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  • October 10, 2014

    Acrylic Desktop Accessories

    As a full-time blogger/writer, it’s important for me to have an inspiring workspace.  An inspiring working environment to me is simply an uncluttered, neat & quiet place to sit along with a few essentials at my disposal.  And yes, an outdoor view is a must.  The right surroundings encourages work efficiency as well as creativity.

    desk decor

    Some of the must-haves by my laptop are a cup of jasmine green tea, aromatic things like candles and rosemary, iPhone, notebooks and a stack of magazines.  I also added these two accessories to brighten up my black desk – Monogrammed Acrylic Pencil Cup & Kate Spade Acrylic Stapler.  Clear acrylic & gold screamed to be paired together!

    acrylic desk accessories

    Both of the items are from Design Darling, the online boutique & life style blog ran by Mackenzie Horan.  Check her NYC apartment to see more of her dazzling decor style.

    I used the pencil cup as a floral vase instead.  You can use this versatile acrylic container however you wish!  The stapler is proudly displaying on top of my mags unlike the ugly stapler that I hid inside the drawer prior.

    tablescape

    A little change can enhance your working mood whether a fresh candle, flowers or small desk accessories.  When things are pleasing to the eye, they sure are good for the mind!  Take a look at this collection of ever-inspiring workspaces from chic home offices to outdoor studios.

    Disclosure: Design Darling provided me with the accessories in exchange for writing a review.  All opinions expressed in this post are purely my own.

    October 8, 2014

    Look for Less – Roger Vivier Belle Vivier Flats

    comfortable office shoes

    A pair of walkable, polished flats are great for everyday wear especially at the office.  Roger Vivier’s Belle Vivier flats are dressed up with a hardware buckle giving them an extra spot of shine.  You can get a similar style for less than $100 with these pairs from here & here!

    photo via Garance Dore

    October 6, 2014

    Notice-Me Necklaces

    I am completely smitten by this Fan Bib Necklace (sold out) that I recently bought from Saks Off 5th.  The necklace was only $35.99 $148 with a sale-on-sale deal!  The piece is exquisite and has a vintage look that exudes a layer of dazzling color and shine.

    multi stone necklace

    All the statement necklaces below are currently available on a fabulous discount as well.  They are all certainly outfit-icing with each having it’s own glorious design.  Use code FRIENDS to take an extra 40% off your order.

    statement bib necklaces

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    October 3, 2014

    A Heel’s Best Friends

    If only every day was casual Friday and you could wear flats and sneakers.  Sadly, most nine-to-five’s require you to put on your big girl pants and strap on some heels.  To make your work day a little less painful, we’ve compiled some tips and accessories you can buy to keep your feet feeling fine.

    Inserts & Moleskin

    Moleskin pads and shoe inserts should be every working lady’s best friend (next to things like email, your phone, and the snack machine, obviously).  They can help prevent painful blisters from forming, the inevitable ball-of-you-foot pain, and many other common foot ailments common in women who wear high heels.  Find the right supportive inserts to keep your heels comfortable (even if you have to stay late)!

    high arch insoles

    No-Show Socks

    If you’re wearing a classic pump or a slightly more covered shoe, you may be able to get away with wearing no-show socks.  These tiny socks cover the bottom of your feet, the back of your heels, and your toes so they’re invisible when wearing most shoes.  Plus, no more smelly heels!  Socks will absorb your sweat, also reducing the chance of friction blisters.

    no show heel socks

    Switch Up the Heel

    Sometimes the pain is stemming not from blisters or rubbing, but from the actual type of shoe you’re wearing.  Thin-heeled shoes, while fashionable, generally hurt more than shoes with thicker heels or wedge shoes.  If your office allows it, try purchasing a pair of wedges or trendier thick heeled pumps.  You can look just as chic and professional as you would in your go-to office pumps, but your feet will be thanking you at the end of the day!

    low heel pumps

    Covered Shoes

    While this might not be applicable for all offices, but most will let you wear some type of heeled boot as long as you’re not trying to walk into the office in straight-up motorcycle boots.  The benefit of wearing a covered shoe like a heeled boot is that it keeps your foot more steady in the shoe, so there’s less chance of slippage and friction.

    leopard print ankle boots

    Heel Height

    Sometimes the best solution is to just wear a lower heel.  You don’t need to walk around the office in 4 inch heels when there are some midi and kitten heels that are just as stylish.  Wearing lower heels reduced the pressure you put on the balls of your feet and more evenly distributes your weight.  You still get some of the leg flattering and height boosting benefits of wearing heels, but you don’t have the discomfort that the higher heels bring.

    low black pumps

    Antiperspirant Spray

    This may sound weird, but antiperspirant sprayed in your heels before heading out for the day can really help with blisters and rubbing.  Moist skin due to sweat rubs and chaffs against the material of your heels, but if you spray a layer of antiperspirant on your foot, it forms a layer that can protect your feet while stopping the sweat from even forming.  Voila!  No more blisters!

    arrid spray

    Whether you try all these tips or just some is up to you.  While “pain is beauty” may be some women’s motto’s when it comes to wearing heels, it doesn’t have to be yours.  You can still look professional and stylish at work without having to suffer for your shoes.

    September 29, 2014

    Modern Office Looks Up To 65% Off

    Are you enjoying this gorgeous season?  I’m scouring for sales & bargains on this cool, rainy day while sipping a cup of coffee.  I love this time of the year from the crisp, pine-scented air to searching for autumn fashion!  Well, here are some wonderful finds that I have for you below.  Head on over to 6pm for more work pieces at great discounts.

     

    MORE SALES ~ stock up on your fall & winter work wardrobes!

    Jcrew25% off Women’s wear-to-work styles, Men’s sweaters, shirts and pants, and Boys’ and Girls’ fall-ready styles. Online only! Use code PICKASALE . Offer valid 9/25 – 9/29.
    Ann Taylor50% off Select Full-Price and All Sale Styles. Start Shopping 9/25/2014 at 12 AM EST.
    LastcallFriends & Family: Take an Extra 30% Off your Entire Purchase at LastCall.com! Or take an Extra 40% Off using Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman credit card. Offer valid 9/24-10/1 at 8:00am CST.
    JNY25% Off Entire Site During Jones New York Anniversary Sale. (Ends 9/29!)

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