Coffee Break: Classic Hardcover 17-Month Agenda

ban do agendaLadies who use paper agendas, which are your favorites? I spent way too much last year on pricey one from Erin Condren, and while it’s really cute and makes me happy when I look at it — it also reminds me every time I look at it that I spent a whopping $80 on a planner. Particularly when you can get just as cute ones for as little as $12, like this fun agenda from BAN.DO. I like the lay-flat design, the pocket on the inside, and yes, FINE, I’ll admit it: I like the stickers too. It’s $12 during the anniversary sale, but will go back up to $20 afterwards. BAN.DO ‘Classic – One Day At A Time’ Hardcover 17-Month Agenda


Coffee Break: Archie Leather Tote

taupe leather tote bagI included this lovely Spencer tote in my classic interview outfit the other day, but this pretty taupe version is calling my name. (The name of the color is “dark mousse frosting” — yes please.) I like the fun interior lining, the multiple interior pockets, the feet, and the pretty envelope-like outside pocket.  It’s on sale right now — it was $428 but is currently marked to $285 (it’ll go back up when the NAS ends). kate spade new york ‘spencer court – archie’ leather tote


Coffee Break: ‘Armory’ Wedges

Nude Wedges: Kate Spade New York 'Armory' WedgesThese nice wedges are bestsellers at Zappos, and it’s easy to see why — a walkable 3″ heel and a number of colors of patent leather. I luuuurve the red one but ultimately decided to feature the beige version because I so rarely see beige wedges with a wrapped wedge instead of wooden or cork. Of course those are fine too, but they do tend to have a more casual look. The shoes are $298 at Zappos. Kate Spade New York ‘Armory’ Wedges

Two lower-priced options are here and here.


Coffee Break: Teardrop Earrings

Work Earrings: Nordstrom Teardrop Earrings I’m not always a fan of drop/dangly earrings for the office, but if you want to do it, this is my preferred type for work: stationary. The earrings aren’t going to move much as you talk and distract from what you’re saying, they aren’t going to jangle as you walk down the hallway, and ultimately they’re pretty sedate. I like. I like the price even more: They’re $19 at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, available in three different colors. Nordstrom Teardrop Earrings


Coffee Break: Stacked Heel Pump

business casual stacked heelWhen we were doing our roundup of basic black pumps for work yesterday, I found this great — but admittedly more casual — stacked heel pump, and it’s too good not to share. I normally hate a wooden heel (or more accurately, a heel that looks like wood), but I kind of love it now.  (It reminds me for some reason of the last time I went to London and all the women were wearing black skinny jeans tucked into dark brown boots.) I’d wear the heels with a casual, breezy shift dress (like this one or this one), and trendy delicate jewelry.  They’re $129 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 4-12. Louise et Cie ‘Jianna’ Stacked Heel Pump

Coffee Break: Nikki 60mm Sunglasses

best sunglasses under $15I have a few pairs of more expensive sunglasses that I adore, but I also like to stock up on less expensive ones to keep in our swim bag or wherever.  The consistent thread through all of my sunglasses: the bigger the better. Pictured: These $12 ones are huge, super affordable, and well-reviewed over at Nordstrom — score!  BP. ‘Nikki’ 60mm Sunglasses

Psst: Along similar but trendier lines, I thought I’d hate these geometric shape ones, but have seen so many similar designer sunglasses at like $500+ that I couldn’t resist ordering them for $11 — and I was really pleasantly surprised when I wore them on a recent date night!