Archives for September 2011

Weekend Open Thread

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The Outnet has a ton of jewel-toned garments on sale this weekend. I’m drooling over this Vanessa Bruno dress which, while it might work in an office would be lovely for evening outs as well. Love the pattern and asymmetric colla. It was $950, and is now marked to $285. Ikat-print silk-blend wrap dress


Weekly News Roundup

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– I’m sure a lot of readers will be psyched about this: The Limited is launching a new store called Elonquii that will focus on plus-sized workwear. The initial pictures look great. Hat tip: Racked.

The Careerist wonders if the jumper dress has replaced the power suit.  (For my $.02: nope.)

Above the Law reports on a conference panel where women — all general counsel to Fortune 500 companies — share their war stories.  Meanwhile, Capitol Hill Style wonders whether D.C. is an especially tough place to be a working woman.

Huffington Post wonders: Would you airbrush cleavage out of a work photo?  A Canadian Parliament member did.

The Washington Post takes a good look at women on television and finds bunnies, babies, and broads: Hmmn.

The New York Times has another excuse to exercise: it strengthens your brain.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Vanora Wave Printed Skirt

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. Many thanks to this week’s TPS guest poster, Road Warriorette!

vanora wave printed skirtAnytime I need something fun and inexpensive, or a piece with a vintage twist, I go to ShopRuche. They have fantastic bargain finds, from their clothes to their jewelry to their slightly kitschy home décor. I’m really digging this graphic-print black and white skirt, and I think it would be a great addition to a business casual travel wardrobe. One way to wear it: subdue it a bit with a black button-down and conservative pumps. Or, you could just go with it and pair it with a brightly colored sweater, like, say teal (shocker right) and some yellow heels. Either way you will look awesome during your meetings and be comfy on your flight home. It’s $37.50, available in S,M, and L. Vanora Wave Printed Skirt

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Coffee Break – Raquel Large Tote

Coccinelle Raquel Large ToteWhenever I shop, I take note of which brands I like, and some go on my shopping “bucket list” (things to buy, well, before one kicks the…). When I was in Germany a few years ago, I kept seeing the brand Coccinelle, and I really liked the handbags. At the time I hadn’t seen the brand in New York, so the deadline to buy a Coccinelle was “before leaving Germany.” Ladies, I was even willing to pay full price! Still, I never quite found the right bag for me, so I went home ohne Coccinelle. Happily, the brand (which it turns out is Italian) has made its way stateside, and both Amazonand Endless have some great deals on the bags. For today’s Coffee Break, I’m liking this Raquel Tote. The black version is readily available for $550; there are also limited quantities of the brown and the olive (pictured) for as low as $190. Lovely.  Coccinelle Raquel Large Tote

The Top 5 Things You Might Miss About Corporate Life (Once You’re Out)

Once you’re out of the corporate world, what will you miss?  If you’d known you’d miss it, might you have appreciated it more?  Today’s guest poster, Lisa Carnochan from Privilege, has put together the top 5 things she misses about the corporate life — as well as what she doesn’t. I recently met Lisa in person, and I’m absolutely thrilled to have her guest posting again — her first, Career Advice from the Hiring/VP Level, remains one of Corporette’s top posts.  Enjoy, readers! – Kat  (Pictured below: Empty desk, originally uploaded to Flickr by Aldric van Gaver.)

Empty desk, originally uploaded to Flickr by Aldric van Gaver.I imagine that most of you reading Corporette are working women. I was one myself for many years. And, now, it appears, I’ve semi-retired. I remember dreaming, on grey days full of mean emails and meandering meetings, of what it would be like to be done with it all. And now I know. Here’s what I miss, and what I don’t miss at all. By the way, you’ll notice I don’t mention the paycheck. That goes without saying. Getting paid rocks.

5 Things I Miss About Working

1. Job interviews

I’m not kidding. When else do you have such a clear chance to package yourself up all shiny and valuable-like? I also love the problem-solving aspect. Ask your interviewer questions about the challenges he or she faces and then show your qualitative analytic skills on the fly. You’re their drive-by consultant. Works like a charm and makes one feel so damn smart. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Capri-print pintuck top

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. Many thanks to this week’s TPS guest poster, Road Warriorette!

Capri-print pintuck topAdding more prints to my wardrobe is a constant struggle. Solids are so easy, but prints add so much interest. Always a balance, eh? I’m always looking for new and different prints, and I really like this Capri-print blouse from Talbots. This particular print has several colors in it—gray, my favorite teal, white, and a tiny bit of coral. In the winter I think it would be lovely with gray slacks and coral heels. In the winter summer, you could wear it with a white pencil skirt. It would also be fantastic under a suit—black, gray, white, or camel. The busy pattern would cover any incidental wrinkles, making it a good bet for travel. It’s available in standard, petite, woman, and woman petite sizes (hooray Talbots!) and is $89.50. Capri-print pintuck top

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