Coffee Break: Peridot 1 Dress Pump

Adrienne Vittadini Peridot 1 Dress PumpThis lovely 2″ heel caught my eye over at Zappos — and then promptly sold out. Amazon has more colors but lucky sizes only (unless you like this silvery gray snakeprint one, which has a ton of sizes). It really just does look like a lovely, walkable heel, and I love that relaxed bow detail. It’s $44-$99 at Amazon; the navy patent and champagne snakeprint are available in additional sizes at 6pm for $44-$59. Adrienne Vittadini Peridot 1 Dress Pump



  1. Yay, Kat, these are BEAUTIFUL Pump’s, but the heel is onley 2 inches, and I need 4 inches b/c I have stubbey leg’s and I need to have 4 inch heel’s to look more statueeskque, Dad says, and he is right. Next to Rosa, who is svelte and has great leg’s, I am a bit shorter, and have leg’s that look like piano leg’s. I also have a LONG body with short leg’s so I need to look as tall as possibel, otherwise dad says I look like a crouching tiger. He told that to Grandma Leyeh, and she agreed. She thinks I look short and dumpy b/c of Mom, who does NOT have royal blood in her.

    Myrna is coming over for Thanksgiving to Mom & Dad on LI, so I at least have a ride out there. Otherwise I’d have to take the LIRR. The last time I went on the LIRR, 2 greasy guy’s kept talking about my boobies in the seat behind me. I wonder why MY boobies were so important to them–I did NOT even show them anything. FOOEY on men like this.

    Anyway, I have been workeing so hard this week that I have NOT had time to comment. I had to travel to ST Louis and have billed 250 hours since last Friday. I am TIRED and need a brake! DOUBEL FOOEY! I hope to have time off this weekend, tho the manageing partner says I have to work hard to stay on track for 7500 hours this year. FOOEY!

  2. It’s also available on MyHabit for $55 in 4 colors and multiple sizes.

  3. Posted in the morning and have additional questions. I know many of you are in academia: how would a big law attorney best market herself for academia? What are the cultural buzzwords or themes to narrow in on in my experience and in an interview to help me give off the best impression with a school?

    • Anonymous :

      As General Counsel or as a law profess?

      • Anonymous :

        professor… missing the edit button

      • adjunct professor and/or admin role

        • Not a law academic (plain-vanilla academic), but married to and know a lot of lawyers. Here are my suggestions. A lot of the skills of advanced lawyers translate really well to teaching, especially if you’ve done say CLE presentations (or sat through the godawful ones). Law schools are really interested in moving away from the classic lecture model (hence the debate about length of education), so anything you can say about how you’ve designed or redesigned CLE work (or similar) so that it’s engaging, interactive, applicable, would be huge. (It’s pedagogy talk.) Law schools also know that a lot of lawyers complain about how a lot of law school doesn’t help enough in educating students to be lawyers, so you can frame your practitioner role constructively there. For administration, here again, practicing skills of an attorney (how you work in a team; how you design and implement initiatives on your own; skills at managing projects, time, workload) are all relevant to administration. If it’s a student-forward position (Career Services e.g.) translate how you work with and keep clients happy to that; I think the skills are pretty similar. Hope that’s helpful, and good luck!

  4. lawsuited :

    I’m leaving soon for a trip to my home country (taking DH for the first time) and I’m so excited! Unfortunately, it will require 2 long-haul flights both ways, and many hours in airport lounges. What are your must-have carry-on items for long-haul flights?

    It’s been many years since I last visited my home country, so any other air travel tips and tricks are appreciated.

    • Babyweight :

      I always bring my favorite baby alpaca wrap/blanket. I use it like a pashmina or a blanket or rolled up as a pillow. It folds up tiny.

    • Sydney Bristow :

      I flew with noise cancelling headphones for the first time recently and it really made a difference for me. I tend to get headaches from some frequency of buzzing sound and it blocked that out.

      My other must haves are snacks, my ipad and charger, a travel power strip (you’ll be the hero at the gate if everyone is trying to charge their stuff at the last minute), and a pain reliever. Also a sleeping pill if you are substantially changing time zones or flying overnight, just in case.

    • Wildkitten :

      Face wipes so I can feel clean when I land (or on layovers).

    • DisenchantedinDC :

      Neck. Pillow.

      After that, Xanax and a lululemon vinyasa scarf.

    • Spare underwear. Tampons. Pads. A jersey maxi dress that can double duty as pajamas/emergency outfit. Socks. Spare battery pack for cellphone.

