Jaime King covers ‘American Baby’, Talks Pregnant Women Body Shaming

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Hart of Dixie actress Jaime King covers the August issue of American Baby magazine.

In it, she discusses body shaming of pregnant women:

“Pregnancy is the ultimate symbol of womanhood, beauty and sensuality, so make it a celebration of creating life. You don’t have to hide anything or try to suck in your belly. Why not put on things that are tighter, flashier, or more fun? Wearing formfitting clothes totally counteracts that voice inside of us that says, ‘Ugh, I just want to lie down all day and sleep,” the former teen and adult model explains. “I feel it’s really important to feel good about yourself, and fashion is part of that.”


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She says people (probably in social media) have told her she needs to go eat a sandwich because she is perceived as being too thin.

“All that matters is that you’re taking care of the nutrition for yourself and your child,” she responds back relating to the critics. “Don’t let other people get you down, and don’t put other women down, either.”

King, who has selected Taylor Swift to be the Godmother of her soon-to-be born daughter, says she enjoys “every part” of being a mom and being pregnant especially given the fact it took her 7 yeas to get pregnant having suffered with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.

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King welcomed her first child, son, Jaime Knight on October 6, 2013. This will be her second child with husband movie director and producer Kyle Newman.

 

h/t E! Online

 

‘Game of Thrones’ star Lena Headey welcomes Second child 

  
Congrats to Game of Thrones star Lena Headey on the birth of her second child. 

The 41-year old HBO star announced the news on her Twitter account today, Friday, July 10.

“Hello peeps . All good,” Headey tweeted. “Just fallen in unconditional heartbreaking divine love for the second time,” 


The Brit actress is already mom to 5-year-old son Wylie with ex-husband Peter Loughran. 

The second-time mom announced she was pregnant this past February, but has yet to reveal the father’s identity.

H/t  US Weekly 

Ashlee Simpson gets fab PUSH Present; 8  Ideas for New Moms Who Have Everything

At a recent event celebrating his new album, singer-songwriter and Hunger Games star Evan Ross surprise gifted his wife Ashlee Simpson a plush PUSH present as she prepares to give birth to their first child together.

A source to PEOPLE magazine who attended the celebration held Tuesday at the Kia Beach House in Malibu, California said Ross brought out the vintage limited edition 2102 Chanel Green Graffiti Body Bag to the deck and presented it to his wife who was elated to receive it.


Nice! It’s quirky, eclectic, unique and perfect for the Bohemian flower child that Simpson-Ross is!

It can be tough for guys like Evan to shop for the posh mom (an expectant or new) who has everything. So for those dads-to-be out there one wondering what to give that woman who has everything, here are some ultimate gift suggestions:

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1. Any mom would be happy to receive a Tiffany blue box, especially if in it there is a Tiffany & Co. Bezzet Yellow Diamond Ring in platinum with a yellow diamond in an 18k gold bezel setting. Cushioned in modified fancy intense yellow diamond, carat total weight 1.57 Get it at Tiffany’s for a mere $27,100.
2. If she is a bag freak and doesn’t already have one, you can get her the Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag which costs $120,000.  Named after after British singer/actress Jane Birkin. The clasp of this tote, which is actually made out of a crocodile, features 10 carats of white diamonds. Less expensive bags are available starting at $5,000. Good luck finding one. Last I heard, there is a wait list. But Jet Set Socialite site that had the list has since gone off line.
3. If  that affluent new mom in your life loves sweet spells, you can get her one of the world’s most expensive bottle of perfume, Clive Christian No. 1 which sells for $2,150 for 2 ounces. The perfume is an extravagant combination of Indian jasmine, mandarin and sandalwood. Its bottle is handmade from lead crystal, while the neck is 24-karat gold-plated sterling silver, set with a solitaire. Wow!
4. If that spoiled rich new mom has a sweet tooth, she may appreciate getting a dark chocolate truffle from Knipschildt for $250. It sells for $2600 a pound. With candy that rich, you have to cherish every calorie.

