Archives for September 2015

Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Three-Quarter Sleeve Cardigan

Halogen Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Readers were just noting their love for this three-quarter sleeve cardigan, which Nordstrom currently has in almost twenty (!) colors, in regular, petite, and plus sizes. Some colors are 100% cotton; others are viscose and nylon (82/18). Halogen Three-Quarter Sleeve Cardigan

(On the hunt for a great cardigan? Check out our last roundup and general guide to stylish cardigans for the office.)

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Coffee Break: ‘Keely’ Satchel

Matt and Nat 'Keely' Satchel | CorporetteThis vegan satchel has such a ladylike vibe — love it. If you’re looking for a navy/chalk blue bag, they have one, but otherwise I’m a fan of the pictured black-on-black version, featuring a textured PVC for contrast. It’s $168 at Nordstrom. Matt & Nat ‘Keely’ Satchel

Here’s a lower-priced option.

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When Personal Problems Affect Your Job Performance

When Personal Problems Affect Your Job Performance | CorporetteWhen your work suffers because of personal problems you’ve been struggling with — and your supervisor has noticed — how can you turn things around? Reader J wonders…

I am a mid-level associate in Big Law. I switched firms in December of 2014. Today, I had my first review and it went very poorly — in Big Law words, “needs improvement across the board.” How do I get out from under my first review having been so terrible? Back story: When I joined this firm, my mom was approaching the one year mark after being diagnosed with stage IV cancer and was doing well. Within about 8 weeks, she got very sick, and over the course of the following 12 weeks, died a slow, painful death. My dad has become too depressed to take care of himself. My boyfriend of over a year left me. I have no real family support. My personal life has been atrocious, and while I tried my best in the office, I knew that I was falling short due to non-work demands/crises. Recently, I’ve felt back on my feet. I know that I can meet expectations and that my work product is, under normal conditions, solid and consistent and I love my job. How do I overcome this bad first impression?

Ouch, Reader J — I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had such a rough year, and that it’s affected your work in such a negative way. I think you have a few options for recovering from a career setback like the one you’ve experienced:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Sheer Pleated Blouse

Loft Sheer Pleated Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I love the floaty, drapey vibe to this highly-rated Loft blouse. It’s swingy! It’s demure! It’s pretty! For once I prefer it in the grapefruit, but it’s also available in black, where it looks a bit more sheer — with either one I’d wear it with a camisole that hid my bra straps, like the Old Navy Tami or the Nordstrom Two-Way Tank (formerly known as the Shimera tank). The blouse, at full price, is $59 — it’s available exclusively online in regular and petite sizes XS-XL. Loft Sheer Pleated Blouse

Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected]

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Suit of the Week: Hobbs

Suit of the Week: Hobbs Aphra

For 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.

Yes, this suit is lovely in its pale blue iteration — but I have even better news for you: it also comes in black. (I usually feature the more colorful version of the item because it shows the details better.) I love the darts at the top of the suit and the dress, the lack of a collar (very hot right now), and the bracelet sleeves. The lining is polyester, but the rest of the suit is 100% wool. The jacket (Hobbs Aphra Jacket) is $480, and the dress (Hobbs Aphra Dress) is $395.

Here’s a lower-priced option (although it’s a pantsuit, not a skirt suit).

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Jewelry Organization

Jewelry Organization: Organize Your Work Jewelry, Fun Jewelry and More2016 Update: In addition to the below discussion on jewelry organization, you may also want to check out our discussion of jewelry-related closet organization hacks.

How do you organize your jewelry (work jewelry and fun jewelry) at home? Reader L wondered:

You recently posted about traveling with jewelry, which is really helpful as I’m traveling more for business. However, storing my jewelry at home is another beast altogether. Jewelry boxes don’t do it for me (too many funky/chunky costume bracelets and cuffs to fit), and I hate the formal, old fashioned look of jewelry armoires. My jewelry collection is comprised mostly of cheaper costume pieces, though I have some legit antiques and also quite a few mid-price (for me) bracelets/earrings/watches from Kate Spade/Tory Burch and the like, so I don’t want to throw everything haphazardly into a drawer just to get tangled/scuffed/scratched/lost/forgotten. Please help? Thank you!

I’ve been rethinking my own jewelry organization, so this is a great time to discuss. As Reader L notes, the easiest solution here is the jewelry armoire, and you can find freestanding pieces of furniture as well as mirror armoires (both freestanding and over-the-door). These look like they would be great for someone who is starting totally from scratch… but I kind of like some of my older solutions better, and I don’t necessarily have the space/need for another piece of furniture or another mirror, so fortunately for Reader L, I have some other ideas… Some of my older solutions have been working for me, and some of them haven’t, so I can’t wait to hear what readers say. (Pictured at top: the Acme 16000 Teresa Jewelry Armoire, Java Finish, for $122 at Amazon.)

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