstrom, for example. This gray/blush combo from Calvin Klein may be more on the boring/classic side, but my hunch is that you’d get a ton of mileage out of both of these pieces as separates — and if you want to wear them together as a suit to be “on trend,” you’re set. The jacket (Checkered Plaid Blazer) is $104, and the skirt (Checkered Knee-Length Skirt) is on sale for $59; they also seem to have a longer topper for petites (which is odd, because as a 5’4″ woman I’m usually suspicious of longer coats, but there you go). Try code FALL for an additional 20% off. (Looks like Saks OFF5TH also has the topper in straight sizes… ooh, and you can clearly see the similarities from this designer Calvin Klein topper that was $3500 but is now $890 at Bergdorf.)

Looking for plus size or petite suit? Talbots has a bunch of glen plaid suiting separates in several size ranges, and Macy’s has a plus size option from Le Suit.

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Wine-Colored Pumps: A Versatile Shoe for Office Looks

What to wear with wine-colored pumpsSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Every year, I argue that wine-colored pumps are some of the most surprisingly versatile pumps you’ll have, particularly for office looks. Wear them with black, gray, navy, beige, and white! Wear them in spring with kelly greens and pastel colors! Wear them in autumn next to emerald tones and other fall hues! If you’re looking for a fun, colorful shoe, a dark red/deep purple shoe is a great workhorse for your work wardrobe. It was interesting to note that this year there was a dearth in general of colorful pumps of any color — red is about as wild as most brands are going. (Embroidered/fabric/velvet shoes are popular — so many embroidered booties! — but I think that’s more of an impulse purchase and, frankly, much harder to incorporate into a work wardrobe.)  So: onward with the wine-colored pump roundup for today — but I’m curious to hear from you guys: do colorful pumps have a place in your working wardrobe? Do you prefer embroidered/fabric/velvet shoes to mix things up at the office — and how do you wear them? (For example, do you play it safe and wear a shoe with a bold print/detail with a neutral or monochromatic outfit? Or do you delight in mixing patterns, colors, and textures?)

Links for the pumps pictured above, going clockwise from top LH corner: one / two / three / four

Curious for some of our older roundups? Here they are from 20162015, 2014, 2012, and 2010.

Here are some of our favorite purple pumps out there right now…

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Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Hannah Jersey Dress

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We did a roundup about a year ago of sleeved dresses with pockets, with my theory that they’re the perfect thing to wear to a conference if you don’t need to wear a suit. It’s very difficult to find them, but Boden has this really nice dress with sleeves and pockets — and very cute yellow flats, as pictured here. (Check out our post on how to build a work wardrobe at Boden.) It comes in petite, regular, and long sizes in six colors, and, bonus: it’s machine washable. I like that it’s not a shapeless shift dress; the semi-fitted shape gives it a flattering look. The dress is $110 at Boden. Hannah Jersey Dress

Here’s a sleeved dress with pockets that comes in plus sizes.

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