Rest Your Eyes on This – Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Cube Bracelet

Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Bracelet

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. Ooooh – this is my kind of contemporary jewelry! It looks like a thoroughly modern rainbow of semi-precious stones. This Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Cube Bracelet features howlite, tiger’s […]

Class It Up – Upgrade from Trashy to Classy with Reusable Shopping Bags & Water Bottles

Blue Q Peacock Shopper Bag

In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach draws on her legal industry experience – including some of the mistakes she saw along the way – to share ideas for taking your work wardrobe to the next level. Hoorah! I was so excited when California legislators voted to ban stores from sending […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – France Luxe Rectangle Barrette

France Luxe Rectangle Barette

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Is there anything that you wore – or perhaps just wore too much – in your teen years that you’ve been hesitant to revisit? For me, it’s been barrettes. You see, I was still growing out my last totally 80s perm when I started high school in […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Roses & Ribbons Cardigan

Roses & Ribbons Cardigan

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a feminine, floral sweater that you could easily work into an office wardrobe. The Roses & Ribbons Cardigan ($128 from Sundance; washable) would look pretty – but not too sweet – paired with sleek office basics like pants or a pencil skirt in navy, charcoal or black. The […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Under $100 – Alexis Bittar Lucite Crystal Rivet Hinge Bangle

Alexis Bittar Lucite Crystal Rivet Hinge Bangle - Prairie Crocus

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. Bloomingdale’s has a particularly lovely selection of Alexis Bittar jewelry on line right now – including many items on sale. My favorite? This Alexis Bittar Lucite Crystal Rivet Hinge Bangle in Prairie Crocus ($65 on sale; regularly $130). The color is […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case

Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today is a Very Important Day – for me, at least. I finally found the iPhone 5 case of my dreams - and it only took a little under two years! I would describe this Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case by Rifle Paper Co. ($38 from Anthropologie) as a work […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – MZ Wallace Butterfly Tote Bag & Cosmetics Case

MZ Wallace Chelsea Bedford Nylon Tote

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. This is the year that I may be driven absolutely mad by Valentino. He’s designed the most gorgeous butterfly print – and he knows it’s amazing. It seems like every […]

Fresh Fashion Finds – Top Picks from Tory Burch’s Fall Collection

Tory Burch Fitbit Fret Pendant Necklace

Tis the season for fall fashion debuts and Tory Burch has delivered another collection of ogle-worthy clothes and accessories. Tory Burch is a perennial favorite, but this season adds an extra element that speaks to me directly – subtle references to medieval art and design. Best in Show This year my favorite item is a practical […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Tassel Necklaces

Panacea Golden Double Chain & Tassel Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Given the high quality and reasonable prices of Ivanka Trump’s shoe collection, I assumed that this gorgeous Ivanka Trump Seed Pearl Tassel Necklace was an incredible find – until I saw the $13,500.00 price tag and realized that Ms. Trump has entered the world of extraordinarily fine jewelry. […]

Commandress Must-Have – Gaiam Restore Strong Core & Back Kit

Gaiam Restore Strong Core & Back Kit

We’ve talked about some very chic activewear on Commandress, but today is the first time that I’m recommending an actual piece of exercise equipment. This Gaiam Restore Strong Core & Back Kit is the type of thing that I’m eager to share with friends, readers and desk workers everywhere. I bought the kit a few months ago, […]