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Coffee Break: Assouline/Cole Haan Bookbag

assouline cole haan book bag 2Reader D sent us in this new-to-us Assouline/Cole Haan collaboration: a gorgeous bookbag, covered with numbers.  (Assouline is a French book company, apparently.)  Love.  Love! Can we say: love? It’s definitely on the splurgy side, though: $450, available in brown (pictured), black, and red. Assouline/Cole Haan Bookbag

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Coffee Break: Darleen Pump

Circa Joan & David Women’s Darleen Mid Heel PumpWe like the look of this pump from Joan & David — particularly because it’s only a 2.5″ heel, which is our preferred shoe height.  It comes in both black and brown, and the black is on sale today — was $88, now $79 at Endless.   Circa Joan & David Women’s Darleen Mid Heel Pump

(Oh! We just realized it also comes in pewterand red at  Zappos, and those colors are $75.)


Coffee Break: Clear Lucite Necklace

lucite necklaceToday we’re loving the idea of a chunky, clear lucite necklace — which eBay has aplenty, at very reasonable prices. We’d wear it with a casual outfit like a fuschia tee and gray pants, or even a colorful twinset and a skirt — for some reason we think we’d avoid wearing it with blazers or collared shirts. Love it, though. Pictured: VINTAGE CHUNKY FACETED CLEAR LUCITE NECKLACE & EARRINGS, available at eBay starting at $6.99.


Coffee Break: Kooba’s Piper Bag

Kooba Piper bagWe’re not sure if it’s an official sale or what, but Zappos seems to have a ton of totes on sale for 20% to 30% off. We’re liking this hip take on a briefcase/tote from Kooba, a brand we know and love well — the leather is particularly luscious and soft.  The berry color strikes us as a great neutral color, also, appropriate for both black and navy.  Was $499, now $350 at Zappos.com. Kooba – Piper (Berry)

Coffee Break: Ann Taylor Pumps

Ann Taylor Perfect Elle pumpsWe’ve heard raves about these “perfect” pumps from Ann Taylor, and they’re on sale this week — were $155, now marked to $99, take an extra 30% off with the code FRIENDS. And they still have normal sizes left! Not bad — not bad at all. Perfect Elle Pumps


Coffee Break: Luciana Sling

Rockport – Luciana Sling (Slate Grey Fabric) – FootwearWe forget where we saw these featured, but we love the look.  Closed toe, mild platform (we think totally acceptable for the office), and interesting colors including slate gray (pictured), denim blue, or sesame.  The fact that it’s from a brand that’s known for comfort doesn’t hurt in the least.  It’s $109 at Zappos in sizes 5-11.  Rockport – Luciana Sling (Slate Grey Fabric) – Footwear