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12 Lifesavers Every Gal Should Have At Her Desk

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    First the text comes through — “plans tonight?” — then the wheels in your head start turning. As much as you love a last-minute adventure at the end of a workday, you aren't dressed for the occasion. And chances are your office file cabinet isn't being appropriated as a dresser. But just a pinch of planning can work wonders for moments like these...especially if you know exactly what to put in your emergency kit.

    Easy and adaptable, the 12 transformative items ahead deliver tenfold when it comes to last-minute, after-work plans. Not only will they make a corporate look a bit less formal or your basic jeans and tee party-ready, they're also there for you from 9-to-5. You know, when the board members come in unexpectedly or you find your casual-Friday look is too casual for the client lunch you forgot about.

    Consider the list — inspired by Infiniti's ability to change lanes (fast) — to be like a first-aid kit or the extra $20 bill you keep in your glove compartment. In short, it's the best precaution anyone with an active and impromptu social life can take.


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    The Not-So-Classic Pump
    More exciting than a standard all-black pair, and yet still goes with everything.

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    The Accent Piece
    And it’s even better when the accent is leopard.

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    The No-Makeup, No-Problem Statement Lip
    It’s amazing how one swipe of color can brighten up your whole face. (P.S. if you’re really desperate for an extra zhuzh, dab a little bit onto your cheekbones with your fingers for a makeshift blush.)

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    The Ice-Breaking Jewelry
    A statement piece of jewelry does not have to be super flashy and shiny to get the “This is my going-out look!” sentiment across. Instead, opt for a strong, bold, and conversation-sparking rock, like this one.

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    The Throw-On-&-Go LBD
    Should a wardrobe change be in order for tonight’s last-minute soiree, date, or everyone-in-the-industry-will-be-there work event, there’s nothing as foolproof as a swingy black dress. Layer it with your suede jacket for something more downtown, or pile on the standout jewelry for a sophisticated affair.