Coffee Break: Esperance Pumps

louise-et-cie-esperance-pumpThese well-reviewed pumps (available in four colors!) are 45% off over at Nordstrom — nice. (Black and bisque are still full price at $117, but note that they come in narrow and wide sizes as well.) I like the classic shape, the comfortable heel (2.75″), and the price: they’re $59.98. Louise et Cie ‘Esperance’ Pump



Coffee Break: Prism Heels

kirkwood-prism-heel-pumpsOooh: a 2″ heel that is not only fashionable, but one of the Barneys’ team’s favorite heels (according to an email newsletter I can no longer find)? Sign me up. I like the winey purple color here, and the gold, prism-shaped heel — while unusual — seems pretty demure considering the height.  Love. The pictured shoes are $595 at Barneys New York, but they’re also available at Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, and FarFetch (where they have a taller, stripey prism heel on sale for $292).  NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD Prism-Heel Pumps

P.S. Ooh, I haven’t seen Sarah Flint shoes online before, but Barneys has a decent selection.

P.P.S. Looking for a more affordable option? These $129 heels are so cute they may have to be a featured selection on their own sometime soon (available at Zappos and Nordstrom).


Coffee Break: Potted Pen Phone Stand

pencil stand desk organizerI always like any desk accessory that adds a nice pop of color, and this plastic “potted pen” desk accessory from Kikkerland looks like just the ticket. There’s a simpler version that’s avaialble at Amazon and ModCloth, but I like that this one serves as an iPhone tray and catches other miscellaneous things floating around your desk, like binder clips, paper clips, and even rings (if you’re the type to take them off while typing — although a separate ring holder may be best for that). The pictured desk accessory is $12 at Amazon. Kikkerland Potted Pen Phone Stand


Coffee Break: Prasiolite Necklace

Pomellato necklaceWow: what a great necklace. I love how simple it is, no bezel or bling to speak of, just the clean, faceted lines of the semi-precious stones. I’ve pictured the prasiolite, but it’s also available as an amethyst and white topaz… all for the splurgey cost of $2000. POMELLATO Nudo 18-karat rose gold prasiolite necklace

This Etsy seller has a few similar items for far more affordable prices, as does this one, and Last Call and The Real Real both have discounted pieces from Pomellato.


Coffee Break: The Modern Point Flat

Italian-made Flats: Everlane The Modern Point Flat The pointed loafer — particularly with slits along the vamp so the top feels like a separate piece — is one of the biggest trends in shoes that I’m excited about for workwear. First and foremost, because these kinds of loafers often look great with dresses — and also because they can be more comfortable than ballet flats (because there’s more of a vamp). I keep hearing great things about these Everlane pointed loafers, and they’re only $155. Nice. Everlane The Modern Point Flat

Here’s a lower-priced option.


Coffee Break: Tropical Floral Printed Scarf

Brightly Colored Scarf for Work: J.Crew Tropical Floral Printed Scarf  I looove the vivid colors of this scarf — it just seems so happy, and such an easy piece to throw on to liven up a neutral outfit, or to add more visual interest to another outfit like gray pinstriped pants. The scarf was $59.50, but is now marked to $39.99 at J.Crew. You can get an extra 40% off sale items right now with promo code SALESEARCH. J.Crew Tropical Floral Printed Scarf