Coffee Break: Mercury Glass Frames

It’s been a while since we talked about framed photographs as office decor (particularly family pictures at the office) — what pictures do you have framed? These pretty mercury glass frames at Anthropologie look great for walking that line between stylish and nondescript — they’re not loud or flashy, but when you look more closely they’re pretty cool. They’re available in three sizes, and prices range from $24-$32. Mercury Glass Frames

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Coffee Break: Tumi

leather laptop backpackIt’s been a while since we’ve done a roundup of backpacks for work, but most people really, really seem to like their Tumi backpacks — and if you’re looking for a “classic professional” style, Tumi is among those that are the most timeless. This nice leather laptop backpack is 20% off in the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (along with a lot of Tumi stuff, actually) — so while it was $495, now it’s $395. Nice. Calais Leather Computer Backpack

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Coffee Break: Felicia Flat


2018 Update: Gearing up for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018? Early access starts July 12, 2018 and the sale opens to the public on July 20, 2018 — sign up for our newsletter to get our picks for workwear and beyond! (You can check out some of our more recent Nordstrom sale picks here!)

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We’ve featured uber popular Felicia flat in a number of our roundups — but I don’t think we’ve ever done a Coffee Break on it. If you haven’t seen the shoe in person: this thing has some serious padding. I like the little bow on the top, and it comes in so.many.different.colors and prints and fabrics that there’s something for everyone (if you’ve been wanting a weird specific color like light blue suede or black polka dot, take a look at the options). Right now you can find options as low as $39 during the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale or lucky sizes as low as $29 at Amazon; Zappos also has a ton of options. (If you’re looking at one of the sale options, just a warning: they also come in little girl sizes, so make sure you’re looking at regular women’s sizes!) The shoe is $99-$119 on full price, with many available in sizes 4-13 and in three widths.  Sam Edelman Felicia Flats

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Coffee Break: Sadie Flat

Great flat for work: Sadie flatI am honestly torn: I can’t decide which color of this flat I prefer. Problems, problems. This beigey caramel color is really lovely and would have that leg-lengthening effect if it’s a nude-for-you color — but the black version of the flat has a really great snakeskin texture that is so interesting. I’ve heard great things about the brand, Paul Green, but have yet to pull the trigger — any notes, readers? The shoe is $289, at Nordstrom.  Sadie Flat

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Coffee Break: Marti Leather Shoulder Bag

2018 Update: Gearing up for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018? Early access starts July 12, 2018 and the sale opens to the public on July 20, 2018 — sign up for our newsletter to get our picks for workwear and beyond! (You can check out some of our more recent Nordstrom sale picks here!)

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I always like a nice blue bag — if you haven’t had one before you’ll be surprised how versatile the bag can be against workwear. Blue bags look great with black, navy, gray, white, and other neutrals, and can be a nice pop of contrast against reds — but blues plays nicely with other colors like pastels and darker greens and purples. Another bonus: because blue bags often don’t go well with denim, you can find them on sale — like this Kate Spade one, marked from $328 to $219. Nice. thompson street – marti leather shoulder/crossbody bag

Psst: It isn’t announced yet, but a ton of new markdowns have hit the Nordstrom site today — I think this is the beginning of the Half Yearly Sale. I’ll try to do a roundup early tomorrow!

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Coffee Break: Wallaroo Scrunchie Sunhat

best sunhat for women according to the readers!I’ve taken sun protection very seriously since around the time my first son was born — I’m not sure if pregnancy made my skin more vulnerable or what, but what seemed at the time like adorable “I’m pregnant!” freckles have turned into darker spots that are distinctly less adorable. In short: Wear a hat and sunscreen! (I’ve seen readers debate the need for sunscreen if you work inside all day, in which case you may want to just grab a hat if you find sunscreen annoying — but as I’ve been having fun getting more into skincare this year it’s worth noting that some of the chemicals, face masks, etc., that are popular now leave your skin extremely vulnerable to the sun. One of my OTC night products warned that it had “reservoir effects” and therefore you should wear sunscreen for a full week after you discontinue use. Wow.)

Readers have recommended this big, packable, UPF-50 hat as good for travel, and I think it looks great whether you’re just going for brunch with girlfriends or heading to the beach to settle in with your new novel. They’re $30–$50, both on the Wallaroo website as well as on Amazon; note that they also make one for smaller heads.

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