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 for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.
There are so many great suits for sale in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that we gave them their own post. But while lots are sold out or down to lucky sizes, this affordable suit (which comes in both pink and black) still has lots of sizes left.
I like the cinched waist, and the simple pants. I notice some bad reviews note that the pockets flare out on your hips — and since we’re heading back into the trends of trousers and straight cut pants, I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of these slanted hip pockets. My $.02 if you like a pair of pants other than the pockets: if they come sewn shut, keep them sewn shut — you can also sew them shut yourself (or have a tailor do it).
The blazer comes in both black and pink in sizes XXS-XXL; it’s marked to $119 during the NAS, but will go back up to $179 when the sale ends July 30. The pants come in sizes 00-16W. The pants are marked down to $65, but will be $99 after the sale ends.
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Workwear sales of note for 6.02.23:
- Nordstrom – The Half-Yearly Sale has started! See our thoughts here.
- Ann Taylor – $50 off $150; $100 off $250+; extra 30% off all sale styles
- Banana Republic Factory – Up to 50% off everything + extra 25% off purchase
- Boden – Sale, up to 50% off
- Cole Haan – Up to 50% off select styles; extra 20% off sandals & sneakers
- Eloquii – 60% off all tops
- Express – 30% off all dresses, tops, shorts & more; extra 50% off clearance
- H&M – Up to 60% off online and in-store.
- J.Crew – Up to 50% off “dressed up” styles (lots of cute dresses!); extra 50% off select sale
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off everything; 60% off 100s of summer faves; extra 60% off clearance
- J.McLaughlin – The Sale Event: extra 30% off
- Loft – 40% off tops; 30% off full-price styles
- Sephora – Up to 50% off select beauty.
- Shopbop – Up to 60% off sale
- Sue Sartor – Lots of cute dresses on sale!
- Talbots – 25-40% off select styles
Other noteworthy sales:
- CB2.com – Up to 40% off; pop-up sale up to 30% off
- Joss & Main – Up to 60% off, plus an extra 20% off with code
- Tuft & Needle – Save up to $775 on mattresses (Reader-favorite brand; Kat really likes hers!)
- West Elm – Up to 25% off in-stock furniture; up to 60% off clearance
science camp in a dorm
A young cousin is spending her first summer away from home as a junior in high school (!) at a science/academic “camp” program. She will be in the LA area. She will stay in a typical college dorm room with a roommate. She is a jeans and a graphic T kind of girl.
I wanted to send her a care package. Any recs? So far I have her favorite chocolate bars, some hand lotion, and a little mesh “bathroom caddy” bag to carry stuff to the bathroom/shower.
I guess my advice would depend on how much spending money you think her parents gave her or she has from jobs. If she has lots of spending money, I’d focus on sentimental things/comfort items. If you think she doesn’t have a ton of spending cash, honestly, I’d do one sentimental thing (like chocolate) and some cash (this is one instance where I think paying the fee on a visa gift card would be worthwhile since you can’t send cash in the mail and I assume she doesn’t have a bank account) so she can treat herself to a meal out, or clothes, or a small luxury.
Cool gel pens/journal/washi tape? She might be too old, but I know my teen is into bullet journaling and requested this stuff as a camp care package.
That all sounds lovely. Maybe a few more dorm-style snacks/meals? Ramen, crackers, etc. Also maybe a mug or something for hot chocolate in the dorms at night?
Something to decorate with? Firefly lights?
Cash or gift cards for food or coffee.
Depending on the program, she may not have much freedom to use a gift card for a particular coffee or food spot. Cash is better. Most of these programs keep the kids pretty locked down, unless it’s the type of pre-college program only open to juniors and seniors.
Yes, this. I did something similar as a teen and we had a few “off campus” days and some fun money was much appreciated. My first trip to an urban outfitters (yes it was 2002 in Berkeley)
I’d skip cash and get her a Visa gift card. So many places are cashless now, especially around campus. I did something similar at age 16, and spending money was the most important part. I think my parents got me a debit card for the occasion (which was a big deal back then).
What fun! My fondest childhood memories are of attending this type of camp. If there is no A/C, dorms in the LA area get HOT. A mini fan or other personal cooling device will be appreciated. Back in my day the coveted item was an ice cube tray to make ice in the dorm freezer, but perhaps they have ice machines now? Quarters for the vending machines (coins still work better than bills or a debit card), non-candy snacks, and microwave popcorn are also great. A bed pocket that hangs off the side of the bed and holds book, phone, etc., especially if it’s a bunk or loft bed situation–my teenager got one of these at Target during back-to-school season one year, but I think they are widely available.
A little bluetooth camera remote for her phone so she can pics
Amazon gift card, cash, gift card to the school (sometimes you can get a bookstore gift card, or any of the on site restaurant type places eg. if it has a starbucks or similar). Extension cord, power brick for her phone?
Just posted too late on the am thread-Olive and June worth it in your opinion? The wide handled brush makes it look like could be easier to paint nails with non-dominant hand. Trying to save $ and not do gel manicures anymore.
