Readers recommended these purse shapers in our last discussion on closet organization, and I think they’re a great solution to the problem of having purses that get slouchy if you don’t stuff them with papers when they’re not being used. I like the quilted look because it feels more luxurious, and these come in a variety of sizes. They are a little pricey at $14.99 to $29.99 (at the Container Store), but I think that’s one of the reasons they make a great gift idea for the women in your life who may be handbag fanatics. (And if you give one of these to someone who ends up not liking it — and returning it — there’s a ton of other stuff they can get at the Container Store.) These are well priced for a gift for a colleague or a mother-in-law, for example, and they have great reviews. Quilted Purse Shapers by Innies
This shoe has been around for a long time, and I don’t think we’ve ever featured it in a Coffee Break. It was one of Sarah Jessica Parker’s original styles, I believe, and I like the classic 3″ heel, the sleek look, the cutouts, and the grosgrain ribbon detail at the back. It’s just a really good shoe, particularly if you’re not great in heels or you want something to wear with tights. It only has 10 reviews at Nordstrom, but they’re very positive, and it’s still available in lucky sizes 6, 8.5, 9.5, 10, and 10.5. SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ‘Phoebe’ Mary Jane Pump
Here’s a more affordable option in a somewhat similar style, available in three widths in sizes 5-12.
If you’re looking for a gift idea for an older woman in your life — or really, for any woman — these are really nice pajamas. (This year, I’m buying gift cards to Soma for a lot of the older women I know.) I think the Cool Nights pajamas are intended for women who may be getting hot flashes at night, but honestly, they’re some of my favorite pajamas. I love that they come in short lengths (plus regular and tall), so if you’re a shorty like me at 5’4″ you don’t have to flop around in your PJs. They’re machine washable and they wash well, and the latest pair I bought has pockets, which is great. Soma has a lot of cute bras too, and readers have recommended their Vanishing Edge panties. This set is available in sizes XS-XXL and is on sale for $49 (from $70) at Soma. ‘Pass the Bubbly’ Scoopneck Long Sleeve Pajama Set
This cute lunch bag is easy to clean and has adjustable shoulder straps and a small handle at the top. Of course, I love the colors, considering they’re the blog colors, but I also like how this bag is sort of feminine but also sort of masculine at the same time. If you’re looking for a new lunch bag for yourself or for someone in your life (holiday gift?), this one is $25 at Staples. Cynthia Rowley, Navy Blue with Pink Stripes Lunch Bag
Oooh: Anthropologie’s sale section is an extra 40% off — lots of great options if you want to stock up on gifts for friends, family, or, you know, yourself. This pretty little desk accessory is the perfect pop of color near your monitor, and it’s a useful little one at that — you can hold post-it notes, business cards, and other small pieces of paper you don’t want to lose. (Receipts for reimbursement, anyone?) I love malachite (even faux malachite, such as this), but for some reason I associate it with “gifts for him” — I think this would work as a great little gift for anyone in your life who likes color. (If you know someone who loves this color of green, do check out these gorgeous green office accessories too.) The desk clip was $24, then marked to $12; with the extra 40% off it comes down to $7.99. Nice. Even-Handed Desk Clip
There are also some great workwear pieces in the sale — I particularly love that skirt (almost entirely sold out in the other color, red), and would save it for tomorrow morning’s workwear report if I thought it would last that long!:
Oooh: of course I’m going to love the metallic cobalt card case from Kate Spade — but the whole collection looks fun, especially if you’re the type who a) likes to have a colored wallet/card case so it’s easy to find in your bag, b) you like feminine, girly things, or c) you are trying to find a small gift for a person who meets either a) or b). (I did try the use-a-card-case-instead-of-a-wallet-in-my-clutch trick the last time I wore a clutch and I really liked it.) Anyhoo: the card case is $50, and comes in a metallic cobalt, hot pink, and a more muted rose gold that isn’t pictured here; the larger wallets go as high as $158; they’re available at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom,. (The confetti one in the picture is the “Grant Lane” collection, also fun.) kate spade new york Rainer Lane Metallic Card Case
Sale Alert: MAC is offering 25% off all orders through 12/4. Wish I’d known that before I ordered the Soar lipliner (one of their bestsellers) during Cyber Monday, but hopefully all the mascara samples I got (the Cyber Monday deal) will make up for that.