Fashion Flashback – Paisley Prints for Professional Women

Prince and the Revolution - Around the World in Day

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.  What a Difference Six Years Makes! Two Fridays ago, Commandress featured two J.Crew tops with fun, fresh paisley patterns. The tops’ patterns immediately made me nostalgic […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Stylish Rain Shoes for Looking Good in Bad Weather

Melissa + Karl Lagerfeld Pointed Toe Pumps - Melissama Mary Jane

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Before we get to the truly work-appropriate part, I just ordered the most adorable casual rain shoes by Melissa – a sustainable footwear designer from Brazil. Here’s a picture: How could an ‘Ultragirl’ rain shoe in a Liberty of London print be anything but irresistible? I found a […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Brooks Brothers Red Fleece and Friends & Family Sale

Brooks Brothers Two-Button Seersucker Jacket pink-blue - brooks brothers red fleece jacket - modern seersucker jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I have three exciting updates for Brooks Brothers today. (1) Brooks Brothers’ Friends & Family Sale Today through Saturday, May 11, you can save 25% on most merchandise online and in stores – including sale items – during Brooks Brothers Friends & Family Sale. Use code FNFBB6 at […]

How to Wear Floral Prints to Work – 15 Easy Rules for Getting It Right

Loeffler Randall Tamsin Printed Pumps - dark floral - Tasmin Classic Floral Pump - collaboration with Tucker floral print

Commandress Style Rules are a quick way to understand the basics of any style topic. As with any skill, once you’ve mastered the basic rules you will be better prepared to develop your own approach – and style. If you’re a regular Commandress reader, you already know that one of my favorite topics is how to […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Delightful Print Totes in Gorgeous Colors Galore

J.Crew Girls' Liberty Tote Bag in Tresco Floral - liberty of london print tote bag

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Happy Friday! I love colors and prints, so I’m always up for admiring something new by Etro, Missoni or Lilly Pulitzer – especially some of the dreamy items that really  don’t fit my budget or lifestyle. And I’m always on the hunt for […]

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides – 2012 Top 10 Websites for Last Minute Holiday Shopping

J.Crew Liberty Crystal Braid Bracelet

We’ve almost reached the one week countdown to Christmas – potentially a time of high anxiety for anyone who is still checking off a holiday gift list. If the very thought of entering a mall this time of year gives you hives, you’ve come to the right place: the Commandress Holiday Gift Guides “2012 Top 10 Websites for […]

2012 Commandress Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

Crane and Co. Peacock Feather Notecards

Welcome to the 2012 Commandress Holiday Gift Guide! I’m very excited to share a variety of unique gift ideas – ranging from practical and affordable to very luxurious. This year’s Gift Guide focuses on gifts for women – and many of the brands and products featured here are Made in the USA. The Gift Guide […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Weekend Edition – BedHead Pajamas Liberty of London Prints

BedHead Pajamas Liberty of London - Central Park Watercolor

Commandress Special Reports – “Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” is a month-long feature that will spotlight American-made clothing. This “Weekend Edition” features something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Today Commandress is completing a fantastic month devoted exclusively to the feature Smart, Chic & Made in the USA, […]

Commandress Office Holiday – Dr. Martens Liberty of London Oxfords

Dr. Martins Liberty

Commandress is on summer holiday this week in London! To celebrate, Commandress is introducing a new feature: “Office Holiday,” which is a home for little luxuries to make your time at the office more pleasant, gifts worthy of a Commandress, and other delightful curiosities.  Today’s featured item can definitely be described as a “delightful curiosity.” […]

Commandress Office Holiday – Liberty of London Peacock Feather Notebooks

Paper Source Liberty Peacock Feather Notebooks

Commandress is on summer holiday this week in London! To celebrate, Commandress is introducing a new feature: “Office Holiday,” which is a home for little luxuries to make your time at the office more pleasant, gifts worthy of a Commandress, and other delightful curiosities.  Hello Readers! I am so excited to be in London! Commandress […]