Coffee Break: Josie Genuine Calf Hair Kitten Heel Pump

Readers have been singing the praises of Vionic heels for a long time — for their comfort and so forth — and I think this leopard print shoe looks like a great elevated neutral, let’s say. Sofft has a very similar style, the Belicia, that looks a little more like a very low pump, and Trotters also has some that are very low right now, like the Paulina, which has a snake print. I think that animal prints can be a fun way to bring a pop of personality to work outfits, and even though they may seem a little wild (no pun intended), they usually do work at conservative offices. These are $140 at Nordstrom (although stock is low, so note that Zappos has the Josie in a snake print for the same price). Josie Genuine Calf Hair Kitten Heel Pump

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Coffee Break: Michelle Tote

We recently rounded up some vegan bags in our post on six clothing and accessory brands for the stylish vegan professional, and we’ve just heard about another option: Marsi Bond, which makes eco-friendly, vegan leather bags (made from polyurethane, not PVC). The pictured Michelle Tote is office-friendly and durable — yet still stylish — and it has a zip top and an outside pocket that fits an iPhone 8+ or other large smartphones. Best of all (and I haven’t seen another brand that does this), the zip-out lining is removable and machine washable! I love that idea. The tote is available at Amazon for an affordable $88 in the pictured black as well as cognac, gray, pink, red, and a tricolor. I like the bit of red peeking out of the black one — it’s a nice little detail. Marsi Bond Michelle Tote

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Coffee Break: Extra Long Heated Neck Wrap

heated neck wrapI’m not sure if I’m dealing with allergies or a cold right now (or, hey, possibly strep, although I just had that in January), but I barely have any voice and my throat is sore from coughing all the time. I’ve been a fan of microwavable heating pads for a while, but the big, square, rice-filled one I have (and use a ton) isn’t quite doing the trick for me on my neck. I’ve just ordered this heated neck wrap, which I’m also hoping will make my throat feel nice AND help when my shoulders feel tense from carrying all my stress there. (But note that if you’ve got aches and pains, ice is often better to reduce inflammation, and heat might not be good — so follow your doctor’s (or Dr. Google’s) instructions. The neck wrap is $25 at Amazon. Sunny Bay Extra Long Heated Neck Wrap

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Coffee Break: Vara Low Heel Pumps

best low heel pumps for work - classic style! When I started the blog years ago, one of the first things I learned from readers was about some great brands for comfortable heels — I already knew about Cole Haan, but it was through discussions here that I discovered Stuart Weitzman and Salvatore Ferragamo. Ferragamo has higher, sleeker heels, but these low Vara pumps continue to be classics (as do the Varina flats). Every year they come out in a ton of neutrals as well as colors, and they have that preppy, “old money” kind of look about them. They’re $575 at full price, and as luxury items there are limited ways you can get a discount on them. (The main one that comes to mind is opening a store credit card for the “get 20% off ANY purchase!” discount.) Another way is to get them through the yearly ShopBop sale, which, as mentioned yesterday, is on right now through April 14. They still have sizes 4–11 left in the basic black, and with code EVENT18 they come down to $431. Nice. Vara Low Heel Pumps

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Coffee Break: Legal-Size Padfolio

legal-size padfolioI always think a leather padfolio is a great thing to add to your office — you look more professional running around with one from meeting to meeting, you always have a spot to stick things like tape flags, post-it notes, pens, as well as loose documents you may pick up at the meeting. New-to-me store Leatherology has a TON of padfolios, including (pictured) a legal-size padfolio, which feels pretty rare. They also have colorful padfolios, zippered padfolios, iPad/notebook combos, and padfolios for lefties. Nice. The pictured one comes in four neutral shades for $120. Legal-Size Padfolio

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Coffee Break: Nappa Flex Ballerina Flat

Nappa Flex BallerinaI remember reading years ago that WSJ fashion columnist Teri Agins kept a pair of Ferragamos in her purse for her “commuting shoe” and thinking to myself, MAN, I have got to raise my shoe game — my flip flops or foldable flats clearly are subpar! (This isn’t the article I’m thinking of but here’s another article where Teri Agins sings the praises of Ferragamo flats.) Looking at these Ferragamos, though, I can see why — they look lightweight and comfortable, even if they’re definitely more solid and less foldable than my CitySlips. The shoes are $360 at Zappos, available in this lovely hot pink as well as a ton of neutrals. Nappa Flex Ballerina Flat

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