Archives for October 2012

Suit of the Week: Boss Black

BOSS Black Jasluna BlazerFor 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.

I’ll be honest: slim pickings this week for a suit that I really liked. I like the color of this one, and I think the darts and seaming on the jacket would be really flattering. That said, I’d probably wear this suit primarily as separates. One thing that’s worth discussing, though: the buttons. I have always been taught that if you leave a button undone on a blazer, it’s the bottom button — never the top button. Here, with a fitted blazer like this, I would think it would look best either a) open and unbuttoned, b) all 3 buttons buttoned, or c) just the middle button buttoned. I think the way it’s styled here — top button undone, as if it were a low-cut blouse — just looks sloppy and as if there’s a fit issue. Am I crazy? Let’s discuss. The jacket (BOSS Black Jasluna Blazer) is $595, and the skirt (BOSS Black Venovi Pencil Skirt) is $325, both at Bloomingdale’s.

BOSS Black Jasluna Blazer BOSS Black Venovi Pencil Skirt


Tales from the Wallet: Flexible Spending Plans, Health Spending Plans, and More!

DEUX LUX Jax Glitter Zip WalletWe’ve talked a bit about how you can save big money by making use of different employer-offered perks, such as flexible spending plans, health spending accounts, and more. But as 2012 starts to wind down, and people make their decisions for 2013, I thought now would be a great time to have an open thread. Here are some questions to get the discussion rolling:

  • How much do you put into an flexible spending plans (FSA)? What have you used it on in the past; what will you use it on in 2013?
  • Do you use a Health Spending Account (HSA)? How much do you put into it every year?
  •  What other year-end housekeeping are you doing to your financial health?  What else are you doing to get your ducks in a row for 2013?

(Pictured:DEUX LUX Jax Glitter Zip Wallet, available in four colors at Lord & Taylor for $60.)

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Cashmere Blazer – Shawl Collar with Pockets

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

Aqua Cashmere Blazer - Shawl Collar with PocketsI love a shrunken sweater blazer like this — perfect to wear with jeans (as styled) as well as with dresses, trousers, and more.  It’s just a bit more structured than a cardigan, and just a bit more comfortable than a blazer.  This cashmere blazer is marked to $165 (down from $220) at Bloomingdale’s, with free shipping.  Aqua Cashmere Blazer – Shawl Collar with Pockets

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Coffee Break – Classic 48-Inch Automatic Golf Umbrella

GustBuster Classic 48-Inch Automatic Golf UmbrellaI normally think it’s rude to carry a huge umbrella on city streets. Sure, the person who carries it stays dry, but everyone else on the sidewalk gets jabbed and poked. But when it’s seriously raining, and you *must* be outside, I suppose that’s when it’s time to break out the big guns: the GustBuster. This highly rated golf umbrella can supposedly even weather gusts of 55 miles per hour. Nice. It’s $34.95-$49 at, available in hunter, black, navy, and burgundy. GustBuster Classic 48-Inch Automatic Golf Umbrella


Guestpost: Reader B’s Experiences with an IUD

Are IUDs the right birth control method for busy women? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a number of the Corporette commenters love (love) (love) their IUDs. I’ve never had one, but I was intrigued (particularly by their fervor!), and put out a general call for one reader to write about her experience for us. Reader B generously stepped up, and this is her account* — thank you, reader B! Let’s use the comments of this post to otherwise discuss the issue. Readers, if you’ve had a positive or negative experience with IUDs, please weigh in.

The Decision

Getting a Mirena IUD was actually a relatively easy decision for me. I have had nothing but complications and woe whenever I’ve tried to take the pill, no matter what form of the pill I took, and I take a medicine for a chronic illness that is absolutely incompatible with pregnancy. I was in a new relationship (since ended), and given the relatively high failure rate of condoms (about 15% with typical use), I was uncomfortable using condoms alone as a method of contraception. So I did some online research about non-hormonal methods, and went to my gynecologist intending to discuss the possibility of a diaphragm or copper IUD (brand name Paragard). I quickly discarded the idea of a diaphragm when I learned that they too have a high failure rate, but when I mentioned my heavy periods and bad PMS, my gyno suggested Mirena rather than a copper IUD. [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Crest Dress

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Trina Turk Dress - Crest Solid Ponte I’ve been ogling a number of Trina Turk’s ponte dresses for quite a while, but I don’t think I’ve posted one here. For shame! I love the look of this cap sleeve dress. Love the pleating at the neckline, the pockets, and the brilliant fuchsia color (although Bloomie’s also has it in plain black). The dress is $298 at Bloomingdale’s. Trina Turk Dress – Crest Solid Ponte

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P.S. As many of you guys know I’m in NYC, so Team Griffin is hunkered down hoping Hurricane Sandy doesn’t affect power/WiFi/etc. On the off chance I am without power, though, the three posts today should go up automatically (although I may be a bit slower to moderate comments). Best wishes to all the readers affected by the storm — here’s hoping none of us are too inconvenienced.

Update, Tuesday, 11:05 AM: We’re fine.  Power still on, no flooding on our block.  WiFi/Internet is spotty but considering everyone else in NYC I’ll take it! Hope everyone else on the East Coast is staying safe.