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Is Work Leisure the New Athleisure? Spanish Brand Oysho Thinks So by Its New Collection

Is Work Leisure the New Athleisure? Spanish Brand Oysho Thinks So by Its New Collection

All Images: Oysho website
The trend of Athleisure has found its replacement. With the return to the office, there has been a surge in lux yet comfy fashion, enter working leisure. Now you might be thinking, “Work and leisure,” can those two really go together? Well, Spanish brand Oysho is here to tell you that they can and show you how to do it.

A New Trend In Womenswear?

Oysho is a Spanish sports and loungewear clothing company. However, it’s introducing a new collection called, “working leisure.” This release consists of breathable fabrics, compression pieces and fashionable trousers that are wrinkle-free or low-iron. Most importantly, the concept is to have pieces that can transition from office to gym or vice versa while resembling flattering, professional attire. Pieces range from smart casual with overshirts to business with blazers.

We Approve

Working leisure is sure to be a hot option now that people are phasing out of sweats but aren’t quite ready to don a suit for work. View the collection, which has some really cool pieces, at Oysho.com.

Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

All images from Noë website
We confess. “That Extra Half Inch” does pay homage to a book by Victoria Beckham that talks all things grooming — fashion, hair, beauty, etc. However, it is such a cheeky title that perfectly describes a common conundrum women face each morning when we open our closets and ask, “Should I wear the high or low heel?” Of course, there are many details one could consider when answering this question but only three things that matter: thickness, height and toe box. (Shoes are from Belgium brand, Noë.)

1) Is the heel thick?

Heels are a balancing act between the balls of the foot and the heel. Usually, to provide more stability and support, a thicker heel is used. This provides a sturdier foundation for the heel and foot as compared to a thin heel which provides less support and can feel wobbly when walking. So, if you are going for a solid footing, keep the thickness of the heel at the forefront.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

2) How many inches are we talking about?

The next major factor to consider is heel height. A low heel between 1-2.75 inches provides a good balance for distributing weight put upon the foot. A heel between 3-4 inches pushes the foot forward and adds more weight to the ball of the foot. And anything above 4 inches will put an extreme amount of weight on the ball of the foot and add stress on the ankle. So, if you are looking to have an easier gait, pay attention to how high the heel is. Now, there’s another detail to think about, the toe box.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

4) Do you want a work shoe or a shoe to elongate your legs?

Before you race out the door, there is one last thing we must mention, purpose. When choosing a shoe, don’t you think about where you will wear it just as much as how you will wear it? We do. If you are looking for a work shoe, think lower to medium heels, more on that here. Do you want to elongate your legs? (Who doesn’t?) Then go for a higher, slimmer heel. Remember these simple tips and you will be able to answer that extra half inch or not question within seconds. Whatever you decide, always feel confident in the shoes you’re in.

Muji Desk Fan: A Must-Have for Keeping Cool Out of the Office

Muji Desk Fan: A Must-Have for Keeping Cool Out of the Office

What do you do on hot days when you can feel the heat but not the air conditioning ? You plug this portable fan into your computer and let it roll. Muji’s USB desk fan is a smart work accessory for any space.

Product Details

  • Model Name: Low Noise USB Desk Fan
  • Brand: Muji
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 4 in x 3.1 in x 5.4 in
  • Weight: ≈ .50 lbs
  • Colors Available: Assortment
  • Other Details: Cord length ≈ 35 inches

Review

Almost weightless, weighs less than half a pound, this mini fan is powered by USB. Made out of thick, coated plastic , it is quite sturdy. The fan’s base is flat allowing it to sit even on surfaces.
Once hooked up, the desk fan has two output settings. The first level of output provides enough relief that there’s rarely a need to turn it higher. If you do, the second level offers a powerful output with further reach. Additionally, the fan’s head tilts to provide additional angles of airflow.
The best thing about this fan is that it makes very little noise. Actually, when operating, the fan is almost silent, emitting only a minimal level of sound, which is ideal for quiet workspaces. Put it this way, your co-worker next to you is probably much, much louder.

Pros

  • Fantastic air quality
  • Very, low-noise output
  • Tilting fan head
  • USB cord, attached to base
Cons
  • None

Why It’s Recommended

This fan is like the little engine that could. And it is small and portable, making it useful beyond work or travel.  It is powerful, emitting enough air to keep you comfortable without actually having air conditioning. So, what are you waiting for, relieve the heat with MUJI’s USB desk fan!

Modern Citizen is Your Go-To for Work and Everyday Neutrals

Modern Citizen is Your Go-To for Work and Everyday Neutrals

Photo: Modern Citizen website
Sometimes we all need a little simple to layer upon the not so simple. Modern Citizen is a brand that explores simplicity through the use of neutrals and minimalism to adapt into fashionable pieces.

About the Company

Modern Citizen is a contemporary, culturally aware brand that works to reflect the diversity of all its clientele — modern women. Founded by two women after hitting it off at brunch, Modern Citizen makes pieces that can harmoniously filter into your lifestyle, work and play included. Additionally, the company offers shoes, jewelry, candles and home décor.

The Collection

Focusing on the main draw, Modern Citizen’s clothing line offers subtle foundation pieces or classic standalones. However, do not take its simplicity to mean plain. Dresses have daringly high slits; tops have peekaboo and flirty backs or ties that wrap for days. Neutral palettes allow for pieces to be truly versatile and paired with anything. The clothing is also created with many body types in mind and features high, medium, and low lengths for your choosing.

Where to Buy

From dresses to home accessories, everything can be purchased through the company’s website. Also, check out the founders’ story for a heartfelt read.

Samsonite’s Executive Bag: Carryall for Those That Travel for the Job

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Samsonite’s Executive Bag: Carryall for Those That Travel for the Job

Images: Samsonite website
Ample space, well organized, and great for wherever your career takes you, Samsonite brings a minimalist approach to a highly tricked out work bag.

Product Details

Review

This bag is constructed out of textured leather with a synthetic inner lining. The textured leather gives sturdiness to the shape of the bag and protects against the appearance of scratches. Both the inner and outer materials are conducive to maintaining the bag. Because the lining is synthetic, it can be wiped using a damp cloth without ruining the interior. And the outer material won’t ruin easily when wet.
The next attribute of this bag is its convertible features. Easily go from handheld to shoulder strap to crossbody with the attachable, adjustable strap. Another handy things is the pass-through sleeve on the back. Luggage handles slip into the sleeve for a no-carry hold which is essential for people who travel often for work.
Lastly, there are plenty of compartments built into the bag. There is a main zip compartment which has a laptop divider, an inner zip pouch, and two additional pockets. Also, there is a front and back snap compartment to fit an iPad and other contents. All in all, it is a highly functional bag.
Changes or Critiques:
Weighing over 2 pounds the bag is more than our recommended weight for a workbag. However, it does not necessarily feel any heavier than other leather bound, sturdily constructed bags. One small change to the bag’s design would be to add another leather option. A hard leather with a glossy finish would be ideal although the textured leather does help with scratches.
Pros
  • Constructed out of good materials
  • Convertible features a plus for ease of use
  • Spacious and organization dividers
Cons
  • Weighs over 2lbs empty

Why It’s Recommended

Samsonite’s Executive Leather Women’s Brief Bag is extremely versatile and has nice features. It’s a medium sized bag. So, if you like bigger bags, then this is ideal for you. If smaller bags are your preference, then it’s still not too big. Basically, it fits the needs of a good, professional work bag or an impeccably stylish travel bag.