Eileen Fisher Silk-Cotton Interlock Peplum Jacket, Camisole & Straight Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

When I came across this modern, classic and washable suit, I was not surprised to learn that it’s made by Eileen Fisher. It’s a magic mix of sharp and wearable.

Eileen Fisher Silk-Cotton Interlock Peplum Jacket, Long Slim Camisole & Straight Skirt

While I’d certainly be happy to see the suit paired with a pretty print top (like this gorgeous floral print silk top from Nanette Lepore), this ensemble looks remarkably polished and easy to wear in monochrome navy.

The Eileen Fisher Silk-Cotton Interlock Peplum Jacket ($378), Long Slim Camisole ($98) and Straight Skirt ($198) are available from Neiman Marcus in Navy or Black and in Regular, Petite and Plus sizes. Some sizes and colors are no longer available, but the selection looks good overall.

Deal Alert: today and tomorrow you can take $50 off your select regular-priced online purchase from Neiman Marcus of $200 or more with promo code OCT50.

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Professional, Smart & Chic – UGG Claudine Tall Boots

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

Today’s post is brought to you by the Department of Never Say Never.

This is because I never expected to find myself smitten by a pair of UGG boots – much less a pair of UGG boots that you can wear in a professional office.

But behold the UGG Claudine Tall Boots in Black (with gorgeous dark brown whipstitching) and you’ll see why I’ve come around.

UGG Claudine Tall Boot - Black

These UGGs are sleek and sophisticated. They feature a lovely almond-shaped toe and a 3-inch stack heel. They are also lined with comfy wool – which means you can wear them with or without socks.

Some reviewers have noted that the boots run small and that the shaft circumference is narrow.

The UGG Claudine Tall Boots are available in Black with dark brown whipstitching or Chestnut with dark brown whipstitching (shown below) for about $300 from Zappos, Nordstrom and UGG Australia.

UGG Claudine Tall Boot - Chestnut Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom, UGG Australia and Zappos.

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Pendleton Cynthia Knit Floral Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

Pendleton has a very nice selection of professional dresses on sale right now, and this chic Pendleton Cynthia Knit Floral Dress is my favorite.

Pendleton Cynthia Knit Floral Dress

I love the dress’ asymmetrical neckline, side ruching and sophisticated floral print in black and indigo. The dress is also washable and perfect for travel. A couple reviewers wish the fabric were thicker, but most are delighted with this flattering dress.

The Pendleton Cynthia Knit Floral Dress is available in Regular and Petite sizes for $94.99 (regularly $159) and in Plus sizes for $100.99 (regularly $169).

The Pendleton Cynthia Dress is also available full-price in Regular, Petite and Plus sizes from Amazon – here’s a lovely picture of the dress in plus.

Pendleton Cynthia Knit Floral Dress - Plus

 

Interestingly, Zappos has the Cynthia Dress full price in regular sizes, but the Petite and Plus sizes are on sale for about $85 on 6pm.com.

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Topshop Jitter Studded Kitten Heel Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

When I think of the trendy British retailer Topshop, practical work shoes are not one of the first (or even twentieth) things that come to mind. But this Topshop Jitter Studded Kitten Heel Pump ($75 from Nordstrom) may change that.

Topshop Jitter Studded Kitten Heel Pump

Sleek studded black leather and a walkable 2-inch heel? Sign me up, please.

In fact, Topshop has an impressive selection of Kitten Heel Pumps for day and night – all $100 or less.

Here’s another picture of the Jitter Pump from Topshop (available in limited sizes for $75) that shows off the shoe’s design.

Topshop Jitter Studded Kitten Heel Pumps Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom and Topshop.

Rest Your Eyes on This – Under $100 – Hobo Iridescent Stripe Britt Cosmetics Case

In “Rest Your Eyes on This,” Commandress takes a mini-vacation to spotlight something that is lovely and delightful – regardless of its practicality or its price.

One of the reasons that I always enjoy checking out Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship store – and browsing Lord & Taylor’s Friends & Family Sale online – is because you can always find something that isn’t available anywhere else.

Today I’m hopelessly enamored of this flash-tastic Hobo Iridescent Stripe Britt Cosmetics Case, which is $51 on sale (regularly $68). I love the thoroughly modern iridescent material paired with the retro design – including an interior mirror.

