Coffee Break: Leather Ankle Strap Ballet Flats

Brooks Brothers Leather Ankle Strap Ballet Flats | CorporetteThe strappy flat is my favorite kind of flat both for comfort and style reasons, but I really like the fact that the leather strap is removable here. The leather looks supple, and I like the shiny patent detail on the back. The shoes were $198, but are now marked to $99 at Brooks Brothers. Brooks Brothers Leather Ankle Strap Ballet Flats

Here’s a lower-priced alternative.


Coffee Break: Salux Beauty Skin Cloth

Salux Cloth | CorporetteWe’ve seen several Corporette readers raving about Salux cleansing cloths from Japan, and they sound like a great bet for winter skin. These nylon/polyester cloths are much bigger than a typical washcloth (about 11″ x 35″), and they’re machine washable, making them a much more sanitary choice than bath puffs/loofahs (ew). Salux fans say that they’re rough enough to exfoliate your skin (face, back, etc.) but not potentially damaging like that infamous apricot scrub… They’re durable, too; one reader mentioned that hers has lasted for 2o+ years! (Note: If you’re buying from somewhere like Amazon, make sure you’re getting the original Japanese product and not one of the Chinese knockoffs that are said to be poor quality.) Salux Beauty Skin Cloth


Coffee Break: ‘2Jours Elite’ Leather Shopper

Fendi '2Jours Elite' Leather Shopper | CorporetteWow: I love this bag. For some reason I’ve never felt this way about a Fendi — of course I know the designer, but none of their bags have ever been on my radar before. Gorgeous, gorgeous. This bag comes in five colors (!) and several different sizes; this bigger version is my favorite — classy as a tote or a briefcase. It’s $2,350. Fendi ‘2Jours Elite’ Leather Shopper

Here’s a lower-priced leather shopper with great reviews that’s available in several different colors.


Coffee Break: Tahitian Pearl Stud Earrings

Majorica Tahitian Pearl Stud Earrings 8mmLast Call has a number of colorful pearl studs from Majorica, and I’m liking them for a fun take on pearls.  A Tahitian pearl necklace is on my bucket list, so I’m ogling these 8mm pearl stud earrings — beautiful. They were $56, then marked to $45, but with today’s 30% off they come down to $31.50. Majorica Tahitian Pearl Stud Earrings


Kat’s Favorite Accessories of 2014

Corporette-2014-review Like our workwear recommendations, we recommend one accessory appropriate for the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Mondays I try to pick a budget-friendly piece, and the price rises on Tuesday and Thursday. I generally try to include one shoe and one bag each week, but the third item varies — we’ve done watches, wallets, scarves, hair accessories, office accessories, coats, and more.  These were my favorites of 2014 — if you’re curious for older ones, here were my favorites from 2013, 2012, and 2010.  (We didn’t do year-end roundups in 2011!)

Coffee Break: Ariella Pump

Sol-Sana-Ariella-PumpNordstrom has a bunch of shoes on sale that I haven’t seen in the sale section before — and a lot of prices marked 35-60% off. Lots of lucky sizes, but these lovely stone pumps (also available in black) have a good number of sizes left. They were $180, but are marked to $70 at Nordstrom. Sol Sana Ariella Pump