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Gift Idea for Him: Office Desk Clip (AND: Big Anthropolgie Sale!)

big-anthropologie-sale-2016-gift-ideasOooh: Anthropologie’s sale section is an extra 40% off — lots of great options if you want to stock up on gifts for friends, family, or, you know, yourself. This pretty little desk accessory is the perfect pop of color near your monitor, and it’s a useful little one at that — you can hold post-it notes, business cards, and other small pieces of paper you don’t want to lose. (Receipts for reimbursement, anyone?) I love malachite (even faux malachite, such as this), but for some reason I associate it with “gifts for him” — I think this would work as a great little gift for anyone in your life who likes color. (If you know someone who loves this color of green, do check out these gorgeous green office accessories too.)  The desk clip was $24, then marked to $12; with the extra 40% off it comes down to $7.99. Nice. Even-Handed Desk Clip

There are also some great workwear pieces in the sale — I particularly love that skirt (almost entirely sold out in the other color, red), and would save it for tomorrow morning’s workwear report if I thought it would last that long!:

Skirt (now $29)/  stripe blazer (now $29) / Bowtie sweater (now $47) / textured blazer (now $49)



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Coffee Break: Metallic Card Case

kate-spade-metallic-card-caseOooh: of course I’m going to love the metallic cobalt card case from Kate Spade — but the whole collection looks fun, especially if you’re the type who a) likes to have a colored wallet/card case so it’s easy to find in your bag, b) you like feminine, girly things, or c) you are trying to find a small gift for a person who meets either a) or b).  (I did try the use-a-card-case-instead-of-a-wallet-in-my-clutch trick the last time I wore a clutch and I really liked it.) Anyhoo: the card case is $50, and comes in a metallic cobalt, hot pink, and a more muted rose gold that isn’t pictured here; the larger wallets go as high as $158; they’re available at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom,. (The confetti one in the picture is the “Grant Lane” collection, also fun.) kate spade new york Rainer Lane Metallic Card Case

Sale Alert: MAC is offering 25% off all orders through 12/4. Wish I’d known that before I ordered the Soar lipliner (one of their bestsellers) during Cyber Monday, but hopefully all the mascara samples I got (the Cyber Monday deal) will make up for that.


Coffee Break: Water Resistant Slipper

ugg-slipper-gift-idea One great gift idea if you’re on the hunt are these water-resistant UGG slippers. Sure, they’re a bit fug — but if you know a woman whose dog needs a quick early morning walk, or who has to take the trash and recycling outside for pickup, these could be a lifesaver. They were originally $95, but in the big Nordstrom sale they come down to $55. The women’s version (pictured) comes in three colors.  (UGG does make men’s slippers, but they’re all still full price, alas.) UGG® Moraene’ Water Resistant Slipper


Coffee Break: ‘Munich Tapisserie Boston’ Leather Tote

mcm-tapisserie-toteI’m not usually a big fan of MCM bags — I find them to be a little too busy for my taste — but this gorgeous, textured black bag is fantastic, and I love the embroidered geometric pattern on the soft calfskin leather. If you’re feeling extra lucky this year, put this one on your holiday wishlist — it’s a bit of a splurge, but it is on sale, from $2500 down to $1674. MCM ‘Munich Tapisserie Boston’ Leather Tote

Update: It looks like the bag has now sold out at Nordstrom, but it’s still available at MCM’s own site, where it’s on sale for $1750.

Here’s a lower-priced option.


Coffee Break: Original Tall Cable Knit Cuff Welly Boot Socks

hunter-boot-socksThe weather is getting colder, which means you’ll soon find yourself dealing with slush and ice as well as cold rainy days. So take a look at these Hunter Welly Boot Socks — they’ve been around for years and are well reviewed, and everyone loves them. I never see them on sale, but Nordstrom actually has them on sale right now — admittedly in some very bright colors, but I think they’re fun. (More colors are here.) The socks come in sizes M and L and they’re currently marked down to $33 from $50. For an even lower-priced option from Hunter, here’s a style that’s on sale at Nordstrom for $19/pair (without the cable-knit cuffs, though). Hunter Original Tall Cable Knit Cuff Welly Boot Socks


Coffee Break: Pointy Toe Pump

prada-pointy-toe-pumpThis looks like a great pump if you’re on the hunt for something with a lower heel — it’s under 2 inches, which is the perfect height if you’re going to be standing for any length of time, like at a networking event, or a presentation or argument, for example. If you want to be comfortable for an extended period on your feet, this is a good height to do it with. I really love the textured leather in both the black and the beige; it’s versatile, and it’s a little interesting without being too “out there.” It’ll be much more weather-friendly than the suedes, as well. The shoe is available at Nordstrom in sizes 4-11 for $620. Pointy Toe Pump

If you’re looking for something similar but more affordable, check out these pumps priced $75-$105 — and they come in four widths, also. Here’s a pricier shoe that still costs less than the one pictured.