Coffee Break: Funnel Neck Wool Blend Coat

No one wants to think about wool coats in July, but there are some great coats in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year. This is one of my favorites — I like the sort of floppy collar, the military influence with the buttons, and the huge patch pockets, which feel kind of chic and are a nice detail on an otherwise simple coat. I also like the price, which is just $109; it’ll go up to $198 after the sale. The coat comes in the pictured moss as well as black and is available in regular and petite sizes (lucky sizes only). Funnel Neck Wool Blend Coat

Here’s a plus-size option (Cinzia Rocca, huge discount).

Do note that we’ve updated the post with our workwear picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — all links have been updated, including what’s sold out, unfortunately.

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Coffee Break: Fabric Steamer

I recently saw a little fabric steamer somewhere — I think it was at Bed Bath & Beyond — and I was going to link to it, but this is the one everyone seems to recommend. So if you’re a steamer devotee, this one from PurSteam would be good to keep at the office or bring with you when you travel — I think it’d be very useful wherever you find yourself in need of a steamer, and it’s affordable, too. PurSteam Fabric Steamer

Psst: Deal alert – Ann Taylor’s semi-annual sale is on, and there are some crazy deals to be had. Any favorites lately, readers?

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Coffee Break: Elvan Leather Tote

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is chugging along, and there are still a lot of great things left, including this really lovely, sort of boxy tote from Vince Camuto. It comes in black and gray, and it has a padded laptop compartment. I love the detail of the pocket on the front and the zipper, and I also like the very wide gusset, which is 6″ deep. The tote is $198, and after the sale it’ll go up to $298. Elvan Leather Tote

Here’s a more affordable tote with some interesting details.

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Coffee Break: Shayla Pointy Toe Pump

Have you guys checked on the shoes in the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet? There are SO MANY CUTE SHOES, both in terms of heels for work, sophisticated flats, weekend booties and more. I’m working on a roundup, but one of my favorites is this Cole Haan heel, which comes in a black leather on black suede, navy leather on navy suede, and black leather on gray flannel fabric. I love the mixed textures, the walkable heel height (3″ is my happy place), and, hey, Cole Haan Grand comfort doesn’t hurt either. The shoes are currently marked to $99 (but will be $150 after the sale ends); tons of sizes are left. Shayla Pointy Toe Pump

Psst: see all of our picks for work from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right here!

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My Magnetic Lashes Review of One Two Cosmetics

magnetic lashes review one two cosmeticsI have NEVER been able to do false eyelashes, and taking the time to go get lash extensions is just not in the cards for me from a time/money perspective. (I am also mascara challenged.) So this is my magnetic lashes review (specifically, One Two Cosmetics’ Magnetic Lashes).

I’m not sure if it’s from the Jenna Marbles video (NSFW) on what your eyelashes mean (she talks about “natural” fake lashes around the 4:40 mark) or this Buzzfeed Ladylike review in general of false eyelashes, but for some reason I keep thinking this is something I need to spend some time on: perfecting my fake eyelash game. The Buzzfeed crew said they had used Esqido lashes (affiliate link), which are around $32 at Amazon, but I balked at spending that much on yet another failed attempt to “learn” eyelashes when it sounded like every single attempt I’d ever made to learn eyelashes. So when I heard about magnetic lashes from One Two Lash, even though they were $60, it made more sense to me — they’re reusable, come with two applications, and there’s no glue involved, which was always where things went wonky for me in the past. (The case comes with 8 lashes, as pictured — two go on each eye, one on top and one on bottom. The other four lashes are spares.) I finally pulled the trigger on magnetic lashes a few weeks ago, and I’m giving them a definite thumbs-up, with some caveats.

This is what my prior attempts at false eyelashes were like: I would do my makeup, then try to apply false eyelashes. Perhaps ONE eye would stick, but the other eye … wouldn’t. I would get glue all over my second eye while I tried to figure how to “match” the first eye. Thirty minutes later, frustrated and annoyed, I would remove my eye makeup, start over, and go out with regular mascara and no fake eyelashes. My experience with magnetic lashes has been a WORLD apart — after playing around with them for about 30 minutes I was consistently getting them on my lashes, and they actually looked good. I’m still perfecting my touch, but some notes:

  • I got the “original” lash, and it’s dramatic — personally I think it would be way too much for a regular workday (although some people are totally addicted on a daily basis). One Two Cosmetics also sells options called “accent” and “bold” — if you’re looking for something to wear every day for work I’d get the “accent ones” to start. (I’m also considering cutting my “original” lashes, but this seems drastic.)
  • I’ve found they’re better if I leave mascara out of the equation, and curl my eyelashes first.
  • I worried about “tiny magnets” — they’re not so terribly small, and I can’t imagine them coming off and my not knowing.
  • They really are reusable — I’ve had them on and off probably a 100 times and they’re very easy to take on and off, and the lashes seem great.

In general, I’m really happy with my purchase. Readers, have you tried One Two Cosmetics or other magnetic lashes? Care to share a magnetic lashes review with us? magnetic lashes review one two cosmetics

If you're dying to try magnetic eyelashes like those from One Two Cosmetics -- but generally fail at fake eyelashes -- this is the magnetic lashes review for you!

 

Coffee Break: Convertible Nubuck Hobo

I like seeing the hobo again — they’re big this year at The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I also like how the strap on this Rebecca Minkoff bag doesn’t feel like it needs to be detached; it’s a nice, interesting piece if it’s there or not, so you can convert it to a crossbody or use it as a regular hobo. It’s $229 but will go up to $345 after the sale ends. Convertible Nubuck Hobo with Embroidered Strap

Here’s a more affordable option.

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