Hobo Iridescent Stripe Britt Cosmetics Case

Hobo Iridescent Stripe Britt Cosmetics Case - Interior

This strikes me as a fantastic item to have on hand as a gift – the cold weather has me thinking about stocking up for the holidays!

I also love this gorgeous Hobo Iridescent Stripe Hayward Clutch ($81 on sale; regularly $108).

Hobo Hayward Iridescent Stripe Clutch

Deal Alert – You can save 25% on most merchandise and 10% on cosmetics during Lord & Taylor’s Friends & Family Sale through 10/26/14 with code FRIENDS.

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Nanette Lepore Workshop Dress & 20% Off Fall Dresses from Amazon

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

While writing today’s post about this lovely Nanette Lepore Workshop Dress in Merlot Ponte, I discovered a great promotion at Amazon – 20% off a selection of Fall Dresses with promo code FALLDRSS.

Update: this promotion ends 10/29/14.

Nanette Lepore Workshop Dress - Merlot PonteI don’t recall seeing Nanette Lepore at Amazon before, so this is an exciting find – in part because Amazon offers free shipping and returns on most clothing purchases.

The Nanette Lepore Workshop Dress in Merlot Ponte is $198.40 on sale (regularly $248). The dress is available in limited sizes from Amazon, but it’s also available in additional sizes from Bloomingdale’s and Simply Soles.

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I checked out the Wear to Work Dresses included in the 20% off promotion, and must say that Amazon’s clothing selection is becoming more and more impressive! The dresses include classic sheaths, wrap dresses, a variety of colors and prints – as well as dresses in Petite and Plus Sizes.

To give you a sense of the range of styles and prices available from Amazon, here are two more dresses that caught my eye.

This Jones New York Elbow Sleeve Side Gathered Faux Wrap Dress in Blueberry & Black ($78.40 on sale; regularly $98) is a fun and easy to wear dress in a fantastic color.

Jones New York Elbow Sleeve Side Gathered Faux Wrap Dress in Blueberry & Black

If you prefer a bolder print, this Donna Morgan Teal & Flame Print Fit & Flare Dress ($110.40 on sale; regularly $138) would be a great dress to have on hand to wear for any number of occasions. For work I’d pair it with a solid blazer or cardigan (like the Elba Cardigan featured on Commandress last week).

Donna Morgan Teal & Flame Print Fit & Flare Dress

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Peacock Feather Prints at Talbots

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Today’s post is courtesy of Reader S, who wrote in to recommend this gorgeous Talbots Peacock Feather Pencil Skirt ($109 in Regular and Petite sizes).

Talbots Peacock Feather Pencil Skirt

The skirt has been popular and is only available in limited sizes, but Talbots has plenty of other items to tempt peacock fans – starting with the Triple Bead Collar Necklace ($59.50) and Cashmere Audrey Sweater (on sale for $109; regularly $149; available in multiple colors in Regular, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite) shown above with the skirt.

I love the easy polish of this Washable Silk Sketched Peacocks Band-Collar Shirt ($119 in Regular and Petite).

Talbots Washable Silk Sketched Peacocks Band-Collar Shirt

If you prefer solids over prints, this Double-Faced Pencil Skirt in Peacock ($139 in Regular, Petite and Plus sizes) is a chic easy way to add color to your wardrobe.

Talbots Double-Faced Pencil Skirt

As for accessories, I love this Peacock-Feather Enamel Bangle ($49.50), Peacock Feather Scarf ($59.50) and Feather & Animal Print Scarf ($59.50).

Talbots Peacock Feather Enamel Bangle

Talbots Peacock Feather Scarf

Talbots Feather & Animal Print Scarf

Finally, this Peacock-Feather Sweater ($62.65 on sale in Regular and Petite sizes; regularly $89.50) would be fun for a more casual office.

Talbots Peacock-Feather Sweater

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Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Anthropologie Elba Cardigan

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.

On a recent visit to Anthropologie, I tried on this soft and lightweight cashmere blend Elba Cardigan and quickly determined that it’s one of the best transitional pieces you could add to a professional wardrobe.

Anthropologie Elba Cardigan - Wine

The cardigan looks lovely with separates, but I’m most excited about how it can easily increase the versatility of dresses that you already own.

In addition to allowing you to wear lightweight dresses in cooler weather, the cardigan would add professional polish to casual dresses that you might not otherwise wear to work.

