Archives for April 2015

Coffee Break: Power Pumps

Weitzman PowerThese 3.5″ heels from Stuart Weitzman look great — simple, classic shape, with a pointed toe (trendy) but not SO pointed that they’ll be out when almond toes come back into vogue.  These beige “adobe” heels (pictured) are $355 at Zappos; they also come in black patent; Stuart Weitzman has a few more colors in stock at their website as well. Stuart Weitzman Power

These shoes are similar and only $88.


What to Wear to a Work-Related Golf Event

what to wear to a work-related golf event2018 Update: We still stand by this advice for what to wear to a work-related golf event — you may also want to check out some of our other advice on what to wear to summer associate events and other team-building exercises like sailing, company picnics, and more.

If you have a golf outing for work coming up, what should you wear? We’ve discussed what to wear to a company golf outing in the past, as well as golf clothing for a newbie attending a scramble — but not in a while. Here’s Reader L’s question on what to wear for a work-related golf event…

Could you please do a post on clothes for work-related golf outings and where to buy them? I’m attending several golf scrambles with colleagues this summer, and as I’ve never golfed before, I have no idea what to wear or where to shop for it. I’d like to find things that are appropriate without being frumpy. Thanks!

Both Kat and I will freely admit to knowing next to nothing about golf, so we turned to an expert — Donna Hoffman, the president and founder of Women on Course, an organization that encourages women in business to take up golf by offering various events around the country, a membership program, and special discounts. About 15-20% of the women who attend Women on Course events work in the legal field.

Hoffman shared several useful tips for new women golfers planning to attend work-related golfing events:

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Sponsored: Celebrate Mother’s Day with Luxury Flowers from FTD

ftd4This is a sponsored post, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.  

I don’t know about you ladies, but I’ve been disappointed in some of the online bouquets I’ve ordered for others recently.  They all seem just kind of… middling.  The bouquets are small, the flowers are boring, and the main way to pick something “better” is to get a fancier vase or a teddy bear or something.  But what about better flowers?  So I was thrilled when FTD reached out, because — for some reason — I had never really been to their site before, despite the fact that they’ve been in business since 1910, and I’ve never focused on the fact that they are known as the luxury flower provider.  Not only do they partner with heavy hitters such as Vera Wang, Better Homes and Gardens, Bacarat, Godiva, Cristal and Dom Perignon, but — SO SMART! — they also let you “upgrade” your order four ways, all based on the flowers.  “Good” is the first choice, which they stand behind — their whole site is backed by their 7-day satisfaction guarantee.  Next is “Better,” which promises “full and lush” flowers; the next level is “Best,” which promises “bountiful blooms.”  Some bouquets also offer a fourth option: “Exquisite,” which is “lavish and grand.”  Here’s how they show the flowers varying from one level to the next, using The FTD® Deep Emotions™ Bouquet by Better Homes and Gardens® as an example (which, by the way, is the Editors’ Choice, and may be my favorite of the bunch as well).  I’d be thrilled to get any of these hot pink and orange bouquets, and I certainly wouldn’t be embarrassed to send one. The pictured bouquet starts at $54 (good) to $105 (exquisite), and includes the vase.


Some of my other favorites from FTD’s site includes:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Silk Check Print Blouse

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

Silk Check BlouseBrooks Brothers has a number of cute things on sale for under $99 (lots under $50!) in their sale section right now.  I like this silk georgette blouse in a soft, muted check print.  It’s available in sizes 0-16, marked to $99 (was $198).  Silk Check Print Blouse

Here’s an option we like in plus sizes, and don’t forget to check out our guide to silk button-front blouses.

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Suit of the Week: Reiss

women-summer-suitsFor 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.

We all know I love a good polka dot accent for work: but is an entire navy suit with polka dots too much? I am still on the fence, but I do think the pieces would look adorable as separates, and — on the right woman, a whole suit would be perfect for the summer. I like the texture to the “silk infused” polyester blend, the crispness of both pieces, and the full lining on the blazer. The jacket (Reiss Kallisti Blazer) is $370 and available in sizes XS-L, and the pants (Reiss Kallisti Trousers) are $210 and available in sizes 2-10.

Here are lower-priced options with a more subtle dot pattern: one in regular and petite sizes (jacket, skirt, pants), and one in plus sizes (jacket, skirt).

Summer Suit for Women polka dots


Wednesday’s TPS Report: Woven Fit and Flare Dress

Marc New York by Andrew Marc Woven Fit & Flare Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m more a fan of the classic sheath myself, but the popularity of the fit and flare dress is holding strong.  This machine-washable one from Marc New York looks great — I like the seaming, the ladylike hemline (so many are minis!), and the work appropriate neckline.  It’s available in Aegean (pictured), black, and a “bright rose,” and is $138 at Nordstrom. Marc New York by Andrew Marc Woven Fit & Flare Dress

Here is a lower-priced option (available up to size 16) and a plus-size alternative (which is also available in regular, petite, and petite plus).

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