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

Blue Q Peacock Shopper Bag

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 […]

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

Tabitha Quilted Tema Dress

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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – France Luxe Rectangle Barrette

France Luxe Rectangle Barette

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Is there anything that you wore – or perhaps just wore too much – in your teen years that you’ve been hesitant to revisit? For me, it’s been barrettes. You see, I was still growing out my last totally 80s perm when I started high school in […]

Class It Up – How to Choose Handbags & Portfolios for Job Interviews

Tory Burch Small York Saffiano Leather Buckle Tote - Navy

In the new 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.  Most professional women are well-aware that a suit is the default interview outfit. But what […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case

Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today is a Very Important Day – for me, at least. I finally found the iPhone 5 case of my dreams - and it only took a little under two years! I would describe this Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case by Rifle Paper Co. ($38 from Anthropologie) as a work […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – MZ Wallace Butterfly Tote Bag & Cosmetics Case

MZ Wallace Chelsea Bedford Nylon Tote

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. This is the year that I may be driven absolutely mad by Valentino. He’s designed the most gorgeous butterfly print – and he knows it’s amazing. It seems like every […]

Fresh Fashion Finds – Top Picks from Tory Burch’s Fall Collection

Tory Burch Fitbit Fret Pendant Necklace

Tis the season for fall fashion debuts and Tory Burch has delivered another collection of ogle-worthy clothes and accessories. Tory Burch is a perennial favorite, but this season adds an extra element that speaks to me directly – subtle references to medieval art and design. Best in Show This year my favorite item is a practical […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Top Picks from Boden’s New Autumn Collection

Boden Pasternoster Shift Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Today’s post features Amy Schwarzenbach’s top fall picks from Boden. Get excited! Boden’s newest styles are out. For working women looking for chic professional clothing, this is the brand to wear. Even better, right now you can save 15% off everything and get free shipping on all orders […]

Dolce & Gabana Floral Sunglasses and the Lord & Taylor Friends & Family Sale

Dolce & Gabbana Piconic Logo Sunglasses

Last month, during an unusually leisurely stroll through Lenox Mall, I made a sharp and sudden turn into the Sunglass Hut when I spotted a spellbinding display of Dolce & Gabbana floral sunglasses –  including both of these:     Oh, wow. And wow again. To my eyes, the design, beauty and expressiveness of these sunglasses make […]

Fashion Flashback – From Matchy-Matchy Accessories to Modern Statement Pieces

Tory Burch Robinson Canvas Triangle 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.  To match, or not to match, accessories. That is the question. You may have pondered this issue if you’re old enough to remember a time when the […]