Commandress Holiday Gift Guide – Pantone Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala

Sole Society Crystal & Stone Fan Necklace

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides feature a variety of unique gift ideas ranging from affordable stocking stuffers to luxurious presents. I’ve been happily compiling holiday gift recommendations – both on Pinterest and to share here – but today I’m taking a side trip for anyone who loves to be ahead of a trend. Pantone has just […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Festive Holiday Clothes from Anthropologie

Eva Franco Larksong Corduroy Dress

This year I’m in the mood to dress festively – but not in typical red, green, or gold Holiday attire. I am looking for something a little unconventional. When that is the case, Anthropologie becomes my destination of choice. As expected, Anthropologie has come through for me. I found several exceptional dresses, sweaters, a blazer […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Lou & Grey

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Today I’m very excited to feature casual chic weekend looks from the new Lou & Grey store at the Avalon in Alpharetta. You may have already noticed Lou & Grey in LOFT stores and online. Atlanta is one of the first cities to debut a standalone Lou & Grey boutique – and it is a fantastic place to shop. […]

Friends & Family Picks – 40% Off at Ann Taylor & LOFT

Ann Taylor Embellished Flare Sweater Dress - Dark Sky

Ann Taylor & LOFT are having their Friends & Family Sales this week – you can save 40% off at Ann Taylor with code FRIENDS40 and at LOFT with code SHAREIT. Both sales end on November 16. Both stores are great places to look for festive attire that is appropriately conservative for an office holiday […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – C by Bloomingdale’s Cashmere – Friends & Family Sale

C by Bloomingdale's Solid Cashmere Blazer

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale starts online today – and I think some of the best bargains can be found among the collection of C by Bloomingdale’s cashmere. My three favorite pieces are perfect for office layering. Sale Alert – save 20% off most items at Bloomingdale’s […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Classiques Entier Oceana Print Block Twill Sheath Dress & Serene Cardigan

Classiques Entier Oceana Print Block Twill Sheath Dress

A work-appropriate work you can get excited about.  Nordstrom has some great new markdowns today, and one of my favorite professional looks comes from from Classiques Entier. The Classiques Entier Oceana Print Block Twill Sheath Dress ($113.98 on sale; regularly $228) strikes me as a perfect gateway dress for a woman looking to add more color, […]

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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Jacquard Moto Cardi at Anthropologie

Moth Jacquard Moto Cardi - Anthropologie

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today’s post features a very cool Jacquard Moto Cardi recommended by Reader V, who has a great eye for asymmetric chic. This Moth Jacquard Moto Cardi looks fantastic both open (as shown above) and zipped (shown below). It is hand-washable and available in regular and petite sizes for $128 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – J.Crew Merino Wool Dutch Floral Mixed Media Sweater

J.Crew Merino Wool Mixed Media Floral Sweater

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Have you been intrigued by the fancy sweatshirt trend, but remained on the sidelines thus far? Here’s a fine example of the trend interpreted for grown-ups in a very pretty – and versatile – sweater. The J.Crew Merino Wool Mixed Media Sweater ($138 in sizes XXS – XL; on […]

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 […]