Coffee Break: Hydro Flask & Yeti

Here’s a serious question for the readers that’s very appropriate for a “Coffee Break” post: Hydro Flask or Yeti? I know people have some strong opinions on the best tumbler for carrying coffee to work. Hydro Flash has some serious accolades at Nordstrom, while the Yeti has the same over at Amazon. If you’re looking for a gift for someone who really wants to keep their coffee hot on their commute or travels, these are both good, affordable options that come in fun colors. So I’m curious to hear which is your preferred coffee transport method! Hydro Flask ($25) or Yeti ($30)

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Coffee Break: Cord Taco

Yes, the name of this product — the Cord Taco — might sound a little odd at first, but it’s been recommended by enough readers that I’m seriously considering giving it to a few people for gifts this year. I love that there are a bunch of fun colors, like this turquoise, and it’s something that’s affordable, functional, and a little fun. It has a lot of great reviews, too. You can get 3 for $16 at Amazon. Cord Taco

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Weekend Open Thread

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Hue leggings are some of my favorite leggings for the weekend. Fleece tights (or should I say, FLEECE TIGHTS) are kind of an inside joke among the readers, but if you’re looking for fleece-lined leggings for this winter then I have to say, Hue has delivered in years past for warm, thick, and comfortable leggings that don’t get baggy. I also like the fact that they actually have functional pockets. Zappos has them in sizes XS–XL in ink wash denim for $54, and they’re also at Amazon in black and ink wash denim. HUE Fleece Lined Denim Leggings

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Pleat Front Trousers

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These pull-on trousers from Leith have a ton of really good reviews (70+) at Nordstrom, and they’re hand washable (which, of course, means machine washable too, if they’re OK in the hand-wash cycle). Some of the reviewers note the good fit and design and the fact that they’re true to size and very comfortable. They have real pockets, too. (If you’ve bought these, we’d love your opinion on them.) They look like a great pair of pants for $55, and they come in sizes XS–XXL. Pleat Front Trousers

Vince Camuto has a plus-size option, as does Foxcroft.

(Psst:  check out our recent discussion on comfortable clothes for late nights.)

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Split Cap Sleeve Midi Dress with Belt

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Someone told me recently that ASOS Curve is really great — as is this dress we’re featuring from them — and I’d love to hear from readers who agree: What have been your good finds? Is there anything in particular that you regularly buy? This dress has pockets, which I really like, and I also like that the belt doesn’t go all the way around. It’s a flattering and forgiving style, and it comes in lots of sizes and colors, including tall and straight sizes (and a mini dress as well). The dresses are $46 (sale) to $76. ASOS CURVE Split Cap Sleeve Midi Dress with Modern Ring Belt

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The Best Winter Blazers to Wear To Work

the best winter blazers to wear to workSure, 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.

Around this time of year, we typically feature stylish velvet blazers among our blazer picks for the best winter blazers to wear to work (including a beautiful blue one from Self Portrait that Kat shared a couple of weeks ago). Many are festive enough for weekday holiday office parties but still professional for workday wear — and versatile enough to pair with jeans on the weekends. We’re bringing you some more recommendations today, including some of our favorite velvet blazers on the market right now — as well as (in our roundup) a few options for tweed jackets if you want a more sedate alternative to velvet. Readers, how do you change up your blazers for work in wintertime? Do you like to wear them as toppers to sexier looks on the weekend? Do you like to wear them to “business attire” events around this time of year such as networking events through alumni or professional organizations, or even holiday office parties held on workdays?the best winter blazers to wear to work 2017

Pictured at top: rosey orange / purple / gray.

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