The Eight: October 14, 2016


I will be away from my computer for the next three days on a trip to Cuba.  Posts will resume on Tuesday.  Wish me luck; I’m a bit nervous about my first overseas trip.


1) The story behind Nordstrom Cafe, every mom’s favorite restaurant. (Bon Appetit)

2) I bought this Monsoon lace blouse to bring a little Vogue/Victorian drama into my life.  I’ll report back.

3) What leaders never do in networking introductions, and you shouldn’t either. (Forbes)

4) This Bobbi Brown makeup train case just went on my Christmas list. Yes, I said Christmas.

5) How to get out of extreme debt and stay out of it. (Refinery29)

6) For cozy fall days, I need this Anthro cowl neck top and this v-neck pullover with ruffled hems.

7) A janitor felt invisible at Georgetown–then, one student changed his life. (The Washington Post)

8) The best mid-price things at Net-a-Porter: A Helmut Lang open back shirt and this drop-dead Michelle Mason one-shoulder cocktail dress.

Bonus: 40 Ways to Wear Ankle Boots–like these, and these, and don’t miss these velvet ones.

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The Range: October 13, 2016

I want an olive parka.  It’s inexplicable.  I have no idea why.  But I keep seeing them in photos and thinking, I need that.  The coat is a little unexpected and blends casual and chic perfectly.

Corner Office


Moose Knuckles Fox Fur Stirling Coat ($850)

Middle Cubicle


CeCe Ella Faux Fur Trim Coat ($198)

Intern Desk


Old Navy Frost Free Down Parka ($80, also in petite and tall)

Plus-size: Taylor Fashion Central Parka Coat ($119)

10 Fresh Picks from the Shopbop Main Event

I love the Shopbop Main Event sale.  Spend under-$500, and you save 25%.  Spend over-$500, and you save 30%.  While the sale is a great time to splurge on a pricey bag (like this Sophie Hulme bowling bag) or a great work dress (like this Black Halo v-neck sheath), you can get more bang for your buck by stacking smaller purchases.  So here are my ten best picks under-$200.


Left, Cupcakes and Cashmere Jason Dress ($140) // SEA Back Pleat Tee ($150) // Velvet Aretha Top ($117) // Madewell Triton Earrings ($28) // Reema d’Orsay Flats ($110) // Oliveve Anastasia Clutch ($135) // Edelman Hazel Pumps ($120) // English Factory Tie Sleeve Sweater ($98) // Fifth Label Dream Weaver Sweater ($80) // Monrow V-Neck Baseball Dress ($135)

I absolutely have to have that Velvet striped sweater.  It’s such a great fall basic.  And with those silver foil pumps . . . on point.

Need some bonus picks?  The flirty skirt on this findersKeepers dress makes it a fun fall LBD.  Don’t forget about the home section for fun gifts.  This Rifle Paper Co. ‘Bon Voyage’ calendar is a fun gift for interns or friends.

Head over to the sale and see if there is any discounted goodness that you can’t live without!

The Eight: October 12, 2016



1) Congress is a dysfunctional mess; but you should want to work there anyway. Basically every staffer’s life story. (The Washington Post)

2) Need cool blouses for work? I love this floral bow blouse from LOFT and this ivory jacquard split neck.

3) French Girl Beauty Rules — or why I’m getting a sample of this hair mask. (W)

4) The Outnet has this hot teal Rachel Zoe dress with lace yoke.  Also, this asymmetric pencil skirt is a steal at $69.

5) The ultimate efficiency hack: have children. (Quartz)

6) This Michael Kors activity tracker is actually chic.  They also make it in a stylish watch.

7) Oldie but Goodie: Why women get stuck with most of the office ‘housework.’ (NYT)

8) These Coach rain boots with a lace-up back are hot.  For a preppier look, try these Joules field boots.

*image found here.

Item of the Week: Lantern and Bell Sleeve Tops


Lantern and bell sleeves are very popular this fall.  The look has a slight retro vibe and a breezy femininity.  Pair them pencil skirts for a chic, semi-casual business look.

I own the top above.  It’s from Edit, and is available at Shopbop.  I think the heavier material gives it a strong shape.  It is snug in the bust.  The size recommendation says an XS is a 34″ bust; it is wrong.  So I would size up.

More recommendations for bell and lantern sleeve tops in the slider.