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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Tassel Necklaces

Panacea Golden Double Chain & Tassel Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Given the high quality and reasonable prices of Ivanka Trump’s shoe collection, I assumed that this gorgeous Ivanka Trump Seed Pearl Tassel Necklace was an incredible find – until I saw the $13,500.00 price tag and realized that Ms. Trump has entered the world of extraordinarily fine jewelry. […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Kendra Scott Glam Rocks Collection

Kendra Scott Deva Statement Earrings in Iridescent Illusion

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. Today is an exciting day if you’re a fan of color, sparkle, shine and all things iridescent! Kendra Scott is finally releasing her new Glam Rocks Collection – a momentous […]

Business Casual Makeover – Brooks Brothers Purple Metallic Wool Button-Down Cardigan

Brooks Brothers Purple Metallic Wool Button-Down Cardigan

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  When an office-appropriate outfit actually elicits an “oooh” or an “aaah,” I think it’s a moment that must be celebrated. Here’s the charming image that most recently caught my fancy: Did someone say dark purple metallic? Yes, please! This Brooks Brothers Metallic […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – The Dress That Got Away, Part Deux

BCBG Botanical Floral Wrap Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Although it’s not the type of thing you would include on most resumes, I surely must rank among the top tier of online-sale-stalkers. My devotion to the sport includes innovative problem-solving, hours of real-world training, and an unwavering commitment to constant improvement. Perhaps I should be awarded a floral […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Juliet & Company Pearl Wrap Necklace

Juliet & Company New Imitation Pearl Wrap Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I’m always pleased to recommend a modern pearl necklace as an office wardrobe staple, but it’s particularly exciting to find a versatile pearl necklace that is also affordable. This Juliet & Company New Imitation Pearl Wrap Necklace ($38 from Shopbop) suits perfectly. At 54 inches long, the necklace can […]

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 […]

Kendra Scott Jewelry Arrives in Atlanta & A Fantastic Sale Happening Tonight

Kendra Scott Atlanta - Shops Around Lenox

Good news Atlanta: we have our own Kendra Scott store now at the Shops Around Lenox! Even better news for Atlantans and everyone else: Kendra Scott is having a fantastic sale in stores and online this evening! All of the details are at the end of this post. I’ve been a fan of Kendra Scott’s irresistibly […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Head to Toe Style with Julie Bee’s Shoes

Julie Bee's Lexington Pump

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.    Ever since I started the Smart, Chic & Made in the USA feature on Commandress, I’ve been waiting for the happy day when I could share a picture like this: You see, everything that I’m wearing in this picture is Made […]