Ooh: I lurve this bag, and it’s 40% off in the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale. (A LOT of good sales are starting right now, fwiw — I myself am tempted by Nordstrom, Athleta and J.Crew — so I may try to do a holiday sale roundup sooner rather than later.)
IN ANY EVENT: This bag is 40% off in the big Half-Yearly Sale, where it seems like they have a lot of great deals on bags. I was going to post one of the many Mansur Gavriel bags on sale (so pretty!) but then this Ferragamo bag caught my eye and, well, game over.
The bag was $2,600, but is now marked 40% off to $1,560. Nice.
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Workwear sales of note for 6.02.23:
- Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly Sale has started! See our thoughts here.
- Ann Taylor – $50 off $150; $100 off $250+; extra 30% off all sale styles
- Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything + extra 25% off purchase
- Boden – Sale, up to 50% off
- Cole Haan – Up to 50% off select styles; extra 20% off sandals & sneakers
- Eloquii – 60% off all tops
- Express – 30% off all dresses, tops, shorts & more; extra 50% off clearance
- H&M – Up to 60% off online and in-store.
- J.Crew – Up to 50% off “dressed up” styles (lots of cute dresses!); extra 50% off select sale
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off everything; 60% off 100s of summer faves; extra 60% off clearance
- J.McLaughlin – The Sale Event: extra 30% off
- Loft – 40% off tops; 30% off full-price styles
- Sephora – Up to 50% off select beauty.
- Shopbop – Up to 60% off sale
- Sue Sartor – Lots of cute dresses on sale!
- Talbots – 25-40% off select styles
Other noteworthy sales:
- CB2.com – Up to 40% off; pop-up sale up to 30% off
- Joss & Main – Up to 60% off, plus an extra 20% off with code
- Tuft & Needle – Save up to $775 on mattresses (Reader-favorite brand; Kat really likes hers!)
- West Elm – Up to 25% off in-stock furniture; up to 60% off clearance
Does anyone have shoes from Sezanne? I love some of the “babies” ones (IDK why they chose that name). There is a Sezanne x Farm Rio collection set to launch on Sunday, so I will likely be clicking there this weekend to see what they have.
Babies are what Mary Jane style shoes are called in French for some reason. I don’t have those but I have some sandals from Sézane I really like, as well as a purse. I find the quality of their leather goods to generally be pretty good.
I ordered a gorgeous brown suede heeled sandal from there a few weeks ago. I didn’t end up keeping it because I realized I didn’t need a $200+ sandal in my wardrobe at the time, but they were pretty and seemed good quality. Free returns also, and shipping is fast. They have good customer service. I do find their sizing to be a little inconsistent.
Screaming into the void. My new boss wants to be cc’d on all INTERNAL emails. Completely crazy pants micromanaging. (I’m not a problem employee, I’ve had the top employee performance review several years in a row for my org). I’m truly sorry my boss doesn’t have a personal life but that shouldn’t be my problem. I know I need to find a new job and I’m working on it.
I worked for someone like that. Turns out he was taking credit for my work and wanted it to look like I was performing admin email tasks at his direction. Utter moron at everything except being a horrible, vile human.
If you’re up for it, flag it for your grand boss. “Hey, just wanted to know why this policy is in place and what employees are bound by it. Looking for some insight.”
There definitely is a certain amount of taking credit for my work while also undermining my expertise.
Commiseration!! I’ve had a boss like this before and it was just awful. He even got feedback from the CEO that he needed to do a better job of delegating and not micro managing, but the behavior never changed over the 3 years I was with the organization. I had to do a lot of mindfulness work to get through the days.
For context, I am a lawyer. He would send me and my other lawyer peer a literal to-do list every Monday, and we’d have to provide daily updates on the to-do lists. It was just a lot. I liked him one-on-one but the micromanaging was suffocating.
I will cheer for you to find a new job because I will say once I got out of that, it was like the sky turned blue again and I could actually breathe deeply.
I worked for a man like this. Gtfo
Malicious compliance. Set up an email rule where they are automatically cc’d on everything and start sending LOTS of email, especially ones about setting up internal coffee meetings, little questions that you’d normally send over chat or stop by office, etc.
Don’t forget to reply “thank you” or “will do” to EVERY SINGLE EMAIL you receive, including all the ones that have nothing to do with you.
I suggest this too, as long as you’re not the only one in this situation and your coworkers know what’s up. Ideally, everyone who reports to this guy does it. It would be really unfair for OP to get labeled for bad email etiquette when her micromanaging boss was responsible for the whole thing.
