Affordable Office Attire: How to Buy an Entire Work Wardrobe With No Money

how to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money - guide to affordable office attireIt’s a common problem for people just starting out — you may need to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money or an extremely limited budget. Short of relying on the kindness of parents (or using credit cards — please resist the urge to go into debt to build your work wardrobe!), what’s a person to do? Whether it’s for an internship or a new job, let’s talk about it: what are your best tips on how to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money? Where can you cut — and where can you save? A fun question for today: what did your very first work wardrobe look like — did you have a strict budget? Did you buy it in one trip to the mall or over a series of weeks or months? 

The Guiding Principles: Know Your Office — and Let Your Work Speak Louder Than Your Clothes

If you’re just starting out at a new office, you don’t “know your office” — that’s the trick. You may THINK you know your office. But really you’ve got to work there for a week or two to get a feel for how people dress for work, what’s usual, what’s off limits or eyebrow-raising. The whole goal of buying a working wardrobe when you’re starting out is to let your WORK speak louder than your clothes. So in the beginning, you want to stick to the “safe” options that are appropriate for work at even the most conservative of places, and focus on doing a great job on your work. This isn’t to say you have to look frumpy or boring — think sleek, classic, polished, timeless.

Note that “business casual attire” can be even more complicated than conservative office attire because the margin for error is wider. You can check out our Ultimate Guide to Business Casual for Women, but when in doubt your best bet from a budget perspective is to buy more conservative options at first if you’re trying to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money. (This goes double if you’re just interning and might some day be working in a conservative office.)

Assess Your Existing Wardrobe: Know What You Can’t Wear to Work

Before we talk about what you need to buy, let’s talk about what you’ve already got — which may be easiest by going through what you can’t wear to a conservative office (and may not even be able to wear to some business casual offices depending on geography and industry). So: these are the items you shouldn’t wear to work until you know it better: graphic t-shirts, hoodies, ripped denim, maxi skirts and dresses, mini skirts and dresses (if it’s more than 5″ above your knee it’s way too short), spaghetti-strap camisoles (really anything that shows your bra or requires a special bra), jogger pants, cargo pants, and anything exposing your back or midriff. (See more discussions on what not to wear to work here.)

So…. what’s left? If that is literally your entire wardrobe, let’s look at your t-shirts or blouses — if any of them are too fancy to work out in (polo shirt, polyester floral t-shirt, etc) then you can probably wear them to the office. Look at your accessories: do you have closed-toe shoes that aren’t sneakers? Belts? Jewelry? You may want to look at the colors and metals in what you’ve already got — if everything you have is silver-toned and you’re not an expert in mixing metals, you may just want to stick with silver-toned stuff for accessories. If you have a bright red necklace you love, consider making that one of your accent colors (see below).how to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money tight budget The rest of the blanks you’ll have to fill with affordable office attire and some intentional shopping.

Your Initial Shop: WHAT and HOW MUCH to Buy

You really don’t need that many pieces to have a professional wardrobe, and if you’re trying to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money, it’s better to have fewer pieces to start. In your initial shop, buy enough clothes for 7 or 8 days of work, and look for pieces that you can mix and match so by the time you rewear the same pants to the office you’re wearing them with a different top. (It may be a bit weird if you wear the exact same outfit to work repeatedly, but mixing and matching, as well as a wardrobe full of neutrals, is just part of the game.) Reassess after you’ve worn everything to the office once. To that end, go for quality over quantity — if you’re building your work wardrobe you should look for classic pieces that you think will last you for a few years, and use fast/cheap fashion sparingly to add trendier pieces. You may want to check out our work outfit challenge, or our post on how to build a capsule wardrobe for work (one suggested wardrobe for a conservative office below) — note that all of these pieces can be mixed and matched, and if you need to transition from a conservative office to a more casual one, just the addition of one pair of dark rinse denim and a pair of funky shoes can go a long way towards bridging the gap.

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If you need a suit that will probably be the biggest expenditure, so make sure you can wear the blazer, skirt, dress, and pants all as separates as well as together as a suit. For a business casual office, though, all you may need are separates. My best advice is to pick a neutral base (black or gray will probably easiest) and then a few accent colors (red, light blue, and white for example) and buy within those accent colors. Everything should work together; you shouldn’t have any closet singletons.

An initial shopping list might look like this — note that if you’ve already got a suit you may already have some of these pieces:

  • 1-2 pairs of nice trousers in a neutral color (not too tight, not too loose)
  • at least one skirt in a neutral color that isn’t too short
  • a neutral dress in a flattering shape – no special bra required! Sheath, shift, or fit & flare are the most common.
  • 4-6 nice tops (you can go for a basic t-shirt here or sweater here! — they just have to fit well and not be washed out or workout wear
  • 2-3 toppers: cardigan, jardigan or blazers
  • 1-3 accessories: a watch, a scarf, a necklace you love — I’d go with necklaces to make the biggest impact on your wardrobe
  • 1-2 pairs of neutral, classic shoes you can walk in — for my $ .02 I’d argue one pair of heels and 1 pair of flats, but that’s me. You always want to be able to let your shoes “breathe” for a day between wearings so you should be able to alternate.

Where to Buy Affordable Office Attire: Stores, Thrifting, and More

Fast fashion is everywhere these days, and if you really have to buy your entire work wardrobe at one of those spots, so be it — but don’t get carried away and get 100 pieces because everything’s so cheap. (I would suggest shops like Express, Uniqlo, Old Navy for reliable basics — H&M, Topshop and Zara can be hit or miss in terms of what’s too trendy or youthful for a conservative office.) You may want to check out our regular series, How to Build a Work Wardrobe At… to see which are the best-sellers/reader favorites/repeat classics from the various workwear stores.

If you are REALLY working with an extreme budget — and truly are wondering how to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money — look to thrift stores and eBay — sometimes you can buy an entire work wardrobe that someone’s outgrown or no longer needs in a single lot. Don’t forget your friends, either — if you all graduate together and then start work together soon, odds are good everyone will have some hits and misses. Schedule a closet swap party for a few months in so you can swap the misses out early.

How to Pay For Your New Work Wardrobe

I would argue that you should NEVER go into debt to buy a bunch of new clothes — don’t put it on a credit card and figure you’ll pay it off later! If you can start early, one way to make a big spend less painful is to put aside a little bit of money each week or month so that it builds up over time. If you put $ 20 away each week you’d have $ 520 in six months. If that’s your budget, you can still buy a work wardrobe for that first year of working, but it will likely be very much on the minimal/capsule side.

Readers, what are your best tips on how to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money? What are your favorite spots for affordable office attire? Do you have any hacks or tricks for building an entirely new wardrobe on a very tight budget? 

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It's a really common problem if you're just starting a new job or internship: you're hunting for affordable office attire and wondering how to buy an entire work wardrobe with no money or an extremely tight budget. We rounded up our best tips for buying a work wardrobe on a tight budget, a mini shopping list for your initial shop, a few notes on quality vs quantity, and suggestions of the best work stores for affordable office attire.

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Whose Line is It? How an Improv Comedy Class Can Help You at Work


Showing up to my first day of Improv 101 was a lot like showing up for the first day of Kindergarten; I had no idea what to expect and I was wearing a T-shirt with a platypus on it.

However, I realized after the first class that improvisation is more than just a comedic style.

I realized I would be getting more out of the class than a pipe-dream to become the next Tina Fey. I quickly found out the tenants of improvisation could and should be applied to all aspects of my life, personally to professionally.

So much of life in the office has to be improvised. You can’t always plan for setbacks, illnesses or staff changes. What you can control is how well you adapt and improvise in the moment to find a solution.

Here’s how an improv class will make you a better worker.

1. Improv Gives You Confidence

Public speaking is the number one fear among adults in America.

People find it scarier standing up and speaking in front of a room than they do jumping out of a plane or swimming with sharks. This shows you how natural it is to care about what people think, but also how inhibiting it can be.

In your career, if you’re afraid to speak up your voice won’t be heard. You could have amazing ideas, but you have to be willing to contribute them.

An improv class will teach you to be confident and to believe that your voice matters. In improv, every voice on stage matters and is essential to building a good scene. An improv scene dies if all players on stage don’t contribute their part.

Improv will get you in the mindset to speak up in a way that contributes without overshadowing the other players.

2. Improv Teaches You To Say “Yes and”

One of the first things we learned in Improv 101 is the “yes and” philosophy of improv.

This philosophy trains your mind to not only say yes to what the person in your scene offers up, but also to add your own value to the scene by contributing your own “and.”

Saying “no” immediately shuts down opportunities and conversations. Saying “yes” gives those opportunities and conversations a chance to survive.

Saying “yes and” ensures those opportunities and conversations will thrive by not only affirming them, but also adding your own element to the idea.

Practice this in your professional life by encouraging your co-workers with the “yes and” philosophy of improv. See what happens when you don’t immediately shut down new ideas that seem risky, but instead give them a chance to develop by saying “yes and.”

3. Improv Makes You Think On Your Feet

A group of improv students at a theater.
Pinkard, center at top, with fellow Improv 101 students. Photo courtesy of Carrie Pinkard

Quick thinking is essential for life at work where new challenges arise every day.

Everything that happens in an improv class is made up on the spot. What makes improv so enchanting to watch is you know it’s unplanned. An improv class will throw you into scene after scene with people and require you to come up with something to say in lightning speed.

Improv will require you to adapt to all sorts of crazy situations on stage, so when you’re facing something new at work, handling it on the spot won’t seem so intimidating.

When you’re able to respond quickly and effectively to new challenges you’ll become a more competent and trustworthy worker.

4. Improv Reminds You It’s OK to Fail

In improv when someone “messes up” in a game or scene, you always clap it out for them.

People aren’t perfect and innocent mistakes will happen. In improv, you quickly applaud mistakes and take the opportunity to move on to the next scene.

Likewise, you will make mistakes in your professional life. Your natural tendency will be to beat yourself up about it all day, thereby messing up your mental state and tanking your productivity.

A healthier option is to internalize the mistake, learn from it and give yourself a round of applause for trying.

Stakes are higher in a business setting than they are in an improv class. But the concept of building yourself and your co-workers up and creating a supportive environment where people aren’t terrified to fail is still valid.

Sign Up for an Improv Class to (Improv)e Your Career

Taking an improv class is an amazing way to develop the social skills you need to succeed at work.

Improv will make you the type of person others want to work with. Who wouldn’t want to work with someone who’s confident, encourages new ideas, can adapt quickly, and isn’t afraid to fail?

All you need to bring with you to an improv class is an open mind and a willingness to contribute.

Check your local improv studio for introductory classes. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, you can check out The Box Improv Studio where I took Improv 101.

Carrie Pinkard is an amateur Improviser and Comedy Writer. She tries to make all aspects of life easier with a healthy dose of humor.

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What to Wear to Work in the Summer

what to wear to work in the summerOver the years, we’ve had a lot of discussions about what to wear to work in the summer and still look polished, so I thought I’d pull some posts together for one handy dandy post. Readers, what are your biggest challenges for dressing for the office in summer? What are your favorite products or hacks to make summer office clothes more comfortable?

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What Not to Wear to a Conservative Office in the Summer

We’ve talked a lot about what not to wear as a summer associate, and what items should not be considered summer work clothes… for all of the below items, make sure you know your office before you wear them — ideally by seeing a midlevel wear them before you do.

  • sleeveless looks
  • maxi dresses
  • Sandals of any kind (shoes that expose at least three toes per foot)
  • Shorts (and yes, despite our April Fool’s shorts suit roundup a year ago, we do include short suits on the list of NO)
  • Completely wrinkled clothes (linen has its own challenges, but it shouldn’t look like you balled it up, packed it in a suitcase, and then decided to wear it)
  • Short skirts — there is a spectrum here, but for business it really should be as close to your knee as possible!
  • Spaghetti-strap tank or other top that makes no effort to hide bra straps (or worse, requires you to wear a strapless bra)
  • Off-season items such as heavy tweed, boucle knits, tights, boots, thick wool trousers (but note that summer tweed is OK, as is seasonless, tropical wool)
  • Cleavage of any kind.  If at any point you look down during the day and see your bra, you need a camisole.   (You may want to check out some of the newer demi camisoles if the idea of another layer makes you swelter).

Readers, what are your best tips on what to wear to work in the summer? Do you prefer dresses, skirts, or lightweight pants in the summer? If you need a layering piece, are you on team cardigan or team blazer? Do you have any hacks to help with sweltering commutes, freezing offices, melting makeup, or other summer issues? 

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When temperatures climb, commutes can get nasty—while offices may be freezing because of A/C. So we rounded up our very best tips for professional women on what to wear to work in the summer so you look polished and stay cool.

 

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What To Wear To The Office – Dressing for Work

In most offices today, business casual is a firmly rooted dress code. As far as dressing for the office goes, a lot depends on the culture but over the years, things have changed dramatically and today, we go through the decades and we will give you a specific rundown of what items to wear, what not to wear, and particularly, what shoes you can focus on.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Ace Marks.

In the last thirty years, the formality scale has dropped dramatically and today, probably just 1/10 office workers wear a full suit. As with many trends in menswear, the World Wars set a huge impact on style and dress codes for the office and it usually meant that it was more casual or at least, more utilitarian.

Office Wear Through The Years

1950

1950’s

In the 1950’s, there was a post-war boom, materials were again plentiful at least in the US, and so people wore suits, white dress shirts, ties, and proper oxfords. The classic black cap toe oxford was definitely a staple shoe at the time.

Of course, characters like James Dean popularized a much more casual and youthful look with undershirts, however, that did not catch on in the office. If you wanted to work at a proper office, you could not show up dressed like James Dean.

