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, […]

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 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Twirls & Twigs Chevron Stripe Twirl Dress for Girls

Twirls & Twigs Chevron Stripe Twirl Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. Today I’m sharing my daughter Bonnie’s pick from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is a perfect back to school dress. This Twirls & Twigs Chevron Stripe Twirl Dress ($24.90 on sale; regularly $38) is Made in the USA, washable and gets an […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Kendra Scott Glam Rocks Collection

Kendra Scott Deva Statement Earrings in Iridescent Illusion

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. Today is an exciting day if you’re a fan of color, sparkle, shine and all things iridescent! Kendra Scott is finally releasing her new Glam Rocks Collection – a momentous […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Royal Robbins Discovery Skirt

Royal Robbins Discovery Skirt in Wild Rose

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Yesterday’s post about stylish comfort shoes reminded me that one of my favorite summer skirts is made by an outdoor clothing company. Of course, the skirt happens to be a beautiful shade of “Wild Rose” and features a bias cute flounce at the hem […]

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. […]

Five Spectacular Sales & Commandress Top Picks

St. John Collection Abstract Paisley Print Crepe Dress

There are so many great sales going on this weekend that I was having a terrible, terrible time choosing just one item for today’s post. So, naturally, I didn’t! Here are my five favorite sales - as well as a favorite item from each. Have a great weekend! *      *      * Coach Semi-Annual Sale – this […]