Archives for November 2013

Weekly News Update

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  • Refinery29 suggests some interview outfits — for creative industries.
  • SheFinds steals some tips from celebrities for how to look great at the airport; Already Pretty rounds up travel-friendly black dresses, and Road Warriorette lists her top five healthy tips for travel.
  • POPSUGAR Smart Living takes a look at some recent remarks by Sheryl Sandberg that it should be “badge of honor for men and women to be alone in the room.”
  • The Careerist rounds up a lot of recent ladies-in-the-workplace news.
  • The Washington Post interviewed Sallie Krawcheck about her personal philosophy and her reflections on “the trappings of corporate life.” Speaking of corporate life, Above the Law highlights some fun examples of “shocking” times lawyers billed the clients.  (As someone who was told it might be appropriate to bill a client if you thought about the case in the shower, these don’t seem that shocking to me.)
  • Ask a Manager ponders when to use first names in the job hunt (something we’ve also talked about here). Meanwhile, Levo League suggests some ways to reignite your passion for your own job.
  • The Atlantic had an interesting article a few months ago about alcohol as an escape from perfectionism — a sobering read for all the Type As who enjoy a glass (or 3) of wine a night.
  • I know many readers are fans of The Hunger Games, so I thought I’d include this link to The New York Times taking a look at the fashion of Catching Fire (eee! I’m excited).

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Dot Jacquard Side Buckle Dress

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

Dot Jacquard Side Buckle DressAnn Taylor is having one of their better sales right now: take an extra 50% off all sale styles with code ANNCHIC. (I tend to check out these sales, and then the rare “50-60% off the entire site” sales). Lots of lucky sizes (and some pieces are final sale, so pay attention), but lots of great deals, too. I like this dotted jacquard side buckle dress — it looks ladylike but interesting, and I think would be great with a cardigan, tights, tall boots or a blazer and pumps. It was $129, then marked to $90, but with the sale it comes down to $45ish. Ann Taylor Dot Jacquard Side Buckle Dress

(Psst: Sister site LOFT is having a similar sale.)

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Coffee Break: Burberry Check Cape

Burberry Merino Check CapeI never get tired of the wrap/cape look, particularly over blazers and suits — it always looks rich, and the wearer always looks like a confident fashionista to me. This Burberry one looks ridiclously warm and cozy — it’s $650 at Neiman Marcus. Burberry Merino Check Cape


How to Hire an Assistant

how to hire helpWhat qualities should you look for when you hire someone?  Reader G wonders, particularly with regard to legal assistants:

Can you do a post about tips for interviewing and hiring a legal assistant? I’m a newer attorney and I share a legal assistant with two other attorneys. What should I look for in a new assistant? What questions should I ask during an interview?

Very interesting question, G, and I can’t wait to hear what the readers say — we’ve talked about delegating work, how to inspire a lazy secretary, and whether you should be friends with your staff, but never how to hire help. I’ve been reading a million articles on hiring people myself but aside from contract workers and virtual assistants I don’t have direct experience with this myself. A few links that may help: [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Asymmetric Neck Sheath Dress

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

Ivy & Blu Asymmetric Neck Sheath DressI think I’ve featured this dress before, but this lovely oxblood color is new to me, and I think this is a better sale than what I’ve seen in the past.  The dress was $158, then marked to $115, but with the extra 30% off sale now comes down to $80.50 — sizes 2-16 still left.  I might try it with black accessories (tights, cardigan or blazer, a distinctive black necklace) in the fall, and perhaps a chambray blazer (or something else light blue) as it approaches spring.  (This black dress from Taylor also looks amazing as a desk to dinner dress.) Ivy & Blu Asymmetric Neck Sheath Dress

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Suit of the Week: Gucci

Gucci Jaguar JacketFor 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.

There’s something so femme fatale about this suit, and yet I kind of love it in a non-costume sense as well. The fact that the dyed calf hair collar is detachable is probably a plus — with that bit removed it’s just an amazing crepe wool jacket with flattering dart details. The slit on the skirt (on the back) is, um, a bit high for my taste, but so it goes. The jacket (Gucci Wool Jacket with Jaguar Print Collar) is $2300, and the skirt (Gucci Bonded Cotton-Blend Pencil Skirt) is $595.

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