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You the professional: Workplace hair-dos

You the professional: Workplace hair-dos

While I do like to try out different things myself, hair is one of those things that is harder (sometimes my hair just isn't long enough to try out styles I'd like to). So I'm happy to present some great office-appropriate hair-dos from some of my favorite bloggers!

The New Professional gift guide | Graduation edition

The New Professional gift guide | Graduation edition

I took two days off this week for my husband's graduation! Both of our families (parents, siblings, and their families) are converging onto our little college town for a whole weekend of festivities and family time.

Although it's pretty late into graduation season, I figured that since many college graduates are entering the new professional ranks, I'd do a quick gift guide (along the lines of my holiday ones).

Mad, mad world [outfit]

Mad, mad world [outfit]

Gap dress - 2011 - $25 (similar) / Nina Paladin pumps via Ross - 2009 - $16 (similar) / J.Crew outlet belt - 2011 - $5 (similar) / Vintage frame bag via Bows and Arrows - 2010 - $12 (similar) / Necklace via Gottschalks - 2009 - $6 (s

Burst of color [outfit]

Burst of color [outfit]

H&M cardigan - 2009 - $30 (similar) / The Limited top - 2009 - $20 (similar) / Target skirt - 2007 - $6 (similar) / J.Crew belt - 2011 - $10 (similar) / Kate Spade pumps - 2011 - gift (similar) / American Eagle necklace - 2010 - $7 (similar)
Outfit analysis: Red, teal, and pink? This color combination is pretty wild (compared to my usual), but I really, really like it! The belt balances out the full skirt, and the neutral cardigan and metallic heels anchor the colors. I originally picked out the top and skirt, and will probably try them together without the cardigan when it warms up...

Silver Linings giveaway winner

Silver Linings giveaway winner

Wow, ladies...I loved all your feedback on shoe accessories and whatnot to make heels more bearable! I tallied up all the responses and here are the most popular accessories:

Distractions and regressions

Distractions and regressions

LOFT cardigan - 2010 - gift (similar) / A'gaci top - 2011 - $20 (similar) / BR Factory pants - 2009 - $20 (similar) / Enzo Angiolini peep-toes via Nordstrom - 2007 - $70 (similar) / Nordstrom pyramid stud earrings - 2010 - gift card ( Read More

Silver linings [review & giveaway]

Silver linings [review & giveaway]

If you're like me and wear heels most days, you probably don't also wear socks (especially in the summer). Bare feet + closed-toe shoes can make a bad combination, especially in warm weather. Moisture builds, odors reek...yuck, right? So when Jenn Chu, founder and creator of Silver Linings, offered me a chance to review (and giveaway) a pair of Silver Linings, odor and moisture fighting shoe liners made specifically for ladies shoes, I jumped at the chance!

Silver Linings use silver- based technology (get it?) to combat moisture and odor before they start. The ultra-thin liners don't change the fit of your shoe, and as you can see from my pic above, can be used with other arch or heel supports.  I stuck my pair for review in my trusty nude pumps and set to work using them!