Washable Wednesday: laundry BY SHELLI SEGAL Women’s Celtic Braid Wrap Dress

laundry BY SHELLI SEGAL Women's Celtic Braid Wrap DressThis wrap dress looks great for work — not only is it machine washable, but the print will hide a multitude of sins, and — should you be uncomfortable with your post-baby waist, like me, some of the comments specifically note that it’s forgiving in that area. The dress is $138 at Amazon (also available in a pink, and as a jumpsuit). laundry BY SHELLI SEGAL Women’s Celtic Braid Wrap Dress

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Pumping Tuesday: Undercover Mama

Undercover MamaI was dubious at first about this nursing tank — it’s, like, strapless?  I didn’t get it — until I purchased it — and now, like many of you noted in our last discussion on the best pumping clothes, it’s one of my favorites.  The tank top hooks to the top of your nursing bra so it comes down with the bra, while keeping your belly and back covered; I also like that I don’t have to deal with another set of straps on top of my bra straps, or a shelf bra within the tank.  It can be worn with any nursing bra, and really is very comfortable.  It comes in a ton of varieties —  zillions of colors (who knew?) in sizes XS-XXXL, versions with lace at the bottom (that’s a no for me, but you do you), and if you want a bit of support, a shapewear version.  (I actually have the shapewear version — it takes a bit of shimmying into the first few times, but it probably is my favorite among my nursing tanks.)  It’s priced $17.99-$35 at Amazon. Nursing Tank By Undercover Mama

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Maternity Monday: Slim-Leg Twill Pants

Motherhood Maternity Slim-Leg Twill Pants | CorporetteMomsMaternity style is all about the basics for most working women — the black dress, pant, and blazer; a white blouse, a few extra skirts. One pair of “fun” pants, though, can go a long way towards making you feel like you’ve got more of a wardrobe — and you often need maternity pants a lot earlier than you need maternity dresses or the like. I like these happy cobalt ankle pants at Macy’s, which look flattering and versatile. Wear them with Pucci colors for a fun spring look, or keep them muted with grays, blacks, whites, and other neutrals.

A less memorable, but still non-standard pair of pants is here.

P.S.  Pregnant ladies, please visit our new Maternity Shopping for Work page. I decided to create it because a) for work style, it IS all about the basics — but as far as editorial content goes, it gets a bit repetitive because hey, I can only feature the Seraphine knotted dress or the Gap washable maternity trousers so many times, right? So there are “Maternity Classics” at the top of the page — these items have all been around for a long time (years in some cases), and would be a great place to start your wardrobe. Second, odds are you’re buying your maternity wardrobe in a few shopping sessions rather than slowly — so at the bottom of the same page you’ll also find a fun grouping of trendier, seasonal pieces. We’ll still feature one item here on Maternity Mondays, but I hope the new page will be a help to you.

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News Roundup

news roundup - beauty hacksSome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • Bustle gives you helpful beauty hacks for moms short on time.
  • Katharine Zaleski writes in Fortune about the change in her view of working moms before and after she became one herself, and the value of allowing remote work arrangements for employees who are mothers. (Sarah Seltzer of Flavorwire thinks the essay doesn’t quite live up to the hype.)
  • Also in Fortune, Erica Galos Alioto talks about going back to work after maternity leave and being honest with your boss when you’re struggling — rather than pretending everything’s fine.
  • PopSugar Moms reports on an NYC elementary school that decided to stop assigning homework.
  • The New York Post talks about the growing trend of gift registries for kids’ birthday parties.
  • For your Laugh of the Week… Here’s Jimmy Kimmel with a helpful PSA.

Do be sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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Finally Friday: Annette Eyeglasses

Warby Parker Annette EyeglassesMy youngest son is at that age (9 months) where he thinks it is HILARIOUS to grab Mommy’s eyeglasses off my face and start playing/chewing with them. With my first son I indulged him because, AW, how cute — and he broke several pairs of glasses, which led me start buying my eyeglasses online. I had great luck with the first batch a few years ago (read my full adventures here), but part of the fun of having cheap eyeglasses is you can get new ones whenever you want. These tortoise shell pink ones were my favorites from my last batch of home try-ons from Warby Parker, and I may just have to pull the trigger on them — I keep thinking about them!  They’re $95 with prescription lenses, offer 100% UV protection, anti scratch and anti-reflective coating included. (Progressive lenses are also available, but for $295.) Warby Parker Annette Eyeglasses

(N.B. Your prescription can change during pregnancy, and doesn’t settle down until about 6 months postpartum — another vote in favor of cheap eyeglasses if you’re in the pregnancy corridor.)  After my first son my prescription actually got BETTER — I haven’t yet gotten a new prescription to see where I landed after Harry.)

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The Registry: Cribs and Sleepgear

registry-cribsWelcome to installment two of our registry for working moms: the best cribs and other sleepgear. What should new moms register for baby gear and more? Which are your favorite pieces of baby gear — and have they changed through the months and years with kids? We’ve already talked about carseats and strollers, and now we’re going to talk about sleeping gear — from cribs to swaddles. As I mentioned last time, I envision the entire series going through these categories (stay tuned!):

  1. Carseat — necessary from coming home from the hospital!
  2. Stroller — how many have you tried? How many do you keep? (e.g., big stroller, umbrella stroller, jogging stroller)
  3. Sleeping gear — crib and bassinet rocker, if necessary
  4. Clothes — daytime clothes, baby socks
  5. Babywearing carrier — infant and 15-lb.+
  6. Baby toys — swings, seats, and other Big Things to register for (Exersaucers, etc)
  7. Essential books
  8. Diaper bag
  9. Nursing clothes
  10. Breastfeeding pillow
  11. And one final category: The Biggest Flops (stuff you hated).

Without further ado, here is my own $.02 on baby sleep:

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