Coffee Break: ‘Desiree Unzipped’ Pump

Charlotte Olympia 'Desiree Unzipped' Pump | CorporetteThis brand Charlotte Olympia is new to me, but I noticed it a few weeks ago while looking through Nordstrom’s site (and now it’s part of the designer shoe sale going on). All of the shoes seem to have a bit of wit to them, in the best way — sophisticated, and in some cases barely noticeable. (These flats are, well, noticeable, but kind of hilarious, no?) I like the traditional color scheme (beige and black), the tassel detail… and then the amusing unzipped look. The 3″ heels are marked down: they were $895, but are now marked to $537. Charlotte Olympia ‘Desiree Unzipped’ Pump

Here are a couple of lower-priced alternatives.

Coffee Break: Braided Handle Tote Bag

Tumbled Leather Braided Handle Tote Bag I haven’t seen as interesting a bag as this — for as cheap as this — for a long while, so I had to post.  I love those folds in the leather, the shaped opening, and even the braided handles. It’s a faux-leather (PVC) tote bag with silvertone hardware, and at 13″H x 17″W x 5″D, more than big enough. (Also note: if you’re hunting for a great gift for a vegan friend, this may be your ticket.) The bag was $110, then was marked to $75, but with today’s sale, comes down to $45. Tumbled Leather Braided Handle Tote Bag

Coffee Break: Le Pliage Neo Tote

Longchamp Le Pliage Neo ToteMaybe it is news to no one but me, but I haven’t seen the colored Longchamp bags with matching leather straps. (Last I remember noticing they still had brown straps widely available online.) I much prefer the more streamlined look, and I think the purple is a lovely, versatile color (but of course I do).  The pictured bag is $180 at Nordstrom. Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Tote

Coffee Break: Small Pavé Huggie Hoop Earrings

Nadri Small Pave Huggie HoopsI always love my huggie earrings, and these look like a great, affordable option thanks to the small pavé crystals (instead of diamonds).  As always, I find huggies super comfortable for long phone conversations, unlike post earrings, and they lend a finished look without being distracting when you speak, like a lot of dangling earrings can be.  These are $40 at Bloomingdale’s. Nadri Small Pavé Huggie Hoop Earrings

Coffee Break: Soho Heavy Grain Pebble Tote

Botkier Tote Bloomingdale's Exclusive Soho Heavy Grain Pebble | CorporetteI’m always a huge fan of Botkier — the leather! the construction! the great pockets! A number of places (including ShopBop and Amazon) have this lovely, simple tote — but Bloomingdale’s offers at least one thing the others don’t: this nice red leather, exclusive to Bloomingdale’s. The bag is $298. Botkier Soho Heavy Grain Pebble Tote

Here’s a lower-priced option, currently on sale at Nordstrom.

Coffee Break: Flame Wool and Silk Scarf

Tilo Flame Wool & Silk Scarf | CorporetteThese are so not my colors, but man do I love this scarf. The ethereal way the white spiderwebs across it… the orange and purple flames… it feels textured and rich. Love it. The scarf is $150 at Saks. Tilo Flame Wool & Silk Scarf 

Here’s a lower-priced option from Anthropologie.