Coffee Break: Dagne Dover

Signature Legend Coated Canvas Tote I was excited to see recently that Nordstrom now carries Dagne Dover, which has been a reader favorite for years for their sturdy, coated canvas totes. They have several fun, saturated colors like this “Palm green” or their classic cobalt “Dagne blue,” but they also have neutrals. This can be an important note — as a sturdy tote, it may also be a slightly heavy tote if you’re used to carrying nylon or other super lightweight options; it may also feel a bit stiff — but all of that may work better for your lifestyle than a lightweight, less durable option. In any event, the Signature Legend tote (pictured here) is $265 and big enough to fit sneakers as well as a laptop; the classic tote is a more slimmed-down version for $245. Pictured: Signature Legend Coated Canvas Tote

(Oooh: the Dagne Dover website now has card cases as well. Nice.)

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14 Great YouTube Tutorials for Updos

great youtube tutorials for updos for work and beyond!Do you have an upcoming job interview or important meeting, or just want to look a little more polished at the office day-to-day? An updo is one way to keep your hair up and out of your face when you’re tired of always pulling it back into a ponytail or messy bun. While there’s no shortage of hair tutorials on YouTube, including hairstyles and updos for the office — low buns, side buns, curly hair, straight hair, long hair, medium hair — we’ve selected some of the easy-to-follow YouTube updo tutorials for a variety of styles and hair types.

If you’re looking for more talk about office hairstyles, we’ve discussed how long do you spend on your hair for work, how to make a blowout last for days, your favorite dry shampoo, easy office updos, how to style long hair for job interviews, and lots more about office hairstyles in general — but we wanted to feature some easy-to-follow YouTube tutorials that make it even easier to get that polished look.

So gather up some bobby pins, a few hair elastics of various sizes, and maybe a hair donut or other hair accessories, and see if any of these will work with your busy routine.

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Cotton Twill Blazer

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I’ve noticed brand 1901 before at Nordstrom, but admittedly, always in the men’s section. This year, though, the brand has a ton of cute but affordable preppy stuff, including this great stretch twill blazer in navy with a cute pop of gingham at the sleeves. It’s $139 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 0-16 with a few lucky petite sizes left. Stretch Cotton Twill Blazer

Two stretch twill blazers available in plus sizes are at Talbots and Zappos.

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Coffee Break: Legal-Size Padfolio

legal-size padfolioI always think a leather padfolio is a great thing to add to your office — you look more professional running around with one from meeting to meeting, you always have a spot to stick things like tape flags, post-it notes, pens, as well as loose documents you may pick up at the meeting. New-to-me store Leatherology has a TON of padfolios, including (pictured) a legal-size padfolio, which feels pretty rare. They also have colorful padfolios, zippered padfolios, iPad/notebook combos, and padfolios for lefties. Nice. The pictured one comes in four neutral shades for $120. Legal-Size Padfolio

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What to Wear for Public Speaking

what to wear for public speakingI’ve got a short little speech to give for an alumni mentoring thing in a few weeks, so my attention has turned to the important stuff: what to wear. (I’m being sarcastic here — obviously the content of your speech is the most important part!) But, considering that this is a fashion blog for overachieving chicks, I thought it might make an interesting conversation, particularly for those of you who do this more regularly — what are your tips for what to wear for public speaking engagements, whether it’s giving a CLE, speaking at a class, being interviewed on TV, giving a presentation to the board, or being in front of a jury? What should you consider for different kinds of speaking engagements? What clothes and outfits strike the best balance between comfort/professionalism for a public speaker? 

Some considerations I’ve thought of for what to wear for public speaking engagements:

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Le Marais Wrap Jacket

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A reader just reminded me of The Fold London, and this Marais Wrap Jacket looks stunning — I love that it has a casual, loose feel to it (almost like a jardigan!) while still looking polished and put-together. Fabulous. It’s $325 at The Fold and comes in sizes 6–16 — and note that it’s also available in blackLe Marais Wrap Jacket

Two more affordable options are at Amazon and Bloomingdale’s; and for plus sizes, Target and Lord & Taylor.

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