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Happy Hour: Back to Work Week


J.Crew Clara Dress ($228)

Long sleeve work dresses are tough to find, but this color block dress from J.Crew is perfection.  I love the mix of charcoal and pale blue.  The thing I like most about this dress is that it’s unique enough to be worn its own.

Want a long sleeve color block dress that costs a bit less?  It’s tough to gauge length on a model, but this tan and black Rebecca Minkoff is nice.  This black and white Three Dots dress looks like it would be very slimming.  And if you need something under-$50, this Corey Paige dress is a good choice.

Should you prefer something in a solid, I adore the folded details on this v-neck Ivy & Blu dress. (It’s a gorgeous Rebecca Taylor copy.)  Also, don’t miss this black Isaac Mizrahi dress with a textured fabric.

Plus-size? Try this color block Calvin Klein dress or this v-neck Ralph Lauren sheath.  Petite? The J.Crew dress above also comes in petites.  Tall? This black and white Banana Republic dress is the best thing I found.


For many years, my cocktail of choice was a whiskey sour or a bourbon sour.  The trouble is, most bars just use sour mix instead of fruit juices, which makes for a disgusting cough syrup-like cocktail.  So this recipe for an updated whiskey sour from Food52 was a welcome addition to my recipe box.

Their New York Sour contains all the classic sour components–rye, lemon, simple syrup and a garnish–but this one adds something special, red wine.  So if you love sours, but want to try something new, give this cocktail a try.  It’s perfect for a post-holiday Monday evening.



  1. EK says:

    For those in DC…Founding Farmers makes a terrific New York Sour! I can attest to how delicious they are despite the seemingly incongruous ingredients.

    January 3, 2014/Reply
  2. terri says:

    love the dress and the color combination. Even the shoes the model is wearing makes the whole thing work.

    January 3, 2014/Reply
  3. Pep says:

    I love this dress! If I was at my goal weight (I’m still in the process of losing) I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

    January 4, 2014/Reply
  4. elz says:

    Love this recommendation-the dress looks classy and professional.

    January 4, 2014/Reply