Anthropologie Elba Cardigan - Black

The Anthropologie Elba Cardigan is available in Wine, Black, Turquoise and Cream and in Regular and Petite sizes for $88. The cardigan is also hand washable.

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Although the cardigan looks lovely worn open, it also provides a solution to a common wardrobe problem.

Women often receive a brooch as a gift – perhaps it’s a family heirloom – but do not know how to work it into a contemporary wardrobe. The Elba Cardigan featured above would look flattering and drape beautifully if you pinned the front together at or above your waist.

By way of example, here are some beautiful vintage-inspired brooches that would add personality and interest paired with this cardigan.

Aconite Cameo Brooch

Aconite Cameo Brooch, $108 from Anthropologie.

Cara Dragonfly Brooch

Cara Dragonfly Brooch, $34 from Nordstrom.

Lord & Taylor Sterling Silver & Marcasite Flower Brooch

Lord & Taylor Sterling Silver & Marcasite Flower Brooch ($52.50 with code FRIENDS; regularly $140).

Robert Rose Floral Brooch

Robert Rose Floral Brooch ($21 on sale from Lord & Taylor with code FRIENDS; regularly $28).

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Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Loren Hope Jewelry & Fall/Winter Sale

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families.

Looking for something sparkly to brighten up your day? I recommend checking out the new Fall/Winter jewelry collection from Loren Hope.

Loren Hope jewelry is Made in the USA in a style that I would describe as “contemporary baroque.”

This charming Felix the Flamingo Necklace is a perfect example:

Loren Hope Felix the Flamingo Necklace

The necklace features antiqued brass plating, vintage glass stones, Swarovski crystals, bold colors and a vintage flamingo cabochon. What fun! The necklace is regularly $248, but you can save 15% off your order through 10/19/14 with code FALLINTOHOPE – bringing the price down to $210.80.

Here’s another unexpected combination: iridescent stones and bullet charms. The Lauren Hope Hex Earrings in Iridescent are $57.80 (regularly $68).

Lauren Hope Hex Earrings in Iridescent

I also love Lauren Hope’s fantastic bracelets and cuffs. One of her most popular designs is the Sarra Cuff, which comes in a variety of colors and finished and in large or small. Here is the Loren Hope Small Sarra Cuff in Violet ($49.30 on sale; regularly $58).

Loren Hope Small Sarra Cuff in Violet

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Friends & Family Wish List – Shopbop & Saks

Today marks the beginning of two of the season’s best Friends & Family Sales, and it didn’t take long for me to completely revamp my fall wish list!

Here are my favorites from Saks (save 25% through 10/19 with code FRNFAM; 20% off jewelry) and Shopbop (save 25% through 10/16 with code FAMILY25).

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My top pick for an instant fall wardrobe update is the Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel (shown here in Petrol saffiano leather) available from Shopbop (8 colors) and Saks (11 colors) for $243.75 (regularly $325).

Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel - Petrol

The beloved Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote (shown here in Burgundy) is also available in several colors for $221.25 (regularly $295) from Shopbop and Saks.

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote - Burgundy

 

This delightful Fuzzi Tweed and Floral Print Top is my top pick for a business casual wardrobe ($243.75 on sale; regularly $325). The top is also available in Plus Sizes for $296.25 (regularly $395).

Fuzzi Tweed and Floral Print Top

My award for best dress goes to the Diane von Furstenberg New Julian Two Wrap Dress in a gorgeous Bright Plum River Leopard Print ($298.50 on sale; regularly $398).

Diane von Furstenberg New Julian Two Wrap Dress - Bright Plum River Leopard Print

I’ve been on the hunt for a new pair of hoop earrings, and these Eddie Borgo Matte Mini Cone Hoop Earrings in Rose Gold are just the sort of contemporary style I’ve had in mind (Made in the USA & $100 on sale; regularly $125 from Saks). The earrings feature a versatile 1 inch diameter.

Eddie Borgo Matte Mini Cone Hoop Earrings in Rose Gold

Finally, it’s always fun to have a wild card item. I always enjoy admiring jewelry by Ben-Anum, but today I’m surprised by how much I love this Ben-Anum Crystal Hand Chain (Made in the USA & $97.50 on sale; regularly $130). It’s surprisingly elegant!

Ben-Anum Crystal Hand Chain

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