Not worth it for me but I’m bad at nail stuff generally.
You can buy just the handle at Target to use with any brand of polish. I tried it and found it very awkward. I am bad at doing my own nails but have the best luck with the wide, flat brushes with a curved tip as opposed to the tiny round ones.
Many Target locations discontinued Olive & June products, so I would not count on them being in the store. I love Olive & June. Its the only brand I use for my nails. You have to do all the prep steps including buffing you nails really well. If you skip the prep steps the manicure will not work out for you. I like that they have beginner polish and more advanced styles.
Even if you buy a kit just for the nail care stuff and decide to use other polish, it’s worth the price. About the only OJ prep tool I don’t own is the brush topper! I feel like it would just get in the way, but a friend of mine swears by it.
I also watched the OJ videos to pick up some tips on making my manicures look and stay better, and I think it helped. And practice, lots of practice. I never got salon manicures regularly, but I don’t see myself going back at all, except for the occasional pedicure.
I’ve been liking dazzle dry
+1 I just tried a mini dazzle dry kit and I like it
The polish itself is mediocre but I really like the tools.
Sometimes when I go to talk with a co-worker about a work matter, that co-worker will tell me to come into the office. Then, as soon as a start talking this co-worker will turn back to his/her computer immediately and only half pay attention. This has happens with several co-workers, and it drives me insane. When a co-worker comes to my office, I either say “I’m finishing up something, can I buzz you/come over in a few minutes when I’m done,” or, if I am available, I stop what I am doing to listen to the co-worker. When did everyone become so rude about face-to-face interactions?
Agree this is rude. I would just say something like, “Oh let me come back when you’re free. What time works later?”
I had a boss who did this. I would stop talking and wait until he noticed and then say something along the lines of, I didn’t want to interrupt what you were doing/I wanted to let you finish before I spoke, etc. People are rude AF sometimes and I don’t play that game.
I feel like the world is on fire. With Roe’s repeal, a lot of lives are going to be affected. Can we concentrate on that pls? I feel like legitimate discussions are getting bogged down or majorly sidetracked over how inclusive (or not) people’s language is.
Yeah… a few friends keep posting on social media lectures about how Dobbs is going to affect brown and black pregnant people (pointedly don’t use “women”) the most and so we should focus on that, but “wealthy white women” will always be able to get abortions. But what about poor white women? What about wealthy women of any color who are having a medical emergency? I feel like I’m being told that I am not allowed to worry about my upper-middle class white daughters’ future.
I read an op-ed a few weeks ago that posited that the reason for this type of rhetoric is that liberals feel defeated on the big issues so some have switched to policing other liberals as a way to score what feels like a win. Seems logical to me.
Not to stir the pot, but they’re exactly right. To use the circles of grief metaphor you are absolutely allowed to worry (grieve even) for/about your upper middle class white daughters. But you also should realize they’re in the ‘outer circle’ – poor women of color would be in the center, then poor women of any background, then it goes outward. Look at Serena William’s story about giving birth – even wealth and fame didn’t help insulate her from entrenched racial bias in medicine. Worry about your daughters and advocate for them but realize that someone who is ‘closer to the center of grief’ is not going to have an awful lot of sympathy for you making it about the health problems of white girls who have access to money and familial support.
I guess I just don’t see women’s rights as a zero sum game like you do! I can acknowledge that the feminist movement of yesteryear centered white women without giving up on the idea that misogyny which affects ALL women, is driving the war on women, and that we can and should all work together on this and not play the suffering Olympics.
I don’t think that you are supposed to stop worrying about your daughter. I think this is directed at people who think they and their loved ones will be able to get the care they need, and aren’t bothered by this huge shift. They need reminding that people exist outside their bubble who may not have the same resources.
As a middle-class white women, I always think about my troubles and imagine them multiplied for POC and people who are in poverty. I tend to express that sentiment on social media as well. Usually the people tone-policing are other white middle class liberals. As for the whole “uterus havers” issue, I guess I am a TERF because I am not playing that word game.
I have no patience for engaging in this. The repeal of Roe is going to affect primarily women. Abortion always has, always will. I have to focus my fury and attention there.
This. I get it. There is a small number of trans/non-binary people out there. It’s still impacting like 95% women.
Sighhhh random drama
And this is why Republicans win and will continue to win elections. Because they understood the assignment. If you want antiabortion laws, you vote for the anti-abortion candidate. It does not matter if that candidate is Satan himself and you actively believe he is evil – you still vote for him because he will give you what you want most. Democrats will refuse to vote for a candidate who agrees with them on 90% of issues over things like “pregnant people“ and will choose that hill to die on regardless of how out of step it is with the overwhelming majority of voters.
Santa Barbara recs?
Heading to Santa Barbara tomorrow for a wedding this weekend – any recs? First time going but excited!
oh I looooove Santa Barbara. The most perfect weather in the world.
I tend not to do a lot of fancy dining there, but if you can get to La Super Rica they have famous tacos. There will be a line but if you’re into that kind of thing it’s worth it.
