What Started Not1Dress?



When my children were younger, I had the joy and privilege (or maybe not, depending on the day) of staying home to care for my children. While I did have some side hustles, they were focused more on providing adult interaction than an actual income. While I never thought of myself as a mom who would stay home with the kids, I loved being with them during that time – even on the tough days.

When the time came for me to return to the full-time workforce, I knew it would be a change, but had no idea what was in store for me.

What does anyone with big questions do? Google! So, off I went to find answers from the internet guru. Now, this is where it became really difficult.

As I searched for working mother, professional women, transition back to work, creating a schedule that works at home and family, or anything resembling these topics, I had to dig through pages and pages of fashion and makeup advice.

Don’t get me wrong, after years in yoga pants to keep up with my children, I needed to make some changes to my wardrobe. But I wanted real world advice from moms who had made the transition and how they made that work, and that did NOT include just fashion advice!

Years later, as my own career and family life has changed and grown, Google is still my go-to friend for answering pressing questions such as:

  • How can I ask for more flexibility in my schedule so I can get my children to soccer practice on time?
  • Are there any local shopping services so I can save more time?
  • What is the best system to prioritize tasks and be proactive in my work?
  • How can I block my schedule to tackle my priority tasks?
  • And the most pressing question of all, what the heck am I going to do for dinner?

Yet, I still find my search results filled with fashion and makeup tips. (Maybe not for the dinner question, but that one is filled with all sorts of gourmet meals and expensive meal order services.)

If I am searching for tips on how to be more efficient and save time, why do I have to spend all this time weeding through posts about the best makeup to go from work to nightlife? I mean, I’m a mom – WHAT nightlife? There has to be an easier way!

Not 1 Dress came out of this process.

As a joke, I started a board on Pinterest where I would randomly pin real advice for working moms. I quickly realized that I can’t be the only working mom looking for resources such as this. So, that brings us to this blog.

Not 1 Dress is committed to supporting you in your successful transition to working mother. What does this mean?

  • Writing your resume and cover letter to capitalize on the strengths you have rather than the gap between employment.
  • Finding the “right job” rather than “the job I need to have right now.”
  • Building a relationship with your supervisor so you are able to have conversations about balancing work and family demands.
  • Exploring options for efficiency at work and home as there are only so many hours in the day and you do need to sleep.

You are going to just ROCK IT as a working mother and Not 1 Dress is here for you!