Archives for February 2016

Happy Leap Year!

stylish work clothes saleI keep getting sale alerts in my email inbox for random spots, so I thought I’d poke around at some of the best shops for workwear to see if there were any good sales on — have you seen any great ones in honor of February 29th, ladies? From a quick look I’d say the Neiman Marcus one is the most major one going on, particularly if you’ve been eyeing something that almost never goes on sale (like a custom 5050 boot or something).

  • Amazon – No major sales, but the deals of the day include 50% off a NordicTrack treadmill, and 63% off Rosetta Stone language learning software.
  • Ann Taylor – Use code MYSTERY50 for 50% off your entire purchase
  • Brooks Brothers – Free shipping until 11:59 PST, in addition to the winter clearance event already on (save up to 50%). Love this and this, both from the Red Fleece collection.
  • Express – Take an additional 40% off clearance
  • J.Crew – 25% off swim, shorts, tees and more — plus 25% off gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and bridal accessories.
  • J.Crew Factory – Online only, women’s jeans just $49.50. 40-50% off women’s shirts.  Prices as marked.
  • Last Call – Extra 29% off entire site. How have I not noticed their “shop by face shape” sunglass finder before?
  • Loft – 29% off the entire site. 
  • Neiman Marcus – Online only, Leap Year Deal. $50 off $200, or $100 off $400 with promo code LEAPYEAR. Weitzman boots, Rag & Bone boots, Manolo heels, and more are eligible for the discount.  In other news, the Real Deal sale is going on (up to 65% off regular price), and online clearance is happening as well (up to 70% off regular prices).
  • Nordstrom – No major advertised sale, but there are 6,500 items in the women’s sale, a lot of which look new to me — tons of plus size options if you’re looking.
  • Reiss – Winter sale, final reductions.
  • Talbots – 25% off your entire purchase.
  • Victoria’s Secret – Last day for free shipping and returns with any swim purchase.  Save $15 off $100, $25 off $150, $50 off $250 with code SPRING2016.
  • Zappos – No major sales, but their usual dazzling selection — and today there’s a petition to turn February 29th into a paid national holiday.

Coffee Break: Morris Satchel

Purple Satchel: Sole Society Morris SatchelIf you are a fan of satchels, do consider this pretty, sculptural bag from Sole Society. I love the sleek, sophisticated shape, the little tassle in front, the fact that there’s a longer strap to supplement the one that’s 7.5″, and the fun leopard lining. It was $70 but is now on sale for $34 (final sale, alas). Sole Society Morris Satchel


The [email protected]#$ Off Fund

the f-off fund -- a discussion with professional womenSomething that everyone seems to be talking about is the concept of the “f$*@#$ off fund” — the original piece in Billfold went viral, and I’ve seen it popping up everywhere in conversation from FreeKesha stories to the discussion of that Yelp employee who got fired after complaining about her salary publicly (here’s Ask a Manager’s brief link to get you started on that drama). For those of you who haven’t yet read it, in the article, a hypothetical woman has to stay with an abusive boyfriend and a sexually aggressive boss because she doesn’t have the money to leave or quit. Here’s the core of the article, but note two things: a) the original is worthy of the 6 minutes Billfold helpfully tells us it will take to read it, and b) warning: language ahead.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Armantine Fitted Tailored T-Blouse

cotton white tailored shirtOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

If you always wear white blouses, at a certain point you want to look for interesting ones that stay true to your style but still go beyond the classic crisp button front blouse or silky blouse. Enter Anne Fontaine, who’s made absolutely gorgeous white and black blouses (just those colors, I believe) for years now. I had a chance to visit her shop in Paris many years ago and swooned over pretty much everything. This pictured blouse is an interesting mix of jersey cotton (i.e., t-shirt fabric) and crisp Pima cotton on the cuffs and collar — I like the fitted, sleek look. The blouse is $495 at Anne Fontaine Armantine Fitted Tailored T-Blouse

Here’s a lower-priced option (XXS-XL) and a plus-size alternative.

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Weekend Open Thread

beachy vacation dress LBDSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I often forget about Catherine Malandrino as a designer, but she has so many fun, affordable dresses at Nordstrom right now that it’s worth a mention (like this one and this one). This particular dress looks like the perfect thing to wear out to dinner when the weather starts to get warmer. It’s $138 in sizes 2-14. Catherine Catherine Malandrino ‘Emily’ Cold Shoulder Twist Front Dress

If a dress is too much, Bailey 44 has a ton of cute cold shoulder tops (ooh, or this one at Bloomie’s); here’s a plus-size top that looks lovely.

Psst: I’m watching a video right now with Laura Vanderkam, and her new book looks amazing — anyone checked it out? I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time


Weekly News Update

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  • YouLookFab looks at the trend of shoulder-baring tops (clearly not for work, of course!).
  • Racked has news that Amazon is launching its own clothing lines — while Women’s Wear Daily reports that they’re already available (hmm, soft launch?). They include Lark & Ro for workwear.
  • Real Simple explains why you can get “addicted” to using lip balm — apparently it’s not a myth.
  • The Atlantic has an excellent article on Marcia Clark’s treatment during the O.J. Simpson trial and her portrayal in the new FX series “The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
  • Speaking of the show, you should check out Elie Mystal’s recaps on ATL Redline for an excellent legal and cultural perspective.
  • Lifehacker shares tips for negotiating your salary and more.
  • Sheelah Kolhatkar writes in Bloomberg Business about women’s empowerment conferences and whether they’re really tackling the most important issues — or accomplishing anything at all.
  • Deborah Tannen (author of You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation and other notable books) writes in The Washington Post about what we demand when our leaders are women.
  • The Muse has some tips for those of you who like to pack a lunch every day.

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