Coffee Break – Stripeweb Large Weekender

LeSportsac - Stripeweb Large Weekender (Bright Stripe) - Bags and LuggageHow many LeSportsac Large Weekenders (Large Weekender LeSportsacs? hmmn) can one woman own before people think she’s seriously crazy? I already have two, but this one is calling my name — love that bright stripe against the blackness. (There’s another version of this with a gray/blue stripe in much more muted tones if the pink/orange isn’t your thing.) As I’ve said before, these are the perfect bags to scrunch up elsewhere in your luggage and use if you need extra luggage on the way home (such as when you’ve shopped a bit too much). I’m also a fan of using these as my “laundry bag” during the trip itself. This one is $108 at Zappos. LeSportsac – Stripeweb Large Weekender (Bright Stripe) – Bags and Luggage



  1. When do I ask about becoming partner? :

    Regular reader and commenter – anon for this.

    Ladies, I am an associate at a small firm, and 3 of the partners are ages 65+. When I was hired two years ago, it was mentioned that the firm was looking for someone to transition into a partnership role as these partners looked to retire.

    I’ve been practicing more than 7 years, 2 at this firm. I was thinking about asking the managing partner about partnership track (“I know you alluded to this during our interviews, and I wanted to see if that’s still the thought of the partners and, if so, when.”) so they can discuss it as we prepare for end-of-the-year reviews, raises and bonuses. My reasoning is that I don’t want to stay here another year or two if it’s a dead-end track, but I also don’t know if this is hugely overstepping my bounds and I’m completely clueless.

    I certainly would love to hear from those with more experience. Is this a good or bad idea? Any insight and advice you provide will be appreciated. Thank you, Ladies!

    • reg but anon for this too :

      I would like to hear the comments on this as well. I am in a similar situation: small practice, three partners, two other associates. The communication between the partners and the associates is dismal around here, but none of us feel like we have the “right” to speak up, ask questions etc. because we all feel lucky to have our jobs at all, much less be asking presumptuous questions. (My review is tomorrow. Ugh.)

    • found a peanut :

      What about opening with “I’d like to discuss my future at this firm. I’m very happy here but I’d like to know where you see me in the next few years. What advancement options are there?”

      • found a peanut :

        And if you do that, I would pay close attention to not only what the partner says but how s/he receives this information. Is s/he surprised? Is s/he stuttering or evasive? Or does s/he appear to have been expecting this question and eager to answer it?

        This entire post convinced me of the necessity of a gender-neutral singular pronoun.

        • If I change your “s/he”s to “it”s, I want to read it like a nature show: “Pay cloooooose attennnntion to not only what the Partner says but how it receives the information. Is it surprised?” Haha.

          • Haha! “The Partner is a fascinating species. Observe its habits in the wild.”

          • Or the honey badger version :)

          • Ha! I love the Honey Badger. That one went around our office for quite a bit, and we still make jokes about it (I work in a very laid-back office). Honey Badger don’t care, he don’t give a sh*t. :)

          • Haha that definitely made me laugh!!

    • I wouldn’t hesitate. They will want to hear that you’re in it long term (assuming you are). They should be happy you *want* to know what the partnership track is, and some assurance that you’re on it.

      It may not be the most comfortable conversation to initiate, but don’t be nervous about it. You’re entitled to this information. If you can’t bring yourself to talk about it now, definitely bring it up at year-end reviews.

  2. Threadjack: I’ve never been a bridesmaid before and wanted to get some feedback from the hive on this.

    I’m a bridesmaid in a very good friend’s wedding in March. I hadn’t heard anything about any shower or bachelorette plans, so a few weeks ago, I sent the maid of honor an email offering to help and let her know I was available to plan if she needed anything. I got a generic, “Okay, thanks!” response.

    Last week, the bride informs me that the shower will be held at X place, on X date, for X amount of money. I’m expected to contribute financially to this event, most likely significantly, as the MOH and another bridesmaid are both unemployed and can’t contribute anything. However, I’m on an already-booked vacation with my boyfriend that weekend. I’m a little annoyed that I’m expected to pay for an event that I have no say in and that I can’t even attend (even though I mentioned to both of them I’d be gone for a week that month).