    • tierramia :

      I usually like to fly in a cotton dress, opaque cotton leggings, smartwool socks. I also bring a comfy jacket or cardigan and a wool scarf. I also flew with a travelon lumbar support pillow during my last flight and it helped my achy back a lot. I haven’t found a neck pillow that works for me yet, but bring one if you can.

      For long haul flights, I try to shower shortly before I leave for the airport and coat myself in Aveeno lotion (I have problems with dry, itchy skin during flights). I would also recommend preservative-free single use eye drops, scent-free antibacterial, and scent-free lotion. Accept the water every time the flight attendant offers it (and you can always ask).

      Have a great trip!

    • For using in airports and on flight, I carry:
      1. Tooth brush an tooth paste (sometimes airlines give you this, sometimes they don’t).
      2. face wash, a moisturizer, lip balm, a small towel
      3. comb
      4. hand cream
      5. “always” wipes to feel fresh
      6. spare underwear
      7. shawl
      8. Tylenol or Advil (I get headaches due to lack of sleep before leaving and on the flight, due to flight delays etc)
      8. Neck pillow (as some of the flights are 16 hours long)

      I wear:
      1. linen pants and t-shirt in summer
      2. ponte pants, t-shirt and a cardigan in winter

      • Oh..and a hand sanitizer

      • Anonymous :

        If you get headaches when you fly, it might be dehydration. It’s really easy to get dehydrated on planes because the air is so dry.

        • yes..that might be the case. I try not to drink water on the plane as I want to avoid using the airplane restroom. There is no logical reason for this, I just feel uncomfortable with so many people using that restroom in a matter of hours and also paranoid that I may get sick. I use the restroom probably once if the flight is longer than 10 hours.

    • I have several of those bullet-style iphone/ipad chargers. They are a brilliant solution to not being able to charge electronics while on the plane/not being able to find an available outlet in the airport.

    • Coach Laura :

      On long flights, I probably look ridiculous but I use an eye-mask, Lug Nap Sac pillow/blanket set, inflatable neck pillow (from Lewis and Clark – lasted 8 years so far) and noise-cancelling ear phones to sleep. Always bring Neutrogena face wipes in a ziplock bag to use to clean hand/face/tray table etc. Normal things like lip balm, toothpaste/brush and lots of advil.

    • anonypotamus :

      a lot of this is probably repetitive, but for long flights i try to have in my carry on:
      1. eye mask & inflatable neck pillow & earplugs or headphones
      2. pashmina/large scarf that can double as a blanket
      3. wool/warm socks
      4. beanie or hooded sweatshirt – something about having my head covered makes it warmer/easier to sleep
      5. tylenol/advil pm – helps with falling asleep and avoiding headaches
      6. empty water bottle – can refill at lounges and often flight attendants will refill so you don’t have to ask for water every 30 minutes
      7. face wipes, lip balm, hand lotion, eyedrops, toothpaste, toothbrush, mints/gum
      8. spare underwear
      9. depending on the circumstances, sometimes i try to pack one extra outfit in case of baggage delay
      10. snacks
      11. phone charger

      i tend to wear lots of layers and thick leggings

      don’t forget to do leg circles/get up and walk around, esp if you are on birth control pills or have other risk factors for DVT. and drink ALL THE WATER you can. i find i end up not even going to the restroom that often because the air is so dehydrating.

  5. Anonymous :

    Can anyone recommend a rain jacket with a substantial hood? The goal is to avoid an umbrella while minimizing the rain/wind on my face. I’ve been looking on Zappos but it looks like everything has a small hood or its impossible to tell. Thanks.

    • SuziStockbroker :

      Lululemon makes a really nice one. Not cheap, but the hood is deep and protective.

      • SuziStockbroker :

      • was just about to recommend this one. the only substantial enough hood i’ve ever found!

    • I was looking for something similar last fall. I bought the London Fog Heritage Trench and I love it.

      • I tried that one before and the smallest size was sadly too big on me. Very sad because I otherwise loved it!

    • Helly Hansen Welsey Trench.

    • BeenThatGuy :

      I finally spent the money on a good NorthFace. Close to $200 but it’s vented perfectly (I tend to get very hot) and I’m bone dry.

    • REI La Selva Jacket works really well for Seattle rain. I add a baseball hat if it’s really rainy and I’m not going to work.

    • I have a Michael by Michael Kors coat which has a hood so big that I can barely see out when it’s up. Maybe it’s designed for people with big hair?

  6. Shopaholic :

    Any advice on combating nausea at the office brought on by not enough sleep and too much coffee? It’s been a rough few days and I would work from home if I could for the rest of the day but I have to go to yet another work dinner tonight and I’m seriously struggling.

