Love Your Dressed Up Style – A Faux Wrap Dress Accessorized – Commandress

IMHO, the perfect business casual outfit starts with a wrap dress.  Dresses make getting dressed sooooooo easy! And, wrap dresses flatter everybody’s body. Specifically, today I have in mind Karen Kane’s Patchwork Faux Wrap Dress (Sale: $84.90; Regular: $128 from Nordstrom, Made in USA). Karen Kane is a quality brand you can depend on. This is the perfect dress for a networking lunch, a casual day at the office or an evening dinner. I love its patchwork print, fall color scheme and three quarter length sleeves.

Karen Kane Faux Wrap Dress Womens Work Dress Sale

Because I am always thinking about the shoes, jewelry and handbag I would wear with a new outfit, I spent some time selecting the perfect accessories for it. Below is a collage of the earrings, necklace, bracelet and pumps that coordinate perfectly with the dress.

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Earrings: Sonya Reese Drusy Teardrop Earrings in White (Sale: $49.90; Regular: $78 from Nordstrom, also available in Dark Pewter and Gold)
Necklace: Sonya Reese Oval Drusy Pendant Necklace in White (Sale: $37.90; Regular: $58 from Nordstrom, also available in Dark Pewter and Gold)
Bracelet: Kendra Scott Mystic Bazaar Chandler Bangles in Mixed Metals ($150 from Nordstrom)
Shoes: Bella Vita Willa Perforated Pump in Camel/Black ($89.95 from Nordstrom, Also in black and white/black patent leather)

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Drusy jewelry has captured my heart. I love its delicate flickering shimmer. Here is a closer look at the Sonya Reese earrings and necklace, as well as the Kendra Scott bangles, which are all so versatile you will find yourself wearing them all the time.

Gold Drusy Earrings Womens Earring Sale           Sonya Reese Drusy Necklace Womens Gold Necklace SaleMixed Metal Bangles Womens Bracelets

The bangles‘ varying texture and shine coordinate so well with the dress it is as if they were designed in tandem.

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The pumps appeal to me as much as the jewelry. I love Bella Vita’s fresh take on the spectator pump. This pointy toe pump with its kitten heel is sleek and mod.

Womens Work Pumps Womesn Work Shoes

The handbag I would wear with it is an easy choice: I would definitely carry the Brahmin West Lake Croc Embossed Satchel in Black profiled earlier this week.



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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – 30 Made in the USA Favorites for Women

I had some fun yesterday browsing the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for Made in the USA clothes, jewelry, beauty, and even shoes.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Made in the USA Favorites for Women - Commandress

Right now, I’m starting with my top 10, which are shown above.

  1. Trina Turk Graphic Print Jersey V-Neck Dress (Sale: $198.90; After Sale: $298)
  2. Alexis Bittar Lucite Long Raindrop Earrings in 5 colors (Sale: $62.90; After Sale: $95)
  3. La Mer Collections Venetian Leather & Stone Wrap Watch (Sale: $122.90; After Sale: $185)
  4. butter LONDON Coveted Classics – Patent Shine Set ($45; $72 Value)
  5. Karen Kane Drape Front Cardigan in 5 colors (Sale: $52.90; After Sale: $79)
  6. Bailey 44 Long Sleeve Tie Neck Blouse (Sale: $105.90; After Sale: $159)
  7. Karen Kane Faux Suede Flare Panel Skirt in 4 colors (Sale: $58.90; After Sale: $88)
  8. Munro Lexi Boot in 4 colors & in extended sizes (Sale: $149.90; After Sale: $224.95)
  9. Hanky Panky Print Regular Rise Thong (Sale: $14.90; After Sale: $23) (also available in Solid)
  10. NYDJ Sylvia Stretch Boyfriend Jeans in Regular & Petite (Sale: $82.90; After Sale: $124) (Also available in Plus)

After today’s newsletter goes out, I’ll add images of my 30 Made in the USA favorites at the end of this post.

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Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Felicity & Coco Wrap Dress

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.

Earlier this week, Abigail and I visited Nordstrom to scope out things before their annual Anniversary Sale. While there, Abigail spied a fetching Felicity & Coco Wrap Dress. She showed it to me, and it was mine.

Like many of the wrap dresses Commandress features, this wrap dress is incredibly versatile.

We recommend Felicity & Coco for it’s great fit and high-quality material – as well as very pretty prints. My new three-quarter sleeve Jersey Wrap Dress in forest green, aqua and cream fits like it was made for me. The washable material is light enough to be worn on a sultry evening in Atlanta.

Of course, one of the best things about Felicity & Coco is their products’ price. (Sale: $58.80 , originally $98 from Nordstrom)

If you are a Diane Von Furstenberg fan, it’s worth checking out this brand. If, however, you are a DVF purist, check out this similar DVF dress.

Here are some pictures of the dress.

Print Wrap Dress Donald Plinar Cork Wedge Shoes Kendra Scott Jewelry

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So, Abigail and I are enjoying two weeks of working together. This is also a rare chance to hang out since we live in different states.

Yesterday evening, we enjoyed a girls’ night out. I wore my new wrap dress while we visited Judith Bright, a local jewelry store (made in the south, Tennessee and Georgia). We enjoyed pre-dinner dessert at Cacoa where we took pictures for this post. Then we shared cocktails at Rosebud, a nearby restaurant with a fine bar.

I cannot wait to replicate my outfit at another special venue. Here are more details about my outfit’s accessories.

Shoes: Donald Pliner Milli Cork Wedge Peep Toe Pumps – no longer available,
[Two attractive alternatives are Vaneli Blair in Truffle Molly Rodi ($151 from Zappos), or
French Sole Necessary Perforated Leather Wedge Pump in Paltino Nubuck ($214.95 from Nordstrom)];
Handbag: Floral Bella Compostela Clutch in Pebble/Silver (Sale: $51.90, Original: $170 from Amazon);
Sunglasses: Diane Von Furstenberg Tanya in Soft Tortoise ($146.85 from Nordstrom);
Earrings: Kendra Scott Tessa Stud Earrings in Mint ($50 from Kendra Scott);
Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in Abalone Shell ($80 from Kendra Scott);
Necklace: state pendant on chain (from Frames, Inc., my favorite store in New Orleans, Louisiana),
[An attractive alternative is Moon and Lola’s State Pendant Necklace ($188 from Neiman Marcus)];
Bracelet: Essie Woven Bracelet in Iridescent Drusy ($95 from Kendra Scott);
Bracelet: Blue & Green/Gold Bar ($34.50 from Ann Taylor);
Ring: Kendra Scott Rachel Double Ring with Iridescent Viva ($110 from Kendra Scott)

Jersey Wrap Dress Donald Pliner Wedge Shoes Cork Wedges Peep Toe Kendra Scott Earrings Kendra Scott Bracelet Ann Taylor Gold Bar Bracelet Kendra Scott Necklace and Ring

Best, Amy

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