Cole Haan Sale on Sale – Under $100 – Rose Gold Air Tali Open Toe Wedge

Last month I was shopping with a friend when she received some distressing news.

This tale of shoes loved and lost actually begins about three years ago when my friend first discovered Cole Haan’s Air Tali Wedges with Nike Air technology. It was a revelation for her to find a cute and truly comfortable shoe that is versatile enough to wear everywhere. My friend now owns several pairs of the shoes in different colors and styles.

So here’s the problem: Cole Haan has discontinued its relationship with Nike and will no longer be making these shoes. There is some good news: Cole Haan will be working with another company to add some extra comfort to its shoe designs – but we’ll have to wait and see if they release another all star like the Air Tali.

So my friend has been stocking up – and today is a great day to do that because you can save 40% off men’s and women’s clearance styles with promo code EXTRA40.

I recommend snatching up this Cole Haan Air Tali Open Toe Wedge in Rose Gold and Jute ($59.97 with the extra discount; regularly $178). This shoe is available in four other great colors – including Raspberry and Tango Red.

Cole Haan Air Tali Open Toe Wedge - Rose Gold and Jute

You can check out all of the women’s clearance items by clicking here.

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As for me, I’ve had my eye on these lovely Air Tali Lace Wedges in Elderberry Patent ($119.95 on sale; regularly $168).

Air Tali Lace Wedges in Elderberry Patent

Unfortunately today’s sale only applies to select clearance items and does not include these shoes.

But it’s worth noting that if you fall for an item that is not on clearance, you can receive a code to save 15% on your next order if you sign up for email (a discount that would bring the price of these shoes down to $102).

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At Ease, Smart & Chic – Stylish Active Wear for the Yogi

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Today’s post features Amy Schwarzenbach’s top fashion picks for the yoga crowd. 

Do you find yourself wearing activewear more and more? As we’ve discussed previously on Commandress, Americans are spending more and more time in work-out and leisure gear – also known in the clothing industry as Athleisure Apparel – whether or not they are exercising.

If you find yourself in that number, then you will enjoy some fresh fashion finds in activewear with the yoga enthusiast in mind.

Since I’ve adopted yoga as my favorite means of exercise – other than walking my dog, of course – Lucy Activewear has become one of my favorite brands. Among the brand’s Fall line, I most admire the array of items in vibrant ultramarine blue.

Lucy Heart Center Cami in Ultramarine Spacedye Stripe ($55)

Lucy Heart Center Cami in Ultramarine Spacedye Stripe

Lucy New Perfect Core Capri Legging in Ultramarine ($98)

Lucy New Perfect Core Capri Legging in Ultramarine

Lucy Hatha Flow Jacket in Ultramarine ($108)

Lucy Hatha Flow Jacket in Ultramarine
From Athleta, another favorite, my picks include more blue pieces that would inspire anyone to hold those poses just a bit longer.

Athleta Up-Tempo Stripe Tank in Dress Blue/ Frosted Blue ($64)

Athleta Up-Tempo Stripe Tank

Athleta Cheetah Chaturanga Capri in Ozone Blue ($64)

Athleta Cheetah Chaturanga Capri in Ozone Blue

Athleta Spacedye Seamless Jacket in Frosted Blue ($98)

Athleta Spacedye Seamless Jacket in Frosted Blue
If you’re like me, you find serenity in swirl patterns. Take a look at Trina Turk’s groovy activewear in multicolor pastel swirl prints.

Trina Turk Lava Lamp Print Capris ($84 from Nordstrom)

Trina Turk Lava Lamp Print Capris

Trina Turk Lava Lamp Sports Bra ($60 from Nordstrom)

Trina Turk Lava Lamp Sports Bra
Apparently, this season’s swirls are like last year’s chevrons. I’m in love with Lilly Pulitzer’s Skipper Printed Popover ($128 from Lilly Pulitzer). Lilly Pulitzer has taken psychedelic swirls and made them preppy. I envision myself wearing this just about everywhere when the weather cools down.

Lilly Pulitzer Skipper Printed Popover
On a final note, if you are in need of a yoga mat carrier that also functions as a tote for keys, clothes, and other accessories, there are some cute totes for you to choose from. I really like Sherpani’s Spirit Yoga Tote ($64.95 in Aster, Black or Brown from Backcountry). It has ventilating eyelets to keep air flowing to the mat and items inside, as well as external and internal pockets.

