Coffee Break: Kate Satchel

This bag from Steven Alan comes in both merlot and ink green, and I kind of love the latter color. The satchel itself is very ladylike, and it reminds me of bags we’ve featured that were in the four-digit range, although it’s a lot more affordable at $395. It has a top handle as well as a removable crossbody strap, and it comes with a dust bag. It’s a good-sized bag at 10.25″ x 12.5″ x 4.75″, so if you’re on the hunt for something that size, the bag is available at Shopbop, Steven Alan (in black), and Amazon, where there’s one left in tan, on sale. Nordstrom has the Kate backpack and mini backpack for $350-$395. Kate Satchel

Here are two lower-priced options.

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Coffee Break: Okira Strappy Pump

There are a ton of nice Naturalizer pumps at Zappos with HIGH, high ratings. These strappy pumps look a bit like dance shoes in the picture, but if you watch the Zappos video (here’s a screencap) I think they’re actually that mythical strappy pump where they stay comfortably on your foot, have a flattering dip in the front (unlike most T-straps or ankle strap heels) — and look good with tights, pantyhose, or bare legs. They’re $99 at Zappos, available in regular and wide sizes 4-12, in four neutral colors. (Amazon has lucky sizes down as low as $49, and Nordstrom has even more colors.) Naturalizer Okira

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Coffee Break: Abbey Road Sunglasses

green sunglasses free peopleI was in the Free People store recently and couldn’t resist buying these slightly crazy green sunglasses. (I also took a quick picture for the blog’s Instagram story. They’re huge sunglasses even for me, with a mirrored lens that’s more of a tint than a dark glass.  They’re $20, exclusively at Free People — and they come in a six other colors if bottle green isn’t your cup of tea. Abbey Road Sunglasses

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Coffee Break: Fringe Moccasin Flat

Eeek, what fun flats — and I love this happy green color (but note that these also come in beige, navy, and pink). I’m not usually such a fan of moccasins or fringe, but somehow these are the best of all worlds, and they look sleek but comfortable and stylish. Love. They’re made in Italy and available for $310 at Nordstrom (but only in lucky sizes at this point). Fringe Moccasin Flat

Here are two lower-priced options.

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Coffee Break: Poetry Hair Tie

Ack, I’m so excited to see that the brand Colette Malouf is not only alive and well but still crazy overpriced and hanging with the cool kids at Club Monaco. I was lucky enough to go to a few Malouf sample sales back in my magazine journalism days and I still have some of her gorgeous hair ties in working order. This clear one is $78 at Club Monaco; obviously, more affordable options exist, like this $16 one at Nordstrom. Pictured: Colette Malouf Poetry Hair Tie

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Coffee Break: Nail Envy Nail Strengthener

I have always liked Nail Envy because it dries so quickly on my nails — I never have the patience to not type, swipe, or turn pages for the time it takes my nails to dry. So I was excited to see that Nail Envy now comes in colors, including the uber-popular pale pink Bubble Bath. I ordered the polish to check it out, and I like — just swiping on a single, light coat added considerable polish (ha) to my nails. The downside: It only lasted about a week by itself (no base or top coat), and maybe it was just me but I felt like it brought more attention to my unkempt cuticles. I’d say this is a winner if you’re looking for a quick and easy option between regular manicures — particularly because Nail Envy is renowned for its strengthening properties! — and not someone who (like me) is trying to shortcut a proper manicure entirely. Nail Envy comes in 10 colors at Amazon. OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener

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