Coffee Break: Cherish Tote

Minkoff Cherish ToteAmazon is offering an additional 20% off a ton of bags and shoes, making some sale prices even lower. Take, for example, this tote from Rebecca Minkoff: it was $195, then marked to $136, but with code 20OFFVET it comes down to $109. Nice. It’s a great basic leather tote bag, and at 13″ x 18.5″ x 5.5″ it’s plenty big. Plus, it’s eligible for Prime. Hooray! Rebecca Minkoff Cherish Travel Tote

The Next Step: Bags

How to Upgrade Your Handbag Collection | CorporetteHow to Upgrade Your Handbag Collection | CorporetteWhat are the different “levels” for handbags — and how do you upgrade your handbag collection?  I’m curious to hear what readers say.  We’ve already talked about how to upgrade your professional wardrobe, as well as where to buy grown-up furniture… up next in our Next Step series: handbags. I’m pretty solidly in Bucket 3 at the moment.  I had a lot of fun wearing purses a few years ago, striving to wear a new one from my collection every week — but now I tend to reach for the same one whenever I head out, so I can see the sense in having a Bucket 5 bag if that’s the only one you wear. (Here’s what I usually carry in my bag.)  To me, the must-have details in any bag are a good leather or durable canvas (unless it’s a really fun color that I’ve never owned before — and a good sale), interior pockets, feet, a zipper on top — and I always appreciate an attached key fob and fun lining.  Ladies, what are your must-haves?  Which buckets of bags do you currently own — and have you been upgrading them as you move up the career ladder? Which brands am I forgetting in the different buckets? 

Bucket 1: Budget Bags

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress

Dorothy Perkins Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’ve been seeing a lot of what I’ll call the “mullet” trend with dresses, pants, even blazers — it’s one color on the front and another color on the back.  I’m not a fan of this, in general… and yet, I love this teal notch neck dress from Dorothy Perkins, which incorporates that element (at least, the upper back of the dress is all black).  I like the dark teal color with tiny polka dots, I like that it’s machine washable, and I like that it’s 110 cm long (43″). I also like that it’s $44, full price. Happy Friday!  Dorothy Perkins Tall Teal Notch Neck Dress

The pictured dress comes in sizes 4-18, but here’s a few plus size options that are similar: here and here.

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Stamped Structure Leather Trim Top

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Classiques Entier Stamped Structure Leather Trim TopNordstrom has a ton of nice Classiques Entier on sale right now, and I’m liking this structured, thick tee with leather trim details. It seems like a great way to elevate ankle pants or the like for the office — I can particularly see it being great if you tend to run hot (or you have an aggressive radiator in your office). The top was $198, but is now $98.98. (And please check out this gorgeous dress and matching jacket, also — they’re not in the price points for our Thursday posts but I love that dress!) The pictured top: Classiques Entier Stamped Structure Leather Trim Top

Here’s a more affordable option, which also comes in plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: Samantha Pump

Fitzwell Samantha Pump | CorporetteI’m not a big fan of metallic toes, but I love this little accent on these Fitzwell pumps, and I think all of the colors look gorgeous.  (It’s available in black suede, pictured, navy suede, black leather, and leopard pony, ha cha cha). I always think of Fitzwell as a comfortable (but affordable) brand, and these seem true to form — the shoes are $69-$79, and available in sizes 5-13, in regular, wide, and extra wide sizes, at ZapposFitzwell Samantha Pump

(Here’s a similar option in flats.)

Psst: check out The Corporette Guide to Comfortable Heels if you’re on the hunt…

Coffee Break: Sterling Silver Huggie Earrings

Nancy B Sterling Silver Huggie Earrings | CorporetteI always love a good huggie — and these sterling silver huggie earrings look comfortable, classic, and stylish. They’re $66 at Bloomingdale’s. Nancy B Sterling Silver Huggie Earrings

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