Archives for July 2008

Poll: How do you invest?

investingThe crazy hours, the complicated work, the Excel spreadsheets, the hundreds of pages of reading — fortunately, there is an up side to many of these demanding professions, and that is a rather sizable paycheck. So today’s poll: What are you doing with your paycheck?


Pictured: Money!, originally uploaded by Tracy O.

The Hunt: Laptop Sleeves

2017 Update: We still think a lot of these laptop sleeves are awfully cute, but you may also want to check out our 2017 roundup of the best laptop bags for work.

Sure, we all know what basics 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.

Inspired by Amelia’s law school bag question, we thought we’d do a Hunt for laptop sleeves — they’re lightweight, simple, and mean you don’t have to carry techie bags that scream “I have a laptop in here” (or that fugly faux leather thing your laptop comes with). Sleeves can save you significant space/money when traveling (especially with all the crazy new restrictions these days), and can also make it easier to get through security elsewhere (such as, say, courthouses).

Waterfield makes custom sleeves for computers of all kinds, including Amazon’s Kindle and those teeny lightweight laptops that are all the rage. Prices start at $99, and the neoprene cushioning and ballistic nylon coating will keep your computer well protected. Alas, they only come in basic black.
LeSportsac’s colorful laptop sleeves come in three sizes and range between $25 and $39; the nylon exterior and padded interior will keep your laptop clean and protected. Also available in black. Also available at Nordstromicon.
Built has awesome sleeves for just about everything you can imagine — laptops, wine bottles, camera cases, etc. The laptop sleeves come in 3 sizes and a variety of colors, including black (although we like the wood grain one, pictured at left). It’s made of wetsuit grade neoprene, has easy grips on the side, and costs between $30 and $43. Other cute things to check out if you’re visiting the site: the tidy bib, the Hoodie camera case, and their iPod and iPhone cases.
If you have a larger laptop — especially a 12″ or 14″ Mac, these GYMS Pacific bags are perfect for you. (The one pictured at right is specifically for the iBook, in fact: Sukie iBook Notebook Sleeve.) Made of neoprene and lined in felt, these cases, most costing around $40. (They also have very cute iPod cases for $12.) The brand is also available at, which has free shipping over $50. gyms pacific laptop sleeves
fabrix laptop sleeve If neoprene isn’t your thing, Fabrix has some truly great cases to fit your Macs. The internal quilted padding will keep your laptop safe and sound, while the external fabric looks gorgeous. Pictured at left: Black Suit, available for between $36-$45.

Tuesday’s TPS Report – Theory Telissa Tailor Jacket

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

theory telissa jacketWe might be crazy, but we feel like this jacket is a new look for Theory. We like the longer length of the jacket, the removable belt, and the low cut of the jacket’s opening. Available for $395 from Saks. Theory Telissa Tailor Jacket

Bags for Law School

Bags for Law School | CorporetteI got an e-mail a while ago from reader A, on the hunt for stylish bags for law school. She notes that “I consider myself too old (too fabulous?) for a backpack (I’m 28) so I’m looking for a bag for law school that is stylish, comfortable, and suitable for a laptop. I am just wondering if there is anything more creative out there than the black padded messenger bag…”

2017 Update: We’ve updated links within this post. Also check out our advice for what to wear to law school, as well as how to build your working wardrobe for your summer internship.

Amelia – Ah, law school! I remember it well. Before we get to the best bags for law school, a few other words of advice for gear to stock up on:

  • a cute laptop sleeve (update: check out our 2017 roundup of the best laptop bags for work)
  • a large nylon bag — you want something durable as well as lightweight, because your law school books will definitely be heavy enough by themselves. We’ve suggested a few for you below, but in general we’d suggest looking at diaper bags and beach bags as your main campus bag. If you have back problems, you may want to look into a rolling backpack, as most of the ergonomic bags are a bit too small for law school textbooks. (Another option is to to not buy the books at all and just read the cases from Westlaw or Lexis, which would allow you to carry only the 100 or so pages being discussed in class that day, or even just store the cases electronically on your computer.)
  • A cute mini-bag (either a cosmetics case or a pencil case) to keep cords from getting tangled in your bag
  • Something to control the cords when you’re plugged in — most law school classrooms and libraries are wired so you only need about 10″ of cord, not 2′. You can keep them neat (and distinct) with velcro ties, available at hardware stores like Lowe’s for a few bucks.

Here are my suggestions for bags:

The two bags I remember seeing around law school a lot are ones that are hard to find online: the largest Longchamp bag (either Le Pliage or Planetes (often available online only in the medium, not the large size) or Herve Chapelier bags (now only on eBay!). Note that the Longchamp store in NYC has a wider variety of bags and colors (such as black leather on black nylon); I’ve also been told that black on black combo is available in Canada.) These bags are great but there isn’t much about them in the way of interior organization — but then, that’s mostly fine if you’re just going to class all day.

stylish grad school bag law school tote

Otherwise, there are lots of great bags out there that are not backpacks or messengers. We’ve admired the brand Timbuk2 for a few years, also — they’re durable and practical but cute, as well; the large size of this Classic Cargo (pictured below) is 16.5″ w x 12.2″ h x 8.5″ d, yet is only 2.25 lbs (and $90). Timbuk2 will also let you make your own bag.

stylish law school bag

LeSportsac also has a nice variety of bags with durable yet lightweight nylon. Most are available in solid black as well as the crazy colors (but come on, how happy would you be going to class every day with this bag?). The new Erika bag (below) is 15″x 19″x 5″ and $56.

bags for law school

Land’s End also has a variety of bags that are pretty good as totes — for example, this Business Tote is 15″x 12.5″x 5.5″ deep and already has a padded interior to carry a laptop. Available at Land’s End for $59.50.

stylish bags for law school

Also, we must recommend one book, at least. The summer before we went to law school, we read Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (Before You Go), But Didn’t Know to Ask… and No One Else Will Tell You, Second Edition (well, the edition that existed then), as well as any books recommended by that book. Some of it is blowing 1L year out of proportion, some of it is great preparation.

Ladies, which were your favorite bags for law school? Which bag did you carry, and which did you see around campus the most? 

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report – Agnona Cotton Twinset

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. We begin the week in splurge mode, with our most expensive suggestions, and wind our way to Friday, where a less expensive item of clothing might be just what you need to make it to the weekend.

Well, well, looky here. The twinset that we oohed and aahed over back in The Hunt is on sale at Vivre, marked from $1,395 to $558. Beautiful! Agnona cotton twinset with linen trim

Weekly Roundup

Liking these posts? Follow Corporette on Twitter — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also Tweet if we hear about a good sale.)

ECCO Women's Basel T-Strap Pump
– Over at AboveTheLaw they’re debating whether commuter shoes are okay. (We suggest using “placeholder” shoes — they’re not especially pretty to look at but they’ll definitely be comfortable to/from the office, are available in a variety of heel heights, and will be a dark leather so no one will really notice your shoes unless they’re studying your outfit.) ECCO Women’s Basel T-Strap Pump, available at Endless for 139.95

– If you have free time this weekend and live in New York, head to Barney’s to catch the final sales (in a controlled environment with readily accessible dressing rooms) before the warehouse sales begin on August 14. [Racked]

– How to talk the co op board into letting you buy, even if you only make six figures without your bonus. [Banker’s Ball]

– WSJ has some tips for getting the most from your Blackberry.