Coffee Break: Bedford Tassel Shoulder Bag

Michael Michael Kors Bedford Tassel Shoulder BagOoh, pretty. I’m loving this bright, happy green bag with a nice textured leather. It looks fun, and springy, and if you don’t already own a bag this color, you’ll be shocked at how versatile it is. The bag was $298, but is now marked to $199 at Nordstrom. Michael Michael Kors Bedford Tassel Shoulder Bag

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Celeste Dress

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Club Monaco Celeste DressI’m a sucker for a good black/navy dress, and this one from Club Monaco is no different. Love the textured weave in the center, as well as the faux leather accents on the shoulder — very cool. It’s $229 at ShopBop. (Do note that ShopBop’s big Friends & Family sale has just kicked off, and you can take 25% off site-wide (with some brand exclusions, of course). Club Monaco Celeste Dress

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Coffee Break: Cynthia Avant Heels

Clarks Cynthia Avant HeelsPeep toes, of course, are not appropriate for every office. That said, though: I do like these basic pumps from the Clarks Artisan collection, one of the big reader favorites from our Guide to Comfortable Heels. For once the wood grain heel isn’t annoying me, and I like the very basic colors offered (tan, “nude patent,” and black).  The 2.5″ heel is available in sizes 5-12 in regular/narrow/wide widths for $100.  (6pm has a navy patent, dusty rose, and gray version on sale for $59.) Clarks Cynthia Avant Heels

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The Hunt: Black Bags

The Hunt: Basic Black Shoulder Bags & Satchels | CorporetteSure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

I love a tote bag as much as the next person — but for some reason, I associate smaller bags with spring and summer.  Here in NYC it means longer days, dining and drinking with friends outside, and long walks to and from work.  It also means lighter commuting shoes (ahem, flip flops usually), and less need for shoving STUFF in your bag (scarves, hats, etc).  I think a black satchel or shoulder bag is something every woman should have — some of the classics that we’ve rounded up in previous Hunts are still available, such as the Kate Spade Cobble Hill, or the Rebecca Minkoff Cupid, or the LV Pont-Neuf (rounded up in 2013)… or the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Lil Ukita (rounded up in 2012; there are a TON of the “Classic Q” bags that one should consider here).  Readers, what is your must-have basic color for a bag?  Have you bought any great shoulder bags or satchels lately (or, do you wear any classics that are still available)? 

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Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Giraffe Print Dress

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Escada Giraffe Print DressI always think of giraffe prints as being much tighter than this — so I love the abstract, ultra-closeup view on this chic Escada dress. I’d wear it with black (as styled here) and maybe also pastels, like a pale pink blazer or a cornflower blue cardigan. It’s (gulp) $995 at Bloomingdale’s. Escada Giraffe Print Dress

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Weekend Open Thread

Catherine Catherine Malandrino Fallon Sheath DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

When I was getting married, I wanted to start a blog that only featured white clothing, because for once I wanted everything to be white (ok, fine, or cream or sand or so forth) for wear to the rehearsal dinner, on the honeymoon, during the wedding weekend, etc, etc. I’ve never quite gotten around to starting that blog, but I think this dress is a gorgeous rehearsal dinner dress, or even a low-key City Hall wedding kind of dress. If you are UNLIKE me and will wear a white dress even if it’s not wedding-related — kudos to you! — then this is also a gorgeous dress. It was $158, but is now marked to $76 at Last Call (where they have a ton of cute Catherine Catherine Malandrino stuff on deep discount). Catherine Catherine Malandrino Fallon Sheath Dress

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