Coffee Break: Gramercy Cap Oxfords

Cole Haan Gramercy Cap Oxford | CorporetteI’m not usually a fan of oxfords, but they’re growing on me — they certainly look cute with many of the ankle pants styles that are out right now. I was shopping and spied these, and was absolutely shocked by how lightweight they are; my son’s Crocs may weigh more. I didn’t stop to try them on, but they’ve been on my mind ever since — I may have to go back or just order them for myself. The shoes also come in tons of other colors (some with crazy deals and lucky sizes): black, bluegold metallic, dark silver metallic, rose gold metallic, sandstonefatigue green, “ironstone lizard,” “tawny port,” dusty rose, and white. The pictured shoes are $198 at Amazon and Cole HaanCole Haan Gramercy Cap Oxfords

A few lower-priced options are here, here, and here. This shoe comes in wide sizes, and this one in narrow and wide sizes.


Coffee Break: Michael Stars ‘The Artist’s’ Print Wrap

Michael Stars 'The Artist's' Print Wrap | CorporetteI’ve been a fan of Michael Stars t-shirts for years, but the scarves are new to me.  The brand has several scarves available at Nordstrom right now and they’re all brightly colored and lovely — vibrant yet soft somehow.  The pictured scarf is $58 at Nordstrom. Michael Stars ‘The Artist’s’ Print Wrap

Here’s a lower-priced version.


Coffee Break: ‘Eliza – Bedford’ Nylon Satchel

MZ Wallace 'Eliza - Bedford' Nylon Satchel | CorporetteI must say, I was worried for a while that MZ Wallace was phasing out its super popular, highly rated, reader-beloved nylon line, in favor of its new quilted pieces (such as here or here). Happily, they still seem to be in stock, and just as highly rated as ever at Nordstrom. These nylon bags are lightweight, durable, and great for summer because they don’t add a lot of bulk, particularly if you’re walking for your commute. The pictured bag is $385. MZ Wallace ‘Eliza – Bedford’ Nylon Satchel


Coffee Break: Crystal Quartz Huggie Earrings

Rebecca Taylor Crystal Quartz Huggie Earring | CorporetteOooh: I have not really focused on Melissa Joy Manning jewelry before, although I’ve certainly heard her name — but now I’m obsessed. She has a ton of delicate, delicate hoops and huggies, my favorite for work. (My theory: it’s really uncomfortable to talk on a phone with a post earring, and bigger earrings run the risk of being inappropriate for work. If you have a conference call you can plan to take your earring off, but then you run the risk of losing your earring…) Anyhoo: these lovely recycled-metal and crystal “hug hoop earrings” look modern and delicate, perfect for work. They’re $150 at (Pro tip: They often have steep sales with additional discounts offered only to their email list, so if you like Rebecca Taylor or these earrings, consider signing up.) Rebecca Taylor Crystal Quartz Huggie Earrings


Coffee Break: Aubrey Pumps

Soft Style AubreyI found this lovely, almost retro pump while doing our most recent roundup of low heels for work — I still think it’s so, so pretty. I love the ribbon-like detail on the vamp, as well as the low height (2″).  I’m not usually a fan of light blue shoes (I had a teal pair of shoes once that got worn rarely), but these look gorgeous.  (They’re also in black.)  They’re $59 at Zappos, and — fun fun — they come in sizes 5.5-12, and in four widths.  Nice. Soft Style Aubrey

Know your office — peep toe pumps aren’t appropriate everywhere! Looking for more comfortable heels? Check out our guide.


Coffee Break: Bellabeat Leaf

Bellabeat LeafI get a lot of pitches that go in one ear and out the other, but for some reason this jewelry/wearable tech hybrid caught my attention.  Like a Fitbit, it tracks your steps, but it also helps you moderate your breathing (before an important presentation, for example), tracks your sleep, your fertility cycle, and gives you alarms for things like waking up and standing up.  And it looks pretty as a necklace, a bracelet, a clip, or more.  Nothing new here, but it’s nice to see so many things for women in one device — and it’s only $119.  Commenters on the morning thread were talking about the Misfit trackerladies, which are your favorites?  Bellabeat Leaf


Admin Q: For those of you familiar with the tech issues on both sites, how many problems on Corporette are also occurring on CorporetteMoms? Thank you guys in advance!