Archives for June 2011

Coffee Break – Eloise Satchel

Botkier - Eloise Satchel (Green) - Bags and LuggageZappos has a number of Botkier bags on sale today, and I love this dark green satchel. In addition to having super soft leathers and beautiful colors, I like Botkier bags for the intelligent pockets — and this Eloise stachel is no exception. Was $545, currently marked 20% off to $436. Botkier – Eloise Satchel (Green) – Bags and Luggage


P.S. Note that Shopbop has the same bag in black for 30% off, down to $381.

Can Long, Platinum Blonde Hair Be Professional?

long blonde hair unprofessional2017 Update: We still stand by this advice below about long platinum blonde hair at work, but you may also want to check out our latest discussion of the best shade of blonde hair for being taken seriously at work.

This is a perennial question:  is long hair professional? And a corrollary: is long platinum blonde hair professional? Reader K wonders:

I’m a law student with upcoming fall recruiting, and want advice for doing my hair for interviews. I have naturally platinum blonde hair (which is long – about 4″ below the shoulder). It makes me look younger than I am, but I don’t want to dye it or cut it short. How do I make it look professional and say, “I am not an airhead” for interviews?

I’m curious what the readers are going to have to say about this one, because we haven’t talked about long hair for the office in a long while, and I don’t think we’ve ever talked about platinum blonde hair.  (Pictured: If you’re not watching HBO’s Game of Thrones yet, I highly recommend it — the first season just ended.) [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Bella Cashmere Mix Jumper

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

Reiss Bella CASHMERE MIX JUMPER LIGHT KHAKI Cashmere sweaters are probably not on your mind right now, but summer is a great time to get things like this on sale. Today I’m loving this cashmere sweater from Reiss (which actually has some great sales going on right now). The pattern is a bit fun without being over the top, and a cotton cashmere mix is great for early fall and late spring. I’d keep the outfit neutral for the office, wearing a black or white collared shirt beneath the sweater and a simple pencil skirt, perhaps accessorized with a long silver necklace. It was $175, now $87 (note that it’s also available in solid colors such as royal blue and cream). Reiss Bella CASHMERE MIX JUMPER

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Suit of the Week: Victoria’s Secret

For 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.

So: let’s all try to ignore the come-hither look from the model, and the fact that the suit comes from Victoria’s Secret — call me crazy, but I think this could be a cute suit, as well as two really nice separates, for even a conservative office.  On the jacket, I like the obvious grosgrain seaming on the back, as well as the peplum details.  The skirt looks like your basic ponte pencil skirt, but I like that instead of a slit there are closed kick pleats.  The suit is available in both black and “plum velvet” (pictured).  The jacket (Ponte Jacket) is $128, and the skirt (Pencil Skirt) is $49.50.


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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Print Jersey Top Wrap Dress

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Donna Morgan Print Jersey Top Wrap DressHappy Wednesday! I like the look of this black and white dress from Donna Morgan, available in regulars and petites. The top is apparently a “true wrap bodice” but the skirt is a “partially-stitched down, faux wrap” — whatever it is the reviewers seem to love it, as all give it 5 stars. It’s $128 for both regulars and petites at Nordstrom. Donna Morgan Print Jersey Top Wrap Dress

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