    • Senior Attorney :

      Drink water. Eat something healthy. Take a walk around the block if you can. Maybe a short power nap with the door closed?

      • Ditto on all this and be careful about craving sugar and empty calories which can happen when you’re tired (and even worse your willpower will be struggling too), will make you feel worse and not help with the dehydration. Been there, feel better!

    • Water! water! water! I bet you’re really dehydrated.

    • DisenchantedinDC :

      Ouch. I find sipping on something cold – soda (caffeine free, in your case!!), water – sometimes helps. I’m not a gum-chewer, but gum or a mint might help for the peppermint flavor.

      Also, total excuse to stock your desk with a couple mints for this situation in the future!

    • OCAssociate :

      Peppermint, lemon juice in water, suck on sour candy. Hydrate and eat something that’s easy on your stomach.

      • BeenThatGuy :

        +1 sour candy. Major life saver during 1st trimester nausea for me.

    • Diana Barry :

      I find this improves if I eat some carbs and protein. Not fruit but some bread or crackers or cereal, or similar carb, and whatever protein you like.

    • Lemon drops, lemon tea, other lemon flavored beverages. The scent of lemons is really good for quelling nausea.

      • Also consider ginger ale or ginger tea – also helpful for nausea. I second the above recommendations for some food (carb/protein) in your stomach will help with the queasiness of too much caffeine and not enough sleep.

    • Cold carbonated water. Preferably lemon flavored. Someone told me this works for migraines, certainly works for my regular tired/dehydrated/sleep deprived days.

  7. Looking for styling advice. I got this skirt (it looks nicer in person — photo makes it look a bit cheap): Need to wear it to DH’s office party, which will have people in jeans and just a few partners in ties. DH is one of the few who wears a jacket — PNW style stinks. Suggestions for how to wear it to dress it down? Thanks in advance!!

    • Senior Attorney :

      That’s a great skirt! If I wanted to dress it down I’d wear it with a white button-front shirt or even a chambray shirt. Or a turtleneck sweater. Or the printed-tee-and-cardigan combo shown on the model looks pretty dressed down.

    • Maddie Ross :

      I think just a white or solid color t-shirt is the easiest way to dress down. Wear tucked in with chunky, non-blingy jewelry (I’m thinking a chunky gold necklace or chunky beads as opposed to something jeweled). I’d wear with heels, but nothing strappy. Just a pair of solid colored pumps.

    • DisenchantedinDC :

      I had a similar-idea skirt last year – chiffon with beaded owls and squirrels (yes, I’m weird) for the holidays. I did it with a black, long-sleeve t from J crew, black tights and brogues, though kind of wish I had done heels. I think a slim-fitting shirt is probably your best bet to let the skirt shine! maybe a boat-neck?

      You could also go for a bright camisole/tank and a cardigan.

    • Anonymous :

      Cute skirt! The blog Girl With Curves has cute outfits with that style skirt that may get you inspired. I’d wear it with black tights and heals with a simple top — keeping it understated.

  8. Grey Suit :

    Needed: light/dove grey suit (pant or skirt) needed for a short waisted but tall person. All jackets seem way too big/long waisted, but I’m still 5’8, so I petites are too short in the arms and the pants/skirt are too short as well. Who is to suits for short waisted people what Boden is to dresses?

    • Anonymous :

      Have you tried Halogen?

    • Anonymous :

      This is a tough time of year for light grey. You might want to try again in the spring. I am long waisted and find JCrew waists hit me 3 inches too high.

    • I am also a short-waisted tall. I get my suits at BR and take them to a tailor to shorten body. It works. It’s pricy, but I always buy the suits on sale.

  9. Why my closets are too full :

    Themes I’m finding as really try to pare down:

    1. Work clothes (4-seasons, bus-cas, but senior and at times public and client facing, so need suits still)
    2. Clothes for church with small children in big southern city (seems wrong to wear work clothes, which tend to be black regardless of season; want joyful and pretty clothes or at least a good dose of Boden)
    3. Weekend / casual wear for when I’m trying to be better than old nasty gym attire
    4. Nicer, newer athletic wear and athleisure wear (see, supra, small children), mainly Athleta
    5. Ratty old things (see, supra, small children; see also house projects, painting, raking of leaves, gardening; cf #4, supra, which I don’t want to ruin and turn into #5)
    6. Small quantity of c-cktail / nice event attire.
    7. Scarves that were wishful thinking
    8. Too many cashmere sweaters (but I already own them and they’re nice even if the frump up category 1)
    9. Jeans, some of which were wishful thinking


    • Wildkitten :

      Those are all really good categories – maybe you could pare down HOW MUCH of each category you have? Like, do you need 5 ratty shirts? Do you go 5 days of house painting without access to laundry, or could you manage with just two?

