Coffee Break: Large Leather Shopper Tote

I was just thinking about splurgey totes the other day because I was admiring a new friend’s Chanel tote and thought, hmmn, maybe I DO want one for my next big birthday. Of course Chanel bags aren’t online (at least not new), so I went off looking at the sites for other splurgey totes, and was intrigued to see that this very simple Saint Laurent bag is a bestseller at both Saks and Neiman Marcus. What say you, ladies? I’m sure the leather quality is amazing, but to me this  looks awfully similar to some Everlane/Cuyana totes for much less money — and even those I consider those barebone options for the woman who doesn’t really want pockets/organization, zippers, or feet. (What tote WOULD you splurge on, if you had the money — or would you skip the tote and go for a shoulder bag or clutch?) This bag does come in a bunch of colors (17!), or did at one time — most colors are sold out at Saks. The gray is in stock and $995. Saint Laurent Large Leather Shopper Tote

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Is Your Life On Hold at All?

how to stop putting your life on holdSomehow this came up with a friend recently — we were discussing times our lives had been “on hold” for one reason or another. I thought it might make an interesting conversation here — particularly about how to STOP putting your life on hold. Some questions, to kick off discussion: Have you ever wanted to do something, either personal or career-related, because you were waiting for something else first? “I’ll buy a house/good plates after I get married…” “I’ll get a new job after I’m in a solid relationship,” etc. How did you work through the holding pattern? Did the thing you were waiting for happen, or did you just go forward and take the plunge anyway?

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Belted Fit and Flare Dress

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

We just did our roundup on classic sheath dresses for work last Monday, and this flared dress from Lark & Ro looks great (and is eligible for Prime Wardrobe). I think it’s a very classic look, and I like that it has a concealed back zipper and is machine washable. It would work well under a cardigan or a structured fitted blazer, as well. (Did you see our post on how to wear a black dress with a non-matching blazer or cardigan?) The dress comes in sizes 0–16 and is $69 at Amazon with free returns. Lark & Ro Belted Fit and Flare Dress

A plus-size option from Calvin Klein is at Gilt and Saks OFF 5th.

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Suit of the Week: Sézane

Sézane red suitFor 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.

I recently noticed that Nordstrom is carrying a new brand, Sézane, where the pieces have a slightly boho/vintage feel, but a lot of them are work-appropriate. Take, for example, this coral suit (also in navy) that has a polished, buttoned up vibe — but in such a fun color. (Some other favorite pieces from the line include this gorgeous blouse and this flirty tee.) The jacket (Sarina Blazer) is $210, and the pants (Gustav Slim Ankle Trousers) are $120.

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Administrative Professionals’ Day – Open Thread

Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day! What are you getting for your administrative professional today? In the past we’ve taken polls about the best administrative professionals’ day gifts like cash, flowers, and gifts like jewelry — and we’ve shared stories of our amazing assistants, as well as talked about what’s the best things we’ve delegated to him or her. (This comment thread has great comments on what to get male assistants.)  So ladies — what’s going on at your office today? What did you get your assistant for today? If cash — how much? If flowers, jewelry or another gift, share details!

Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Knit Boyfriend Blazer

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This knit blazer has been around for a thousand years, and this year it’s a slightly longer version. We’re featuring it in plus sizes but it also comes in regular sizes. It has the look of a comfy jardigan for a casual sort of office, and it’s 100% cotton, hand washable. It comes in black/ivory, ivory/black, navy, and pink, with plus sizes only available in navy and black/ivory. The straight sizes are on sale for $41.40 at Nordstrom, although the plus sizes are still $79, unfortunately. Knit Boyfriend Blazer

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