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If you’re looking for a new pair of skinny jeans for fall, do consider velvet — not only are they soft, machine washable, and on trend, they are also acceptable for both date night, play dates, and general errands. Score. Nordstrom has a ton of options SO MANY options, almost exclusively among the higher end denim brands right now. Something about these purple J.Brand velvet pants spoke to me, though — lovely. They’re $228-$278. ‘815’ Mid Rise Velveteen Super Skinny Jeans

Corduroy pants are a good substitute if you don’t want to pay the price for velvet — I have these $60 skinnies myself.

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News Roundup

Some of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Forbes has released the list of Top Influencers of 2017 for Parenting, including founders of the most-subscribed parenting channel on YouTube, What’s Up Moms, Meg Resnikoff and Elle Walker.
  • Scary Mommy reports that Skinny Girl CEO, mother, and Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel has been flying supplies into Puerto Rico.
  • Working Mother offers Hallmark CMO Lindsey Roy’s account of being a working mother in the aftermath of losing both of her legs in a boating accident.
  • Working Mother also shares that if a bonus was withheld because an employee was on maternity leave, the employer “likely violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids employers from discriminating against employees based on gender and gender-stereotyping.”
  • Inc. shares that Spanx founder and CEO Sara Blakely‘s father taught her about the value of failure by regularly asking, “What did you fail at this week?”
  • Refinery 29 has a mom’s account of being a functioning alcoholic who appeared to be the “perfect” mom.
  • Psychology Today provides advice on how to talk to your children about the tragedy in Las Vegas.
  • Fast Company reports that Mattel is canceling Aristotle, a product that would be “an Amazon Alexa for kids crossed with a smart baby monitor,” due to privacy concerns.
  • Meanwhile, The New York Times asks if parents are over-monitoring their babies.
  • Buzzfeed offers a list of beloved toys from around the world.
  • Huffington Post shares 40 Halloween ideas for girls who prefer not to shop in the “girl costume” aisle, as well as 25 suggestions for mother-daughter costumes.
  • Recipe of the Week: We’ve been trying the recipes in this O Magazine roundup. We’re especially fans of the hummus-crusted chicken, but everything has been good so far.
  • Laugh of the Week: Scary Mommy shares how a grandmother judged If Animals Could Talk, what appeared to be an illustrated kids’ book, only by its cover. She judged wrong.

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Family Friday: Kimono Bodysuits

Kimono bodysuits were some of my favorites for those early wobbly-baby-head months — I just felt like it was SO much easier to get my boys into them without having to pull a shirt over their head. (Of course, you can also go the way I went and just keep your kiddo in footed pajamas or a swaddle+diaper for that time too). With my first kiddo it seemed very hard to find kimono body suits and I wound up paying a TON for them when I did find it — like upwards of $20 for a single bodysuit. So I was thrilled (well, for those of you with small babies or baby showers to attend, at least) to see that Uniqlo had a TWO-PACK of kimono bodysuits for $9.99.  Say what? Nice. BABY CREW NECK LONG-SLEEVE BODYSUIT

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How to Find Time for Hobbies as a Working Mom

how to find time for hobbies as a working momWhen you become a mother, your sense of self goes through a major transformation (which we’ve discussed — from body image to overall identity), and one part of that is figuring out how to find time for hobbies as a working mom. Have you found ways to continue some (or all) of the activities that you enjoyed in your pre-parent days, and if so, how do you do it? For those of you who have gone through the “small kid” years, did you eventually find time for your hobbies? 

We’ve rounded up five tips on how to find time for hobbies as a working mom, below. Note that for all of these, if you’re struggling with mommy guilt, focus on what you get out of the hobby and how that end result helps your family. For example, if taking photographs helps you de-stress, your family gets a less stressed mom — win-win!

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Organizing Thursday: Cosmetic Makeup Organizer

OK, guys, let’s hear it: how do you organize your makeup? I feel like I am forever hunting for that ONE pencil or that one lipstick. My current system involves an organizer like this one and, honestly, one of those long plastic boxes meant to help you organize your silverware drawer — I pull everything out that I’m going to need all at once (while I’ve got my glasses on), then put things away as I use them. My minimal beauty routine takes less than two minutes — but I always feel like a better product or organizer would help it go even faster. What do you use to organize your makeup — and have you found any other uses for lipstick organizers such as this one, such as for crayons or other kid-related items? This one is $7 and eligible for Prime shipping. Transparent Cosmetic Makeup Organizer

Psst: Do check out the killer clearance sale that Boden has going on — here’s our recent(ish) post on how to build a work wardrobe at Boden.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Caitlyn Shift Dress

Caitlyn Shift DressI love a basic sheath dress — particularly one that’s washable and lined! Love the wide boatneck here, the slits in the sleeves, and the fact that today it’s 25% off today at Bloomingdale’s with code FRIENDS, bringing it down from $285 to $214. Caitlyn Shift 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.

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