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Coffee Break: Lily Ponytail Holder

France Luxe Lily Ponytail Holder - ClassicEvery Sunday, I’ve been tuning in to The Next Food Network Star — it’s a great show (and I totally have a girl crush on Susie Fogelson) but really, I’ve been tuning in to root for my old college friend Aarti, who was my suitemate and next-door-neighbor back in my sophomore year of college. (If you’ve been watching the show: yes, she really is that lovely, and charming, and beautiful, and fabulous. Go Aarti!!) One of her trademarks is a flower in her hair, though — and so in homage to her, I thought I’d show another a-ma-zing ponytail holder from France Luxe. I like that it’s a sophisticated take on a more relaxed accessory, and that it comes in match-your-hair kind of colors. Stunning. It’s$32 at FranceLuxe.com.  France Luxe Lily Ponytail Holder – Classic

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Coffee Break: Brahmin ‘Manning – Louise’ Satchel

iconiconReader J writes in to suggest this fabulous bag, noting “Saw this bag while checking out Nordstrom’s anniversary sale this morning and thought I would share. I think it’s a great work bag– the red is an eye-catcher, and the black is classic.” Love! A friend of ours owns a few Brahmin bags, and we can vouch for the quality — they’ve held up really well for her. They seem to be sold out of black at the moment, but we really like the yellow — it’s a great, sunny pop of color for either spring or fall. Currently $216, it’ll be $325 after the sale.  Brahmin ‘Manning – Louise’ Satchel

Coffee Break: Taryn Rose Fierce

Taryn Rose - Fierce (Black Nappa) - FootwearToday we’re liking this basic black peep toe from Taryn Rose, which has great comfort ratings at Zappos.  We like that the heel is under 3″, and that the shoe comes with arch support.  The fact that it’s on sale doesn’t hurt — it was $475, now $299.25.  Taryn Rose – Fierce (Black Nappa) – Footwear

N.B.: Peep toes are not appropriate for all offices — know your office!

Coffee Break: RoadID WristID Elite

I know that many readers of this blog are outdoor exercisers — runners, bikers, and walkers.  If you’re like me, you worry about things from a safety perspective.  (Warning: morbid thoughts comin’ up.)  On the one hand, you want your ID on you in case you’re hit by a car or otherwise incapacitated — but on the other hand, if you’re attacked, the last thing you want is for the attacker to have both your keys AND your address (which they will if you’re carrying your license).  So when I heard of this nifty bracelet I just about swooned — it has your name, city, and the phone numbers of loved ones — no address.  (You can also add information about blood type, allergies, and more.)  Perfect!  It’s $29.99 at RoadID.com.  WristID Elite


Coffee Break

Monserat de Lucca grey leather 'Trenza' braid detail shoulder bagWe’re liking this great shoulder bag from Monserat de Lucca. We like the braided detail, the multiple pockets (both outside and in), the two optional handles, and the gorgeous, lovely color.  It’s $297 at Bluefly (was $495). Monserat de Lucca grey leather ‘Trenza’ braid detail shoulder bag

Coffee Break: Emily High-Heel Platform Mary Jane

emily mary jane high heelsWe always forget about Johnston & Murphy for women’s shoes, but they consistently have some really cute heels.  Today, we’re liking these “cognac” platform Mary Janes — we like the tiered look to the leather, as well as the color.  The price isn’t bad, either — was $228, now $89 — but if you buy two pairs of shoes you get the second pair 50% off.  EMILY HIGH-HEEL PLATFORM MARY JANE

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