Archives for June 2014

Guest Post: Finding Time to Exercise

tips on finding time to exercise

2018 Update: We still think this is a great discussion about finding time to exercise, but you may also want to check out some of our other more recent posts on exercise and busy women, including 7 tips to help you hire a personal trainer

A regular exercise regimen and an intense job are not easy things to reconcile — so how do you fit exercise into a busy day? We’ve talked about mid-day workouts, some of my favorite exercise DVDs, and generally talked about how to fit exercise into a busy day, but not in a while — so I’m thrilled to welcome today’s guest poster, the blogger behind Sweet Hot Justice, who is doing the impossible and balancing a busy job as in-house counsel with a pretty awesome exercise routine. I’ve known of her since we both started anonymous blogs Way Back in ’08 — but we only just recently met in real life, and she’s every bit as awesome as her hilarious writing would make you think she might be. Please welcome Maria de Cesare of Sweet Hot Justice, giving her own excellent pointers for finding time to exercise when you have an intense job! – Kat.

I hate working out. Not “I hate working out” as in “Gyms aren’t my thing but I cherish my daily 5-mile jog.” No. I mean “I hate working out” as in “After working 60-hour weeks, I’d rather do almost any other thing in the universe, including sitting in a room and staring at my hands, than work out.” Also… I’m not exactly what you’d call an athlete. I have a job that involves lots of aggressive sitting. I hate sweating. You’ll never hear “Oh my god, Soul Cycle is the best thing on Sunday mornings!” come out of my mouth. You know what’s the best thing on Sunday mornings? A three-hour champagne brunch followed by not going to Soul Cycle.

So, why in the world should you listen to me for tips about how to make fitness fit into your life? Well, because if I can make it happen, believe me, you can make it happen. A few years ago, after leaving a Big Law job and ignoring my personal fitness for years, my body just felt off. My back always hurt. My clothes didn’t fit the way I wished they did. I just felt like a weak, disconnected mess.

But now, after stumbling through a few fits and starts and finally finding a fitness routine that works for me, I feel stronger and more in sync with my body than I ever have. And now, even when I’m tired and cranky and absolutely dreading the idea of schlepping to the gym, I know that I’ll feel 100% better after I do — and that keeps me coming back.

So, I know that you don’t have time to work out, I know that there are a million other things you’d rather do with your all-too-precious time and money — believe me, I’m right there with you. But, if you’re looking to jump on the fitness rainbow, keep these general thoughts in mind when struggling with finding time to exercise with an intense job:

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Sponsored: Get Work-Appropriate, Custom-Fit Dresses from NUMARI

NUMARI bespoke dressesDisclosure: This post is sponsored by NUMARI, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Everyone wants a dress that fits you like a glove — but it can be a struggle to put in the time needed at the tailor (to say nothing of the money or the guesswork involved with the initial purchase), and getting a bespoke dress seems intimidating and expensive.  Enter NUMARI, an up-and-coming fashion brand with a triple threat: cute work-appropriate looks, an easy custom fit, and affordable price points ($160-$235 with free shipping and free returns).  I also like that the two founders both actually have worked in conservative spaces — one worked in banking, consulting, and consumer products, while the second was a management consultant in the tech world.  They sent me a few samples to look over, and I must say, I’m impressed with the quality and look. [Read more…]

Tuesday’s TPS Report: Leather Detail Blazer

Halston Heritage Leather Detail Blazer | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week, we welcome an old friend back to the blog — Belle from Capitol Hill Style, who was also good enough to take a week of TPS reports during my first maternity leave (and has guest posted about how to maximize a chance meeting with a VIP).

I adore the unique structure and details on this Halston blazer. The tailored seams accentuate the waist to give any woman an hourglass shape, and the slight rear peplum adds some drama to the back. The stone color makes it a versatile choice; mix it with bright colors, jewel tones, or other neutrals. It’s $475 at Nordstrom. Halston Heritage Leather Detail Blazer

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Coffee Break: Gold & Crystal Barricade Babe Earrings

Tom Binns Gold & Crystal Barricade Babe EarringsIf your taste runs more edgy than classic, Ssense has some great sales going on right now on accessories, bags, and clothes. I like these small “barricade” post earrings from Tom Binns — they seem like an interesting take on a trend I’ve noticed for small, skinny post earrings. (Only one of the earrings is pictured here.)  These were $110, but are now $55. Tom Binns Gold & Crystal Barricade Babe Earrings


The Hunt: Fit and Flare Dresses

fit and flare dressesSure, 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.

I noticed a few weeks ago that readers wanted a Hunt for fit and flare dresses, so I thought we’d round some up today! (Update: check out our 2015 roundup of fit and flare dresses for work here.) I usually consider a “fit and flare” dress to be one that is fitted from the waist up, but A-line/fluid/flouncy/full from the waist down. (Interestingly, a quick Google for “what is fit and flare” turns up lots of wedding dress results.)

I generally think of the look as being less “classic work” than a sheath dress because it tends to be popular one season and disappear almost entirely the next — so, like the flouncy skirt, if you like this style on your body type, this is a great time to stock up.

The style is often described as “curve hugging” and with words like “flirty!” which make it seem like it’s less work-appropriate, but I think all of the pictured dresses are totally work-appropriate for even the most conservative offices. Obviously, watch your skirt length and your sizing, but that’s true of everything with workwear. One bonus with this style: there are a TON of budget options — almost all of my picks are below $100!

Readers, have you gotten any great fit and flare dresses recently? What defines a great fit and flare dress for you?

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Two-tone Silk and Wool-Blend Cady Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week, we welcome an old friend back to the blog — Belle from Capitol Hill Style, who was also good enough to take a week of TPS reports during my first maternity leave (and has guest posted about how to maximize a chance meeting with a VIP).  Welcome back, Belle!

Victoria Beckham Two-tone silk and wool-blend cady dressThis dress is utterly sublime. The mix of black and white makes it appropriate for any season, and the tailoring is impeccable. It’s also the perfect piece for the day-to-night transition. I’d wear it with a structured blazer at the office, then lose the blazer and add a brightly colored clutch for a night out. It’s $2,350 at Net-a-Porter.  Victoria Beckham Two-tone silk and wool-blend cady dress

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