    Then, I get told that the bachelorette party is literally on my birthday, in another city & state (again, no one asked me about the date or the location). I’m not one of those crazy “it has to be all about me” types on my birthday, but I would at least appreciate the option of being able to spend it with my family and/or SO, rather than at a bachelorette party far away. And yes, the bride definitely knows that it’s my birthday that weekend.

    I’m starting to get a little annoyed at this point, and I’m not even sure a) if I should be mad or b) who I should be irritated with (the bride or the MOH). I’ve made it clear to both of them that I would be happy to help and participate in the planning of any events leading up to the wedding, and I don’t feel like I’ve been included or considered at all.

    Any thoughts/ideas/advice on how to handle this? Or should I just suck it up and be a grownup and write the checks and keep my mouth shut to keep the peace?

    • If this was organized by the MOH, the bride may not realize that you weren’t kept apprised of the plans, so give her the benefit of the doubt here. I’d call her (not email – it is much better to have this kind of conversation in person or on the phone), and say something “Bride, I’m so sorry that your shower ended up being scheduled during my vacation. I hope you have a great time, and I’ll definitely be thinking of you.” Don’t offer to contribute a penny; I find it extremely rude of the hostess to ask guests for money, especially if you can’t attend. But I wouldn’t bring this up specifically unless you’re explicitly asked for money. And send a gift to the hostess’s home so the bride can open it in your absence.

      For the bachelorette party, since you’ll be missing the shower, if you can afford to go, you should try to go and celebrate your birthday the day before or after. Again, the organizers may not have known about your birthday even though the bride knows. If the bride has any manners at all, she’ll recognize your birthday at some point during the evening. But if you can’t afford to travel to the bachelorette party, then just send your regrets to the hostess. Not a big deal.

      Also? Every time I read a question like this, I thank God for my wonderful, chill, laid-back girlfriends.

      • I agree. With all of this. 100%.

      • LinLondon :

        Absolutely agreed. I was an overseas bridesmaid for a friend a year and a half ago and I didn’t give any money towards the shower (doubly ridiculous that you’re excluded from planning, then expected to subsidize two other people, to boot!!) or the bachelorette party. The only thing the other girls asked me to do was record a short video message for the shower.

        Yikes, good luck.

    • found a peanut :

      The bachelorette party I would suck up because that doesn’t seem worth the argument. But I would be pissed at the shower situation.

      To tell you the truth, the whole situation sounds fishy – not to insult you or imply anything, but is it possible that the bride/MOH are taking advantage of you? Scheduling two events on two important dates for you is a little too coincidental to be coincidental. And you are basically expected to pay, but have no saying in the planning. So this is what I would do: tell the bride you have a vacation scheduled for the date of the shower and tell her that you’re so sorry you can’t attend. See what she says. If she still expects you to pay, I personally would be incredibly insulted. I would say that I don’t think it’s fair that I am expected to pay for an event that I have no say in planning and am unable to attend.

      • I was one of the posters lamenting a falling out w/ my best guy friend b/c his wife isn’t fond of his female friendships. His wedding happened to be scheduled the weekend after I was going to be out of the country. She knew there would be a good chance I couldn’t make it if it was anytime that month. She swore up and down she picked that date because it coincided with a fun city event out of town guests could go to and not because I was going to be away. (Friends of friends asked her if that was why.) I was pissed he had picked that date and never even thought (until the friends did) that it had been intentional on her part. Gah. LOL.

