Archives for October 2008

Weekly Roundup — Happy Halloween!

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– Oh, good — a sexy prosecutor outfit, available for $64.99.  But wait, isn’t that what we all dress like every day, anyway?  []

– Christina Binkley (WSJ fashion reporter) waxes poetic about the power of her St. John suit. [WSJ]

– Is rank unfeminine?  Do women have problems “assimilating” to law firm hierarchy?  [Ms.JD]

– Yet another addition of Blackberry: Tips and Tricks.  [Banker’s Ball]

– So cute: a teeny tiny flash drive that holds up to 8 GB.  Who needs a briefcase when you can have one of these? [Best Bets Daily]

– Fashionista muses about shame shopping, and then celebrates the fact that Net-a-Porter will send you stuff in unmarked boxes.

– Learn how to declutter your life in 5-, 10-, and 15-minute increments.  [Unclutterer]

Poll Results: Not many will admit to napping, even though it’s good for you!

Wow — in what was one of our most unpopular polls ever, we asked last week whether people nap at the office and whether they have a system to it.  The poll is still open, but the initial results were split pretty much in thirds:

– 32% said that yes, you had napped at the office more than once

– 30% denied ever napping

– 38% said they’d only napped once and weren’t proud of it.

As various articles report, napping for just 20 minutes can increase your productivity by clearing your mind’s clutter, as well as improving memory, stamina, and motor skills.  One article even weighs the different benefits of naps lasting anywhere from 2 seconds to 90 minutes.  Some companies are even installing “sleep pods” to help their workers recharge:

Some articles to consider, if you’re not currently napping:

Photo credit:  Cat nap, originally uploaded to Flickr by Mr. Miyagi. Note that there’s actually a difference between a cat nap (which one does on a lazy Sunday) and a power nap (which one might do at your office).

Poll: Patterned tights for professional women?

are-patterned-tights-ok-for-workInspired by last week’s Wolford sale at Rue La La, we thought we’d ask — do you wear patterned tights in cold weather?  There are a ton of options out there.  Our rule of thumb has always been to stick with the kinds of patterns men wear on shirts — pinstriped, windowpane, et cetera.  What are your thoughts?



Photo credit: legs eleven, originally uploaded to Flickr by tractorpirate.

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Tool of the Trade:

The most junior person on the team — whether woman or man — frequently gets assigned the more secretarial duties, such as FedExing letters, contracts, briefs, and document productions to the same people over and over (and over) again. (And, instead of re-delegating the secretarial task to the secretary, the junior person often ends up doing it themselves — either because their secretary has already left for the day or because they don’t trust their secretary to do it correctly.)

With, though, there’s almost no reason to even delegate the task of the FedEx label — it automatically prints a mailing label for you. The lettering is perfect — no need to write extra slow or ask your secretary to try to jam two typewritten lines onto one. Better yet, the program has bells and whistles your plain old mailing label doesn’t have: for example, it will remember previous addresses and the details of those previous addresses, such as whether there’s an internal billing code that should be assigned to that shipment.  If you FedEx things to the same 4 people repeatedly you can create a “Group” and it will automatically print a mailing label for each of the 4 people.   The program also will automatically e-mail you when the shipment is delivered (with information such as who signed for it), or e-mail you a head’s up if there are delivery problems.

The account is free — all you need is your company’s 9-digit FedEx account number (type it in the space we’ve highlighted yellow — the blue space is for your internal billing number), a clear pouch, and a laser printer (to print the bar code clearly) and you’re good to go.

Weekly Roundup

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– Diane von Furstenberg is having an online sale — great selection and decent prices.  []

– Yes, yes:  The McCain campaign somehow managed to spend $150K on Palin’s wardrobe and she looks, largely, the same. [NYT]  Although, apparently, she is keenly aware of her “new” image and gave the SNL wardrobe people guff.  [The Huffington Post]

– The WSJ braces the workforce for the Millenials.  [WSJ]

– Tracie over at Jezebel ruminates on all the ways Judge Judy has helped to turn her into a responsible adult.  [Jezebel]

– The editors over at The Daily Obsession are obsessed with Medieval, a red gloss.  We’re going to have to check it out! [The Daily Obsession]

– Finally:  Advice on how to leave the rat race.  [WSJ]

Professional Women and Tattoos: Can Women Lawyers Ever Have Visible Tattoos?

can women lawyers have visible tattoos?

2012 Update: We still stand by this conversation on professional women and tattoos — but you may also want to check out our most recent discussion on tattoo sleeves in the workplace.

Last week we asked you whether a visible tattoo was ever acceptable to women lawyers and other professional women. And wow did you guys respond — roughly 1500 of you weighed in. Although the poll is still open, here are the results thus far on professional women and tattoos:

  • 43% of you said a professional woman could never have a visible tattoo
  • 30% of you said it was fine if it could be covered by clothes or makeup
  • 12% of you said only so long as it wasn’t visible when you shook hands or interviewed
  • 8% said sure, a visible tattoo was fine

The commenting section was where things got ugly — some commenters accused the reader who had e-mailed of already having gotten the tattoo, and just seeking assurance. Some commenters referred to “tramp stamps” (which, we agree with the commenter who noted that that’s only generally referring to a lower back tattoo). The extremely helpful “billybob” opined that tattoos were for hookers, not lawyers.  Quite a few readers noted that tattoos were only in style in the late ’80s. [Read more…]