Weekly News Roundup

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dresses over pants– Warning: dresses over pants may be back.  Refinery 29 has the scoop.

Sillicon Alley Insider has a nice slideshow explaining the different group-buying websites and which localities they cover.  (We’ve been fans of Groupon in NYC for a while.)

– If you’re traveling alone (or with valuables) and faced with an electronic hotel door lock, you may want to check this out: Lifehacker picks up a story about how to better secure the door.

– Meanwhile, the Bucks blog has advice on how to tell if your bank is healthy, as well as how to know if a good savings rate will last.

Get Rich Slowly shares one woman’s story of how she “made peace with herself and hired a housekeeper.”

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Pintuck Ponte Jumper

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

Pintuck Ponte Jumper Reader A clued us in to this really cute dress, one of many that’s on sale right now at Athleta.  We like the long length of it, and like the ballerina vibe we’re getting.  We’d probably wear it layered for the office — camisole or turtleneck beneath, with a cardigan or blazer on top of it for the office.  Was $98, now $49.50 at Athleta in sizes XXS-2x and in colors black, gray and brown.  Athleta Pintuck Ponte Jumper

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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Coffee Break: Stringalong Flats

Stuart Weitzman – Stringalong (Coal Degrade Patent) – Footwear6pm.com has one of the perennial reader favorites in today’s sale: Stuart Weitzman.* We’re liking this interesting pair of flats, which have a gradient effect.  They’re available in brown and red as well, and a fairly good number of sizes considering that they’re 50% off.  (Some prices are up to 85% off, but lucky sizes only). If you haven’t shopped 6pm.com before: it’s owned by Zappos, and gives you 30 days to return purchases (but you have to pay return shipping). Not bad for deep discounts on one-day only sale items. Stuart Weitzman – Stringalong (Coal Degrade Patent) – Footwear

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* Yes, yes, we know — this is our second featured pair of flats this week! We try not to that, but a) we really like ’em, b) you guys really like SW, and c) we are sick and have been working around the clock on that pesky “real job” anyway. Cough, cough. Excuse us while our head explodes…

How to Put Your Best Self Forward During a Skype Interview or Conference Call

Skype interview tips: How to Put Your Best Self Forward During a Skype Interview2017 Update: We still stand by these Skype interview tips — but you may also want to check out our latest post with video interview tips for your online job interview!

My first thought when we got this request for Skype interview tips was, “garsh, these times we live in!” followed by, “of course, we will all be doing these very soon”…

Help! I am a 1L interviewing for summer associate position and the firm has decided to do a Skype interview. I am terrified I will look washed out/ too made up/ etc on camera. Any tips for hair/makeup? Also, my career service office recommended wearing a nice blouse, but I feel a suit would be more appropriate.

Wow. Ok. I’ve only used Skype a few times (on my Mac laptop, primarily) to talk to a bestie who lives in London.  From my limited experiences with Skype, I would have to say:  it does not seem to be the most flattering. You don’t know where to look, because you want to see the screen and see what they’re doing, but you should be looking at the camera, and nothing is eye level, and it’s all very weird.  (Pictured:  nick skype, originally uploaded to Flickr by nedrichards.)

Some Skype interview tips for your job interview: [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: Vikie – Choir Blouse

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

Vikie – Choir BlouseWe’re loving this sweet, simple silk blouse from Theory.  The sleeves have the perfect amount (or lack of) pouf, and we like the banded collar.  We also really like the way the blouse kind of looks like either dots or an ocelot pattern, but is more abstract than either of those things up close.  Was $150, now $89 at Nordstrom (available in sizes S, M, L).   Theory ‘Vikie – Choir’ Blouse

If you’ve recently seen a great work piece you’d like to recommend to the readers, please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line. Unless you ask otherwise, we’ll refer to you by your first initial.

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Suit of the Week

For 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.

We like this cool black suit from Pink Tartan. Love the way the jacket is super shaped when it’s closed, love the way it looks cool and casual in that boxy Chanel way when open. We’re intrigued by the fact that it’s cotton linen and has interior slash pockets. And yes, we like the exposed zipper. The jacket (Pink Tartan Peplum Suit Jacket) is $495, and the skirt (Pink Tartan Pencil Skirt) is $295 — both available at Bloomingdale’s.

Pink Tartan Peplum Suit Jacket) Pink Tartan Pencil Skirt

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