The Daily Eight: August 24, 2016

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1) It’s time to let go of work martyrdom and start taking vacation. (Travel + Leisure)

2) This $20 grey-edged cuff from Baublebar is the perfect mix of sophisticated and modern.  Their gorgeous Peacemaker Ring is also $20 for a limited time.

3) Ask a Boss: How to improve your work ethic. (NYMag)

4) Fall Skirts: This Factory berry-hued wool skirt and this Ralph Lauren skirt with a waterfall ruffle are both superb.

5) Which clothing brands can survive multiple washes–with a shoutout to yours truly. (Yahoo)

6) My favorite blouse, this Sanna Asymmetric Top from Reiss, is back in stock.  Also, this dusty rose blouse ($60?!) is perfect for the fall-summer transition.

7) Simple steps to becoming more assertive at the office. (Glamour)

8) Mindy Mae’s double-hooded sweatshirts are the ultimate in coziness, while being a little bit chic.  I own one, so should you.

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Professional Wednesdays: Shoes You Can Use

Shoes can make or break an outfit.  A pair of sleek new stilettos can breathe life into an old, staple dress.  While a pair of beat up, clunky pumps can tear down even the most stylish new outfit.  Here are the eight pairs of shoes that capture the best of fall style for the office.

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This Penelope Shoe from Banana Republic ($128) is selling out fast.  The shoe comes in either oxblood or slate blue.  The unique shape of the vamp and the chic ankle strap perfectly meld vintage and modern styles.  Pair these shoes with a charcoal sheath dress and simple jewelry.

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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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