Author Archives: Kelsey Ehlert

Should Women Wear Fur To The Office?

Should Women Wear Fur To The Office?

Fur is making a comeback. I’m not talking about the sort of things Richard Burton bought for Elizabeth Taylor, or the coat draped on the naked model in this photo; we are seeing fur accents all over the place, especially fur vests. Is this a look women can actually wear to the office? We decided to talk to some experts.

Fashion blogger Marion Green told The Grindstone, “Can women wear fur to the office? Yes. Should they? Well…it depends,” she said. “If you work in a creative field in a big city then fur is not controversial. When I worked in the event industry, fur was commonplace during the winter months. But if you work in an environment that is not as open to trends/fashion statements, then fur is probably best avoided.” More »

An Expert On Why Apologizing At Work Is So Bad For Your Career

An Expert On Why Apologizing At Work Is So Bad For Your Career

I don’t see a lot of men apologizing for things at work, and yet women tend to utter “I’m sorry” with great frequency. We’re sorry the copy machine jammed and we’re sorry we were five minutes late, and we’re sorry our computer froze.

The thing about apologizing for things you can’t help–things you’re not actually sorry for–is that it positions you in a subservient role in the dialogue, and that’s not exactly empowering. It creates a perception that you’re timid, and can label you as what Joan Williams calls “a dutiful daughter.” More »

Going Back To Work After Cancer: 3 True Stories

Going Back To Work After Cancer: 3 True Stories

Returning to work after cancer is no easy feat. Impossible as it might seem–especially after battling cancer–the day comes when treatment is finished. Facing a job again can be nerve-wracking, stressful, and exhausting.

For some survivors, it’s important to jump right back on the wagon, to prove you’re in control. For others, it might be tempting to postpone work indefinitely. With the long term effects of chemotherapy still being researched, many patients experience what is called ‘chemo brain’ for years afterward. It’s described as a cognitive impairing side effect that makes you feel foggy, and can make completing simple tasks like following a book or quickly recalling information difficult. More »

7 Headlines About Women That Shouldn’t Have Been Headlines In Election 2012

7 Headlines About Women That Shouldn't Have Been Headlines In Election 2012

Maybe I’m just an awkward person, but I frequently have that moment when I run into someone that I’m friendly with, professionally or otherwise, and I don’t know whether I should hug them or shake hands. Usually I stand there a bit too long and the moment passes where I have the opportunity to make that judgement call in a seamless manner, and then I end up waving, or sometimes to ease tension, high-fiving.

I think in general, women are more emotional, touchy-feely people. I feel like I could get a lot of flack for that statement and there are plenty of women who aren’t emotional or touchy-feely. Dully noted. But what I mean is we hug people we work with and we shake hands, too. And it’s not weird or unprofessional. However, the social rules for men greeting one another are so much simpler. More »

The Definition of ‘Having It All’ Changes After We Turn 35

The Definition of 'Having It All' Changes After We Turn 35

The idea of ‘Having it All’ changes as women get older according to Citi and LinkedIn’s first ever Today’s Professional Woman Report, a national survey that pulled from a 520 Professional Women LinkedIn members. Unlike Anne-Marie Slaughter, 96% of the respondents believed that ‘Having it All’ was actually attainable but they said the’ having it all’ package changes as they get older or becomes redefined.

First and foremost, 96% of women surveyed felt that ‘having it all’ is attainable, at least as far as they’ve (re)defined it. What’s interesting is their definition of ‘having it all’ is much different than Anne-Marie Slaughter’s interpretation. More »

Why E-Yelling Is Scarier Than Actual Yelling And What To Do About It

Why E-Yelling Is Scarier Than Actual Yelling And What To Do About It

You don’t have to work for Miranda Priestly to have experienced e-yelling. Yes, it’s a real word, a real thing. It mostly involves receiving an email in all capital letters. This sounds insane, right? Who in 2012 that has ever used the internet before would send a work email in all capital letters? Well, unfortunately it happens.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. WHEN HE DOES GET BACK TO YOU, TELL HIM YOU ARE UNAVAILABLE TO MEET THIS WEEK AND GET ME THE REPORT BY TOMORROW MORNING. MAKE SURE IT’S BOUND. THX.

I understand that sometimes things are urgent. They need to be done a certain way by a certain time. That’s fine. But why would you send someone you work with an email in all capital letters? Why not pick up the phone? Or send the same message in normal-case letters? E-yelling actually causes a message to lose it’s effect, because then the recipient is only focusing on the fact that they’ve just been yelled at. VIA EMAIL. More »

In Less Than 140 Characters, Business Women Are More Adapative Than Men

In Less Than 140 Characters, Business Women Are More Adapative Than Men

No one is shocked by the idea that women are adaptable. In fact, ask any group of females if they think women are adaptable and be prepared to receive a resounding, “duh.”

