The Daily Eight: August 23, 2016

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1) The differences between a workaholic and a high-performer. (Levo)

2) Ann Taylor has 40%-off with code FRIENDS40.  Grab these awesome bow pumps and this classic open jacket.

3) How to Pass a CIA Background Check (The New York Times)

4) This Volcom banded one-piece swimsuit might lead to some weird tan lines, but it’s awfully cute.

5) A mom asks for help around the house, her husband reminds her “they’d be fine” if she quit her job. (The Washington Post)

6) If you love natural beauty and skincare products, check out Honest Beauty.  Their Everything Palette is great for travel.

7) What it’s like to be a celebrity personal assistant. (Refinery29)

8) These gold bookshelves are the new blogger office must have.  They don’t go with my decor at all, but gosh, they’re pretty.

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Werk It: The Stylish, Professional Satchel

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Today’s post is brought to you by the incredibly stylish Marc Jacobs Madison satchel, which I have been staring at since my trip to Boston.  And which I will keep staring at until I either crack and buy it, or the bag bursts into flame thanks to the intensity of my stare.  In addition to the taupe color above, it comes in basic black and an equally scrumptious oxblood.

Regardless, this bag got me thinking: Where have all the stylish satchels gone?

The store shelves are filled to bursting with backpacks, bucket bags, slouchy totes, and crossbody bags.  But it seems that designers are stocking fewer and fewer satchels.  Here are seven satchels in every price point from the totally luxe to the positively frugal.

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The Daily Eight: August 22, 2016

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1) 26 Interview Questions You Should Know By Heart. (Refinery29)

2) Ladies with ID Badges, behold! Kate Spade is making ID clips and ID lanyards.

3) Telework: We’re all distracted by how bad we look on video-calls, here’s how to fix it. (Quartz)

4) This phenomenal Tibi textured, tie-sleeve dress has me rethinking everything I ever thought about seersucker.

5) What online dating is like when you’re not beautiful or ugly, just average. (The Washington Post)

6) Finish the summer strong with St. Tropez’s Summer Favorites Kit: bronzing mousse, mitt, and in-shower tanner.

7) Psychology can teach us a lot about optimally structuring the work day. (Lifehacker)

8) Don’t miss Antho’s new arrivals.  I am loving this reversible charcoal/camel poncho and this structured cowlneck sweater.

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The Daily Eight: August 19, 2016

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1) Why earning more shouldn’t mean spending more. (The Everygirl)

2) This BR top with cutwork sleeves is boho-chic perfection.  Also, their tweed, wrap jacket is awesome for fall.

3) Jessie Mendoza on why the haters better get used to women commentators in sports. (Marie Claire)

4) DvF is back in stock at The Outnet.  They have a basic black dress, a chic navy dress, and more, almost all under-$200.

5) Drinking, sexism, and what it takes to be a first-world woman–slightly rambling, but with nuggets for truth. (Medium)

6) JinSoon’s fall nail colors–from moody blues to pretty mauve–are spot on.

7) Gawker is dead.  Long live, Gawker. (The New York Times)

8) BCBGeneration has cool, affordable pieces.  I love this navy tuxedo-style blazer and this red cocktail dress is a pure stunner.

*image for sale on Etsy.

Casual Friday: A Pretty Ruffled Blouse

Casual Friday attire is where the wheels come off.  From the horror of people who dress too casually, to the co-worker who feels the need to overdress, there are endless opportunities for issues.  I try in vain to forget the day one of my interns wore a bikini top under her sheer white blouse, because changing for her post-work pool party after the bell rang was just too much to ask.

This new feature aims to cover the different interpretations of the word “casual,” and style the same piece for each.

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Center: Ruffled Popover Blouse ($69)

I’m still iffy on J.Crew, but I thought this blouse might be a good way to use this gift card in my wallet.  I like the ruffled detail and the versatile dot print.  I’ll let you know if they quality or fit is any better.  For a similar look in a non-J.Crew brand, this Double Zero navy blouse is a good basic and this multi-color Nic + Zoe blouse really pops.

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