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How to Make Your Sore Feet Feel Better

how to make your sore feet feel betterSore feet can ruin any vacation — or the early days on a new job — or heck, early days of a new season while you re-break in all of your summer shoes from last year.  Whatever the reason, there are a TON of affordable products and easy exercises you can use to help soothe tired feet. Today, we round up FOUR great products to help your sore feet feel better, including a few flexion exercises for tired feet and a great general circulation exercise. Ladies, what do you do when your feet are killing you? What work events make your feet the most tired (new shoes, networking events, giving presentations) — or are you in such a happy place with your shoes for work that it’s only shopping, museums, or other vacation-type activities that wear your feet out? 

A few tips at the outset: don’t forget to choose comfortable heels or flats, give the shoe time to air out in between wears (this also helps extend the life of your shoes), and use blister block and other products to help particularly with summer feet.

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Six Great Board Games for Grown-Ups

great board games for grown-ups!With summer almost here, we thought we’d revisit a subject readers have talked about through the years: great board games for grown-ups! They’re the perfect antidote to too much screentime (both for kids AND adults), a great stress reliever (well, unless Monopoly ends up getting too heated!), and a way to distract your mind from, say, what’s in the news… Today we’re rounding up six reader recommendations for board games for grownups. Readers have suggested many board games in the comments over the years, but these six have earned multiple mentions (and have hundreds or even thousands of Amazon reviews, too):

(Psst: we’ve also talked about Kat’s favorite board games to play with the littles, over on CorporetteMoms (as well as the best first board game for your kiddo). Looking to pick up a solo hobby during your time outside work? We’ve also talked about coloring books for adults and how to learn a language.)

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Tales from the Wallet: What’s Your Vacation Money Strategy?

vacation money strategy tips and tricksHere’s a fun question for today: what’s your vacation money strategy? What’s your overall strategy about vacations and budgets — how do you plan to budget while on vacation — and how do you pay for vacation? There are a lot of questions here, such as:

  • Overall vacation money strategy: What do you consider getting the most “bang for your buck” — frequent and small vacations, one big vacation every year or two, or something else? From the “time vs money” perspective for vacations, do you gravitate towards the more expensive but all-inclusive cruise, resort, or tour so that you save time at the research phase — or do you prefer (for money or enjoyment) to DIY your vacations? For those of you who go to the same place often (such as spending a week every summer at Cape Cod or the Jersey Shore, or heading to DisneyWorld once a year), how big of a role does budgeting play in that decision?
  • Budgeting while on vacation: do you have ways of saving money while on vacation that you use no matter where you go? For example, bringing protein bars with you so your breakfast is covered, or making sure to hit the “included breakfast” at your hotel and eat a ton so you don’t have to eat a big lunch?
  • How to pay for vacation: Do you save in advance for your trip, or put it on credit card? Does anyone use automatic transfers to savings to set aside money regularly to keep for vacations? Is anyone heavily into airline miles or points?

 

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How to Stop Skirts from Twisting Around

how to stop skirts from twisting aroundWhat’s the best advice for how to stop skirts from twisting around? Is it a slip problem, a skirt problem, or a sizing problem? Reader C asks a question about a problem that I know I’ve experienced: the rotating skirt. I did some digging to find some solutions, and spoiler alert: one of the tips on how to stop skirts from twisting around blew my mind. Here’s Reader C’s question:

What slips do you recommend under work (suit) skirts? And how do you prevent the skirt from “spinning” around while you walk to and from the train? I like the lightweight Commando slips, but I cannot seem to keep my suit skirts from spinning around while I walk, and it takes the slip and tucked in blouse with it (and bunches up unattractively). Is this a slip problem or a skirt sizing problem? Help!

VERY interesting question, C. I always hated when this happened to me — nothing screams professional like arriving at work with your skirt twisted around so the zipper (and vent!) is in the front. (BTW, PSA for the newbies to officewear: if your vent is sewn shut with an X you should rip the X to open the vent.) I had one favorite skirt where this was particularly problematic — I eventually decided it was because it fit my hips, but not my waist — and tailoring did help keep my skirt from twisting around.  So my initial response would be that, if you need to stop your skirt from twisting around, check the fit of the skirt before anything else. 

Looking around the web it seems like the problem of the skirt twisting around may also be due to a few other factors, though:

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Sales for the Long Weekend! (and Kat’s Top 5 Sales to Hit!)

Workwear sales for Memorial Day Weekend 2017!As usual, a lot of stores are celebrating the long weekend with some sales. We took a look at some favorite stores for workwear and have bolded our favorite stores (the Nordstrom sale is not to be missed; Boden is also having a good 30% off sale).  Readers, where are you excited to shop this weekend? On the hunt for anything in particular?

Picture credit: Originally uploaded to Flickr by Tim Parkinson (modified slightly). 

  • 6PM: Featured sales include Frye, Converse, PUMA, Women’s comfort brands like Aerosoles and Naturalizer, AND the “Clearance Closet”!
  • Ann Taylor: 40% off full price styles plus 50% off sale styles.
  • Anthropologie: Now an extra 40% off sale — with lots of new styles added!
  • ASOS: 20% off for Memorial Day; use code LIT20.
  • Barneys: Up to 50% off!
  • Bloomingdale’s: Big Brown Bag sale! Save up to 60% when you take an extra 20% off almost all sale items for a total savings of 40-60%. (And, Loyallists get a $50 reward card for every $200 you spend.)
  • Boden: 30% off sitewide; ends Monday! (See our roundup of the best stuff to buy to build your work wardrobe at Boden.)
  • Brooks Brothers: Online only, additional 25% off clearance styles! Plus, men & women’s shirts are 4 for $199.
  • Express: Sale! Up to 50% off everything.
  • H&M: Memorial Day deals from $5! Up to 60% off + free shipping.
  • J.Crew: 30% off your purchase with code SWEET.
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything all weekend long. Plus, more deep deals that are online only!
  • Last Call: One day only flash sale — up to 75% off!
  • Lands’ End: 50% off regularly priced swim — and 25% off everything else!
  • L.K. Bennett: Get an extra 30% off everything at checkout with code SUMMER.
  • Loft: 40% off everything with code VACAY.
  • Neiman Marcus: The Designer Sale! Up to 40% off.
  • Nordstrom: Half-Yearly sale! See our workwear roundup and the best deals on accessories.
  • Reiss: Prices up to 70% off in the Outlet!
  • Saks: The designer sale — up to 40% off! Plus, save 30% off select home, bedding, and bath items.
  • SaksOFF5TH: Take an extra 25% off extra cut clearance, and get free shipping with $99!
  • Talbots: Extra 40% off one item; extra 50% off two or more.
  • Target: Up to 30% off patio, home, and furniture updates; save an extra 15% with promo code HERO.
  • Topshop: Up to 40% off selected lines across memorial day weekend.
  • Zappos: Tons of new markdowns!

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City Series: The Corporette® Guide to New York City

working girl's guide to NYCA reader suggested we start a series this summer for what to do in different cities — I DO often notice that there are a lot of comments about different cities, so this seems like a great idea. Let’s start with NYC! What’s your best advice on where to shop for workwear in NYC? (What about other fun shopping?) What are your favorite restaurants and bars? What hotels have you found to be decent; which attractions are a must for you? Here’s a template to use for your response if it’s helpful:

Where to stay:
Where to shop:
Where to eat:
Favorite attractions:
Etiquette tips if any:
Safety tips if any:
Other notes:

Readers, you can check out other posts in our City Guide series here. Want to offer advice for YOUR city? Please fill out this form — we’d be so thankful for any advice you have! 

For my $.02, here are my answers:

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