Coffee Break: Chelsea PT MJ Lo Pump

Cole Haan Chelsea PT MJ Lo PumpBasics can be funny things — to some women, metallic shoes are “basics” because they can wear them with everything — the same way that I would wear, say, a leopard blazer or animal print heels with almost anything in my wardrobe.  (Admittedly, my wardrobe is primarily dark solids, and I would probably wear it on a casual, no-big-meetings kind of day.)  But taste is a huge (and very personal) thing — I’ve always thought metallic shoes look gaudy and gross, and even this tiny touch on this otherwise fabulous 3″ heel (on sale at Zappos, btw) would be too much. For those of you who are a fan of the metallic shoe look, these do seem like a subtle way to integrate them into your office or try the look. Readers, which controversial “classics” or “basics” are the ones that you love the most?  The pumps were $298, but are now $199; lots of sizes left. Cole Haan Chelsea PT MJ Lo Pump

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Psst: Jennine just had an interesting discussion on The Coveted regarding her husband’s hatred (and her love) of leopard prints.

Coffee Break: Btalia Satchel

Steve Madden Btalia SatchelIt isn’t surprising that I like this bag: it’s clearly inspired by the Balenciaga bags that I’ve been drooling over for many moons. I normally don’t like things that are so clearly “inspired by,” but for $65-$88, it’s hard to say that it isn’t a great way to at least “try” the style. I like the fun colors it comes in (Zappos has a ton for $88; Macy’s also has a bunch but on sale for $65). Note that it is a pretty big satchel — 14″ wide at the bottom, 11″ tall, and 4″ deep. Steve Madden Btalia Satchel

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Coffee Break: Pave Gold Diamond X Ring

EF Collection Pave Gold Diamond X RingToday is the final day of the ShopBop Friends & Family sale, where you can take 25% off tons of their curated collection of hip basics.  Although the “editor’s picks” at ShopBop are pretty across-the-board great, I’m a fan in particular of their jewelry department — it all seems cool and lovely and interesting and totally droolworthy. Today, I’m craving this pave gold diamond X ring, which looks substantial but delicate all at the same time.  (And, hey, who doesn’t love a good diamond ring?) The ring was $850, but with code INTHEFAMILY14 it comes down to $637.50. EF Collection Pave Gold Diamond X Ring

(I also love: these nearly sold out diamond huggie earrings, this delicate locket, or this rock and roll version of a pearl ring… just to name a few!)

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Coffee Break: Bedford Tassel Shoulder Bag

Michael Michael Kors Bedford Tassel Shoulder BagOoh, pretty. I’m loving this bright, happy green bag with a nice textured leather. It looks fun, and springy, and if you don’t already own a bag this color, you’ll be shocked at how versatile it is. The bag was $298, but is now marked to $199 at Nordstrom. Michael Michael Kors Bedford Tassel Shoulder Bag

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Coffee Break: Cynthia Avant Heels

Clarks Cynthia Avant HeelsPeep toes, of course, are not appropriate for every office. That said, though: I do like these basic pumps from the Clarks Artisan collection, one of the big reader favorites from our Guide to Comfortable Heels. For once the wood grain heel isn’t annoying me, and I like the very basic colors offered (tan, “nude patent,” and black).  The 2.5″ heel is available in sizes 5-12 in regular/narrow/wide widths for $100.  (6pm has a navy patent, dusty rose, and gray version on sale for $59.) Clarks Cynthia Avant Heels

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Coffee Break: Classic Q Hillier Leather Hobo

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Leather HoboOne of these days I’m going to have to add a Marc by Marc Jacobs bag to my collection because I’m constantly drooling over the Classic Q line. I like this leather hobo in contrasting colors — and for once I like the red version better than the blue (although I love the blue accents on the cream). All of the colors are marked 33% off at Nordstrom: they were $428 but are now $286. Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Leather Hobo

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