2014 Commandress Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Roundup

Here is a listing of the best sales & promotions going on for Black Friday, the Thanksgiving weekend & Cyber Monday! I’ll be updating the list throughout the long weekend. Happy shopping!!!

6PM // 15% off

DATE: 11.27 – 11.28

CODE: 6PMEU112720141585

Alexis Bittar // Save Up to 70% During the Vault Sale + Free Shipping – New Styles Added Every Day

DATE: 11.27 – 12.5

Amazon // New Black Friday Deals All Day Long

DATE: 11.27 – 11.28

ASOS // 30% off

DATE: 11.27 – 11.30 (8pm EST)


BeautyBar // $15 off $75, $35 off $150, and $65 off $250

DATE: 11.24-12.09


Boden // 30% off sitewide + free shipping and free returns

DATE: 11.27-11.30

Brooks Brothers // 15% off + free shipping

DATE: 11.27-11.29

Cole Haan // 30% off almost everything

DVF // 40% off  select styles

DATE: 11.25-12.01

J. Crew // Black Friday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum

DATE: 11.26-11.30


Kendra Scott // Save 15% Off Everything with Code BFCM2014 + Free Shipping & Gift Wrap

DATE: 11.27 – 12.1

Lord and Taylor // extra 20% off almost everything + 25% off fine jewelry

DATE: 11.25-11.30


// Up to 50% off woman’s fall boots + extra 20% off

DATE: 11.25-11.30


Loren Hope // 20% off everything + free shipping

DATE: 11.27 – 12.1


Lucy Activewear// 30% off everything

DATE: 11.27 – 12.1

MZ Wallace // First Call Sale on Handbags & Accessories

NIC + ZOE // Black Friday additional 15% off of sale products

DATE: 11.26-11.30


Nordstrom // Black Friday Deals Start Early in All Departments

DATE: 11.27 – 11.28

Piperlime // 25% off sitewide

DATE: 11.27


Shopbop // Save 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000

DATE: 11.25-12.01


Sole Society // 30% Off Footwear

Disclosure: the links in this post are affiliate links.

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Festive Holiday Clothes from Anthropologie

This year I’m in the mood to dress festively – but not in typical red, green, or gold Holiday attire. I am looking for something a little unconventional. When that is the case, Anthropologie becomes my destination of choice.

As expected, Anthropologie has come through for me. I found several exceptional dresses, sweaters, a blazer and a fresh pair of earrings.

First, let’s look at gorgeous holiday dresses. For the daytime – or a more casual evening event – my choice is the Larksong Corduroy Dress by Eva Franco ($188). The print’s color scheme and beauty captured my attention immediately – and look even more lovely in person. The sequin embellishments on the shoulders add a bit of festive flair to this ladylike dress with a flattering fit and flair silhouette.

Eva Franco Larksong Corduroy Dress

For a more dressy event – like a wedding, formal dinner, or cocktail party -this Plenty by Tracy Reese Petal Fete Dress looks like a work of art ($188 in Regular and Petite Sizes). I love the dress’ vibrant colors as well as its v-neck and fit and flare silhouette. Not only will the dress work for the holidays – it would look perfect long into the Spring.

Plenty by Tracy Reese Petal Fete Dress

Another strong contender is this Ivy & Blu Petal Lace Sheath ($198 in Regular & Petite Sizes). The waist detail ties together the lace sleeves and hem. I love how the dress’s abstract floral print pops on the black background.

Ivy & Blu Petal Lace Sheath

The last dress I’ll share today is Korovilas’ Adugo Sheath Dress ($478). This sleeveless sheath’s classic pencil silhouette is exquisitely tailored and sophisticatedly feminine. The quatrefoil pattern in black, ivory, and brown looks fantastic paired with the clean lines of a tailored sheath.

Korovilas Adugo Sheath Dress

For more casual events, pairing Cartonnier’s Telluride Blazer with slacks, a skirt, or jeans will be the ticket ($148 in Regular and Petite Sizes). The blazer’s relaxed tailoring perfectly compliments the ombre floral print.

