Professional, Smart & Chic – Peacock Feather Prints at Talbots

Talbots Peacock Feather Print Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today’s post is courtesy of Reader S, who wrote in to recommend this gorgeous Talbots Peacock Feather Pencil Skirt ($109 in Regular and Petite sizes). The skirt has been popular and is only available in limited sizes, but Talbots has plenty of other items to tempt peacock […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Anthropologie Elba Cardigan

Anthropolgie Elba Cardigan - Wine

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. On a recent visit to Anthropologie, I tried on this soft and lightweight cashmere blend Elba Cardigan and quickly determined that it’s one of the best transitional pieces you could add to a professional wardrobe. The cardigan looks lovely with separates, but […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Under $100 – Alex and Ani Bangles of the Month

Alex & Ani Bangle of the Month

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. I’m always excited at the beginning of a new month when Alex and Ani reveals its Bangle of the Month, which you can buy online for $5 off. Alex and Ani recently began to feature a Bangle of the Month […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Cube Bracelet

Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Bracelet

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. Ooooh – this is my kind of contemporary jewelry! It looks like a thoroughly modern rainbow of semi-precious stones. This Eddie Borgo Inlaid Stone Cube Bracelet features howlite, tiger’s […]

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 […]