    • just Karen :

      I’m MOH for a friend whose wedding is (hooray!) this weekend. I agree with you that it was very inconsiderate for the plans to be set without your input when you offered to help, but I will also be a little defensive given my current situation where the only responses I get to “let’s plan” e-mails are either total silence or the “I’m game for whatever”. The dates for both the shower and the bachelorette party were 100% dictated by the bride and her mother. I know I have stressed about how the rest of the wedding party took me just announcing the dates instead of us voting on the,, but it truly wasn’t up to me.
      In terms of financial contributions, as the person who has paid almost 100% of the expenses for the shower and bachelorette party (contributions from the rest of the wedding party totalled $60 for the two combined), I do think people should contribute if they are part of the wedding party, even if they can’t attend, but you should absolutely not be expected to pay more than the MOH! If she’s broke, then the whole thing needs to be planned on the cheap. I don’t think it’s in any way acceptable for the MOH to plan something and expect other people to foot the entire bill. The wedding is still far enough away that the bride shouldn’t be too stressed (my own wedding is in April, and I know that none of this is even on my wedding party’s radar screen), so bring it up to her gently if you aren’t comfortable talking to the MOH directly about it, but do talk to one of them – there’s too long for your resentment to build up if you don’t.

    • I would first evaluate how good of friends I am with the bride and with the MOH. Then I would pick up the phone and call the one I am the closest with. Explain the situation, giving her the benefit of the doubt at the beginning of the conversation. Then, I would simply state that you are out of town for the first event, but hope they have a great time. Listen for the reaction. Appropriate? If so, leave yourself the option to attend the second. Definitely contribute zero to the first–you aren’t there and, honestly, why should you be contributing anyway?

      I have to say this is my BIGGEST pet peeve with weddings. This is the bride & groom’s wedding. Guess who should pick up the tab? *gasp* The bride and groom. If someone else chooses to pick up any part of the tab, good for them. But why on earth is it your “duty” as being part of the “wedding party” to pick up part of the tab?! Ridiculous.

      To be honest, the dates were more likely then not picked for reasons that have nothing to do with you. How big is the wedding party? How much influence does the bride’s mother (and other female, involved relatives) have on the bride? Just a guess, but I would wager it just so happens that your dates conflict with the planned dates. That being said, there are good and bad ways to handle the situation. Good: bride/MOH says “hey, cool, that’s no problem, it is what it is” and everyone moves on. Bad: bride/MOH get snipy. At which point, I would personally just pull out of the wedding party.

      Then again, this is why I have no patience for weddings or girl drama.

      • You said she is a “very good” friend, and it also sounds like the wedding is out of state. Would it just be easier to tell her “I love you, and I want to be at your wedding, but I can’t make the commitment to being a bridesmaid…” You could cite work reasons as why you just can’t do that and not mention anything else. Being a bridesmaid is highly overrated (in my personal opinion) unless you really love all of that stuff (which it doesn’t sound like you do.) If she’s a “very good” friend, she’ll understand. It’s not so far along in the planning stages yet to be terribly disruptive if you drop out of the bridal party now.

    • OMG you guys, I am so glad I got married in Vegas!

      I can empathize, though. I have had many friends and one sister go through the insufferably-self-absorbed bride phase, and it’s hard to deal with. It does end, though, and I hope you can keep it civil enough to remain friends. :)

    • SF Bay Associate :

      Just to add another vote to what the other ladies have said:

      1) Assume the best of intentions in both the bride and the MOH about the date. The bride is also busy, and she does not want to mediate wedding party drama. Tell the MOH that the shower sounds lovely, that you’re sure it will be a success, but unfortunately you’ll be on vacation then and be unable to attend. Do not offer to contribute. If she asks, offer to contribute to an even share of the costs, but only if you want to. Having been a bridesmaid far too many times, I’ve seen how people can get taken advantage of financially because everyone’s trying to be polite.

      It is *completely* unreasonable to be expected to contribute more financially than the MOH or the other bridesmaids. Absolutely do not budge on that. The way this is SUPPOSED to be handled is that the bridal party agrees on a reasonable budget, and those who can’t afford said budget (unemployed, whatever) make up for inability to financially contribute by taking the laboring oar for planning, favor crafting, cooking, errands, whatever. They contribute more time, less money, if that’s what they want to do. Everyone discusses before decisions are made, and everyone agrees to the terms. By running off in her own direction, MOH gets to be the one to downscale the shower and cut costs.

