Coffee Break – Elodee Oxfords

Nine West - Elodee (Black/Black Suede) - FootwearThis high-heeled oxford kind of shoe is the kind of thing my mother would look at with disdain and call a “nun shoe,” but I actually think they’re a great workwear basic. This pair from Nine West looks particularly attractive — a nice stacked heel with what looks like lots of cushioning, and good comfort reports on Zappos. Score! I’d wear them with tall, wide-legged pants, or with matching opaque tights and a slightly short skirt (nothing below the knee). They’re available in black, black suede, brown, and brown suede, for $53.40 at today’s sale on 6pm.com.  Nine West – Elodee (Black/Black Suede) – Footwear

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Coffee Break – Yoga for Stress Relief DVD

Yoga for Stress Relief
I’m just going to start by saying this: I am not a yoga chick. Part of this stems from the fact that I’ve always been really flexible, but with lousy balance, so I can get into the positions really easily and then just fall over. That said, I wanted to recommend this DVD to you guys — particularly as the end of the year amps into a fairly stressful time of year. This DVD has 20+ easy to follow routines that target (in generally 15-20 minute segments) specific pains, such as lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches — and yoga that purports to help stomach and digestive issues, as well as troubled sleep, including insomnia. For $13.49 through Amazon, it’s a great investment in YOU. Yoga for Stress Relief

Coffee Break – White and Black Diamond Hoop

White and Black Diamond HoopI was recently introduced to the shop LooptyHoops, which specializes in hoop earrings — including some lovely huggie earrings (my personal favorite for the office). I’m currently lusting after these white and black diamond hoops — they’re sparkly yet understated at the same time, and so much more interesting than the normal boring diamond posts. They’re $1,020 at LooptyHoops. White and Black Diamond Hoop

P.S. The folks at LooptyLoop are offering a special discount to Corporette readers:  use code “Corporette” (no quotes) to get an additional 11% off (good through the month of December).

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Coffee Break – Closed-Toe Slip-Ons

FORNARINA Closed-toe slip-ons Oooh: I first spied these in the black/gray/blue combo, but when I saw the purple I knew it was fate: I love these purple pumps from Fornarina. I love the way the purple leather details wrap around the front of the shoe — almost as if it were a peep toe, but I believe this is a totally closed-toe shoe. Unfortunately, very limited sizes are available — but if you’re a smaller size, it’s your lucky day. The shoes were $135, but are now marked to $69 at Yoox (which offers free shipping on all orders). FORNARINA Closed-toe slip-ons

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Coffee Break – Fretwell Satchel

ALDO - Fretwell (Purple) - Bags and LuggageZappos has a number of nice-looking Aldo purses for surprisingly affordable prices. This purple “Fretwell” (also available in cognac/bronze) looks great.  I love the faux ostrich leather and the dark, dark purple.  It’s (wow) $48 at Zappos. ALDO – Fretwell (Purple) – Bags and Luggage

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Coffee Break – Commando Tights

We are firmly into fall right now, and that means I am thinking tights. I had heard about Commando for years as being the best “opaque” tights, but it wasn’t until last year (when I got a pair for free at a Bare Necessities event, to be honest) that I tried them out — and they really are everything I’ve read. They’re opaque, matte, soft, silky, and (so far, fingers crossed) durable. One more thing to add to your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping lists… At the moment they’re $34 at a number of places, including Bare Necessities, ShopBop, Revolve, Piperlime, Freshpair, Nordstrom, and Amazon, and available in black, brown, purple, red, gray, and olive. Commando 70 Denier Matte Tights Panty Hose

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