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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Vince Camuto Trumpet Skirt

Vince Camuto Trumpet Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a flattering, versatile, affordable and washable skirt in a “new” silhouette to freshen up your work wardrobe. This Vince Camuto Trumpet Skirt ($89 in Regular and Petite sizes from Nordstrom) features a fitted waist with feminine flounces at the knee. The flounces add shape and interest […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Top Picks from Boden’s New Autumn Collection

Boden Pasternoster Shift Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Today’s post features Amy Schwarzenbach’s top fall picks from Boden. Get excited! Boden’s newest styles are out. For working women looking for chic professional clothing, this is the brand to wear. Even better, right now you can save 15% off everything and get free shipping on all orders […]

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 […]

Business Casual Makeover – Halogen Floral Print Sweater Styled Two Ways

Halogen Floral Print Sweater with Blazer and Jeans

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a chic floral print sweater that is perfect for work or play – and Nordstrom has been kind enough to show it styled with two different business casual outfits.   The Halogen Floral Print Cotton Sweater ($57.90 on sale; regularly $88) is part of […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Eileen Fisher Purple Surplice Jersey Dress

Eileen Fisher Purple Jersey Knee-Length Long-Sleeve Dress - Made in the USA

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. My initial thought when admiring this chic beachfront getaway picture is I Want To Go There. The scenery is beautiful and the model looks so lovely and relaxed. My second thought is If I Cannot Go There, I Want […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Bouclé Dress

Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Multicolor Bouclé Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s a chic and professional dress from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that is a delightful mashup of current trends and Mad Men Style. The Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Multicolor Bouclé Dress ($176.90 on sale; regularly $265) features a classic sheath style with on trend – and flattering […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Royal Robbins Discovery Skirt

Royal Robbins Discovery Skirt in Wild Rose

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Yesterday’s post about stylish comfort shoes reminded me that one of my favorite summer skirts is made by an outdoor clothing company. Of course, the skirt happens to be a beautiful shade of “Wild Rose” and features a bias cute flounce at the hem […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Banana Republic Wrap Dresses 40% Off Today

Banana Republic Gemma Geo Wrap Dress - Berry Jam

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Banana Republic just shared its latest crop of wrap dresses in pretty solid colors and fun prints – including this Banana Republic Gemma Wrap Dress in Purple Gem as well as True Blue in Regular, Tall and Petite sizes ($98; online exclusive). The dresses are machine washable and […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Three Dots Peplum Back Blazer & Striped Dress

Three Dots Peplum Black Blazer & Striped Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.   Have you ever been invited to an event where the dress code is “casually elegant?” Although we’ve become used to hearing “casually elegant” – and dressing for it – it’s a rather baffling combination of words that is as nonsensical as requesting […]