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Coffee Break: Sasha Hobo

gigi new yorkI still love the bright blue GiGi New York clutch I got as swag at a recentish blogger event (they even put my initials on it!), and I wholeheartedly recommend you take a look at the winter sale they have going on right now through the end of the week. For my clutch at least, the leather is supple and rich, the color is vibrant, and while my date-night clutch doesn’t get a lot of action (waaah) I have no complaints about how it’s holding up. With the pictured bag, while no one is going to mistake it for a Bottega Veneta, I like the similar classy “no logo” vibe — it’s just a great leather bag. And, it’s a killer sale — the pictured bag was $575, but is now marked to $230.  Wine Sasha Hobo

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Coffee Break: Clarison Shoes

I was intrigued to get a press release from new company Clarison, where they have a ton of shoes, bags, and gloves in matching pastel colors — very Jackie O. Just looking at the homepage made me feel more ladylike! Some of their shoes are on sale — these gray ones with a 1.25″ heel look fab for work, particularly if you want SOME heel but not a ton.  They’re normally $250, but they’re on sale for $179. Jackie Heel

Coffee Break: Marley Hobo

Nordstrom is saying that the hobo is the bag trend of the season — and leave it to a brand called Hobo to actually make a great example of one. This bag, along with this Minkoff hobo bag that we’ve featured before, are actually the best reviewed hobos at Nordstrom. I like this red because it has a worn-in look without appearing sloppy — it’s quite nice. It’s $248 at Nordstrom. Amazon has it in eight colors for a price range of $175 to $248, and Zappos has it in nine colors for $248. Hobo Marley Hobo

Update: it’s in the big winter #nsale at Nordstrom, and is marked down to $148 in some colors.


Coffee Break: Whitney Pump

Block pumps are everywhere right now — every single brand has them — and for some reason I was surprised to see that Naturalizer does too. I don’t know why; obviously they have a reasonable height and a nice founded toe line so there’s no reason they shouldn’t be comfortable. This one comes in this lovely blue leather that we’re featuring but also in black and dove gray. Naturalizer offers a generous size range of 4-12 in narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide sizes, so if you’re hard to fit this is a great brand to keep on your radar. Whitney Pump


Coffee Break: Bioelements Travel Kits

I just bought this myself — and what’s more, I was replacing empties, which I never happen to do. I got one of these little kits maybe a year or two ago, and I finally ran out of Sleepwear (described as an “overnight age activist creme for dry to combination skin”). Instead of buying the big size, I decided to get the Travel Light Kit, because for $49 it’s really affordable. If you have dry skin in the winter, I really recommend Sleepwear, and I also like two Bioelements eye products, the Multi-Task Eye Creme and Sleepwear for Eyes. You get free samples as well, so it’s a really good deal in my opinion. We have an upcoming post on the best places to get travel kits like this, so if you want to try things or need travel sizes, you can load up. (We’re researching that now — so, readers, please tell us your favorite places to get travel kits and small sizes of products you really like.) These are available at Amazon as well as at Bioelements for $20-$65. Bioelements Travel Kits

Note: The brand has reached out to us to note that “[M]ost sellers on Amazon are not authorized resellers of our products. We have no relationship with the unauthorized resellers and have no control over the products they sell. Therefore, while unauthorized products may be less expensive than products sold through authorized channels, they may not be safe.”


Coffee Break: Lady Leather Tote

This gawgeous leather tote from Mansur Gavriel is part of the brand’s line of Lady bags, which come in a range of sizes — this is the biggest one. It looks so sleek and cool, whether you use it as a large handbag or a work tote, although at 10″ H x 12″ W x 4.7″ D it’s probably not going to be big enough to fit folders, etc. It seems like the right size for an iPad — and it’s pretty deep. I love the red lining and the little pocket on the inside, and I like that the long strap is detachable if you just want to carry it by the handle. Note that Net-a-Porter has it in leather-trimmed suede in a rust color (“brick”) as well in green leather: Net-a-Porter ($895) and Bergdorf Goodman ($995). MANSUR GAVRIEL Lady Leather Tote

Two more affordable options are here and here.