Coffee Break: Medium Three-Link Lucite Necklace

Statement Necklace: Alexis Bittar Medium Three-Link Lucite NecklaceOooh: I was perusing the Bittar necklaces at Last Call for my birthday (the one I got is sold out now, alas) and spied this black lucite necklace, which I’ve worn in a lighter color via Rent the Runway. It’s a lightweight, comfortable necklace, but it makes a statement — I think the matte black Lucite would be great for work. It was $295, is marked to $168 today, and code LCLOVE (which takes 35% off ONE item) brings it down to $146. Alexis Bittar Medium Three-Link Lucite Necklace

Psst: these highly-rated Vince heels are 50% off at Nordstrom (in the gray, not the black).


Coffee Break: Boapoco Snake-Embossed Pumps

Low Snakeskin Heels: Stuart Weitzman Boapoco Snake-Embossed Pumps Oooh: Bloomingdale’s is having a one-day sale on their sale shoes, where code SHOESDAY gets you an additional 25% off almost all styles. I’ve always been a fan of Stuart Weitzman’s Poco pumps, and this textured version (in purple! be still, my heart!) looks fabulous. The shoe was $365, then marked to $182; with code SHOESDAY they come down to $136 — nice. Lucky sizes only (of course), but so it goes. Stuart Weitzman Boapoco Snake-Embossed Pumps

Here are some other options out there right now in these category killers: black and “adobe aniline” for $365-$498 at Amazon, five colors at Zappos that are rightfully labeled “bridal and evening” for $355, and a tortoiseshell, a floral, and a linen, each $365 at Nordstrom.


Coffee Break: Lightphoria Lamp

Seasonal Affective Disorder Lamp: Sphere Gadget Technologies Lightphoria LampI’ve never been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), but I’ve often thought I suffer from it to some degree — every winter the gray skies and grayer slush start to get me down right around now. You could plan a trip to Aruba (which, hey, let’s do that anyway), or you could get this $60 light therapy lamp. It’s Amazon’s bestseller for the category, emits 10,000 Lux (which is twice as much as other lights in this price range), and uses energy-efficient LEDs. It’s $59.99 (formerly $109) at Amazon, with 1,800+ positive reviews. Sphere Gadget Technologies Lightphoria Lamp


Coffee Break: Gailia Flats

Flats for Work: GailiaThese well-reviewed Calvin Klein flats are on sale at Nordstrom: some colors are $68, down from $99. (Oooh, and Amazon has some as low as $38!) I think the pointy toe looks sleek, and of course I am a sucker for a cutout.  Of the sale items I like the pictured navy shoe the best (oddly, the color is listed as “teal leather”), but there are lots of other colors if you’re not a fan. (This matte textured black version is my favorite, but of course it’s full price.)  Gailia Flats

Along similar lines – I don’t remember why I’m on this company’s mailing list, but these new pointy flats from Rothy do look nice.

Ladies, which are your favorite brands and styles of comfortable flats?  I need to update our guide to comfortable heels soon, but I know a lot of readers feel more strongly towards flats. 


Coffee Break: Scarf

Patterned Scarf: Malala Fund X Toms ScarfThe soft, flattering colors of this scarf hide a bigger story: 100% of the net proceeds go to The Malala Fund, to benefit girls’ education. Each scarf has a printed quotation from Malala that reads, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” Pretty! If you like the idea but not the scarf, you can contribute directly to the fund here. The scarf is $48 at TOMS; they estimate that net proceeds of $10-$15 per scarf will to go to the fund. Malala Fund x TOMS Scarf


Coffee Break: ‘Twenties’ Knee High Socks

Fishnet Socks: Wolford 'Twenties' Knee High SocksTrouser socks: yea or nay, ladies? At one point I owned more trouser socks than I could count; now I barely own any. One of my favorite looks when I did wear them, though, was the fishnet trouser sock. It’s more durable than a sheer stocking, but edgier than an opaque trouser sock — and the amount of fishnet that ends up showing is just right for work (i.e., very little). The pictured ones are $30 at Nordstrom, but two more affordable versions are here and here. Pictured: Wolford ‘Twenties’ Knee High Socks