How Can I Create a Work-Friendly Wardrobe on a Budget?

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I’m starting at a new job soon, and I want to upgrade my wardrobe so it’s more work-appropriate. I’m on a budget for building my wardrobe from scratch, though. How many suits and other pieces of clothing should I own for both casual Fridays and regular work days? » 7/18/13 1:46pm 7/18/13 1:46pm

Snow White Avenges Charlize Theron’s Stalled Career

If it seemed like she'd disappeared for a while, Charlize Theron has stormed back to Hollywood relevance with a hit summer movie — Snow White and the Huntsman, which also stars Kristen Stewart and Chris I-Let-My-Biceps-Act-For-Me Hemsworth, grossed $56.3 million, beating Men in Black...Again ($29.3 million) and The… » 6/03/12 4:00pm 6/03/12 4:00pm

Your Office Break Room Is a Cesspool of Filth

Every morning you cruise into the office, set your bags down at your desk, and then head to the break room/kitchen/communal area. You may think you're there to get coffee and shoot the shit with your coworkers, but it turns out you're basically just there to soak yourself in germs for a few minutes. What a lovely way… » 5/24/12 10:00am 5/24/12 10:00am

What's Changed For Working Women Since 1972? Not As Much As You'd Think.

A lot has changed since the 1970's. Lapels have shrunk. Mustaches have gone from cool to pervy to ironically cool but actually kind of pervy. Disco was murdered to death and then sort of came back to life again. Airport security has gotten almost to third base. And women now, more than ever, are leaving the house to… » 5/05/12 3:30pm 5/05/12 3:30pm

There Are So Many Reasons Not to Buy a Mousepad With Boobs on It [NSFW]

What would you say is the very worst part about this mousepad? The fact that the mouse blocks her lovely animated face? That she's wearing such a flimsy, low-cut tank top in an office? That her "boobs" are actually filled with gel to support your wrist in an ergonomic position while you work, er, surf porn at work?… » 3/29/12 11:15pm 3/29/12 11:15pm

Your Pushy Coworkers Might Be Making You Fat

We've all had those coworkers who bring cookies and candy or their "famous" chili or cheesy dip or whatever into the office and try to force feed it to us, regardless of whether we are hungry or like chili or are lactose intolerant. And then there are those people who constantly feel it's their business to remark on… » 3/15/12 7:00pm 3/15/12 7:00pm

Working Too Much Will Depress the Hell Out of You

Any job can be a downer on a given day, but now a study has shown that when people work very long hours, their jobs can actually make them depressed—like clinically depressed, not just "my boss is annoying" depressed. That's extremely scary news, seeing as so many of us are glued to our desks, slaving away until we… » 1/27/12 11:00am 1/27/12 11:00am

Trick Yourself Into Eating Less Chocolate


So many of us find ourselves sitting at our desks mid-afternoon, a little bit hungry for something sweet and a little bit bored. We put off eating the chocolate we keep in our drawer for a few minutes, telling ourselves we are virtuous and can resist, but then after staring mindlessly at yet another spreadsheet or… » 1/16/12 1:05pm 1/16/12 1:05pm

Cop Gets Sued After Giving a Woman a Ticket, Then Asking Her Out on a…


It was adorable in Bridesmaids when the very charming Officer Nathan Rhodes met Kristin Wiig's character, Annie Walker, while pulling her over for a broken rear light. But things don't always turn out so nicely in real life, as one police officer in Stickney, Illinois, discovered the hard way. » 1/08/12 3:35pm 1/08/12 3:35pm

You Might Soon Be Expected To Work Out At Your Desk


Working all day is hard enough, but now it seems like you might want to start working out while you work. The news that sitting down all day is bad for you isn't new—studies have repeatedly found it can lead to back pain, weak muscles, and increased risk for things like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It's not… » 12/04/11 6:05pm 12/04/11 6:05pm