      I’ve found over the years that the extravagant showers are typically driven by the MOB and/or the MOH, but not your dear friend, the bride. She doesn’t care about favors that cost $10 a person or an ice sculpture. Be polite, be gracious, be firm, and ask the MOH for what’s fair: an even split of costs (or some breakdown of costs-time if you want that).

      2) I’m sorry the bachelorette is on your birthday, but it’s only one birthday that you’ll miss with your family. You’re a bridesmaid presumably because you’re a special person to the bride, so brave face, and celebrate with your family another day. Hopefully, you’ll have a blast. However, a note of caution given the insane financing of the shower – start an email thread, with all bridesmaids on the email, asking EXACTLY what costs are anticipated for the bachelorette weekend, every single expense, and how finances are planned to be split. What are the hotel options? Sharing rooms? Spa? Clubs? Bottle Service? Cabs? What else? What should happen is that everyone splits the bride’s costs evenly, and is responsible for her own as well.

      Can you tell I’ve had some bad experiences? I will never agree to be a bridesmaid again, and I am not having a wedding party myself.

      • Maybe it’s just me, but I think the bachelor(ette) weekends are just getting out of control. I do not think that anyone who agrees to be in the bridal party necessarily agrees to a full weekend of partying. You can easily end up spending more on that party than you do on the wedding itself, if you have to pay for hotels, drinks, dinners, and who knows what else. I’ve known people who went on the weekends who had anything but a blast, so there are plenty of reasons why you would not want to go aside from it being the OP’s birthday.

        • SF Bay Associate :

          It’s not just you, MelD. My bachelorette weekends are over. Too darn expensive, especially given that this expensive weekend isn’t one where I got to do things I liked. I’m over all things having to do with bridal parties.

      • I disagree a bit re the bachelorette. While I was in the wedding party, a good friend scheduled her bachelorette on my birthday. I’d already made plans to have friends come in from out of town etc. and I had no qualms declining the bachelorette b/c it was my b-day. I figured that if I were a critical guest, I would have been in on the planning, and if I wasn’t in on the planning then I wasn’t required to attend. Bride and I are still very close years later, and I had a great time at her wedding.

    • This is why I eloped.

    • Id send my regrets and get on with my life-it is not a big deal. I was a bridesmaid once-never again-and it was the shower/bachelorette/gift burden that nearly bankrupted me (it was the Age of Greed, the mid 80s). I certainly would not give money under such circs. and in this economy, and if I got sacked from the wedding, fine-who needs friends like that?

  3. Love this! I already have a LeSportsac Large Weekender, but now I’m sharing Kat’s dilemma regarding how many is too many? It’s just such a handy bag! This one may be coming to live with me.

  4. FedUpResearcher :

    Threadjack- Cold Weather Wear
    Hi ladies- I’m about to relocate from LA to DC after having lived in California my entire life. I own pretty much no cold weather gear. Last winter I was briefly in DC and almost fell and broke something while wearing non-traction shoes on patchy ice. So my question is: what are the absolute essentials I need to get through now until spring?

    Right now the list is: down coat, wool coat, quality rain boots, scarves/hat. Anything else, or any specific recommendations, I would love some input. TIA!

    • Houndstooth :

      1. A rain-resistant heavy coat with a hood… something like Marmot or North Face for days when you are in need of walking somewhere and must do it in the very cold rain, snow, sleet, etc.

      2. Gloves.

      3. I’m also quite fond of my “long-johns” that I wear under pants to keep me extra warm. Under Armour makes a great pair that fit well and have a low-rise cut.

    • I love the fleece liners I have for my Hunter rain boots. With the liners in, I can wear the boots all winter long!

    • As someone who was born and raised in the upper Midwest (think Lake Wobegon), I am no stranger to cold weather. But I’ve never owned more long underwear and wool clothes than in the 5 years I spent in the DC area. The dependence upon public transportation (Metro, cabs, etc.) puts you outside in the elements much more often than other car-centric areas of the country. Add the dampness of the region to cold winter temps and I frankly prefer the sub-zero temps of the Motherland. My family thought I’d turned into a softie Southerner until they experienced DC in mid February. Then they agreed with me. Layers will be your friend and make sure you have decent (read thick soled) commuter shoes or boots to wait on outdoor Metro platforms in!

