Holiday Weekend Open Thread

jeans for sale in the Nordstrom Half Yearly SaleSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

How is it Memorial Day already — and which sales are you most excited about as a working mom? (Are you traveling with your family at all? Picnicking? Grilling? Doing anything in particular to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military?) On the sale front, as you may have noticed, we did our big roundup of the clothes for work in the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale that just started — but there are a TON of their best-selling denim styles on sale as well, including jeans from AG, Paige, Articles of Society, Wit & Wisdom, and more. AG jeans (particularly the Stilt and Farrah) are consistently bestsellers, and these medium blue ones look great for a variety of situations. This particular pair of jeans was $188, but the pair is now marked to $154, with a good range of sizes left. Pictured: The Stilt Cigarette Leg Jeans

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The Best Maternity Dresses for Work

the best maternity dresses for workIf you’re far enough along in your pregnancy that you’ve outgrown your regular-sized, old-standby work dresses and have realized you need to expand your maternity work wardrobe to actual maternity wear, fear not — today we’re rounding up the best maternity sheath dresses for work, many of which we’ve included over the years in our regular maternity workwear recommendations. We’re featuring options from the more affordable end of the spectrum (a possible strategy if you’re planning to be one-and-done) to higher-quality maternity dresses that will last you through two or three (or more) pregnancies.

What are your favorite maternity dresses for work? Do you ever choose double-duty styles that are meant for pregnancy and nursing? When you buy maternity dresses, do you tend to buy a few that are higher-quality or buy a bunch of less expensive ones? (Does it depend on how many kids you plan to have?) Which of your “regular” dresses have been particularly pregnancy-friendly? What do you think are the best maternity dresses for work?

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Make My Life Easier Thursday: Return Address Stamp

From the time I graduated college to the time my husband and I bought our current place, I moved eight times, no exaggeration. I don’t think I spent more than two years in one location, no matter how much I loved the apartment. After we bought our place, one of the first things I did was order a return address stamp. It may sound silly, but to me it was such a “grown-up” thing to own — a sign that I had put down roots somewhere. Every time I use it, I feel like such an adult. Since having a child, I am sending out a lot more snail mail — thank you cards, birthday cards, invitations, etc. — and yes, it’s an extra step to break out the stamp and ink pad, but it adds extra polish to the envelope. Hi, I’m April, I send snail mail, own an address stamp, and care about how the outside of my envelopes look to the recipients. College me wouldn’t recognize adult me. (Probably a good thing.) The stamp is $27–$33 at Etsy. Return Address Stamp

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Shimmer Thread Peplum Blazer

I love everything about this blazer. I love how it’s so summery yet can still work for a more conservative environment. I love how there are several different elements — the colored threads, the peplum in the back, the three-quarter sleeves with the cut detail, the round neck — but it all somehow works together without looking crazy. I can’t tell from the photos, but since it’s called “shimmer thread,” I’m assuming that that there’s a muted sparkle to it as well, and I welcome it. I’m not usually a fan of fabric that has that element to it, but I think the way this is constructed and the fact that the other threads are a more sophisticated jewel tone will keep it from looking cheesy. It’s $49.90 at Zara in sizes XS–XL. Shimmer Thread Peplum Blazer

Nordstrom has a couple of options in 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: Nursing and Car Seat Cover

This is one of those products that you will use almost every day during the newborn phase. It is a multitasker that serves as a breastfeeding cover, scarf, and car seat cover. My favorite use for it by far was as a car seat cover. I frequently used my car seat (Chicco KeyFit 30) and snapped it into my stroller base (Uppababy Cruz) when running errands. The best part of this car seat cover is that it resists nosy people from sticking their face too close to the baby or touching the baby. As a bonus, while it keeps things dark enough that the baby can continue to sleep, it has a hole at the top so that air can circulate and you can see what’s going on inside. I found it much more handy than draping a blanket or swaddle over the top of the carrying handle. The material was light and stretchy, and it comes in different patterns. It’s $11.99 at Amazon with Prime and free returns. Nursing and Carseat Cover

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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Makeup & Beauty Monday: Gel Couture Nail Polish Kit 

Before having a baby, I really enjoyed getting manicures semi-regularly. I liked how it made me feel more put-together, how it was an affordable luxury, and that I couldn’t do anything but sit there and stare into space while getting it done. After having a baby, my hands were constantly wet — washing bottles, doing a million dishes, cleaning up spills and messes. Wet hands, however, do not lend themselves to lasting polish. I still do get the occasional manicure as a treat or before an event. My local salons usually have a $2 or $3 upcharge if you request this new polish from essie, and I have found that it’s worth it. I even bought myself one of these kits, which comes with the special topcoat that seals the color in and makes it dry super fast. With the amount of washing/cleaning up I do, a regular manicure would last two or three days at best, and this polish extends that time to five or so, which in child-rearing days is like a dog’s age. (It advertises 14 days, which I think is a bit misleading, but it definitely lasts much longer than regular polish.) The kit is $18.49 at Target and is also available at most drugstores. essie Gel Couture Nail Polish Kit

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