I worked for someone like that once –but it was before computers on every desk. I had to tell her every time I left my desk! So, after a week of “I’m going to the ladies room” and “I’m going to get some coffee” she finally said “You don’t have to tell me about *every* time you leave.” “But you said I did, what do you prefer?” “Oh, well, … “
I had a boss like this; wanted to be cc’d on all my emails. She also wanted to script all my remarks before I went into meetings with higher-level executives (I’m a 25+year professional who has worked with executive teams for years) and would give me lists of talking points she wanted me to follow whenever I talked to a group larger than 5 people. She also sat in on every single training I ever delivered – even if she’d sat in on the training previously and the content hadn’t changed. It wasn’t just me; we had three people quit in my short tenure in that job over her micromanaging. She compulsively monitored everything we did. She worked incredible hours – she was on like 18 hours a day – because she just couldn’t stop telling everyone what to do at this incredibly granular level, all the time
I should have left long before I did – I ended up getting laid off but had already started interviewing for other jobs by that point. OP, if the micromanagement gets worse, just get out. One of my coworkers who left of her own accord actually had to go to therapy for months to regain confidence in her own abilities; the micromanagement just broke her down. Bosses like this don’t usually change of their own accord; better to leave than keep your fingers crossed it will get better.
When is the right time to post that you have taken a new job on LinkedIn? I’m in marketing (not law) and Friday is my last day at my current employer and they’ve been weird about not letting clients know where I’ve gone. I hate the idea that they might mistakenly assume I was let go. I also have a TON of old connections in the industry I’ll be returning to with new job that I’d like to get reacquainted with. The first week of new job is going to be all-day meetings as a meet different team members followed by a two-day training in another city, so I know my ability to be responsive will be difficult. Is it weird to post during the one week I’m taking off between jobs?
I don’t know anyone that cares about the timing that specifically. Week before, a week after you start, heck some people don’t get around to it for a month.
I posted my new job two weeks after I was at the new place, but I don’t think it’s weird if you post during the transition off week.
I have seen a lot of it’s been a great ride, looking forward to my next chapter, will announce more details soon vague posting by people while still at the job they are exiting. So you could do that then post the new place the day after your last day IMO.
I sometimes get e-mails from contacts announcing a new job sent from the new work e-mail address, either a mass bcc mailing or a personal message.
I did it after 1 week at the new job. I was a little superstitious about doing it before, but wanted to get it out there. I got a lot of LinkedIn notifications showing that people at the job I left or had worked with tangentially were checking my LinkedIn shortly after I left!
I would wait a month to update my LinkedIn profile but make it clear that there were no gaps.
It really doesn’t matter. Post when you feel like it.
I love how extra this bag is (not the price though), but I will never have a life that goes with it. It is very Mrs. Roper (from Three’s Company), and I want the caftan and life of leisure to go with it. I am not sure I’d have picked up on it (watched as a kid on endless reruns it seemed), but I cannot imagine Mrs. Roper working. At all. At any job. That is sort of unthinkable now (so it is appealing as I daydream and eat my lunch at my desk).
OMG I love that bag so much! I clicked on it, fully intending to buy it, but I just can’t at that price.
How can you mention Mrs. Roper without mentioning all the clicky, jangly bangle bracelets? She set me up for a lifetime of wanting my jewelry to be heard!
For a few weeks, Instagram was serving me ads for a leather bag with a woven strap–crossbody style, sort of fanny pack-like, but bigger than a belt bag. It looked like the Clare V fanny pack bag but had a woven strap. The one in the ad was a brown/saddle color leather, and I think the brand started with an “A,” but I wouldn’t swear to that.
Does anyone know what I’m talking about? Now that I want to look at the bag again, I cannot find. I even went through my IG ad history, to no avail. The difficulty has convinced me perhaps I hallucinated the bag, but I don’t think I did.
Madewell’s Transport Camera bag has a woven strap for crossbody/belt style wear and comes in saddle-colored leather. Not sure it’s the exact one you saw but mine is the one purse I have ever owned that I truly love with no reservations.
Pom Pom London? I get their ads sometimes. Cute camera style bags, customizable.
I’m not sure what I’m looking for here — commiseration? Advice on finding new people? I’ve realized over the past year that I am not vibing with my friend group, for several reasons. Nothing bad enough to discontinue the relationships, but I have put some distance between myself and others for my sanity’s sake. Unfortunately, the end result is that I’m lacking female friendship right now. It’s especially noticeable when there’s a break in the schedule, like the upcoming 3-day weekend. I have my DH and kids. I get plenty of interaction at work. I have friendly acquaintances in our community. So it’s not like I’m a recluse who never talks to anyone, but that’s not the same thing as real friendship.
I’m hoping this is a rough patch for friendships. We all have teenagers, most of whom can’t drive yet and several of whom are very busy with sports. But man, I am getting lonely.
This is where “regularly scheduled activity” friendships have really filled in the gaps for me! Book clubs, volunteer groups, sporting teams, workout classes, and even trivia teams could be a place for you to grow and meet more like-minded people.
