Archives for September 2013

Coffee Break: Reluctant Stars Zip Wallet

Marc Jacobs Reluctant Stars Zip WalletFun! Everyone needs a colorful wallet (so it’s easier to find in your bag), and I like this purple one from Marc by Marc Jacobs. I particularly like that the pattern just reads as a standard dot print until you look closer and see that it’s rows and rows of stars. It was $98, but is now marked to $65.66 at Nordstrom. MARC BY MARC JACOBS  ‘Reluctant Stars’ Zip Wallet

The Hunt: Tweed Blazers

The Best Tweed Blazers

2017 Update: We still think the tweed blazers featured here are great for work outfits — but if you’re looking for in-stock items, you may want to check out our more recent roundup of the best winter blazers to wear to work.

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.

As the weather gets colder, I thought I’d poke around for some fresh interpretations of tweed blazers. Ladies, have you bought a tweed blazer recently? Do you have one from previous years that you can’t wait to wear again?


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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Asymmetric leather-trimmed jacquard jacket

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

Helmut Lang Asymmetric leather-trimmed jacquard jacketOoh: love this intriguing little jacket from Helmut Lang, on deep discount at The Outnet. I like the light-green leather details, as well as the light gray jacquard — the phrase “effortless chic” comes to mind, particularly when paired with neutrals, as here.  It was $1,085, but is now marked to $379.75 at The Outnet. Helmut Lang Asymmetric leather-trimmed jacquard jacket

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Weekend Open Thread

Express color block sweater tunicSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Express is having some pretty serious sales this weekend — markdowns up to 60% off, PLUS an additional 30% off.  I like the look of this slub sweater for the weekend — it looks comfy, flattering, and on trend.  It was $49, was then marked to $29, and comes down to $20.99 once in your cart. Color Block Rolled Sleeve Tunic Sweater

Psst: There are a TON of great deals going on this weekend. In addition to the Express and Land’s End deals already mentioned:

  • Loft and Ann Taylor are both offering an additional 50% off sale prices
  • Spanx is having a rare “closet clean out” sale with savings up to 40% off
  • 6pm has a bunch of office-friendly styles on sale, including Cole Haan, Taryn Rose, Tahari by ASL, Sofft, Isola, Rockport, and more
  • Nordstrom just added a ton of things to its sale section
  • Not a sale, but I forgot to mention this on the news roundup: Catherine Malandrino’s collection for Kohls just launched.


Weekly News Update

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  • Oh, yes: I totally forgot about this last week.  The WSJ heralded the “triumphant return of the skirt suit,” wherein the author began with the sentence, “The last time any fashionable woman took a skirt suit seriously, Melanie Griffith and Sigourney Weaver were clobbering one another for corner-office rights in the 1988 film ‘Working Girl.'” They then illustrated the article with three suits that Betty and Sally Draper are super excited about (pictured).
  • Above the Law reports that the Florida Bar cares a lot about the length of your skirts.
  • Lifehacker rounds up a wealth of bra knowledge.
  • SheFinds tells you how to keep dark nail polish from staining your nails.
  • Sally at Already Pretty ponders how much you should care about fashion (and who gets to tell you how much you care).
  • The Washington Post (and my former roommate, writer Jena McGregor!) tells it like it is: the boardroom is still an old boy’s club.
  • Ask a Manager clues you in on when you actually have to fill in the “salary requirement” part of a job application.  Meanwhile, Levo League tells you how to prep for an interview.
  • POPSUGAR Smart Living knows the two things holding you back.
  • I’ve linked to her blog before, but I’m excited to say that Liz Brown’s new book, Life After Law is out — if you’re an unhappy lawyer and curious about exit strategies, this is the book for you.  Liz was nice enough to include my story in her book as well!

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Long Sleeve Deep V-Neck Drape Top

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

Lands End Long Sleeve Deep V-Neck Drape TopI’m a big fan of Lands’ End lately, having recently purchased a bunch of ponte dresses which are fabulous (and sadly mostly sold out). One of the pieces I have (in both the green and the red leaves) that’s still mostly in stock is this long sleeve deep V-neck drape top. It’s still available in select regular sizes, with a lot more sizes and colors in the petite section. With the sale going on (30% off everything, plus free shipping with $50+), it’s an even better deal.  It is a thin material, and it’s still a fairly deep drape, but I like the way it looks with my curves; it would look great with a blazer and an interesting necklace. The top was $34, but is now marked to $10.99 plus 30% off (solid colors); very limited quantities of patterned versions are also in the Lands’ End deep discount section, On the Counter; today they’re marked to $4.50 (plus 30% off). Long Sleeve Deep V-neck Drape Top

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