Coffee Break: Diane Pump

franco-sarto-diane-heelThese pretty heels from Franco Sarto come in black, taupe, and a nice dark purple — but for some reason I’m feeling this dusty gray the best. They come in a huge range of sizes — 4-13, regular, wide and narrow — and they’re only $109.  I like the walkable 2.25″ heel, and of course readers have always raved about the comfort of Franco Sarto over the years. Franco Sarto Diane

On the hunt? Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels.


Coffee Break: Colorful Double Letter Tray

green-colorful-desk-accessoriesI’ve posted a lot of clear desk accessories lately — but when I saw this colorful desk accessory I couldn’t help myself; I love those saturated colors! I think they’re fun and they’d add a lot of personality to a drab office at work or at home.  There’s only one review, but (sad trombone) it isn’t that great — but if you’re on the hunt for one of these eight saturated colors you just might want to take the chance. The set of two letter trays, a pencil cup, and two smaller trays is $29. Source One Acrylic Deluxe 5 Piece Set Stacked Desk Oragnizer Double Letter Tray, Accessory Tray, Odds & Ends Tray, Pen Cup


Coffee Break: Shaye Rain Boot

ugg-rain-bootsI never quite got into the UGG craze, even though I own a pair of the classic style — I mostly just wear them as slippers around the house on leggings/skinny jean days. Still, I keep hearing great things about the comfortable shoes the brand makes — and if you’re on the hunt for a new rain boot, particularly for cold days, you may want to check out these bright rain boots. I love the removable shearling insoles — they look incredibly comfortable and cozy, especially for those days where you skip the boot socks with your rain boots. (Nordstrom reviewers rave about the insoles, but you can see them best in the Zappos video.) The shoe is $79, comes in seven solid colors and about five patterns, and is winning rave reviews at both Zappos and NordstromUGG® ‘Shaye’ Rain Boot

Psst: our very old poll on what kind of rainboots are best for an office commute.

Coffee Break: Mini Faceted Stud Earrings

rebecca-minkoff-jewelry-saleI mentioned this the other day over at CorporetteMoms — there are a ton of pieces of Rebecca Minkoff jewelry marked way, way down on Amazon — like add-on item low. I’m not quite sure what’s going on with pricing and inventory — the earrings I paid $8 for are back up to $48 — but some items are still marked down, so if you see something you like at a price you like, I’d buy it now.  These simple studs are only $16, in gold at least — the silver ones are back up to $28. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Facetted Stud Earrings


Coffee Break: Gold Lana Monogrammed Oval Signet Ring

gold-signet-ringsI remember reading (I think in Nina Garcia’s The One Hundred) that a woman should always have a signet ring — it was an interesting idea that seemed more fitting if one has, say, a family shield or crest of armor — but it’s stuck with me enough over the years that I like the idea.  This oval signet ring is your typical monogram, “boasting your initials in shining gold.”  Nice. It’s $498 at Neiman Marcus. Sarah Chloe Gold Lana Monogrammed Oval Signet Ring

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, of course Etsy has a zillion roads to go down — if you’re into actually using a signet with sealing wax for mailings, do check out Back to Zero‘s offerings — beautiful.

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Coffee Break: Vintage Shoulder Bag Top-Handle Tote

affordable-leather-bag-on-amazon-225x225pxEvery so often one finds a brand that’s cute, affordable, and extremely well reviewed on Amazon — Jack & Chris seems to be one of them. Their bags are all 100% soft grain cowhide leather, bear no markings, and have a classic look about them. This particular bag has leather feet, a number of interior pockets, and has a removable shoulder strap — and it’s only $89, available with Prime. Nice. This bag only comes in brown, but take a look at the brand’s extensive offerings if you want a black or colorful bag. Jack&Chris® Vintage Women Genuine Leather Shoulder Bag Top-handle Tote, WBDZ023