People who attend structured events on a regular basis tend to be dependable and interested in the same hobbies. The activity is just a bonus- the real benefit of being involved with community groups is the other people you have a chance to befriend.
I certainly enjoy the relationships I’ve built in regularly scheduled activities, but I struggle to convert those relationships to actual friendships where we take initiative to spend time together outside the activity.
I think this is possible, but definitely hard. It does require more effort on the front end for sure. You have to actively find things to do related to the shared interest and then make the invite to the other person. Sometimes more than once. It’s a little awkward at first but then it gets more natural!
Everyone does. Honestly, you have a very busy life, and more relationships than me by far!. Work, family, kids, community friends/acquaintances…. it is very hard to build new, deep friendships when you are that busy, and everyone has busy lives. But of course it is normal to want the deep female friendships that seem to be so common early in life. It is normal to drift from prior friend groups as you are now.
What has been highest yield for me is actually reaching back to friends from times past, and reconnecting. You can still have deep, meaningful friendships with friends far away, while you are slowly building new ones locally.
Sometimes you don’t have new friendships build again until the kids are out of the house and you have more time to yourself.
Remember…. phone calls exist. Texts are in general a poor substitute for maintaining friendships. But phone calls, and even more substantial emails, can keep distant friends incredibly close. If you never grew up with this, that’s too bad. Give it a try?
Every old friend I reconnected with has been happy I did.
I’m getting somewhat lonely too. It sucks.
I can definitely relate. I’m childless buy choice, mid to late 30’s and it’s really hard to make deep connections with women my age. I have a couple acquaintances but have drifted from most of my close friends over the years and none of my remaining close friends even live in my state! It’s pretty har sometimes but I feel like this is not at all uncommon.
What’s everybody doing fun for the long weekend?
Attending a wedding and then hosting a pool party/bbq.
Sadly I got to experience this at a funeral and not a wedding but it was such a joy to watch all of my cousin’s kids run around together in a big pack like we always used to do at family parties while us ‘grown ups’ got our own table and we parents loosely supervised (not too much cake, look after the littlest kids, come find us if someone is bleeding or sick). It was the one bright spot in an otherwise really hard time.
We had that following my father-in-law’s funeral. At one point my son and his younger cousin grabbed a Costco-sized box of fruit snacks and a party-sized bag of Doritos and went to town on them (without permission!) while watching TV in the basement. None of us had the bandwidth to care too much about it at the time and now it’s become a sweet memory during an otherwise rough time.
If there’s a time for rules about junk food to go out the window, it’d a family funeral
We have three graduation parties between Friday and Sunday. I’ve started telling people we have a BBQ to go to on Monday just to avoid any further plans…technically we are ‘going’ to our backyard to BBQ, that counts right? My introverted self just wants to curl up in a corner with a book so I’ve already planned silent couch reading time all three nights to recover.
Definitely do that!
Isolating! Husband and now daughter have COVID.
Oh no! I hope they recover quickly and you don’t get sick yourself.
Oh, no! Are you our OP from yesterday? I am so sorry.
Dinner party at our house Sunday night, dinner party at somebody else’s house Monday night.
And alas, funeral for a longtime colleague Sunday morning. :(
The plan was to sit outside in our new adirondack chairs. Alas, the forecast is for rain all weekend.
Just got tickets to go to a Tom Jones concert tonight!
Going down the shore (with everyone else in Philly), unfortunately the weather doesn’t look good.
Bittersweet. I rented a small house along Lake Michigan and I’m taking my dog with cancer to sit with me in the sun on the back deck and watch the waves and accept all my hugs. He’s been fighting it for four years now and slipped out of remission for what will likely be the last time, so I have a brief window of when he still feels good and I want to get another good memory in. The irony is I adopted him 12 years ago on Memorial Day weekend. This is feeling like a full-circle trip and there’s nowhere else I’d want to be.
Sending you and your sweet dog lots of love. Enjoy every moment!
I am late to this but kudos to you for being such a great dog mom. Sending you lots of hugs.
Life goals: to wear fringe like Tina Turner
2023 needs more fringe
I’m always a fan of fringe. Go for it.
I had a black suede jacket with Tinaesque fringe in the late 80s and I wish I still had it!
I have an awesome fringe black dress. I just need more events to wear it to.
Thanks for all the suggestions on COVID management hearsay. Husband (67) is in the throes of it, but started Paxlovid last night after his doctor scared him into it. She didn’t call him until the end of her day so it was a mad dash for me trying to find Paxlovid at THREE branches of CVS before their pharmacies closed. I also stocked up on movie size boxes of hot tamales for him, as we read online they help with the bad mouth taste. Between those and some Ricola lozenges, it’s basically a man cold now.
