Coffee Break: Brahmin ‘Manning – Louise’ Satchel

iconiconReader J writes in to suggest this fabulous bag, noting “Saw this bag while checking out Nordstrom’s anniversary sale this morning and thought I would share. I think it’s a great work bag– the red is an eye-catcher, and the black is classic.” Love! A friend of ours owns a few Brahmin bags, and we can vouch for the quality — they’ve held up really well for her. They seem to be sold out of black at the moment, but we really like the yellow — it’s a great, sunny pop of color for either spring or fall. Currently $216, it’ll be $325 after the sale.  Brahmin ‘Manning – Louise’ Satchel

Vegan, Non-Leather Shoes and Bags for the Professional Woman

Beyond Skin Women's Franklin PumpReader E writes in with a question about non-leather accessories…

My husband and I have decided to go vegetarian for ethical reasons. Although transitioning our diets hasn’t been that difficult, I’m having a hard time figuring out a way to replace leather, especially for shoes and purses. Most of the eco-friendly companies I’ve found just don’t look professional. Any suggestions?

Judging by the comments when we last posted a vegan shoe (also, ahem, the day we forgot it was Earth Day), you are not alone in wanting to non-leather accessories.  Moo Shoes in NYC is the big store we can think of (they “proudly offer the largest variety of vegan shoes and accessories in the world”); VeganChic and the UK-based Neon Collective also sell a wide range of shoes from designers.  We’ve also heard good things about the brands Neuaura, Beyond Skin, olsenHaus, and Charmone(We like the Beyond Skin Women’s Franklin Pump, pictured, available at Endless.com for $215.) You may also want to check out blog Ecouterre, which is “devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design.”

Readers, which vegan accessory lines are your favorites?

Incidentally — here’s a nice blog post we found while browsing — the author goes over some of damage that leather shoes can do to the environment, for those of you who are curious.

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Kat’s “Made For” Moment + $250 Giftcard Giveaway!

Kat - Behind The Scenes: American Living for JCPenney Video ShootEeeek! I had not seen this until this very morning — we filmed it a few weeks ago, super early one Saturday morning — the sun was shining, skies were blue, it was a comfortable temperature — oh so long ago! Many thanks to the talented director Yuli Ziv of Style Coalition, to Tara Drake for make-up and Jen Paelmo for hair, and to Jennine Jacob of The Coveted for photos!  (Photo credit:  Jennine Jacob.)

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Three Quarter Sleeve Marilyn Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

We’re loving this simple blue dress from Evan Picone, available at Macy’s.  Love the longer sleeves, the crossover neckline, the A-line skirt — and that royal blue color!  The dress is $99, with an extra 15% off in the ongoing sale.  It’s available in blue (pictured), purple, and black.  Evan Picone Dress, Three Quarter Sleeve Marilyn


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Suit of the Week

Nanette Lepore 'Spy On Me' Cap-Sleeve Jacket & 'Top Secret' Pencil SkirticonFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

We’re not normally a fan of the short-sleeved jacket, but we like here with this Nanette Lepore suit. The jacket is shapely, with puffed sleeves and a nipped in waist, and the vertical lines on the skirt are slimming. We like the unusual color, also — it would make a great late-summer, early-fall suit. (If it ever gets cold again, we’d wear it with a tissue-thin long-sleeved tee beneath the jacket, either scoopnecked or turtlenecked.) Both pieces are part of the Nordstrom anniversary sale going on right now — the jacket (Nanette Lepore ‘Spy On Me’ Cap-Sleeve Jacket) was $428, but is currently marked $284.90; the skirt (Nanette Lepore ‘Top Secret’ Pencil Skirt) was $278, but is currently marked to $185.90.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Pleated Ponte Knit Sheath Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Nordstrom has a ton of cute dresses in the $80ish range during its anniversary sale.  Today we’re liking this ponte knit sheath dress from Adrianna Papell.  The scooped neckline is flattering, while the pleats from the empire waist strikes us as new — it almost seems like a modern rendition of a Joan dress on Mad Men.  Love.  It’s available in “chianti” (pictured) as well as a deep “arctic” blue.  Was $118, currently marked to $78.90.   Adrianna Papell Pleated Ponte Knit Sheath Dress


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