Sherpani Spirit Yoga Tote

PrAna’s June Yoga Tote in Natural or Pinkberry Sierra is another versatile option ($79.95 from Backcountry).
PrAna’s June Yoga Tote in Pinkberry Sierra

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Ro & De Tweed Jacket & Floral Print Shell

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Here are a couple reasonably priced separates from a relatively new brand – Ro & De – that could go a long way toward sprucing up your fall work wardrobe.

Ro & De Tweed Jacket Ro & De Floral Print Shell

Both the Ro & De Tweed Fringe Jacket ($98) and the Ro & De Floral Print Shell ($68; hand washable) are available in Regular and Petite sizes.

These items would play well with any number of neutral separates that are already in your wardrobe. They also look fantastic together. (See Exhibit A below.)

Ro & De Tweed Jacket & Floral Print Shell

This outfit would only be appropriate for the most casual of offices, of course, but it’s easy to imagine switching out the boyfriend jeans for something more professional (for example, dark denim straight leg jeans, a pencil skirt or trousers) and ditching the baseball cap.

On the other hand, the gorgeous Manolo Blahnik Tayler d’Orsay Pumps ($735) are worthy of your consideration if you prefer to devote your clothing budget to one super-extraordinary item.

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Professional, Smart & Chic – J.Crew Merino Wool Dutch Floral Mixed Media Sweater

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Have you been intrigued by the fancy sweatshirt trend, but remained on the sidelines thus far?

Here’s a fine example of the trend interpreted for grown-ups in a very pretty – and versatile – sweater.

J.Crew Merino Wool Mixed Media Floral Sweater

The J.Crew Merino Wool Mixed Media Sweater ($138 in sizes XXS – XL; on sale today for $103.50 with the code at the end of this post) combines the design of a sweatshirt with refined fabrics and prints. The sweater features a striking Dutch floral print on silk paired with a graphic tweed panel and a neutral background.

The sweater looks great paired with dark jeans and would also looked lovely dressed up with a pencil skirt (like the beloved J.Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt, perhaps?) or trousers.

Sale Alert: today you can save 25% off most full price styles with code SHOPFORFALL and receive Free Shipping on all online orders. 

Looking for more Dutch masterpieces? Check out these additional items from J.Crew in the Dutch floral print.

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Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Trina Turk Felicia Tweed Panel Dress

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

The fall collections are starting to arrive in stores, and right now Trina Turk’s new collection of modern feminine frocks is my favorite!

I love this season’s prints - including this rich fall floral – but this multi-color tweed panel dress is the item that stopped me in my tracks.

Trina Turk Felicia Tweed Panel Dress

The Trina Turk Felicia V-Neck Tweed Panel Dress is Made in the USA and $328 from Neiman Marcus, Trina Turk, Bloomingdale’s or Simply Soles.

I love the contrast of the bright colors in the tweed against the charcoal background and paneling. All of the dress’ details are office perfect and professional, but in the end it’s also a very pretty dress.

Gift Card with Purchase – through tomorrow (9/24), you can earn a gift card worth up to $600 from Neiman Marcus with code BET2GET.

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Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Nally & Millie Kaleidoscope Print Reversible Sweater Skirt

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

Here’s a lovely new fall skirt from one of my favorite brands. This Nally & Millie Print Reversible Sweater Skirt ($86 from Zappos) features a gorgeous – and office-friendly – kaleidoscope print in lovely muted jewel tones.

Nally & Millie Kaleidoscope Print Reversible Sweater Skirt

Throw on a knit top and a blazer or cardigan to feel supremely comfortable and look polished at the same time – victory!

In addition to being wrinkle-free and hand washable, the skirt is also reversible – which makes it a fantastic item for travel. Here’s a look at the reverse side, which is versatile black with a casual layered hemline.

Nally & Millie Kaleidoscope Print Reversible Sweater Skirt - Black

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Rest Your Eyes on This – Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Cube Bracelet

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.

Ooooh – this is my kind of contemporary jewelry! It looks like a thoroughly modern rainbow of semi-precious stones.

Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Cube Bracelet

This Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Cube Bracelet features howlite, tiger’s eye, orange chalcedony, prehnite, malachite, blue sandstone and lapis – as well as imitation coral and turquoise. The width is about .4 inches, which makes the bracelet eye-catching but not too flashy.

The bracelet is available from Saks and Nordstrom for $325. Here’s another look at the lovely line up of stones.

Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Bracelet

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Class It Up – Upgrade from Trashy to Classy with Reusable Shopping Bags & Water Bottles

In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach draws on her legal industry experience – including some of the mistakes she saw along the way – to share ideas for taking your work wardrobe to the next level.