Cartonnier Telluride Blazer

With its rich, cobalt blue hue and lively print, Sleeping on Snow’s Botanical Gardens Cardigan is eye-catching and cheery ($128 in Regular or Petite Sizes). The swing shape and uneven hem are fun, contemporary, and versatile.

Sleeping on Snow Botanical Gardens Cardigan

As much as I gravitate to multi-color and print clothes, sometimes a monochrome piece stands out – like Knitted & Notted’s Kessel Pullover ($198 in Regular and Petite Sizes). The applique pattern make this yummy off-white sweater look singular and special.

Knitted & Notted Kessel Pullover Sweater

Finally, when is a fresh pair of earrings not in order? The symmetry and simplicity of Winifred Grace’s bronze and sterling silver Ivy Leaf Earrings are my choice ($138). Better yet, they are handmade in the USA.

Winifred Grace Ivy Leaf Earrings

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Anthropologie.

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Lou & Grey

Today I’m very excited to feature casual chic weekend looks from the new Lou & Grey store at the Avalon in Alpharetta. You may have already noticed Lou & Grey in LOFT stores and online. Atlanta is one of the first cities to debut a standalone Lou & Grey boutique – and it is a fantastic place to shop.

Lou & Grey Storefront - Avalon in Alpharetta / Atlanta

Lou & Grey Dressing Room - Avalon in Alpharetta / Atlanta

Lou & Grey brands its clothes for a “comfortably confident life,” and my goal was to find comfortable and stylish clothes for a polished weekend look that would be easy to wear anywhere. The selection was perfectly on point.

Even better, right now you can save 40% off everything from Lou & Grey online – no code needed.

Lou & Grey - Avalon in Alpharetta / Atlanta

This fall, Lou & Grey has a great mix of neutral pieces and dark jewel tones that are perfect for mixing together and layering. True to form, I picked two colors – dark teal and rich burgundy – for a shirt and cardigan that pair perfectly with jeans or ponte leggings.

Lou & Grey - Chic Casual Weekend Clothes for Women - Avalon Alpharetta / Atlanta

I fell in love with these Lou & Grey Skinny Jeans ($89.50) in a Natural Wash that is a creamy winter white.

Lou & Grey’s clothes look great with flats – like the Sole Society Willa Loafers in a Black Floral Tapestry Print ($64.95) shown above – and can also be dressed up with pumps – like the Sole Society Anneke Studded Midheel Pump in Adobe Patent ($59.95).

Lou & Grey - @Commandress Chic Casual Weekend Clothes for Women - Avalon Alpharetta / Atlanta

Lou & Grey’s fabrics are also incredibly soft. Here are the same shirt and cardigan looking even dressier – but feeling just as comfy! – paired with black ponte leggings (similar to these) and the Sole Society Anneke Studded Midheel Pump in Black Patent ($59.95).

Lou & Grey - Sophisticated Chic Casual Weekend Clothes for Professional Women - Avalon Alpharetta / Atlanta

Almost all of Lou & Grey’s clothes are washable and cost under $100 (or much less). Many items are also available in Petite sizes.

One of my favorite in-store features is a curated selection of accessories and beauty products – most of which are made by hand in the USA. These thoughtful items are perfect holiday gifts!

I picked out this Sashi Rose Gold Triangle Necklace ($59.50; Made in the USA) and Priti NYC Nail Polish in Brown – a lovely warm platinum metallic ($15; Made in the USA).

Lou & Grey - Shashi Rose Gold Triangle Necklace

Lou & Grey - Priti NYC Polish - Brown

Here is a selection of my favorite Lou & Grey items – which are all 40% off online – as well as the jewelry and shoes that are featured in this post.