1960

1960’s

During the 1960s, the mod style had a heavy influence. Nevertheless, people still wore suits. In terms of style, you could see that lapels got narrower and so did the ties. Trousers usually had huge cuffs or turn-ups, or sometimes an excess of two inches. The big casualty during this decade is the hat. Also worn by older gentlemen who consider the hat to be an essential part of their business wardrobe, younger men simply went without it.

1960s

Of course, the 60’s were great for fantastic menswear fabrics that were heavier and not as soft as they are today. At the same time, they drape really well. At the same time, man-made materials were becoming a lot more popular so you would see nylon, polyester, and all kinds of other things blended into classic menswear which eventually would fade again but at that time, it was a bit tight and was very popular to have artificial fibers in your business wardrobe. The style influencers at the time, just like the Beatles, still wore suits, dress shirts, and ties.

1970

1970’s

In the 1970’s, the disco and hippie style dominated men’s fashion and that even had an influx on the office. People still wore suits but they had a lot bolder patterns, lapels had gotten wider, colors were a lot bolder, and everything was different. Lanvin, Pierre Cardin, or Yves Saint Laurent were really popular designers and would oftentimes license their name to have suits produced even for the American market.

1970s

In the early 70’s, you’d still see flare pants but by the end, they became more European and slimmed down. The ties were longer and much wider and the rise of pants was much lower. In terms of shoes, the derby shoe became more popular now but in very traditional white-collar environments, you would still see the black cap toe oxford as the dominant business shoe.

1980

1980’s

In the 80’s, things changed a bit again. Designers like Giorgio Armani created a more unstructured suit that was quite wide, the gorge of the lapel was low, and eventually, the power suit became really popular. Just think of Wall Street, in the US, Ralph Lauren also became really popular and he always had a taste for wider ties and wider lapels. Shirts were oftentimes Winchester shirts that had bold stripes, colored combinations that resembled the typical power style.

Michael Douglas wearing a Winchester shirt

Michael Douglas wearing a Winchester shirt

The classic office shoe was still the black cap toe oxford, sometimes you would see black derbys, or things like Gucci loafers in black. Even though you had power suits on the one hand, on the other hand, combinations became much more acceptable for office wear. Also, TV shows like Miami Vice popularized the style of wearing a t-shirt with a jacket on top. Obviously, this was not worn to the office but it showed the desire to casualize a formal wardrobe.

1990s

1990’s

The 1990’s were definitely the heyday of office wear and men’s fashion. Vogue declared the end of the era of the power suit and things became a lot more casual. In the US, casual Friday became a lot more popular and people who quit the traditional jobs and started working on tech startups in Silicon Valley really changed the way people dressed to the office.

1990

Everything became more casual and not wearing a suit was a traditional F.U. to the classic establishment and the way they dress. In terms of shoes, you could still see anything from the classic black cap toe oxford in a law firm, for example, all the way to New Balance sneakers with tech startups.

2000s

2000’s

In the 2000’s, the influence of the Silicon Valley further increased. New generations were not interested in wearing business suits, they were not used to wearing suits, and they certainly don’t want to wear it to the office. Fast fashion started to dominate the retail world and so quick turnover of many different seasons and trends with very low quality and very little substance became mainstream.

Atte Rytkönen from Dress Like A with jeans and a gray jacket.

Atte Rytkönen from Dress Like A with jeans and a gray jacket.

Also, jeans or denim have become universally acceptable no matter whether you go to church or at a fine restaurant. In the early 2000’s, jackets became a lot shorter and suits became a lot slimmer. A very popular shoe in the US for business was the tassel loafer and even today, you can find men who are about to retire wearing the same 90’s suits that are quite wide in cut with their sometimes brown or oxblood or black tassel loafers.

In terms of shoes, the tassel loafer from the 90’s became less and less popular and you found a lot more shoe companies that used the internet to bring shoes from the manufacturer directly to the consumer, thus cutting off the middleman, and saving the consumer quite a bit of money. One of those companies is Ace Marks.

 

 

Today in most office environments, business casual and casual Friday is the most prevalent dress code. At the same time, a lot of people don’t really understand what it means, specifically. The boundaries between work and office have been blurred; we find a lot more working from home now and working outside the office. At the same time, surveys indicate that 1/2 of senior level management thinks that their employees dress too casually. So some men are really into dressing up and they love it when they can wear suits to the office while others would rather wear sweatpants.

Overall, I think there are more men interested in classic men’s clothing and dressing up today than they were 10-15 years ago.

Fast Fashion labels

Fast Fashion labels

What To Wear To The Office

The Plus & Minus Rule

A lot of it depends on your workplace and the culture there. That being said, we are big supporters of the plus and minus rule. So, don’t just look at what the employee handbook says but actually observe what people are wearing.

Ideally, you want to stay within one step above what people wear. You don’t want to step below because it definitely has an impact, people see it, and they will judge you maybe just subconsciously.

You’ve probably heard of the old saying “Don’t dress for the job you have but for the job you want.”. That as a caveat, many CEOs today dress very casually because they are already at the top of the company and they don’t have to impress anyone. At the same time, if you have client contact and you want others to respect you at the office, dressing well and dressing a step up is important.

Now that being said, sometimes your manager or superior can feel threatened if you outdress them so that is one aspect to keep in mind. You do not want to offend people and hurt your chances of climbing the ladders simply because they feel threatened by the way you dress. Honestly, if that happens at your workplace, it’s probably time to change jobs anyway because that is not the kind of culture that you will likely thrive in, especially not if you like to dress up.

5 Office Wardrobe Staples

Office outfit with tobacco brown knit tie and navy blazer

Office outfit with tobacco brown knit tie and navy blazer

1. Navy Blazer

Even though you never have to wear suits at work, having a blazer is ideal because it makes your otherwise very informal outfit rather formal without being over the top.

Chinos can be worn to the office or dressed down

Chinos can be worn to the office or dressed down

2. Cotton Chinos

Ideally, you get them in some khaki color, you can also go lighter with stone, or darker with navy, it’s a classic staple slacks that sit in between jeans and dress slacks in terms of formality. You can also wash them at home so you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning costs and they are just a wonderful business staple. You can also wear them just with dress shirts, or with sport coats, or a blazer, and they always look good.

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades

A selection of light blue dress shirts in different shades

3. Dress Shirts

If you don’t work in a super formal office, you can be a little bit more relaxed with your shirts, you can have stripes, you can add some colors, maybe checks, and you can decide if you want to have button cuffs or French cuff for cufflinks. Cufflinks are certainly a bit more formal; I personally like them because it gives me a chance to wear all the different cufflinks in my collection.

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

Black, blue, and white checked dress shirt

If you don’t wear neckwear to the office, I suggest you go mostly with checked shirts; you can incorporate different colors such blue, green, or red, and I would opt for a button-down collar because it stands up more nicely, the tips always stay down. Because if you wear a jacket, the tips should always stay underneath. I’d also go with button cuffs rather than French cuffs, otherwise, not having a neckwear but the French cuffs is kind of a clash of formality. Of course, if you love cufflinks overall, you can still wear them.

Business Casual Outfit with silk knit tie

Business Casual Outfit with silk knit tie

On the other hand, in a lot of offices today, neckwear is not required anymore and it is simply something that you can wear to express yourself. If you don’t want to go with the traditional three-fold business tie, you can opt for different things such as knit ties, for example, which are different in texture, they are more casual and they are definitely office appropriate. If you decide against neckwear, I suggest to always have a pocket square in your blazer or sport coat because it really upgrades your look, makes it more unique, polished, and finished.

4. Shoes

In terms of shoes, the rules have relaxed a lot. For the traditional office, you can go with the classic black cap toe oxford. At the same time, brown at the office today is probably more popular than black if you look at all the offices across the US and Europe. It really does not matter if you go with derby shoes or monk straps. In my opinion, a great shoe for the office, for younger men, is the double monk strap shoe. It is right in between the classic office leather dress shoe with the leather sole and a sneaker. Even though you can wear it in black, I prefer colors in burgundy red or maybe brown because it is casual enough to wear for a happy hour after work but also perfectly appropriate for most office environments.

That being said, most offices today are casual enough to go with brown shoes at pretty much any instance and if you want to go with brown, there are so many shades all the way from a light tan to a medium tan to medium brown, dark chestnut brown and really dark brown. I would definitely suggest to stay clear of sneakers and always invest in a quality pair of dress shoes. Now down the line, it always pays to invest in quality dress shoes because the cost per wear goes down. You may think that is easier said than done because you are just starting out your career and this is your first office job, it may be hard to come up with all the money for nice quality dress shoes.

You can buy quality leather dress shoes in different price points; you can invest 200 dollars, 300 dollars, or 2000 dollars for a pair. That being said, Ace Marks provides a range of quality office dress shoes that won’t break the bank. Does Ace Marks produce the best menswear dress shoes ever made? Absolutely not! However, what they do offer is a really big bang for the buck because they sell directly from the manufacturer to you as a consumer thus, saving the middleman market.

If I would have to pick just three shoes that are appropriate for office wear, I would go with the black half brogue oxford. The burgundy double monk strap, as well as their brown penny loafer.

Invest in a quality pair of socks that won't slide down

Invest in a quality pair of socks that won’t slide down

5. Socks

A lot of men wear short socks or mid-calf socks when they slide down, they expose your hairy calves which is still unprofessional in this day and age. To prevent that, you should go with over-the-calf socks that stay up.

How do you dress for work? Share your office wardrobe essentials below!


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The Best Work Bags for Interviews, Commutes, Your First Day of Work, and Beyond

best work bags of 2018Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

What do you think are the best work bags, readers? How does your answer change if you’re looking for a great tote bag for an interview, your first day of work, business travel, and beyond? Who do you think makes for the best tote bags for work, interviews, and beyond? For today’s roundup of the best work bags I’m mostly featuring fun, happy prints and colors, but if you’re looking for a neutral, basic bag we’ve rounded up some great Hall of Famers below as well. As I’ve noted before, I think the best professional tote bags in general may be leather (more polished), a room for a laptop or possibly a legal-size notebook, and have intelligent details like feet, keyfob chains, interior pockets, and more. By contrast, whenever looking for a great tote bag for an interview (especially a day of interviews like with OCI) I’ve appreciated tote bags nylon (lightweight) but structured (non-floppy, stand up by themselves on the floor), large enough for a folder (for copies of your resume), and are mostly a solid color without brash logos.  Some of the most neutral, timeless options if you’re looking for the best work bags include these, pictured below:

the best work bags - bestselling options

Above are some of the best selling work totes of all time are linked to in our Hall of Fame styles mentioned below — here are a few of those, pictured, ranging from $ 168 to $ 298: one / two / three // four / five / six

(Curious for older versions of this post? Here they are from 20172016, 2014201320122011, and 2010).

On to some of the best work bags that we’re seeing on the market today:

best work bags - Target“New” Target brand “A New Day” has a ton of super affordable options for tote bags, including a nice basic nylon tote. (I say “new” because a lot of people think the vibe is verrrry similar to previous Target brand Merona, which they’ve now phased out.) I think this laser-cut tote is very pretty, and I like the removable cloth liner for easy washing. It comes in blue, pink, white and black for $ 29.99 at Target.
best work bags - FossilIf you were a huge fan of the Fossil Sydney shopper that was around for years (and years, and years…) note that the bag Fiona is “updating” the older version. Amazon seems to have the most color options right now, all marked $ 138-$ 178 and eligible for Prime Wardrobe (here’s Kate’s review of Amazon Prime Wardrobe if you missed it).
best work bags - Tory BurchTory Burch’s lightweight Ella tote has been a Hall of Famer for years, so I was kind of psyched to see it come in such a fun, Mondrian-esque pattern. Obviously this kind of look is not for everyone (and probably not for anything but creative interviews) but if you feel like your wardrobe is nothing but a sea of black, gray, and light blue, this could be a really fun, easy way to add some personality to your commute while keeping the functionality you love. It’s $ 198 (in the largest version) at Nordstrom, also available in black, navy, and beige. Note that if you were eyeing Tory Burch’s leather option, that seems to be on its way out — the T
best work bags - Cole HaanI’ve always liked Cole Haan products, with their tote bags being no exception, so it’s very interesting to see so many great Cole Haan work bags on sale at Last Call right now for great prices. The pictured bag is currently $ 189 (down from $ 315) and comes in a ton of colors and sizes (including black, beige, and red); this tote with goldtone hardware is also catching my eye, as well as this sportier work tote with a removable drawstring pouch.
best work bags - lodisReaders love the brand LODIS Los Angeles for a reason — their bags are made with working women in mind. Most of their bags offer RFID features, as well as intelligent details like feet, interior pockets, exterior slip pockets for your ID card or whatnot, and all in their durable leather. I mostly think of the brand as doing super neutral colors like black and red, so it’s fun to see the brand expanding to more fun colors like the lavender pictured here. The pictured bag also comes in black, orange, and yellow.
best work totes - Marc JacobsIf you’re looking for a reasonable sort of splurge, note that Marc Jacobs has a number of very popular tote bags right now, including the tote pictured, its slightly larger sister, and the Editor tote.  The happy bright color of this one was calling to me, though, and I like the intersection of form and function with the key ring/pocket on the front of the bag. (The larger version has a more plain front.) The pictured bag is $ 425.

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Australian supermarkets work to prevent ‘bag rage’ as plastics ban takes effect

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat “bag rage” as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plastic bags. One man put his hands around a supermarket worker’s throat, the West Australian newspaper reported, while grocery stores are putting on more staff to help customers get used to the change.


