Archives for July 2012

Coffee Break – Cynthia Doctor Satchel

Ivanka Trump Cynthia Doctor SatchelOoh: cute textured bag from Ivanka Trump. I think the quilted synthetic leather looks really lux, and a bit foreign and mysterious — I looked at the picture here and wondered, what is that? Considering the price, I knew it wasn’t ostrich or some other exotic animal — but in real life, people won’t have the price to guide them. I think it’s really fun. It’s $150 at Zappos. Ivanka Trump – Cynthia Doctor Satchel (Black) – Bags and Luggage


Can Older Women Have Long Hair and Still Be Professional?

Glasses and long hair, originally uploaded to Flickr by Carutapera | PixelAlibi.

2018 Update: We still think this is a great discussion on whether older women can have long hair and still be professional — but you may also want to check out some of our more recent discussions on aging gracefully, including how to go gray intentionally.

Long hair on older women: the perennial question.  Despite our extensive oeuvre of hair-related questions here, I don’t think we’ve done this one* (and it was hotly protested among commenters in response to The Careerist’s recent diatribe against Hillary Clinton’s long hair, as well as among her own readers.  (Although looking back, we have done the “should I cut my hair for my first job” variation on the question.)

Let me begin by saying I’m biased: at 35, I have probably the longest hair I’ve had in a long time.  This is for a few reasons, I suppose:  first, the last time I did a major cut (donating 9″ to charity after my wedding), it kind of grew into a triangle shape, and now both my husband and my hairdresser protest heartily whenever I try to cut it anywhere near the top of my shoulders.  Second, it’s growing like a weed right now (which will probably change when we finish weaning). Furthermore, I look back on pictures from my early 20s to mid 20s, when my hair was at its all time shortest, and feel a sense of disconnect with that person.  So I think I’m kind of solidly in the camp of “I’m going to wear my hair long until I can’t.” (Pictured above: Glasses and long hair, originally uploaded to Flickr by Carutapera | PixelAlibi.)   [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Cambridge Blazer

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Cambridge Blazer - Two Penny BlueReader K wrote in to recommend this blazer, and I think it looks gorgeous — I love both the fuchsia and the red. Note that for every jacket purchased, a school uniform is donated to a girl in need in Africa. The blazer is $355 at Two Penny Blue. Cambridge Blazer

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Coffee Break – Katia Essential Wallet

Boje Designs Katia Essential WalletIf you’ve been hunting for an affordable wallet, consider an oilcloth one — you can often get a really colorful, fun piece that holds up quite well in your purse. This lovely purple one from Boje Designs (available in another 3 colors) is $34 at Amazon. Boje Designs Katia Essential Wallet


The Hunt: Heels Under 2 Inches

Stuart Weitzman Poco PumpSure, 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.

So here’s the thing about low heels: 80% of the shoes offered with low heels can look really gross* — kind of the shoe equivalent of Mom Jeans.  (2015 Update: check out our most recent roundup of office-appropriate low heels!)  But there are cute ones out there (although it can be a challenge to find them), and there are actually a lot of times you might want to wear low heels, even if you’re not 90 years old:
– All you peeps preparing for interview week where you’ll be on your feet for 8 hours, running from interview to interview? Yeah, you.
– When you’re attending a conference or another networking event that will involve a lot of standing.
– If you have pants that are hemmed for flats.
– If you’re easing back into heels after a long delay because of injury (or if you never really wore heels to begin with).
– If you’re suffering from feet problems like bunions or worse — higher heels just aren’t doable all of the time!

So with that said, I tried to poke around to find the most sophisticated shoes I could for under 2 inches — and on the lower end of the price spectrum, because it’s surprisingly easy to find $600 shoes with 1.5 inch heels. Readers, what heel height do you wear 80% of the time? For those of you who prefer lower heels, which are your favorite brands?  [Read more…]

Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Enrico Dress

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Burberry London Dress - EnricoSomething about this dress just seems so sophisticated to me — the pleats, the high waist, the pockets, the black silk… it really just looks effortless. I’d skip the platform booties, as styled here, though, and go with a nice nude-for-you pump for summer… as fall approaches I think this dress would look great with knee-high boots, if they’re acceptable at your office. The dress is $850 at Bloomingdale’s. Burberry London Dress – Enrico

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