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I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. — Dudley Field Malone

Quality and Style. Can J.Crew find itself and its customers again?

Suit Up. This $90 white suit is perfect for summer workdays.

Lifted. Anita Hill is asking leaders to ‘step up’ in the #metoo era.

Adorned. Are anklets cool?  I like this one.

Loss. The Mistake I Made with My Grieving Friend.

New Hotness.  Meet LeRumi, a new-to-me brand.  Their dotted midi-dress is perfect for a summer wedding.

Expected. Stop lying to job candidates about the role. (For real.)

Flattered. This twist-front tank and Supima cotton tee are wardrobe staples.

Unlinked. How to end a friendship (because it happens).

Heeled. These are the most comfortable wedding shoes I’ve ever found.

Alternative. The difference between ‘being’ and ‘doing.’

“Girls will never be better than boys at sports.”

“Men’s sports are just more exciting to watch.”

I’ve been listening to some variation of that nonsense since I was a kid.  So this article about the U.S. women’s soccer team really resonated with me.

Our women’s team is awash in talent, and the dominant force in U.S. soccer.  And yet, a bunch of glorified bureaucrats will still argue that the women shouldn’t be paid as much as the men.  They have zero evidence to back up this claim, but apparently, the sport just isn’t ready to admit that the men are second fiddle.  I hope they win the Cup and then crush their lawsuit.

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I love a necklace with impact.  A long necklace with a colorful pendant is one of my favorites.  Here are a few choices in a green-blue palette to wear with all of your navy, blue, green, white and yellow summer items.

Corner Office

Freida Rothman Harmony Pendant ($350)

Cubicle Farm

Harry Rocks Opalite Talisman ($127)

Front Desk

Droplet Pendant Necklace ($48)

Isn’t it nice when the best one is the least expensive one?

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Working on campaigns has never been my favorite thing.  The hours are long, the tasks never-ending, and when it’s over there’s either heartbreak or more work to do.  But decisions are made by winners so we press on.

Last week, I was in D.C. for the Bad on Paper podcast’s live show with Grace and Becca.  It was so much fun.  I got to meet Alisha Ramos of Girls’ Night In Club, and chat with some lovely readers who stopped by to say hello.  I also got to see old friends, stay in a great hotel, and feel as much like myself as possible (which is how I always feel in D.C.).

I also went shopping for THE wedding dress to go with the reception dress that my parents’ were kind enough to buy me.  My Dad thinks having two dresses is “confusing,” but when your reception is seven hours after your wedding, I think it makes sense.  I have a formal ceremony dress and a fun party dress, and it’s going to be perfect.

I’ll post more about my dress buying experience next week.  I found a fun place in Georgetown to go shopping.  I also want to talk more about my futile attempts to buy a pre-owned dress online.  (A woman in Australia actually told me that she didn’t know how to mail something to the United States, and that the post office doesn’t handle international postage.  It was the longest message chain of my life explaining that they did, before she ghosted me.  Cool.)

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to this week.

This piece discusses the double-life many mothers lead.  If they have a career, then they go to work and pretend they aren’t moms so that they can seem fully engaged.   If they choose to be a stay-at-home, then they have to constantly justify why they’re not working, as if raising kids isn’t work.

We have such a long way to go to achieve parental parity across the genders, but maybe we could start by not forcing mothers to defend their very chose and decision to everyone they know?

FabFitFun is one of those products that is so heavily promoted on blogs and by C-list celebrities on IG that you don’t know if it’s actually good or just has good PR.  I bought a subscription for Saw it on Social in 2017, and it first, my boxes were ‘meh’ verging on acceptable.   Then, my boxes kept getting better and better, until they were so good, I paid the extra money to personalize my boxes.

So I am now a serious, unsponsored FabFitFun evangelist.

If you’ve been putting off trying to boxes, you can subscribe via my link.  You can also us promo code HEATWAVE for $10 off your first box.  I promise, it’s worth it, especially if you customize, which costs a little more but eliminates disappointment.

Not into subscribing?  The best things in my box this month were these incredibly cute West Elm nesting bowls and this Eyeko liquid liner, which has impeccably smooth application.

Have you visited my Pinterest page?  It’s pretty heavy with new recipes, especially on my Meals and Main Dishes board.

On the menu for tomorrow night is this Grilled Chicken Shawarma.  Kyle will likely add hist to a sandwich, while I will eat mine on top of a salad with hummus and tzatziki from Trader Joe’s.  It’s an easy item to grill up and use in rice bowls, on pita, or on salad.  So everyone gets the meal they want from the same base ingredient.

I’m trying to move off of petroleum based lip products, after many years of using the same lip balm.  So I picked up this Weleda Skin Food Lip Butter, and I love it.  It hydrates, while giving your lips just a hint of shine.  Bonus points for not feeling sticky or tacky once applied.

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Last winter, I finally listened to my friend Theresa and started wearing real pajamas.  It was life changing.  Getting ready for bed is now a soothing, cozy experience.  But, in summer, pajamas can be a little warm.

These Moonlight Short Pajamas ($55) are the summertime equivalent of my favorite winter pajamas.  Also in plus-size.  You can also try the Moonlight Nightshirt.

The cotton on these pajamas is incredibly soft.  They also wear well.  Mine have been washed a shocking number of times and they’re holding up well.

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I’m on the hunt for a pair of weekend sneakers to wear with jersey dresses.  I was initially tantalized by the Gucci Ace sneakers with the charming  little bees on the side.  But I learned my lesson about buying designer pieces long ago: I’m too afraid to wear them.  So let’s finding something else, shall we?

Corner Office

Valentino Backnet Sneakers ($650)

Middle Cubicle

Club Monaco Jowenna Sneaker ($125)

Front Desk

Mango Contrast Applique Sneakers ($50)

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“If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn

Blocked. How safe is sunscreen?