    • Diana Barry :

      You should also have warm boots with traction (not just rain boots – they are not warm!) and several pairs of gloves. I often lose at least 2 gloves (only one from a pair – never both!) per winter. DC doesn’t get much snow, but walking around when it is cold out requires boots regardless. :)

      LL Bean has many options for coats and jackets that are not too expensive and very warm:

      J crew always has a nice wool coat that is fancier looking:

      If you’re looking for super-technical outerwear for workouts, etc., Patagonia is great (I like their web specials and outlets, otherwise it is crazy expensive):

      My warm winter boots are North Face, but I would get whatever fits you well. Good luck!

    • Grr, my post got eaten the first time around….here you go, and welcome to DC!

      – I got Salomon Uma Trois boots from Zappos last week in black and love them to pieces. They’re going to be great for snow, slush, and ice – excellent traction.

      – I suggest Hot Chillys Salsa Seamless tights – they’re a base layer that really make the difference when the temp dips too low, especially in between some buildings (wind tunnels like crazy!)

      – Gloves, warm gloves- not single layer fleece or cashmere. I have sportier ones but nobody notices because they’re just a basic black.

    • I’d recommend two pairs of boots: one pair of foul weather boots (I swear by my Hunter boots with the fleece liner) and one pair of sturdy, tall leather boots for days when it is cold but not wet outside. (Frye boots are my favorite). You can commute in the leather boots + skirt, or live in jeans + leather boots on the weekend.

      • For the dressier boots, make sure that they have a rubber sole. You can also stick on grips to soles to help with traction.
        For me, the worst days are when it’s cold but dry and you can’t see the black ice.

    • Cashmere lined leather gloves for work, they look professional and are so warm. Also, this may seem counterintuitive, but in the winter I live in skirts/dresses and tights — I wear very thick tights or sweater tights. You don’t get the tell-tale snow/salt line on the back of your pants and you don’t have to look like a goofball tucking pants into your boots.

      Also, make sure that your work totes/purses have a strap that can stay on your shoulder with your winter coat on. You don’t want to be in an ice situation and have your hands full and you would spill all your belongings all over the place. My mom once slipped on the ice with her hands in her pockets (rookie mistake) and ended up breaking three teeth when she was in her early 20s. She has had to have the dental work re-done for that one stupid mistake of walking with her hands in her pockets multiple times over the years.

      Even though they may be unprofessional, but when it gets really snowy (maybe not so much in DC, though, they don’t get that much snow) I live in my Target fake Uggs. I just take the fUggs off when I get into the office and stick them behind my door.

      When I was in college I used to wear tights, then leggings, then my jeans. I also had under armor cold weather gear to layer under sweaters and such. Until you get used to the cold you may want things like longer underwear or leggings under wider leg pants if you are going to be outside for a long period of time. Cuddle duds makes long underwear that is super soft and slim.

      • Living in NH, we’re not unaccustomed to cold weather. And I absolutely agree about dresses/skirts and warm tights. Sweater tights (Target sells a wonderful assortment of these!) are my cold weather staple. Throw on a pair of leather boots and your legs with stay nice and warm!

      • LinLondon :

        Augh! Tripping with my hands in my pockets is one of my great fears.

    • Barrister in the Bayou :

      Make sure your purse/briefcase/bag of choice is waterproof if you’re going to be exposed to the elements for any extended period of time. The last thing you’ll want is getting snow/ice/water in your belongings. Also, if you do a lot of walking, mind the puddles. I say this because a lot of people use salt to melt the snow and ice. I’ve messed up many pairs of shoes and gotten many pants dirty by not watching where I was walking.

      Get some gloves/mittens that allow you to expose your fingers if you’re a big smart phone user; that way you won’t have to take gloves off every time you want to answer the phone or check an email.

