Washable Workwear Wednesday: Shoulder Tuck Top

machine washable top for workOooh: I love this pretty white and burgundy, machine-washable top for work — the high collar and notched neckline look flattering, and like an easy way to look pulled together with a cardigan or blazer on top. (Oooh, try a light blue cardigan — you might be surprised how much you like the red and blue together.) The top is $59 at Nordstrom, available in a few different colorways and sizes XS-XXL, petites and regular sizes. Shoulder Tuck Top

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Happy Tuesday: How to Store Toys in an Expedit/Kallax Shelving Unit

OK, this is a totally random recommendation today, but I’m honestly so excited, after years of pondering this issue, that I have to share. I have finally figured out a good way to store toys in our IKEA Expedit shelves. Years ago when I was in a studio I bought two 5×5 Expedit shelves, and they’ve held up through multiple moves. I could never quite figure out how to store toys in them, though — the shelves are too deep to put little toys in (they get lost) and not wide enough for big toys like Tonka trucks. I’ve tried to store toys on the shelves in clear plastic shoeboxes, but those were a poor use of space.

We finally placed a massive order at Walmart for locking storage bins (our littlest one enjoys grabbing any toy he can find and throwing/hiding them anywhere he can get to, so our previous open toy storage situation was NOT working) and OH MA GAH some of the bins fit the Expedit perfectly. IKEA still makes the shelves but has renamed them (with some modifications) the Kallax series — I will note that if you have the space, a tall tower like this one (1×4) is excellent turned on its side as a toy bench for toddlers. Anyway: the two sizes of bins that fit the best are the 15.5-qt. latching boxes (sold in sets of 4 for $17.88, pictured above with the blue latches) — you can stack two in an Expedit shelf — and these bigger 24-qt. latching boxes (buy one for $6.47, or 4 for $22 pictured above with the green latches). You can fit at least one clear shoebox inside the 15.5-qt. boxes and 2 or 3 in the 24-qt. boxes for further organization/subdivision of blocks or whatever.

(Why yes, I do go insane with my label maker, thank you for noticing.)

Maternity Monday: ‘Audra’ Dress

Here’s a simple, pretty maternity dress from Rosie Pope, with 5% spandex for a bit of stretch. We’re featuring the indigo floral pattern, but it’s also available in emerald and navy. It comes in sizes XS-XL and it’s machine washable, tumble dry. It’s $178 at Nordstrom. Rosie Pope ‘Audra’ Maternity Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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Finally Friday: Woven Back High/Low Knit Top

This Vince Camuto top looks like a great basic — you can wear it to work or on the weekend, you can pair it with skinny pants, and you can layer it under a cardigan or blazer. It looks flattering and also not too out-there in terms of the high/low style. (Note that it does seem to be slightly sheer on most of the back.) It only has a couple of reviews so far, but they’re very positive. And, bonus: It’s machine washable, tumble dry low. The top, which is $69 at Nordstrom, is available in plus sizes in black and coral, as well as other colors in regular sizes. Woven Back High/Low Knit Top

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Everyone Thursday: ‘Bristal’ Ankle Strap Pointy Toe Flat

These flats happen to have a zipper up the back — huzzah! That’s great news for the harried mom who can’t actually be bothered to undo or redo these straps every time. This shoe comes in burgundy suede, black suede, and this charcoal suede (all lucky sizes at this point) for $89.95 at Nordstrom. (I should note, if you’re a fan of this sort of style you should check out this similar shoe with grommets — and in fuchsia.) Pictured: ‘Bristal’ Ankle Strap Pointy Toe Flat

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: V-Neck Dress

This dress is pretty highly rated, with 16 reviews and 4 stars. Note that, like most of Ming Wang’s designs, it’s machine wash warm and tumble dry low (and it’s wrinkle-resistant, too). If you’re looking for a basic dress that feels more luxe than, say, a t-shirt dress from Old Navy, do consider this brand. This style is $275 at Nordstrom, online only. V-Neck Dress

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.

Psst: At least Carter’s President’s Day sale has started already, and it looks like Nordstrom has already started marking stuff down as well — any sales you have your eye on?

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