Coffee Break: Mini Transport Tote

Top-Zip Black Tote Bag: Madewell Mini Transport Tote Ooh. I tend to dislike crossbody bags personally, as well as large flappy totes, but something about this tote is calling my name — despite it being a smaller, crossbody version of Madewell’s very popular Transport tote (which can be a bit floppy). It feels fresh and new — as well as flattering — and I like the structure that comes with the smaller size. It’s $148, over at Shopbop. Madewell Mini Transport Tote

Here’s a lower-priced similar tote.

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Coffee Break: Michel Bootie

Black Ankle Boot: Born Michel BootieOooh: It may be a bit early for bootie season, but if you’re a fan of Rag & Bone’s hugely popular Harrow bootie, you may want to try these much more affordable, lower-heeled boots from Born. I love that these are only 2” high (as opposed to 3.5” with the Harrow) yet still have the flattering cutout in the front of the boot. The fact that they’re from a brand renowned for its comfort (and that they’re enjoying 14 5-star reviews at Zappos) doesn’t hurt at all. The boots are $135 at Zappos, and also available at Amazon for $99-$218. Born Michel Bootie


Coffee Break: Dia White Sapphire Roni Hoop Earrings

Three-Row Gold Hoop Earrings: Elizabeth and James Dia White Sapphire Roni Hoop EarringsThese small studs seem stately but fresh — I love the circle-square-rectangle pattern and the fact that they’re small sapphires. They’re $55 at Saks Off 5th — and there’s a rhodium-plated version at Nordstrom for $95. Elizabeth and James Dia White Sapphire Roni Hoop Earrings


Coffee Break: ‘Dionysus’ Embellished Square Toe Flat

Decorated Square-Toe Flat: Gucci 'Dionysus' Embellished Square Toe Flat I was all set to write about these loafers today (iconic! bestsellers! vaguely comfortable and jolie-laide-stylish!), when suddenly I got distracted by something else: What was that little tiny flat in the picture? Ah, Nordstrom, your shopping recommendation gets me yet again. LOVE the hardware on here (both because it is “channeling classic Greek mythology” and because it isn’t a logo), and I like the practical square-toe flat. The pretty shade of blue doesn’t hurt either. (They’re also available in black.) They’re $795 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 5-10. Gucci ‘Dionysus’ Embellished Square Toe Flat

A couple more affordable options are here and here.


Coffee Break: ‘Jane’ Bedford Nylon Handbag

Black Nylon Bag with Pockets: MZ Wallace 'Jane' Bedford Nylon HandbagIf you’re looking for a lightweight, durable, stylish nylon handbag, don’t overlook this bestseller from MZ Wallace. I love the red lining and the organization. The bag is $365, available at Nordstrom — they have a number of smaller purses and crossbody styles as well. MZ Wallace ‘Jane’ Bedford Nylon Handbag


Coffee Break: Original’ Hair Tie

Stretchy Hair Ties: Invisibobble Original' Hair Tie I got a set of these recently and wasn’t quite sure what to think — they reminded me of old phone cords, and I liked that they’re supposedly better for your hair. (The company’s line: they “place even pressure around the circumference of your ponytail in order to minimize breakage and crimping.”) But I actually do find myself reaching for them more often than not — they’re comfortable, slightly more interesting than the usual elastic, and so far, pretty indestructible. They’re $7.95 for a set of 3 at Nordstrom, available in 9 colors; you can find similar products at Amazon and beyond. Invisibobble Original’ Hair Tie