Nursing/Postpartum Tuesday: Crowned Beauty Breastmilk Ring

I can see this being a controversial pick, and to be honest I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it myself. This is a company that makes jewelry out of breastmilk that you send them, and my honest initial reaction to hearing that there’s a market for this was that I was weirded out. That evolved into curiosity, which then turned to intrigue, and now I think I see the appeal. It didn’t hurt that a mom in my Facebook moms group posted a photo of her ring and it was beautiful. The more I think back about my own experience with breastfeeding, I have a lot of mixed emotions, but when I am feeling most generous with myself I feel proud that I did it and proud that I knew when to quit. Maybe this serves as some sort of adult version of a merit badge? Maybe it’s a physical reminder of the time you spent learning something together with your baby? Maybe it’s not your thing? Any readers out there love/hate/indifferent? The ring is $275. Crowned Beauty Breastmilk Ring

Makeup & Beauty Monday: Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

After I gave birth and stopped nursing, I lost control of my skin and broke out in deep, painful pimples all over my chin. It became clear that my no-foundation look was not cutting it, so I ran to the makeup counter. The woman at the counter told me it usually takes one year (!) after having a baby for your skin to return to normal, and unfortunately, I’ve found that tidbit to be mostly true. While my skin was recovering, this foundation (which contains salicylic acid and has matte coverage) helped cover my breakouts and prevent the really deep zits from forming. I’m not a makeup expert, so fortunately, I could apply this just with my fingertips — no fancy brushes needed. It’s $29 at Sephora and your local Clinique counter. Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup

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Weekend Open Thread

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Have you started wearing shorts more or less since becoming a mom? For me it’s more — I was always a “t-shirt dress” girl on the weekends, but now it seems like I’m always on the floor with my kids, running around a playground, or otherwise being scaled (either while standing up or sitting down), so it’s shorts for the win. I tend to go for longer shorts for comfort and modesty, but in our discussion on shorts last year, readers really seemed to prefer shorter shorts — in the 4″–6″ variety. If you’re on the hunt for denim shorts this summer, these are one of the few that have a surprisingly solid rating, as well as cute triangular pockets in the back. They’re available in a ton of different washes in sizes 23–32 for $99. ‘Croxley’ Cuffed Denim Shorts

Looking for something in larger sizes? These shorts have pretty decent ratings and go up to a size 18, and these go up to a size 24W. (Here’s our discussion last year on how to wear shorts as an adult, with a sleeker style than you may have had as a kid.)

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Family Friday: Wool Runners

I’ve been seeing these shoes pop up on my social media feeds for a while, but I didn’t pull the trigger right away. I don’t have great luck with ordering shoes online due to having tough feet to fit (narrow, narrow heel, and flat arches — ugh). What finally convinced me was a rave review from a friend. They have quickly become the only sneakers I wear on the weekend. They’re lightweight, breathable, and stylish, and the company, Allbirds, has a generous return policy. Now that the weather is turning warmer, I’m considering purchasing a pair from their Tree line, which is made from a lighter material. According to their website, they have two “concept stores,” one in SF and one in NYC — and their shoes are also available at Nordstrom. They make men’s shoes, too, and last year they launched a kids’ line called Smallbirds that starts at size 5T and is ridiculously cute. The pictured shoes are $95 at Nordstrom. Wool Runners

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Budget Thursday: Floral Vented Pencil Skirt

The colors in this skirt are so fun! They’re kind of neon-y, but the conservative length and cut of the skirt keep it from being too fun for a buttoned-up office. (It also comes in an understated black/white polka dot.) I like the way it’s styled with a white top, but I would probably do a crisp, collared, white button-up instead. Maybe even a fun belt. (Side note — how is everyone feeling about fashion belts nowadays?) Note that the description says it has a “saucy back vent.” I don’t know if that means there’s a high slit in the back or if it was just a copywriter trying to spice it up. Just a warning to check the view from the back before wearing. It’s only $16.97 at Nordstrom Rack. Philosophy Apparel Floral Vented Pencil Skirt

Macy’s has two options in plus sizes.

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Washable Workwear Wednesday: Linen Blazer with Ruffle Trim

A cute, springtime blazer that’s also machine washable — yes! This is a linen blazer, which would definitely work in my office but might be a “know your office” situation. The navy blue color looks like it has a chambray quality, and I like that the ruffles are the same color to add a bit of interest without overwhelming it. It also comes in a tan/black combo, which I personally had to write off because I just can’t wear that color, but I still think it’s cute. One reviewer pointed out that “standing collar” is in the description, and the photo of the model from behind shows the collar standing up, but it looks like you can also wear it down. The blazer comes in sizes 00–16 and is $118 at J.Crew Factory. (It was recently on sale for $89.50, so you may want to keep an eye out.) Linen Blazer with Ruffle Trim

A plus-size option is at Lord & Taylor.

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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