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12 Mushroom Skin Care Products That Work Like Magic

Beauty has been going green in more ways than one. In addition to more vegan, cruelty-free products, we’re seeing ones that are packed with superfoods plus fruits and vegetables. Similar to food and wellness trends, there are certain buzzy ingredients that seem to be everywhere. Watermelon is one of the hottest ingredients for summer, with the juicy fruit showing up in everything from masks to serums. Pomegranate, avocado and almost every leafy green have enjoyed their time in the spotlight. Now it’s the divisive mushroom that’s popping up in skin care launches, making it a perfect candidate for the next It ingredient.

Whether you love eating them or fall into the camp of people who find mushrooms too earthy to eat, you’ll like them in beauty routines, promise. When it comes to skin care, mushrooms can be pretty magical — which is why they’ve been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. According to Dr. Lamees Hamdan, founder and CEO of Shiffa, it’s the variety of mushrooms to choose from that makes them interesting. “There is no one hero mushroom,” she says. “Different varieties have different properties.” Hamdan suggests looking for a product that has a blend of at least three different mushrooms to get the most benefits.

In general, mushrooms are popular in skin care because they soothe, soften and provide mega moisture. Some, like reishi, are “super antioxidants,” Hamdan says. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skin Care Collection, says that tremella fuciformis, aka snow fungus, has the ability to retain moisture in skin even more than hyaluronic acid. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and has been proven to accelerate wound healing.

In addition to knowing whether a product has oyster, enoki, chaga, portobello mushrooms or another variety, Hamdan says it’s helpful to know the extraction method of the mushroom as well as what part of the mushroom is used because products that typically use the whole mushroom are best. In terms of specific products, Vargas says mushrooms are mostly found in serums, masks and moisturizers.

There’s no need to go foraging beauty aisles on a hunt for fungi. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best mushroom skin care products so you can see for yourself just how good ‘shrooms are.

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This Startup Is Hiring an Art Lover to Work From Home for $15 per Hour


Say goodbye to being a starving artist.

We just found a way you can work for a creative and artsy company — from the comfort of your own home.

Museum Hack, a startup that runs quirky private museum tours, is hiring a sales representative.

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As you can read in our interview with the founder, Museum Hack is turning the traditional museum tour on its head. It offers “highly interactive, subversive, fun, non-traditional” tours of museums in major cities such as New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.

Right now, it’s hiring a remote sales representative whose duties will include meeting monthly sales goals by communicating with potential corporate clients via phone and email, as well as putting together proposals as necessary.

The full-time position requires at least one year of experience in B2B sales and customer service. You must also have a home office with a personal computer and reliable Wi-Fi.   

Previous experience with web-based services (Google Docs, Gmail, Google Calendar, Slack, Xero, PandaDoc, Base CRM) is also desired; if you’re familiar with them, be sure to mention it in your cover letter.

You must be based in the U.S. and able to work scheduled shifts Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST. Applicants must also be available to work at least one weekend per month.

The job pays $ 15 per hour plus a monthly commission, with occasional “performance-based rewards and incentives.”

Want in on the action? Click here to apply.

Susan Shain is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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How to make easy money on your work commute with Wrapify

Our radio producer Joel has turned his commute into cash with the Wrapify app! Wrapify is a company that pays you to wrap your car in advertising for their clients.

Make money while you drive with Wrapify

The Wrapify app matches you to ad campaigns based on your driving patterns. Joel explained the steps:

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  1. Download the Wrapify app and set up your account
  2. Wrapify will track your driving for a period of time
  3. They will let you know if you are eligible for a campaign — it may take a few weeks for them to determine your campaign
  4. They’ll set you up with an appointment to get the ad placed on your car — you’ll have to leave it at a body shop for a day while it’s applied
  5. You pick up your car and drive your normal routes — you can track how much cash you’re making in the app

It may be slightly inconvenient to leave your car all day to get wrapped, but Wrapify will reimburse you for a Lyft or Uber to and back from the facility.

Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind: You’ll have to be connected to your car via Bluetooth for them to track your driving. If you don’t have this capability, you may not be eligible.

If you try this, let us know how it works out for you!

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Work Fashion Tips for Petite Women

work fashion tips for petite womenIt’s on my to-do list today to update a lot of our older posts with advice for where to buy petite-friendly clothes for work, and I thought I’d ask the readers: what are your best work fashion tips for petite women? Do you think certain styles work better than other — or is it all about knowing your body shape and tailoring it? I’m 5’4″, so I’m right on the cusp of petite sizes… these are some of my best tips for petite women, but I’d love to hear yours…

  1. Don’t feel like you have to wear 5″ heels to look professional — it’s ok to be short! (We’ve actually even discussed whether 4″ heels are appropriate for interview heels or other work situations — know your office before you buy a ton!)
  2. Know where to shop. We’ve rounded up the best workwear for petites in the past — but it’s also worth noting that depending on your exact dimensions, sometimes regular sizes may work best for you (for example, as a 5’4″ woman, I often buy petite pants but regular-length skirts) — and many brands offer “short” lengths that are cut slightly differently than petite lengths. Keep an eye to quality and style, but it’s worth noting that if you’re very petite you may be able to shop in juniors’ or children’s size ranges as well. (If you’re on the hunt for the unicorn that is plus-sized petites, check out our roundup of the best workwear for size 16 and beyond.)
  3. Tailor it up. We’ve rounded up the best suiting alterations for women and common tailoring alterations for women — but you can also learn to do some things yourself, such as hemming pants. YouTube is a great source for free tutorials, and you can find affordable online courses at places like Craftsy or Skillshare, as well as in-person lessons at local fabric stores like Joann. It’s also worth noting that some stores provide free alterations on your purchases, at least up to a certain point — for example, Nordstrom offers many free alterations on full-price clothing — “basic alterations are free for many full-price items purchased at Nordstrom and Trunk Club (online or in stores)” — and depending which level Nordstrom rewards cardmember you are, you may be entitled to $ 100 or more of reimbursement for alteration expenses.
  4. Know YOUR body. It’s hard to say “petite women always look great in this” because petite bodies come in all sizes, with all sorts of leg/waist/hip/bust ratios. A structured, shrunken one-button blazer may look great on one petite woman — while a dolman-sleeved sweater may look great on another.
  5. Don’t expect every look to work on you. Learn which styles work well on you and which don’t. For example, a large print may overwhelm your frame — the current trend of “stick a ruffle on it” may really, really not work for you. Start with clean, minimalist clothing in neutral colors, and build from there. Our four-week work outfit challenge may be just what you need to try different work outfit ideas.
  6. A note on looking young (and trying to use fashion to look older): A lot of young professionals who are petite worry about looking like high-schoolers, but we’ve noted in the past, “looking young” has every bit to do with how you hold yourself, speak, and otherwise present yourself — in other words, it often comes down to “acting young” more than looking young. Before you buy designer clothes, get expensive highlights, or buy a slew of uncomfortable heels, you may want to check out this post on executive presence, or this post on how to be taken seriously when you look young, where we advised a 30-something college professor on some beyond-the-basic tips.

How about you, readers? What are your best work fashion tips for petites? Which are your favorite petite stores for workwear — and suits?

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We rounded up 6 easy work fashion tips for petite women -- and asked our readers for more. Whether you're concerned about looking young, gaining height, dressing professionally, or just knowing WHERE to find petite-friendly clothes for work, we've got you covered.

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A new study found that sexual harassment is often used to purposefully create hostile work environments

A new study found that sexual harassment is often used to purposefully create hostile work environments


A new study found that sexual harassment is often used to purposefully create hostile work environments

With the rise of the MeToo movement and Time’s Up, the conversation around sexual harassment in the workplace is gaining more attention than ever. From making an outright proposition to inappropriate compliments and comments, in most industries, sexual harassment is finally getting the open conversation it should have gotten decades ago.

However, while we’re finally paying attention to harassment, researchers in industries across the world have been looking into abhorrent behavior and in the science academic community, the most pervasive form sexual harassment is belittling and sexists jokes and comments meant to dissuade women from pursuing a career in various scientific fields.

After two years of research, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released its study on sexual harassment in the science community, shedding light on what it has dubbed “gender harassment.”

Despite being the poster child of sexual harassment, the study found that outright sexual advances and propositions only made up a very small percentage of sexual harassment. Instead, the study done by University of Texas — one of the two university systems leading the study, the other being Pennsylvania State system — found that one of the most popular kind of harassment female students in the science, engineering, and medical students faced were the sexist and demeaning comments dissuading them from their studies due to their gender.

In fact, half of the female medical students and a quarter of female engineering students reported to hearing sexist comments about women’s ability to succeed in the industry. But while what the study has dubbed “sexual hostility” may seem distinct from sexual harassment, the study draws a direct comparison between the two.

While focused on the science community, this study is a frustrating, yet important look at how harassment is used in different ways, from outright unwanted advances to creating a hostile work environment and dissuading a women from pursuing certain industries.

Read National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s whole study on sexual harassment in the science community here.

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How Young Leaders Can Gain Respect and Influence at Work

The look of leadership, especially in the corporate world, is still based on the assumption of a certain age (e.g., 35+ years old), which in some cases can lead to differences in communication styles, priorities, and work ethic—especially between younger and older generations. So to get insight into how young leaders can gain respect and influence in the workplace we caught up with Curtis Odom, Ed.D., a career coach and management consultant to Fortune 100 companies, and author of From Campus to Corner Office: How Co-Ops and Internships Will Help You Win In The Workplace.

As more college graduates are being hired and more Americans (e.g., 65 years old and older) are delaying retirement, a generation gap exists in the workplace. What’s your advice for young leaders dealing with older employees?

As a young boss, you need to gain an understanding of your employees’ goals and pressures, their strengths, and weaknesses, regardless of their generation. You will also benefit from understanding how the individual goals align with the organizational and personal objectives, pressures from their own boss, their style of working, how their boss likes to get information (e.g., memos, email, phone calls, text messages, one-on-one meetings), how they deal with conflict, etc. Without this information, you are flying blind, and problems are inevitable.

What are some ways a young leader (under 30 years old) can gain respect in the workplace?

Clearly, leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring ourselves from within.

My advice is to first examine the relationship you have with those who are centers of influence or COIs in your organization. A healthy, positive relationship with them makes your work life much easier. It is also good for your career and your job satisfaction. I’ve often thought that the best way to think about these relationships is as a partnership with the COI being a culture coach and historian. And as a result of these relationships, you build advocates through relationships and that opens the door to getting results.

What are some ways to build influence in the workplace?

Credibility is first built through actions, such as thinking beyond oneself and working toward building a larger mutually beneficial goal. Add a sense of integrity through possessing a set of core values that guide what you do, combined with an ability to project core values through actions. Also, consider the following:

  • Seek to understand those whom you want to influence. Focus primarily on characteristics of those who are recognized as influential without authority because they are able to effectively use those attributes in a variety of contexts in order to either be heard or influence others. You can raise questions without seeming to push an agenda, especially when you are new, or seen as junior in the organization.
  • Lead through relationships. Those who are successful, lead and inspire because of who they are and how they interact with others. By focusing on results, an influential leader maintains a wide perspective and acts with an independent initiative. They use the ends to define the means, which can mean working outside of strict processes to achieve results. They aim for the end they are supposed to produce and feel responsible and accountable for achieving it. How? By remaining client purposed. This is different than client service—it’s an awareness of how an action in a specific job affects the client. It’s a big-picture focus and having a deep understanding of the value promised.

Tell us why you believe it’s important to focus more on the power of influence versus authority in today’s ever-changing workplace.

Leadership is not telling others what to do. Leadership is inspiring others to do what needs to be done. A title alone does not make you a leader. Genuine leaders take a stand and motivate others to join them for a noble purpose. Influence is subtle, yet incredibly powerful. You can order someone to do a task, but you cannot order them to do their best. It simply does not work and usually has the opposite effect. You can influence people to do their best by providing a strong, motivating example in addition to positive reinforcement. Leadership addresses tasks, while influence addresses attitudes and awareness. It is in that way that influence is the soul/spirit of leadership.

 

 

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UN: Plastic bans can work, but need planning and enforcement

NEW DELHI (AP) — Government bans on plastic can be effective in cutting back on waste, but poor follow-through has left many such bans ineffective, the U.N. said in a report Tuesday.
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New Museum Exhibit Explores Oprah Winfrey’s Life, Work, and Influence

Oprah Winfrey has been a mainstay in the American media for over two decades. Her impact on storytelling, literature, and in film and television has been significant, so much so that the National Museum of African American History and Culture is celebrating the media mogul with the launch of an exhibition that explores her upbringing, her influence on American culture, and her life’s work.

The exhibition, titled “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” opened Friday, according to the Washington Post, and will run through June 2019. The exhibition features video clips, interview segments, movie costumes, and personal photographs, as well as journals, to explore “what has influenced Winfrey and how her work has shaped America.”

“What’s interesting is the same way America thought about Walter Cronkite—you could trust Walter Cronkite and his opinion—they trust Oprah,” museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III told the Post. “An African American woman becomes the person America turns to.”

Winfrey, whose net worth is north of $ 2.9 billion, according to Forbes, isn’t just a mere media personality, she is also an African American activist whose contribution to American culture “rank alongside those of Sojourner Truth and Ida B. Wells, according to the new exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Although Winfrey is the museum’s largest individual donor with her $ 21 million gift to the $ 540 million museum, Bunch said her role as a benefactor did not influence the exhibition.

“We made sure there was a bright line, that this was done by the museum and museum scholars,” he said. “The fundraising was not through Oprah’s people.”

The curators in charge of the exhibit—Rhea L. Combs and Kathleen Kendrick—worked with Winfrey and her staff on fact-checking, background information and arranging loans for the exhibition.

