Weekly News Update

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  • Fashionista gives you a guide to shopping for a wedding dress.
  • Racked explains how to successfully dye your hair at home.
  • The New York Times interviews Cindy Whitehead, CEO of The Pink Ceiling.
  • Dice Insights shares advice for women in tech fields on overcoming hiring bias.
  • Speaking of technology, Ryan Avent writes in The Guardian about the future of work, a “workless world” in which robots can do all of our jobs.
  • In The Wall Street Journal, Kat’s friend Nikki Waller writes about how men and women have very different experiences in the workplace.
  • Lifehacker tells you how to deal with frequently being interrupted at work. Also relevant, from PBS NewsHour regarding the debate: “For many women, watching Trump interrupt Clinton 51 times was unnerving but familiar.”
  • NPR looks at how the traditional performance review is evolving.
  • Computerworld has tips on getting through resume scanners and filters in online job application systems.
  • New York magazine’s The Cut collects thoughts on being alone from 25 famous women.
  • Also from The Cut: reasons you may often be feeling tired.
  • For your Laugh of the Week: Here’s a simple solution to stress, from The Onion.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Kinley Knit

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

t-tahari-kinley-vneck-shell-291x225pxHappy Friday! T Tahari has some great prints right now — including this pretty blue and black one.  I’m intrigued by the asymmetrical hemline, and I like the faux wrap effect.  It’s $38-$68 at Amazon. T Tahari Women’s Kinley Knit

Here are a few similar options in plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: Triangle Opal Earrings

teensy-triangle-earrings-wwakeI love my statement jewelry, but sometimes a delicate, understated piece like these teensy opal earrings is just what the doctor ordered. They’re available at Nordstrom for $465. WWAKE Triangle Opal Earrings

For a more affordable option, check out these tear drop opal studs on Etsy. If you like opal, the brand has a ton of similar delicate pieces.

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Do You Boycott Companies Because of Your Beliefs?

Do You Boycott Companies Because of Your Personal Beliefs?Do you ever choose to boycott companies due to their political contributions, religious values, or business practices? When a corporation steps into political or religious debates, it usually makes headlines and often faces significant negative consequences; companies like Ben & Jerry’s are the rare exception. Here are a few examples that led customers to boycott companies taking a stand:

1. In September 2012, the evangelical Christian owners of Hobby Lobby filed a lawsuit contesting the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers pay for emergency contraception. The issue was resolved in June 2014 with a 5-4 Supreme Court decision stating that the ACA violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by requiring “closely held” private corporations to cover certain forms of birth control in their health care plans. Some customers said they’d shop at Hobby Lobby more often; others said they’d boycott the chain.

2. After the Southern Baptist founder of Chick-fil-A donated $5 million (through his WinShape Foundation) to groups that oppose same-sex marriage and support conversion therapy (and made public statements denouncing same-sex marriage in June/July 2012), many customers decided to boycott the chain while others gave it more business. In September 2012, the company announced it would no longer give funds to organizations that promote discrimination.

3. Fashion designer and entrepreneur Ivanka Trump has stayed pretty quiet regarding her father’s presidential campaign (except, of course, for her speech at the Republican National Convention). Partly because of that strategy, and partly because her brand isn’t as high-profile as #1 or #2 above, there hasn’t been much in the news about boycotting her fashion line (although some people boycott companies connected to Donald Trump). Still, several Corporette commenters have mentioned not wanting to buy or wear her products. (Other challenges Ivanka has faced this year include a lawsuit accusing her of copying Aquazzurra’s designs and a recall of her scarves for not meeting flammability standards.)

4. Earlier this year, Lands’ End managed to offend customers on both sides of an issue when their website and catalog featured Gloria Steinem. Because of Steinem’s support for reproductive rights, the retailer received many customer complaints, leading it to apologize and remove Steinem from its website (as well as any mention of donations to the ERA Coalition’s Fund for Women’s Equality). The backtracking simply angered those on the other side. A few days ago, CEO Federica Marchionni, whose decision it was to feature Steinem, left the company after less than two years at the top.

Do you boycott companies that do things you disagree with? Or do you simply not pay attention to news stories like those linked above? What about issues like animal testing, sustainability, or working conditions for employees? Would you cross a picket line as a customer? Do you ever visit websites like OpenSecrets.org or Leaping Bunny, or use apps like Buycott? And: when do you forgive/forget and end your boycott? 

Thursday’s Workwear Report: Bell Sleeve V-Neck Top

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

bell-sleeve-blouseBell sleeves for work: yea or nay? I must admit I like the longer, fingertipbrushing sleeves the best, but if those feel a bit too romantic/boho/hippie for work, these shorter versions are an easier, milder way to do the trend. This pretty top from Pleione is only $64, available in three colors XS-XL, and is hand washable. (They have a similar sweater version with a boat neck for $49, too.) Pictured: Pleione Bell Sleeve V-Neck Top

This plus-size version looks great — love the lace insets.

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Suit of the Week: Ellen Tracy

cobalt-suitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I spied this fun cobalt suiting a few weeks ago at Zappos, and I really like it, albeit possibly as separates more than a suit.  (Readers agree with me — colorful blue suiting separates are often best as separates.) Still, it’s great to have the option to wear it together or apart, and having multiple pieces in the same color scheme helps you build a capsule wardrobe. It doesn’t hurt that all of these pieces are very affordable: the jacket (Ellen Tracy Single Button Jacket) is $139, the dress (Ellen Tracy Color Block Wrap Sheath) is $129, and the pants (Ellen Tracy Signature Trousers) are $89. (Amazon has many of the pieces, as well, so if your size is sold out at Zappos, do check it out.)

Here’s a similar cobalt blazer in plus sizes – this dress may or may not match.

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