5. My favorite  gift is anything spa related. If your mom has time on her schedule, book her a spa trip to the Hotel Victor in South Beach (which was bought out by the Hyatt) It offers guests of its penthouse suite the opportunity to lounge in a tub filled with 1,000 liters of pure Evian water, fuchsia, and orange Gerber daisies. Serena Williams was the first to try out the $5,000 bath, which is given in a 350-gallon infinity tub. You can also snack on smoked salmon lollipops, foie gras and chocolate as you bathe.

6. A monogrammed robe. For the first weeks after the baby is born, a new mom will be restless, sleepless, and anxious trying to navigate her new role, nurse, recover and heal from the pains of labor and delivery and entertaining guests. It can be overwhelming. Nothing can make a new mom feel comfortable and comforted than being enveloped in a nice plush robe, especially during cold and crisp Fall or Winter nights. Having it monogrammed adds the nice extra special touch. For those in warmer climates, a pretty frilly robe in pastels, paisley or other feminine design can help a new mom feel sensual during a time when she may be dealing with bloating and other pregnancy side effects. Brookstone sells a nice one starting at  $59.95.
  
7. Plush Slippers Many new moms experience water retention in their feet and legs during and immediately after giving birth. C-Section moms have it even worse because surgery creates even more water build up. As such, many moms quickly become to realize that they may not be able to fit into their old shoes and won’t for a while. A great warm and comfy pair of slippers would be an ideal for any new mom, for lounging around the home or just for slipping into after a day out and about on feet that are still recovering from childbirth.  makes a comfy shearling slipper that retails for $75.

8. Anything from Tiffany’s – The sight of that little blue box can put a glimmer in any woman’s eye. For a new mom whose fingers may be swollen from retaining water, she may be upset and frustrated that she can no longer fit her wedding or engagement ring. Rather than put it away, wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise to present her with a lovely chain to hang the rings on and wear around her neck so she can keep the symbol of your love and fidelity by her heart? Yes. Yes indeed. And as a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things Tiffany’s related, believe me, that you are sure to find a necklace in a variety of budgets at Tiffany’s.

An Elsa Peretti Pendant Chain  sells for $185.00 and can fit a ring easily along with the alphabet pendant bearing either the mom’s or new baby’s initial.

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Photo & Video Replay of Princess Charlotte’s Historic Christening

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Two months after her May 2nd birthday, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana made her first public appearance this past Sunday, July 5.  She wore the same Christening gown that her brother Prince George wore to his Baptism in 2013.

And it was also the same gown their dad wore to his ceremony as a baby which was a replica of the gown Queen Victoria‘s daughter wore in 1841.


Charolette got pushed to the St. Mary Magdalene Church, a 16th-century chapel  near the Queen’s estate in Sandringham, Norfolk. It’s the same Church where her late Grandmom Princess Diana was christened in 1961.

Charlotte’s ride itself, a Millson pram, is an antique family heirloom once owned by Queen Elizabeth, and once used for the Duke of York and Earl of Wessez.

The church was minutes from her family’s home so they walked — a first for the Royal family.

At one point, Kate even had to push the pram up a muddy hill in her heels.

About 3,500 onlookers were allowed to come watch the rainy stroll to the private ceremony which lasted about 45 minutes.

And in another break form tradition, Catherine nee Kate Middleton and Prince William asked that onlookers be allowed to take photos.

Normally, photos are not allowed except during Christmas. Good for the most watched modern Royals! Charlotte’s mom was decked in a pristine fit and flare off white Alexander McQueen dress, nude Russell & Bromley pumps, accented  with a diamond ‘Empress’ necklace from jewelers Mappin and Webb, and a fancy  matching church hat from by Jane Taylor Millinery, the same place Charlotte’s aunt Pipa Middleton wore with her white Emilia Wickstead coat dress.

 
Prince George wore a Rachel Riley shorts and top Smocked set that the UK Telegraph pointed out looked similar to the outfit William wore when he want to meet his brother Harry. Nice observation!

The official photos taken by Mario Testino were recently released.

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The group photo featured Queen Elizabeth II, husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles, wife Camilla Parker Bowles and the Middleton family. Also there were Charlotte’s  five godparents including the Honorable Laura Fellowes, Adam Middleton, James Meade, Sophie Carter and Thomas van Straubenzee.

