Budget Thursday: Smart Style Ankle-Length Pants

Uniqlo has had these ankle-length pants for a while in solid colors, but I also like these patterned versions. They seem kind of cool and stylish for work but also comfortable — they don’t have a fully elastic waist, but they don’t have a full zipper either. The pants are made from an “elegant wool-like material that’s wrinkle-resistant,” and they’re machine washable, which is great. They’re available in sizes XS–XXL, but in my experience the XL and XXL are bigger than you’d expect (not like a size 12), so check out the size chart. If you’re on the hunt for washable, affordable pants for work, I’d these a try. They’re just $39.90 at Uniqlo. Smart Style Ankle-Length Pants

Here’s a plus-size option (albeit a bit pricier).

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What Are Your Holiday Challenges as a Working Mom?

What are your holiday challenges as a working mom, ladies? Do you find that because you have kids in the picture you feel more of a need to do seasonal decor (above and beyond a Christmas tree)? Do you find that your diet is under attack because every kid-related event you go to has some sort of sweet treat? (Or a neighbor brings holiday cookies, or you just end up going to more holiday parties as a working mom than you did before having kids?) If you have a kiddo who’s active with clubs and activities — or otherwise knows a lot of adults, either as caregivers, instructors, therapists (such as speech/OT/PT), or more — then is there more of a strain on you to come up with “thoughtful” holiday cards and teacher gifts? (Is anyone else fielding a million questions from well-intentioned relatives regarding presents to get your kid that largely amount to research projects for you?) Are you also under stress at work with year-end goals and projects (or do you have a relatively quiet office)?holiday challenges for working mothers Do you have any year-end projects you foist on yourself or your family, such as organizing family photos from the past year enough for a family holiday card, a 2018 calendar, or more?

We played our game of “do, delegate, or nope” last year and rounded up some holiday delegating ideas — has anyone put those into play this year?

For my $.02: I’m still kind of “nope” on the Elf on the Shelf — he’s been hiding behind a chair for about a week now and my kids haven’t found him, so clearly I’m #winning. I definitely feel more of an obligation to put up seasonal decor than I ever did before I had kids — I didn’t even bother with my own Christmas tree until J was 2! I do try to force myself to go through all of the family photos for the past year to pull a holiday card (um, which I still haven’t even ordered yet) as well as several calendars for the next year (wall- and desk-sized). (I’m also going to try to force myself to do a photo album for 2017 while it’s fresh in my head… since I haven’t done one yet for 2015 or 2016. Well, we’ll see.) I’m also going to try to start the review of our finances for the past year for our itemized deductions — but maybe that can wait until January. I’ve been pondering trying to do a kid-related craft for the various adults the kids deal with (now that my second son, H, is in preschool it seems like there are a zillion people), but I may just do a small gift card and a family holiday card and call it a day.

Do tell, ladies: what are your biggest holiday challenges as a working mom? 

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Straight Leg Crepe Pants

magic pants comfortable for workReaders at Corporette were recently talking about these stretch crepe pants as “magic pants” that are “more comfortable than sweats or leggings and can still pass as work pants.” Well, well! That’s definitely good to know about when you’re planning on having a long day and choosing comfortable workwear for late nights. They have an elastic waist, no pockets, and come in regular, petite, and plus sizes — and of course they are machine washable. Nice. They’re $168 full price; Nordstrom has a few options as low as $117.  Straight Leg Crepe Pants

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: Maypearl Alice Bootie

I recently bought my first pair of Clarks in a few years, and my old favorite brand is now my new favorite brand — they’re like walking on pillows! The shoes I bought are decidedly more weekend (we featured them here just for that), but these boots look great with pants or jeans and are possibly even sleek enough to be boots you wear with tights. They’re $91–$142 at Nordstrom and Amazon. Maypearl Alice Bootie

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Maternity Monday: Cowl Neck Short Sleeve Maternity Dress

PattyBoutik is a brand we’ve featured before because it’s always very highly reviewed on Amazon (this one has 4.4 stars with 400+ reviews) and it’s always really affordable. This dress comes in five colors in S–XL and looks like a great basic style if you’re looking for something to dress down or dress up for work. PattyBoutik Mama Cowl Neck Short Sleeve Maternity Dress

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Weekend Open Thread

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: Hue leggings are some of my favorite leggings for the weekend. Fleece tights (or should I say, FLEECE TIGHTS) are kind of an inside joke among the readers, but if you’re looking for fleece-lined leggings for this winter then I have to say, Hue has delivered in years past for warm, thick, and comfortable leggings that don’t get baggy. I also like the fact that they actually have functional pockets. Zappos has them in sizes XS–XL in ink wash denim for $54, and they’re also at Amazon in black and ink wash denim. HUE Fleece Lined Denim Leggings

Here’s a plus-size option.

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