How to Look Great for Work Every Day

How to Look Great for Work Every DayReaders, what are your best tips for how to to look great for work every day? What do you think is the key to being consistently polished and put together? I was talking about this with someone recently and some of my top tips would be these six below — but I’d love to hear your thoughts!

1. Wear a good bra.

If you want to see an immediate improvement in your appearance, get a new bra that fits well — everything you wear looks better! This tip is especially a good tip for busty women, but it’s true for everyone.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Picks for Work

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Picks for Work from Early AccessDum dum dum… we present Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Picks for Work!

July 24th update: They’ve restocked a lot of products — we’ve updated links below.

I’ll be honest: Based solely on the presale catalog, I was a little worried that this sale was going to be (to quote recent news articles on other matters) “a big nothing burger,” so I’m thrilled to report that it’s actually really good once you wade past all of the ruffles (my God, why all the ruffles?) and odd off-the-shoulder/cold shoulder looks.  There are a TON of great dresses from Eliza J, Ellen Tracy, Classiques Entier, Halogen and Vince Camuto; tons of investment pieces from BOSS, Lafayette 148 New York, and for the weekend a lot of great pieces from AG, Paige, Wit & Wisdom, Articles of Society, Kut from the Kloth and NYDJ. Reader favorite workout gear Zella is included in the sale, as is lingerie from brands like Natori, Chantelle, Hanky Panky, Spanx, and Yummie by Heather Thompson. (Oh, and this reader favorite brand for pantyhose and tights is in the sale too!)

Without further ado, here’s our initial picks for workwear from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…

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Guest Post: Reader A’s Experiences with Cosmetic Rhinoplasty

Taking Time off Work for Plastic Surgery: What to Expect From an Adult Nose JobReader A recently pulled through the trigger on a nose job (rhinoplasty) that she’d considered for a long time — and lucky us, she wrote in to share her experiences with us! Her post is largely about what you should know about rhinoplasty as an adult, but in general I think there’s a broader Q that would make for a fascinating discussion with readers: Have YOU had any plastic surgery as an adult? Were you concerned with taking time off work for plastic surgery, discussing plastic surgery changes with your coworkers, or just general expense/recovery/risk issues? In particular, have you ever considered getting a cosmetic rhinoplasty? (Those of you who HAVE had a rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons, please weigh in!) Optional surgery isn’t something we’ve talked about a lot, but in the past we’ve discussed breast reduction surgeryfreezing your eggs, and making time for many doctors appointments (and I know there have been a zillion reader threads on weight loss surgery and more!). HUGE thanks to Reader A for sharing her experiences with us! – Kat 

I used to be very self-conscious about my nose. It was too big for my face, the tip turned down a bit, and there was a significant bump on the bridge. Whenever my picture was taken, I always faced the camera head-on to try to make my nose look slightly better, although it didn’t help much. At the end of 2016, I started seriously considering a rhinoplasty (AKA a nose job), and after a lot of online research and an appointment at my chosen plastic surgeon’s office, I was really excited to schedule the procedure (so much so that I wasn’t even that nervous about having the surgery itself, and the only surgery I’d had before was a C-section).

Now, five months out from surgery, I am thrilled with the results and wish I had done it years ago. My nose isn’t the first thing you notice about my face anymore, I’m much more confident about how I look, and I actually like photos of myself. I offered to write a Corporette guest post on my experience, and here’s some of my advice:

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The Best Shoes for Work From the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Best Shoes for Work in the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary SaleI keep going back to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and finding more and more stuff (I’m personally on order #4 I think now, sigh) — but the shoes are really great for work. Tons of things that will be cute with tights, pantyhose, or bare legs — with skirts, dresses, or pants.  We’ve rounded up the best shoes for work from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — which are your favorites, ladies?Shoes for Work in the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Psst: you can see our earlier workwear picks here! Note that there’s only a few more days of Early Access — the sale opens to the public on July 21.

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How To Improve Your Posture

How to Improve Your Posture.Let’s have an open thread today about POSTURE — have any of you tried to improve your posture? Have you had success with small adjustments and simple exercises, or did you need a systematic overhaul? I was thinking the other day about how good posture is SO key for looking polished. I mean, we can talk about clothes and fit and style until we’re blue in the face, but if you’re slumping and slouching in your $2000 Armani blazer you’re going to look as bad as if you had a $20 blazer. Good posture is also incredibly important if you work in a desk job — if you have bad posture, sitting all day just seems to amplify the problems. This is something I personally struggle with, so let’s discuss — what are YOUR best hacks for improving your posture? Do you feel like your posture has gotten better or worse over the years?

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My Magnetic Lashes Review of One Two Cosmetics

magnetic lashes review one two cosmeticsI have NEVER been able to do false eyelashes, and taking the time to go get lash extensions is just not in the cards for me from a time/money perspective. (I am also mascara challenged.) So this is my magnetic lashes review (specifically, One Two Cosmetics’ Magnetic Lashes).

I’m not sure if it’s from the Jenna Marbles video (NSFW) on what your eyelashes mean (she talks about “natural” fake lashes around the 4:40 mark) or this Buzzfeed Ladylike review in general of false eyelashes, but for some reason I keep thinking this is something I need to spend some time on: perfecting my fake eyelash game. The Buzzfeed crew said they had used Esqido lashes (affiliate link), which are around $32 at Amazon, but I balked at spending that much on yet another failed attempt to “learn” eyelashes when it sounded like every single attempt I’d ever made to learn eyelashes. So when I heard about magnetic lashes from One Two Lash, even though they were $60, it made more sense to me — they’re reusable, come with two applications, and there’s no glue involved, which was always where things went wonky for me in the past. (The case comes with 8 lashes, as pictured — two go on each eye, one on top and one on bottom. The other four lashes are spares.) I finally pulled the trigger on magnetic lashes a few weeks ago, and I’m giving them a definite thumbs-up, with some caveats.

This is what my prior attempts at false eyelashes were like: I would do my makeup, then try to apply false eyelashes. Perhaps ONE eye would stick, but the other eye … wouldn’t. I would get glue all over my second eye while I tried to figure how to “match” the first eye. Thirty minutes later, frustrated and annoyed, I would remove my eye makeup, start over, and go out with regular mascara and no fake eyelashes. My experience with magnetic lashes has been a WORLD apart — after playing around with them for about 30 minutes I was consistently getting them on my lashes, and they actually looked good. I’m still perfecting my touch, but some notes:

  • I got the “original” lash, and it’s dramatic — personally I think it would be way too much for a regular workday (although some people are totally addicted on a daily basis). One Two Cosmetics also sells options called “accent” and “bold” — if you’re looking for something to wear every day for work I’d get the “accent ones” to start. (I’m also considering cutting my “original” lashes, but this seems drastic.)
  • I’ve found they’re better if I leave mascara out of the equation, and curl my eyelashes first.
  • I worried about “tiny magnets” — they’re not so terribly small, and I can’t imagine them coming off and my not knowing.
  • They really are reusable — I’ve had them on and off probably a 100 times and they’re very easy to take on and off, and the lashes seem great.

In general, I’m really happy with my purchase. Readers, have you tried One Two Cosmetics or other magnetic lashes? Care to share a magnetic lashes review with us? magnetic lashes review one two cosmetics

If you're dying to try magnetic eyelashes like those from One Two Cosmetics -- but generally fail at fake eyelashes -- this is the magnetic lashes review for you!


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