Coffee Break: GG Marmont Matelassé Leather Shoulder Bag

This gorgeous leather bag from Gucci looks kind of perfect. I love the sort of quilted leather, the color options (like red and “porcelain rose”), and the sueded lining. I do wish the top of it was closeable — it’s just open without even a magnetic closure. (Granted, the woman who owns this is probably not taking the subway very often anyway!) The bag is $2,450 at Nordstrom and is also at Saks and Bergdorf GoodmanGG Marmont Matelassé Leather Shoulder Bag

Ted Baker has a more affordable bag that’s also black with matelassé stitching.

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Coffee Break: The Handbag Raincoat

I just noticed that there’s a product called the Handbag Raincoat over at Shopbop (and also at HandbagRaincoat.comThe Container Store, and Amazon). They make it in both a small and large size, which are $10 and $20, respectively. I can see it as being a great option, particularly in in-between weather when you don’t have a big coat to cover your bag if you get caught in the rain. You could even keep this in your office so that if you end up needing it you can just grab it on your way out. This pictured size is $20. The Handbag Raincoat

Psst: We actually have an old post where someone wanted advice on how to weatherproof her work tote — this seemed like a much more elegant solution than my “just wear a big coat” advice…

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Coffee Break: Bold Shoulder Bag

Very boxy shoulder bags are very in right now, and I find I like the structured look. The shoulder strap is adjustable, so presumably it’s a lot longer than pictured here — I like the little gold detail on the magnetic top flap, as well as the fun lining for the interior. It’s $588 at ShopBop.  MANU Atelier Bold Shoulder Bag

Looking for something more affordable? This $180 bag is similar, and this Etsy shop looks like they might be able to produce something similar via a custom order, possibly for even under $50. (Psst: which are your favorite Etsy shops and gifts, ladies? It’s a little early to be thinking about holiday gifts, I know, but we’re thinking of doing a roundup of Etsy stores sooner rather than later because sellers book up so early…)

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Cocktail Break: Islay Whiskey Set

Yes…. I’m running a bit late today. So instead of a Coffee Break let’s have a cocktail break (or, hey, a discussion about cocktails in the office, at least) — does anyone subscribe to the “office bar cart” that was so popular in, say, Mad Men-era offices? I’ve known women who keep a bottle of whiskey in their desk to have the occasional nip while working late at the office — but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone with a full fledged decanter or set of crystal glasses, at least not on display. Still: if you are looking for one, either for work or at home, Crate & Barrel always has some of the more affordable decanters and sets — this $199 one (including a decanter, two tumblers, a “serving jug and walnut wood accessories” is lovely. Islay Whiskey Set

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Coffee Break: Marieta Flats

which shoes to wear with navy tightsI originally flagged these flats to feature because they have an embroidered version (in addition to a navy and black suede) — and embroidery details are very trendy right now! Still, I think I like the suede versions the best. I noticed a lot of comments on the work outfit challenges thread regarding what to wear with navy tights — I always say to go ahead and wear black with navy, particularly with shoes, but if you really don’t like mixing your colors, an affordable shoe like this is another good option. They’re $52 at Zappos and Amazon, available in sizes 6-11. (Aldo Shoes has them even lower, at $41!) Marieta Flats

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Coffee Break: Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere ScarfI’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: A nice thick and soft office pashmina can be helpful in so many situations, particularly in fall weather when it’s hot one day and cold the next. Nordstrom always has a nice wool and cashmere option for $99, and they have a bunch of fun prints this year — I’m really not a floral person but I dig this “pressed flower” one. Don’t worry that it’s called a scarf — it’s 28″ x 80″, which is actually bigger than the “oversized wrap” pictured here. The point is that it’s thin enough to wear as a scarf OR a wrap if you want to. It’s $99. Pressed Flowers Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf

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