This nylon business tote from Coach is in the men’s section of 6pm, but I see no reason why women wouldn’t wear it. (It’s 15″ x 5″ x 13.5″, which doesn’t seem crazy large; the shorter straps are 7.5″ long.) It looks lightweight but structured, has tons of great storage (and a zipper on top, huzzah!), comes with a detachable crossbody strap, and is marked down — it was $368, but is now marked to $199. COACH Crosby Nylon Business Tote
Have you guys checked out Coach handbags in a while? Yes, they’ve got the logo bags that everyone thinks of them for — but the last time I went in the Coach store in SoHo I was drooling over half their stock. The Drifter satchel (pictured) is the current object of my affection — I love the very classic style mixed with fun details like snake embossed leather and gemstones on the lock. It’s $750 at Coach. (Do note that there are several styles of Drifter bags, and Nordstrom has one style as well.) Pictured: DRIFTER carryall in snake embossed leather
I don’t think this is quite as tricky as the puzzle rings I loved in my teens, but I do love the rose gold and semiprecious stones — and I like that it’s stackable. It was $195, but is now marked to $135 at ShopBop. Tory Burch Puzzle Metal Ring Set
I love fall weather (jacket! boots! tights!) but for one thing: shorter time with daylight! If you’re really not a fan of waking up when it’s gray outside, you may have to call in the big guns: this dual alarm clock with a BED SHAKER seems like a pretty serious alarm clock if you’re really not into getting up. Even if the situation weren’t so dire on a daily basis, I could see keeping this on hand for nights when I’d pulled an all nighter at work, or absolutely, positively needed to be up earlier than usual for a couldn’t-miss appointment. (If you don’t need something this serious, I have nothing but good things to say about the Sleep Cycle app for iPhone and Android.) Ladies, do you have an alarm clock you absolutely love? (Anyone have a gradual room-lightening one they like? This $137 clock is the bestseller at Amazon.) Pictured: Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker
I love my statement jewelry, but sometimes a delicate, understated piece like these teensy opal earrings is just what the doctor ordered. They’re available at Nordstrom for $465. WWAKE Triangle Opal Earrings
These pretty heels from Franco Sarto come in black, taupe, and a nice dark purple — but for some reason I’m feeling this dusty gray the best. They come in a huge range of sizes — 4-13, regular, wide and narrow — and they’re only $109. I like the walkable 2.25″ heel, and of course readers have always raved about the comfort of Franco Sarto over the years. Franco Sarto Diane
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