Archives for October 2016

Coffee Break: Possessed Lipstick

possessed-lipstickLadies, how much is too much for a lipstick? This lipstick may look dark and dramatic, but for some reason I picked up the “sheer” version of it while out shopping recently, tried it on, and fell in love — it’s the perfect purpley plum for fall. No brainer, I thought, and decided to circle back to pick it up near the end of the trip. I came back and noticed the price for the first time: $40! Yipes. That’s a lot more than my usual Clinique/MAC lipsticks — and even more than my NARS/Bite/YSL lipsticks. Did I really need a new lipstick, I asked myself, answered no, and left the store without it.  But it’s been weeks now and I find myself still thinking about it — and since there are always fall beauty sales around now, I thought I’d ask: how much is too much for a lipstick? Which favorites are worth the price? (I mean, I guess $40 is downright reasonable when compared to lipsticks from Tom Ford, Sisley, or Louboutin ($90!!).  ‘Bête Noire’ Lipstick from Lipstick Queen

Psst: If you don’t happen to be trick or treating tonight, don’t forget: we’re discussing Working Girl tomorrow! I just rewatched it on Saturday; what a great movie. It’s available for streaming on Netflix and on Amazon Video. If you are going out tonight, be safe, ladies! (Did you see this SNL skit re: “a girls’ Halloween”? Hilarious.)


How to Wear Booties to the Office

how-to-wear-booties-to-the-office2017 Update: We still stand by our advice on how to wear booties to the office, but you may want to check out our recent roundup of sleek strappy pumps for the office if you are in search of other options to wear with tights, or our most recent discussion on what boots to wear with tights to work.

After years of tall knee boots, I’m personally thrilled that ankle boots and booties are 100% back. I started out writing our usual Hunt feature but then realized: There are so many styles now, it’s worth discussing: How many booties/ankle boots do you have for work, ladies, and how do you wear them?

Pictured at top, clockwise: tall bootie / boot-pump / Western boot / low ankle bootie.

To my eye there are a few major styles, with distinct ways to wear them — and not all of them are for work:

how-to-wear-low-ankle-booties-to-the-office1) The low ankle bootie, such as the Petty, pictured — this looks best when worn with ankle pants or possibly wider trousers, but it can be difficult to wear with skirts and dresses unless you are very young and/or attending Coachella. Still, these have been around for years and are the most established and probably the easiest to wear to work. Examples: Sam Edelman (note these come in wide widths sizes 4-13), Vionic, BP., Dolce Vita.
how-to-wear-western-booties-to-work2) The almost Western bootie with a chunky heel, possibly with a dip in the front of the boot (such as the Margot, pictured) — wear them with ankle pants, skirts, trousers, and dresses, but note that these have a more casual connotation because of the Western vibe. Examples: Rag & Bone (buckles), Rag & Bone (sleeker, pictured), Dolce Vita ($142), and UGG.
The Best Kind of Booties to Wear to Work (and they're $99!) | Corporette3) The sleek bootie/pump, probably with a skinny (and high) heel. These come and go in terms of popularity — they were out for a while but seem to be coming back now. These are in many ways the easiest to wear because they’re just like a pump. Anything goes — wear them with pants, trousers, skirts, tights, hose, bare legs, whatever — you can even dress them up to wear with a suit. Examples: this highly-rated $99 pair from Bella Vita (pictured – note that it comes in four widths), this pair from Aquatalia, or this pair from Ecco.
perforated-booties-for-the-office4) The sandal/open bootie, often seen with perforations, a peep toe, a sling back — these are best for transitional weather, and often read to me like bulky sandals. If you can’t wear sandals to work, don’t wear these. Examples: Adam Tucker by Me Too (pictured), Frye, Isola, Free People, Vince Camuto, Paul Green.
how-to-wear-tall-booties-to-work5) The tall ankle bootie, often seen with a block heel — this is the most modern version, in my mind, and I’m still getting used to seeing it around.  I first spied it on BrainDead (this GIF is the best screenshot I can find right now), and thought to myself, well, hey, she’s supposed to be a bit of a rebel/outsider, so it’s fine — but now I’m seeing more and more of them, particularly with skirts (knee length or lower), culottes, and more, including in fun fabrics like velvet. (Nordstrom has a dazzling number of velvet booties right now, including these $89 boots.) Know your office and yourself here — if you have any doubts, I’d say it’s best to save it for the weekend right now. Examples: Vince Camuto (pictured, only $140),  Prada, TopShop ($150!), Paul Green (water resistant), Steve Madden (platform!),
clog-booties6) Weekend booties: definitely save these for the weekend, unless you work in a very creative office: moto booties, clog booties, lug soles, and anything with shearling or a harness. Pictured: the best selling clogs at Zappos from Dansko.