“In terms of content and narrative and the way the story is told, it’s the museum’s product. The way we approached it was the way we approach all of our exhibitions,” Kendrick said. “We’re providing a context for understanding not only who she is, but how she became a global figure, and how she is connected to broader stories and themes.”

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The Special Exhibitions gallery, which houses the first section of the show, explores Winfrey’s childhood and early career and how the cultural shifts of the 1950s and ’60s informed her worldview, per the Post.

“Civil rights, the women’s movement, the media and television landscape, she’s at this distinct intersection of all of these dynamic moments,” Combs said. “She becomes someone at the forefront of dealing with ideas, of discussing hot-button topics like racism and sexual orientation.”

The middle section explores the highest-rated talk show in television history, using artifacts from Winfrey’s Harpo Studios in Chicago, where the “Oprah Winfrey Show” was filmed. The section focuses on “its evolution, its variety of subject matter and guests, and its reach into social issues such as racism and equality.”

“She used television as a social medium, convening conversations and creating these interactive experiences with people,” Kendrick said. “She’s offering lessons for living, social guidance in a way.”

The third section looks at Winfrey as a “cultural influencer and tastemaker” in the movies she has featured and produced, the books she promoted in her book club as well as her philanthropic work.

“There are so many issues, about women, power, media, body image,” Bunch said. “This should be a popular show because of the impact of this person, but it is also a show that allows us to think about what it means that a woman who doesn’t fit the TV look could build a media empire and become an entrepreneur.”

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Where to Find Stylish Plus-Size Suits for Work

where to find stylish plus-size suits for workHere’s a topic we haven’t addressed in a while that seems apt since we just did our big roundup of the best women’s suits in 2018: where to find stylish plus-size suits for work? Plus-size readers, please chime in — which are your favorite stores to buy plus-size workwear, from dresses to blazers to suits? (We’re actually working on a story on plus-size splurges and investment shopping — please share any favorites if you have them!) We haven’t talked about this since we did our last roundup of plus-size suits and more (including business maternity suits, petite suits, and suits for tall women) or the best workwear for plus sizes.

(If you are interested in plus size workwear, please sign up for CorporettePlus, our newsletter, for plus-size news as well as workwear picks in plus sizes! Signing up helps us gauge interest in the project, and we promise not to blast your email more than once a week at most. (Right now it’s more like once a month.))

Wondering where to find stylish plus-size suits for work? These are some of the top spots we know of, in alphabetical order — your best bets for conservative interview suits are in bold…


Pictured at top: navy skirt suit / gray skirt suit / navy pants suit

No Suits, but Stylish Plus-Size Workwear of Note:

  • Gwynnie Bee – Members can borrow a lot of workwear (but not, as of right now, suits)
  • MM.LaFleur – their newly-launched suiting line only goes up to 16 at the moment, but they have a number of their dresses and other pieces in “additional sizes” up to 22W
  • Of Mercer – They offer extended sizes up to 20W
  • Universal Standard – they don’t really have traditional suits with matching pieces, but their Executive Workwear Kit is worth checking out (sizes up to 28W) – note that with their new Fit Liberty line you can exchange pieces if you change sizes

* limited options for traditional suiting

Wondering where to find stylish plus-size suits for work? We rounded up a TON of shops and brands (including some foreign ones) that make interview suits and other traditional, conservative suiting options in plus sizes for women lawyers and more!

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What to Wear to Work While Pregnant

Today at CorporetteMoms we’re doing a mini-Hunt for the best maternity dresses for work, from sheath dresses and beyond – please do check it out. But in the meantime, I thought now might be a great time to talk generally about what to wear to work while pregnant here at Corporette — what are your favorite maternity options for workwear? What gaffes have you seen pregnant women make in your conservative office — and who did you really think looked great? It’s been a while since we talked about the best maternity stores for workwear, how to hide an early baby bump, and what to wear to court when you’re pregnant – so let’s discuss.*

For my $ .02, some of my general advice for maternity shopping for work include tips like:

  • Don’t buy maternity workwear too early — you just don’t know how you’re going to carry (low, high), where you’ll gain weight (bust, arms, bum), and so forth. Budgeting for your maternity wardrobe is already difficult, and the last thing you want is a bunch of wool low-rise maternity pants for your third trimester when a) it turns out it’s way too hot for wool and b) you vastly prefer high-rise maternity pants. (I’ve also advised readers not to buy a fancy diaper bag before you’re actually a mom — save it for a treat when your baby turns six months old or something else after you’ve been in it for a bit.) I could still wear my regular (non maternity) blazers until week 38 or 39 with my second child, and I never owned a maternity winter coat. Stylish maternity suits are notoriously hard to find (we’ll be updating this post soon)!
  • Maternity dresses are the easiest thing to wear to work when you’re pregnant. For underpinnings, I was a big fan of maternity Spanx and maternity tights — keep an eye out at Target for their more affordable line, Assets.
  • Raise the neckline. One of the first things you’ll notice when you’re pregnant (for me it was even before the at-home pregnancy test told us!) is that your bust will get bigger — if this makes you uncomfortable you may want to raise the neckline either with camisoles, demi camisoles, or even use statement necklaces to draw the eye upwards.  (Along those lines: make sure you buy bras that fit as needed through your pregnancy — I went through several sizes. You may want to buy nursing bras at the very end (this was our last discussion on the best underwire nursing bras over at CorporetteMoms) but personally I didn’t bother with maternity bras; I just bought my regular brands on sale.)

Readers, what are some of your best tips on what to wear to work when you’re pregnant? What looks worked best to help you feel and look professional when you were pregnant — and what did you throw back on the rack (or back in your closet) and say, nah, I’ll wait until I’m on the other side? 

* Just an administrative note, since I know people will wonder — I tend to think of the dividing line between Corporette and CorporetteMoms as being maternity leave, at least in terms of content from us (please feel free to discuss whatever you want in the comments). So for all the good stuff after maternity leave, please come check out our regular discussions at our blog for working moms!

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President casts doubt on his highly anticipated summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, saying talks ‘may not work out for June 12’

President Donald Trump hopes to gain clarity on North Korea’s nuclear intentions when he meets Tuesday with his South Korean counterpart, who arrived in Washington seeking to shore up confidence ahead of June’s summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un.


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Near or Far: Do the Benefits of Living Closer to Work Outweigh the Cons?

benefits of living closer to work - image from streeteasy campaignThere’s an amusing Streeteasy ad campaign in a lot of NYC subway stations right now, with Venn(ish) diagrams like this one, and I thought it might make for an interesting discussion here. Why did you choose to live where you do? What do you think the benefits of living closer to work are — vs. farther away? Do you prefer to have some separation between work and home? In general, what was the most important factor for you in choosing where to live — living closer to work, being in a good school district, having an amazing apartment, or something else? We’ve talked before about how where you choose to live can be one of the most important money decisions you make, as well as how to decorate your home and even when to buy a home, but we haven’t really talked about the pro and cons of living closer to work or farther from work.

For my own $ .02, I learned about my own preference for NOT living closer to work through a mistake I made many moons ago, in my single-lady lawyer days. I had always been a Manhattan girl, and after unsuccessfully looking to buy a studio in the city, I decided to move to Brooklyn for a year and see if I liked it. Well, I hated it. The one-bedroom on Clark Street that I chose was an upgrade over my former studio at 15th and 5th, to be sure, but that was where the pros stopped. The radiators ran way, way too hot… the kitchen was depressingly small and old… and I had a whole theory about how dating was way, way harder because getting to different boroughs was easier with one person based in Manhattan. (I even remember feeling like a Brooklyn/Brooklyn relationship was difficult if your subway trains didn’t align!)

The most surprising thing I learned was that I absolutely HATED everything about the work-life balance that came with the apartment. The commute that had looked amazing on paper — there was a subway entrance across from the apartment, and it was only one stop away from the office — meant that I didn’t “see” anything while I was going to and from the apartment. I didn’t pass stores or restaurants on foot on either side of the subway, and I was really surprised by how much I missed that casual, window-shopper type of experience. Plus, I’ve always hated the subway and at the time spent way too much of my budget on taxis to work — but on nice nights, if I got out early enough I had loved walking home. Both of those options were difficult in my new location. I had to go out of my way by several blocks to find a cab if I wanted to get to work, so the subway really was easier. If I walked home on nice nights, I had to cross the tourist-filled Brooklyn Bridge, and once again I wasn’t passing any shops or restaurants. Even on the weekends, I was surprised by how much my apartment depressed me because it was in such a residential area. I felt that “just popping out” for food, shopping, a walk, or whatnot was much more depressing.

It’s important to note that, at the time, work was really the only thing in my life. I went out on the weekends with various friends, of course, but my daily routine was completely centered around going to the office. I realize that having kids or even a serious partner would have made the work-life balance different — I could “see” things on the walk to daycare or school drop-off, I could have regularly looked forward to meeting my partner near his office or apartment, etc. — but as that point in my life, living closer to work was not for me. (Fun fact: I moved back to the city after one year… and promptly met a Brooklyn boy, who is now my husband. Of course.)

What do you think, readers? Do you prefer living close to or far from work? Do you see more disadvantages or advantages to living closer to work? 

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Diddy’s $21.1 Million Art Buy Is Believed to Be the Highest Ever for a Living African-American Artist’s Work

Sean Combs, the producer, rapper, and impresario better known by stage names including Diddy and Puff Daddy, has been revealed as the buyer of painter Kerry James Marshall’s painting “Past Times” (1997) at Sotheby’s on Wednesday. The $ 21.1 million dollar price tag is widely believed to be the highest ever for the work of a living African-American artist.

“Past Times” depicts a black family enjoying an afternoon at a lakefront park. Like much of Marshall’s work, the image balances anxiety and celebration, depicting a positive image of blackness that can’t avoid tension with America’s racial reality. The piece is 13 feet wide, one of many wall-sized paintings Marshall has produced since the 1990s. The record sale follows a landmark winter 2016 retrospective of Marshall’s work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times,” 1997.Sotheby’s

The record sale is part of a broad and ongoing art market acceleration that has produced many all-time high prices for individual artists and categories. The art market usually rises with the broader economy, but contributing factors in this cycle have also included increased interest from Chinese collectors. African-American artists in particular are enjoying a spotlight moment, as seen in the enthusiasm that recently greeted Kehinde Wiley’s official portrait of President Barack Obama.

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Combs’ greatest achievement in hip-hop may have been shepherding the career of Christopher Wallace, better known as the Notorious B.I.G., considered by many to remain the greatest rapper to ever live. Combs’ art collection, too, features all-time greats, reportedly including works by Ai Weiwei and Andy Warhol. According to the New York Times, Combs was introduced to Marshall’s work by the hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, also an art collector.

Marshall, born in 1955, is just a few years too old to be part of the hip-hop generation that Combs represents. But his work shares a lot with the musical genre, including a focus on the black experience and the frequent use of visual sampling, deconstruction, and remixing. One example is found in another of Marshall’s most famous works. “School of Beauty, School of Culture” (2012) contains a wry reference to the 14th-century English painting “The Ambassadors,” which hides an anamorphic skull representing the inevitability of death. In Kerry’s re-envisioning, the head of a blonde white woman is concealed in the image of a black beauty shop–perhaps representing its own kind of looming threat.

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How to Wear Culottes to Work (And: CAN You Wear Culottes to Work?)

how to wear culottes to workSeveral years ago, when culottes started to come out from major workwear brands like Theory and Ann Taylor, I’ll admit my first reaction was HELL NO… followed by “my eyes, my eyes!” In short: not a fan. Several years later, brands are still trying to make culottes happen, and what’s worse: my eyes have started to become accustomed to them as an option for casual offices or casual days at conservative offices. So, ladies, it’s time to discuss: CAN you wear culottes to a conservative workplace? What are your best tips for HOW to wear culottes to work? What styling tips make culottes more professional vs more weekend?

The answer here is going to vary by office, I think — so know yours! For my $ .02, I think these factors make a world of difference if you’re wondering how to wear culottes to work:

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  • What shoes to wear with culottes: Wear heels or other shoes that might be described as “sleek.” The clunkier the shoe, the more the look says “weekend.” (I particularly love them with heels like tie-on styles.) This isn’t to say you have to wear heels — I think some oxfords with low treads and cutouts can look OK, or perhaps a sleek baby wedge like this one could also be nice. For colder days of spring and warmer days of fall, I do like the look of mid-calf boots with culottes (like in our picture at top with red boots).
  • What top to wear with culottes: Again, here you want to go for structure — the slinkier the look or the more slouchy the top, the more it says “weekend.” (Note that spaghetti straps are almost never appropriate for work!) Some of the peplum tops or wrap tops we’ve seen lately could be nice, like this or this.
  • Accessorize like you mean it: Add a watch, a long pendant necklace or other work-appropriate jewelry — skip anything that says weekend like dangly earrings that move, hoops (although I must admit I am almost always anti-hoops), an arm full of bracelets, etc, etc.

What say you, readers — are you for or against culottes for work? Can you wear culottes to your office? What styling tips help to “dress culottes up” — and which styling tricks put culottes solidly in “weekend” territory?

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How a Living Trust and Pour-Over Will Work Together

If you’ve already created a Living Trust as part of your estate plans, your assets will be distributed according to the instructions in your trust.

But what if you forget to include property in your trust, or you didn’t have a chance to include certain things before passing away? A Pour-Over Will can help you add those missing assets.

In this post, we explore how a Living Trust and a Pour-Over Will work together and how they are valuable as part of a complete trust-based estate plan.

What is a Pour-Over Will?

A Pour-Over Will is a special type of Last Will and Testament that works together with a Living Trust.

