Archives for August 2015

Coffee Break: Mobile Foodie Survival Kit

mobile foodie survival kitMy mother was just extolling the virtues of something I got her at Uncommon Goods (these beer sommelier glasses, if you’re interested), so I was perusing the site again recently, and found this fun spice kit.  If you’re traveling for business (or working crazy hours), you’re often at the mercy of the hotel kitchen (or Seamless), and eating well can either be boring (scrambled egg whites or plain grilled chicken again?) or, well, complicated.  The kit includes Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Onion, Basil, Cinnamon, Oregano, Garlic, Thyme, Curry, Rosemary, Ginger, Dill. Yummm.  It’s $26 at Uncommon Goods. Mobile Foodie Survival Kit


What Are Your Favorite Podcasts for Working Women?

podcasts-working-womenIn the past we’ve talked about our favorite magazines as well as summer brain candy books, but we haven’t talked about podcasts. I’ve been getting more and more into them (on walks, or while prepping/cooking dinner via my Echo), so I thought an open thread would be fun. (Another fun question: would you ever be interested in a Corporette podcast? Would you like interviews with working women, “Ask Kat” questions, general discussions about some of the stuff we talk about here on the blog? I actually just made a guest appearance on a podcast on Thinking Like a Lawyer, the podcast from my friends over at Above the Law, discussing whether the office thermostat was sexist.)

So let’s hear it, ladies — what are your favorite podcasts? What do you recommend to other working women? What is a must-listen? Another question: do you try to get career advice and the like during your podcasts, or prefer to listen to fun topics or general interest stuff? 

For my $.02 — these are some of my favorites:

Kat’s Favorite Podcasts

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Wool Double-Breasted Dress

Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Wool Double-Breasted Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

The coat dress: yea or nay, ladies?  I got a few questions about this when it first came into popularity a year or so ago — I believe Kate Middleton wore something similar — and am intrigued. I’m not a huge fan of the double-breasted look for most things, personally, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a professional or work-appropriate look — and as I’ve mentioned before, I am seeing more and more double-breasted looks this season in suits (and the boxy-vest-as-blazer trend, which I am also not a fan of), so it’s certainly trendy. This wool dress from Black Fleece / Brooks Brothers is one of the best I’ve seen if you’re on the hunt for a double-breasted dress: I love the flattering seams (check out the back of the dress), the work-appropriate length, and the ethereal, pretty gray. It’s $650 (available in sizes BB0-BB5.) Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Wool Double-Breasted Dress

Here’s a lower-priced alternative in regular and petite sizes up to 18.

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Weekend Open Thread

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip ColorSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I have thus far bypassed the “super bright saturated color” lip trend of this summer, mostly because I’ve been too lazy to go to a Sephora and try stuff on, but the prices are so good at the Sephora sale that just started that I may just indulge online.  This Urban Decay gloss stick is normally $20, but is $10 during the sale, and there are lots of great, super saturated colors to choose from.  (The rest of the sale is pretty great also: I’m eyeing this CC concealer and this anti-aging sunscreen stick. Prices are up to 75% off, and the sale just started.

Pictured: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color


Weekly News Update

weekly news updateLike these posts? Follow us on Twitter or Facebook — this is the edited version of what we’re reading! (We also tweet if we hear about a good sale through our CorporetteDeals Twitter feed.) You can also follow us on Pinterest and Instagram, or by our RSS feed.

  • Angie of YouLookFab tells you why she keeps certain things she rarely wears.
  • Racked checks out, a shopping service that lets you try on clothes at home for free; if you like them, keep them and your credit card will be charged; if not, return them within 10 days without being charged at all.
  • Refinery29 looks at workwear style in Washington, D.C. — and quotes Kat!
  • Inc. has advice on breaking bad public-speaking habits.
  • Time reports that women whose coworkers are at least 85% men experience higher stress levels.
  • The Street reports on a new study from the Family Wealth Advisors Council about women breadwinners; for example, the study found that a woman is the breadwinner in 40% American families.
  • New York magazine brings the news that there is now a name for that bad nighttime habit many of us have — bedtime procrastination.
  • The New York Times attempts to debunk the “8 glasses of water a day” myth.
  • For your Laugh of the Week, McSweeney’s brings you a handy Bay Area to Standard American English Translator.

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Frugal Friday: Long Sleeve Turtleneck

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

Halogen turtleneckI’ve often suggested layering pieces beneath sheath dresses, but it’s been hard to find good pictures, so when I saw that this lightweight turtleneck not only had good reviews, was recommended by reviewers as being a great layering piece, and then Nordstrom actually SHOWED it as a layering piece beneath a sheath dress, I had to post it.  The lightweight turtleneck layer isn’t for everyone, obviously, but if it is for you it’s been hard to find recently — this Halogen turtleneck comes in black, gray and white and looks perfect.  Layer it beneath cardigans, sheer blouses, sheath dresses, vests, blazers, thicker sweaters (they’re particularly great beneath itchy ones!), and more. The turtleneck is hand washable, and $39; it comes in regular and petite sizes XS-XL. Halogen® Long Sleeve Turtleneck

Here’s a more lux version (Vince) if you’re on the hunt, and here’s a plus-size version (Lands’ End) that also comes in regular, petite, and tall sizes in a zillion colors.

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