Coffee Break: ‘Celina’ Pointy Toe Pump

Suede Pump: Pour la Victoire 'Celina' Pointy Toe PumpSome of the freshest heels I’m seeing involve block heels, like these 3.75″ suede heels from Pour La Victoire. They still read classic, but with a trendy twist — the neutral color helps keep them in the realm of the conservative. They’re $275 at Nordstrom. Pour la Victoire ‘Celina’ Pointy Toe Pump

(If you’re looking for a shorter heel, these Ann Taylor pumps have a similar kind of vibe and come in blush and navy; if the height is OK these Steve Madden heels are very similar.)


Coffee Break: Lismore Business Card Holder

Business Card Holder: Waterford Lismore Business Card HolderOooh, pretty! I remember a work friend once telling me a story about how she and her boyfriend made a special trip one weekend to the MoMA Store to look at and ultimately purchase a small, clear acrylic business card holder. “That’s it?” he asked. “Yup,” she replied. You can still get that same $9 business card holder (online these days), but if you DO want something fancier you can always get this lovely Lismore business card holder, from Horchow. I love the simplicity of it, mixed with the general beauty of the Waterford crystal. It’s $100 at Horchow. Waterford Lismore Business Card Holder


Coffee Break: ‘Elements – Jardin de Papillon’ Chain Link Stud Earrings

Work Earrings: Alexis Bittar 'Elements - Jardin de Papillon' Chain Link Stud EarringsMy love affair with Alexis Bittar continues, and while these are post earrings, they’re a great example of the kind of thing I would wear to work — they’re interesting but there’s no movement with them, just a bit of bling. The gold and gunmetal versions are $55, but there’s a lighter-looking rhodium pair for $75. Alexis Bittar ‘Elements – Jardin de Papillon’ Chain Link Stud Earrings


Coffee Break: Geometric Panelled Tote

Pink Bag: Bao Bao Issey Miyake Geometric Panelled Tote I love a black tote as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s fun to have bold accessories. This hot pink paneled tote is totally calling my name — I love the plastic pieces and the general texture of the bag. The same style comes in a lot of other colors (including a more subdued rose gold, a prism rainbow colored bag, and (oooh!) a numbers print — what fun. The pictured bag is $454 at Farfetch. Bao Bao Issey Miyake Geometric Panelled Tote

Here’s a lower-priced option from Issey Miyake Cauliflower.


Coffee Break: Foulard Floral Silk Cummerbund

Obi Belt: Helmut Lang Foulard Floral Silk CummerbundAwww, an obi/cummerbund belt. I was always quite fond of this look, but must admit I identify it as being from the late ’00s — so I’m extra psyched to see Helmut Lang do a floral silk version. Menswear vibes! A flattering waist-cinching look! Feeling extra trendy by wearing Helmut Lang! I see no downsides here. The belt is $115. Helmut Lang Foulard Floral Silk Cummerbund

For a lower-priced option, Etsy has many handmade obi belts, like this one.


Coffee Break: Coil Threader Earring

modern earrings for workIf you hate posts as much as I do, you may like these affordable “threader” earrings from Urban Outfitters. (In the picture they’re the one in the bottom part of the model’s earlobe, not the top.) They look comfortable, elegant in a really modern way.  They’re $45.  Luv Aj Vertigo Coil Threader Earring

Psst: Bloomingdale’s just started their Friends & Family sale — use code FRIENDS at checkout and take 25% off select regular, and sale-price items. In other sale news, J.Crew is offering 50% off final sale with code SHOPSALE.