Choker necklaces are coming back in again. But unlike the ribbons, embroidery, and peace signs I remember from my youth, the newer ones are delicate and interesting. (Less velcro is always a good thing, right?) It can be challenging to find one for work, but this triangle-shaped one from ASOS looks great, either by itself or layered with other, longer necklaces. It’s $40. ASOS Sterling Silver Open Triangle Choker Necklace
My mother was just extolling the virtues of something I got her at Uncommon Goods (these beer sommelier glasses, if you’re interested), so I was perusing the site again recently, and found this fun spice kit. If you’re traveling for business (or working crazy hours), you’re often at the mercy of the hotel kitchen (or Seamless), and eating well can either be boring (scrambled egg whites or plain grilled chicken again?) or, well, complicated. The kit includes Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Cayenne, Onion, Basil, Cinnamon, Oregano, Garlic, Thyme, Curry, Rosemary, Ginger, Dill. Yummm. It’s $26 at Uncommon Goods. Mobile Foodie Survival Kit
We haven’t talked about professional watches for women in far too long — what are your favorites right now? This Deco watch by Michele comes in a million iterations at Nordstrom, all well-reviewed — the silver version pictured (watchface only) is $690; there are more bedazzled versions and larger versions, with prices up to $1,995. I like the fact that you can interchange the straps — of course I’ve pictured the crackly purple strap, but a stainless steel strap or simple black strap might be better for, say, a first day at work, but a purple strap like the one pictured can be a fun way to mix it up. (If you can find it, a strap that is close to a nude-for-you is a very chic look — this pink or perhaps this rose gold looks like the closest I could get.) The silver watchface is $695 at Nordstrom. MICHELE ‘Deco 16′ Diamond Dial Watch Case, 29mm x 31mm
We’ve featured these reader-approved, comfortable, affordable Michael Michael Kors Flex Pumps on the blog before, but I just noticed that they’re newly stocked at Nordstrom, so I thought I’d feature them again. They’re available in five lovely colors (navy, black, beige, luggage, and merlot suede), and the calf leather has a nice texture to it. It’s also nice that the toe is pointed, as is the trend right now. They’re $98, available in sizes 5-11. Michael Michael Kors ‘Flex’ Pump
Here’s a similar shoe that’s available in three widths (in sizes 4-12 in several colors).
This cool little bracelet hides a secret: your Fitbit. It’s part of a growing trend to conceal/jazz up your less-than-attractive plastic Fitbit bracelet, and I like it, particularly for the office. (But: of course you can just wear the regular Fitbit bracelet to work also.) Etsy seller FUNKtional Wearables has a ton of cute styles; I like this metal bracelet for a conservative workplace. It’s $39 on Etsy. FUNKtionalWearables Bangle Fitbit Bracelet
This Johnston & Murphy pump looks great — particularly given that simple brown pumps can be so hard to find. I like the asymmetrical instep, and the classic 3″ heel. They’re available in brown, black, and leopard for $228-$248 at Zappos and Nordstrom. Johnston & Murphy Isabel Pump
Update: Nordstrom has the brown and black for $198.