      Last thing I would mention is the value of a good scarf. Get something that you wouldn’t mind wearing up to your nose in really cold weather.

      • Barrister in the Bayou :

        By the way, I lived in my North Face when I lived in New Jersey. They’re on the sporty side, but it was much warmer than any other coat I owned.

        Gosh, I just realized how little I miss living up north. Right now we’re experiencing an average of 70-80 degrees during the day and I’m just dreading the upcoming “winter”.

        • MeliaraofTlanth :

          winter always reminds me of how much I miss living in the south. When I went to college in North Carolina, my mother bought me long johns and a down coat because “I was moving up North where it was cold.” (I’m from Georgia. It was north… sort of). I would pretty much sell my soul for North Carolina winters every time we get to November in New York.

          And I agree with ADL-Hats that cover your ears are super, super important. Otherwise it basically feels like you aren’t wearing a hat. I also sometimes just wear my hair down and make sure it covers the ears.

    • A born and bred Texan who moved to DC for work.

      Long underwear. I feel like I say it every time, but silk long underwear is my recommendation. It’s non-bulky and can be worn under anything. You can buy short sleeve, long sleeve, scoop neck, v-neck, and pants.

      Boots. Snow boots (not rain boots as I feel there is no warmth in rain boots) to walk to/from house/metro/work. Then change into your shoes.

      A bag/purse that has a shoulder strap that goes over the coat. (thanks for the reminder Anon 3:59).

      Hat, gloves, scarf. I have lots of different scarves, in different colors so I can express myself with the colored scarf. The hat should cover the ears (you’ll laugh now but wait until the wind starts blowing).

    • Anonymous :

      I disagree that you need more than rain boots with a good pair of warm socks. I saw so many hapless women get their feet and pants soaked when they had to climb through a four foot snow drift (because the city plows just shove all the snow from the road onto the sidewalk, and then don’t clear a path through that snow-wall for the crosswalks and bus stops), or on the first nice day of the year when there are suddenly 8″ deep puddles everywhere from the snow melting. I survived winters in Cambridge, MA, including the last one where it snowing something like 70-80″ and there was always a thick layer of snow on the ground keeping it cold. I never had an issue with wearing my knee-high rain boots with a pair of thick tube socks (though I recommend the Hunter boots and fleece socks from a fashion standpoint–my cutesy boots and middle school basketball-style tube socks were not so cute to be seen changing out of when I got inside every day). The people who seemed miserable were the ones with soaked feet from trying to wade through puddles in snow boots, or the ones who got snow (and salt, which FYI, will bleach your pants!) all over their pant legs. From both an economic standpoint and functional standpoint, avoiding the extra snow boot purchase and instead just adding warm socks to your rain boots is the way to go IMO.

      Bonus: I alluded to it above, but you will find that if you take “shortcuts” such as diagonal sidewalks or wide corners, those may not be plowed. In the case where it’s just a curb you need to jump, it’s SO convenient to have boots protecting you up to your knee such that you can fearlessly hop the snowbank and get on your way faster. In my case, it also saved me from having to walk in the street and risk getting sprayed by cars because the paths to cross didn’t match up on each side of the street.

    • I’m from a little (ok, a lot) farther north than DC, so some of this may be overkill but my winter essentials are:
      – super heavy wool peacoat that comes down to just above the knee
      – scarves – lots. In addition to keeping your neck warm, if you don’t want to wear a hat that will wreck your hair or you get caught without a hat, you can loop them around your head and neck and it’ll keep the worst of the wind off
      – gloves. If you want leather gloves, get cashmere lined ones. Even so, they’re not that warm, so it might be a good idea to have a less pretty but thicker set for really cold days
      – winter boots. Snow, salt and slush will destroy leather boots in a year or two, no matter how many times you clean and polish them. Plowed sidewalks are few and far between in my town, so I went for serious snow boots and got a pair of Sorrels. They’re insanely warm, water proof, and indestructible.
      – if you want to stay with rainboots instead of snowboots, I have a slightly odd suggestion: go down to your nearest workwear store or anywhere that sells steel-toed boots and buy a pair of Bamas. They’re like giant puffy ankle socks, and anyone who works outside in bad weather swears by them. Your feet will never be as comfortable. You put them on over your regular socks then take them off when the rainboots come off.
      – wool or wool-blend socks and tights

