The Daily Eight: August 29, 2016

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1) Could ending our fixation on youth help us stop wasting women’s time and talents? (The Guardian)

2) These Ann Taylor Tilda bow flats are everything I need in a fall shoe.

3) At NIH, one woman alleges that women are second-class citizens. (The Washington Post)

4) Need simple earrings for work? I’m smitten with these unique $25 rose gold studs and these dainty Nadri hoops.

5) This is how adults make e-mail introductions. (Medium)

6) This pink zippered biker jacket from Mango is on point.  Also, their bow-pattern blazer is tremendously cool.

7) 3 Ways Men Outperform Women on Performance Reviews. (Elle)

8) Elie Tahari’s Carolyn lace top is a modern take on Victorian elegance.  This Sugarlips lace top has a similar look for a lot less.

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Beauty Review: Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream

Several years ago, I developed an expensive habit.  I got hooked on Tammy Fender’s Intensive Repair Balm; 1.7oz costs $130.  I tried to quit several times.  I would run out, and swear I wasn’t going to replace the jar.  But then, two weeks later, my skin’s sallow, uneven texture would send me running to Neiman Marcus for more.

H00003096_490I tried every product in the sub-$100 range that promised to offer the same benefits.  Nothing came close.  My addiction was costly, it was strong, and it was lasting.  Because when you have bad skin, you’ll pay whatever the medicine costs.

Three weeks ago, I picked up a sample of Fresh’s Black Tea Age Delay Cream ($90).  Initially, I was put off by the smell–which can only be described as Eau de Dill Pickle.  But the silky texture and rave online reviews convinced me to press on.

Fresh’s Black Tea line is made with Kombucha, a fermented tea that’s rich in antioxidants.  Add lychee and blackberry root and you have a potent free radical-fighting product.  The Age Delay Cream claimed benefits are firmer skin, reduced lines and wrinkles, and improved texture.

My skin has loved this moisturizer.  It looks brighter and smoother with more even tone.  It has never felt too dry or too oily.  I have seen no uptick in blemishes or irritation.  In fact, my acne seems less red and angry than before.  And the lines in my forehead seem to have relaxed a bit.

While $90 is still a lot of money, it’s a sizable difference from $130.  And unlike Tammy Fender, which is only available at a handful of stores and sometimes out of stock, the Fresh products are available at any Sephora.

I know that some of you will ask me if I’ve heard of anything similar in a lower price point.  I did some digging and found two products.  Murad’s Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($48) also contains Kombucha.  And this $55 Juara black tea and hyaluronic acid moisturizer.  Both seem to offer similar benefits to the Fresh product.

The Daily Eight: August 26, 2016

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1) Should lawsuits be treated as an asset class for investors? (BusinessInsider)

2) How did I miss this awesome blush, wrap-front blouse from Halogen?

3) A C-Span caller asked a black guest how he could stop being prejudiced.  Read her answer. (The Washington Post)

4) Dorothy Perkins has three great work dresses under $75: this ruffle front combo dress, this color block sheath with shades of pink, and this blue animal texture dress.

5) How to get a free first class upgrade every time. (Bloomberg)

6) Forget the Urban Decay palette, Bobbi Brown’s Nude Library eyeshadow collection is the ultimate.

7) Why can’t we agree on what it means to be friends? (The Cut)

8) While I’m confused by Banana Republic’s new designer collaborations, this Todd & Duncan Tie Cardigan is totally stunning.

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Casual Friday: Semi-Casual Outfits for Fall

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While many of us enjoy the perks of casual Friday, not everyone is so lucky.  Today’s outfits are for early fall in an office where casual Friday is more semi-casual; these outfits may function as regular workday attire for some of you.

Sweatshirt: Factory Funnelneck Sweatshirt ($53)

To balance out the lack of denim, I added a cozy cowlneck sweatshirt.  For some offices, a sweatshirt will never be appropriate.  (Sorry, ladies.)  My personal feeling is that as long as the sweatshirt has a strong shape a sleek cut, a sweatshirt can be styled in a professional way.

This French Connection sweatshirt with an origami-like folded hem is pretty chic.  This ruffled MSGM sweatshirt is like a camouflage sweatshirt, as in you can’t tell it is one.  Plus-size?  Try this Allen Allen crossover sweatshirt in white.

Left, Skirt: No. 2 Pencil Skirt ($120) // Bag: DKNY Bryant Park Satchel ($265) // Bracelet: House of Harlow Del Sol Cuff ($49) // Boots: H&M Leather Ankle Boots ($90)

One of my go to outfits for chilly mornings is a pencil skirt, a cozy sweatshirt, tights and booties.  For early fall, you probably don’t need the tights.  I love these H&M snakeskin booties.  The mix of colors makes them a versatile and sleek choice.  I also like these peep-toe Michael Kors booties.

Yes, this is a J.Crew pencil skirt.  How I wish someone else offered the colors that they do.  I like the way the green and grey mix together; it’s colorful, but not overwhelming.  You could also go the monochromatic route with a dark grey skirt.

I chose this shockingly chic DKNY bag in dark charcoal.  For something under-$100, try this carryall satchel from TJMaxx.  The black in the boots ties into this black enamel and gold bracelet to bring the look together.  I also like this thinner Adia Kibur bracelet for just $13.

Right, Pants: Martie Cotton Pant ($89) // Bag: Sole Society Cognac Tote ($65) // Ring: Express Round Cocktail Ring ($25) // Shoe: BP. Moreover Flats ($50)

I can’t remember the last time that I wrote a post with more than one J.Crew item in it, but the color of these pants really caught my eye.  LOFT’s Essential Skinny Pants are also worth a look.  For a more casual pant, I like these Sloan-Fit Ankle Pants from BR in an olive green.  Plus-size?  Try these Alfani pants in a rich wine color.

The ring is the accent piece that gives this look a bit of pop.  It’s large, colorful, and has real impact.  This ring with two large chalcedony stones is also awesome, and it comes int three colors.

For the rest of the accessories, I chose a sleek pointed toe flat and a cognac tote.  When wearing slim-fitting pants, the pointy toe is essential.  They lengthen the leg and add a bit of sleekness.  If light tan isn’t your color of choice, try these cool Hexus flats in navy with a gold medallion.

The Daily Eight: August 25, 2016

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1) The ludicrous debate about wearing engagement rings to job interviews continues. (Refinery29)

2) How is this incredible Louise et Cie bar cuff $30?  Also, this Madison Parker five-layer necklace in black beads with gold accents…all about the drama.

3) An interesting article on the importance of being vulnerable at work. (Women’s Agenda)

4) I need these black and textured white pumps from Gilt.  And you do, too.  I know, still a bit of a splurge, but wow.

5) Meet Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician who broke down barriers and helped put a man on the moon. (Vanity Fair)

6) The perfect copper nail polish that I cannot live without.  Or, if you prefer, dark, moody charcoal.

7) The Charmed Life of Pandora: How bracelets became a jewelry empire. (Racked)

8) Rage, rage against the dying of the white! This deeply discounted Altazurra dress, and this cool 5th & Mercer sheath should be worn long after Labor Day.

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