Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 130

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. — Margaret Thatcher

Matured. Why dating in your late 30s is different.

Slouched. Everlane’s Boss Bag shot to the top of my wishlist.

Overworked. On being a workaholic, and how to cope.

Dressed. Universal Standard’s new inclusive suiting line is drop dead gorgeous.  The Mary and Polina dresses are not to be missed.

Flushed. Yes, women poop at work. Get over it.

Cinched. This <$30 tie-front dress is perfect for casual Fridays.

Dated. A calendar of important events in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Chilled. Athleta’s funnel neck sweatshirt and olive joggers would make a great plane outfit.

Snagged. Getting caught in ‘the niceness trap.’

Transformed. This organizer turns your daily-driver tote into a diaper bag.

Called. Behind the phone number for the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

Accessorized. LOFT has these pretty pearl drops and resin-link necklace.

There’s nothing like an update on a classic.  And these Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Farmer’s Daughter are a delicious reboot of the simple chocolate chip cookie.

First, be warned, these cookies are a lot of work.  There’s the mixing, the  freezing, the baking, oh, and the pan-banging.  The name isn’t just a cute moniker, it’s an essential part of the baking process.  Without it, you won’t get the raised, crispy edges.

Second, do not forget to sprinkle them with coarse sea salt.  This is critical.

Make these cookies this week.  Call your girlfriends, put on your comfy pants, and bring the joy that is these cookies into your life.

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  1. Brittany says:

    disagree with that quote hardcore.

    October 1, 2019/Reply
    • nancy M says:

      agree. i had to read it over and over to understand what Thatcher meant. and it just doesn’t translate to 2019.

      October 1, 2019/Reply
      • Belle says:

        I know there’s a deeper discussion here for women needing to promote themselves and how ladylike is an antiquated term; but the quote resonated with me because of all of the men at the top of the political food chain who are so eager to tell us how much power they have these days. Like if you had as much power as you think you do, you wouldn’t have to work so hard to let us know it.

        October 1, 2019/Reply
    • anna says:

      I don’t think it means “being a lady” as in being a woman – more like being classy. If you have to tell someone you’re classy, you probably aren’t.

      October 1, 2019/Reply
  2. Terri Belke says:

    That quote! Oh the British and Margaret Thatcher? Products of a culture and her time. Perhaps we could/have learned something. Still, makes me smile thinking about her saying it.

    October 1, 2019/Reply
  3. Brittany says:

    Those Pan Bang cookies are amazing! My husband still talks about them months later

    October 1, 2019/Reply
  4. Allison says:

    Am I the only woman who has found dating apps to get better as I age? In my 20s it was almost entirely 40-50 year old men looking for someone young enough they could date a couple years and still have a few kids. Even after the apps started putting measures in place to cut down on that it was a big issue. I get more matches, and better ones, in my late 30s.

    October 1, 2019/Reply
    • anna says:

      What apps are you using? I’ve just recently jumped back into the dating game after an 8 year hiatus. I definitely don’t get the creepers that I got back in my OKCupid days, but my matches seem to be pretty random.

      October 1, 2019/Reply
  5. RacheL says:

    I love that boss bag…

    October 1, 2019/Reply
  6. Opal says:

    Chilled: Fabletics Maj II pants have become my go-to flight pants. A sweater or draped neck top and a pair of black flats. Comfy as pajamas, but don’t have that I’m going to the gym look. I’ve worn them to work and people just say, “cool pants, I like the side pocket.”

    October 2, 2019/Reply
  7. lauren says:

    I’m always interested in reading about others trying to date in their mid-to-late thirties, as I’m currently struggling with it myself at 36. I found the article to be incredibly negative. Yet at the end she’s talking about being so happy, yet she has a lot of hostility about this area of life. I understand feeling that way, for sure! But if she’s this negative about trying to date at this age, I’m wondering if some of that is felt by people who might otherwise be interested?

    October 2, 2019/Reply