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 […]

Office Holiday – Daytrip to Senoia & the Return of The Walking Dead


Sooooo, I probably haven’t had a reason to mention it here before – and I know that this admission may seem a bit out of character – but I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead. Season 5 starts on Sunday, and I couldn’t be more excited. I started watching the show when it premiered after a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cole Haan Sale on Sale – Under $100 – Rose Gold Air Tali Open Toe Wedge

Cole Haan Air Tali Open Toe Wedge - Rose Gold and Jute

Last month I was shopping with a friend when she received some distressing news. This tale of shoes loved and lost actually begins about three years ago when my friend first discovered Cole Haan’s Air Tali Wedges with Nike Air technology. It was a revelation for her to find a cute and truly comfortable shoe that is […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Stylish Active Wear for the Yogi

Lilly Pulitzer Skipper Printed Popover

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Today’s post features Amy Schwarzenbach’s top fashion picks for the yoga crowd.  Do you find yourself wearing activewear more and more? As we’ve discussed previously on Commandress, Americans are spending more and more time in work-out and leisure gear – also known in […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Equipment Ceclie Wool Blend Sweater

Equipment Ceclie Wool Blend Sweater - Peacoat Multi - pretty feminine plaid sweater

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Sweater weather still seems far away, but I’m stocking up on this pretty jewel-toned plaid Equipment Ceclie Wool Blend Sweater while it’s 50% off – and still available in all sizes. I love the rich colors and relaxed – but feminine – fit of this polished sweater. It’s a […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – France Luxe Rectangle Barrette

France Luxe Rectangle Barette

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Is there anything that you wore – or perhaps just wore too much – in your teen years that you’ve been hesitant to revisit? For me, it’s been barrettes. You see, I was still growing out my last totally 80s perm when I started high school in […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case

Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today is a Very Important Day – for me, at least. I finally found the iPhone 5 case of my dreams - and it only took a little under two years! I would describe this Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case by Rifle Paper Co. ($38 from Anthropologie) as a work […]

Commandress Must-Have – Gaiam Restore Strong Core & Back Kit

Gaiam Restore Strong Core & Back Kit

We’ve talked about some very chic activewear on Commandress, but today is the first time that I’m recommending an actual piece of exercise equipment. This Gaiam Restore Strong Core & Back Kit is the type of thing that I’m eager to share with friends, readers and desk workers everywhere. I bought the kit a few months ago, […]