Coffee Break: Block-T Leather Tote

Tory Burch Block T Tote SaleI’m sure I’ve ogled Tory Burch’s simple block bags on here before, but when I saw that a) Nordstrom has them on sale, b) including this happy blue color, I had to post. There are several versions on sale, including large totes like the one pictured (also in black, as well as a navy/cobalt iteration that’s quite lovely), a north/south tote in plain black, and a black leather backpack. They’re all 25% off, meaning this one comes down to $343 from $458. Nice.  ‘Block-T’ Leather Tote

Update: I just realized that this week it’s Triple Points week at Nordstrom! Now through September 24th you can earn 3x the points on net purchase made in stores and online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and Hautelook. Nice! It’s a great time to stock up on basics like these hosethis skirt, this cardigan, this cardigan, or this camisole.

Amazon has a wide range of colors in this tote, and if you’re looking for a more affordable dupe, this $56 cobalt tote is similar, while this $150 Lodis tote has some nice blue details while being more subdued. If you really like a bright, saturated color by not the Tory Burch megabrand, check out this tote from GiGi New York.

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Coffee Break: Audrey Flats

audrey flats in embellished tweedThese embelllished flats are all kinds of cute — and they’re only $118 over at J.Crew (marked down today from their full price of $158). In my mind, they’re the perfect kind of thing to wear with a really neutral outfit, such as an all navy or all black monochromatic look — perhaps with a bold red lip. There’s a very similar pair of kitten-heeled mules if you want a teensy bit of height. Pictured: Audrey flats in embellished tweed

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Coffee Break: Cookie Cards

LOVE this idea - you can gift single cookies and personalize them as thank you/birthday gifts!Oooh: in my latest “things I’ve learned from the readers” column, it’s that there are totally awesome single cookies you can send to someone for less than $6 (and personalize it for just a few bucks more). (Here’s the recent comment thread about it.) What a great way to make someone else’s day and go the extra mile when “nothing” is inadequate as a gesture/action to express your thanks/love/affection… but an official note/gift is too much. Lots of options, and they come with a $5 off card so whoever gets the cookie can pass the good vibes along. Cookie Cards

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Coffee Break: 3-Pack Hair Tie & Clip Set

hair tie set on sale - great for workHere’s a question I don’t think we’ve talked about in a while: what KIND of hair accessories do you use the most? Are you a fan of the simple elastic-on-the-wrist (bonus points if it matches your hair, but I must admit I always just have black elastics against my brown hair) to use for a top knot? Do you prefer Spin Pins or hair donuts? There’s a really lovely little hair tie set on sale at Nordstrom (now $15, was $25; only pink is left), and I could see myself getting a lot of use out of this set. I’m a fan of the “upgraded low pony” look with elastics like the pretty pink one here, and while they aren’t my favorite look, I do still find a place in my life for my claw clips. I’ve never managed to successfully get the longer clips (like the one pictured on bottom) to work with my uber-thick hair, but maybe I just haven’t met the right clip yet. How about you guys?

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Coffee Break: Grommet Flat

grommet flat AGL nordstrom saleOver the weekend I did a roundup of the big Nordstrom Summer Sale (ends 9/10!) — but it’s worth noting again that it’s not all shorts, sandals, and sundresses. Case in point: these gorgeous, deep red grommet flats from reader favorite brand AGL. I’m not usually a grommet girl, but the color mixed with the silvery grommets looks great. I suppose you could wear them in late summer with light blues, pinks, oranges, and beiges, but in general they just feel like more of a fall shoe to me. They were $340, but they’re now marked down to $149 (in four colors, sizes 4-13). Grommet Flat

On the hunt for comfortable shoes for work? Check out our guide to comfortable heels, as well as the most comfortable ballet flats!

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Coffee Break: Asher Drop Earrings

kendra scott tiny earringsOooh: I’ve always liked the stones and settings for Kendra Scott, but the long pendants and bigger earrings aren’t always my cup of tea. These smaller earrings are gorgeous, and I now want like three colors — these red/gold ones are the top of my list, probably followed by ivory/gold and grey/rose gold. They’re $65 at Nordstrom. Asher Drop Earrings

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