Coffee Break: Biggy Color-Block Textured-Leather Tote

The British brand Yuzefi (“A cult sensation on Instagram,” says Net-a-Porter) is new to me, but I love these blocky, interesting looks they have, with wide straps, very noticeable grommets, and other unique details. This one is called a tote but is actually a pretty small bag. It’s got a look to it that’s really different — and it comes in the pictured color combination as well as another that’s mostly light yellow. The bag is $660 at Net-a-Porter, and you can also find some Yuzefi bags at Bergdorf GoodmanBiggy Color-Block Textured-Leather Tote

Two more affordable options are at Lord & Taylor and DSW.

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Coffee Break: Katarina Block Heel Pump

Sole Society used to have some reader-favorite heels that were really affordable — under $70, if memory serves. Sadly, those are no longer available, but this block heel pump made me take notice, partly because of its many positive reviews at Nordstrom. It has a great modern look if you want a block heel but also an ankle strap. We’re featuring it in the light camel, but the mustard is kind of hard to resist, too. (I feel like mustard is going to be big for fall.) It also comes in black suede, but that has a wooden heel, which makes it a bit more casual. The shoe comes in sizes 6.5–12 and is $79.95–$84.95 at Nordstrom. Sole Society has some additional options on its website, including a blue and a nice floral. Katarina Block Heel Pump

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Coffee Break: Faux-Leather Envelope Card Wallet

We’ve often featured little envelope card wallets for carrying cards or collecting cards at networking events, but I don’t think I’ve seen any as low as $5, like this one at Old Navy.  The gold is fun and would be easy to find in your bag (it also comes in silver and blush), and at this price, it’s something to try if you’re not sure you need a card wallet. Of course, you can find similarly affordable options at Etsy and AmazonFaux-Leather Envelope Card Wallet

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Coffee Break: Mai Kitten Heel Pump

We featured the black version of this Calvin Klein kitten heel in our recent roundup of comfortable work heels — it was one of the low-heeled options that wasn’t pictured, so I’m featuring it today. It’s perfect if you mostly wear flats but might want to wear heels with a dress to get a sleeker look, or want to elevate your height a tiny bit. (Of course, if you’re more comfortable in flats, you should wear them!) This “rose quartz,” is such a fun color, and the light blue is lovely, as well. The shoe is $109 at Nordstrom and comes in sizes 5–11. Mai Kitten Heel Pump

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Coffee Break: Leigh Anne Crossbody

stylish clear purse for sports games To say that I’m not really a sports person is an understatement… but even I know a lot of stadiums have new limits on what you’re allowed to bring into the stadium, including only clear bags. (Here’s the NFL’s policy, for example.) So I was intrigued to see this stylish and high quality collection from Gigi New York, designed to be in compliance with new regulations. They also have a really cute leather tassel in a variety of game colors that you can add to the bag for an additional $25. The bag itself is $135. LEIGH ANNE CROSSBODY

Psst: here’s our last discussion on what to wear to a sports game with clients or coworkers.

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Coffee Break: Metro Pouch

Really big pouches inside totes: yea or nay? (This one is 13″ x 10″ if you are on the hunt for one.) I’m a huge fan of smaller pouches for purses (I pretty much just move my makeup pouch and wallet whenever I switch bags, although I often have a tiny Purel container, pack of gum, and several prepackaged snacks floating free in my bag.) The bigger pouch always seems like it would be a great idea, and yet I never successfully use it with totes. (In my work tote I do keep keep a smaller pouch with a pen, post-it notes, a snack bar, tissues, Purel, and one of those 3-pronged wall taps… and I suppose if I’d kept my Bluetooth keyboard in a bigger pouch it wouldn’t have gotten damaged recently.) If you do use the big-removable-pouch-inside-totes, what do you keep inside it?  If you’re on the hunt, this one is $55, colorful, lightweight, and from MZ Wallace; there’s also a purple multi-colored “laser print” and a bright pink. Fun! Metro Pouch

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