A Pour-Over Will transfers—or pours—any missed property into your Living Trust when you pass away. Basically, having this type of Will helps you cover all your bases and prevents any applicable property from being left out of your Living Trust.

What is Estate Planning?

When you pass away, you want to make sure that your family members and children are taken care of. An estate plan is basically a series of legal documents that outline your wishes for how your property is distributed, and how your family members or children will be cared for after death.

Generally, an estate plan includes documents like a Power of Attorney, Living Will, and a Last Will and Testament, but these are just a few examples. Depending on the type of estate plan you choose, the documents you need might be slightly different.

For instance, someone with a more complicated estate like a business owner might choose to use a Living Trust as it tends to work better for passing down ownership of a business.

If you do choose a Living Trust, that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t create a Last Will, like we mentioned in our blog post about Revocable Living Trust vs. Last Will. But it does mean that you have another option for a different type of Will, and that’s the Pour-Over Will.

Should I Use a Pour-Over Will or a Last Will and Testament?

A Pour-Over Will and Last Will both set out your wishes for how any dependent family members or children will be taken care of when you pass away by allowing you to name guardians to care for them. But since the Pour-Over Will has the extra function of transferring property into your Living Trust, it might work better for you if you are already using a Living Trust in your estate plans.

What is a Living Trust?

A Living Trust allows you to determine who will receive your property when you pass away. In a Living Trust, you name a series of individuals to manage, control, and otherwise have responsibility for the trust for when you pass away.

To create a Living Trust, you must fill out a Revocable Living Trust document (revocable just means that the trust can be cancelled or amended at any time).

How does a Living Trust and Pour-Over Will Work Together?

Since a Pour-Over Will catches any property that wasn’t included in a Living Trust, it works as a back-up plan, which is great in case any property was missed or couldn’t be added to your trust before you passed away.

That extra layer of protection in your estate plans may be exactly what you are looking for to give you peace of mind that your estate is handled even in the event of an oversight or mistake.

Have you created your estate plans? Let us know in the comments!

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Work-Life Boundaries: Rituals and Other Ways to Separate Your Work and Personal Life

work-life boundariesI just heard a speaker talking about the importance of boundary rituals for doctors — little habits and rituals that set work-life boundaries to keep your work and personal life separated. I knew exactly what she was talking about, and thought it was such an interesting way of phrasing it — and I thought it might make a nice discussion here. So, ladies, what are your boundary rituals? Have you always done them or did you adopt them over time? What are your biggest challenges with work bleeding into your personal life?

Psst: we’ve talked in the past about answering work emails at home, homing from work, and after-work routines.

Work-life boundary rituals and habits to try after work:

  • walking or driving home through a picturesque route (or one that goes through a picturesque spot)
  • listening to music or a non-work related podcast (psst: Slow Burn is excellent if you’re curious about what it was like to live through Watergate!)
  • changing into workout clothes or jeans when you get home from the office
  • cooking dinner (or having a glass of wine while cooking dinner)
  • “docking” your iPhone at a specific spot in your kitchen or living room so you can check it occasionally (or even [gasp!] changing your settings so it only checks for new mail every 15-30 minutes)
  • going through a ritual with family or your roommates where you share a rose and a thorn from your day with each other — something that was a win for the day as well as something that was hard.
  • going through some quick breathing exercises or a meditation app like Headspace (we’ve talked before about the benefits of meditation for business women)

Boundary Rituals for the Office

Sometimes you need the separation more the other way — so here are some possible boundary rituals to practice at the office to keep your personal life at home…

  • turning your personal phone to silent/mute (if not turning it off entirely)
  • slipping on your heels or other “shoe that lives at the office”
  • discouraging friends and family from calling you or texting you at work unless it’s really an emergency
  • engaging in a specific productivity practice like having set times to answer most of your work emails, writing down three tasks to accomplish that day, or even finalizing your billable hours from yesterday and/or planning your time today

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The Hunt: Classic Sheath Dresses for Work

classic sheath dresses for workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

For spring and summer, classic dresses for work are often the easiest thing to throw on — particularly if you keep a blazer and cardigan and a pair or two of classic pumps or comfortable heels at the office, you can almost create a work uniform from the sheath dress. (In fact, in our four-week work outfit challenge we dared you to try wearing the same sheath dress four different ways during the four weeks!) Particularly for summer, note that slipshorts are a reader favorite for comfortable layering under sheath dresses; if you want something to suck you in a bit more you may want to check out shaping shorts like these from Spanx. (If your office is extremely conservative, do check out our guide to pantyhose — and keep in mind that going sleeveless may be controversial in your office, so keep a cardigan or blazer close at hand if you’re new.)

Pictured above: some of our Hall of Famers! Clockwise from the largest: one / two / three

We’ve rounded up a ton of options below (including ones in a wide range of sizes, sheath dresses with pockets or sleeves, and more!) but I’d love to hear from you — what are your favorite dresses to wear to work in 2018? Do you feel like black dresses are classic — or is the color too heavy for warmer weather? Does your summer work uniform include a ton of dresses — and which are your favorites? 

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Curious for past roundups of sheath dresses? Here they are from 201720162015201420132012, and 2011. For other sizing issues you may want to check out our roundup of bespoke dresses, which you can order fit exactly to your measurements.

Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath Dresses Under $  30!If you are working with an extreme budget right now, in addition to the Briggs dress (which sometimes goes as low as $ 15), Target has a number of cute ones right now. This sleeveless keyhole dress has a very classic feel, and could be layered under a number of cardigans, blazers, short-sleeve sweaters, and more. It’s $ 24.99 at Target, available in sizes XS-XL. (EEEK and I somehow missed that it is open across the back — so as commenters note, this would only be appropriate for most offices if you wear a cardigan or blazer with it.) Sleeveless Keyhole Dress – A New Day™ Black

 

Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath Dresses Under $  40!Another great budget option: the ponte knit sheath dress from Old Navy. I love the sleeves on this one, as well as the fact that it comes in regular, tall and petite sizes XS-XXL — it’s also machine washable. The dress is $ 37 (but today it’s marked to $ 28!). It also comes in a more casual stripey option.  Ponte-Knit Sheath Dress
I can be iffy on scalloped edge details, but I really like them on this Adrianna Papell dress (available in regular, petite, and plus sizes). The dress looks flattering and versatile, but the edge detail elevates it. Very nice. It’s $ 98-$ 108 at Nordstrom; Amazon also has a few sizes left in a “midnight” blue. If you’re looking for other plus-size option, check out our roundup in the bullet-points at top — this $ 109 dress looked particularly great as well. Pictured: Scalloped Crepe Sheath Dress –
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Desk to Dinner edition!Nic & Zoe’s Twirl dress has been on our radar for years as a great flared dress, but this ruched matte jersey dress is, I think, a new addition to their line. I really like it, particularly if you’re looking for a desk to dinner kind of dress — swap out your classic pumps for strappy sandals, throw on some dangly earrings, and you’re ready for date night. The dress is $ 128, available in three colors, and hand washable. Twist Side Matte Jersey Dress
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Sheath dress with secret shaping properties!I was exicted a few weeks ago to note that Gravitas is now sold at Lord & Taylor — I’ve heard great things for years about the brand as one of the best making workwear with secret shaping powers. This lined, sleeveless shift dress is about as classic as they come, is available in three neutral colors in sizes 0-24. Valentina Sleeveless Shift Dress
Classic Sheath Dresses for Work: Theory sheath dressAs we’ve previously mentioned, Theory seems to be phasing out their old standard sheath dress, and this newer, slightly A-lined version is getting great reviews. The faux wrap skirt is an interesting detail while still keeping you comfortable at work, and a seasonless wool dress is always a nice option. This dress is $ 345 at Nordstrom, Theory, and AmazonRisbana Good Wool A-Line Dress

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Nursing Moms: These Are Your Rights When It Comes to Pumping at Work


Before I gave birth to my daughter, I was committed to breastfeeding exclusively for as long as I could.

Not only is mother’s milk a great source of nutrition and a health benefit, but breastmilk is relatively free, while formula is not. And as a single mom without a lot of financial resources, that was important to me.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants for about the first six months of life and continue breastfeeding until babies are at least 1 year old, while introducing complementary foods. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up until age 2 or beyond.

My own initial experience with breastfeeding was pretty successful, but I had to return to work 10 weeks after having my daughter. That’s when I struggled.

I would pump about twice a day in a scary-looking bathroom, the only private space in the office where I worked. I was always paranoid about pumping for longer than 10 or 15 minutes, though I didn’t produce nearly enough milk in that length of time and had to turn to formula.

I didn’t talk to my employer about my rights to have a better space to pump because I didn’t want to make any waves. Plus, I was afraid the solution I’d be offered would be to transfer to another office within the company that had the private space available — but that would mean a much longer commute from my newborn at home.

My experience, unfortunately, is just one of many breast pumping horror stories.

Luckily, laws exist to protect working mothers rights’ and to make pumping at work a less stressful experience. Going to work to earn money for your family shouldn’t mean sacrificing how you provide nutrition for your little one.

Laying Down the Laws

Cheryl Lebedevitch, senior workplace program manager and policy analyst for the United States Breastfeeding Committee, gave me the rundown on two federal laws that protect the rights of working mothers who need to express milk on the job.

The Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, which became effective in 2010, is a provision within the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“It requires employers to provide reasonable break time in a private, non-bathroom space for specific workers to pump during the work day for one year after the child’s birth,” Lebedevitch explains.

Because of how it is wrapped within the Fair Labor Standards Act, it only covers employees who are considered non-exempt and are eligible to be paid overtime wages. That means the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law will generally cover workers who receive hourly wages but not salaried employees exempt from overtime pay.

Then there is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which gives additional employment protections to lactating moms.

Passed in 1964, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on sex, Lebedevitch explains. In 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act expanded the definition of sex to include pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.

However, for much of the law’s existence, lactation was not considered a related medical condition, Lebedevitch says.

That all changed about five years ago.

“In 2013, there was a court case that found firing or discriminating against an employee on the basis of lactation was… pregnancy-related discrimination,” Lebedevitch says. “There [have] been other high-ranking court cases that prompted the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to update their enforcement guidance to specifically include lactation.”

Protections for Various Workers

Pumping supplies in a kitchen.
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Lebedevitch says both laws can be tricky for the average mom to understand and interpret. That’s why the USBC does its part to spread education and awareness.

“You shouldn’t have to be a lawyer to figure out how to successfully breastfeed your baby at work,” Lebedevitch says.

We chatted about what working mothers can expect in several different scenarios.

For instance, if an employee works part-time, the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law still applies as long as that worker is classified as non-exempt and eligible to receive overtime pay. She does not have to actually work any overtime hours.

Mothers who have to travel for work are protected. Lebedevitch says the Department of Labor has stated it would be the responsibility of the employer to ensure the employee was accommodated within that other space.

New employees can benefit from the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law from day one. They don’t have to be on the job for a specific amount of time for coverage to kick in.

Even small business workers are covered, though Lebedevitch says that is a commonly misinterpreted aspect of the law.

“All non-exempt employees covered by FLSA are protected, regardless of the size of their employer,” she says. “Within the statute, there is an exemption for businesses that employ 50 or fewer employees.”

The exemption says in the event of undue hardship that would cause significant expense or get in the way of the operations of the business, an employer may be considered exempt from these requirements, Lebedevitch says.

However, she isn’t aware of any cases in which an employer has been granted an undue hardship exemption. She said it may be difficult for businesses to qualify for one due to the space and time flexibilities written into the law.

The protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to employers that have 15 or more employees.

How Pumping at Work Affects Pay and Schedules

Despite having rights to break time, nursing mothers may not be paid for taking the time to pump milk.

Employers are not required to pay workers for this break time, Lebedevitch says. However, if a nursing employee is not completely relieved from duty during a break to express breast milk, the time must be compensated as work time.

Employers are not legally able to dictate how long or how often working mothers can take their breaks.

“In the event of an investigation, [an employer] would not be considered to be in compliance with the law if they had tried to set any sort of limitations that did not meet the threshold of each time the employee needs them,” Lebedevitch says.

The Break Time for Nursing Mothers law does not define what “reasonable time” is. One benefit of the vagueness of the law is mothers’ pumping needs can vary, she explains.

And what happens to all the milk that is pumped? Having space at work to safely store pumped milk is pretty essential, Lebedevitch says.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean there has to be a fridge with dedicated space, she says. Allowing the worker to have some sort of cooler in the workplace could be a solution.

Opportunities for the Better

While the current federal laws may not cover all nursing mothers, new legislation could bring change.

“There is a bill that we’ve been working on for several congressional sessions called the Supporting Working Moms Act,” Lebedevitch says. “This would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act so that salaried workers are covered as well.”

She said the bill has not made it out of committee, but has been gaining support.

Individual states may also have their own laws regarding the right to pump milk on the job. In cases where the state law is stronger than the federal laws, the state law would stand, Lebedevitch says.

USBC has taken an inventory of all the state laws and has compiled the information into a series of state guides to the rights of breastfeeding employees.

Making Sure Working Mothers Are Accommodated

Lebedevitch says an employer’s breastfeeding support has been shown to result in higher loyalty, better productivity, lower healthcare costs and lower turnover.

But when you’re a new mom returning back to the workforce after giving birth, it can be challenging to discuss pumping needs with your employer — especially when there isn’t already a set system in place.

It’s important to realize accommodations for breast-pumping workers don’t have to be anything extreme, like building a dedicated nursing room.

“There really are very simple cost-effective or cost-neutral solutions that can be found,” Lebedevitch says.

The Office on Women’s Health developed a resource called Supporting Working Mothers at Work: Employer Solutions, which gives examples of how businesses from all across the country in different industries have made accommodations for breastfeeding employees.

