Professional, Smart & Chic – Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Fascinating Violet

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  After two days of longer than average posts, I’ve decided to keep today’s on the short side and feature a favorite beauty item. You can look forward to a longer Fashion Flashback Post tomorrow. Setting aside your basic lip balms, mascara is the beauty product that I’ve […]

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+ […]

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides – Need It Tomorrow? Check Out Zappos Free One Business Day Delivery

Smartwool Blossom Bitty 3-Pack

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides feature a variety of unique gift ideas ranging from affordable stocking stuffers to luxurious presents – as well as my favorite websites for online gift-shopping.  It’s one week until Christmas, and most online retailers are beginning to offer some sort of expedited shipping and/or guaranteed Christmas delivery. Do you need some […]

Fashion Flashback – Choo-Choo! From Caboodles to Traincases – Plus Treats to Fill Them

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Silver Embossed Faux Croc Train Case

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. As a typical teenage girl, I amassed an impressive collection of cosmetics, lotions and potions. I was also always on the go, so my Caboodles makeup case […]

Commandress Beauty Bonus – The Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus

NM Beauty Event 2013

I’ve been looking forward to this year’s Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus since seeing a sneak peek of the leopard-print Beauty Event Bag a few weeks ago! The big question is, which color is my favorite? You really can’t go wrong – it’s hard for me to stray from purple, but this is a really […]

Commandress Goes to Summer Camp – Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

Keihl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ - best everyday sunscreen for face - best sunscreen to wear with makeup

A special week of outdoor clothes & gear for city girls while I attend “sleep-away” camp in the Catskills with my daughter. It’s hard to believe that today is the last day full day of summer camp! Today I’m featuring a beauty item that I’ve been wearing each day at camp and is Made in […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Pinch Provisions ‘Snake Charmer’ Mini Emergency Kit

Pinch Provisions 'Snake Charmer' Mini Emergency Kit - bridesmaid gift under 20 - gift for professional women under 20

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families.  Here’s a fantastic little Made in the USA item to keep on hand for yourself – as well as for when you need a last-minute gift for others. The Pinch Provisions ‘Snake Charmer’ Mini Emergency Kit is filled with 17 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – 33% Off Philosophy Friends & Family Sale

This may be the best Friends & Family Sale yet – 33% off from philosophy! It’s the perfect time to stock up on Made in the USA skincare and fragrances. Use code PHILOFRIEND to save 33% now through June 7. Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for philosophy.

News & Updates – Five Sales You Don’t Want to Miss!

Bling by JoJo Loves You - Made in the USA

Greetings readers! No post yesterday because my network provider put Commandress on lockdown – hackers were using computer programs to try to guess WordPress passwords and access accounts. I’m so glad to be back today – in part because I’ve been eager to share these noteworthy sales! Many of the sales are in honor of one […]

Commandress Office Holiday – The ‘Mad Men’ Look

Gorgeous shot of Joan Holloway

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this Sunday’s Mad Men season premier! Here’s some fun stuff to entertain fans during the home stretch.  If Mad Men were a cocktail, it would be 1 part great storytelling, 1 part incredible acting and 1 part delightful mid-century styling. There’s so much style to admire, but – […]