Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Twirls & Twigs Chevron Stripe Twirl Dress for Girls

Twirls & Twigs Chevron Stripe Twirl Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. Today I’m sharing my daughter Bonnie’s pick from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is a perfect back to school dress. This Twirls & Twigs Chevron Stripe Twirl Dress ($24.90 on sale; regularly $38) is Made in the USA, washable and gets an […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hobo Bags 40% Off Sale & The Hobo Morena Tote

Hobo Morena Tote - Pink Saffiano Leather

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I was excited to post about the beloved Hobo Morena Tote (previously featured here and here) on sale in one color today, but now it turns out that the entire Hobo website is 40% off  with promo code HOBOXOXO. Hobo also offers free shipping for orders over […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Kendra Scott Glam Rocks Collection

Kendra Scott Deva Statement Earrings in Iridescent Illusion

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. Today is an exciting day if you’re a fan of color, sparkle, shine and all things iridescent! Kendra Scott is finally releasing her new Glam Rocks Collection – a momentous […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – New Balance 1080 Running Shoes

New Balance 1080 Running Shoes

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families.  In honor of the 4th of July, today’s post features a pair of Made in the USA running shoes that are on my wish list – as well as a pair of incredibly patriotic running shoes for men. I’m rounding […]

Business Casual Makeover – Brooks Brothers Purple Metallic Wool Button-Down Cardigan

Brooks Brothers Purple Metallic Wool Button-Down Cardigan

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  When an office-appropriate outfit actually elicits an “oooh” or an “aaah,” I think it’s a moment that must be celebrated. Here’s the charming image that most recently caught my fancy: Did someone say dark purple metallic? Yes, please! This Brooks Brothers Metallic […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Floral Totes

Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote Hawaiian Print

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Can you wear a Hawaiian print to the office anywhere but Hawaii? Sure, you can – if it looks something like this: This Rebecca Minkoff Medium M.A.B. Tote ($245 from Nordstrom) features a lovely and sophisticated Hawaiian Print – which makes even a simple black outfit look like something extraordinary. […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – The Dress That Got Away, Part Deux

BCBG Botanical Floral Wrap Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Although it’s not the type of thing you would include on most resumes, I surely must rank among the top tier of online-sale-stalkers. My devotion to the sport includes innovative problem-solving, hours of real-world training, and an unwavering commitment to constant improvement. Perhaps I should be awarded a floral […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Juliet & Company Pearl Wrap Necklace

Juliet & Company New Imitation Pearl Wrap Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I’m always pleased to recommend a modern pearl necklace as an office wardrobe staple, but it’s particularly exciting to find a versatile pearl necklace that is also affordable. This Juliet & Company New Imitation Pearl Wrap Necklace ($38 from Shopbop) suits perfectly. At 54 inches long, the necklace can […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Sandal

Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. This summer I’ve found a shoe that’s more fashionable than your average flip-flop, yet just as practical for wearing to the beach or out in the rain. The Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Sandal ($68) has the same cool design as the traditional leather Jack […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Brahmin Sunset Batik Collection Handbags

Brahmin Sunset Batik Collection Louise Rose Floral Print Satchel

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.  Last week I took a little field trip to admire and play with Brahmin’s newest handbag collection, which features beautiful floral-embossed leather and contrasting tan trim. So lovely! This […]