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This flat by TOMS must have been around for a while now, but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed it before. It’s a bestseller at Zappos, and it has that perfect, casual, “not trying too hard but still stylish and put-together” look. I like the gently pointed toe, and the price is great as well — it’s $75–$84, depending on color. It’s also available at Amazon and NordstromTOMS Jutti Flat

Psst: Sephora’s Beauty Insider Event starts today! Those with Insider status get 10% off with code YAYINSIDER; with VIB status, 15% off (YAYVIB); and with Rouge status, 15% off (YAYROUGE). The sale ends on April 23.

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News Roundup

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

  • Racked interviewed a dermatologist about acne treatments.
  • The Cut suggested 10 products to buy at Sephora’s Beauty Insider event, which runs from April 20–23.
  • Forbes interviewed Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte CEO and mom, about her career path.
  • Fast Company shared tips on having a successful first day at a new job.
  • Entrepreneur gave advice on preventing email from taking too much time at work.
  • The Muse offered four phrases to deflect unsolicited advice at work.
  • NPR reported that Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first senator to give birth while in office, brought her newborn to work this week after the Senate unanimously decided to allow children one year and younger to be present during votes.
  • Bustle shared the results of their recent survey that found that many women have negative expectations about potential motherhood.
  • Refinery29 provided information on the disturbing plastic surgery apps aimed at girls.
  • This Laugh of the Week could be useful at work: McSweeney’s listed “Rhetorical Greetings, Sorted by Appropriate Profession.”

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Family Friday: GrandPro Tennis Sneaker

These men’s sneakers were getting rave reviews in the comment section over at Corporette for looking great and being comfortable. For more casual offices, these say “I am dressed casually, but also am professional,” and for the weekends they say “I am dressed down but still care about my appearance.” Are they the most stylish sneakers in the world? No, but if I bought them for my husband he’d shrug and then wear them into the ground, which is all the excitement I can get from him when it comes to shoes. Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Sneaker

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: In-House at a Large Corporation

For this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader Em, who lives in a small Midwestern city with her husband and son and works as in-house counsel for a corporation. Our usual caveat applies: Please remember that this is is a real person who has feelings and isn’t gaining anything from this, unlike your usual friendly (soul-deadened, thick-skinned, cold-hearted, money-grubbing) blogger — so please be kind with any comments. Thank you! – Kat

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First, Some Basics About This Working Mom…

Name: Em
Location: A small city in the Midwest
Job: In-house attorney for a corporation
Age: 31
Hours worked in a typical week: 35–44
Home Situation: I live in a 2,500-square-foot house with my husband (32-year-old project manager for a construction company), our son T (2-year-old), our two dogs (and occasional foster dogs), and our pet rabbit.in-house counsel work life balance - image of a woman reviewing a contract
Childcare Situation: Daycare center 40 hours a week, $900/month

A Week in My Life

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Budget Thursday: Knit Muscle Stripe Tank Top

I’ve been hearing great things about the Universal Thread line from Target. The designs are cute for the summer and on trend without being too youthful. I love a good striped shirt, and this one gets good reviews for its length and soft fabric. Even though it’s only $10, I can see it being something I reach for over and over on summer weekends when I don’t want to put too much thought into what to pair with shorts. Bonus points to Universal Thread for also having an amazing shoe line, which I’d love to get my hands on one of these days. Universal Thread Knit Muscle Stripe Tank Top

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Stellar Blazer

This is a great blazer from a company that I normally would not peruse for washable workwear. Even though it’s styled on the site with leggings, I can see it looking cute with cropped skinny pants and either heels or an interesting flat. Somewhat oversized and longer in the back, this blazer seems like it will be generous with your body and comfortable to move around in. Also, the fabric looks as if it will travel well, and this could be a great piece to wear if you need to travel with coworkers and still be professional while trying to stay comfortable. It’s $198, available in both regular and petite sizes. Athleta Stellar Blazer

Looking for other washable workwear? See all of our recent recommendations for machine washable work clothes, or check out our roundup of the best brands for washable workwear.

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