When discussing your needs for pumping at work, Lebedevitch advises to come prepared with potential solutions for your boss. She recommends to try framing it as: “This is something I need, and this is how I think we can meet both my needs and the needs of the business.”

If your employer isn’t being compliant with the laws, Lebedevitch advises women to file a complaint with every agency for every law they are covered by.

The USBC has a resource and referral guide that can point women to where they can go for help. Those needing legal support to challenge their employers’ legal compliance can turn to organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, A Better Balance or the Center for WorkLife Law.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She enjoys writing about parenting and money.

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Rappers 2 Chainz, YG and Offset chose to use their highly anticipated video for “Proud” to honor their mothers.

The visual features all three rappers’ moms as the stars. 2 Chainz’s mother, decked in her son’s gold “Truu” necklace and gold-tinted Tom Ford Oliver shades, handles the opening verse with as much energy as her son.

“Tru University I pull it up and murk a beat,” his mother lip-syncs over her son’s vocals. “As soon as I finish pissing I put the seat down, or my momma gonna curse my d— a– out.”

YG’s mother then wades in for the second verse, wearing a dark red lipstick, bright red jacket and red bandana tied around her neck. “My momma ain’t raise no ho,” she lip-syncs, “cause my momma ain’t no ho.”

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You’re Not a Fake: Don’t Let Imposter Syndrome Hold You Back at Work


One of my earliest memories of “failure” dates back to when I was in fourth grade. We had received our midterm progress reports and I had a B in my reading and language arts class.

I walked up to my teacher’s desk, feeling mostly full of shame –– and partly like I was going to vomit.

“Ms. Vinson,” I stuttered, “is there anything I can do to improve here? I’m struggling.” I circled the 80-something percent with my pencil and waited for her answer.

Ms. Vinson looked straight at me and said, “You are far from struggling. You have a mid-level B. You’re doing great!”

I thought to myself, Mid-level B? Great?

Imposter Syndrome: It Isn’t Just You

To this day, I often feel like I’m struggling –– even when in reality, I’m not.

While I’m writing, I’ll sometimes think to myself, Wow, this is garbage! How do I even have a job as a writer? Am I REALLY a writer or just someone who pretends?  I’ll think these things even when I’m writing something my editors think is fabulous.  

These are textbook thoughts that reflect imposter syndrome. And I’m not the only person on earth who has experienced it.

Summed up, imposter syndrome is when you doubt you’re “good enough” to complete tasks and responsibilities. You worry that people will find out that you have no idea what you’re doing –– even though you clearly do, considering you have a job in the first place.

The phenomenon is characterized by feelings of incompetence, inadequacy or perceived fraudulence, according to Dr. Audrey Ervin, a psychology faculty member at Delaware Valley University. It was first described in the 1970s by psychologists Suzanne Imes, Ph.D., and Pauline Rose Clance, Ph.D.

The feelings of imposter syndrome are usually experienced by high-achieving individuals, Dr. Ervin says in an email. Citing research, Dr. Ervin explains that individuals who experience feeling like a fraud are commonly associated with anxiety, depressive symptoms, lack of self-confidence, worry, introversion and more.

How Feeling Like a Fraud Can Hold You Back At Work –– and in Your Personal Life

The worst part about feeling like a nobody at work? It can hinder your performance –– and that almost always seeps into your personal life.

By feeling unworthy, you can miss out on promotions and pay raises. That little voice in your head will tell you that you aren’t qualified for either of them so you don’t even think about setting them as your goals.

You become your own worst enemy.

Dr. Ervin also writes that people might start to overproduce to prove they are capable;, eventually, that can lead to burnout and counterproductivity.

Feeling like a fraud can even push you to become overly involved in your professional development. Dr. Ervin writes that people who prioritize their career success over time with those closest to them can negatively impact their relationships, leaving partners and family members to suffer.  

Versions of Imposter Syndrome

The feeling of being a fake comes in many different ways. In a Fast Company article, Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer From the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It, categorizes imposter syndrome into four major subgroups:  

  1. The Perfectionist This title pretty much speaks for itself, but it boils down to this: Perfectionists set super high goals for themselves, and when they fail to reach them, they start to experience self-doubt.
  2. The Superwoman/man This version of imposter syndrome is characterized by folks who are workaholics. These people work harder to measure up to their colleagues, mainly because they’re convinced they’re frauds. It’s hard for these people to enjoy time away from work.
  3. The Natural Genius Those who were the “smart ones” growing up can fall into this category. When they don’t get something right on the first try, they negatively judge themselves. Their standards are almost impossibly high –– and they feel uncomfortable or lack confidence when they don’t meet them.
  4. The Rugged Individualist People who see asking for help as a sign of weakness tend to fall into this category. These individuals think that asking for help shows that they’re a fake –– they 100% believe that they should accomplish everything on their own or else they are a failure.
  5. The Expert Someone who falls into this type of imposter syndrome thinks they “tricked” their employer into hiring them. They fear of being dubbed “inexperienced” or “unknowledgeable.”

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

It’s scary to think you can be the biggest obstacle in the way of your own success. It’s easy to overlook that you’re even doing it.

Thankfully, there are professionals out there who can help you identify false feelings of fraud –– and help you overcome them.

Raghav Parkash is a peak performance coach. For the past five years, he has been helping people reach their potential in the workplace and in life.  

Parkash reveals that he sees his clients regularly struggling with being victims of imposter syndrome. And, he says, it’s hard for most people to identify it.

“Denial is one way looking at it,” Parkash says in an email. “But I believe it is fundamentally down to a lack of self-awareness. They are unaware of what their habits or thought patterns are. Once people become aware of their behaviors, they can then start to take action on them such as speaking to a friend, manager, colleague or even hiring a coach.”

Parkash has key steps to overcoming these feelings that will help you become the very best you can be in the workplace.

Here are a few of them:

Recognize and acknowledge your feelings. Self-awareness is the first step toward a breakthrough. Take time to reflect on your thoughts and why you’re thinking them –– and take some time to ponder if they’re true or not.

Challenge the beliefs and thoughts that show up. Parkash asks his clients what advice they would give to a friend who was having similar thoughts –– oftentimes, they answer in a more positive manner than the way they would address it with themselves. This helps them recognize the inherent negativity they have toward themselves.

Focus on how and why you got the job. It isn’t an accident that you are where you are now.  You have the skill set, qualities and caliber to achieve what you have so far –– keep that in mind when you tell yourself you don’t!

Create possibility questions and new beliefs. Asking questions like “Who do I need to become to succeed?” and “What do I need to believe to succeed?” can help you focus on the bigger picture, rather than the false notions you have of yourself. Once you answer them, these will be your new beliefs that’ll keep you on track to success.

Condition the new beliefs. Once you create beliefs that are inspiring, say them to yourself every day for 30 days. Parkash says the repetition is a means to “integrate and rewire them into our thinking.”

Celebrate every movement in the right direction. Most importantly, remember to celebrate your successes! Not every day will be perfect –– and you may still have lingering thoughts of doubt –– but every opportunity you take to actively work through it is a win.

No one deserves to feel like a failure –– especially when it’s self-inflicted sabotage. Keep in mind, you’re always smarter, better and stronger than you may think. 🙂

Kelly Anne Smith is an email content specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

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Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work As a Black Woman — Unpacked

So you want to be your authentic self in your corporate job. You have a photo of Bozoma Saint John as your screensaver. She is #goals. But the data about how to break through like the chief brand officer of Uber is daunting, to say the least.

Late last year, McKinsey & Co., along with LeanIn.Org released their annual Women in the Workplace study, and there seemed to be a collective rejoicing and simultaneous sigh from women of color across the country. Finally, there was data to back what many already knew: that women of color—especially black women—have more challenges in the corporate environment than most as they attempt to climb the ladder into the C-suite. The report shares that the complexity of gender and color actually do matter when it comes to filling the pipeline to leadership, and in many cases, women and women of color—again, especially black women—are left behind due to lack of access to senior leadership and other factors.

The report shows that at some point many black women simply opt out to start their own companies. Consider that there are currently no black women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. Ursula Burns, former CEO at Xerox was the most recent, but she retired in 2016.   Fortune’s Ellen McGirt unpacked many of the reasons in a compelling article called The Black Ceiling: Why African-American Women aren’t Making it to the Top in Corporate America. The article calls black women “double outsiders,” being neither white nor men. That means black women are different right down to their DNA and chromosomes, which means they are largely foreign to a corporate culture that is used to having the exact opposite of black women in the ranks, especially in leadership. The people in the company may expect to see black women in support roles if they are in the environment at all. If this is true, the friction is not only natural, it is nearly unavoidable.

So what do black women need to actually do in order to bring their most authentic selves to work and succeed knowing all this? Understanding that the deck seems to be organically stacked against who they truly are? Women’s conferences typically have panels and speakers on the topic, but what does it actually mean to bring your #blackgirlmagic to work and still ascend into leadership? Is it even possible?

It Can Be Done

The good news is that Ursula Burns and others have done it. So I contacted more of corporate America’s power players, all of them currently or previously in the C-suite or officers in Fortune 500s. One of them is an executive coach and past executive leader. I asked them to give their take on whether it really is possible to walk tall in “the skin you’re in” at work as a black woman and what it actually takes.

Why did I turn to these ladies? Their résumés and credentials alone qualify them, but each of them has had an incredible impact on my career over the past decade, and I know from personal experience that these women are genuinely who they are at work as well as in their daily lives. They are indeed authentic. Part one of my conversations with these extraordinary women follow. It should also be noted that each of these game changers is a member of the Executive Leadership Council of which I am a Fellow, having had the awesome opportunity to complete their Strategic Pathways leadership training and their annual Leadership Summit.

What it Means to be Authentic

Image: Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks

When the new interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and retired AT&T Human Resources SVP and Chief Diversity Officer Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall started her first job after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley more than 36 years ago, she was met with a superior who challenged her church clothes, braids, and “red-hooker shoes” on her first day. After plenty of tears and navigating that trying time at the impressionable age of 21, she said that by the time she was promoted to the officer ranks some 20 years later, she was far more comfortable in her skin. She said mostly, it was because she had a better idea of who she was at that point, which is crucial to walking tall in your own skin.

MARSHALL: The person who gets out of bed in the morning is the person that walks into the building. So it’s the beliefs you have, the values you have, the problems you have…all of that gets out of bed with you. You don’t go into a phone booth and come out with a cape on and a logo of your company, like somebody else, some superhero. That person actually walks into the building. So what you have to try to create, especially as leaders, try to create a culture—you want a culture where that person who gets up out of the bed in the morning walks into the door and you meet them where they live. It needs to be an environment where it is OK for them to be them. Marshall says what she wishes she knew on her first day what she knows now: that it is important to do your homework on the company culture before you enter it. She also pointed to performance as a factor. Over a period of time, she said, the company will get to know your stellar performance, and your personal nuances will matter less and less.

Marshall is now the first woman CEO in the National Basketball Association.

(Image: Cheryl Grace, SVP of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen Inc.).

Cheryl Grace, senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen Inc., added that one’s most authentic self is the gateway to adding value. Grace said it was sometimes challenging initially to balance her outgoing and outspoken nature with the corporate environment, and eventually learned when to tone it down and when to turn up the volume. She said there is a time and a place for everything you bring to the table, but ultimately, mimicking other people isn’t an option.

GRACE: I think it means that you shouldn’t have to pretend that you’re someone else to be successful. I think this is relatively unique to women, particularly women of color because historically we’ve either tried to run the gamut of trying to dress like men and talk like men in business situations. But it is when you are your most natural self, and it is important because you are more likely to be comfortable in your skin and thereby provide suggestions, recommendations, and solutions from that unique perspective than if you are trying to think like everyone else in the room thinks. Ideally, when a company has several unique ways of looking at a situation or a business issue, they are more likely to land on the one solution that works for the broader universe or for their broader market, rather than a more narrowly defined one when they have more authentic people bringing those views to the table.

(Image: Trudy Bourgeois, founder/CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence)

Trudy Bourgeois is an executive coach and the founder and CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence. She is also the author of the new book EQUALITY: Courageous Conversations About Women, Men, and Race to Spark a Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough. She also is a presenter at the Executive Leadership Council’s Leadership Week for high-achieving black executives who are looking to break into the C-suite. In those sessions, she reminds professionals to know their proud history as black people in America, and to know that they are “daughters (and sons) of God.” It’s a call to action to know one’s self-worth and not to accept anything but the best in their careers and lives.

She said that part of the issue is that most people don’t know what “authenticity” or “authentic behavior” even looks like. Bourgeois says it is far more than whether you wear your hair natural or not, or even simply about what you wear.

BOURGEOIS: They say that they want to be authentic, but they haven’t defined who they really are, and as a result, they have not developed the courage to maximize what they bring to the table. We have to “get” who we are. We have to understand what value that we bring, and that sweet spot is when our passions and our capabilities align with an organization’s needs because when we are in a position to demonstrate our brilliance, people will accept us for who we are.

(Image: Mary Kay Chief Marketing Officer of Sheryl Adkins Green)

Mary Kay Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins Green has had an extremely successful track record in the beauty business but says the same rules apply in any industry. It didn’t take long for her to move from vice president of Marketing to CMO at the company after joining in 2009. The Harvard Business School alumna believes black women have to be smart about the company culture they choose to work in then deliver that magic in doses, choosing the time and place to shine. Stellar performance, however, is key.

ADKINS GREEN: Bringing your “authentic self” means confidently bringing all of your talent, interests, and perspective to your role vs. just a portion. Some worry that their strengths and talents might intimidate or threaten their relationship with their manager and/or team members, and this can be a risk. But playing “small,” playing not-to-lose versus playing to win is an even riskier career strategy. If you want to be seen as the “best,” you need to bring your best to your role—every day. The key is to be savvy about how and when you “show your stuff,” and you need to align your efforts to the goals of the enterprise.


