More Sales! (Happy New Year’s, BTWs)…

I don’t think I said this earlier: Happy New Year’s! Hope everyone is having as relaxing a day as we are. Aaaah, vacation…. There are just a few more sales I thought I’d mention:

  • Loft’s sale just hit 60% off (as in, take an extra 60% off).
  • ShopBop: Take an additional 20% off sale.
  • J.Crew: Take an extra 30% off final sale items with code 2013.
  • Stuart Weitzman: Today only, receive 30% off new winter sale styles.
  • Last Call: Extra 30%-60% off everything.



  1. Quincy is having 60% off everything, final sale though.

  2. Kat, your Performics (Doubleclick) link isn’t working for Loft…

  3. Question for you legal ladies…

    My husband and I recently closed on a private real estate transaction with a lawyer. The woman who works as his assistant? paralegal? (not quite sure what her title is – she is a notary, types things up, etc) is a friend of my mother’s. Well, after the the transaction was finalized, she immediately called my mother and told her all of the details.

    I know that the transaction is a matter of public record to some extent, but this just seems highly unethical to me. I feel like if I did something like this at my job (in the engineering/construction realm) that I would be severely reprimanded, if not fired on the spot.

    This woman is a long time family friend and I know her whole family, so I am hesitant to out her to her employer. However, this has caused extreme distress to me, as my mother has basically disowned me – she showed up at my house screaming, called me a piece of crap, selfish, greedy, b*tch, liar, all publicly on FB! She is certifiably insane, and thinks that I am bilking the family, because she doesn’t understand finances. Everyone knows she is crazy, but it still hurts having your mother say these really awful things to you when you’ve done nothing! And of course I am worried about my reputation online… I am friends with many coworkers, people in my professional network, etc.

    So, I feel like the whole thing with my mother is directly caused by the information this woman provided to her… and even if my mom didn’t have a ridiculous reaction, it still sounds really unethical to me.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated!

    • Ugh, no advice but commiseration. Perhaps you can have a word with the assistant directly? If she understands that there is fallout, perhaps she’ll think twice about doing it again?

    • Hard line approach: Call her supervisior and let him know that his assistant is talking about matters that go beyond the public record, if that’s the case. He can’t control your mother’s reaction, of course, but this is still really unprofessional and arguably a violation of client confidences/ firm confidentiality policy. Your mother wasn’t a party to the transaction and the asst shouldn’t be filling in the blanks for her. Would you use a lawyer whose staff is known to gossip about cases? Probably not. Maybe this was a one time transgression for her, maybe it is a pattern. I would want to know if it was my staff.
      Softer approach: Speak to this lady directly and mention that you aren’t telling her boss, but she needs to self-govern. Of course, either approach could get back to your mother.

      • Diana Barry :

        I would tell the supervisor – although I might think twice about it if she only told your mother the details of the documents that are in the public record. (Deed, mortgage, homestead declaration, all can be found online in my jurisdiction within a few days.) But it is still very unprofessional for her to discuss client business, even if the details are public record.

    • Saacnmama :

      Oh ow. Are you saying your mother’s reaction was predictable to those who know her, and therefore this person had an idea what she was opening the door to? Then you definitely need to have a calm, firm word with her without being a softie. Before notifying her supervisor, you should think about whether any action would be taken and the likely result of that action.

      Good luck! I hope the feeling wears off and you can enjoy your new home without being reminded of the scene. So sorry your mother is t able to take pride in this accomplishment–that has to hurt!

  4. Diana Barry :

    Quick note – isn’t it “happy new year”?

    Yay for the end of tax uncertainty! Boo to not having cap gains count as regular income! And boo to having to write a client alert about it! ;)

    • Yes, it’s Happy New Year but I believe the confusion comes from New Year’s Eve, where the apostrophe is appropriate because it is the eve of the new year.

    • Yes. You can say “Happy New Year” or “Happy New Year’s Day” (as New Year’s Day is a proper noun) provided “Happy” is the start of the sentence. Otherwise, it’s “Have a happy New Year”. “Have a happy new year” is also correct if you want to refer to the year as a whole instead of the specific event/holiday.

  5. Sequined skirt love!

    Got the Limited blush gold sequin skirt for Christmas and I absolutely love it. Wore it on Christmas day and again on New Year’s. The elastic waistband is very forgiving.

    Now I have to find other reasons to wear it. Unfortunately, it’s only 19 degrees here…

    • I wore my La Redoute one on NYE as well (with pink chucks, super class but I was going to a shoe-free apartment and wanted to walk comfortably). Wore it with a casual sweater and felt festive but comfortable. Shall we have a C– sequined skirt day and just wear them about town?

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