Coffee Break: Warner Ankle Strap Pump

About two years ago now I was drooling over a gorgeous shoe from Valentino — their Tango pump. (You can still get it in lucky sizes at a few spots like The Outnet.) A classic pump with an ankle strap and a low, walkable heel — sign me up. So I was excited recently to see these Cole Haan pumps because they’ve got the same classic, ladylike style as the Valentino pumps — but for much less money. These beige pumps keep dipping into and out of stock at Nordstrom in beige and black (today they’re in, in sizes 5.5-11), but note that Amazon has a TON of other colors in lucky sizes. At full price the shoe is $160. Warner Ankle Strap Pump

Looking for other beige pumps or nude-for-you pumps? Check out our recent roundup!

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Coffee Break: La Petite Robe Noire Lip & Cheek Tint

I picked this up in Bergdorf’s a few weeks ago while shopping with my friend Auntie M — I was killing time while she was looking at the Guerlain perfumes and was curious because the container looks shockingly bright in person. I put some on my hand and yes, it is SHOCKINGLY bright when you apply — but when you rub it in it just kind of disappears into a very gentle, happy wash of color. (In terms of consistency, it’s slightly thicker than the classic red liquid Benetint.) I tried some on my cheeks and Auntie M looked over and said, “WOW — that just wakes up your whole face. Really lovely.” Ok, sign me up. You can buy it a ton of places (Bergdorf, Nordstrom, Amazon) but as the big Sephora sale is going on I thought we could use this post as a jumping off point to talk about what we’re getting / want to get. (Here’s a recent roundup I did of several beauty products I’ve tried recently, including Good Genes — we also had a great discussion about beauty empties (the beauty products you actually finish and buy again) a while back — we’ve added a bunch of links so you can go directly to the Sephora listing if you want to.) Regarding the sale: Those with Insider status get 10% off with code YAYINSIDER; with VIB status, 15% off (YAYVIB); and with Rouge status, 15% off (YAYROUGE). The sale ends on April 23. Pictured: The lip and cheek tint is $35 full price. La Petite Robe Noire Lip & Cheek Tint

Psst: here are a few recent comment threads where people also talked about what they’re getting at this Sephora sale.

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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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