Weekend Open Thread

Splendid woven front knit pullover shirtAt long last, it’s here: the weekend! Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

Our casual recommendation for this weekend: we lurve this shirt from Splendid almost as much as we love the price. While the untucked shirt look can sometimes work for the office, this particular look — with the mixture of jersey and woven fabric — seems made for the weekend with jeans. Was $85, now $33.90 at Nordstrom (sizes S and L only). Splendid Woven Front Knit Pullover Shirt

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Weekly Update

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– Dare to dream:  the Times Online chronicles the rise of the public trophy wife.

The WSJ rounds up the best and worst jobs.

WSJ’s The Juggle ponders how to fit exercise into an already packed schedule. (We’ve already weighed in with advice on diet and exercising, but were thinking of doing a post on easy, low-cal and cheap things to bring to work for lunch — if you have any favorites, send us an e-mail at [email protected])  Meanwhile, the WSJ advises how to keep your New Year’s resolutions, and the New York Times lists the 11 best foods you’re not eating.

Lifehacker digs deep and finds the best times to buy anything.  Meanwhile, the WSJ has a listing for the best wines of 2009 under $10.99.  Nice!

– Finally:  if you’d be so good as to nominate us for a 2010 Bloggie, we’ll be your best friend forever:  http://2010.bloggies.com/

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Pleat-neck 3/4 sleeve top

Banana Republic pleat-neck topOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Great, simple top from Banana Republic with lovely pleats at the neckline and a flattering empire waist.  We like the idea of wearing it under a cardigan, hopefully with a similar neckline, for a layered look. It’s $32, and is available in both regular and petites.  Pleat-neck 3/4-sleeve top – Black

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: Roselena Tote

Biasia Roselena ToteIf you’ve been on the hunt for a basic black leather tote bag, we think this bag nails it — big enough for most size docs, helpful zippers and pockets — and on sale.  Nice.  Was $398, now down to $290.  Francesco Biasia Roselena Tote (Note that Zappos has it in blue, also, albeit at a higher price.)

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The Quest for Comfortable Heels

comfortable heels2016 Update: Links have been updated below; please also check out our new and revised guide to comfortable heels or our latest roundup of stylish comfort heels for workAnd if you’re new here (welcome!), please consider subscribing to our email newsletter or checking out our Top Posts!

Pictured at left, clockwise: strappy pumpchunky heelhalf d’Orsay pump, pointy toe pump.

Today’s reader mail has to do with comfortable shoes…

I was wondering whether you had heard of Tsubo shoes. I recently posted on Facebook about my quest for comfortable heels, and instead of the usual “get the Cole Haan Nike Air pumps” suggestion, two people posted about Tsubos. I checked out the site, and the shoes really do appear to be very well made and at $100 to $150, a reasonable expenditure, even for me. Thought it might be worth a post. Many of your readers certainly must be walking to the courthouse regularly, and are probably looking for fashionable yet professional footwear that won’t cause them to limp by the end of the day.

Seriously, forget the Holy Grail — this is one of our lifelong quests. As one might expect from all the Mary Jane and other comfortable-type shoes we post (what? we wear ’em with pants) this author has problem feet — it’s incredibly difficult to get shoes that both feel and look great.  Not only does it seem like there are variances within each brand (e.g., some of our Cole Haans we love, others we want to throw across the room), but shoes that were favorites in previous seasons become hated things in newer ones (and never get better). Whine, whine — perhaps we just need a higher tolerance for pain.  (As for the blog, we can’t bring ourselves to recommend, sight unseen, shoes that we would never even order ourselves.  So again, ladies, send us your suggestions!)  In terms of pain, we actually read a book about feet a while ago that contained some helpful exercises, such as drawing the alphabet with a pointed toe, or spending a few minutes, barefoot, trying to pick up a pencil with your toes — but that doesn’t help with the comfort of shoes to begin with. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: “De La Rosa” V-Neck Cardigan

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Quotation De La Rosa V-neck CardiganBloomingdale’s has a number of printed Quotation cotton cardigans on sale in fairly work-appropriate prints.  We like this purple, gray and black number — sedate yet not goth, interesting but not crazy.  We’d skip the heavy eyeliner and pout, though.  Was $98, now $68.60 in sizes XS-L.  Quotation “De La Rosa” V-Neck Cardigan
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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