In Part 2 of this series, we’ll dive deeper with these extraordinary women and ask them what advice they have for women, especially black women, on how to successfully bring one’s authentic self to work. We will also go in-depth with Bourgeois on what black women in the workforce can do to leverage a concept she calls “creating your own equality.”

 

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how much makeup do you wear for workWe’ve talked a lot about MLBB lip glosses and tinted lip balms lately, as well as how much time you spend on your hair for work — but something we haven’t discussed in a long while is makeup for work: how much makeup do YOU wear to work on a regular basis? What do you consider your essentials — and what do you consider your “big day” makeup? As you’ve gotten more senior (both in your company and with age) how has your amount of makeup changed? (Would you ever wear a super bright lipstick to work, like in the stock photo? What else would you consider “know your office” for makeup at work?)

We’ve talked before about the studies that show that people equate makeup with competence (read the NYT article about the study here) and how the best interview makeup really just makes you look awake and alive, not necessarily like a glamazon. I’ve also written before about how my own beauty minimum changed after having kids. Right now I have two extremes: the regular day makeup looks like blush, lippie of some kind, concealer for my eye area, and eyeliner — lately I’m alternating between waterproof liners in a dark brown, a dark gray, and a navy. (I love the look of mascara on me but it really seems to irrirate my eyes lately — so particularly if I plan to be in glasses all day, I skip it.) On the other hand, for big days where there may be a lot of eyes on me (or if I’m wearing my contacts) I ramp up to a light mineral foundation, blush + highlighter + contour, multiple shades of eyeshadow (usually in a peachy/brown or gray/plum family for my brown eyes), eyeliner, mascara or false eyelashes, and a proper lipstick.

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Women Who Clean at Home or Work Face Lung Damage

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Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

In “Cleaning at Home and at Work in Relation to Lung Function Decline and Airway Obstruction,” researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway analyzed data from 6,235 participants in the European Community Respiratory Health Survey. The participants, whose average age was 34 when they enrolled, were followed for more than 20 years.

“While the short-term effects of cleaning chemicals on asthma are becoming increasingly well documented, we lack knowledge of the long-term impact,” said senior study author Cecile Svanes, MD, PhD, a professor at the university’s Centre for International Health. “We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age.”

The study found that compared to women not engaged in cleaning:

  • Forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), or the amount of air a person can forcibly exhale in one second, declined 3.6 milliliters (ml)/year faster in women who cleaned at home and 3.9 ml/year faster in women who worked as cleaners.
  • Forced vital capacity (FVC), or the total amount of air a person can forcibly exhale, declined 4.3 ml/year faster in women who cleaned at home and 7.1 ml/year faster in women who worked as cleaners.

The authors found that the accelerated lung function decline in the women working as cleaners was “comparable to smoking somewhat less than 20 pack- years.” [WH note: 1 pack-year is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes (1 pack) per day for 1 year.]

That level of lung impairment was surprising at first, said lead study author Øistein Svanes, a doctoral student also at the Department for Clinical Science. “However, when you think of inhaling small particles from cleaning agents that are meant for cleaning the floor and not your lungs, maybe it is not so surprising after all.”

The authors speculate that the decline in lung function is attributable to the irritation that most cleaning chemicals cause on the mucous membranes lining the airways, which over time results in persistent changes in the airways and airway remodeling.

The authors speculate that the decline in lung function is attributable to the irritation that most cleaning chemicals cause on the mucous membranes lining the airways, which over time results in persistent changes in the airways and airway remodeling.

The study did not find that the ratio of FEV1 to FVC declined more rapidly in women who cleaned than in those who did not. The metric is used when diagnosing and monitoring patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. The study did find that asthma was more prevalent in women who cleaned at home (12.3 percent) or at work (13.7 percent) compared to those who did not clean (9.6 percent).

The study also did not find that men who cleaned, either at home or at work, experienced greater decline in FEV1 or FVC than men who did not.

The researchers took into account factors that might have biased the results, including smoking history, body mass index and education.

Study limitations include the fact that the study population included very few women who did not clean at home or work. These women, the authors wrote, might “constitute a selected socioeconomic group.” The number of men who worked as occupational cleaners was also small, and their exposure to cleaning agents was likely different from that of women working as cleaning professionals.

“The take home message of this study is that in the long run cleaning chemicals very likely cause rather substantial damage to your lungs,” Øistein Svanes said. “These chemicals are usually unnecessary; microfiber cloths and water are more than enough for most purposes.”

He added that public health officials should strictly regulate cleaning products and encourage producers to develop cleaning agents that cannot be inhaled.

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  1. Svanes et al. Cleaning at home and at work in relation to lung function decline and airway obstruction. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2018

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How to Wear Scarves to Work

how to wear scarves to workWhat are your best tips on how to wear scarves to work, readers? What are the best styles — the splurgeworthy brands — and the best fabrics and shapes for scarves? How do you like to style your scarves in 2018 for a modern look? Reader D wonders:

Would you please do a piece on scarves? What are the best brands, materials, styles for the executive suite? Silk, cashmere, blend, wool?

Great question, D! We haven’t had a discussion on how to wear silk scarves in a few years, and I can’t wait to hear what readers say. While readers here have wondered if scarves are professional enough for work, Fortune recently(ish) called scarves the new power accessory for executives. Personally, I tend to associate scarves with style over trend because they really depend on the woman and how she wears them.

For my $ .02, these are my best tips on how to wear scarves to work:


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  • First, consider how you’ll use the scarf. If you’re looking for one for warmth it’s probably better to get a silk blend like my beloved Nordstrom tissue scarves (silk/wool will be heaviest, silk/modal will be great for between weather, and silk/linen for summer), whereas a simple silk, polyester or chiffon is best if you’re just looking to add an accent. In general the best scarves seem to be square or rectangular so you can fold them and use them in a more versatile way.
  • how to wear a scarf with a blazerIf you’re looking for status, Hermès is where you start drooling — one of my old bosses had a huge collection of Hermès scarves and loved to wear them long against a blazer and simple t-shirt (as pictured on the right) — it somehow came out one day that she thought tags were itchy so the scarf also served a purpose. (Ooh, I’ve just found Une Femme d’un Certain Âge’s post on overdyed Hermes scarves and now totally want one.)  Among more creative sorts I think the McQueen skull scarf still has a lot of cachet. DvF used to make great scarves with all of her wonderful prints — I have a 100% cashmere one of hers that is super thin (I wear it with lightweight jackets); it looks like the brand only has silk scarves at the moment. If you know what you’re looking for in terms of authenticity you can often find these on eBay and other resale sites, but caveat emptor!
  • Shop vintage. If you’re just looking to play and test scarves with your style and the other things in your wardrobe, keep an eye out for scarves in excellent shape (no loose threads or snags) at vintage stores or your grandmother’s closet. Everyone from mall stores (Ann Taylor, H&M, Uniqlo) to smaller labels like MM LaFleur sell scarves too, so keep an eye out for deals or appealing patterns/colors wherever you usually shop.

I have two additional tips if you’re scarf-shopping for scarves to wear to work:

  • Keep an eye out for a simple black scarf (or another of your base neutral colors). I kept one of these at my office for those days when I got to work and realized, belatedly, that my dress’s neckline was too low for my comfort level. You can either stuff the scarf in your neckline so it looks like a blouse or additional edging for the dress — or you can loop it around your neck like an infinity scarf to cover your dress’s neckline. (If you haven’t seen the classic Youtube video from Wendy’s Lookbook on 25 ways to tie a scarf, you must — lots of great ideas for work, weekend, and your commute.)
  • Get an office pashmina. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: an office pashmina (or wrap, or stole, or ruana) is a really versatile piece to keep in your office, and one way you can use them is to add them to your outfits for warmth either by throwing them over your shoulders or wearing long. They can be a thick for wrapping around your neck, though, so if that’s your preferred way to wear scarves I’d look for silk or chiffon styles instead.

Pictured at very top — interestingly, the bandana style pictured seems to be growing in popularity — what are your thoughts on it for work?

Readers, what are your thoughts on how to wear scarves to work? What are your favorite sizes, brands, fabrics, and styling tricks (bandana, loop, long) for scarves?

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Women Who Clean at Home or Work Face Increased Lung Function Decline

Women Who Clean at Home or Work Face Increased Lung Function Decline

Source: American Thoracic Society Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In “Cleaning at Home and at Work in…

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Where Is Tim Cunningham? Morehouse Grad Missing Since He Left Work

Timothy “Tim” Cunningham left work at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) early on February 12 because he was sick.

Thing is, no one has seen or heard from him since.

Family, friends and now the Atlanta Police Department have been searching far and wide, but have come up empty-handed. Now his friends have started a GoFundMe page; where they have raised $ 20,000 as a reward for any information leading to his safe return.

Cunningham, 35, casually known as Tim, attended Morehouse College with social justice journalist Shaun King. He then went on to continue his education at Harvard, earning two graduate degrees, including a doctorate.

His parents drove all night long from their Maryland home to Atlanta to search for their son.

“It’s not the type of news you want to hear,”  his father, Terrell Cunningham, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. “Your child is missing. Thirty-five years old, but always your child.”

He added, “This is not normal. This is definitely out of the ordinary.”

College mate King also made a plea on social media seeking help in finding his friend.

According to a conversation the elder Cunningham had with NBC News

“Tim had been in communication with us extensively on Sunday [Feb. 11], and I pinpoint Sunday because there were some exchanges via phone as well as text that alerted me to be concerned about our son,” Terrell Cunningham said.

Cunningham’s parents said they became increasingly worried when Tim didn’t return any texts or phone calls. When they had extended family members check on his house in Atlanta, they found it empty. But it was particularly alarming that two windows were open. Tim’s parents say that is unusual for their son.

Moreover, they said they found his phone, wallet, keys, and car undisturbed. His beloved dog Beau also was also there, they added.

“Tim never leaves Beau unattended,” Mr. Cunningham said. “He just doesn’t do it.”

The missing grad’s mother also made a public plea to her son in the event he is able to see the media coverage.

Tim Cunningham is obviously loved and well-respected in hid Atlanta community.

According to friends…

“He has this pristine service record and background, and then he’s also the guy you can call to help you move furniture or get together with you at a restaurant at the end of a long day,” said Calloway, who also knew Cunningham from college and has maintained a close relationship with him over the years.

Readers, please don’t hesitate to jump onboard the search for this man, especially if you live in the Atlanta area. The Atlanta Police Dept is also hoping to hear from you should you have any information about Tim. You can reach them via the Homicide/Adult Missing Persons Unit at (404)546-4235

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The Hunt: The Best Sleeveless Tops, Shells, and Blouses for Work

our favorite sleeveless tops, blouses, and shellsSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have. Wondering how to use wardrobe basics like this? Check out our challenge with four weeks of work outfit ideas!

Sleeveless tops are a basic in every woman’s work wardrobe — but which ones are the best? These are some of the best-selling styles we’ve mentioned in the past, all rounded up in one place — I’d love to hear your favorites that aren’t included here. As I’ve noted in the past, these aren’t necessarily my favorite tops to wear under blazers or other dry-clean-only clothes — call me a weirdo, but I like to have sleeves (even short sleeves) to better separate my body from the clothes that need expensive cleaning. (You may want to check out our post on the best tees for layering if that sounds more like your speed.) That said… a sleeveless top is much better for layering and creating clean lines beneath cardigans and blazers. I like that all of these tops cover the bra strap entirely; they also have pretty high arm holes and relatively high necklines — they’re very different from camisoles we’ve featured in the past. (As we’ve cautioned in the past, know your office — sleeveless looks aren’t always considered professional or conservative enough by themselves; only layered beneath things.)

Readers,  which are your favorite sleeveless tops for work — and how do you wear them? What’s  your preferred price range (most of these are under $ 50!) — and where do you buy your sleeveless tops? 