Hoorah! I was so excited when California legislators voted to ban stores from sending shoppers away with their goods in single-use plastic bags last month. Now, if only every other state would follow suit, our nation could better attack the epidemic of litter that pervades just about every place you look.

Just the other day I was walking my dog in a picturesque park when the idyllic scene was interrupted by a plastic bag lying in the middle of a beautiful green field – an eyesore that at best ruined the view and at worst will one day contribute to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Single-use plastic bags have been one of my pet peeves for years. As hard as I try not to acquire them, they seem to accumulate like fruit flies near the compost bin. Do we really want to leave our descendants with this legacy of garbage?

Let me put it to you this way: trash is “trashy.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be judged as trashy; therefore, I minimize the trash in my life.

Whether you live in California, want to be less wasteful or just think now is the time to “Class It Up,” this is a great time to invest in reusable shopping bags.

I really like the Stash It Reusable Bag because it folds into a small pouch that fits in your purse, but it can hold up to 35 pounds ($14.99 in three different prints from The Container Store).

Stash It Reusable BagRegular Commandress readers know peacocks are near and dear to our hearts. Among other wonderful things, peacocks signify integrity and refinement. Enough said! Rejuvenate your self-esteem with Blue Q’s Peacock Shopper Bag made from 95% recycled materials ($13.54 sale; regularly $20 from ASOS).

Blue Q Peacock Shopper BagEvery woman is the boss of somebody or something. I’ve been a fan of “Boss Lady” emblazoned items for years and encourage all ladies to reveal their inner boss lady with this sassy Frontier Natural Foods Boss Lady Reusable Shopping Bag ($19.79 from Unbeatable Sale).

Blue Q Shoppers Boss Lady Reusable Tote Bag

Ever wonder what women carried to shop before the era of disposable bags? Woven baskets! If you want to go old-school, consider Eco Displayware’s Rattan Shopping Basket ($33.56 on sale through 9/22/14 with code EVENT20; regularly $52 from Bellacor). You may just set a trend among your fellow shoppers.

Eco Displayware Rattan Shopping Basket

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Do you want to take things a step further? Another pet peeve of mine is the single-use water bottle. Nothing is much easier than refilling up a reusable water bottle. But wait . . . you don’t like the taste of water in reusable plastic bottles? Never fear, there is a solution: glass water bottles!

I really like Lifefactory’s 22 Ounce Glass Water Bottle with a Silicone Sleeve in Midnight Blue or Spring green ($19.99 from Drugstore.com).

Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle with Silicone Sleeve

Eco Vessel’s 14 ounce Vue Insulated Glass Water Bottle accommodates cold or hot beverages with its double-layer of glass ($17.95 in three different colors from Backcountry.com).

Eco Vessel The Vue Insulated Glass Water Bottle

Finally, consider the CamelBak .7L Eddy Glass Water Bottle ($25 in four different colors from Backcountry.com).

CamelBak Eddy Glass Water Bottle

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Ivanka Trump Tellas Pointy Toe Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

This Ivanka Trump Tellas Pointy Toe Pump ($134.95 from Nordstrom) is a perfect example of the fantastic designs and affordable prices I’ve come to expect from Ivanka Trump’s shoe collection.

Ivanka Trump Tellas Pointy Toe Pump - chic professional pumps midheel - strappy pumps for work office - burgundy pumps

What a great design for work or after hours! It features a high – but walkable – 3-inch heel with extra stability from the straps.

I love the combination of Burgundy suede and embossed snake. It’s also a great-looking shoe in Black (shown below) and in Dove Grey (although I’d save this lighter color for spring and summer rather than fall and winter).

Ivanka Trump Tellas Pointy Toe Pump - chic professional black pumps midheel - strappy pumps for work office Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom. 

Professional, Smart & Chic – Quilted Tema Dress & Free Shipping from Anthropologie

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

I always love an Anthropologie free shipping weekend! Right now you can get free shipping on your $150 plus order with code FS150 (ends 9/15/14).

This charming Quilted Tema Dress by Tabitha is one of Anthro’s new fall arrivals ($158 in Green or Rust and in regular or petite sizes). This desk-to-dinner dress in a flattering stretch basketweave fabric is getting great reviews and has Mad Men Style in spades!

Tabitha Quilted Tema Dress

Tabitha Quilted Tema Dress - Rust

I love the bow detail on the shoulders, which is streamlined enough to pair with a not-too-tight sweater or cardigan.

The dress also looks lovely paired with a belt – it’s shown here with a Woven Chevron Corset Belt ($48) and a Tapered Leather Belt ($58). The Rust dress is also shown with the richly colored Flaminia Shoulder Bag ($248).

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