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 […]

Professional, Smart & Cheeky – Hello Kitty Messenger Bag

Hello Kitty Messenger Bag

A work-appropriate look you can get confused about.  Sometimes you don’t realize that something’s been missing from your life until you find it – like this fashion-forward and super smart-looking Hello Kitty Messenger Bag (on sale for $56 from Amazon; regularly $70). Everything about this bag screams of competence. But what really sold me on it is how […]

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 – Fossil Erin Foldover Tote

Fossil Erin Foldover Tote - Copper

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a fun and professional tote with a unique and versatile design. The Fossil Erin Foldover Tote ($198 from Nordstom) has a fold-over design and can be carried as either a top handle satchel or a cross-body shoulder bag. The tote comes in several gorgeous shades of leather […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Rebecca Minkoff Leo Tote with Removable Clutch

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Tote with Removable Clutch

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. How handy would it be to have a sleek handbag that can be used as a large tote or a slim clutch? I love the Rebecca Minkoff’s new collection […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Rebecca Minkoff Made in NYC Collection

Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Mini - Made in NYC

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families.   Looking for a stylish new work bag that’s made in the USA? You should check out the limited edition Made in New York collection from Rebecca Minkoff. The collection includes the popular and beloved Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Mini […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Best Briefcase for Women – Hobo Morena in Copper Leather

Hobo Morena Copper Exotic Venice Leather

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  When was the last time you saw a woman check out a briefcase and say “hubba hubba”? Oh, never? Because that’s exactly what a friend said when I showed her this picture of the Hobo Morena Shoulder Bag in Copper Exotic Venice Leather. I’ve already professed my love for […]

Dear Commandress – What Should I Buy With My Extra Christmas Money?

Rebecca Minkoff Swing Bag - Soft Grey

Commandress answers readers’ most vexing fashion & style questions. Today’s Commandress post addresses a reader question about picking out a gift – for yourself! I am new to your blog, but I am so glad to have found it. I have a question that may be of interest to other readers as well. I have […]

Fashion Flashback – Think Purple! Radiant Orchid’s Retro Appeal

1980s Esprit Ad

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.  Like It or Not, Purple Will Be Everywhere in 2014 With Pantone’s announcement of Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, this week’s Fashion […]

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides – Need It Tomorrow? Check Out Zappos Free One Business Day Delivery

Smartwool Blossom Bitty 3-Pack

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides feature a variety of unique gift ideas ranging from affordable stocking stuffers to luxurious presents – as well as my favorite websites for online gift-shopping.  It’s one week until Christmas, and most online retailers are beginning to offer some sort of expedited shipping and/or guaranteed Christmas delivery. Do you need some […]