Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Twirls & Twigs Chevron Stripe Twirl Dress for Girls

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

Today I’m sharing my daughter Bonnie’s pick from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is a perfect back to school dress.

This Twirls & Twigs Chevron Stripe Twirl Dress ($24.90 on sale; regularly $38) is Made in the USA, washable and gets an A+ for its cool color palette and excellent twirlability – which this wonderful brand is known for, of course!

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I bought a size up for Bonnie, and I’m glad I did – it reaches her knees, but it’s not too loose. When the weather cools off we’ll layer the dress with a long sleeve t-shirt and leggings.

You can check out more Twirls & Twigs dresses from Nordstrom here and Nordstrom’s full selection of Made in the USA clothes for kids here.

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom.

Business Casual Makeover – Halogen Floral Print Sweater Styled Two Ways

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

Here’s a chic floral print sweater that is perfect for work or play – and Nordstrom has been kind enough to show it styled with two different business casual outfits.

Halogen Floral Print Sweater with Blazer and Jeans

 

The Halogen Floral Print Cotton Sweater ($57.90 on sale; regularly $88) is part of Nordstom’s Anniversary Sale. In the first image, it’s paired with the Caslon Roll Sleeve Knit Blazer ($38.90 on sale; regularly $54), which is available in seven different colors and prints in regular and petite sizes.

I prefer dark rinse jeans for the office, and there are plenty to pick from on sale from NYDJ in regular, petite and plus sizes.

Halogen Floral Print Sweater with black separates

And here the sweater is shown with the Halogen Tiered Hem Leather Moto Jacket ($218.90 on sale; regularly $328), which is available in black or tan and in regular and petite sizes, and the Halogen Taylor Skinny Ankle Pants ($49.90 on sale; regularly $79), which are available in three colors and in regular and petite sizes.

If you prefer full-length pants for the office, these NYDJ Stretch Ponte Knit Trousers ($72.90 on sale; regularly $110) are available in three colors and in regular and petite sizes.

Finally, both outfits look extra chic thanks to the Halogen Marlie Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump ($59.90 on sale; regularly $89.95)

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom.

Professional, Smart & Chic – Judith Jack Abalone & Silver Drop Earrings

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Here is a great pair of earrings that have just the right length and subtle sparkle to make them perfect for the office as well as any number of fancy or casual occasions.

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These Judith Jack Abalone, Marcasite and Silver Drop Earrings are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ($82.90 through August 3; regularly $125).

The earrings are part of an exclusive Nordstrom collection of Judith Jack Abalone and Silver earrings, necklaces, bracelets and a ring – which are all on sale right now.

I love the extra sparkle and depth of the beveled glass over the iridescent abalone. I also love the earring’s versatile 1 1/4 inch length.

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Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom.

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Eileen Fisher Purple Surplice Jersey Dress

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

My initial thought when admiring this chic beachfront getaway picture is I Want To Go There. The scenery is beautiful and the model looks so lovely and relaxed.

My second thought is If I Cannot Go There, I Want To Have That Dress. This second goal is actually quite doable!

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This Made in the USA Eileen Fisher Washable Jersey Surplice Dress in purple (AKA “Fig”) is as versatile and easy to wear as a dress can be. It’s also on sale – marked down from $198 to $145 – at Neiman Marcus.

The dress is available in all sizes in Fig and in most sizes in Black.

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Neiman Marcus. 

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hobo Bags 40% Off Sale & The Hobo Morena Tote

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

I was excited to post about the beloved Hobo Morena Tote (previously featured here and here) on sale in one color today, but now it turns out that the entire Hobo website is 40% off  with promo code HOBOXOXO.

Hobo also offers free shipping for orders over $150. Score!

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The Hobo Morena Tote – shown here in Wheat Saffiano Leather – is perfect for holding all of your electronics, papers and various stuff. It’s regularly $298, but $178.80 on sale.

If you work in a more creative office – or want to play a small tribute to Legally Blonde – check out the Hobo Morena Tote in Pink Saffiano Leather.

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It looks like the sale lasts through July 27.

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Hugo Boss Berry Melange Suiting

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Berry melange suiting? Yes, please!

