Ooh: I love this asymmetrical heel from Anyi Lu, available in navy tortoise, brown tortoise, as well as patent leather black and beige (some colors nearly sold out). Anyi Lu is known for comfort — love that rubber sole, and you can see the arch support from the picture — and in my mind, 2.75″ is a great heel height. It’s $395 at Nordstrom. Anyi Lu Emily Pump
I always enjoy clever little gadgets, and I’ve now made a few purchases from Quirky (where a blend of community members, inventors and product influencers bring new products to market; the Crunchbase profile is an interesting read). My latest obsession: this Slimline drying rack. Yes, a drying rack. If you’re like me and airdry your lingerie, tights, workout wear (really, anything with Spandex is going to last a lot longer if you keep it out of the dryer), you may feel like your house or apartment is constantly a battle ground for half-dry clothes. So I was excited to see this drying rack, which goes over a regular door, and can fold flush with the door (or be removed very easily). I ordered two, ostensibly to give one to my mother the next time I see her — and honestly we like them so much here at Casa Griffin that I may keep both. (Sorry, Mom!) They aren’t huge things — they’re ideal for a space to dry a sweater or two; I think I’ve draped 3 pairs of workout pants over it at once as well — but the alternatives, such as huge drying racks, pop-up sweater dryers, or ye old shower rod. They’re $34.95 each at Quirky. Quirky Slimline Over-the-door drying rack
(Update: I was chatting with my husband about this post (fine, full disclosure: I couldn’t remember the word for “shower rod”) and he said, wait, you’re writing about our new drying racks? Which I just used? And are awesome and I love them?” High praise, ladies; high praise indeed.)
We’re not exactly into nude pump weather yet, but these beige Kate Spade pumps are amazing — I love the bright pink heel and the stripe details, mixed with the otherwise boring shoe. Fabulous. (There’s a navy patent version with red heels as well.) They’re $298. Kate Spade Karolina Stripe Patent Heel
Psst: I’ve believe Nordstrom’s shoe clearance is starting today — check it out!
Kate Spade is having one of their surprise sales, with prices up to 75% off. As of this morning, there were a ton of nice things on fairly deep discounts — leather wallets with fun prints, cheeky clutches, STEEP discounts on lots of office appropriate dresses, baby bags, and of course, tons of classic bags. This Serena tote looks like the must-have, throw-everything-into-it-and-still-look-great bag — I like the goldtone hardware on the strap, the stripey lining, and the simple pebbled black leather (it’s also available in a tan “oatmeal”). It was $298, but is now marked to $129 (final sale only, alas). Cobble Hill Medium Serena
This is the kind of thing that I think of as being classic Anthropologie — take a stack of seemingly antique books and turn it into an iDock. It’s also the kind of thing that I think would lend a great bit of personality, warmth and function to your office (check out some other ideas here for how to personalize your office). The dock is $68-$90 (available to charge both iPhones and iPads) and is available exclusively online. Vintage Book iDock
This is a bit more rugged than I usually like for the office, but I’m kind of liking the antiqued vibe. I trust Frye to choose great leather (and have other smart details, like a solid turn-lock closure). I like the striped lining and the smart interior pockets, and at 8″Hx11″Wx2″D I think it’s sized just right. It’s $438 at CUSP. Frye Cameron Small Satchel Bag