      In general, I try and wear as much wool as possible. I have skirts, shirts, tights, dresses, cardigans, socks, scarves, hats, and gloves made of wool and often am about 80% wool clothing. Cotton is nice but not very warm, and acrylic is not warm and looks worn out after about a month so isn’t really worth buying. Silk is warmer than cotton, too. Down is very warm, but to be honest, I’ve lived in the north for 5 years now and 4 years before that in Ontario, and I just bought a down coat last February. It’s not actually necessary if you don’t like the look and don’t mind a bit of toughing it out.

      I’d also say it’s worth it to learn to walk in the snow and ice in tractionless shoes. You basically take very small steps and try not to push yourself forward too much per stride.

    • FedUpResearcher :

      Wow ladies, thank you all so much. I have saved every response and am poring over all this amazing info (all SEVEN PAGES of it!). Thanks especially for the links and detailed info on fabric and shoes. I am so excited to move to DC and hopefully will not seem like a clueless west coast transplant now :)

      • And in about 7 months you’ll be back to ask for tips on how to survive DC summers. I know you think LA gets hot, but it’s nothing like the wet sponge-like humidity we get here in the summer. I was just in LA a couple of weeks ago and have to say that 78-80 in LA was wonderful, while in DC the same temperature can render you a shiny, frizzy, cranky pile of misery.

        But welcome! Except for the weather and traffic, I do like living here. Lots to do in a relatively small geographical area, lots of smart geeky people (my kind of folks).

  5. High quality, breathable, wicking long underwear. It is a lifesaver.
    Also, a warm, cute hat that won’t totally crush your hair.
    And multiple pairs of gloves, mittens — having a hat and gloves can make such a difference when it’s cold out.

  6. So, posting to report that I ordered The Skirt and it was too short. :( I’m 5’10” and most of my height is in my legs, so I shouldn’t have been surprised.

    I can see why you all love it, though. The shape and the fabric are both really nice.

    • I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you … I have The Skirt in two colors (turquoise and berry) and wear them all the time. Halogen makes a petite size … maybe Corporettes can petition to have a tall size made, too!

    • I’m trying make my short, stumpy self feel sorry for a tall girl with long legs… ;)

      • Well I’m a tall *big* girl with long legs, if that makes you feel any better. :)

        • PT lawyer :

          6 footer here – I have not tried The Skirt, but for an easy ponte skirt, Ann Taylor makes a plain black pencil skirt in Tall. I have it and its great.

    • Cleocatra :

      Damn! I’ve been looking out for your Skirt Review. Le sob :(

      (But, thank you)

  7. Diana Barry :

    Phew! I just told my boss that I am pregnant. Wooohoo, now I get to wear whatever I want to work and not worry about showing my tummy any more! :)

    • Woohoo! Congratulations!!

    • Congrats! And enjoy the comfort of the elastic waistband. I’m already discovering that I’ll have a hard time going back to normal jeans.

      • Was it wrong that I wore my maternity jean skirt for months after I gave birth to my daughter? So comfortable! I finally gave it away so I wouldn’t wear it anymore …

    • Salit-a-gator :

      Congrats Diana! Since you are a fellow Corporette I know you will rock in your maternity garb – wishing you a happy and healthy preagnancy.

    • Congratulations! Hopefully it went well and your boss was (at least somewhat) excited for you.

      • Diana Barry :

        Thanks. Boss seemed happy – this is kid #3 and #2 at this firm, but I figure that he has 3 kids himself so he can’t complain! :)

        Pregnant fashionista says that fashionable maternity suits don’t exist. Grr!

    • Research, Not Law :

      Whew! Congrats!

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