Today is the first day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to everyone – and some items are already available in limited sizes only. This classically tailored suit in a fantastic – and flattering – dark berry fabric is one of the first items I recommend checking out.

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The BOSS HUGO BOSS Jolia Suiting Jacket ($394.90 on sale; regularly $595) and BOSS HUGO BOSS Venina Suiting Skirt ($196.90 on sale; regularly $295) are distinctive, but not so memorable that you would hesitate to wear them regularly.

There is also a sleek suiting dress in the same fabric: the BOSS HUGO BOSS Dalana V-Neck Suiting Sheath Dress ($394.90 on sale; regularly $595).

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom. 

Professional, Smart & Chic – Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Bouclé Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

Here’s a chic and professional dress from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that is a delightful mashup of current trends and Mad Men Style.

Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Multicolor Bouclé Dress

The Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Multicolor Bouclé Dress ($176.90 on sale; regularly $265) features a classic sheath style with on trend – and flattering – faux leather details.

As much as I love the rich burgundy and pink bouclé-knit fabric on the front of the dress, I think it was a wise decision to stick with sleek black ponte (with black faux leather at the waist) for the back of the dress.

I’m also pleased to report that this dress is available in Regular and Petite sizes and machine washable.

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom.

Rest Your Eyes on This – Kendra Scott Glam Rocks Collection

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.

Today is an exciting day if you’re a fan of color, sparkle, shine and all things iridescent!

Kendra Scott is finally releasing her new Glam Rocks Collection – a momentous occasion for anyone who has previewed this celebration of embellishment.

These Deva Statement Earrings in Iridescent Illusion ($95) are a fine example of the luxe jewels. The Deva earrings come in five stunning colors that each feature intricate gold filigree and a sparkling drusy stone.

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The selection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets available in the new Black Iridescent stone could fill up my wish list for a year. I particularly love this Gale Long Necklace in Black Iridescent ($140).

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I’m also in awe of the Finley Fringe Necklace in Multi-Color ($95), which features multi-color tassels for added movement and sparkle. The necklaces look fantastic layered together – this one is a showstopper on its own or in any pairing.

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Commandress News – Semi-Sabbatical

Today I’m writing to let you all know that I’ll be taking a semi-sabbatical for the next few weeks.

Bonnie will be starting Kindergarten in the beginning of August (’cause that’s how it’s done ’round here) and I’m taking the opportunity to spend extra time with her, visit family in Louisiana and North Carolina, and tackle some of that work-related housekeeping that never seems to get done when you’re . . . working.

Bonnie Glasses

Getting ready for school!

Don’t worry, I’m still planning to do regular posts. To be quite honest, it’s hard for me to stay away! But the posts will be short and sweet item recommendations like yesterday’s post.

If you’re new to Commandress, welcome! There are more than two years of posts here for your reading pleasure. You can check out specific categories, tags and monthly archives on the right sidebar.

You can also check out more item recommendations on Pinterest, visual inspiration on Instagram and my somewhat random musings on Twitter. I’ll also keep linking to my posts on Facebook.

Thank you for your understanding – and happy summer holidays to everyone!

Bonnie Ballerina

A lovely evening with Bonnie ballerina!

Professional, Smart & Chic – Cole Haan Bethany Pumps

A work-appropriate look that you can get excited about.

I went on a scouting mission to Nordstrom on Friday and am not surprised to report that this year’s Anniversary Sale is awesome!

Unlike some years past, early sale access for Nordstrom Card holders applies in store as well as online. The sale items are housed in several different areas blocked off with sheer grey curtains – the retail equivalent of a velvet rope, perhaps? Shown below: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shrouded in mystery.

Nordstrom Sale

Although I didn’t have to flash my Nordstrom Card to go in and browse the sale, you would probably need to have – or apply for – a card to get the Anniversary Sale pricing.

One of my favorite finds were these gorgeous Cole Haan Bethany Pumps in Garnet Snake Print Leather ($164.90 on sale; regularly $248). Here’s a peak behind the curtain:

Cole Haan Bethany Pump

There are few better ways to perk up a professional wardrobe than splurging on some snazzy new pumps in a fun color – red certainly qualifies!

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The Bethany Pumps are also available on sale in Black Leather (limited sizes) and in Black or Maple Sugar Patent Leather.

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links from Nordstrom.