With the ending of the holiday season, I am seeing and greeting many more visitors at my position at work. To help really shine in my role I’ve been building up my wardrobe again which has been tricky as I am not quite the size I was before pregnancy and breastfeeding, but neither am I the size I was in mid pregnancy when I also bought some clothes for work. Both as it’s fun to hunt for the right wardrobe building pieces at thrift stores, and cheaper to do so, my new finds are from the one nearest us that has many great sales. While I did have the black open cardigan, the white plaid dress and red beads were from the thrift store.
In an office setting, having a functional black dress can a great main piece to build a wardrobe around. I bought a few pieces to go over this dress, the one I interviewed in, and this red plaid top is probably my favorite of all of them.
A few pieces I bought can stand on their own without a blazer or cardigan and due to length and material be enough of a statement outfit. After I bought this dress a friend told me she had a very similar one in her closet as well.
This dress is very long and conservative on me, and while I usually go for shorter dresses, I love the length of this one.
Of course wearing a dress, as both of the three lactating moms at our company do at least part of the time, means removing or rearranging clothing in a different way then we would with a blouse, shirt or sweater. For that reason I’m especially glad the Mother’s Room has also undergone a makeover as of today with new dividers, chairs and tables making it into two stations.
The above photo shows how it was originally arranged. Another mother and I tested it out and while you could not see anything in the station closest to the door, a person sitting on the second station, furthest from the door could be seen a bit.
The stations are smaller than the open area we had had and the furniture is smaller (which makes it bit harder for me to have items for lunch and for pumping out and organized). Additionally, one chair faces away from the door for a backwards feel and another faces sort of sideways for now, but we can move the furniture around.
My coworker spent some time rearranging the furniture and moved the dividers so that while you could see the table, you could not see the chair or the person sitting on it for the second station.
Since I pump a few times at work, I tried out both stations. I much prefer the one furthest from the door as it faces a direction I’m used to in that room. I took a photo from inside it to show how the dividers overlap so the person at the station cannot be seen.
Of course with this being usable by more than one woman at a time now, the goal is to keep the room unlocked. However, we don’t have a Mother’s Room sign yet, so a few times today people were looking for another room or person and opened the door. The new sign should hopefully be here soon.