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Coffee Break: London Pointy Toe Pump

I’ve always liked a low, somewhat strappy pump, and these lovely suede ones from Coach are getting great reviews over at Nordstrom. I’ve always thought a 2.5″ heel is one of the most walkable options, but that’s me — how high do you prefer your heels, readers? The pictured pump is $165.  COACH London Pointy Toe Pump

Oooh: this $119 heel is on sale at the Coach site and is also 2.5″ — lovely.

Check out our Guide to Comfortable Heels for other reader favorite brands!

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Coffee Break: Fitness Kit

Cute! I had not noticed these little kits from Pinch Provisions before, but they’re very clever. They’re stocked with provisions that would be great if you want to keep an easy bag at the office for “just in case” kind of incidents involving the gym, including blister balm, headbands, earbuds, and more. (The brand also has a number of “will you be my bridesmaid?” types of products.) It strikes me as a great gift for someone who’s returning to fitness — including yourself if you need one. The kit is $22, at Nordstrom; Amazon also has some kits from the brand. Pinch Provisions Fitness Kit

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Coffee Break: City Pod Tote

Today we’re featuring this ah-mazing City Pod Tote from Marni. It’s just so clean and so minimalist, but gorgeous at the same time. I like the exposed seam detail and the sophisticated and stunning style. The tote is $2,140, so it’s definitely a splurge. Net-a-Porter has them, as does Farfetch, and some are on sale. Marni City Pod Tote

Two more affordable totes are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Pointy Toe Ankle Strap Pump

This shoe reminds me of the Valentino Tango pump that’s everywhere right now. I believe Linea Paolo was a reader favorite years ago, and they kind of disappeared and now they’re back, which is exciting. These are very reasonably priced, only $140, and they come in sizes 4-13, which is a pretty broad range. We’re picturing the black suede, and the other choices are black patent leather and a lovely bronze leather which may be a good nude-for-you shoe, depending on your skin color. Linea Paolo ‘Noel’ Pointy Toe Ankle Strap Pump

Here’s a lower-priced option.

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Coffee Break: MantraBand

Usually I don’t go for these kinds of things — very self-help, cutesy sort of message jewelry — but I think an arm full of them looks really great and I think they can be lovely if they help you get through the day. A few messages they have are “She believed she could so she did,” “Enjoy the journey,” and “I love you to the moon and back.” Maybe it’s just my Facebook feed, but I kind of wish they had one that was a little more revolutionary, like “Live, love, resist,” which was actually on a holiday card I got from friends — but that’s just me right now. They’re available in yellow gold, rose gold, and silver for $25-$35 at Nordstrom. MantraBand

Update: and if you are in more of a revolutionary mood, Etsy of course has something similar that says “I am the resistance.”

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Coffee Break: ‘Riva’ Diamond Hoop Ring

Is it too early to start thinking about what you want for Valentine’s Day, either to buy yourself, or buy for someone else, or to nudge your significant other to buy for you? A friend of mine in law school said, “Always more diamonds,” as a rule for what her husband always gave her — and it’s not a bad rule! This lovely hoop ring from Monica Vinader is on the more affordable end of things at $215, and it comes in a variety of sizes at Nordstrom. MONICA VINADER ‘Riva’ Diamond Hoop Ring

Here’s a lower-priced alternative at BaubleBar.

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