The Morning Rush: 10 Must-Have Products

 

 

 

While every working mom situation has it’s challenges, I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to drop off my son at preschool and head right back to my home office — eliminating the need to look completely polished in a time crunch. And I say this having been a work-out-of-the-home mom for almost a year — commuting over 2 hours each morning after dropping off my sleepy-eyed infant at 6:30 a.m.

I know what that life is like.

And here are 10 must-have products — from fashion to beauty — that every working mom needs for the morning rush:

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  • City Clips, $35 for 4 clips 1 of 10
    City Clips, $35 for 4 clips
    You're planning on wearing heels at the office, but do you really want to shuffle the kids out of the house and unload them at preschool while wearing a pair of 3-inch heels? And for you city dwellers (or city commuters), you know that you'd rather book it down the blocks wearing comfy flats and change into your heels upstairs. The problem? Your pants are the right length for heels, not flats.
    So to prevent your work pants from dragging through the dirt, fold up your pants and clip on some City Clips. The 2011 collection comes in 12 different styles, including a 14 ct gold plated buttons and preppy pearl buttons. They're also available in black, denim or gray to match your pants. And each 4-clip set comes with two decorative clips and two plain.
    Buy it from City Clips.
  • Gal Pal, $11 for two 2 of 10
    Gal Pal, $11 for two
    I first tried these a few years back, before my morning commute involved breastfeeding or poop explosions, and I was still grateful to have these little deodorant removers in my bag. These little sponge-like pads erase deodorant from dark shirts without any water marks, so they just might help with spit-up stains too.
    Buy them here.
  • Tide To Go 3 of 10
    Tide To Go
    Needs no explanation.
    Buy it here.
  • Yosi Samra Fold Up Flats, $55 – $75 4 of 10
    Yosi Samra Fold Up Flats, $55 - $75
    The perfect accompaniment to your City Clips, these are by far the best fold-up flats I've seen. Small enough to stick in your purse, yet stylish enough to wear with confidence, there's a style for everyone.
    (I'm boring and partial to the classic styles, but there's plenty of metallic, patent and animal print styles as well.)
    Buy here.
  • Ficcare Maximas Clip, $36 – $44 5 of 10
    Ficcare Maximas Clip, $36 - $44
    You can effortlessly look chic with one of these Ficcare clips, which come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Just twist up your hair and clip it up (even the thickest of hair!), and you'll looked polished and professional.
    Buy it from Ficcare.
  • Maybelline, $7.99 6 of 10
    Maybelline, $7.99
    If the Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner isn't in your budget, I've been really pleased with Maybelline's version: EyeStudio Gel Eyeliner. Perfect for those who don't want to reapply makeup after getting an early morning start, and especially good for those who get misty eyed on the way to work.
    Find it at your local drugstore or drugstore.com.
  • Josie Maran Argan Color Stick, $22 7 of 10
    Josie Maran Argan Color Stick, $22
    You don't have a lot of time in the morning, so you need to cut corners. That's where a multi-tasking make-up comes in handy.
    Swipe this sheer color stick on your cheeks AND lips for lasting, natural color. And then just stick it in your bag for easy application later - no brushes or bags needed.
    Buy it from Sephora.
  • Scarves 8 of 10
    Scarves
    On my 2.5 hour commute to work, I regularly leaked breastmilk before I could get into the office and quickly pump. Needless to say, scarves were a necessity (for spit-up and stains as well!).
    This one is the "Scarf with Geometric Print" from Zara, $39.90
  • Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, $19 9 of 10
    Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, $19
    After those sleepless nights or a long commute, get an instant perk-up with this under-eye brightener.
    Buy it from Sephora.
  • Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Shampoo, $24 10 of 10
    Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleansing Shampoo, $24
    Because your colleagues don't need to know (or smell or see) that a shower was simply impossible. (They also sell a travel size for $13.)
    Buy it from Sephora.

 

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