Professional, Smart & Chic – Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace

Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s an unusually understated “statement necklace” that combines two classics – pearls and gold chain links – for a thoroughly modern look. The Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace ($175 from Nordstrom) is a beautiful necklace that would add polish to any professional outfit. The Katie […]

Fashion Flashback – Professional Necklaces That Show Some Personality

LOFT Short Rose Fireball Cluster Necklace

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.  If you sometimes bemoan the unoriginality of the “uniform” that professional women are consigned to wear to work, you are not alone. I, too, can attest […]

Fashion Flashback – Straw Shopper Totes for Work & Play

Kate Spade Via Limoni Tote

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.  Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to think about wardrobe and accessory updates. Speaking of which, I am […]

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+ […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Convertible Tote Bags

Cole Haan Village Convertible Leather Tote Bag - Metallic Brown

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. It isn’t often that I have to retire a handbag that I still love just because it’s completely worn out. But this was the case with a Cole Haan satchel in metallic bronze that I bought soon after graduating from law school. Bronze was a perfect neutral […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Kate Spade New York Brighton Rock Necklace

Kate Spade New York Brighton Rock Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Yesterday’s Commandress post was all about black and white, so naturally today’s post must feature something very colorful – like this eye-catching Kate Spade necklace with glass beads and bright multicolored enamel. Fun! Online reviewers love the Kate Spade New York Brighton Rock Necklace ($98 from Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s or Nordstrom) and […]

Fashion Flashback – Headbands & the Sophisticated Professional Woman

France Luxe Skinny Headband

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. Even before Lupita Nyong’o appeared at the Oscars wearing a stunning diamond and gold headband, I planned to feature this oft-maligned accessory in today’s column. Ms. […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Alexis Bittar Lucite Jardin Mystere Butterfly Pendant Necklace

Alexis Bittar Lucite Jardin Mystere Butterfly Pendant Necklace

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women. I must admit that I was feeling a little grumpy about losing my hour of sleep to Daylight Saving Time yesterday morning. But an afternoon trip to Nordstrom helped me feel ready to ‘spring forward’ and enjoy the extra hour of daylight in […]

Business Casual Makeover – Where to Buy the Best Basic White Tops for $75 or (Much) Less

Three Dots 3/4 Sleeve Scoop Neck - Best Basic White Tees

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  Today I’m answering a reader question related to the Classiques Entier Carlotta Moto Jacket featured in last week’s Business Casual Makeover post. As you may recall, the jacket is a very cool combination of blue and red tweed and ponte – and […]

Check Out Commandress on Instagram

Commandress on Instagram - http://instagram.com/commandressblog

My site spent some time offline today, so I apologize if you had trouble getting to the blog. Please let me know if you encounter any more trouble! I spent a little extra time this morning on my newest social media adventure: Instagram – also known as the here’s a vintage photo of my donut branch […]