Makeup Monday: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution

Happy MLK Day! I hope you and your littles have the day to yourselves, but in case you don’t, I thought I would do a post on The Caffeine Solution from The Ordinary, which I tried because readers were swearing by it. It’s extraordinarily affordable, and I like what it does for my puffy morning eyes. (It’s not as moisturizing as some products, but you just have to add another moisturizer on top of it, whether it’s your regular one or a special eye product.) Show me a mom who thinks her eyes don’t need some de-puffing and … actually, I don’t think that person exists. The Caffeine Solution is only $6.70 at Beautylish. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution

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Weekend Open Thread

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If you’re on the hunt for good books to read, note that the Kindle Deal of the Day is a bunch of books recommended by The Skimm, including Eligible (pictured – a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice), Gone Girl, and more. Have you read any good books, mama? Do you prefer Kindle, paper book, or scrolling through something else (IG, Pinterest) in those few spare moments you get?

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Family Friday: The Sweatshirt

Moms, have you noticed that you can find a ton of affordable kids’ sweaters, but because they’re so affordable, your kid inevitably says, “They’re too itchy!” and refuses to wear them? On the flip side, sweatshirts are comfortable — but it’s incredibly difficult to find basic sweatshirts that fit well and can just be thrown in the washer and dryer without worrying about them. I’ve gotten a lot of sweatshirts at Old Navy and Gap, but they don’t have them all the time, so it’s great to see that Primary has a sweatshirt in sizes 2/3 to 10/12 — in 12 colors! They’re 80% cotton and 20% polyester, and they’re warm and cozy — the description says it feels like “wearing a marshmallow hug all day.” (And really, what mom doesn’t want that for her child?) They’re $20 each or $19 each if you buy 3 or more. Primary Clothing: The Sweatshirt

 

Budget Thursday: Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton

Readers were recently complaining about J.Crew — their inventory, the fact that they’re getting rid of suiting, and their website — but as much as J.Crew may have some issues right now, J.Crew Factory has a lot of reliable workwear basics, including this double-serge cotton skirt. I love the raspberry color that we’re picturing here, and in general it looks like a great basic for an affordable price — $39.99 to $41.50. It comes in regular and petite in four colors in sizes 00–20. They also have the schoolboy blazer, if you’re a fan, and a bunch of other old J.Crew classics. Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Cotton

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Dakota Jersey Top

Dakota Jersey TopSometimes there is nothing better than an elevated t-shirt like this simple jersey top from Boden. The front is polyester but the back is modal/cotton, meaning it’s comfortable, easily washed, and perfect for work and weekends. The top is $60, comes in four colors, and sizes 2-18.  Dakota Jersey Top

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for washable clothes for work, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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Accessory Tuesday: Kori Block Heel Bootie

The funny thing about being a mom (at least for me) is that the practical side of my personality has ratcheted way up — and the fun, cool side has ratcheted way down. If you’re looking for accessories to connect to your cooler side — but still be able to keep up with your kid when he makes a run for it — then I’m currently drooling over these Alexander Wang boots, which look dramatic and kind of rockstar like — but still walkable. They’re $595 at Nordstrom, available in several different iterations. Alexander Wang Kori Bootie

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