Coffee Break: Lissa Heels

Platform Heels: Rose Petals LissaI love the look of these affordable beigey heels — I always like a strappy heel, and one that doesn’t cut straight across your ankle is a much more flattering, leg-lengthening look. Platforms can be yea or nay with me, but I think .5″ is still professional, and these certainly add comfort along with the height. Note the rave reviews, too — many from people on the fringes of the brand’s extraordinarily wide range of sizes. The shoes are $130, are available in sizes 4.5-12 in regular, wide, and extra-wide widths; they also come in black and beige patent. Rose Petals Lissa

N.B. Know your office! Peep toes aren’t appropriate in every workplace.


Coffee Break: Workout Tank Top

Workout Shirt: FitPink Workout Tank TopNow that my ACL surgery is a full two months behind me, I’m trying to commit to a weightlifting regimen … and funny workout shirts make it THAT much better, riiight? Etsy seller FitPink has a ton of shirts that look great, and her reviews are through the roof. Activate Apparel also looks pretty awesome (like this shirt). Ladies, what’s your favorite outfit to work out in? The tank top pictured is $21.99 and up on Etsy. FitPink “I Workout Because Punching People Is Frowned Upon” Tank Top

Psst: I just bought the Girls Gone Strong Modern Women’s Guide to Strength Training, but note that the authors of New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women do have a new book out.


Coffee Break: ‘Zana’ Wedge Pump

Wedge Heel: Aquatalia 'Zana' Wedge Pump Wearing wedges can be a nice way to get height with stability — which is great for commuting and general comfort — but they can definitely feel a little frumpy from time to time. A slender wedge heel like this one keeps it sleek and young, and I like the lowish vamp and not-too-round, not-to-pointy toe. The shoe is 40% off, marked to $197 from $395, with lucky sizes remaining in all four colors. (It’s available in full price in a nice textured black leather, also.) Aquatalia ‘Zana’ Wedge Pump

A few more affordable wedges are here, here, and here (also in wide).

Psst: Have you used your Personal Ten Point Day at Nordstrom yet? The event ends tomorrow! Check out this post from Monday for more details on the rewards event and some suggestions for what to get.


Coffee Break: ‘Siren’ Semiprecious Stone Stacking Ring

Rose Gold Ring: Monica Vinader 'Siren' Medium Semiprecious Stone Stacking RingI have yet to own a Monica Vinader piece of jewelry, but it’s only a matter of time — I’m a bit obsessed with her simple, almost organic designs. This stone stacking ring makes me want to start a collection of stacking rings, ASAP — and I like that depending on sizing, you can wear it as a midi ring or a regular ring. It’s $150 at Nordstrom, now available in lucky sizes only — although there are a few more choices at Nordstrom, mostly with green Amazonite. Saks has an additional size in stock. Monica Vinader ‘Siren’ Medium Semiprecious Stone Stacking Ring

BY THE WAY: I just (hopefully!) chose today as my “personal 10 points” day for the current sale (my husband has a GREAT Father’s Day coming his way, it seems!) and noticed that they are now offering Nordstrom Rewards for EVERYONE, regardless of whether or not you have their credit card. I’ve mentioned before how I like to keep most of my purchases to one or two credit cards for tracking/paying purposes, but I have been using my Nordstrom card here and there for early access to sales, personal points days, etc. — so the ability to get rewards AND use my beloved Amazon Visa is a welcome development. No social security number, no credit check — all you need to provide is your phone number. Woo-hoo!


Coffee Break: Luxury Hobo Handbag

Faux Leather Bag: Hynes Victory Luxury Hobo Handbag A friend of mine got a Hynes bag a while ago, and I was really impressed with the look of it, considering the price, so from time to time I check their store on Amazon. This handbag looks perfect for summer and is winning rave reviews — and it’s just $35 and eligible for Prime (and free returns). We’ve pictured the camel here, but I kind of like it in mustard yellow or bright blue — if you’ve never owned a bright purse before, I urge you to give one of these a try, because you’ll be surprised how versatile one can be (particularly against an otherwise neutral wardrobe). Still, the camel, black, and brown are all great. Hynes Victory Luxury Hobo Handbag


Coffee Break: ‘Le Pliage Neo’ Tote

Pink Bag: Longchamp 'Le Pilage Neo' ToteWe’ve mentioned this tote before, but it’s worth featuring again today because it’s a lightweight summer classic! This bag — which comes in three sizes — also gives you the perfect way to look put-together on your commute. It’s available in this bright shade of pink but also a more sedate black, grey, and brown, in addition to purple and navy. We’re picturing the large, but medium and small versions are also available. They’re $185-$245 at Nordstrom. Longchamp ‘Le Pliage Neo’ Tote

For a lower-priced option, check out these nylon totes from Lipault Paris at Zappos — several colors, one print, and two sizes, and they’re $75-$85.