Rest Your Eyes on This – Ruby Red Pumps

French Sole Mondo Flats - Burgundy Crackle Leather

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. Wow – all it took was a three-day weekend to make it insanely hard to get up on time to bring Bonnie to school this morning. There’s no place like home […]

Fresh Fashion Finds – Top Picks from Tory Burch’s Fall Collection

Tory Burch Fitbit Fret Pendant Necklace

Tis the season for fall fashion debuts and Tory Burch has delivered another collection of ogle-worthy clothes and accessories. Tory Burch is a perennial favorite, but this season adds an extra element that speaks to me directly – subtle references to medieval art and design. Best in Show This year my favorite item is a practical […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Cole Haan Purple Pointy Toe Flats on Sale

Cole Haan Magnolia Skimmer - Elderberry Saffiano Patent

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I’ve had my eye on these Cole Haan Magnolia Skimmer Flats in Elderberry Saffiano Patent Leather for a while, and now they are finally on sale! The Magnolia Skimmer is a perfectly professional pointy toe flat in one of my favorite alternatives to black: dark purple. The flat is […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Kate Spade Gold Liquid Suede Lima Sneakers

Kate Spade Lima Sneakers - Casual Luxe Liquid Gold Suede Brogues

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Today was the big day – Bonnie’s first day of kindergarten – and we’re lucky enough to live within walking distance of her elementary school! I’ve already shared Bonnie’s adorable back to school dress, but I also found myself a new pair of […]

Business Casual Makeover – Halogen Floral Print Sweater Styled Two Ways

Halogen Floral Print Sweater with Blazer and Jeans

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a chic floral print sweater that is perfect for work or play – and Nordstrom has been kind enough to show it styled with two different business casual outfits.   The Halogen Floral Print Cotton Sweater ($57.90 on sale; regularly $88) is part of […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Cole Haan Bethany Pumps

Cole Haan Bethany Pump

A work-appropriate look that you can get excited about. I went on a scouting mission to Nordstrom on Friday and am not surprised to report that this year’s Anniversary Sale is awesome! Unlike some years past, early sale access for Nordstrom Card holders applies in store as well as online. The sale items are housed […]

Fashion Flashback – Top 10 Comfort Shoes for Summer Camp & Other Outdoor Adventures

Keen Whisper Waterproof Sandals

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. Thank goodness for the evolution of comfort shoes! You may have noticed that I’ve been gone for a while. Last month, my family vacationed in Colorado Springs. […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Seychelles Tell Me a Story Polka-Dot Pumps

Seychelles Tell Me a Story Polka-Dot Pump - Pewter

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. While I like to flag items that are under $100, the shoes featured in today’s post are actually under $50! Seychelles is one of my favorite brands for stylish, affordable and comfortable shoes. These Seychelles Metallic Sandals that were featured on Commandress last summer are still one […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – New Balance 1080 Running Shoes

New Balance 1080 Running Shoes

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families.  In honor of the 4th of July, today’s post features a pair of Made in the USA running shoes that are on my wish list – as well as a pair of incredibly patriotic running shoes for men. I’m rounding […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – J.Crew Dulci Kitten Heel Pumps

J.Crew Dolvi Perforated Kitten Heels

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  J.Crew has a fantastic selection of truly amazing pumps right now – including classic office-friendly styles and dreamy shoes for after hours. And a large selection of shoes – as well as clothing and other accessories – are 30% off through tomorrow with promo code HISUMMER. These J.Crew […]