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 […]

Mad Men Monday (on Tuesday) – Three Dresses with Mad Men Style

Mad Men - Megan Blue Dress

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies.  If you’ve heard anyone talking about That Dress after this week’s Mad Men premiere, there should be no doubt that they had Megan’s stunning blue minidress on their mind. (Image courtesy of Elle.) Although it’s hard to […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace

Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s an unusually understated “statement necklace” that combines two classics – pearls and gold chain links – for a thoroughly modern look. The Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace ($175 from Nordstrom) is a beautiful necklace that would add polish to any professional outfit. The Katie […]

Fashion Flashback – Professional Necklaces That Show Some Personality

LOFT Short Rose Fireball Cluster Necklace

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.  If you sometimes bemoan the unoriginality of the “uniform” that professional women are consigned to wear to work, you are not alone. I, too, can attest […]