My kids always like at least one spendy meal on the wharf. Again, it’s not world class fine dining, but the view can’t be beat. We also really love the aquarium on the wharf.
Our favorite, favorite eat in SB is McConnell’s ice cream, but I think it’s called Mission Street Ice Cream. It’s so good. On Mission street not in the downtown area.
Warning: Super Rica takes cash ONLY. Be prepared!
I agree with Super Rica but have actually come to prefer Super Cucas. Loquita on the patio for dinner if you can get a reservation. Walk through the botanical gardens. Sunset at the beach although that’s more of a mood than an actual sunset because of the orientation of most of the beaches. Hendry’s beach (Arroyo Burro) if you like watching dog’s frolic, and there’s a restaurant for a sunset drink or a mediocre food. Hiking, but be sure to check locally for which trails survived the mudslide.
Oh, and walk through the grounds and the beautiful courthouse if it is open to the public—not sure of any covid restrictions. Farmer’s market downtown on Saturday morning.
My comments have been in moderation for over 30 minutes for the past several weeks, both here and on the mom’s page. It’s really frustrating. I’m using a handle and providing my e-mail. Any insight into why this is happening?
Same here, it’s making me crazy
Paging Diana Barry – thinking of you, hoping you are doing well, and hoping that the haters didn’t chase you off.
I bought my 2022 sandals (or ordered) to replace some older ones that were just worn. I went with Sorel flatforms. Maybe not pretty or hot, but my feet will love them (they love Sorels generally). I have pretty and hot date night heeled sandals with blistery straps and they just sit in my closet now and look pretty. The flatforms will likely get worn out also. And they were not horribly spendy. Huzzah!
I bought the Camerons this year and I love them. Great option and look elevated for going out.
Any tried and true recommendations for an eyeshadow that’s not to powdery? I have sensitive eyes and want to replace a palette that’s running out. I have two caviar sticks and a Mac copper shadow, but looking for a basic of coppery browns / light neutrals/ rose gold. Drugstore or more expensive brands are fine, or even cream shadows…I just want blendability without eye irritation. I don’t wear contacts, but my eyes do water a bit due to migraines. Thank you in advance!
Take a look at Thrive cosmetics. I use a few of their cream eye shadow sticks. Very easy to use, blends with your finger and stays in place all day.
I like nudestix
The founders of Nudestix are Trump supporters if that matters to you (Canadian Trump supporters. IDGI).
Thank you for the suggestion. They are both new to me brands:)
Bobbi Brown shadow sticks. I like Nude Beach for an overall matte base, then highlight with golden pink. I run golden bronze along the upper lash line and very lightly under the lower lash line.
I like them because they’re long wearing and they basically look the same at 9am and 5pm.
There’s a nice Bobbi Brown stick on offer in the NAS – I ordered it myself as I’ve wanted to try theirs, and it’s a good selection of neutrals.
I posted above about the shadow sticks. I bought the NAS pencils. They are a good deal. Unfortunately I only like two of the colors haha. Nothing ventured I guess, because they’re still cheaper than buying two single color pencils.
I love the Ilia cream shadows.
Urban Decay Naked3 mini is half off during the Prime Day sale today. Great color payoff without using primer. It contains glittery and matte neutrals, rose gold, and a brown.
Thank for these great suggestions. I tend to have one main palette for neutrals, and I love coppery pencils /crayon shadows so these ideas will work great. I try to use up my makeup and then buy new (sort of a one In one out policy someone mentioned here) as I use eye make up almost every day, I like to use it up and keep it fresh!
Beauty Pie has a shadow stick that some people say is the same as the caviar sticks. BP requires a subscription but they have a free trial. I personally love the Glossier Skywash. It stays put on my oily eyelids.
Do the thing
Wanted to share that I finally did the thing I have been putting off — and it was a really big one for me, speaking to a psychiatrist. Sending love to all who are struggling and hope you can do your hard things, too.
Way to go!!’
woo hoo! well done!
Good for you! I finally did the thing and started taking the Lexapro that’s been sitting on my shelf for weeks. I’ve been too anxious to take it (even though I think I need it for anxiety, lol).
Well done! That is a tough one.
I had to complete a project for a certification by the end of my first year at my company. My anniversary is next week. I completed the project and got the necessary approvals this week, so I’m all set. But I feel like I should have completed it sooner? No one has outwardly judged me for finishing it so close to the deadline but I think I’m making myself feel bad for not being more diligent about it – I could have finished it earlier, but I had lots of other things to do too, so I didn’t prioritize it. I still got it all done before the deadline, so I shouldn’t feel bad right?
Shots. Shots. Shots.
Hi hello can I help? You timely finished a big task we should be celebrating.
Lol love this! We need shots more often!
I’ve missed you.
You mean you finished it with a week to spare? Hero status!
Haha you did it 6.5 days early by my calculations! ;)
You finished it before the deadline, during the middle of a pandemic. I am 99% sure this is not something that would cross 99% of mens’ minds. Do not feel bad.
Way to go, you finished something earlier than it was due!