All of Auntie M's Guest Posts on Corporette!

Auntie M is one of Kat's best friends since they were in their teens! She's  recently worked as a lawyer and documentary filmmaker.

City Series: The Corporette® Guide to Los Angeles

guide to Los Angeles for womenThis mini-city guide to Los Angeles for women lawyers and other professionals comes from reader Auntie M, a longtime Los Angeles resident and born-and-raised Southern California girl (and former LA lawyer, and one of Kat’s oldest and best friends). She wants you to know that this guide is not meant to be all-inclusive, and even as she writes this, she knows she’s left off too much. Los Angeles is vast and confusing and a tough nut to crack, but it’s also glamorous and offbeat and artistic and delicious, a tough place to both love and leave. She also has Bruins in her blood, and knows that her second-favorite team is always the one that’s playing USC. Welcome back to Corporette®, M! Readers, you can check out other posts in our City Guide series here. Want to offer advice to the readers for YOUR city? Please fill out this form — we’d be so thankful for any advice you have! – Kat.

Where to Stay in Los Angeles

If you’re planning a trip to LA, then you probably already know how spread out it is. If you’re visiting for a specific reason or event, like a work or family event, you’ll probably want to stay close to wherever that is, for convenience – what they say about LA traffic is true, and although Angelenos love to brag about their super-secret side-street and back-road routes, if you don’t know the lay of the land, you will probably find yourself stuck in traffic and very frustrated.

If you’re just headed to LA for a vacation, where you decide to stay will depend on what you want. Sand and surf? Celeb-spotting? High-end shopping? If you’re looking for ideas, the Los Angeles Conservancy has some interesting suggestions for self-guided tours. Wherever you are, you will probably need to rent a car to see it all (more on that later), but here’s a quick look at what some of the areas have to offer:

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Guest Post: Tips for Traveling Solo

Tips for Traveling SoloWhat are your best tips for traveling solo, ladies? We’ve talked about how to plan a vacation and how to take vacation time without making yourself crazy, but we haven’t really discussed traveling alone as a woman. Particularly considering some folks may be in the midst of planning bar trips right now, I thought we’d discuss. Today’s tips for traveling solo come  from one of my best friends since college, who we’ve called Auntie M when she’s guest posted in the past (taking a week of TPS reports in 2011 and another earlier this year, as well as sharing her experiences with freezing her eggs). Welcome back, Auntie M! – Kat

Hi there. I’m writing this from Madagascar, where I’m working on a documentary on a traveling French brass band.  Since I’ve started traveling, it’s really been a trip – I’ve lost my luggage for five days, found weird (huge!) bugs in my clothing, and gotten super sick from eating who knows what. My point is, when you travel, things will happen that will surprise you, even when you’ve passed the point where you think you can still be surprised. And your ability to cope with these things will also surprise you. And travel — yes, even solo travel — can be fun. Like, a lot of fun. With some good preparation, a friendly attitude, a commitment to let go of some of your neuroses (seriously, leave that sleep-sheet behind, princess) and to never, ever panic, you can be ready to take on the world. Below are some tips and tricks. Safe travels, everyone!

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Weekend Open Thread

Classiques Entier 'Carlotta' Tweed & Ponte Moto Jacket | Corporette

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I love tweed, and I love moto jackets, so of course I love this jacket that combines them both. Tweed always looks so luxe and classic to me, and I like it best when it’s paired with something fun — here, the moto jacket style. I’m a total sucker for that asymmetrical zipper, and while I wouldn’t wear this to the office, I would totally wear it with boyfriend jeans and a plain t-shirt (why not white?) for a fabulous weekend of flea-market shopping, leisurely hotspot brunching, and dates that are sure to be full of laughter and good chemistry (or, okay, more likely a weekend of oversleeping, buying too much at Target, trying to motivate myself to get to the gym, walking my dog, eating takeout, and trying to make plans with friends who live across town, but still: it’s important to have goals, even if the goal is just brunch). It’s available at Nordstrom for $143.98, marked down from $288. Classiques Entier “Carlotta” Tweed & Ponte Moto Jacket

Have a great weekend, everyone! Thanks, Kat, for trusting me with a whole week’s worth of TPS reports!  — Auntie M


Psst: The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is still going, and we’ll try to round up some of the other Memorial Day Sales happening.  If you haven’t already, do check out our top workwear picks and our top shoe picks at the Nordstrom sale…  Also, working moms — come on over to CorporetteMoms and check out the open thread! – Kat.

Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Ponte Elbow Sleeve Dress

Merona Ponte Elbow Sleeve Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week’s guest posts are from Auntie M — welcome back!

Sometimes you just want to throw on a dress and a blazer and be done with it, right? This dress would be good for that. It’s simple. It has sleeves. And it also has pockets! Which you wouldn’t want to put too much in, because you don’t want to ruin the line of the dress, but sometimes it’s enough just to know that you have the pocket option if you need it. I’d get this in Berry Cobbler (or maybe Waterloo Blue, or Heather Gray), top it off with a black blazer and black patent shoes (what can I say? I love black patent pumps) and call it a day. It’s available at Target for $29.99. Merona Women’s Ponte Elbow Sleeve Dress with Pockets

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Floral Jacquard Pencil Skirt

Ann Taylor Statement Floral Jacquard Pencil Skirt | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week’s guest posts are from Auntie M — welcome back!

There is so much of me that wants to not like this skirt. Maybe the flowers are too precious or unprofessional, and the gold thread too gaudy, and what would you wear with a skirt like this anyway? But I keep coming back to it. It feels like a nice summer skirt for what I would call a “non-court” day at the office. (I also wouldn’t wear this to a deposition. But for those days when I would just be spending hours at my desk working on written discovery, this skirt would probably do the trick.) As for what to wear with it, I’d stay away from trying to match a shirt to the color of the flowers  too matchy-matchy for me, especially since I’m usually drawn to neutrals. Maybe a nice gray sweater set  the kind of gray that has pink undertones  with some simple pearls and nude-for-me shoes. It’s available at Ann Taylor for $84.88, marked down from $98; with an extra 40% off sale items (no code needed), it’s $50.93. Ann Taylor Statement Floral Jacquard Pencil Skirt

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Outdoor Café Dress (Plus, Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale!)

2017 Update: Curious about when the next big Nordstrom sale is? Check out our guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017, with Early Access starting July 13! Sign up for our newsletter to get our picks for workwear and beyond!

The below content is about the 2014 Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale.

ModCloth Outdoor Cafe Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. This week’s guest posts are from Auntie M — welcome back!  Note that Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale for women and kids has started, with savings of up to 40% on lots of good things, including denim, spring coats, Theory, Cole Haan, Stuart Weitzman, and more  we’ll try to do a deal roundup later this morning! 

I love perusing ModCloth, but rarely end up ever buying because the dresses are often either too va-va-voom, or too twee, for the office. This Outdoor Café Dress, though, seems to strike a really nice balance — conservative cut (sleeves! high neckline! knee-length!) but in a rich and interesting color. I also think the pleats are fun  and I’m hoping I’m not the only Corporette reader who has used “pleats” and “fun” in the same sentence without irony. Another plus: the reviews are mostly great for all sizes, from S-4X. I’d pair this with simple black patent pumps and neutral jewelry, letting the dress be the focal point. It’s$79.99, marked down from $114.99 at ModCloth. ModCloth Outdoor Café Dress

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