Washable Wednesday: Cap Sleeve Ruffle Bottom Dress

This Lark & Ro dress has sort of a dropped waist and is not as sleek as some of the very popular Lark & Ro wrap dresses that we’ve featured, but if you’re looking for something a little different and you like a fit-and-flare kind of dress, this one looks lovely. I like the sleeves and the fact that it’s machine washable, and it’s eligible for Prime and free returns. It comes in sizes XS-XL in black and a navy/white stripe. Cap Sleeve Ruffle Bottom Dress

Here’s a plus-size option.

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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Sun Protection Strategies for Kids

Ladies, let’s talk about sun protection strategies for kids — do you sunscreen them up before daycare or school? Only if told to, either by policy or special direction?

I was just thinking about this a week or so ago: does anyone else feel guilty if your kid gets a farmer’s tan, i.e. bronzed forearms and lily white upper arms? I have my own anti-sun agenda, but I feel particularly, perhaps excessively, protective of my fair-haired, pale-skinned boys. We all wear rash guards and sun hats whenever we’re outside, and no one’s gotten burned yet (which is good because multiple childhood sunburns greatly increase your risk for melanoma). Still, their forearms are all deeply tan right now, and I feel guilty, like I’m not doing enough to protect them. So let’s hear it, ladies: Do you slather your kids with sunscreen every day? Do you get their ears and neck and forearms, or just, say, their nose and cheeks? What do you use yourself, and what do you use on your kids?

For my $.02, I’m kind of odd for myself: I just bought some tank tops so that if I go out on a 20-minute walk I can get some vitamin D and avoid a farmer’s tan, but I’m also that weirdo on the beach with the long-sleeved rash guard, huge hat, and probably a too-white face because I haven’t blended my serious mineral sunscreen. With my kids, if I know they’ll be out in the sun for 30 minutes or more, I sunscreen the heck out of them — but on the flip side, if I’m not expecting a lot of sun exposure, I just send them out with hats.

How about you guys? Are you serious about sunscreen for your kids and/or yourself? Which products are your favorites? Are you a fan of any particular brand of rash guards or hats?

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Accessory Tuesday: Desert Wedge

Zappos is having a pretty big sale through August 5, and there are a lot of great things to check out, from sneakers to pumps — I shared some of my picks over at Corporette. Zappos still has that awesome 365-day return policy, so it can be a safe place to buy shoes for your kids up through the next year without worrying about predicting the wrong sizes. As far as women’s accessories go, I’ve heard amazing things about these wedges, which were already pretty affordable at $89 but are now marked down to $49. They’ve got 792 mostly 5-star reviews and come in sizes 5–12 in four colors. TOMS Desert Wedge

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Maternity Monday: ‘Lucinda’ Diaper Bag Leather Tote

This tote looks cute enough for a regular bag whether you need a diaper bag or not, and it’s part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and still in stock. It’s got integrated stroller clips, an interior zip wall and cell phone pockets, a detachable key ring, removable changing pad, and other really nice options. It’s on a pretty great sale, too — it’s marked down to $206 and will go up to $310 after the sale. (Don’t forget to see all of our workwear roundups from the NAS over at Corporette!) ‘Lucinda’ Diaper Bag Leather Tote

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Building a maternity wardrobe for work? Check out our page with more suggestions along both classic and trendy/seasonal lines.

News Roundup

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

  • Fast Company reports that the unisex outerwear company Petit Pli has invented expandable clothing that fits children from 6 months old to 36 months, like this jacket and matching pants.
  • Working Mother reports that a mom has created a new fashion line for girls called Girls Will Be — the styles are longer and looser than a lot of girls’ clothing but feature a fit that isn’t “too tight, too boxy or oversized like boys’ clothes are.”
  • Parents shares the CDC’s new breast pump cleaning guidelines that were issued after an infant contracted the rare but serious Cronobacter infection.
  • The Cut shares the pumping experiences of 13 women.
  • NPR reports that most babies born in the U.S. now arrive Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • KQED’s Mind/Shift asks if grades are “diverting the focus from real learning.”
  • The New York Times explains the risks of exertional heatstroke for young athletes.
  • The New York Times also notes that some antibiotics may increase the risk for birth defects.
  • PopSugar Moms points out that the LATCH system‘s 65-pound weight limit includes your child and the car seat.
  • At Quartz, Jenny Anderson writes that French moms aren’t superior to American moms — they just have it easier.
  • Recipe of the Week: We recently had an open thread about summer recipes for working moms, in which a reader shared this one-dish recipe from Williams Sonoma for chicken couscous with dried fruit that only takes about 25 minutes.
  • Laugh of the Week: Mom.me shares helpful housekeeping tips, such as, “Instead of hiring a cleaning company, hire someone to rob your home.”

Also, do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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Family Friday: “Eep Op Woot” Girls’ Robot T-Shirt

If you and your daughter aren’t thrilled with the typical girls’ clothing selection, check out Girls Will Be — they offer “[c]olors beyond pink, no sparkles or frills, imagery that breaks gender stereotypes, and a fit that lets girls be kids.” They also give girls an option that’s between most girls’ styles, which are often very fitted and very short, and the alternative of boxy, oversized boys’ clothes. The clothes from Girls Will Be are designed to let girls move freely, be comfortable, and have access to real pockets. A friend of Kat’s has raved about Girls Will Be, saying that her 8-year-old daughter loves the designs, the pockets, and the fit. (They even have shirts in adult sizes!) Today we’re featuring this robot t-shirt, which is 100% cotton, tagless, and made in the U.S.A. “Eep Op Woot” Girls’ Robot T-Shirt

P.S. The Girls Will Be website is currently telling customers, “With all the recent press, some items are sold out, but we’re making more! Click here for an inventory update and email us to get on the wait list.” If you don’t want to wait, check out PrimaryMitz Accessories, and Princess Awesome.