Coffee Break: Hannah Flat

hannah flatWe all know I love a good strappy flat, and these gorgeous shoes from Sarah Flint caught my eye recently. I’ve never really been much for orange, but I kind of love these — they’re not quite as twee/in your face as RED SHOES can be (and I say this as someone who has a lot of red shoes!) bu they’re still a nice pop of color — I think they’re also great for fall, particularly worn with navy or gray and, depending on the outfit, black and dark reds. Lovely. They’re $375 at Sarah Flint (also in black and olive), Shopbop (in pink!), and Farfetch (in olive). Hannah Flat in Burnt Sienna Crosta Suede

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Where Do You Draw the Line Between Wedding Wear and Office Wear?

Where do you draw the line between wedding wear and office wear?I was looking at a major department store’s “Wear to Work” dresses and found myself negging rejecting half of the dresses because they looked like wedding wear to me instead of workwear. And it occurs to me: this topic comes up a TON — what is cocktail attire, what is office attire, what is wedding attire — and do any pieces straddle the line so successfully that you can honestly wear them to multiple situations? I’m not going to pretend to be innocent, either, as I’m sure many readers will note — sometimes we’ve made some workwear recommendations a little too closer to the “wedding wear” line. Still: what are your thoughts? Where do YOU draw the line between wedding wear and office wear?

For my $.02, from my own personal experience and everything I’ve learned in doing the blog, this is my sense of the line between wedding wear and office wear:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Stretch Crepe Pants

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comfortable magic pants for workWe’ve included these pants in a lot of roundups over the past year or so, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured them by themselves for a Workwear Report. Heralded by the readers as “magic pants” and “professional pajamas,” these pants are the thing you wear when you want comfort and style — certainly a solid pick for when you’re seeking comfortable workwear for late nights. They are a pull-on style, have no pockets, and have instructions to “dry clean or machine wash cold, tumble dry low.” They’re $168-$178, available in regular, petite and plus sizes, and come in a bazillion colors in the slim ankle pants (pictured in navy), as well as in straight leg full length styles. Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Pants

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Coffee Break: Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

I know a lot of readers love Dior’s Addict Lip Glow — so I was happy to buy it in berry a few months ago to add to my collection of tinted lip balms. And honestly, for me, the Addict Lip Glow in berry is a bit too pink, so I rarely wear it. I keep meaning to try other shades of it, but haven’t been super excited by any of them. Recently I saw that Nars is extending their popular blush color (“Orgasm”) into a whole suite of products, and decided to buy their new Afterglow Lip Balm during the big Sephora sale — and was surprised by how much I was reminded of Dior’s Lip Glow. So to do a mini-review comparing Dior Addict Lip Glow vs Nars Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm: I prefer the Afterglow Lip Balm. It’s more coral-ly than I might have thought, but the lip balm itself is very comfortable, and it isn’t too glittery (always a concern). Well: Nordstrom seems to be having a beauty sale today (I spent far too much time this morning looking at swatches for this sheer lipstick from Bobbi Brown!) and both Nars and Dior products are 15% off, and Nars products have a gift with purchase.  The Dior Lip Glow comes down to $28, and the Nars Afterglow Lip Balm comes down to $23. Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

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What to Wear on Your First Day at Work

what to wear on your first day at workHere’s a fun question for today: What are your best tips for someone on what to wear on your first day at work? Do you play it very safe with your interview outfit? If it’s a business casual environment and a suit isn’t appropriate, what do you wear for your first-day outfit?

We’ve talked about how to make your first day on the job a GREAT one, as well as what to wear on your first day at a very casual law office, but it’s been a while — I can’t wait to hear what the readers say!

Here are some factors that I would consider when picking out what to wear on your first day at work:

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Camelot Dress

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This one has been popping up on social media for me: The Fold (now?) has a lovely dress with folded details and… dunh dunh dunh… pockets! Also available in blush, the dress is dry-clean only (womp womp) but made of a “light as air fabric with a bit of stretch.” Nice. It’s $365 at The Fold.  Camelot Dress

Looking for something more affordable? This $195 dress looks great (a bit sleeker actually) and comes in various colors and sizes; this $165 dress has more of an A-line cut and comes in sizes 0P-3X in navy blue.

Another random note: for those of you who love Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm as a “my lips but better” tint, it’s on sale at Nordstrom today (and has a GWP).

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