Shop the Post – Lou & Grey

Shop the Post – Jewelry & Shoes

Disclosure: Today’s post is brought to you by Lou & Grey. This post also includes affiliate links for Alex & Ani, Kendra Scott, Lauren Hope, Sole Society and Lou & Grey.

Business Casual Makeover – BCBG Agda Lace Print Knit Top

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

Following up on yesterday’s post about a few of my favorite prints, here’s one that has only been featured once on Commandress: lace print.

Let’s make that twice:

BCBG Agda Lace Print Knit Top

This long sleeve stretch modal Agda Top is one of BCBG’s staple items – it’s currently available in nine colors and prints for $98. The Agda Top is the sort of upscale basic that gets reviewers gushing about how they want one in every color. It’s also washable.

My current favorite is the BCBG Agda Lace Print Knit Top shown above ($98 from Zappos). This top has versatility in spades: you can layer it for casual or dressy looks – or wear it on it’s own with some sparkly jewels for a night out.

The BCBG Agda Lace Print Top is also available in limited sizes from BCBG, Bloomingdale’s, and Lord & Taylor (where it’s currently on sale for $58.80).

Shop the Post – BCBG Agda Lace Print Knit Top

Shop the Post – BCBG Agda Top in Additional Colors & Prints

Disclosure – this post includes affiliate links for  BCBG, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and Zappos.

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Chelsey Kaleidoscope & Plaid Print Scarves

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

One of my favorite internet-shopping games (and yes, I do have many) is searching my favorite retailers for some of my favorite visuals – things like peacock, butterfly, paisley and iridescent. You can discover the most interesting things that might otherwise be lost behind the bounty of digital store fronts.

Today I had a eureka moment with a new search term: kaleidoscope. It pulls up a virtual treasure trove of novelties at stores as diverse as Zappos, NordstromLord & Taylor, and Target.

Admittedly, some of the items are mere curiosities (e.g., Women’s Graphic Print Sleep Onesie for $68; No, thank you.) – but most are quite wonderful (Girl’s Monkey Knit Ski Hat & Gloves on sale for $12; Yes!!!).

My favorite kaleidoscope print find in the work-appropriate category is this striking Chelsey Kaleidoscope Scarf ($88 from Nordstrom; hand washable).

Chelsey Kaleidoscope Scarf


Chelsey Kaleidoscope Scarf - Print Detail

You might only wear the scarf with your outerwear while coming in and out of the office, but it’s a contained way to add a bold and colorful print to your wardrobe.

I’ve also been known to rest a pretty coat or scarf within my line of vision in my office to give my eyes a happy resting place. This scarf would be perfect!

The Chelsey scarf comes in a more muted plaid print (shown below) and a brighter rainbow stripe print.

Chelsey Multi Plaid Scarf

This is the my first encounter with the Chelsey brand of scarves and wraps, but they have a fantastic selection of prints and colors for women and men – almost all under $100.

A Sampling of Chelsey Scarves for Men

More Chelsey Scarves for Women

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, Target, and Zappos.

Professional, Smart & Chic – Kate Spade Pita T-Strap Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost featured this Kate Spade Pita T-Strap Pump on Commandress – but couldn’t quite make it happen because of the price.

You see, this lovely pump was originally $350. (Gulp.) But yesterday it was marked 40% off at Nordstrom. It’s still a splurge at $209.98, but now I absolutely must share:

Kate Spade Pita T-Strap Pump

Every time I see this shoe – whether in person or on-line – I have to take a moment to stop and stare. The sleek design and the rich mix of colors are just so . . . perfect.

And it’s equally gorgeous in burgundy patent with charcoal saffiano leather (shown above) or in this fantastic mix of metallic patent with taupe saffiano leather.

Kate Spade Pita T-Strap Pump - Metallic PatentEither of these shoes would take you anywhere you need to go this holiday season in high style.

The Kate Spade Pita Pumps are still available in most sizes.

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Nordstrom.

Professional, Smart & Chic – Brahmin Large Duxbury Satchel in Bronze Embossed Leather

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could add color, texture, pattern and shine to any outfit with just one fabulously neutral handbag?

