Budget Thursday: Wool-Blended Jersey Volume Skirt

I just popped into Uniqlo the other day when I was in Chicago because it was freezing there and I had forgotten a hat. (Here’s the hat I bought.) I also had the opportunity to check out this skirt, which feels really nice and substantial and warm in person. If you prefer a fuller style to a pencil skirt look, do consider this one. It comes in the pictured red as well as gray, navy, and a nice brown color. (Check out the Corporette post on which tights to wear with navy skirts.) It’s available in sizes XS–XXL and is labeled hand wash cold, which means you can choose to take your chances with the hand-wash cycle on your machine. It’s $39 at Uniqlo. Wool-Blended Jersey Volume Skirt

Here’s a plus-size option from Lands’ End.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Ruffle Trim Sweater Jacket

I always like sweater jackets because they’re comfortable and let you move, bend, etc. — they feel freer than blazers but still look professional. They’re also good for fall as a lightweight jacket for the office and for something to keep at work. This would be nice over a gray dress, maybe for a work party or something like that. I like the faux waistband in the back, and I like the little ruffle details. (My only issue is the gold buttons, but if they’re not your style they can easily be switched out.) The jacket is machine wash cold and lay flat to dry. It’s only available in red in most sizes, but it’s still in black in “woman petites.” The blazer is $149 at Talbots (in four size ranges), but they have frequent sales, of course, so keep an eye out. Ruffle Trim Sweater Jacket

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/Postpartum Tuesday: Crosby Quilted Traveler Oxford Nylon Diaper Bag

Happy Halloween! So, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Don’t drop any serious money on a fancy diaper bag until you know your family’s needs, such as whether you want to carry it yourself or hand it off to your husband or nanny, whether you want one with a stroller strap, whether you and the baby like baby wearing, etc. Still, this $395 diaper bag from MZ Wallace looks great if you’re on the hunt for a big bag. It’s got shoulder straps, a removable crossbody strap, eight exterior pockets, three interior pockets, a clip-in pouch, a coordinating changing pad, and a water-resistant nylon exterior — nice. Crosby Quilted Traveler Oxford Nylon Diaper Bag

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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Makeup Monday: T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

I’m not a fan of spa facials myself, but I’m really interested in this $80 “Babyfacial” (AHA/BHA mask) from Drunk Elephant. (It’s $25 for the smaller size.) It has tons of great reviews and is one of Allure‘s “Best of Beauty” winners for 2017. (Sephora has a whole section for them.) The mask is meant for all skin types and is supposed to be used once a week. Ladies, what do you do for facials? Do you do any AHAs or other things like that? Do tell! T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

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I first got into waterfall cardigans when I was nursing, and these days my very favorite kind of cardigan is the sweatshirt cardigan. It’s warm, easy to wash (even though my kids are 3 and 6, they still manage to get yogurt and everything else all over me) and — huzzah! — this one has pockets and thumbholes. Color me obsessed. It’s $99–$109, available in regular and plus sizes at Nordstrom. Elevate Me Wrap Sweatshirt

Psst: Along similar lines, I just got this lighter weight cardigan from Betabrand, and it has a hood as well as pockets. (If you’ve never bought from Betabrand, you can get $15 off your first purchase by using this referral link.)

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Family Friday: Static Tweed Jersey Sheet Set

I always like to check places like Pottery Barn Teen for cute sheets and towels and things like that because I tend to have more playful taste than a lot of the grownup stuff out there. These sort of space-dyed blue and purple sheets look really lovely, and they’re on sale. They come in extra-long twin (for dorm rooms, of course — ah, memories!), full, and queen, so these would work for adults, college kids, teenagers, and little kids. They are Oeko-Tex® Certified, which means that they’ve been lab-tested and are free of 300 harmful substances. They were $32.50–$129 but are now $19–$79 at PBTeen. ivivva Static Tweed Jersey Sheet Set

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