Slide. These $39 Steve Madden sandals (cognac and gold) are a must.

Tardy. A smart strategy for telling your boss you will be late for work.

Dressed. This slate sheath dress and black square neck sheath from Ann Taylor are workplace perfection.

Free-wheeling. Are childless, single women really happier?

Based. Wander Beauty’s primer blurs imperfections for a flawless face.

Shadowed. Advice for women struggling with feelings of failure.

Covered. This short-sleeve maxi from Daily Ritual is made for the plane.

Simmer Down. The hottest coping mechanisms right now.

Fresh. Express’s tortoise earrings and eyelet dress just scream summer.

Frozen. Helpful tips for sending out cold emails with killer subject lines.

Decorated. Can’t wait for my new office art to arrive!

Unclean. The newest trend in fashion is not washing your clothes.

This Vegan Salted Caramel Pudding is a lovely dinner party dessert.  It takes just six ingredients.  These ramekins ($12 for a set of six) come in handy for making them.  They’re also useful for portioning out ice cream and other desserts.

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This week’s morning posts are all about shirts.  Because who among us hasn’t opened our closet and thought, “I have plenty of skirts and pants, but no tops.”  At least no tops that you want to wear.  So let’s refresh together shall we?

This poplin shirt from River Island is so chic.  And at $48, very affordable.

River Island is a sleeper favorite for affordable tops.  This black spot wrap blouse and white Broderie long sleeve top are both worth a look.  The brand also stocks plus-size options and petite choices.

If you’ve never shopped River Island, give it a look.  If only for smoking hot black, chain print sundress — a serious date-night dress if there every was one.

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I’ve been buying art from Minted for years.  Their curated, limited-run prints and photographs created by independent artists are my favorite.  So when it came time to order Save the Date cards for our wedding in September, I was excited to give them a try.

This winter was crazy busy.  So finding the time to design invitations and a suite of paper products for the wedding was not something I could find effort for.  But my father, god bless him (and the rest of us for putting up with him), was getting antsy about sending out Save the Dates.

Minted has thousands of Save the Date cards to choose from.  Many have matching invitations, wedding websites, and custom envelopes.  Because I’m planning to do a custom invitation, I wanted to choose something simple that would match whatever I chose in the future.

These Ampersand Gold Foil Invitations were right up my alley.  Simple, elegant, could match anything.

Retail price was $199 for 75 Save the Dates ($248 for $100).  I added information on the back about the wedding website, and that cost another $29.  The custom-printed stamps cost $136, postage included.  I also got to choose a different envelope design from another suite (but I sent them all out, so the envelope is not pictured.

Minted offers a lot of discounts and promos to lower the cost.  With 25% off, shipping, and tax, the total cost was under-$350.

By far, the best things about ordering from Minted were 1) they pre-print the addresses on the envelopes (praise b!), and 2) I could order the stamps with them.  This saved a lot of time and hassle.

I was very happy with the look and quality of the Save the Dates.  They had good weight on Minted’s signature paper.  The shipping was fast, and they took only 20-minutes to stuff and stamp.  (Those Hill-Intern mail stuffing skills came in really handy!)

While I am still planning to do a custom invitation, I’m working to produce one that will work well with another Minted suite.  The reason?  They have menu cards, place cards, programs, and the like already designed.  Coordinating with an existing product line will save me money and time.

Where did you get your save the dates?  Or what is the best wedding invitation you’ve ever received?  Last month, I got one via text.  It was a graphic sent by blast message, and you clicked ‘yes’ to RSVP.  Convenient, though not quite what I was looking for.

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The v-neck shell is the ideal top to wear under summer cardigans or business suits.  They’re flattering, versatile, and they don’t make me feel like I’m being slowly choked to death by a crewneck.  It’s a good thing.

Corner Office

Theory Classic Silk Top ($285)

*Want a similar Theory top for less? Try Off 5th or Amazon.

Cubicle Farm

J.Crew Better Silk Top ($110)

*ivory and black, also in plus-sizes

Front Desk

Ann Taylor Mixed Media Top ($39)

*sold out in your size?  This Calvin Klein top comes in six colors.

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“I’m outdoorsy in that I like to drink on patios.”

Summer is here, and it’s time for outdoor cocktails.  So let’s bring back Happy Hour!

This Brazilian Limeade is a mocktail, a rare feature on this blog.  But you could always add cachaca (a fermented spirit) or rum if you want to make it boozy.

I love the idea of taking a refreshing drink like Limeade or Lemonade and adding sweetened milk to it to make it creamy and frothy.  If you’re not a condensed milk person, sweetened coconut milk would be a wonderful add.  Such a fun, summery drink, but certainly not one that is low in calories.

I envision filling up a brightly colored glass pitcher, buying some fun straws, and inviting friends over to sit outside on a warm summer day.  This would be a great drink to prepare in large batches for family gatherings, since kids could drink it mocktail’ed and adults could add a shot or two.

I love eyelet.  It’s so summery and breezy and feminine.  I feel like I should be standing on a beach somewhere any time I wear it, toes in the sand, relaxation on my mind.  Perhaps, I will just wear eyelet all summer?

At $108, this Jessie Eyelet dress would make a wonderful addition to my wardrobe.  Plus, the straps are wide enough you could wear a real bra.

For something more affordable, this short sleeve dress from TJ Maxx is fab.  I also like this mini-er-length dress from Express if you’re not a maxi or midi wearer.  If you want color, this tomato red Donna Morgan is all summer, all the time.  Plus-size?  Try this Anthro dress or this under-$80 Lane Bryant.

Just need an eyelet top?  This sleeveless Maeve top and Aqua ruffled top both caught my eye.

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