Coffee Break: Tate City Tote

Ralph Lauren Tate City ToteI’m loving the textured leather on this Ralph Lauren tote, as well as the saturated colors (I haven’t featured a red bag in a while, but there’s also a lovely cobalt, as well as neutrals like black, gray, luggae, and white). I like the lobster claw closure, the feet on the bottom, and the extremely deep interior — it’s 15″W x 7.5″ deep (!!) x 11″ high. This version is $268, but note that there’s also a Tate Classic Tote for $198 that has a zippered opening, with floppier straps. Ralph Lauren Tate City Tote

Here are a few more affordable options.


Coffee Break: Open-Stock Sharpie Permanent Markers

sharpie permanent markerIf you do a lot of internet shopping like I do, you are well familiar with the places to buy pens and markers in bulk. But finding a single pen or two can be a lot harder and take more time until I happen to be running an errand near a stationery/office supply store, or making a big order of office supplies from to escape their $9.99 shipping fee. So I was THRILLED to find the “open stock” category on Amazon — regular colors like black and red go for as little as $.88, but there are even specialty items such as, say, green Sharpie markers for $4.97. Even that feels a bit expensive to me, honestly, but considering that I don’t have to make a special trip to a store just for a stupid marker, or get sucked into the “fill up your cart with $40 of stuff so you don’t have to pay $10 shipping” trap — and it will be here in two days, yay for Prime — it’s worth it to me. Open-Stock Sharpie Permanent Markers

What are your favorite spots for office supplies for your home office (or pieces with a bit more personality than the office supply closet)? Do you shop online or in person?


Coffee Break: Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote

Furla Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ooh: I love the clean lines of this briefcase-like tote from Furla. I’ve pictured it in pink here, but it’s also available in basic black as well as cream. Love the size (14″W x 10″H x 3″D), the metal feet, and all of the available pockets. The bag was $448, but is now $239.99 at Saks Off Fifth. Furla Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote

Here’s a lower-priced option in pink.

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Coffee Break: ‘Laureen’ Leather Pump

VANELi 'Laureen' Leather Pump | CorporetteThis comfort heel from Nordstrom is highly rated, and I think it looks like a great basic. Zappos has a few more colors, as well. The shoe is $124 and is available in medium, narrow, and wide sizes (and note that 6pm has four other color choices from $61 to $75, as well). VANELi ‘Laureen’ Leather Pump

Psst: On the hunt for other comfortable heels? Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels — or, share some of your favorites with us, below.


Coffee Break: Four-Way Convertible Cardigan

Nic + Zoe Four Way Convertible Cardigan | CorporetteThis is an interesting little sweater that, I think, would be great to keep at the office or take with you on a trip. Not only is it highly rated, but several reviewers talk about buying multiple colors, they like it so much. It comes in regular, petite and plus sizes, in a zillion different colors (some on sale, including the mint, pictured). It apparently has hidden buttons to help you wear it multiple ways — wear it wrapped as a sweater (as shown) for a sleek look by itself, as an open cardigan when you want a lightweight top layer, or as a knotted or twisted shrunken sweater when you want more of a shrug (such as with an empire waist or pretty much any dress). It’s $64-$144 at Nordstrom (most colors $98). Nic + Zoe Four-Way Convertible Cardigan


Coffee Break: Easy tote

Givenchy easy toteI always think of one of my favorite fashion movies, How to Steal a Million, whenever I hear or see anything Givenchy — Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole are planning a big heist to steal a sculpture (“it’s valued at a MILLION DOLLARS!“) and O’Toole decides Hepburn should dress up as a member of the cleaning crew at the museum.  “What does this accomplish?” she asks grumpily.  “Well for one thing,” O’Toole deadpans, “It gives Givenchy the night off.”  Sigh.  It’s a marvelous movie, everyone should see it. (Oooh, and there’s free streaming with Amazon Prime!)  ANYHOO: I’m digging this “easy tote” from Givenchy, new to the sale section at Farfetch — it looks like a great, structured little tote for work; almost a more feminine version of a briefcase. It’s leather and suede, and on sale for $1,151 (was $1,645). Givenchy easy tote

Here are a few more affordable options if you’re on the hunt.