Uncle Prince Harry was away in Africa during a charity trip.

 

Nice!

 

What’s New in Celeb Baby Bump News? (Links)

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It’s time for another installment of “What’s new in Celebrity Baby Bump News”. It’s when we stalk their Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other mass and social media news outlets for stories about the celeb ladies (and gents) who are or were following at one time.

Here is what’s new:
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Second-time mom-to-be UK girl band singer Frankie Bridge of The Saturdays took a very pretty selfie of her new do. (Instagram)

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Jaime King is being bad (while pregnant) in the promo reel for designer JuJu Sorelli introducing her first Hollywood Savage Society collection (Style.com)

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Naya Rivera was showing off her third trimester bump by the pool the other day (Instagram.)

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We are very happy to learn that Real Housewives of Miami star Lisa Hochstein was finally able to have a baby via surrogate, especially after seeing her fertility struggles on the show; and we would love to see her husband Lenny Hochstein‘s join the cast of other Housewives franchise plastic surgeon husbands on Botched. (Celebrity Baby Scoop)

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Jeff Goldblum welcomed his first child ever at age 62 with his wife Emilie. (Facebook)

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Victoria Secret alum Karolina Kurkova confirmed she is expecting her second child. (Twitter)

 

 

Ayesha and Steph Curry are expecting another girl

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Congratulations to Ayesha Curry who is reportedly expecting another baby girl with husband Golden State Warrior NBA champ Steph Curry. Last month, a source to US Weekly leaked the news that hasn’t yet been confirmed by the couple.

The Currys drew the adoration of the general public after their 2-year old daughter Riley was seen during Steph’s post-game events being mischievously cute. She made a second appearance at another event. Since then, it’s been all about the Currys.


Ayesha is in her final month of pregnancy and expecting soon. If the baby waits a little longer, she may arrive on the July 12th birth date of her big sister.

The countdown is on….

 

Tamera Mowry-Housley on why braids are best for Labor, Delivery and New Motherhood

 

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The other half of our fave celeb mom twins, Tamera Mowry-Housley is now sporting long box braids.


The actress, who co-stars as a panelist on the daytime talk show The Real,  this past Wednesday, July  1 welcomed her second child, daughter Ariah Talea, with husband FOX news correspondent Adam Housley.

This week, she posted a photo of herself when she was still pregnant rocking the protective style which is commonly worn among ethnic women.

Many pregnant women get their hair in braids right before giving birth because they know it will be a low maintenance style that is great to wear during labor and delivery. And afterwards,  when a new mom is busy with a newborn, braids are a no-fuss style. Those reasons are among the 5 Tamera explained why she got some gorgeous long box braids.

They’re not as long as the super butt-length braids her sister Tia Mowry Hardrict rocked recently.

Tamera had her own individual take and they  look great!

 

 

Check out Tamera’s blog to see the five reasons she offers for rocking box braids right before and after giving birth HERE!

 

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Christie Brinkley denies shading ex Billy Joel’s surprise wedding to his young pregnant girlfriend 

While entertaining friends at their annual Fourth of July party on Saturday, veteran musician Billy Joel and his pregnant longtime girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, had a surprise wedding.

Joel’s longtime friend New York Governor Mario Cuomo presided over the ceremony that took place at Joel’s Long Island estate.

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Shortly after the news broke, Joel’s ex-wife Instagrammed a seemingly shade-filled congratulatory message.

“Congratulation to the glowing bride and groom,” she captioned a wedding photo of the newlyweds. ” And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!”
The ex-model, who was married to Joel for 9 years, have a now 29-year old daughter who is close in age to Roderick who is 34. Some interpreted the message as a jab.

This is Joel’s fourth marriage and the first for the former Morgan Stanley Investment banker’s first as well as her first child she is expecting this Summer.
This will be Joel’s second child.

His first marriage to his former music partner’s ex wife Elizabeth Webber Small produced no children and neither his 5-year marriage to columnist and TV host Katie Lee after his marriage with Brinkley.
After the all the press speculation of malice in Brinkley’s message, her publicist cleared the record, telling MailOnline :

There was by no means a cynical angle here and to say this is a backwards compliment, is not the truth nor was it the intention. Christie genuinely cares for Alexis, Billy’s new bride, and their daughter Alexa loves her, too. It was a happy and loving event and her Instagram reflected that sentiment.

