Coffee Break: Key Chain Card Case

key chain card caseI always like clever little card case/keychains like this, and I think it would be particularly great if you need a key to get around certain places in your office — keep your favorite salad place’s “buy 10 get 1 free” punch card there, along with a few coins and dollars, and you’re good to go. (For those of you with dogs I could see it being great to grab to walk the dog, also!) It’s $10 at Nordstrom, available in three colors. Faux Leather Zip Key Chain Card Case

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Herringbone Wide-Leg Pant

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Wide-leg pants are coming back, and Theory has a great pair in herringbone. I always love a classic pattern like a herringbone tweed, and these look fabulous. I love the wide leg, and the way they’re styled on the Theory website is a great example of mixing neutral monotones and playing with textures in a fun way. (Nordstrom also has them, as well as ShopBop and Saks.) It seems like they’re more of navy close up, but it’s good to note that many people have paired them with black tops, and that’s a good option too. They’re $325 and come in sizes P–L. Herringbone Wide-Leg Pant

Two lower-priced options are from Banana Republic and Boden; a plus-size option is from Talbots.

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Weekend Open Thread

Embroidered Lace Sheath DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Lace dresses like this can sometimes be a bit mumsy/MOBish (mother of the bride), but for some reason I’m loving this Tadashi Shoji number with corded lace overlays. It looks elegant, sophisticated, and (always key) versatile. I’d wear this to an anniversary dinner with my husband as well as to a holiday party or charity kind of thing. It’s available in sizes 2–16 for $268–$398, with a zillion color options and tons of good reviews. Embroidered Lace Sheath Dress

Looking for a more affordable option? Amazon has some lucky sizes from this brand on sale for as low as $85. As far as plus sizes, this City Chic dress, this Tahari dress, or this Karen Kane dress all look gorgeous, and as a brand, Brianna has a lot of options.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Ruffle Cuff Blouse

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This windowpane ruffle-cuff blouse from Who What Wear™  is available in both regular sizes and plus sizes (the regular is more highly rated than the plus for some reason), and it’s always great to find something with a size range of S–4X. So if you’re looking for a very affordable ruffle-cuff blouse, I think this would look really cute under a sweater or blazer. It’s $25-$29 at Target, and besides the windowpane, it comes in three other patterns as well as black. Plus Size Ruffle Cuff Blouse – Who What Wear™

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Coffee Break: Bold Shoulder Bag

Very boxy shoulder bags are very in right now, and I find I like the structured look. The shoulder strap is adjustable, so presumably it’s a lot longer than pictured here — I like the little gold detail on the magnetic top flap, as well as the fun lining for the interior. It’s $588 at ShopBop.  MANU Atelier Bold Shoulder Bag

Looking for something more affordable? This $180 bag is similar, and this Etsy shop looks like they might be able to produce something similar via a custom order, possibly for even under $50. (Psst: which are your favorite Etsy shops and gifts, ladies? It’s a little early to be thinking about holiday gifts, I know, but we’re thinking of doing a roundup of Etsy stores sooner rather than later because sellers book up so early…)

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Colorblocked Sheath Dress

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This may not be for the shrinking violets among us, but I think this purple dress with black details is really lovely — for example, if you wear a lot of dresses and you’re desperate for something a little different from your usual black, gray, or navy. There is a matching jacket, which I would not necessarily recommend — but you do you. I think that for $38 (on sale for $49.99, plus the discount code listed on the page), it’s a good option for a new statement dress. You can wear it with navy or red or black, or with gray — this would look great with a gray blazer on top. It comes in sizes 2–16, but not all sizes are still in stock. Colorblocked Sheath Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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