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I’m still ho-hum about crossbody bags for work, but most of my other objections (mostly arising from my dislike of crossbody straps as a busty woman) are wearing down because a lightweight crossbody bag is SO great for running errands on the weekend (and GREAT for being with little kids for those moments out and about when you don’t need the full Mary Poppins-like diaper bag). This slate gray Tumi one, available at Nordstrom’s big summer sale (see our workwear picks here) is lovely if you like a sedate, wear-with-everything kind of bag. It was $195, but is now marked to $117 in the sale. ‘Voyageur – Capri’ Crossbody Bag

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Family Friday: Sore Throat Pops

As school starts again, it means it’s time for random colds and other viruses to come home with your kids, and if you have a little one who seems to get every cold on the planet, then you may want to keep these sore throat lollipops on hand. If your kids are too young to use lozenges, these can be a lifesaver (and my little one is always sort of excited to get one). They’re available at Amazon as an add-on item. Little Remedies Sore Throat Pops

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Budget Thursday: Lightweight Ponte Sleeveless Dress

This dress from Uniqlo comes in a dark gray, black, and a pretty rose. Note that this is not a jersey dress, and it’s a much lighter weight ponte than what you may be thinking of for a ponte dress, so keep that in mind. The reviewers say it doesn’t cling, though, which is always my primary thought when I’m considering a jersey or ponte dress. This dress is simple and classic, and it would make a great option for work. It’s machine washable, which is always nice, and it’s only $20, too. Lightweight Ponte Sleeveless Dress

Here’s a plus-size option with many color choices.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Mid-Rise Slim Flare Harper Trousers

Something that was very interesting to me for a few years was that it was so difficult to find flared or bootcut trousers, and I am happy to see that they are back. In fact, Old Navy was just crowing about these new Harper trousers, which come in a bunch of colors in a slim flare, mid rise — in regular, tall, and petite sizes 0–20. They’re machine washable and available in four colors for $37 full price. (When you add them to your cart, they’re reduced to $29!) I think you could wear this lovely claret red with a lot of different things. Just a general question for you ladies: What are your favorite affordable trousers, whether it’s Express or Old Navy or Gap, or something else? Mid-Rise Slim Flare Harper Trousers

Here’s a plus-size option at Old Navy.

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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Nursing Tuesday: Maternity Floral Midi Wrap Dress

This really cute maternity dress has a slight high/low hemline and a nice little daisy print or rose print, depending on which pattern you choose. It has a V-neck with a hidden snap at the overlap panels for easy nursing, and there are on-seam pockets at the hips, hooray! So if you’re looking for something that would be good for maternity as well as through nursing, do consider this dress. While it does look a little less sleek, shall we say, than some of the sheath dresses and others, I think that, a) while you’re pregnant you can get away with more things, if that’s your style, and b) if you throw on a shrunken cropped blazer with this, it’ll be very cute, so keep that in mind. The dress is $69.95 at Gap in sizes XS-XL. Maternity Floral Midi Wrap Dress

Psst: Looking for more info about nursing clothes for working moms, or tips for pumping at the office? We’ve got them both…

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Family Friday: A Medium-Sized Jigsaw Puzzle

a 60 piece jigsaw puzzle -- perfect for my 6 year old!Happy Friday, ladies! May everyone have a lovely Labor Day weekend. For today’s family pick, we’re doing a puzzle from Melissa and Doug — I actually got this exact one for my son. Here’s what I’ve noticed about puzzles: they either have 3-12 pieces, or they have 500-1000. I went on a hunt to find a medium sized puzzle, and found a few from Melissa and Doug with 60-100 pieces; this turns out to be the perfect size for my 6 year old’s attention span for puzzles. (This probably varies widely based on kid; one friend’s child was doing 1000-piece puzzles when he was three, but neither of my boys are really into them.) This one is $6 at Amazon. Melissa & Doug 60 Piece Land of Dinosaurs Jigsaw Puzzle

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