News Roundup

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

  • Allure profiled working mom Shonda Rhimes, who recently revealed she’s TV’s highest paid showrunner. Her interview included why she doesn’t believe in “imposter syndrome” and her self-care and skin-care routines.
  • The New York Times considered why Rent the Runway Unlimited, a $159 service, is so popular, including for women who are transitioning between sizes, and for those who want to save time.
  • The Goods by Vox shared that all of Meghan Markle’s outfits have sold out since Kensington Palace announced her pregnancy earlier this week.
  • Romper suggested five natural beauty ingredients that pregnant women should avoid.
  • Glamour asked seven motorcyclists to share their favorite deep-clean face washes.
  • Scary Mommy shared five tips to make your job suck a little less.
  • Working Mother offered suggestions on what to do if your company changes their maternity leave policy.
  • Motherly reported that pediatricians are recommending children get the flu shot before Halloween.
  • The Washington Post reported that when Piers Morgan made fun of Daniel Craig for wearing his baby, Twitter was not having it.
  • Dearly explained why parents are split over whether white kids can wear Black Panther costumes for Halloween.
  • A Cup of Jo suggested how to get the best photos of your kids (article is from May, but we figured it’s relevant for upcoming holiday card photoshoots).
  • For your Laugh of the Week: Babble shared “sexy” mom Halloween costumes — you might already be wearing one (or more!) right now.

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Family & Weekend Friday: Kesey Winter Boot

I bought these boots two winters ago and they’re still going strong — and queued up for this upcoming one as well. During the cold weather, they basically never leave my feet — I wear them all weekend and then I commute in them during the week. In really bad weather when I decide I DGAF, I’ve even worn them to court and they pass. The inside is shearling, which keeps my feet warm, they’re completely waterproof, have non-slip bottoms, and they zip up the side for easy on and off. They’re available in the pictured black as well as chestnut for $159.95 at Zappos, where they have a 4-star rating from 483 reviews. UGG Kesey Winter Boot

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Week in the Life of a Working Mom: Manager at an Oil Company in Texas

work-life balance for a manager at an oil company in TexasFor this week’s installment of our Week in the Life of a Working Mom series, I’m happy to introduce CorporetteMoms reader E.D., who lives in Texas with her husband and daughter and works as a mid-level manager at a major oil company. 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: E.D.
Location: Texas
Job: mid-level manager at a major oil company
Age: 38
Home Situation: I live in a 3,000-square-foot house with my husband (38, writer), and our 2.5-year-old daughter. My husband works from home but travels last minute a lot.
Childcare Situation: Our toddler goes to daycare, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for $1,000/month. (Update: This has increased to $1,500 since E.D. submitted her Week in the Life.)

A Week in My Life

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Budget Thursday: Ponte-Knit Flocked-Dot Blazer

When it’s early in the morning and I’m in my closet trying to match blazers to shirts to pants, I curse myself for falling victim to cute blazers with varying necklines, patterns, and colors. Although it can get overwhelming while bleary eyed, how can you pass up something this cute? I love that it is a classic blazer cut but in ponte knit with polka dots to make it fun. This blazer is a new addition to Old Navy’s ponte blazer collection, and it is available for $44.99 in sizes XS–XXL, along with a plus-size version. Against my better judgment, I am likely going to buy this — matching it with the rest of my wardrobe is a problem for future April to figure out. Ponte-Knit Flocked-Dot Blazer

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Do You Dress Up With Your Kids for Halloween? (What’s Your Mom Halloween Costume?)

do you dress up with your kids for Halloween? Here’s a question for you: do you dress up with your kids for Halloween, either for trick or treating or for handing out candy? If you do, what’s your mom Halloween costume?

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Cotton Poplin Tie-Waist Shirtdress

This is a classic cotton shirtdress, but I like how some of the elements elevate it from being too basic. I like the oversized tie at the waist and the generous cut of the skirt. On the model wearing navy, the sleeves look three-quarter length, but on the little video of the model wearing the “bright cerise” color, the sleeves look full length. I also think the sleeves look cute rolled up, which is how mine would be while working at my desk. The buttons go all the way up and down the front, so this dress also could be easy for pumping. It is available in sizes 000–24, though some sizes are sold out in every color. Right now it’s on sale for $79.99–$85 at J.Crew. Cotton Poplin Tie-Waist Shirtdress

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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