Coffee Break: ‘Martine’ Studded T-Strap Pump

Ankle Strap Heel: Halogen 'Martine' Studded T-Strap PumpIf you have a hard time finding heels you can walk in easily (guilty as charged), a strap can be a lifesaver — but it can be hard to find one that doesn’t visually cut off your leg at the ankle, making your legs look shorter. So: these highly-rated, affordable heels from Nordstrom look great. The effect will be strongest if the beige is close to your skin tone, but if not, I think they’re flattering shoes regardless. There are several colors to choose from, all 20-40% off — the pictured shoes were $79 but are now $59. Halogen® ‘Martine’ Studded T-Strap Pump

Two options with wide sizes are here and here, and another that offers both wide and narrow sizes is here.


Coffee Break: Magnetic Running Pocket

Running Pouch: RooSport 2.0 Magnetic Running PocketIf you, like me, are always looking for some place to put your stuff when you go to the gym or go for a run, then do consider these RooSport running pouches. The idea is that it adds a pocket to athletic shorts where there is no pocket. I haven’t tried one yet, but I think I’m going to have to pull the trigger — I don’t mind walking or running with my keys and iPhone in my hand, but when I go to the gym I’m constantly losing my stuff as I move from one weights area to another. There are a bunch of different types; they’re all under $30 at Amazon. RooSport 2.0 Magnetic Running Pocket


Coffee Break: Michele ‘Deco II Diamond’ Diamond Dial Watch Case

Work Watch: Michele 'Deco II Diamond' Diamond Dial Watch CaseUm: this is amazing. I know the name of this watch style is “Deco,” but this particular face seems very Art Deco inspired to me (love!) — and of course the color scheme scores points with me as well. Plus some everyday bling with diamonds? Yes please. The watch face is swappable with different bands, making the whole thing a pretty solid investment. This particular watch face is $1,795; there are a few similar options. Michele ‘Deco II Diamond’ Diamond Dial Watch Case

A few lower-priced watches that have faces with colorful designs are here, here, and here, and here, as well as this one by Michele for $795.


Coffee Break: Diamond Double Row Huggie Earrings

White Gold Hoops: KC Designs Diamond Double Row Huggie EarringsThese double-row huggies have been hovering back and forth between available and sold out for the past few weeks — I love the double rowed bling with the comparatively small size. Fun question, for those of you who’ve bought a lot of “fine” jewelry at department stores: Which department store is your favorite for purchasing fine jewelry for value/quality/style? Have you found a good market for reselling such jewelry if you feel like it no longer fits your style, etc.? (As someone who bought a lot of stuff at Macy’s years ago I’m curious and just starting to think about it — the online resale sites like Tradesy and The Real Real seem too high-end for no-name department store fine jewelry, if that makes sense.) KC Designs Diamond Double Row Huggie Earrings

Here’s a lower-priced option.


Coffee Break: ‘Liquid Station’ Desk Organizer

Desk Organizer: Eugene Quitllet Liquid StationCall me a sucker for cool office supplies, but this “liquid station” pen and pencil holder looks beautiful as well as functional. And it’s $43! I think it would make me happy at my desk. Eugene Quitllet ‘Liquid Station’ Desk Organizer


Coffee Break: ‘Varina’ Leather Flat

Stylish Work Flat: Salvatore Ferragamo 'Varina' Leather Flat We’ve mentioned this shoe a lot over the years, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured it by itself in a Coffee Break. Meet the Varina, a long-running (looooong-running) bestseller from Salvatore Ferragamo. At $525 the shoe makes AGLs look downright affordable, but sometimes a girl’s gotta splurge, right? Nordstrom reviewers seem to all note that the shoe runs narrow and if your foot is not narrow you should get the “wide width shoe.” Like other Ferragamo shoes, the comfort is strong with this one. It’s $525 at Nordstrom. Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Varina’ Leather Flat

Two more affordable options are here and here.