Coffee Break: Merona Tote

minkoff mab copycat meronaReader L wrote in to recommend this bag, noting: “I found this awesome work bag at Target… which looks just like the Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB tote you featured a little while back- this one even includes a laptop sleeve. And for only $25 its perfect for anybody looking for a starter work bag or needing a temporary option while saving for a splurge bag (like me).”  Nice work, L — it’s hard to find a stylish laptop tote for under $25, so thank you for sharing!  The bag is $27.99 (down from $34.99), but try code STYLE to save another $5.  (Spend $25 save $5, spend $35 save $10 on handbags and jewelry with code STYLE.) Merona® Solid Tote Handbag – Black 

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Psst: reader L just emailed to let us know that the big Pendleton sale is on if you’re a fan of their seasonless wool blazers and more. All sale styles are an extra 30% off, through Feb. 15 only. (Updated with an actual link to Pendleton instead of a random Nordstrom cardigan.)

Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Cross Drape Jersey Blazer

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

donna karan cross drape blazerWow: I love this kind of blazer.  It’s interesting, flattering, beautiful — but still muted and professional.  Gorgeous.  It was $1425 over at Farfetch, but it’s marked to $712 today (lucky sizes only, alas). Donna Karan Cross Drape Jersey Blazer

Here’s a more affordable option, as well as a similar plus-size version.

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Coffee Break: Orianne Pump

comfortable heel orianneNaturalizer has had the Orianne pump around for a while now, and it’s normally a pretty great deal at $99 or so — but right now on the Naturalizer website, this fun houndstooth version is down to $28. Lovely! (Amazon also has a few sizes and colors as low as $35; if you want to read a bunch of good reviews, do check out the Zappos page.) Naturalizer Orianne Pump

On the hunt for comfortable heels? Check out our recently updated guide!

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Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: Suede Anasta Peplum Jacket

Black Suede Jacket:  The Row Suede Anasta Peplum JacketOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Happy Monday! If you’re looking for elevated basics to splurge on, The Row is hard to beat — their attention to quality, fit, and simplicity is amazing. I love how this chic black suede blazer can work with anything, from crazy prints to muted neutrals. It’s available for pre-order at Barneys for $2,890 (and here are the other options in suede and leather for purchase/pre-order, including grape at Neiman Marcus). The Row Suede Anasta Peplum Jacket

Two lower-priced options are here and here; a plus-size alternative is here.

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Spacedye Flippy Dress

Spacedye Dress: Loft Spacedye Flippy DressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This highly-reviewed, flippy dress is on a killer sale at Loft. I like the sleeves, the non-exposed zipper in the back, and the fact that the whole thing is machine washable. It was $79, but comes down to $26 (40% 0ff!) when you add it to your cart (final sale only, alas). The dress is available in regular, petite, and tall sizes. Loft Spacedye Flippy Dress

Psst: also in this price range is this nice-looking sheath dress — if you really, really like pink.

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Coffee Break: Medium Three-Link Lucite Necklace

Statement Necklace: Alexis Bittar Medium Three-Link Lucite NecklaceOooh: I was perusing the Bittar necklaces at Last Call for my birthday (the one I got is sold out now, alas) and spied this black lucite necklace, which I’ve worn in a lighter color via Rent the Runway. It’s a lightweight, comfortable necklace, but it makes a statement — I think the matte black Lucite would be great for work. It was $295, is marked to $168 today, and code LCLOVE (which takes 35% off ONE item) brings it down to $146. Alexis Bittar Medium Three-Link Lucite Necklace

Psst: these highly-rated Vince heels are 50% off at Nordstrom (in the gray, not the black).

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