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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hobo Bags 40% Off Sale & The Hobo Morena Tote

Hobo Morena Tote - Pink Saffiano Leather

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I was excited to post about the beloved Hobo Morena Tote (previously featured here and here) on sale in one color today, but now it turns out that the entire Hobo website is 40% off  with promo code HOBOXOXO. Hobo also offers free shipping for orders over […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Floral Totes

Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote Hawaiian Print

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Can you wear a Hawaiian print to the office anywhere but Hawaii? Sure, you can – if it looks something like this: This Rebecca Minkoff Medium M.A.B. Tote ($245 from Nordstrom) features a lovely and sophisticated Hawaiian Print – which makes even a simple black outfit look like something extraordinary. […]

Five Spectacular Sales & Commandress Top Picks

St. John Collection Abstract Paisley Print Crepe Dress

There are so many great sales going on this weekend that I was having a terrible, terrible time choosing just one item for today’s post. So, naturally, I didn’t! Here are my five favorite sales - as well as a favorite item from each. Have a great weekend! *      *      * Coach Semi-Annual Sale – this […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Brahmin Sunset Batik Collection Handbags

Brahmin Sunset Batik Collection Louise Rose Floral Print Satchel

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.  Last week I took a little field trip to admire and play with Brahmin’s newest handbag collection, which features beautiful floral-embossed leather and contrasting tan trim. So lovely! This […]

Fashion Flashback – From Matchy-Matchy Accessories to Modern Statement Pieces

Tory Burch Robinson Canvas Triangle 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.  To match, or not to match, accessories. That is the question. You may have pondered this issue if you’re old enough to remember a time when the […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Rebecca Minoff Mini M.A.C. & The Tale of a Shopping Enabler

Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. - Metallic Turquoise

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office.  Happy Friday! Today I’m diverging from my regular Business Casual Makeover post to share a recent purchase that is best saved for after hours. And it’s a true gem. A metallic turquoise gem, to be exact. I’ve had my eye on Rebecca Minkoff’s Mini M.A.C. […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Marc by Marc Jacobs Sheltered Island Colorblock Satchel

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sheltered Island Colorblock Satchel

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I love a stylish and professional work satchel, and this Marc by Marc Jacobs Sheltered Island Colorblock Satchel certainly fits the bill. And, it’s on sale! I love how the “Cabernet Multi” color palette combines a conservative fall color (cabernet) with an eye-catching spring color (coral). It’s a perfect […]

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 […]