See our roundup, after the jump…


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sleeveless top for work: a super affordable option in regular, petite and plus sizesReaders recommended this super affordable sleeveless top from Kohls’ a while back, and I’ve been impressed by how many iterations I’ve seen of the same top since it came on my radar: it’s always got a zillion new prints and colors available. Most of the prints aren’t necessarily my taste, but if you see one you like snap it up because they change frequently. The tops are available in regular, petite, and plus sizes for $ 15-$ 35. Dana Buchman Knot Front Top (also try this link)
I remembered that we mentioned this top recently — but looking today I’m surprised to see that we were talking about it as long ago as 2012. The Macy’s description notes that it’s unlined, but if you look at the back of the shirt it does look like the front is double-lined. I knew the shirt came in black and white — I did not realize Macy’s has a zillion other colors (I particularly like this windowpane). The top is available in regular and petite sizes 2-16, as well as plus sizes for $ 25-$ 59.  Calvin Klein Sleeveless Pleated Top
This inverted pleat top from Vince Camuto has been around for a few years and has a great blousy look if you don’t like close-fitting tops. It’s currently available in a ton of colors at Macy’s for $ 32.  Inverted-Pleat Blouse
I always like Anne Klein clothes for work, and this triple pleat neck sleeveless top looks lovely. (We featured it not long ago in a leopard print!) It’s available in sizes XS-XL at Nordstrom for $ 39 (ooh, and Macy’s has additional colors and a sale today for $ 23 — as well as plus sizes). The top is also machine washable.  Triple Pleat V-Neck Jersey Top
This Tahari top is a bit more expensive ($ 68 full price) — but note that the georgette fabric is listed as “dry clean.” (You can see our thoughts about what “dry clean” really means here, though.) It’s available in white and black at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s for $ 68. (This V-necked sleeveless top from Calvin Klein is similarly priced and also getting good reviews.) Pictured:  ‘Edie’ Pleat V-Neck Blouse
silk sleeveless top This silk blouse has long been a best-seller at Saks and Bloomingdale’s — I love the high collar paired with the deep V. It’s available in basic colors for $ 178 in XS-XL. Judith Silk Blouse

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Snack Ideas for Work: Great Snacks for the Shelf, Office Fridge & Freezer

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It’s been ages since we talked about healthy snacks for the office — let’s hear about your favorite snack ideas for work, ladies! During my legal eagle days I spent so much time at the office that snacking was par for the course — I used to keep a banker’s box on my window filled with random snacks (mostly 100-calorie pouches and things like Fruit Gushers). I also splurged on a teeny fridge so I could keep cold water, a Diet Coke, a string cheese or two, and possibly sandwich fixings or yogurt nearby. I tried to avoid the office fridge where possible (things tended to… disappear in there…) but I kept a few things in the freezer on our floor, also. (My office weirdly kept the microwave on another floor entirely so I didn’t keep as much in there as I might have otherwise!) These are some of the best snacks I’d recommend you look into keeping at the office, both to keep your energy up for long-haul days, as well as to keep you from wandering to the local Starbucks (bad for your budget and your waistline)… I’ve never been much for packing a lunch daily, but I would bring several things in at the beginning of each week (yogurt, sliced cheese to add to bagels, etc). How about you, ladies — what are your favorite snacks to bring to work? What do you pack each day, each week — and what do you keep at the office? Do you pack a lunch regularly, or try to cut costs by bringing the “expensive” part of a lunch (e.g., meat, cheese, a more exotic ingredient like artichoke hearts, etc. to add to an affordable plain salad or bagel)? 

Shelf-Stable Snack Ideas for Work

Even if you have access to a fridge, sometimes it’s easiest just to keep a few things in your desk drawer.

  • Peanut butter or powdered peanut butter like PB2 – I’m a fan of the powdered peanut butter for portion/calorie reasons (I add it to greek yogurt, oatmeal, and sometimes just mix it with water to eat with apples) but it’s hard to beat a jar of peanut butter and some crackers in your office for an “I have no time to go get lunch today!” lunch.
  • Yogurt or applesauce pouches like GoGo Squeez – (sure, your toddler loves them, but they’re also a relatively healthy choice for you too — and they’re shelf stable!)
  • Premier Protein or other muscle drinks — these can fill you up for those days where you really “can’t leave your desk” but need to drink something — I like to add a splash to coffee or tea for a teensy midday snack, but once opened do note that you have to refrigerate. Some people on Weight Watchers LOVE to take Premier Protein and add an entire container to a shot or two of espresso for a DIY Frappuccino.
  • Oatmeal – oatmeal packets are the easiest, but I have a friend who keeps a cup of old-fashioned oats in a baggie in her purse and just asks for hot water when she needs a quick snack. I like to add powdered peanut butter to plain oatmeal, maybe with a splash of Premier Protein… you can also add dried or freeze-dried fruit,
  • Jerky – an important note, though: once you open a jerky packet it has to be refrigerated. (This was recent news to me and I’ve been eating jerky as a main snack for a thousand years!) For portion control/no refrigeration requirements I’m a fan of the Pacific Gold packets of beef jerky.
  • Fruit – All uncut fruit is shelf stable in that you don’t HAVE to refrigerate it, and I’m a big fan of grabbing an apple or banana for a quick snack. Both are great to mix into oatmeal, or to eat with a bit of peanut butter. You can also keep prepackaged fruit cups (I just saw some with chia added…)
  • Protein Bars – I just saw that Labdoor proclaimed Quest bars to be the best in terms of nutrition and price; I’ve also been a fan of RX Bars, Good Greens, Luna, KIND bars, and Oh Yeah bars.
  • Tuna or other canned/pouched seafood – They make a lot of flavored tuna pouches now, but I’m a big fan of mixing tuna with wing sauce (also shelf stable) — it’s weird but it’s so good! You can add these to salads or sandwiches, or eat by themselves. A tip: be verrrrry careful if you’re opening a can; you don’t want it to spill on you or (gasp) the office carpet near your desk. Also be wise in finding a place to dispose of the can or pouch.
  • I wouldn’t call them healthy, but there are obviously a ton of portion-controlled snacks to consider, like my 100-calorie pouches, Fruit Gushers, or more. If you prefer to make your own portion-controlled snacks or otherwise want reusable lunch containers, we’ve discussed this a bit at the moms’ site — these snack bags are great for dry snacks, as are these Bento boxes (I tend to fill them with popcorn for my son at school).

Snacks To Keep in the Office Fridge

Whether you’ve got a mini fridge at your desk or you just make good use of the office fridge, there are a lot more snack ideas for work once you can refrigerate. A lot of these can also be brought in with an ice pack for lunch — but then you have to generally eat them that day.

  • Yogurt – I eat a lot of yogurt, what can I say?
  • Cottage cheese
  • Cheese Slices, String Cheese, Babybel Cheese – years ago when I just started and was on a crazy budget, I used to buy a bagel at the deli for $ .50 and add my own cheese or meat from home to make a really cheap sandwich.
  • Hummus (I’ve even seen hummus in single portion containers)…
  • Overnight oats
  • Turkey pepperoni, rotisserie chicken, or other meats — add to salads, eat plain
  • hardboiled eggs (but watch out for the smell factor if you store them in a public fridge)
  • egg frittatas/egg muffins you make at home – I love eggs but just can’t get into these, but if you can they’re great.
  • Salad fixings – If you feel comfortable leaving things in the office fridge for multiple days, this is a great way to save on salads and sandwiches for lunch — you can keep artichoke hearts, olives/pickles/pepperoncini/jalapeños, shredded cheese, salad dressings, and more.

Great Snacks for the Office Freezer

If you have access to a microwave or toaster oven your world opens up substantially — keep bags of broccoli or green beans to bulk up frozen meals, keep frozen meals, bring canned foods that are better heated (green beans, soup, beans). If you DON’T have

  • Vitatops – If you like a carby snack, these are great — portion controlled and full of fiber. (You can also make your own!) They’re frozen, but if you don’t want to use a microwave you can just get some hot tea and put the Vitatop on top to defrost.
  • Frozen fruit, like grapes or bananas – I’m a big fan of freezing bananas once they get too ripe. You can freeze them whole if you’re going to be using them for baking, but for office purposes I’d break it into pieces before freezing. These are great to add to oatmeal for a nice hit of sweetness. Frozen grapes make a great snack by themselves, particularly in summer months.
  • This can be a bit messy, but you can also make smoothies at home, freeze them into ice cube trays, and then bring them in to keep in the office freezer, too…

How about you guys — what are your best snack ideas for work?

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How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Brooks Brothers

Welcome to today’s installment in our ongoing series, How to Build a Work Wardrobe At ___, based around the idea that if you’re ordering from a new-to-you store online, it’s great to be able to consider all the bestsellers/classics/hits at once. Today, we’re looking at how to build a work wardrobe at Brooks Brothers — you can also check out how to build a work wardrobe at Lands’ EndTalbots, and Boden (and eventually view the entire series on how to build a work wardrobe).women's classics to buy at brooks brothers

Brooks Brothers is a bastion of classic, sophisticated dressing, with a bit of a New England, WASPy, academic, preppy vibe, and if you’re looking for a place to get started with workwear, this is a great option if your budget allows. Particularly if you’ve been struggling with trying to dress appropriately and conservatively enough for work, Brooks Brothers is an excellent place to get familiar with — it can be fun in that preppy sort of way, but it’s all appropriate for the office.

We’ll go through a few of Brooks Brothers’ classic pieces below, but you should know that in general they have great clearance sales, and their much more affordable line, Red Fleece, is designed for younger women and is a little more playful and fun in terms of their twinsets, suits, dresses, and more. Another thing to note at the outset is that their accessories section has great brooches, necklaces, and a lot of other good accessories like simple, chic pumps, and handbags (especially check these during BB’s excellent clearance sales).

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We’ve previously mentioned Brooks Brothers’ non-iron dress shirts, which have a great, classic look. They offer fitted, classic-fit, and tailored-fit versions in regular and petite sizes, and you can often find them on sale for 2 for $ 99, or 4 for $ 200. They’re machine washable, too. You should definitely consider these if you’re looking for dress shirts that are easy to care for. Non-Iron Dress Shirts
As you might expect with a place like Brooks Brothers, they have a nice selection of classic twinsets — it’s a key place to go, whether you want to wear the pieces separately or together. You can choose merino, cashmere, silk-cashmere blend, or cotton — and keep in mind that every season brings new colors, including interesting jacquard patterns and other cool things to freshen up your work wardrobe, all with that Brooks Brothers quality, of course.
This shawl collar sweater, which Brooks Brothers has been making for years, comes in a bunch of colors. It makes a great bottom layer underneath a suit, and it has a flattering V-neck that won’t make you worry about revealing any cleavage. The sweater is $ 148 full price, but keep an eye out — it often goes on sale for $ 88, as it is right now in a bunch of colors and sizes. Shawl Collar Sweaters
The cashmere ruana is priced as high as $ 3,000–$ 4,000 for some versions, but you can sometimes — for example, right now — find it on sale for $ 299 or lower. (The wool ruana from Red Fleece is on sale for $ 136.) It’s a great basic to keep in your office if you need another layer on top of a blazer (see our post on nine ways to use an office wrap). I finally got one after recommending them for years, and will note that that it’s more of a jacket than a wrap in that it has a definite collar. I wear mine all the time, even with more casual outfits. Cashmere Ruana
Obviously, Brooks Brothers is known for its suits, and their offerings include timeless classics and “new” classics (as well as some more “fun” options now that Zac Posen is their creative director). If you’re looking for an easy, basic, high-quality suit, do check them out, because they deliver time and time again, particularly with sheath dresses and other pieces with nice details, like work-appropriate hemlines, and sleeves. I definitely recommend Brooks Brothers’ suiting.

Readers, are you devotees of Brooks Brothers, Red Fleece, or some of their other lines (like their belated Black Fleece line with Thom Browne?) What’s your favorite thing that you’ve bought there — and do you have any great sale stories to regale us with?

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Tips for Dealing with Migraines at Work

Migraines at Work: Tips for DealingA migraine striking while you’re hanging out at home is bad enough, but migraines at work are even worse. Not only do you have to deal with debilitating pain and other symptoms, but you have to consider how to handle the situation in a professional way — when all you want to do is go home. Taking a few steps while you’re not in the middle of a migraine can make times like that a little easier. How do you deal with migraines at work? When you have to go home during the workday or call in sick, do you specifically say that you have a migraine? Is your boss usually understanding? 

Psst: We’ve also talked about how to function at work without sleep, how to explain an embarrassing illness (not that migraines should make you embarrassed!), how to handle a client meeting while drugged with cold medicine, and how to handle frequent doctors’ appointments. We’ve also had at least one great reader discussion with advice about migraines.

Here are some tips for how to handle migraines at work:

  1. Consider giving your boss (and your assistant) a heads-up that you may have to occasionally miss work because of migraines. You shouldn’t feel obligated to divulge private medical information, of course. Some people with chronic conditions find it’s better when their boss and coworkers know the details, while others prefer to be vague. But if you’re going to be calling on future mornings to say you can’t come to work, or letting her know that you’re leaving in the middle of the day because you’re feeling horrible, it’s definitely easier (and more pleasant) to provide an explanation while you’re feeling good rather than suffering from severe pain, vertigo, nausea, and so on.
  2. If you have to call in sick with “morning migraine and you decide to give the specific reason for missing work when you call in, tell your supervisor how long you could potentially be out, if you can. If you feel the need, explain that you couldn’t have informed her any earlier, because you felt just fine the day before.
  3. If you think your boss is getting suspicious about the time you’ve missed, either because, like a lot of people, she doesn’t understand the severity of migraines, or thinks you might not be telling the truth (e.g., a boss who has it out for you), Alison of Ask a Manager suggests simply not mentioning migraines anymore. If you feel it’s necessary, make sure (or try to) that your boss knows migraines are a genetic, neurological disorder — not just bad headaches. Don’t offer a doctor’s note unless you’re required to provide one.
  4. If you worry that your absences will affect your job, tell your boss how you’re addressing the time you miss — not to apologize for your condition, of course, but to show that you take your work seriously and want to minimize the hours that you’re out. Explain that you will take precautions to try to prevent migraines (e.g., stay hydrated, limit caffeine — but you don’t have to give specifics if you don’t want to) and point out that your employer can help by making accommodations such as providing an anti-glare screen for your computer monitor, relocating your desk if it’s under direct fluorescent light, or moving your office/cubicle/desk to a quieter area).

Here are a few quick tips from Corporette readers on enduring a migraine at work: (1) take Excedrin Migraine and have a big cup of coffee, (2) turn down the brightness on your computer screen, (3) wear sunglasses while at your computer, and (4) if you can, turn on the lights underneath the bookshelves/cabinets in your cubicle.

If you have migraines, do they cause you to frequently miss work? If so, how do you handle migraines at work with your supervisor and coworkers? How much do you go into detail about your condition, if at all? Have you had a boss who wasn’t understanding about, for example, having to leave work in the middle of the day due to a migraine? 

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What are the best practices for dealing with a migraine at work? How do you stay professional if you have to call out sick at the last minute, go to frequent doctors' appointments, or are distracted during the meetings you DO have to grit your teeth and get through? We rounded up some great tips on how to stay professional if you suffer from migraines -- and how to deal with a migraine at work.

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