It may sound too good to be true, but this Brahmin Large Duxbury Satchel in Bronze Floral Embossed Leather clearly possesses magical handbag powers.

Brahmin Large Duxbury Satchel - Bronze Floral Embossed Leather

It’s lovely – and would make a wonderful gift! In addition to the top handles shown above, the Brahmin Large Duxbury Satchel ($345) features a removable shoulder strap that is long enough to wear as a crossbody.

Brahmin Large Duxbury Satchel - Bronze Embossed Leather

You can check out the Duxbury satchel and other Brahmin handbags and accessories in this lovely bronze embossed finish at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and Zappos.

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom and Zappos. 

Professional, Smart & Chic – Aldomartins Intarsia Patched Blazer

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

I first admired this cheerful and cozy Aldomartins Intarsia Patched Blazer a few months ago, and it’s exactly what I’d love to be wearing on a cold, dreary day like today.

Aldomartins Intarsia Patched Blazer at Anthropologie

Aldomartins Intarsia Patched Blazer - Anthropologie

The blazer’s rich color scheme and woven intarsia fabric remind me of some of my favorite Missoni items – but at a more affordable price point. The blazer also features chic black leather trim and is hand washable.

The Aldomartins Intarsia Patched Blazer is $298 from Anthropologie.

And while you’re browsing Anthropologie, right now dresses and jewelry are 25% off.

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Anthropologie and Nordstrom. 

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Ivanka Trump Loire D’Orsay Flats

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

I have a fantastic shoe recommendation from Reader R today – the Ivanka Trump Loire D’Orsay Flats ($100 from Nordstrom; shown in Black Lace & Pewter below).

Ivanka Trump Loire D'Orsay Flat

Reader R wore these lovely flats in Pewter (far right above) to work yesterday with slacks. She received several compliments – and inquiries – about her shoes, but the sparkle was subtle enough to fit right in at the office.

And what a perfect pointy toe flat for a holiday party that involves a lot of standing!

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In case you’re wondering, the gorgeous strappy midheel pump shown at the far left above is the Louise et Cie Esperance Pump in Black and Gold ($117.95 from Nordstrom; also available in Black). This is another versatile shoe that can be worn to work and to more festive occasions.

If you’re looking for a bargain, Lord & Taylor has the Louise et Cie Esperance Pump in Navy, Nude or Black on sale for $88.50.

Louise et Cie Esperance Pump

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom.

Friends & Family Picks – 40% Off at Ann Taylor & LOFT

Ann Taylor & LOFT are having their Friends & Family Sales this week – you can save 40% off at Ann Taylor with code FRIENDS40 and at LOFT with code SHAREIT. Both sales end on November 16.

Both stores are great places to look for festive attire that is appropriately conservative for an office holiday event.

Here are a couple of my favorite looks. Each of the items featured below is hand or machine washable.

I love this sleek and flattering Ann Taylor Embellished Flare Sweater Dress in Dark Sky ($83.40 on sale in Regular and Petite sizes; regularly $139). You can make the dress look fancier with sparkly earrings and eye-catching heels (like the strappy leather pumps shown below).

Ann Taylor Embellished Flare Sweater Dress - Dark Sky

I tend to be a print-on-top kind of girl, so I was surprised by just how much I love these LOFT Drapey Floral Pants in Julie Fit ($41.70 on sale in Regular, Petite and Tall sizes; regularly $69.50; also available in Marisa Fit). They’re fresh and fun – and strike me as a sensible way to try out a different look.

LOFT Drapey Floral Pants in Julie Fit

I would stick with the pant’s limited color scheme and pair them with a pretty black sweater, like this Ann Taylor Faux Leather Beaded Ann Cardigan ($58.50 in Regular, Tall and Petite sizes; regularly $98).

Ann Taylor Faux Leather Beaded Ann Cardigan

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Ann Taylor and Loft.