Coffee Break: Avenue Tote

Sometimes you just want a lightweight but durable tote, and this Baggallini tote is a good option. It’s nothing overly fancy, but it’s made from nylon and super lightweight, plus it has a zip closure on the front, which is an immediate improvement over half the tote bags out there. It has inside pockets as well, and you can carry it either by its shoulder strap or with the detachable crossbody strap for when you’re traveling or just lugging a lot of other stuff. I think it just looks like a nice bag, and it comes in red, black, and two beige-y colors at Zappos and in a ton of colors at Amazon for $68. Baggallini Avenue Tote

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Coffee Break: Tower Book End

This desk accessory looks great if you’re the kind of person who can never find a pen and who’s always looking for your glasses (or reading glasses or sunglasses), and so on. If this sounds like you, you may want to get a bookend with built-in storage. This cute one from Yamazaki Home is a great way to make use of a small space like a desk or a bookshelf and help contain clutter. It comes in white and black. The brand has a lot of interesting things in general — definitely check it out. The bookend is $20 at Amazon. Yamakazi Home Tower Book End

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Coffee Break: Alix Tote Bag

alix tote tom ford I’m happy to see that the huge, oversized leather hobo/tote is coming back in style, and this Tom Ford is an excellent example. (Maybe it’s me, but in terms of definitions I think this one looks more like a hobo than a N/S tote — but they call it a tote, so who knows.) I like the pebbled leather, and the olive color here is an unusual color that will play nicely with neutrals like black, navy, white, brown, and even gray. The bag is $1,990. Alix large textured-leather tote

On the slightly more affordable side, I think the AllSaints Kita convertible bag looks similar, but again, maybe that’s me. This $53 bag also has a similar vibe.

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Coffee Break: Scheila Pumps

nine west scheila pumpsBlock heels often get a bad rap as being grandma heels, and I’ll be honest: I can see it a lot of the time! These heels look like they walk the perfect line between being sleek and yet also on trend, though — and they come in SO many different color options if you like the shape you’re almost certain to find a color you like as well. Oh, and bonus: they’re affordable. They’re $20-$89 in a zillion different colors, prints and sizes at various sites, including Amazon, Lord & Taylor, Nine West, Zappos, DSW, Nordstrom, and more. (Pictured: Amazon.) Nine West Scheila Pump

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Coffee Break: Closet Organizer and Shirt Folder

If you’re organizing your closet, either as a part of New Year’s resolution or perhaps because you’ve got the day off today, this closet organizer and shirt folder came to my attention a while ago. It looks really interesting if you’re the kind of person who really, really wants to have organized shirts. (Here’s how it works.) It’s Amazon’s bestseller in its “Shelf Liners & Dividers” category, and it’s $21.99 EZSTAX Closet Organizer and Shirt Folder

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Coffee Break: Large Origami Knot Top Handle Bag

We haven’t featured a Nancy Gonzalez bag on the blog in a long time — and this origami-knot, top-handle bag looks really lovely, classic, and very 1950s businesswoman. (It kind of reminds me of the 360 Review post we did on the Mad Men character Rachel Menken.) Even though I’m not really a brown-bag kind of girl, I really love the brown here. The bag has a removable wide shoulder strap, a magnetic closure at the top, and a suede lining. It’s $4,500 at Neiman Marcus. (They also have the medium shoulder bag and small crossbody.) Large Origami Knot Top Handle Bag

Well, that’s a tough act to follow, but here’s a more affordable (smaller) option.

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