      • Why my closets are too full :

        I hear you — I with each season change, I give it a couple of weekends / workweeks to pare down. Work clothes are close to perfect. Work shoes are a B+. Everything is so infrequent as to be hard to road-test (and then the seasons change, or your activities change, or you are too busy).

        Also, category 10 (winter-only): the fleece pants (bought post-partum, so they are ultra roomy and soft; that baby can now read) that are fanastic for couch-sitting (and the spare, for when they’re in the wash). They don’t leave the house.

        Note: there is not 11 (too big/small). I got through that and it went to the thrift store.

    • I’m in the same boat, minus the kids and add in a bunch of stuff I don’t love, but it was a gift/ good deal and it’s functional so replacing it would be a “waste. ” (eg, sweater in a color I don’t love, but perfectly appropriate for work and in good condition)

    • SuziStockbroker :

      Totally my categories, except my work clothes are business formal.

      • SuziStockbroker :

        I am actually laughing at the “scarves that are wishful thinking”, me too!

        Now, to enable me, where do you get your cashmere sweaters?

        • Why my closets are too full :

          Mostly Lands End. Some are from 2006 and are still going strong. I am not gentle on them, either. I’ve gotten some high-end ones on e-bay or consignment, but don’t have time to do anything but shop my closet.

  10. First time in charge of Thanksgiving dinner. Mostly responsible for a turkey and trimmings. Others will bring sides, desserts, etc. Anyone have a recommendation for good websites that will help from start (purchasing turkey) to finish (carving/maybe even leftovers). A ton out there but looking for any that are tried and true.
    Also, if there is a standout side or dessert, I might be tempted to make it as a signature piece.

    • Butterball. Seriously. The turkey comes with cooking instructions and they have a great website with the same cooking information. Straight forward, no frills, and everyone at my 25 person dinner (read: enormous turkey!) last year was very pleased with the outcome of the turkey!

    • Americas test kitchen/ cooks illustrated. Free trial subscription to their website available right now. They actually test each of their recipes thoroughly and explain the recommended method carefully as well as the prod / cons of any shortcuts or variations. I have learned that many other recipe sources, even well-known cooking magazines, do not always test their recipes. Or they use special equipment the avg person does not have , but they don’t mention that in the article.

    • Serious Eats has some great signature pieces (and good info on the basics as well, but geared towards people who are really “into” cooking).

    • DisenchantedinDC :

      Whatever you do: turkey bag.

      I slathered mine in olive oil, stuffed fresh rosemary, sage and thyme under the skin, more oil on the skin, salt pepper and garlic, and pop it in.

      It is probably too late to order a turkey from a butcher now, which would be my recommendation. I used a TJ’s one a couple years ago I was happy with.

    • Lazy lawyer :

      Also hosting for the first time. I’m planning to rely heavily on this:

    • I’ve never used a recipe per se for the turkey, but here’s what I’ve found:
      -A good quality turkey goes a long way.
      -Depending on how big it is, pop it in the oven at 500F for 45-60 mins, take it down to 375-400 for the rest of the cooking time. The 500F will cook the skin quickly, which keeps all the juices in the bird instead of in the basting pan. Chef friends taught me this rule, works every time, and your turkey looks like it came from a magazine.

    • Brine the turkey. There are plenty of recipes online — lots of salt, water and maybe some citrus or spices. It’s a little challenging to find a container large and clean enough, but worth it for the juiciness of the bird.

    • Lorelai Gilmore :

      You can go all out with a turkey, but I tend to think that simple is better. I use this basic method and it’s always been delicious.

    • Anonymous :

      alton brown never steered me wrong. when my dh and I hosted thanksgiving, we did this and it was a huge hit. The only complaint was that the turkey tasted good and was too juicy to be cooked properly.

  11. tipping dog groomer? :

    Is it common practice to tip the dog groomer? How much?

    • Anonymous :

      I don’t know about common practice, but I tip mine 20% the same as I would for my own haircut.

    • Yes, its like a hairdresser where they need their own (expensive) supplies/tools and go through the whole apprenticeship system. Not sure how much though I haven’t owned a dog as an adult.

    • I had no idea and only tipped mine at Christmas!

    • When I was a dog groomer, tips weren’t expected, but were much appreciated (especially if your dog is a brat about grooming). But this was at a vet, I was paid hourly, and did other tasks.

    • We tip ours (15%). They do a good job and it’s rare that we can’t get an appointment.

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