Fashion Flashback – Straw Shopper Totes for Work & Play

The weekly Commandress feature ‘Fashion Flashback’ by Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach features the author’s 1980s fashion retrospectives as a new way to understand – and inspire – contemporary fashion styles.  Spring is in the air and summer is just … [Continue reading]

Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale & Beauty Gifts With Purchase – Today Through April 4

Today marks the beginning of the Bloomingdale's Friends & Family Sale in-store and online! You can save 20% off almost all regular or sale merchandise with promo code FANDF. Bloomingdale's Beauty Treats - Gifts with Purchase It's also the … [Continue reading]

Professional, Smart & Cheeky – Hello Kitty Messenger Bag

A work-appropriate look you can get confused about.  Sometimes you don't realize that something's been missing from your life until you find it - like this fashion-forward and super smart-looking Hello Kitty Messenger Bag (on sale for $56 from … [Continue reading]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – NYDJ Butterfly Print Shirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I recently went a little butterfly crazy on Pinterest. It's easy to see why images like these Baccarat Lucky Butterflies ($115-$150 from Neiman Marcus) and the Alexis Bittar Lucite Butterfly … [Continue reading]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Halogen Embellished Short Sleeve Milano Knit Sweater

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here's a fun top that has a polished and office-friendly take on some key spring trends: nautical stripes, embellishments and bright pops of color. The Halogen … [Continue reading]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Suiting and Friends & Family Sale

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.  Right now Nanette Lepore has some of the best women's suiting that I've seen in a while - available in both neutral sand and daring red. Nanette … [Continue reading]

Fashion Flashback – Diana and Catherine – Arbiters of Refined Style

The weekly Commandress feature ‘Fashion Flashback’ by Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach features the author’s 1980s fashion retrospectives as a new way to understand – and inspire – contemporary fashion styles. Today’s column is inspired by Diana, … [Continue reading]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Convertible Tote Bags

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. It isn't often that I have to retire a handbag that I still love just because it's completely worn out. But this was the case with a Cole Haan satchel in metallic bronze that I bought soon … [Continue reading]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Rachel Roy Floral Jacquard Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here's a sophisticated and professional floral dress in lovely transitional colors for early spring. The Rachel Roy Floral Jacquard Dress ($328 from Zappos and Bloomingdale's) features a … [Continue reading]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Tildon Short Sleeve Fringe Trim Jacket

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.   I love this outfit! It's something new and different - and it looks like a fantastic business casual idea. This Tracy Reece dress is a bit more casual than what I … [Continue reading]