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  • The Beauty Look Book shares a round-up of pink nude polishes.
  • Racked measured jeans from 25 retailers, from Abercrombie & Fitch to Zara, to determine the worst vanity sizing culprits. (How many different sizes do YOU usually bring into the dressing room?)
  • Sure, we may say don’t wear sandals at the office, but why listen to us? Lucky tells you how to do it if you want to.
  • eye4style takes a look at temporary tattoos that are inspired by jewelry.
  • Lifehacker gives advice to cube-dwellers on approaching your boss about getting the OK to wear headphones at work.
  • Inc. has a great infographic on body language at work that goes beyond the basics.
  • Long-but-good read: in the Atlantic, Stephen Marche writes about work-life balance and poses this question, among others: “Where is the chorus of men asking for paternity leave?”
  • Nerd Fitness offers some great tips on staying on track with your workouts when you’re on the road.
  • PopSugar Smart Living addresses a question we spotted in the comments on a recent Corporette post: how do you clean your front-loading washing machine?
  • … and your laugh of the week: the “SCOTUS and the City” video, via Above the Law (a word or two NSFW).

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  1. Working Girl :

    My favorite nail Polish is bubble bath. I wear it year round because it is a nice neutral, and when my nails start growing out, you can’t tell as much if I wore a less neutral color.

  2. Question for the managers out there:

    When I ask my manager questions he seems to get annoyed with me for not knowing the answer. These aren’t technical skill type questions, they are questions regarding specific transactions and what happened. I’ll read through the documentation in our files and then sometimes I need some clarification. My boss answers my questions as quickly as possible and if I don’t understand he gets annoyed. I’ve found that my bosses boss is a much better teacher and enjoys teaching. He’ll draw on my white board to show me exactly what occurred in the transaction which is really helpful because I’m a visual learner. I’ve tried to steer my boss in that direction by saying – do you mind drawing it out for me, I’m a visual person and he gets all huffy like I’m taking up his time and giving off cues that he thinks I’m an idiot. On a couple of different occasions my boss has gotten annoyed with me because I asked his boss questions instead of him, but sometimes I just can’t take the attitude.

    Why do you think he hates when I ask his boss questions? Is this totally rude of me to do this? I don’t do it often. What I want to say to him is “Mike takes the time to answers my questions thoroughly and draws them out. You just seem annoyed when I ask you questions.” How do I navigate this? I’ve been told that the person in my position previously had the exact same issue.

    • Anon Worker Bee :

      In my consulting firm, it is considered going over your boss’s head if you approach his/her boss about anything project-related without discussing it with your boss first. Your boss may be concerned that it makes him look bad because he should be answering your questions but can’t/won’t.

      • Senior Attorney :

        Chain of command. Yes, it is indeed totally rude to violate the chain of command for routine questions. You don’t go over your boss’s head because it makes your boss look bad to his boss and is considered kissing up to the higher-ups.

        Try handing your boss a pen and paper and saying “Can you diagram it out for me? That would be very helpful.” Or draw a diagram yourself and say “Is this right? If not can you mark it up for me?”

  3. hoola hoopa :

    That Racked article was awful.
    (1) It doesn’t appear that they actually measured the jeans – it looks like they just pulled from the online measurements (garment or size chart). That’s pretty meaningless at fast fashion brands where the actual garment measurements can vary within a style and size due to quality control issues.
    (2) They looked at only one style of jean from each store and did not attempt to standardize fit or fiber (stretch) content. Boyfriend cut jeans are obviously going to have different measurements than a skinny stretch jean.
    (3) They didn’t even have complete data. They praise JCrew as coming closest to the average measurements when they didn’t even have a hip measurement for the JCrew jean being compared.
    (4) They say that they compared 25 brands yet only discuss and display measurements for 10.
    (5) They refer to the average waist and hip measurements as “the standard,” which is simply a fallacy.

    The idea is good, but the way it’s done here is worthless. Ideally they would have gotten waist and hip (and ideally cr0tch depth or other seat measurement) from the manufacturer’s blocks, but measuring a wide selection of styles or even relying soley on the size guide (which should neutralize style fit differences) would have been better. They also can’t necessarily derive a standard based on the findings – only describe deviations from the average.

    • Agreed. It would also be much more useful if that nail polish article had links.

    • Meg Murry :

      Yes, I agree, I couldn’t tell what their method was, although it appeared to be just pulling up size charts. On the other hand, measuring garments could be really hard too, since the waist will hit at different spots for different rises. And it didn’t address the problem CHS has mentioned with J Crew more than once – her measurements line up with size X, but she is swimming in size X, and has to go down to X-2 or X-4 to fit.
      I think a true study would be to get one of those dressmaker dummies with adjustable measurements (like this one: http://amzn.com/B000H6KZYS ) and then try pants on it using both the manufacturers “size 8” measurements and average “size 8” measurements and see where the garment falls.

      As an adult, I dont care what number the tag on my clothes says (as a teen, well, thats a different issue) but I do care that if my waist and hip measurements tell me to order X, I want to be able to order X and have it fit. One size up or down – OK maybe, if its consistent across the brand just because of the way I like it to fit. But having th size charts be completely wrong by 2 sizes or more is just ridiculous on so many levels.

    • + a million

  4. Love this quote from the Atlantic article: “The question for most American women, and for most families, is much simpler: ‘How do I survive?'”