Given the fact that Brinkley attended Joel’s wedding to Lee who was 23-years old at the time while Alexa, then 18, served as Maid-of-Honor, it’s pretty safe to say there indeed wasn’t any ill-intent to the well-wishing as the exes have remained good friends.
Brinkley has her hands full solo parenting a 17-year old son, Sailor, with fourth husband architect Peter Cook (Joel attended that ceremony) and 20-year old son, Jack, with her third husband, real estate developer Richard Taubman.

 

 
Fun Fact: Joel played his 65th show at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday — surpassing Elton John as the artist with the most concerts at the arena.

h/t: MailOnline

Salute to Ultimate Soccer Mom Christie Rampone, a 2015 Women’s World Cup Champ

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Tonight, we congratulate the “Ultimate Soccer Mom” Christie Rampone  on winning and becoming the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion along with members of Team USA. We also salute the 16 year team vet on her final World Cup appearance.

Rampone, who recently turned 40-years old, is the last remaining Team USA member from the 1999 team which was the last US team to win the World Cup.  She just wrapped her 5th World Cup appearance.


Rampone is also a three-time gold medalist, having won championship titles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. She has finished no lower than third place in each of the World Cup or Olympic tournaments in which she has competed.

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Although Rampone didn’t get a chance to play as much this tournament, she still represented moms well as she is one of a few mothers on the team. When she played against Nigeria earlier in the tournament, Rampone became the oldest woman to ever play in a World Cup.

Now, the married mom of two plans to retire and turn her focus solely on her daughters 9-year-old Riley and 5-year-old Reece and whatever sport they will pursue.

“They’ve spent a lot of their lives watching mom and traveling with mom because of what mom loves to do, so I want to be there to support them,” Rampone told ABC news “So when, you know, they start playing their games , like I want to be there for that.”

Nice. She was profiled last month by ABC News in this quick segment during Good Morning America.


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Study agrees with Kim Kardashian; Selfies are Empowering

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CNN.com posted an article last week asking if selfies empowering or objectifying.

It was a question posed on the heels of the release second time mom-to-be Kim Kardashian‘s new book of selfies called, “Selfish“.


The sex-kitten is known for posting provocative photographs that tantalize her 37 million Instagram and 33 million Twitter followers.

At a recent event, Karadashian-West agreed that the selfies she take objectify her but that added that they are also empowering.

“I’ve taken them,” the business owner confessed. “I’m proud of them. There’s power in that. There’s a control. Even if I’m objectifying myself, I’m OK with that.”

CNN.com cited an expert who suggested that selfies can be damaging to women and young girls’ self-esteem because they cause women to be more critical of their own appearance and to self-critique. The article also pointed to an InStyle magazine survey that says young women who watch fashion magazines and spend a lot of time on Facebook compare themselves to others.

The InStyle research noted that “89% of women said getting a ‘like’ on Facebook or Instagram felt like a compliment, while 82% said that getting compliments on social media improved their self-esteem.”

I’ve definitely seen several examples of women who feel compelled to post more and more provocative photos of themselves in their search for as many likes as possible.

However, I tend to think it’s a reflection of already existing low self-esteem in a person. I am not sure whether selfies exacerbates the problem, either. It just provides a means and social media the forum for these young women and girls to get validation.

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And  the final result of the InStyle survey is that social media actually help young women’s self-esteem.

“I think that it’s a really beautiful thing that anyone, anywhere can post a selfie and they don’t have to be a celebrity,”21-year old New York University student Valerie Kipnis is quoted as saying. “Selfies are going to reset the standards of beauty and how people view themselves.”

True.

Unlike traditional mass media where a few powerful magazines selected and picked who they felt were the most beautiful to be featured, social media lets anyone with a smart phone snap themselves and share it with the world.

Sefies posted in social media represent an injection of many more images of women who are beautiful in their own way. More exposure of different types of attractiveness can contribute to broader acceptance of those with features and looks that were once ostracized and rejected.

What do you think?

Are selfies good or bad for the self esteem?

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