Thursday’s TPS Report: Fitted Jacket

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.  FITTED JACKETMax Studio has some great sales going on for blazers, sweaters, dresses, coats, and more.  (Tip: If you’re hunting by size, be sure to do the general S/M/L/XL sizes, as that’s where you’ll find the most stuff.)  I’m liking this simple twill, satin-lined jacket.  I don’t quite like the way it’s styled, though — I would either wear it with wide trousers or jeans, perhaps with a brooch near those structured shoulders, or perhaps even a long, opera-length necklace wrapped once around the neck and then left to hang down the front of the jacket.  However you wear it, it’s a great, classic blazer — was $298, now $98 at  FITTED JACKET

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Suit of the Week: Georgie

Georgie Betsy Jacket 2For 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, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

OK. Yes, the model here looks equal parts defiant/unhappy/about-to-be-sick, but let’s try to ignore that and focus, instead, on the great suit. Pinstripes can be tricky, but I love this suit — the navy pinstripe pattern hints at the 70s trend going on right now, but stays within the acceptable limits for a suit, and the fit on the pants looks flattering. The jacket (Georgie Betsy Jacket) is $304, and the pants (Georgie Classic Pants) are $214, both at ShopBop.

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Sponsored Post: Gemstone Jewelry from Gemvara

Gemvara Autumn Palace ringThis post is sponsored by Gemvara, but written by Kat Griffin.

Jewelry plays a huge part in most women’s working wardrobes — pieces can add color, personality, and sometimes even a dose of class. I tend to believe that jewelry should come in two varieties for the office — a) the best gemstones and the best metals that you can afford, or b) statement jewelry that may be real/fake/even plastic. I was blown away by the huge selection that Gemvara has — for example, my birthday gemstone (garnet) is next to impossible to find anything but the most basic pieces in — yet Gemvara had over 17,000 garnet earrings, rings, and necklaces, and each piece is customizable in terms of gemstone, metal, and even earring backing — it’s very cool.

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Tales from the Wallet: When to Save, When to Pay Down Debt

debt payoff vs savingThis started out as a post about how to pay off debt, and I realized as writing it that the huge question is thus:  When should you pay off debt? So let’s talk about it.

As I’ve mentioned before, I generally led a charmed life (as far as debt is concerned) in my 20s — my parents paid for my education (thank you!) and I never had any credit card debt. In the past few years, though, I’ve gotten better acquainted with debt. First, my husband and I got married — when we met, he was finishing his master’s degree at NYU, and he took out some loans to pay for the education; they are now my responsibility as well. Then, we bought an apartment in NYC — we kept our loan in the “non-jumbo” category, but we still now owe six figures to dear old Wells Fargo.  (Pictured above: Lodis ‘Cairo Diva’ Clutch Wallet, available at Nordstrom for $68.90 (was $138).)

I think there are three cardinal rules for debt.
1. Do what you can to avoid accumulating it.
2. REALLY do your best to avoid credit card debt. Live within your means, and spend less than you earn. Pay off what your balance every month.
3. For all your other loans, pay at least the minimum every month, on time — your credit card report will be severely affected if you don’t.

Easy peasy, right? Questions still remain — how much should you be saving versus trying to pay down debt? If you’re paying down debt, which ones should you pay off first?

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Caroline Dress

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

Le Train Bleu has a bunch of dresses on sale for just around $100 — including this great “Caroline” dress. I love the little things about this dress — the pintuck detail on the neckline, the pleated skirt, and the buttons on the back. Maybe it’s the styling, but I also like that it feels like an independent, smaller designer. Was $158, now $94.80 (lucky sizes XS and M only). Caroline Dress

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Coffee Break: Lisbon Oxfords

Me Too – Lisbon (Black Goat)In our conversation yesterday about basic black pumps, readers reminded me of a very comfortable brand that I forget sometimes — Me Too. True enough, this oxford pump has glowing customer reviews on comfort (yes, despite the height) and walkability. As I’ve said before, I think this style can be one of the easiest to wear in the winter with tights and pants, and I love that a comfortable iteration is on sale. They were $109, now $87.20 at Zappos. (Available in black, black patent, black suede, brown suede, and grey suede.) Me Too – Lisbon (Black Goat) – Footwear


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