Fashion Flashback – Straw Shopper Totes for Work & Play

Kate Spade Via Limoni Tote

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 around the corner. It’s time to think about wardrobe and accessory updates. Speaking of which, I am […]

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

Receive your choice of a FREE blue ombre, pink ombre or floral wrap with any $125 women's cosmetics or fragrance purchase from Bloomingdale's

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 perfect time to take a look at your make up wishlist & check out these 75+ […]

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

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 ultimately have in mind for the office, but I’m impressed by […]

Fashion Flashback – Headbands & the Sophisticated Professional Woman

France Luxe Skinny Headband

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. Even before Lupita Nyong’o appeared at the Oscars wearing a stunning diamond and gold headband, I planned to feature this oft-maligned accessory in today’s column. Ms. […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Alexis Bittar Lucite Jardin Mystere Butterfly Pendant Necklace

Alexis Bittar Lucite Jardin Mystere Butterfly Pendant Necklace

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women. I must admit that I was feeling a little grumpy about losing my hour of sleep to Daylight Saving Time yesterday morning. But an afternoon trip to Nordstrom helped me feel ready to ‘spring forward’ and enjoy the extra hour of daylight in […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Lodis Accessories Ojai Mini Card Case

Lodis Ojai Mini Card Case

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  One of my early Commandress posts answered a reader question about pretty business card cases. Namely, are there any? Oh, yes! And this makes me very happy because a beautiful card case is both a fantastic opportunity to showcase your personal style and a great conversation starter. I […]

Peter Pilotto for Target is Up Online!

Peter Pilotto for Target Red Iris Tank

Peter Pilotto for Target is up online! In addition to Target, the collection is also available online from Net-a-Porter. The brand is known for its distinctive floral prints, which make for a good-looking collaboration with Target. My favorite items are the Tanks and Tees ($19.99 – $29.99; order up if you’re between sizes) and the gorgeous […]

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Part 1 – A February Wish List

Tory Burch Heart Print

I can sum up my feelings about Valentine’s Day – The Romantic Holiday – with one little word: Meh. On the other hand, I love helping my daughter, Bonnie, pick out the perfect Valentine’s Day cards and treats for her friends – especially the chocolate kind that she’s kind enough to share with me too. […]

Fashion Flashback – 1980s Earrings – Going for the Bold

J.Crew Honeybee gold-tone crystal earrings

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.   You know how you always gravitate to a certain kind of something when you’re shopping? Shoes, handbags, makeup, or scarves – for example? For me […]

Fashion Flashback – Belts for Any Mood or Occasion

BR patent skinny belt

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.  Whatever you may think about 1980s fashion now, it’s hard to deny that there really was something for everyone to enjoy wearing – as well as […]