Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Charming Spring Pumps from Sole Society

Sole Society Meryl Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Last year, Sole Society (the fantastically affordable shoe and accessory brand) hit it out of the ball park with their Julianne Hough for Sole Society Anneke Pump – a chic and slightly edgy midheel pump that you can still find at Nordstrom for $59.95. Right now I’m admiring […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 & Worthy of a Haiku – Söfft Abbott Wedge Pump

Söfft Abbott Wedge Pump

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. I’m always excited to find a stylish “comfort” shoe that looks like it would more at home in Cinderella’s closet than in her stepsisters’. If you add affordable to the mix, I may have to start waxing poetic about discovering the holy […]

Fashion Flashback – Diana and Catherine – Arbiters of Refined Style

Allusione Sheath From Beguile by Byron Lars

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. Today’s column is inspired by Diana, Princess of Wales, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. In their public appearances on behalf of the British Monarchy, Diane and […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Cole Haan Chelsea Mary Jane Pump

Cole Haan Chelsea Mary Jane Pump - professional midheel pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s my idea of a perfectly splendid professional pump: The Cole Haan Chelsea Mary Jane Pump features a pretty pointy toe and lovely gold metallic leather on the trim and heel. The heel is also quite walkable – it’s somewhere between 2 1/2″ and 3″ (depending on who […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Via Spiga Valenca D’Orsay Flat

Via Spiga Valenca Pointed Toe D'Orsay Flats - Copper Metallic Zappos

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Happy Presidents Day! I hope that many of you are enjoying a day off that is completely unrelated to snow. I’m still in St. Simon’s Island and it’s beginning to warm up a bit! My thoughts have turned to spring and this lovely pair of flats that […]

Valentine’s Day Special – Chic Red Flats

alice + olivia Hilary Heart d'Orsay Flats

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office.  Happy Valentine’s Day! This morning I gave Bonnie this Looney Tunes Talking Pepe Le Pew, which has been quite a hit with the grade school set. One of Bonnie’s cousins substituted the word “kick” in my favorite line – “I pick you, I pick you […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Ted Baker London Orange d’Orsay Pump

Ted Baker London Zenadia d'Orsay Pumps

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  If you live in Atlanta and have been hiding out in your home this week, I suspect that you are very happy to be warm and safe – but also getting a bit twitchy from cabin fever. And the view outside has probably lost most – if […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Tory Burch Mackenna Wedge Pump

Tory Burch Mackenna Striped Wedge Pump

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.   Here’s a sharp wedge pump by Tory Burch that’s getting rave reviews for style and comfort – as well as friendly directives to ‘Get them while you can!’ […]

Dear Commandress – What Should I Buy With My Extra Christmas Money?

Rebecca Minkoff Swing Bag - Soft Grey

Commandress answers readers’ most vexing fashion & style questions. Today’s Commandress post addresses a reader question about picking out a gift – for yourself! I am new to your blog, but I am so glad to have found it. I have a question that may be of interest to other readers as well. I have […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Affordable Boots for REALLY Bad Weather

Kamik Jennifer Boots - Burgundy

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I have an announcement to make: it’s not supposed to be 8 degrees in Atlanta. It’s just not. Further, my pipes were not supposed to freeze even though I left a faucet running overnight. No one told me that the pipes to my tankless hot water heater […]