Hanna Rosin’s recent book The End of Men has us looking at not only at the success of women in our new, post-recession economy, but why they have been more successful than men. And part of female adaptability in the workplace has to do with the increasing usage of technological resources like Twitter chats.

Listen up, ladies: Ignoring the Twitter train will only leave you in the dust. More »

Keija Minor Just Became The First African American Editor-In-Chief In Condé Nast History

Keija Minor Just Became The First African American Editor-In-Chief In Condé Nast History

Keija Minor was just named the editor-in-chief of Brides.com and Bridesmagazine. This makes her the first black EIC in Condé Nast history, a publication company that has been in business for 103 years. Condé Nast has some big name publications under their belt, including Vogue, The New Yorker, and Glamour. Minor has been executive editor of Brides since late last year.

Anne Fulenwider became EIC of Brides just last year, and previously served as executive editor from 2009 to 2011. She is now moving to Marie Claire where she will replace longtime editor-in-chief, Johanna Coles, who is now moving to Cosmo. Sounds a bit like musical chairs, no? More »

6 Career Tips For The Emmy Awards Everyone Can Use

6 Career Tips For The Emmy Awards Everyone Can Use

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards are Sunday night. I can’t wait. I love television and I love celebrities and the combination sends me over the moon. There are so many things to get excited about. Who’s going to dominate the category of Outstanding Comedy Series? Last year, Modern Family had it’s moment, but this year I’m pulling for HBO’s Girls.

And OMG, what about the award for Outstanding Drama Series? Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire, and Homeland are all nominated. I’m getting nervous just thinking about it. More »

10 Ways To Unwind After A Long Day At The Office

10 Ways To Unwind After A Long Day At The Office

As the end of the day approaches, I hope you’re not facing an evening alone with Microsoft Outlook. But even when you do get home, it can be hard to unwind. It’s important to find time at the end of each day to unwind and allow yourself to relax, allow yourself to shut off the voices in your head piping up about emails you still need to send and impending deadlines and those performance reviews you haven’t started yet. I get it.

The truth is you will do all of those things better tomorrow if you take time for yourself tonight. Spend time with family and focus on the present. We all know if we don’t take care of ourselves, stress only increases. And stress causes wrinkles. More »

8 Runway Looks That Will Inspire Your Work Wardrobe

8 Runway Looks That Will Inspire Your Work Wardrobe

Sometimes I look at what the models are wearing on the runway and I wonder where exactly that outfit would fly. Where in normal life, aside from SoHo, would you see these looks by Cynthia Rowley? I mean, are you really going to tease your hair, slick it down in the front, and then go to work? Um, no. But sometimes the runway looks aren’t so far away from what you might wear in real life, although they do seem far away from what you might wear to the office.
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Is SNL’s First ‘Plus-Sized’ Female Cast Member, Aidy Bryant, The Next Kristen Wiig?

Is SNL's First 'Plus-Sized' Female Cast Member, Aidy Bryant, The Next Kristen Wiig?

How do you top Kristen Wiig?  I’m not sure you can. Longtime producer Lorne Michaels called her one of the top four cast members in the show’s entire history.  I was super bummed when she left Saturday Night Live last May, but if Wiig keeps making projects like Bridesmaids, I will definitely survive.  This year SNL also lost Andy Samburg and Chris Elliot’s daughter, Abby Elliot.  As the new season of SNL kicks off tonight, America will be introduced to three new cast members:  Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong. More »

Martha Stewart Was Just Smacked With A Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

Martha Stewart Was Just Smacked With A Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

Martha’s one tough lady. Anyone that can include riding horses, making crafts, and running prison “like a boss” in their hobbies is all right by me. Prison Smrison, right Martha? Although it looks like she has new trouble on the horizon. She’s being sued for selling knock-off knives on the Home Shopping Network. The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid, a trade association that holds the rights to the certified Solingen knife collection, are suing Martha, Emeril Lagasse, and the Home Shopping Network for trademark infringement. The lawsuit was filed this week. So why trademark infringement? Well, allegedly the parties have been selling knives on HSN that they claim are made in Solingen, a region in Germany known for pristine flatware. However, the knives Martha’s been hawking on HSN are actually made in China. More »

MasterChef Winner Christine Ha Is ‘The Best Home Cook In America.’ She’s Also Legally Blind.

MasterChef Winner Christine Ha Is 'The Best Home Cook In America.'  She's Also Legally Blind.

When it comes to reality TV cooking shows, you’ve either seen more than one episode of Cupcake Wars, or you have no idea what I’m talking about. You either appreciate the phrase “visually stunning,” or you think its garbage. I watched Season 3 of Gordon Ramsey’s MasterChef with rapt attention. Obviously you get emotionally attached to contestants, that’s why there’s a market for reality TV. And so I was beyond stoked on Monday night when Christine Ha won the title of ‘Best Home Cook in America.’ She’s an awesome chef who specializes in rustic, Asian cuisine. Her palette is impeccable, and she’s also legally blind. More »