This LinkedIn Advice to Ditch Your Engagement Ring for Job Interviews Is Dumb AF
As if we don’t have enough to worry about when it comes to our careers — such as finding your career calling or making a career change while taking in the awesome advice and ignoring the bad career advice — now we apparently need to stress about whether or not to wear our bling to work. Forget about your hard-earned education, and don’t be silly enough to dwell on your years of experience; supposedly what really affects your job is your engagement ring’s ability to create jealously and fuel warped perceptions. At least that’s what one dude is trying to tell women, with advice that really is just plain dumb AF.
Now, wearing expensive duds or jewelry might give the impression that you might not need money (or that the company might not be able to afford you), and that’s one thing (TBH, that idea already sounds a little iffy to us). But that’s not what Bruce Hurwitz is saying in a recent LinkedIn essay that’s getting a lot of attention, and a lot of heat.
Get ready for some b.s., because as Vogue points out, his advice “to ‘lose the rock’ is not financial advice; on the contrary, it’s social, and decidedly sexist.” Why? Because, according to good ol’ Bruce, “when a man sees that ring, he immediately assumes you are high maintenance.” WTF?
But, wait! He didn’t stop there. “When the woman at the office who has the largest diamond on her finger sees that ring, she will realize that if you are hired she will fall to second place and will, therefore, not like you.” OMG so many eye rolls, it’s actually painful.
There is just so much wrong with this. For starters, it claims that women rank themselves and each other by their jewelry, not to mention that we supposedly hate each other if we perceive ourselves as less, in this case if someone else has a bigger engagement ring. Also, that a man would assume women would care about this dumb AF stuff at all when in reality, we have to deal with workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, unequal pay, lack of affordable daycare… it’s just ridiculous, and none of us need his advice. Seriously, dumb AF.
Final note (are you listening, dudes like Bruce?): STOP TRYING TO PIT WOMEN AGAINST EACH OTHER!
Stay strong, gals, and remember that your Brit + Co #girlsquad is behind you all the way!
Do you feel that you’re in competition with other women at work? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(h/t Vogue; photos via Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)