Coffee Break: Synal Flat

synal-flat-marc-fisherOooh: these little pointed toe flats are bestsellers over at Bloomingdale’s, and it’s easy to see why — I love the bit of gold in the heel, the classic pointed toe style, and the wintry suede (for non-slushy days or office shoes, at least). Bloomingdale’s has them in three colors, Zappos has them in five, and Nordstrom has them in eight colors — all for $140.  Marc Fisher LTD. Synal Pointed Toe Flats

Looking for a more affordable option? These $49 flats are reader favorites.


Coffee Break: Fingerless Gloves

cashmere fingerless glovesThese fingerless gloves are awesome. In the past I’ve had mittens that folded over your fingers (like these Kate Spade ones) and wore them because, while childish, they were very functional for touchscreens and more. These pictured fingerless gloves add a TON more style while sacrificing just a tiny bit of warmth — and you won’t have the top part flapping around.  They’re $49 and available in six colors (several exclusively online at Ann Taylor). Cashmere Fingerless Gloves


Coffee Break: Candace Leather Satchel

kate-spade-cameron-bagI love this bag and would wear it with neutrals (particularly all black, with a red lipstick), but I love when bags and prints give you inspiration for entire outfits.  I mean, everything about the colors is right here — the depth of the purple, the brightness of the red — even the proportions, with about 15% red and 85% dark purple.  The bag itself is $378 at Nordstrom; the red/purple combo is just one of many colors the bag comes in.  kate spade new york ‘cameron street – candace’ leather satchel

(It’s hard to find a good duplicate here, but this clutch has similar colors and is under $50. This $40 red satchel doesn’t have any purple elements but is similar.)


Coffee Break: Upright Sterling Ankle Boot

vionic-bootiesHuh: I’ve heard a lot of great things about VIONIC shoes over the past few years — particularly the boots! — and these may be the boots that get me to pull the trigger. I like the slight sheen to the weather-proof suede, the tassel pull on the zipper, and the 2″ heel. They’re hiiiiiiighly rated over at Zappos, available in three shades, sizes 5-11 in medium and wide. VIONIC Upright Sterling Ankle Boot


Coffee Break: Jet Set Card Holder

saffiano-card-holderI have a few of these kinds of cardholders around, and I must admit — I never use them. So, when I noticed that this one was so highly rated at Nordstrom, I read the comments with curioisty.  It seems like a lot of folks use it for when you just want a credit card or two with you, perhaps with a few bills stuffed in the center compartment — which would definitely solve the “I feel like I may lose the license and credit card I chucked in my clutch because my wallet wouldn’t fit” problem.  As I was looking at it, though, I think I’m going to bring it to my next networking event as well — I’ll keep my cards in first slot, and the cards I receive in the seconds lot.  This particular cardholder looks great — it’s made out of the sturdy saffiano leather that people love so much in the popular Jet Set totes, and it comes in several fun colors, all for $48, available at Nordstrom, Amazon, and Dillards. Nice. MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Jet Set’ Card Holder

Update: Just a reminder that we’re talking about the movie 9 to 5 tomorrow — if you haven’t watched it yet, tonight’s your last chance! It’s available at Amazon for $2.99 (SD).  Here’s a link to Rotten Tomatoes page, where it has an 83% fresh rating, and a link to the very, very odd theatrical trailer, which looks like they made it before they filmed or cast anyone in the movie.


Coffee Break: Mary Pump

purple-block-heel-weitzmanGrandma pumps: yea or nay? They’re everywhere this fall, and if you’re looking for an on-trend quality pair that is also comfortable, Weitzman has long been a favorite of readers for just those reasons.  Besides, you know I love a purple pump. These are available at Zappos and Amazon for $375; they also come in black and taupe suede, as well as a black leather. Stuart Weitzman Mary

These shoes are similar, only $109-$119, come in nine colors — and in several colors are down to lucky sizes!

Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels for other reader favorite brands!