News Roundup

News roundup - mom outfit | CorporetteMomsSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • You Look Fab puts together some weekend-worthy outfits for busy moms.
  • Mashable talks about work-life integration vs. work-life balance.
  • The New York Times’ Motherlode blog highlights the value of keeping a journal — not just for big life events, but for everyday happenings.
  • International Business Times has a good update on enterovirus EV-D68 (which says that many parents’ fears may be out of proportion).
  • And for your Laugh of the Week (make that Laugh/Cry…), The Onion reports on a new accommodation for working moms (warning: page has autoplay video).

Do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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Finally Friday: Diaper Changing Clutch

JJ Cole Diaper Changing Clutch | CorporetteMomsI know a lot of moms who throw this kind of diaper changing clutch under their stroller, or in their backseat, and go — it’s great because it isn’t bulky, but gets the job done when you need it to. I like this gray trellis print the best, but all of them are pretty great. The pictured one is $17.49 at Amazon. JJ Cole Diaper Changing Clutch

Everyone Thursday: Tweed One-Button Jacket

Lafayette 148 New York Tweed One-Button Jacket | CorporetteMomsFor Everyone Thursday (appropriate for pregnant, postpartum, and beyond), yes, I’ve chosen a non-maternity blazer — because, at least for my pregnancies, I could wear regular blazers (unbuttoned, sure) pretty much until I was ready to pop. I’m curious to hear what others think — are maternity blazers a waste of money? In any event: I looove this dark blue jacket, which is a dark yet vibrant enough blue that it can be worn with black without that “did she get dressed in the dark” fear that sometimes accompanies pairing black with navy. The blazer is on a great sale, too — was $548, but is currently under $200 at Neiman Marcus Last Call. Lafayette 148 New York Tweed One-Button Jacket

(Here are a couple of plus-size options.)

The Hunt: Washable Winter Coats

Quilted CoatIs your winter coat washable? Have you otherwise changed your coat preferences after kids? We’ve talked about how to buy a great winter coat on Corporette, but we haven’t talked about how that changes once you’ve had kids. Reader L wrote in, noting:

I love the Washable Wednesday feature! These days, machine washable is the number one feature I look for in clothing. Could you do a round up of professional, machine washable winter coats (i.e., warm enough to wear in the Northeast)?

Innnnteresting. Here’s a fun story about me:  after my first was born, as mentioned, I was way bigger than I’d been at any point in my life before — joy. I tried to muster up some groove and figured, I can have an AMAZING winter coat, no matter what size I am — I want to love it every time I walk out the door. It’ll make sense even though I work from home, and I’ll still be able to be fashionable and feel beautiful. So I spent some money on a nice Cinzia Rocca wool/cashmere coat, in a lovely dark green color. It looked nice with jeans — it looked nice with dresses. I could have fun with colors and wear my purple Loro Piana scarf with it, or I could go darker and wear black with it. It was perfect.

Fast forward to a few weeks after getting the coat, and it was my turn to pick my son up from daycare. I arrived, happily wearing my coat, and went about the usual routine of collecting his stuff. As per usual, I gave him a healthy snack to help his mood before dinner. The healthy snack was one of those yogurt mashes… and it did not help his mood. At some point on the 15-minute walk home, it turned into a Major Toddler Meltdown, and the yogurt, somehow, was everywhere — covering him, his little face, his coat, his stroller. It was pretty cold outside so I focused on getting him home, gritting my teeth the whole way. When we got to the vestibule of our building, he leapt out of the stroller and turned to me, arms outstretched, still shuddering/sighing/sobbing. Without thinking about it, I scooped him up into one of those mama hugs — the ones where you’re part sorry for him that he was in such a miserable Meltdown place, and part so so relieved that it seems to have finally run its course. And THEN I remembered: I was still wearing my new beloved wool coat — and he was still totally covered in yogurt.

Sigh. SO: I can see why washable coats might be a thing mamas would want. So let’s round ’em up. Before we get to them, though, I do have a few other ideas: [Read more…]

Washable Wednesday: Ponte Elbow Sleeve Dress with Pockets

Target Merona Ponte Elbow Pockets DressThis dress may not look like much, but Corporette readers have sung its praises for years. I own one myself (I’ll always remember that I was wearing it when we told my parents we were promoting Jack to big brother), and it’s very easy to wash and dry — and did I mention it has pockets? Target currently has them on sale — they were $28 but are now marked to $21. The dress is available in 5 colors, with lucky sizes sprinkled from XXS-XXL among the colors. Merona® Women’s Ponte Elbow Sleeve Dress w/Pockets

Psst: this dress is almost sold out, but I was really pleased with the thickness of the fabric and cut of the dress when it came the other day — and it’s machine washable.

Nursing Tuesday: Nurse Purse

Nurse PurseHat tip to Corporette editor Kate, who found this fun nursing bag at Nordstrom.  The idea behind it is that all of the breast pumps come with the same boring, basic black bag — wouldn’t it be great if there were something with a bit more personality and color?  The bag is compatible with “most brands and models of breast pump,” too.  My favorite is this fun gray/white/yellow bag, which reminds me of Orla Kiely designs — it’s $129. NURSE PURSE Breast Pump Bag