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. […]

Commandress Business Casual Makeover – How to Wear a Bright Bold Sweater to Work

DVF Fairlee Colorblock Wool Sweater

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  At the beginning of a new year, it would make sense that most people are more open to trying something new. Sure, my January began with a post-holiday cold, some serious sugar withdrawal and a few days of painfully cold weather – […]

Commandress Year in Review & Top Ten Posts of 2013

Loeffler Randall Tamsin Printed Pumps - dark floral - Tasmin Classic Floral Pump - collaboration with Tucker floral print

Happy New Year from Commandress! Before moving ahead with all things 2014, I’d like to share my Top Ten Posts of 2013 – as well as a few of the year’s highlights. Somehow it’s still hard to believe, but Commandress celebrated its first birthday in May 2013! I’m truly grateful for the readers, friends and […]

Fashion Flashback – How to Wear Leopard Print – Eleven Examples for Professional Women

Adrienne Vittadini Animal-Print Zip-Back Sweater

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.  The 1980s Did Not Destroy Leopard Print . . . In 1988, I fell in love with Adrienne Vittadini’s collection of leopard print knitwear. It was […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Ann Taylor 40% Off Holiday Sale – Electric Leopard Print Tee

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A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Ann Taylor has another great promotion today: 40% off your entire purchase with code HOLIDAY40. The promotion applies to full-price and sale items. I didn’t have to poke around long to find a fantastic deal on a great-looking top with glowing reviews. This Ann Taylor Electric Leopard […]

Fashion Flashback – The Plucky Panache of Peplums Then and Now

kate spade andi dress - gunmetal metallic peplum dress

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.  I have a confession to make. This column’s topic is motivated by my current obsession with the ongoing revival of the peplum. A peplum is essentially […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Via Spiga Leopard Print Topper

Via Spiga Leopard Pattern Topper Coat - professional animal leopard print coat

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today I woke up to one of the first really cold mornings in Atlanta, so it’s time to take stock of my fall and winter coats. Coats are tricky this time of year because the temperature will probably be warm – if not hot – by midday. […]

Commandress Business Casual Friday – How to Wear Day-to-Night Dresses to Work

St. John Colorblock Tweed Dress - Caviar Magenta - Made in the USA professional dress - desk to dinner dress

The weekly feature “CommanDress Down – Business Casual Friday” features clothing & ideas for professional women who want to add more color, interest & style to their business casual wardrobes. Noteworthy Sale - Each of the dresses featured in today’s post is on sale during the Saks Friends & Family Sale. You can save 25% off most […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Under $100 – Rivette Leopard-Print Leather Belt

Rivette Leopard-Print Leather Belt - Made in the USA

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. I’ve been looking for a leopard-print belt for a while, and this Rivette Leopard-Print Leather Belt may be the one. Everything about this belt is classic – including the muted colors and gold buckle. The belt is slim, but […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Coach Madison Satchel in Ocelot Print (and the tale of the prom dress I didn’t have)

Coach Madison Small Madeline East-West Satchel in Ocelot Print Fabric - professional animal print handbag

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Is it just me, or do Coach’s handbags just keep getting better and better? I’ve loved the return and updating of their classic designs as part of the Legacy Collection – and it seems that visiting their design archives has been an incredible source of inspiration. I’ve already […]