Coffee Break – Elinor Tote

Hobo International ElinorLove the look of this tote bag from Hobo International. The shiny vintage leather is nice, and the big ball snaps on the “coin purse” on the front of the bag are interesting but not distracting. Love that there’s a print lining to the bag and that it has enough pockets to make it useful; I also like the zippered pocket on the other side of the bag. The bag is $268 in stone and caramel leather; the black is marked today to $214.40. Hobo International – Elinor (Black Vintage Leather) – Bags and Luggage

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Coffee Break – Calfskin Belt

Audrey Talbott Calfskin Belt – Exotic Print (For Women)Sierra Trading Post is celebrating its Spring Cleaning Sale, offering an extra 20% off select items for today only — and there are some crazy deals to be had (particularly in lucky sizes in comfort shoe brands like Ecco, Beautifeel, Aravan, etc.). For today’s coffee break, I like this exotic print belt from Audrey Talbott — it looks like a high quality, lovely belt (that is, for the moment at least, available in sizes XS-L). It was $150, marked to $47.96 for today. Audrey Talbott Calfskin Belt – Exotic Print (For Women)

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Workwear Hall of Fame: Karolina Strawberry Patent Heels

Kate Spade New York – Karolina (Strawberry Patent, Multi Stripe Stack Heel) – FootwearOK. Pink patent heels can be a bit much, even for me — but do you see the heels on these, ladies? Love the striped, stacked heels so much that I’d find a way to make pink work. They would be lovely with otherwise sedate colors — gray, navy, black, possibly even brown — and just think of the fun you’d have pairing these shoes with something like a simple black sheath dress. The shoe comes in two other colors, as well: a linen patent (with black and white stripes), as well as a navy patent (with navy and cream stripes). Love love love. It’s $298 at Zappos Couture. Kate Spade New York – Karolina

2017 Update: These shoes are still around! They’re almost always available in neutral colors, but they also often come out in fun new colors almost every season. it’s available in narrow and wide sizes.  You can sometimes find it on sale (as low as $135) at 6pm, Amazon, or Nordstrom.

comfortable heel for work

 

Coffee Break – Catherine Collection File Folders

DiVOGA Catherine Collection File Folders, 6pkWhile manila folders are great for most things, every so often I like to buy a pack of brightly colored, festive folders — I usually use them for a project that I’m constantly pulling out the folder, or for personal paperwork (healthcare fun, paycheck stubs, etc.), or more. The result is that I can immediately find the folder, and — now that I’ve been doing it for a few years — I have this lovely, crazy, file drawer full of brightly colored, mismatched folders — and when I pull out an old folder, I fondly associate it with whatever was going on in my life at the time. I’m loving the look of the entire Catherine collection from DiVoga, especially the file folders — bright, beautiful blues in feminine patterns.  (If you are not so into the “mismatched” look, note that there is an entire coordinating suite — binders, letter holders, laptop cases, notepads, and more.)  These file folders are $4.99 for a pack of 6.  DiVOGA Catherine Collection File Folders, 6/pk

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Coffee Break – DKNY Burnished Pleated Flower Large Hobo

DKNY Burnished Pleated Flower Large HoboI love the look of this burnished leather hobo from DKNY, available in burgundy (pictured, available at Zappos for $206.50), gray (also available at Zappos, for $221.25), green (available at Endless for $228.27 and Amazon for $202) and dark blue (available at Amazon for $177.) I like the pleats on the bag, the general size, the removable chain detailing as well as the “rosette charm.” Looks like a nice size in general, too. Note that most colors (except the gray) seem to be on the brink of selling out, so you may want to move quickly if you love it…

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Coffee Break – Aquamarine Pump

Seychelles – AquamarineFor today’s coffee break, I’m in the mood for something bright and colorful — and this vibrant yellow heel from Seychelles quenches that thirst. Love the way the vamp is high enough so you can walk in it, but not so high that it strangles your leg, and love the low, solid heel. It’s on sale at Zappos — was $90, now $72 (also available in seafoam green, a beige “vacchetta,” and black). Seychelles – Aquamarine (Mustard) – Footwear

N.B.: Peep-toes may not be appropriate in every office. Know your office culture!

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