COLOR BLOCK: Moleskine revs us up for getting organized in the same way that buying a new pencil case or Trapper Keeper got us all geared up in high school. And their Color-a-Month Daily Planner – a case of 12 rainbow-hued 3.5 x 5.5 inch notebook planners in a handsome boxed set – is one of our favorite goodies from their new 2010 offerings. $39.95 at Sam Flax, 12 West 20th Street; 212-620-3000.
STRAPPED: The slightly boho Wendy Nichol Cross City Bag is one of those accessories you’ll have forever. The saddle-colored leather will only get richer in color over time, and pretty soon people will ask you if it’s a vintage piece from the 1970s. $395 at Stuart and Wright, 85 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-797-0011.
CHEAP, ELEGANT: For five days, the quiet luxury of Elie Tahari’s apparel can be yours for a whopping 70 to 80 percent off at the sample sale, meaning pumps for $79 (originally almost $500) and cocktail dresses that used to be $600 now just $99. Menswear, womenswear, shoes, and accessories all get the slash. October 20-24, 510 Fifth Avenue; 212-398-2622.
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