Sep 22, 2015 12:00 PM
We know you think you barely have time to gulp down your coffee, let alone eat a healthy breakfast on a weekday morning, but this jar of Liberty Raspberry and Vanilla Bean Jam from Sqirl may give you reason to slow down a little. Sure, a piece of toast slathered in jam isn't as healthy as a spinach-based smoothie, but there's no denying that it's way more delicious. Budget for an extra five minutes, pop a slice of multi-grain into the toaster, and then spread some of this organic, heavenly jam on top. We guarantee you'll head off to work with a smile on your face (and a full belly!).
Sep 21, 2015 3:00 PM
By Christina Broat
For a long time I thought I didn't look good in hats, and then one day I matured into the confident woman I am today and realized, hey, my head is cold! Learn from my years of cold-headed trepidation and cover your noggin as the weather gets cooler. If, like me, you think you're not a "hat person" I recommend trying on several different styles until you find one you like. Also, keep in mind that you are your own harshest critic (this is true beyond the realm of hats, BTW) and bring an encouraging friend if you're feeling nervous.
Sep 21, 2015 12:00 PM
Fringe and tassels are everywhere this season, but if you're not quite sure if you can (or want to!) invest in a showy statement piece, then start small. We recommend this boho-inspired Aurelie Bidermann Cotton Cuff with braided and tasseled fabric covering a thin, gold-plated cuff. Use it to add a splash of color to a bland outfit, or coordinate it with other tasseled accessories for a fun and textured fall look. (We like this great Ecote scarf.)
Sep 18, 2015 3:00 PM
By Christina Broat
Those kids that have been flooding the parks, malls, gyms, and for some of you even your houses are finally back in school. ::Sigh of relief::
Back-to-school is an exciting time for kids and parents, but for us worker bees who didn't really get a summer break, this time of year only feels like a change in season. There's no special shopping spree filled with fresh notebooks, cute magnets for lockers, and a 24 pack of rainbow colored pens. Frankly, September doesn't bring anything for us working stiffs except for textbook-size issues of fashion magazines. However, the fact that we're no longer fourth graders means we can buy whatever we want whenever we want! This year, I'm trying to spruce up my workspace with the same level of enthusiasm I used to have for my school supplies.
Sep 18, 2015 12:00 PM
The start of boot season may have moved pedicures to the back of your mind, but we think you still need to pamper your toes when people won't see them peeking out of sandals and open-toed wedges. Even if you decide to strip them of their polish, you can keep your piggies looking clean and feeling soft with Cowshed's On the Hoof Pedicure Kit. Settle in on a chilly evening and soak your feet in a warm bath. Then reach for the kit -- it includes a buffer file, a foot scrub, a balm, and a pair of super soft socks; everything you need to shower a little TLC on your tired feet.
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Sep 17, 2015 3:00 PMBy Samantha Arroyo
Sep 17, 2015 12:00 PM
We know there's a part of you that wishes you could walk into Sephora once a week and buy all the things. Unfortunately, the more rational (and way less fun) part of you prevails and prevents you from blowing your entire paycheck on beauty products.
Fill in the gaps with a stick of Zoe Organic's Everything Balm. It won't shape your brows or redden your lips, but it will smooth out your rough spots, clear up your skin, soothe sunburn, and protect exposed parts from the elements. That's a pretty decent list for a multi-tasker product, and we like that it won't make you choose between it and your rent payment.
Sep 16, 2015 3:00 PM
By Angela Germano
The eternal stereotype is that all women do is buy and love shoes, which has some truth to it in that women do in fact buy shoes, as many women have feet and do not want to walk on the bare ground. But the idea that all women live in a house of shoes and nothing else (full of shoes, not in a giant shoe like the nursery rhyme says) is nonsense, because there are many types of shoe wardrobes, from the most minimal to the actual house of shoes stereotype.
If you are one of the people who keep a minimal shoe wardrobe, with only the basic shoe needs filled, there are several ways of doing it. You could be the outdoorsy type, with one pair for each of your hobbies, or you could be the busy corporate type, with one type of shoe to match each outfit-style. You could even be the stay at home mother type, who only has shoes to fit her basic needs, and the rest fitting the needs of her children's different activities.
