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I’m thrilled to introduce April, a longtime reader of CorporetteMoms who’s going to be taking over morning posts with product recommendations! Her child is 14 months old and she’s a public interest lawyer in NYC. Welcome to the blog, April! - Kat, 4/18
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Accessory Tuesday: 14K Yellow Gold Beaded Ear Climbers

Even though I loathe the name of this trend, I do really like the look of these “ear climber” earrings by Moon & Meadow. They have the interest level of a drop earring with the ease of a stud. Usually they’re ostentatious, or at least somewhat youthful-looking, but I think this version lets you experiment with the trend while still being conservative enough for an office setting. Today I wore a long necklace, and my son grabbed it when he was in my arms, and then when I went to put him down he didn’t let go. It made me feel like I was wearing a 30-pound necklace. I don’t want to replicate that experience on my earlobes, so I am sticking to earrings that don’t dangle! These were $275 full price at Bloomingdale’s but have been reduced twice and are now $173.25 (until 9/3). Beaded Ear Climbers in 14K Yellow Gold

A lower-priced option is at Amazon, eligible for Prime and free returns.

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Maternity Monday: ‘Everyday’ Bella Band

For me, the hardest time to dress while pregnant was during the first trimester. I still mostly fit into my clothes, but some of my pre-pregnancy wear gave the impression that I just might be bloated and/or wearing something unflattering. I also found that maternity clothes were made for the late second to third trimesters (obviously depending on how you carry, or whether or not it’s your first pregnancy). To stretch my wardrobe, I bought a Bella Band from Ingrid and Isabel, and I found it very useful. Not only did it help me wear my pre-pregnancy jeans and work pants for longer, it let me wear some pre-pregnancy tops longer, as well — it just looks like a layering tank when peeking out from the bottom of the shirt. If I were to do it again, I probably would order a smaller size, as the material was very stretchy and I found myself having to adjust it on occasion. (Here’s the size guide.) It’s machine washable, tumble dry low, and available at Nordstrom and Amazon in both black and white for $28. ‘Everyday’ Bella Band

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

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Family Friday: Baller Hat Run

As I get older, I have less and less tolerance for being out in direct sunlight. (I think back to my teen years when I would go to the beach with friends and not one of us would bring an umbrella.) Now that I am out and about with my son this summer, everywhere I go I’m constantly wishing there were more shade. I’ve been wearing either my trusty Yankees hat or the law firm swag hat I got when I played on the firm’s softball team the year I was a paralegal, but I’ve been thinking it’s time for something more stylish. I like how this hat is stretchy and is made with sweat-wicking fabric (it’s hand washable), and this pictured color combo would match most of my summer clothes. The hat is $38 at Lululemon and comes in seven other colors and patterns. Baller Hat Run

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Organizing Thursday: Mosslanda Picture Ledge

I used these picture ledges for decorating my son’s room, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the space. We bought three and hung them staggered on the wall above his changing table, and I’ve seen photos on Pinterest of people using them to create multiple shelves up and down a space that normally could not be used for anything else. The covers of children’s books are so fun and beautiful that it really is such a great addition to his room — I love that the books are not hidden away on a shelf and are displayed like art. There are more expensive versions of these shelves from other places, but when IKEA makes them, why buy anything else? The 21.75″ shelf is $9.99, and the 45.25″ shelf is $12.99. Mosslanda Picture Ledge

Washable Workwear Wednesday: Sweatshirt Blazer

One of my ultimate Marshalls finds was my gray sweatshirt blazer. I wish I had multiples of it, but alas, that is the downside of discount shopping. However, I came across this blazer that I think will make a great (albeit more expensive) replacement for when I have to retire my current one. I love having a sweatshirt blazer for those days when you just can’t deal with the thought of your shoulders being constrained all day, or even when you want to dress up a pair of jeans but still want to be comfortable. I love how this one, like my current blazer, is a light heathered gray — it matches almost everything. I wish the price were better (it’s $128 at Anthropologie), but I think my cost per wear for a blazer like this would be about one cent! Sweatshirt Blazer

Nordstrom has a lower-priced option that’s available in regular, petite, and plus sizes.

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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Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Breastmilk Storage Bags

As I previously mentioned, I combo fed from the beginning. Even though I had supply issues, I still built up a measly freezer stash — and I really liked using these bags. All of their benefits are clearly advertised on the box, and I did find that they worked as promised. They were easy to write on, were strong enough to stand up while I filled them, and never had one leak. One mistake I made at first was freezing them standing up, which both took up more room in the freezer AND took forever to thaw. Definitely lay them flat to freeze them! After I stopped pumping, I gave my extras to a friend, and she was very happy to have them. You can get a box of 100 storage bags for $11.26 at Amazon (where they have 5,000+ reviews). Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

Psst: Looking for more info about nursing clothes for working moms, or tips for pumping at the office? We’ve got them both…

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