Coffee Break: Wallaroo Scrunchie Sunhat

best sunhat for women according to the readers!I’ve taken sun protection very seriously since around the time my first son was born — I’m not sure if pregnancy made my skin more vulnerable or what, but what seemed at the time like adorable “I’m pregnant!” freckles have turned into darker spots that are distinctly less adorable. In short: Wear a hat and sunscreen! (I’ve seen readers debate the need for sunscreen if you work inside all day, in which case you may want to just grab a hat if you find sunscreen annoying — but as I’ve been having fun getting more into skincare this year it’s worth noting that some of the chemicals, face masks, etc., that are popular now leave your skin extremely vulnerable to the sun. One of my OTC night products warned that it had “reservoir effects” and therefore you should wear sunscreen for a full week after you discontinue use. Wow.)

Readers have recommended this big, packable, UPF-50 hat as good for travel, and I think it looks great whether you’re just going for brunch with girlfriends or heading to the beach to settle in with your new novel. They’re $30–$50, both on the Wallaroo website as well as on Amazon; note that they also make one for smaller heads.

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Near or Far: Do the Benefits of Living Closer to Work Outweigh the Cons?

benefits of living closer to work - image from streeteasy campaignThere’s an amusing Streeteasy ad campaign in a lot of NYC subway stations right now, with Venn(ish) diagrams like this one, and I thought it might make for an interesting discussion here. Why did you choose to live where you do? What do you think the benefits of living closer to work are — vs. farther away? Do you prefer to have some separation between work and home? In general, what was the most important factor for you in choosing where to live — living closer to work, being in a good school district, having an amazing apartment, or something else? We’ve talked before about how where you choose to live can be one of the most important money decisions you make, as well as how to decorate your home and even when to buy a home, but we haven’t really talked about the pro and cons of living closer to work or farther from work.

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Single-Breasted Wool Blazer

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

When you say Balmain, I will forever think of the crazy shouldered blazers they were popular for in the mid-aughts — but it’s good to know that they have more regular blazers these days. Fun fact: Apparently they’re meant to be very form-fitting and run super small. Love the darts and seaming in the back, and the outfit as styled here is amazing — I always like a shrunken blazer with wide pants. The blazer is $1,941 at MatchesFashion.com. Single-Breasted Wool Blazer

A more affordable option is at Nordstrom, where there are also options in plus sizes.

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Weekend Open Thread

best-selling espadrilleSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Wow: these espadrilles have more than 100 great reviews at Nordstrom, and come in about ten colors — if you’re looking for height (4″!) with a walkable heel (2″) these might just do the trick. I like more earthy colors with espadrilles, but that’s me – they also come in a bright cobalt and fun yellow, as well as a shiny gold — there are also several beigey shades and a black. (Pictured: olive.) They’re $149, and available in sizes 5-11 and Nordstrom, Amazon, and Zappos.  Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge

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Weekly News Update

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  • The Strategist talked to dermatologists to find out which are the best facial sunscreens.
  • Thinking of trying a sheet mask? In her interview with The Cut, Paula Begoun said don’t bother.
  • Who What Wear took a look at Meghan Markle’s favorite shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps. (Here’s how to watch tomorrow’s Royal Wedding, by the way.)
  • Want to get promoted when your boss leaves, or even get her job? U.S. News & World Report gave some advice.
  • Adweek announced its second annual Disruptors list: “39 women who are spearheading a revolution in advertising, media, and tech,” including Katrina Lake, Stitch Fix founder and CEO; Lesley Slaton Brown, HP’s chief diversity officer; Dee Rees, director of Mudbound; and Samantha Bee.
  • Working Mother named this year’s Best Companies for Multicultural Women, including Morgan Stanley, Intel, Deloitte, and Verizon. Several of those companies also appear in Fairygodboss‘ list of companies that are great places for women to work.
  • Shondaland told the story of Ridhi Tariyal, who has invented a method for women to test their fertility without having to convince their ob/gyn to do it.
  • Lifehacker’s Two Cents mentioned some health habits that are good for your wallet as well as your body.
  • For your Laugh Zen of the Week: Diply rounded up 32 simple-yet-ingenious designs from around the world.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: The Work Pant

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I know readers constantly sing the praises of their ponte pants and comfort-waist, pull-on styles, and I love my pair of Eileen Fisher pants as much as everyone else does who raves about them — but still, sometimes you want a pant that feels distinctly different from pajamas, particularly for work. I recently bought a pair of Everlane’s uber popular “work pant” and was thoroughly impressed, particularly for $50 — they look like leggings in the picture but the fabric is crisp and substantial, but comfortable. The ankle pants are very close-fitting, as pictured — so know your office. The pants seem to be constantly out of stock, but if you put your name on the waitlist (and act fast when the email comes to tell you they’re back in stock) you should be good. (I live in their U-neck t-shirts for the weekend, and have heard great things about their loafer as well. Ah yes, and this week they launched a $100 wrap dress that looks like it could be great.) Pictured: The Work Pant (ankle length) (they also come in full length)

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