Rest Your Eyes on This – Under $100 – Hobo Iridescent Stripe Britt Cosmetics Case

Hobo Iridescent Stripe Britt Cosmetics Case

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. One of the reasons that I always enjoy checking out Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue flagship store – and browsing Lord & Taylor’s Friends & Family Sale online – is […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Peacock Feather Prints at Talbots

Talbots Peacock Feather Print Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today’s post is courtesy of Reader S, who wrote in to recommend this gorgeous Talbots Peacock Feather Pencil Skirt ($109 in Regular and Petite sizes). The skirt has been popular and is only available in limited sizes, but Talbots has plenty of other items to tempt peacock […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Anthropologie Elba Cardigan

Anthropolgie Elba Cardigan - Wine

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. On a recent visit to Anthropologie, I tried on this soft and lightweight cashmere blend Elba Cardigan and quickly determined that it’s one of the best transitional pieces you could add to a professional wardrobe. The cardigan looks lovely with separates, but […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Under $100 – Alex and Ani Bangles of the Month

Alex & Ani Bangle of the Month

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. I’m always excited at the beginning of a new month when Alex and Ani reveals its Bangle of the Month, which you can buy online for $5 off. Alex and Ani recently began to feature a Bangle of the Month […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Stylish Active Wear for the Yogi

Lilly Pulitzer Skipper Printed Popover

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Today’s post features Amy Schwarzenbach’s top fashion picks for the yoga crowd.  Do you find yourself wearing activewear more and more? As we’ve discussed previously on Commandress, Americans are spending more and more time in work-out and leisure gear – also known in […]

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 […]