Archives for October 2015

Weekend Open Thread

M Missoni Sparkly Rain Boot | CorporetteSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

OK. I may be insane, but look how pretty! I love the unexpected sparkle (how great for a dreary day!), the traditional look of a Chelsea boot, and the practicality of it. In general if you’re spending this much on rain boots I’d just advise you to get Hunter boots, but, WELL — these sparkly rain boots from Missoni may just have to be in the mix. (They also have some solid-colored boots without the elastic gore, in case you dislike that feature.) The pictured boots are $145. M Missoni Sparkly Rain Boot

Here’s a lower-priced option (but be warned, they are super-sparkly!).


Weekly News Update

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  • Racked gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama.
  • Fashionista offers this advice: “you’re going to want to start working on your holiday shopping game plan earlier than ever.”
  • Who What Wear brings you tips on staying comfortable while wearing heels all day.
  • Above the Law shares some advice on public speaking.
  • Forbes lists “Ten Career Moves To Make Before 2016.”
  • Daily Beast essay asserts that the role of the First Lady is obsolete, and Wired looks into why our digital assistants seem to always have female voices.
  • New York magazine explains why people gain weight when they’re training for a marathon and features a video tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • The New York Times reports on the push for manufacturers to reveal what’s in the tampons and pads they make.
  • It can be really tough to eat healthy when you’re really busy — but Self has some tips.

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Cici Mesh Inset Blouse

T Tahari Cici Mesh Inset Blouse | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Tahari has a number of nice, affordable blouses. I’ve been stalking the Layden (now $38), but this light pink “Cici” blouse is also calling my name, and at only $34 too. I like the soft, feminine color and the high V-neck seems great for layering under blazers, sweaters, and more. Sure, there’s a mesh panel at the back, but I think we can all just ignore that, at least in winter (says the woman who is perpetually freezing, at least). Nordstrom has a longer-sleeved version if you prefer that — the pictured version is $34 at Bloomingdale’s. T Tahari Cici Mesh Inset Blouse

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Coffee Break: Tempo Pavé Diamond Huggie Earrings

David Yurman Tempo Pavé Diamond Huggie Earrings | CorporetteCome to mama! I love these silver and black rhodium earrings, speckled with diamonds of course. They’re beautiful, but everyday earrings. They’re $1,800 at Neiman Marcus. David Yurman Tempo Pavé Diamond Huggie Earrings

A few interesting lower-priced options are here, here (’50s vintage), and here.


The Bad Assistant: When To Switch, When to Fire

When to Fire a Bad Assistant | CorporetteWhat should you do when you’re stuck with a bad assistant, secretary or subordinate — and your assistant doesn’t assist? When is just time to switch assistants, or even fire the person? Reader K wonders:

We are a small (12 people) conservative professional investment firm serving high net worth clients. I recently moved from front office to portfolio assistant. The young woman who replaced me thinks she is doing a great job even though she was told by management that she needs to work on skills. She says she has a photographic memory and doesn’t take notes on anything I try to explain. I prepared “how to'” notes for her, but have had to print them for her repeatedly. She makes “to do” lists but rarely does items on the list. When I try to explain something, she has gotten up and walked off or continues to stare at computer screen. Her history shows that she is constantly on the Internet. I was told to monitor these things, but feel uncomfortable. I am working an extra 15 hours a week trying to do my new job and picking up slack on hers. Needless to say, I am stressed. Management is aware of issues, but not that I am really stressed out over this. How should I handle this?

Wow — I’m sorry, K, that sounds like it really stinks. You say she’s been warned; you say management is already aware of these issues. That all leads me to the following advice:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Madison Blazer

The Limited Madison Blazer | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

If you’re on the hunt for a colorful shrunken blazer, check out the Madison blazer from the Limited — lots of great colors, sizes XS-XXL, and in petite and tall sizes as well as regular. I think this green is my favorite, but I’m also a fan of the red, turquoise, hot pink, royal blue… it’s tough to pick. It’s $99 full price but today is marked to $59. The Limited Madison Blazer

Two options that are available in plus sizes are here and here.

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