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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Office Holiday – Daytrip to Senoia & the Return of The Walking Dead

Sooooo, I probably haven’t had a reason to mention it here before – and I know that this admission may seem a bit out of character – but I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead.

Season 5 starts on Sunday, and I couldn’t be more excited.

The Walking Dead - Senoia Georgia - Next Stop Terminus

Next Stop – Terminus

I started watching the show when it premiered after a season finale of Mad Men. I needed something to fill the void and I was intrigued by the stark images of Atlanta in ruins amidst a . . . zombie apocalypse.

Yes, the zombie gore can be both fascinating and appalling – but the theme I’ve come to love is why people will fight to survive in circumstances that give them every reason to fall apart and give up.

This summer I finally visited Senoia – the idyllic small town in Georgia where The Walking Dead often films on location.

Senoia is such a lovely little town that it has a walk of fame for all of the movies and television shows that have filmed there.

The Walking Dead - Filmed in Senoia, Georgia

Senoia’s picturesque main street was the perfect setting for The Walking Dead’s fictional town of Woodbury – a post-apocalypse settlement that was so lemonade-every-afternoon perfect that it had to be too good to be true.

Here are some pictures featuring the beautiful backdrop of Woodbury Senoia.

The Walking Dead - Senoia, Georgia - Home of Woodbury

The Walking Dead - Town Park & Gazebo in Senoia, Georgia

The Walking Dead - Senoia Coffee & Cafe - Coffee to Wake the Dead

Main street is perfectly manicured now, but sometimes the town lets the grass grow wild to film a post-apocalypse scene. Not surprisingly, they post signs for visitors apologizing for the town’s unkempt appearance whenever this happens.

For those of you who are more interested in fashion than zombies, here’s what I wore for my pilgrimage to Senoia.

And for those of you who are interested in fashion, zombies, and Daryl Dixon, here he is on display in Senoia at the delightful Woodberry Shoppe and museum (also known as The Official Walking Dead Store).

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The lovely folks at the Woodbury Shoppe sent me off on the most exciting part of my visit: wandering around an artfully abandoned warehouse on the edge of town that was being left to decay before filming began for Season 5.

Here are some backdrops that look perfect for clandestine conversations and surprise attacks. I’ll share more images in another post if I recognize specific areas that are used in Season 5.

The Walking Dead Season 5 - on location in Senoia, Georgia

The Walking Dead Season 5 - on location in Senoia, Georgia

The Walking Dead Season 5 - on location in Senoia, Georgia

The Walking Dead Season 5 - on location in Senoia, Georgia

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Piperlime Collection Mix Print Blouse

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Piperlime has a great promotion right now where you can save 20% off a great selection of clothing, shoes and accessories from their Ultimate Fall Checklist – use code FALL20 by October 13.

One of the items that immediately caught my eye is this very chic Piperlime Collection Mix Print Blouse (which reminds me of this lovely Equipment Liam Silk Blouse that was featured on Commandress this summer).

The Piperlime Collection Blouse is also made of silk, but it is hand washable and much more affordable ($78.40 on sale; regularly $98). The top has also received good reviews (which do note that it runs small).

Piperlime Collection Mix Print Blouse

The Piperlime Collection Mix Print Blouse comes in a Navy floral & plaid print (shown above) and a Gold abstract print (shown below).

Piperlime Collection Mix Print Blouse

 

You can click here to check out more Perfect Tops – including a lot of fun prints – and the complete selection from Piperlime’s Ultimate Checklist.

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Jacquard Moto Cardi at Anthropologie

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Today’s post features a very cool Jacquard Moto Cardi recommended by Reader V, who has a great eye for asymmetric chic.

Moth Jacquard Moto Cardi - Anthropologie

This Moth Jacquard Moto Cardi looks fantastic both open (as shown above) and zipped (shown below). It is hand-washable and available in regular and petite sizes for $128 from Anthropologie.

Anthropologie - Moth Jacquard Moto Cardi

Reader V was between sizes and choose the larger size for a bit of extra length and layering versatility.

In addition to denim, the cardigan would also look lovely paired with solid neutral colors or jewel tones (for example, this Classiques Entier Stretch Crepe Slim Skirt in Black or bright Navy – $168 from Nordstrom).

And by the way, Moth is a great line of knitwear that’s always worth checking out at Anthropologie. I bought a lace peplum sweater by Moth about seven years ago that is still one of my favorite fall items.

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