Coffee Break: Desktop Light Therapy Lamp

Hammacher Schlemmer Desktop Light Therapy Lamp | CorporetteWomen make up 75% of those suffering from depression due to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a condition that’s caused by shorter daylight hours in the fall and winter. The primary treatment is light therapy — and while I’ve played around with light therapy lamps in the past, the ones I’ve had were always horribly ugly and difficult to position to actually get the light to shine on your face. So I like the clean and simple look of this desktop light from Hammacher Schlemmer. Note that this sucker is pretty large (see the computer in the background of the picture!) but it could serve a second purpose as a document holder — just tape your paper to it and away you go. This one is $99. Hammacher Schlemmer Desktop Light Therapy Lamp

Ladies, do you have a favorite lamp to help with SAD?


Coffee Break: Leather Belt

Halogen Leather Belt | CorporetteI read a long time ago that a 1″ belt is considered the “classic” belt size for women, and while the skinny belt has had its place, for trousers sometimes a 1″ belt really is the best. This simple little Halogen belt looks simple, unobtrusive, and well made; it comes in 6 colors (including “clay beige,” pictured), and is $36. Huzzah. (Note that no, you don’t have to wear belts — but I do think if you’re tucking your blouse in and your pant has belt loops, a belt is a nice touch.) Those of you who wear belts: which are your favorite, classic belts? Halogen® Leather Belt

Here’s a lower-priced belt and two plus-size alternatives (here and here).


Coffee Break: Pointed Toe Loafer

Nicholas Kirkwood Pointed Toe Loafer | CorporetteThese pointed toe flats are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why — saturated colors, a teeny tiny heel, and a chic loafer look. Nordstrom has a few colors, as does Bergdorf Goodman, but Net-a-Porter has the motherlode: tons of different styles and colors of the shoe in all its pointy-toed, loafer goodness. The pictured shoe is $395. Nicholas Kirkwood Pointed Toe Loafer

Here are a couple of lower-priced options (here and here) and another one here that’s available in narrow, regular, and wide sizes.


Coffee Break: Tate City Tote

Ralph Lauren Tate City ToteI’m loving the textured leather on this Ralph Lauren tote, as well as the saturated colors (I haven’t featured a red bag in a while, but there’s also a lovely cobalt, as well as neutrals like black, gray, luggae, and white). I like the lobster claw closure, the feet on the bottom, and the extremely deep interior — it’s 15″W x 7.5″ deep (!!) x 11″ high. This version is $268, but note that there’s also a Tate Classic Tote for $198 that has a zippered opening, with floppier straps. Ralph Lauren Tate City Tote

Here are a few more affordable options.


Coffee Break: Open-Stock Sharpie Permanent Markers

sharpie permanent markerIf you do a lot of internet shopping like I do, you are well familiar with the places to buy pens and markers in bulk. But finding a single pen or two can be a lot harder and take more time until I happen to be running an errand near a stationery/office supply store, or making a big order of office supplies from to escape their $9.99 shipping fee. So I was THRILLED to find the “open stock” category on Amazon — regular colors like black and red go for as little as $.88, but there are even specialty items such as, say, green Sharpie markers for $4.97. Even that feels a bit expensive to me, honestly, but considering that I don’t have to make a special trip to a store just for a stupid marker, or get sucked into the “fill up your cart with $40 of stuff so you don’t have to pay $10 shipping” trap — and it will be here in two days, yay for Prime — it’s worth it to me. Open-Stock Sharpie Permanent Markers

What are your favorite spots for office supplies for your home office (or pieces with a bit more personality than the office supply closet)? Do you shop online or in person?


Coffee Break: Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote

Furla Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Ooh: I love the clean lines of this briefcase-like tote from Furla. I’ve pictured it in pink here, but it’s also available in basic black as well as cream. Love the size (14″W x 10″H x 3″D), the metal feet, and all of the available pockets. The bag was $448, but is now $239.99 at Saks Off Fifth. Furla Piper Top Handle Saffiano Leather Tote

Here’s a lower-priced option in pink.

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