Ladies, what are the major types of booties in your work wardrobe — and how do you wear them to the office? 


Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Wide Leg Pants

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

casasola-wide-leg-pantsI like these pants because, while I feel like wide leg trousers are a classic, almost vintage look for the office — they also are very trending and now. A high waist never hurts, as you’ll note here, nor do the seams and darts on the top rear, ensuring a flattering fit.  I also kind of love the bell-sleeved, bodycon turtleneck with the keyhole, but sadly it’s almost sold out.  (Similar here, here, and here (plus).) The pants have a matching blazer; the pants themselves are $1,235. BARBARA CASASOLA Stretch-cashmere and wool-blend wide-leg pants

Looking for a more affordable version of the pants? Check this pair or this pair ($85!); a plus size version is here.

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Weekend Open Thread

velvet-blazer-dressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Call me crazy, but I kind of really like this velvet blazer dress, even though it’s got a number of features I don’t normally like. There’s the miniskirt… and the doublebreasted buttons… and the plunging neck.  Despite all that, I still really like it.  Wear it by itself for a fun night out, possibly with OTK boots — for a more modest look layer it with a shirt beneath it (bodysuit, long-sleeved T, tank top, whatever you’ve got), leggings (how do we feel about faux leather and velvet?) and booties. Add a choker if you want maximum ’80s appeal.  The blazer dress is $99, at Nordstrom, sizes 2-10; Missguided has a similar option in a gold velvet. Missguided Velvet Blazer Dress


Looking for a plus-size velvet dress? ASOS has a number of options.

Don’t forget: We’re talking about the movie Working Girl on November 1! It’s available for streaming on Netflix (or DVD), from your local library, and on Amazon Video.

Weekly News Update

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  • Judging from this article, it’s a pretty good bet that Susan B. Anthony’s grave in Rochester, New York, will once again be covered with “I Voted” stickers this November.
  • Bloomberg reports that “most categories of workers are seeing wage growth hit post-financial-crisis highs” — and women’s salaries are increasing at a higher rate than men’s.
  • The Washington Post tells you about your political rights at work and what your boss is permitted to do regarding voting and politics.
  • CNN Money explains “Why Silicon Valley’s top execs are obsessed with taking walks” (contains autoplay video).
  • In Harvard Business Review, Diane Mulcahy explains why she points her MBA students toward the gig economy.
  • The Muse talks about eight potential interview tests, from personality tests to creative-thinking tests.
  • Sign up at Above the Law to get a sneak peak at the top 10 of their Power 100 Law Firm rankings for 2017.
  • A woman writes for New York magazine’s The Cut about how she didn’t understand the life of a working mother until she became one unexpectedly.
  • Road Warriorette suggests several items to pack to help you stay comfortable during a long flight.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut has an essay about the ways women talk to each other about unwanted touching and groping by men.
  • Did you hear that The New York Times has bought The Wirecutter and The Sweethome?
  • Don’t forget: We’re discussing the movie Working Girl on November 1! It’s available for streaming on Netflix (or DVD), from your local library, and on Amazon Video.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Knit Trim V-Neck Blouse

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

white-blue-floral-blouseHappy Friday! Today I’m liking this machine washable blouse from Halogen — it’s marked down to $27 and I really like at least 2 of the 3 prints it’s available in: this pretty white blue floral blouse, as well as the moodier grey/olive floral design. (The “ivory pink stainglass plaid” isn’t bad, it’s just not my jam.) The blouse was $79, and features a contrast knit trim framing the V-neck.  Nice. It’s available in sizes XS-XL. Halogen Knit Trim V-Neck Blouse

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