Weekly Roundup

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Geox Women's Stefany Ballerina Flat
– The Chicago Tribune asks, why must comfortable shoes be so ugly? We like the story of the woman who thought about changing into flip flops to cross the street. [Chicago Trib] At left: We’ve heard great things about these shoes being comfortable, and we can vouch that they are not ugly. Geox Women’s Stefany Ballerina Flat, $109 at Endless

– Happy days: an article about the misogyny women on Wall Street face. [WSJ]

– We’re not sure a makeup trick has ever “changed our lives,” but these women disagree. [GirlsInTheBeautyDepartment]

– Breaking:  Dark under-eye circles could be a sign that you’ve been working too much OR, it turns out, of iron deficiency.  Take a cue from Pop-Eye the Sailorman: Eat your spinach! (Or steak!) [HungryGirl]

– The 9 best-selling cars for women drivers. [LAT]

– Tips on how to save money and not get killed with baggage fees. [SmartMoney]

– The 7 Must-Read Stock Blogs. [TheMotley Fool]

– Hmmn, this may be a new thing to add to our LeechBlock: Polyvore, an online site where you can mix and match outfits. [Fashionista]

Flip-Flops: Not the Best Office Accessory (Poll Results)

Sigerson Morrison - 7948 (Green Patent) - Footwear

So about a week and a half ago we ran a poll about flip-flops — specifically, whether they were ever acceptable to wear to the office. Poll is ongoing, but thus far, these are the answers…

Are flip-flops acceptable to wear IN the office? According to 68% of you, NO.

Are flip-flops acceptable to wear to office-sponsored social gatherings? According to 70% of you, only if it’s a BBQ or outdoor event.

Are flip-flops acceptable to wear TO the office? 51% said sure, as long as you change into regular shoes when you get to the office. (A surprising 20% of you said No! Never.)

The picture above may not (according to most of you guys) be appropriate for the office, but damn they’re cute. Sigerson Morrison – 7948 (Green Patent) – Footwear, available at Zappos for $299.

Suit of the Week: Monogram Gray Pinstriped Skirt Suit

Each Wednesday we’ll feature a suit we think is nice. Fashionable, wearable, businesslike, etc, etc.

There are four brands that most young businesswomen purchase suits from: Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Theory. It’s actually hard to find suits that are a good “step up” from those — while you can get one of those suits for $300-$700, the next price range seems to be in the $2000s. Anyway, we were intrigued when Banana Republic announced that it was going to have a new “higher” line, Monogram. We’ve read that it hasn’t been doing so well (perhaps because the website stinks!) but we are loving this gray pinstriped suit from the Monogram line. We love a lot of things about it: the fit, the seasonless dark gray fabric that is 60% wool, 40% silk. We’re also intrigued by the wrap collar — so many times a suit with a bit of detailing is a bit too “society lady,” and little less “business lady” — there may be fur detailing, or sparkly buttons, or bows attached. This wrap collar is the perfect kind of touch to a suit — it’s unique and innovative without detracting from the fact that the suit means business. The pencil skirt is $115, and the blazer is $275. Close-up of that wrap collar below:

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What to Wear To . . . Work on the Weekend

what to wear to work on weekend

2017 Update: We still stand by some of this advice on what to wear to work on the weekend, but let’s face it: it’s an old post! Here are more recent discussions on comfortable workwear for late nights at the office, as well as an updated take specifically on what’s too casual for a weekend in the office.

In this feature, “What to Wear To…” we tackle attire for office events that are outside the confines of the 9-5 office day.

It’s the Aughts, and Blackberries and the Internet mean most work can be done from home. Still, there are times when there’s just no way around it and you’ve got to go in. This presents a special challenge: you want to look cute, cool, hip — but you’ve also got to look professional. If the hours are long you’re going to want to be extremely comfortable. Odds are good the air conditioning will be at full blast, so you also want to be warm.

We’ve found a bunch of great jackets that have a structured look to them, yet they’re made of fleece, jersey, and other fun fabrics — they’re almost as comfortable as your old reliable sweats. With a nice (non-ripped) pair of jeans, and a cute pair of closed-toe shoes (or even nice sneakers), these can maintain your dignity, broadcast your cool, and protect your comfort.

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Tool of the Trade: LeechBlock

2015 Update: If you’re looking for a similar way to help with focus on Chrome, you may also want to check out Morphine

In this feature, we’ll explore one tool that makes the busy woman’s life easier in some small way.

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The thing we keep hearing from our lawyer friends is that the pay is great, but the job is unbelievably boring about 75% of the time. And almost everyone we know has a problem with distraction — you’re at the office for long stretches doing boring things like reading transcripts (it’s hard to think of something we hate more) and then Perez Hilton starts to call, or the new sale at Net-A-Porter… trust us, we HEAR you, sista. So you spend “working hours” avoiding work by playing on the Internet, and then you have to stay late to actually, you know, do the work. And by staying late, you further blur the line between work and your personal life. It’s a bad, bad thing.

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Poll: How high maintenance are you (salon-wise)?

high-maintenance-beautyLet’s face it, we’re all busy. Some stuff becomes a priority; other stuff falls by the wayside. So, in the great tradition of keeping up with the Joneses, we thought we’d take a poll:

high-maintenance beauty

Incidentally, if you haven’t heard of it, the Lifebooker service can be great — if you have a spare night free or a slow afternoon you go to the site, tell it what kind of treatment you’re looking for and in what zip code, and they’ll see if salons near you have openings that day. Alas, it’s only available in NYC at the moment.
(Pictured: originally uploaded by pixeljones.)