Sep 16, 2015 12:00 PM
Sweater weather. It's finally on its way. Pack up your tanks, store your sandals under the bed, and plan a weekend brunch with the girls so you can debut your new Somi Sweater In Medallion Jacquard. The slim-fit top is fairly lightweight, so if the sun pops out from behind the clouds and decides to heat things up a bit, you won't be regretting your outfit choice.
Keep things casual with a pair of jeans and canvas sneakers or dial up the fashion by wearing the black and white raglan sweater with a (p)leather midi skirt and heeled booties. You can add a burst of color and a contrasting pattern by wrapping your favorite floral or plaid scarf around your neck.
Sep 15, 2015 3:00 PM
By Chantel Delulio
We've all been there. You meet up with a friend for brunch. You compliment your friend on her fetching new frock. But before she can finish her gracious "thanks!" time has slowed. The atoms in the air tingle with possibility. She's slipped her hands into what you originally thought was a pleat. This is no mere pleat. A confusing mix of jealousy and joy sears your heart as she looks at you and proclaims those three fateful words:
"It has pockets!"
Sep 15, 2015 12:00 PM
Who's got a couple hundred bucks to drop on an in-between coat? You know what we mean -- you need something to wear on chilly, fall days but you'll probably reach it for just a few short weeks before turning to something more substantial during the winter weather. We're digging this H&M Quilted Vest for its classic look and small price tag. Because the vest is casual, you may find yourself wanting a second fall coat to wear to work -- totally doable since you spent less than fifty dollars on this one!
Sep 14, 2015 3:00 PM
By Kirsten Clodfelter
Cooler weather is just around the corner, and as you're growing out that scruff, consider beefing up your typical grooming process by adding a little flair to your facial hair and adorning ornaments in your beard this year. This twee-est of twee trends seems to have started with Pierre Thiot's "Will It Beard" Tumblr experiment (Spaghetti noodles? A Mr. Potato Head? Absolutely, why not.) which launched the magnificent flower beard trend that took Pinterest and Instagram by storm last summer.
Sep 14, 2015 12:00 PM
It's mid-September and you're already over pumpkin thanks to a saturated market of pumpkin spice ... well, everything. Do your palate a favor and bake up a few goodies with Williams-Sonoma's Apple Cider Doughnut Mix. There's no pumpkin here -- just the refreshing taste of fall's other staple, apple. Don't skip the glaze once your donuts have cooled (it's included); it has a sweet, complementary vanilla flavor that will have you reaching for a second doughnut. Okay, and then splitting a third with anyone who's willing.
Sep 11, 2015 12:00 PM
With nail art becoming more and more popular, you need lots of options to choose from, and Yves Saint Laurent's new Pop Water Nail Lacquer will have you hooked. We were shocked at how much we loved it; it's not a long-lasting formula per se, or an overly bright and colorful line. Instead, the pink-tinted polishes glide on with a lightly sheer watercolor effect. They're refreshingly understated while still being trendy. We adore our bottle of Rose Splash, but have already gone back to order Fuchsia Rain, too.
Sep 11, 2015 8:17 AM
By Kirsten Clodfelter
Here's the truth: my daily year-round uniform is pretty much just leggings and a tank-top. If it's cold, add a sweater to that little ensemble. Basic B? Whatevs. I like to make getting ready in the mornings as easy as possible. In reality, it's not always appropriate to show up dressed as if I've just left a yoga studio (especially if I didn't, which -- save for exactly three times in my entire life -- is never the case).
Online consignment stores have been a lifesaver whenever I've needed to update my business-caj options ahead of meetings with new clients, anytime I haven't had $100+ to drop on a fancy dress for a friend's wedding, and when I've been desperate to find good deals on seasonal necessities, like a good winter coat. They're also a great way to cull my own closet and get rid of things I never wear anyway (because leggings: see above) in exchange for a little cash or credit toward future finds.
Sound like something you've been looking for all your life?