The Workday Reading: July 21, 2017

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  1. 1) “Do not ever think there will be a moment in your life where all the stars will align. ‘I have the right degree, I have the right relationships, I have the right clothes.’ That is what holds women back so much.” (The Cut)

2) Of all the bougey things, this $55 Diptyque candle set made it into my #NSale cart.

3) On a budget? Trying to save money? Try “zero dollar days.” (Refinery29)

4) Baublebar earrings for work and Baublebar earrings for play.

5) The Seven Career Traps Successful Women Avoid. (HuffPo)

6) Boden Musts: A striped tee in 10 colors, a pink pencil skirt, and a summer/fall yellow sheath.

7) Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s (junk) pseudo-science winning? (Vox)

8) Really tempted to buy this anti-microbial sonic makeup brush from Ulta.

9) Is asking for salary history a cruel corporate move? (Slate)

10) LOFT’s printed maxi is the best thing I bought all summer.  So I picked up this one, too.

11) Thanks to Venmo, we all know how cheap our friends are. (NYTimes)

12) This printed Lark & Ro sheath and bow-front blouse are affordable and chic.

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What I’m Watching. Lots of VICE; waiting for tonight’s documentary on global security.

What I’m Painting on My Nails. Lippmann’s Lay Lady Lay polish. Here’s a swatch.

What I Need. This hair color.

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Anniversary Sale: 14 Casual Pieces That Are Still in Stock

Last week, I posted my work picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  With public access to the sale beginning today the 21st, I wanted to post my favorite (still in stock) casual pieces.  And the best part most of the pieces are under-$100.  (I keep almost buying that AllSaints tote; I either need to buy it or put it out of my mind.)

Paige Hoxton Ankle Jeans ($99)

Several of my friends purchased these jeans, every one of them said they were a must.

Plus Size Karen Kane Bell Sleeve Dress ($105)

Steve Madden Effect Bootie ($87)

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The Workday Reading: July 19, 2017

The blog is a little slow this week.  There are two reasons for this.

First, the new design is launching next Tuesday/Wednesday.  I have final confirmation of this.  It is glorious, but it needs my attention.

Second, I started a new job this week.  I am somehow back on the political campaign trail.  We’ll discuss this more at a later date, but today, as I was editing a donor list, I kept thinking, “I feel 25 again, but with grey hair and cellulite.”

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1) How I stopped checking my phone, and started using it with intention. (Medium)

2) LK Bennett has the best, most ladylike dresses.  I need this utterly chic a-line, STAT.

3) What is “stage zero” breast cancer? (Marie Claire)

4) A monogram coffee mug so chic, I might actually buy it.

5) How bosses are literally like dictators. (Vox)

6) Musts from the Reiss Sale: a red twist-front dress, a textured blue suit, a slate blue top.

7) A video about microblading (eyebrow tattooing) that covers everything. (Refinery29)

8) $5 Well Worth It: Wet ‘n Wild Highlighting Powder.

9) Should you be able to openly use sick days for mental health? (Allure)

10) This fresh, pale blue M&S tote is just $64. Also loving their Dolly crossbody bag.

11) 8 Reasons to Turn Down a Job Offer. (Levo)

12) This H&M caftan is the greatest swimsuit cover-up, ever.

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What Caught My Eye. You know I love a good remodel.

What’s Offensive. That thousands of women are suing Kay jewelers for sexual harassment, and the jeweler may have swapped out diamonds in customer’s rings for cheaper stones.

What I Bought with My Amazon Gift Card.  A blender.  I’m officially an old person.

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Ask The Edit: 14 Tips for Bar Exam Takers

Next week, the newest crop of aspiring lawyers will walk into convention centers and lecture halls to take the 2017 Summer Bar Exam.   To those about to rock, I salute you.  Yesterday, one of your fellow victims test-takers asked for some advice about preparing for the exam. So I’ve compiled the best advice I received and the best decisions I made (or didn’t) below.

To those who have no interest in this post, check back tomorrow for new fashion content and return to your blissfully bar-free lives.  If you intend to read on, be prepared, this is the longest post I’ve ever written.

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The Workday Reading: July 17, 2017

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1) How to avoid being pulled into drama when someone is fired. (Ask a Manager)

2) This black-and-white bag from Cole Haan is versatile and on sale.

3) Conversation starters for your next first date. (Refinery29)

4) Want a white suit? I’m deciding between this tweed one and this bow-collar one.

5) How to respond to a passive-aggressive co-worker. (Washington Post)

6) LOFT Musts: this pink sheath, this striped open cardigan, this floral henley dress.

7) How to hack your bar order to make it healthier. (Well + Good)

8) I love this pom-pom top from BR.  Also, these fierce, burgundy double-buckle sandals.

9) The Lawyer, The Addict. A look at drug abuse in the legal profession. (NYTimes)

10) This casual Athleta Downtown Dress is amazingly slimming.

11) 6 Things to Do on Your Commute to Feel Better About Work. (The Muse)

12) Love ladylike dresses? This ivory sheath and ruffle-trim shift from Goat are awesome.

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What I’m Watching. This 60 Minutes interview with Ai Wei Wei.

Best Trick I Learned. Replace the pricey brush cleaning pad with a LEGO base.

What I’m Loving. This amazing gold and misty-grey artwork.

What I’m Listening To. True-crime podcasts.

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