Commandress Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – Presents for Her

Hanky Panky x Lilly Pulitzer 'Checking In' Chemise

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides feature a variety of unique gift ideas ranging from affordable stocking stuffers to luxurious presents. Today’s post features an assortment of items that I will be giving as presents to friends and family this year – and/or presents that I would be delighted to receive myself! For the Floral Aficionado – Equipment […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Festive Holiday Clothes from Anthropologie

Eva Franco Larksong Corduroy Dress

This year I’m in the mood to dress festively – but not in typical red, green, or gold Holiday attire. I am looking for something a little unconventional. When that is the case, Anthropologie becomes my destination of choice. As expected, Anthropologie has come through for me. I found several exceptional dresses, sweaters, a blazer […]

Friends & Family Picks – 40% Off at Ann Taylor & LOFT

Ann Taylor Embellished Flare Sweater Dress - Dark Sky

Ann Taylor & LOFT are having their Friends & Family Sales this week – you can save 40% off at Ann Taylor with code FRIENDS40 and at LOFT with code SHAREIT. Both sales end on November 16. Both stores are great places to look for festive attire that is appropriately conservative for an office holiday […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Black Halo Marissa Black Rose Print Sheath Dress

Black Halo Dark Rose Print Marissa Sheath Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families.  Here’s a lovely retro-modern sheath dress from Black Halo that is loaded with Mad Men Style! I love the rich black floral print and contrast among the dress’ modest silhouette, open neckline and side slit. You could pair the […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Pendleton Cynthia Knit Floral Dress

Pendleton Cynthia Knit Floral Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Pendleton has a very nice selection of professional dresses on sale right now, and this chic Pendleton Cynthia Knit Floral Dress is my favorite. I love the dress’ asymmetrical neckline, side ruching and sophisticated floral print in black and indigo. The dress is also washable and perfect for […]

Friends & Family Wish List – Shopbop & Saks

Fuzzi Tweed and Floral Print Top

Today marks the beginning of two of the season’s best Friends & Family Sales, and it didn’t take long for me to completely revamp my fall wish list! Here are my favorites from Saks (save 25% through 10/19 with code FRNFAM; 20% off jewelry) and Shopbop (save 25% through 10/16 with code FAMILY25). *      * […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Piperlime Collection Mix Print Blouse

Piperlime Mix Print Silk Blouse

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Piperlime has a great promotion right now where you can save 20% off a great selection of clothing, shoes and accessories from their Ultimate Fall Checklist – use code FALL20 by October 13. One of the items that immediately caught my eye is this very chic Piperlime Collection […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Garden Graph Pencil Skirt

Nanette Lepore Garden Graph Pencil Skirt

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. Here’s a lovely floral pencil skirt on sale that would make a great statement piece in a professional wardrobe. The Nanette Lepore Garden Graph Pencil Skirt is Made in the USA and would look lovely with a blazer or cardigan […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Ro & De Tweed Jacket & Floral Print Shell

Ro & De Tweed Jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here are a couple reasonably priced separates from a relatively new brand – Ro & De – that could go a long way toward sprucing up your fall work wardrobe.   Both the Ro & De Tweed Fringe Jacket ($98) and the Ro & De Floral Print […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – J.Crew Merino Wool Dutch Floral Mixed Media Sweater

J.Crew Merino Wool Mixed Media Floral Sweater

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Have you been intrigued by the fancy sweatshirt trend, but remained on the sidelines thus far? Here’s a fine example of the trend interpreted for grown-ups in a very pretty – and versatile – sweater. The J.Crew Merino Wool Mixed Media Sweater ($138 in sizes XXS – XL; on […]