Coffee Break: Pebble Patent Shopper

white patent leather toteNordstrom notes that white bags are trending right now — so here’s a fun question: do you own white bags? How do you keep them clean?  Do you wear your white bags for work, or save them for the weekend? The only white bag I’ve ever had and wore regularly was a Treesje satchel that was white patent leather. (I think it was the Asher Zip; Nordstrom Rack still has a few non-white bags on sale today.) The fact that it was patent leather was a huge deal, because it meant regular dirt/dust/wear stains bounced off the bag, and while it occasionally did get scuffs, you could wipe off the scuffs pretty easily. But Nordstrom doesn’t have a single white patent leather bag in their roundup — so I’m linking to this lovely white patent shopper from Dooney & Bourke, available over at Zappos for $198. I particularly like the feet on the bag, as well as the fact that the handles are beige, so they’ll show dirt/cracks less. The bag also comes in black, mint, and oyster, all with beige handles. Dooney & Bourke Pebble Patent Shopper

On the more affordable side, this $25 bag at Amazon is similar and has 45 positive reviews.


Coffee Break: 35.630 Wedge

Wedge Heels: Gabor 35.630 Wedge I haven’t noticed the brand Gabor before, but they have a bunch of really highly rated shoes (including some nice flats that we missed during our roundup of the most comfortable ballet flats)! Pictured, this simple wedge in gray and black looks great for work, or even as a commuting shoe. There are only three reviews, but they’re all raving about the comfort of the shoes. They’re $189 at Zappos; Nordstrom has them in an additional color, navyGabor 35.630 Wedge

P.S. Check out the 20% off Friends & Family sale at!


Coffee Break: Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ Pendant Necklace

Kendra pendant necklaceThis pendant marries two of my ongoing obsessions: druzy and rose gold.  It’s a fun, delicate little necklace — perfect for peeking out of a collared shirt.  It comes in six different color combos, for $65, at Nordstrom.  Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ Pendant Necklace

Psst: if you’re into post earrings, this fun little set of 3 silver ones is on sale for 50% off.


Coffee Break: Mosaic Huggie Hoops

mosaic huggie earringsOooh: I am drooling over most of Nak Armstrong’s jewelry over at Barneys, including these gorgeous mosaic huggie hoops. (He also has some gorgeous little post earrings, and I find myself wishing he made cufflinks too — how great would those be?) I like that these particular hoops could be dressed up or down — wear them to work with an otherwise minimal look; wear them with your hair up and a fanciful dress or top for date night. They’re $1,275. NAK ARMSTRONG Mosaic Huggie Hoops


Coffee Break: ‘Martine’ Studded T-Strap Pump

Ankle Strap Heel: Halogen 'Martine' Studded T-Strap PumpIf you have a hard time finding heels you can walk in easily (guilty as charged), a strap can be a lifesaver — but it can be hard to find one that doesn’t visually cut off your leg at the ankle, making your legs look shorter. So: these highly-rated, affordable heels from Nordstrom look great. The effect will be strongest if the beige is close to your skin tone, but if not, I think they’re flattering shoes regardless. There are several colors to choose from, all 20-40% off — the pictured shoes were $79 but are now $59. Halogen® ‘Martine’ Studded T-Strap Pump

Two options with wide sizes are here and here, and another that offers both wide and narrow sizes is here.


Coffee Break: Magnetic Running Pocket

Running Pouch: RooSport 2.0 Magnetic Running PocketIf you, like me, are always looking for some place to put your stuff when you go to the gym or go for a run, then do consider these RooSport running pouches. The idea is that it adds a pocket to athletic shorts where there is no pocket. I haven’t tried one yet, but I think I’m going to have to pull the trigger — I don’t mind walking or running with my keys and iPhone in my hand, but when I go to the gym I’m constantly losing my stuff as I move from one weights area to another. There are a bunch of different types; they’re all under $30 at Amazon. RooSport 2.0 Magnetic Running Pocket