Daughter is so far just stuffy in the nose, mild sore throat.
I’m trying to stay home and not run to any more pharmacies, as I am definitely exposed, so I’m about to place a 2 day shipping Amazon order. I have Mucinex and NyQuil in the cart. Anything else I should be thinking of?
Thanks again for all of your guidance.
*yesterday not hearsay WTF
As somebody said in the other thread, there’s nothing like Zyrtec D for nasal congestion.
I don’t think I can get the real Sudafed D version over Amazon can I?
Probs not, but do let us know if you are successful, as that would be a game-changer for me and my chronic allergies.
Nope. But I can get Zyrtec and I have some real Sudafed here. Hurrah!
Since I’m in Europe, I always have to google and translate any sort of US medication to understand what we’re talking about. If my search was successful, this is the kind of a-little-bit-extra medicine that really does not travel well, if you want to keep on the legal side of local drugs.
I just made a point to eat before taking my Paxlovid. I hadn’t had a taste like that since accidentally spilling DMSO all over myself many, many moons ago. Thankfully it goes away after about an hour, and was my only Paxlovid side effect.
You can Doordash things from local pharmacies like CVS, including meds with Sudafed. I did that when my husband had Covid and also during some other illnesses.
Zinc, vitamins D and B100 complex – all shown to help prevent long covid and help with existing covid. I’d add C and a bunch of ginger too :) good luck!
We’re having California Closets re-do our his and hers walk-in closets (neither is very large, e.g. not big enough for an island or seating). We opted against the backing on the units, so you’ll see the wall behind the units. I’m thinking about doing wallpaper on either just the back wall (which you will see upon entering and where there’s a “counter” area, glass jewelry drawer, glass front cabinet doors, etc) or the entire closet. Has anyone wallpapered a walk-in closet for a “wow” effect? Any cons I’m not thinking of? We’d try to do the DIY peel and stick kind, likely from the wall shoppe or PB.
Also, would it be weird if we did totally different wallpapers in my closet vs. his (the closet finishings will all match though)? At the end of the day I guess it just matters if we like it, but should we want to sell the house, want to make sure we’re not doing something totally weird.
I thought decorating guidance is that closets be painted white so that you can see the actual colors of clothes, rather than the wall color reflected off the clothes? Perhaps that’s old.
I’d be down with something small that isn’t too colorful as an accent.
I wouldn’t ruin your nice new closets with peel and stick wallpaper
I am all for the look of wallpaper in small spaces but I will encourage you to try it out on a small project first to get the hang of it. I was SHOCKED at how much of a total pain it was to work with. I kind of thought it would be like window clings and easy to re-position and it was NOT. I used one from printfresh and it was super sticky in a way that made ‘adjustments’ really difficult, you had to work with very small sections to smooth out the bubbles, I could not get it to cut smoothly despite the xacto knife set/etc. I would paint 10 rooms by myself vs. trying to do wallpaper ever again!
I have done this and my tip is DO NOT use peel and stick. Get a pro to install real wallpaper. Peel and stick doesn’t hold up and ruins your walls and is even more of a pain inside a closet to deal with when it goes wrong. The look is amazing though, highly recommend.
Help me revamp my home office-slash-guest room on a budget? I feel like I have a decent starting point. Walls are SW Sea Salt. Furniture is a combination of white and a light oak, I guess? Everything has very clean lines. The carpet is a neutral that I think I need 3 key things to make it come together: wall art, curtains, and a new duvet cover. Maybe a task lamp, too. The duvet is currently a light blue that kind of clashes with the green in the Sea Salt paint. I have tried doing an eclectic boho look by combining shades of blue, rose, and yellow, but it’s not working for me. I don’t think I do eclectic well; it ends up feeling chaotic to me. I like a classic, feminine style, but my DH uses the space, too, so I’m trying not to go all-in on the girly details, haha.
For the bedding I’d lean into white or ivory, maybe mixing shades between them, and a variety of textures. It’s hotel like and soothing/restful, and goes with your walls and furniture.
You can add color with art.
You might like to consider ordering a nice white duvet cover with trim that matches or nearly matches the wall color from Garnet Hill or similar. Wall art s so taste-specific, but may I suggest that one big piece of wall art is usually more appealing than a bunch of smaller pieces. B&W photography, printed on canvas that wraps around a frame can be quite striking and sophisticated. And Pottery Barn often has good value/good quality floor-to-ceiling curtains and hardware. There might be some Memorial Day sales running, too! Enjoy!
I saw some very good advice once that you can be eclectic in style/era/texture of items, but keep the color palette cohesive (three-ish main colors). Also, disperse the chosen colors around the room. Maybe that would help you?
Comment in mod. Bedding all white. Color in wall art. Don’t over clutter.