Reader J writes to recommend this lovely Toss wrap, noting “I love my cashmere Toss pinstripe wrap and use it as a blanket on planes, scarf or shawl when I don’t want to wear a blazer or cardigan, and it somehow does not wrinkle or look worn. This thing has been amazing and the navy matches well with all of my navy suits. (It’s terrible to find that one basic item that doesn’t seem to match any of the same color work options.)” Nice! It’s interesting that it’s a wrap with armholes — and I definitely agree that a wrap can be an awesome wardrobe item and multifunctional tool. This one is $68, available in navy and gray, at Toss Designs. Pinstripe Scotland Wrap
Well hello there, affordable bag that strongly reminds me of the splurge bag I posted in November, the MCM Tapisserie Boston bag. This one is far (far! far!) more affordable, and possibly a bit more functional as well given the cross body strap, the fact that this bag is so much taller than the other, more boxy bag. I like. It’s $79.95 at Nordstrom. Sole Society Rosamund Satchel
Like our workwear recommendations, we recommend one accessory appropriate for the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. On Mondays I try to pick a budget-friendly piece, and the price rises on Tuesday and Thursday. I generally try to include one shoe and one bag each week, but the third item varies — we’ve done watches, wallets, scarves, hair accessories, office accessories, coats, and more. These were my favorites of 2016 — if you’re curious about older ones, here were my favorites from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2010.
Ladies, did we miss any of your favorites? Was there any shoe, bag, necklace or more that you bought in 2016 and loved to wear to work (whether featured by us or not)?
I’ve mentioned this awesome blanket before, but I don’t think it’s been a while — and if you order today you can still get delivery by Christmas, so today seems just as good as ever. I’ve bought these a number of times over the years — first for my sick grandmother who had broken a rib and needed to sleep sitting up — second for my television-loving mother to nuzzle under — and, more recently, for us. These things are amazingly soft, machine washable, and they hold up like iron — all of the ones I’ve bought (as long ago as ten years now) are still in great condition. Brookstone now sells several iterations of it — textured blankets, “luxury” blankets, bed blankets, socks, robes, etc. — but if you’re looking for an easy gift that will be loved, the nap blanket is a sure bet. It’s $49.99 at Brookstone, and eligible for free 2-day express shipping. Nice! NAP Touch Throw Blanket
This glitter tech accessory from Kate Spade doesn’t really count as a business card case — it only holds one card. But this baby literally adheres to your phone via sticker — and “holds a single ID or credit card” according to the description. So: if you hate tucking your gym ID or your license into your bra — or you hate not having a place to stick your building ID while going from meeting to meeting — this could be a great idea. This fun glitter version is on sale for $25, but I’ll be the first to admit that “stuck to your phone” may be too prominent a place for such a sparkly, frothy thing — Kate Spade also offers much more subdued versions in matte leather for $28. Kate Spade New York Chunky Glitter Pocket Tech Accessory
Happy Thursday! As it’s getting down to the wire for holiday gift-buying, especially once you factor in shipping, wrapping, etc., Amazon comes through as always. I happened to find this great thread where readers were talking about their favorite kitchen gadgets, and one of the things mentioned was the Instant Pot. I don’t have one yet, but I keep hearing amazing things about them, and as someone who is into slow cooking myself I think this would be a really good gift for anyone else who’s a fan. It’s only $79 (list price $119) for this 7-in-1 that’s a combined slow cooker, pressure cooker, and rice cooker (plus other functions), and it’s eligible for Prime shipping. (Can anyone recommend an Instant Pot cookbook?) Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker