Archives for January 2012

Coffee Break – Ivee Pump

Ivanka Trump - Ivee (Camel/Fuschia) - FootwearS’alright: we had the classic black pump yesterday. If, however, you’re in a bit more of a playful mood, I like this colorful shoe from Ivanka Trump’s new shoe line. Fuchsia pink, orange, and beige details — I love it. I think it would look great with neutrals like navy and white. (The shoe also comes in black on black and beige on white.) It’s $135 at Zappos.  Ivanka Trump – Ivee (Camel/Fuschia) – Footwear

How to Improve Your Writing

Pen to Paper, originally uploaded to Flickr by Orin Zebest.How can you improve your writing? Reader L wonders…

I am hoping that you and your readers can help me! I am looking for suggestions on how to improve my technical writing skills, either through online courses, tricks, tips — really anything.

This is a subject near and dear to my heart — in addition to being a writer, I taught Legal Research & Writing in law school. Here are a few tips from me; I’m sure the readers will have many more great ideas…  (Pictured: Pen to Paper, originally uploaded to Flickr by Orin Zebest.)

  • Nail down your grammar.  No, it isn’t sexy, but grammar is really important.  Most of my grammar knowledge comes from my time spent in journalism school (my undergraduate degree), where I became really, really familiar with books such as:
  • Nail down your spelling.  Yes, really.  If a writer makes spelling errors, it distracts the reader from what you’re saying and hurts your credibility.  It’s really tempting these days to let technology “help” you quite a bit, and one tip I have is to use auto-correct judiciously, not automatically.  If there are things you should know, don’t let your computer automatically correct you on those things!  For example, for some reason, when I first got to law school I misspelled “judgment” about 60% of the time when taking notes. I’m not sure what my problem was, but I thought there was an E in there.  That is a really commonly used word, and if I’d misspelled that on a handwritten test it would have hurt my credibility with the professor. So I needed to keep seeing the little red squiggle under the word — and review it every time I did a spell check — in order to teach myself how to spell it.

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Strutting Short Ruched Sleeve

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

Nanette Lepore Strutting Short Ruched SleeveThis blouse has so many things I enjoy: fitted waist, peplum flounce, cutouts on the arms, and 100% silk — gorgeous, gorgeous. What a great blouse to make an impression during an otherwise boring workday. It’s $228 at Saks. Nanette Lepore Strutting Short Ruched Sleeve

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Coffee Break – Purse Light Key Fob

Linea Pelle has some great sales going on, and I like this intelligent little doohicky: a lighted key fob for your purse. Love the red, love the leather, love the fact that it not only holds your keys but serves as a flashlight to help you dig around in your bag to find whatever it is you need. It was $45, now $27 (available in red and a purple “concorde”). Purse Light Key Fob Red


The Hunt: Basic Black Pumps Under $250

2016 Update: Check out our most recent discussion and roundup of comfortable black pumps!

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.

Readers, have you bought a black pump for under $250 recently? Which is your favorite?

Naturalizer - Lennox (Kirsch Red Shiny) - FootwearI thought we’d start strong: I think this is a good looking shoe from Naturalizer, available in a black kid leather, black patent leather, and a very attractive shiny red leather. The platform looks just right here — it’s big enough to make the heel height more walkable, as well as the sole more firm, but without looking stripperish at all. Oh, and the kicker: it has 133 glowing reviews at Zappos. It’s $79.Naturalizer – Lennox [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Tuxedo Jacket

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

Rag & Bone Tuxedo JacketI love adventurous, saturated colors like bright yellow in super classic shapes, such as this Rag & Bone tuxedo jacket. The main question, however, is thus:  How to wear it? I like it with the dark blue and white as shown here — but for the office I might try it layered with different shades of gray, such as a light gray sweater, dark charcoal pants, and silver or gunmetal accessories. It’s $495 at Saks. Rag & Bone Tuxedo Jacket

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