Lauren Conrad Welcomes Son, Liam James Tell

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Congrats to former reality star turned lifestyle maven Lauren Conrad on the birth of her first child this past Wednesday.

The lifestyle blogger and designer shared the news on her website that son is Liam James Tell was born Wednesday, weighing in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces.


It’s the first child for Conrad and husband William Tell. The 31-year-old Conrad married the lawyer and musician in 2014.

Conrad got her start on Laguna Beach before getting her own reality show, The Hills which ran from 2006 to 2010.

She told her readers that she planned to step back from an active role on her blog while she adjust to motherhood.

“I’ll be taking a little bit of a step back from the site over the next few weeks as we adjust to life as a family of three (five, if you count Chloe and Fitz of course…),” the Laguna Beach alum wrote. “But not to worry… my editorial team will be working hard to bring you tons of great content in the meantime, and I’ll still be blogging here and there when I can, bringing you updates from my life as a new mom.”

Being the savvy and well-prepared content creator, she prepped for maternity leave.

“Plus, I’ve drafted up a few blog posts ahead of time, so you can still expect to see at least one or two posts a week coming from yours truly,” she added.

Nice! Congrats!

 

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag are expecting their First Child

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The infamous serial Reality TV couple known as “Speidi“, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag are expecting their first child.

They were notoriously famous for having a rocky relationship on the MTV reality TV show The Hills, but got married in 2008 and remained in the public light by doing several reality TV shows including Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 when they competed as one person.


“I have never been more excited,” Montag said in an interview with US Weekly    “The reality is sinking in that we are going to have a child! I’ve read every pregnancy book, and now I realise I don’t know anything.”

Montag wasn’t shy about sharing the fact that it didn’t take her long to conceive after first making an attempt.

“It happened the first month!”said Montag, who is known for being the arch nemesis of another co-star from The Hills who coincidentally is also pregnant right now with her first, Lauren Conrad.

“I felt nauseous and I wanted to know, so I took a pregnancy test. I was so shocked; Spencer wasn’t. He was so sure it would happen right away,” Montag opened up. “He was like, ‘You’re going to get pregnant the first time we try.'”

The couple, who just wrapped up a stint on Celebrity Big Brother : All Stars versus New Stars , told the magazine they would like a boy.

“I’m hoping for a boy. I’ve always wanted a boy first,” said Heidi. “I’d love to have a son and for the Pratt name to continue.”

photo: Getty

Whitney Port Loves Her Baby, But Hates Pregnancy; the Focus of her New Vlog Series (WATCH)

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TV and Lifestyle personality Whitney Port is keeping it real with her fans and followers by re-invigorated her 4-year old YouTube channel and launching a vlog series to document her pregnancy.

It’s called “I love my baby, but I hate my pregnancy” and through it, the former star of MTV‘s The Hills and The City, gives an unfiltered look into the highs and most of the lows and difficulties with her pregnancy. But don’t get it twisted. I don’t think she is complaining because I think she knows pregnancy is a blessing or fortunate thing that not all women who want to experience it can.


I do think Port just wants to connect to her pregnant sisters in the struggle. I get it. Her husband video tapes her, often times, in bed, without make up, eating yogurt, tossled hair and just giving it straight, no chaser.

“I am by no means telling you guys what to do, or how to deal with your pregnancy,” she says in her first vlog. “Just thought, from one pregnant woman to another, that it would be fun to share the journey with you.”

In episode one, she also shared the fact that the pregnancy was unexpected. She was preparing to have an MRI and was told that she couldn’t be pregnant so she decided to take a test. Chapter three was posted yesterday.

It’s really good, I think. I like and think it’s worth checking out because I appreciate honesty and candor. We’ve already seen the perfect nurseries, the gorgeous baby bumps, beautiful baby moons and high fashion maternity shoots most pregnant celebs share on their social media feeds. Good for Whit! Here are the first three posts:

 

Another ‘The Hills’ Alum is Expecting, Whitney Port this Time

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Last month, I did a round up of all the female alums from the MTV reality TV shows Laguna Beach and its spinoff, The Hills  who are now married with kids.

Whitney Port, who starred in two seasons of her own spinoff called The City and currently manages a lifestyle brand, was one of three who did not have a kid yet or wasn’t pregnant.


Little did I know back then that Port was pregnant but was still early.  The rising fashion designer and QVC presenter just announced her pregnancy news this weekend on Instagram.

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“Oh hey! Just standing by the window in my underwear, with a BABY in my belly,” she wrote alongside a Friday Instagram post. “DM me if you know what I’m supposed to do with this thing for how ever many years I’m supposed to be in charge.”

Cute!

Port is married to Tim Rosenmann, who was an associate producer on her show The City.

She also directed fans to her blog to a post titled, “WE’RE PREGNANT!!!”

Trending: Vanessa and Nick Lachey Welcome Third Child, Phoenix John

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Congratulations to Vanessa and Nick Lachey. The  couple welcomed their third child, son Phoenix John Lachey. Vanessa, a former MTV host, announced the news on her Instagram account.

“It’s a very Merry Christmas indeed! We had our Christmas Miracle,” the former beauty queen captioned a photo of her newborn’s hand grasping a finger. “Phoenix Robert Lachey decided to show up early and was born on Christmas Eve. Mommy, Daddy, Camden & Brooklyn LOVE You very much! #LacheyPartyOf5.”


The photo has gotten close to 50,000 likes and counting.

Congrats to the happy family again!

Tribute: My Fave George Michael Songs and Videos and Why I love Them

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Today, I, like many around the world, am saddened by the news of the passing of singer/songwriter George Michael on Christmas, December 25th. I was a huge fan of this late 80s/90s pop star especially in my teens and early adulthood. The Greek-Brit, full name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was extremely attractive, had a seductive dance and a voice that was big, unique and carried every melodic hit that he performed.

I agree with those who say that the overwhelming memory of his legacy will surely be the musical genius that encompassed both his time in UK pop duo Wham! and as one of the great solo artists of all time. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, eight Billboard #1 hits, and a bevy of awards


His look back then was a five o’clock shadow, leather jacket, rugged denims and guitar with one dangling earrings with dark shades. Very sexy!

 

 

 

I played this song to death in college my first year. It’s so jazzy and melodic. Love!

One of my fave albums of his was his second studio album “Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1” (volume 2 was never released) which was very controversial and almost didn’t get put out by Sony Music.

I love that it was full of ballads and showcased his lyrics and voice moreso than the upbeat dance songs on Faith.  It sold 8M copies but was considered a flop for such a big artist given that “Faith” had sold 25M copies. But it was a hit in the UK where it won Best British Album that year in their version of the Grammy‘s, the BRIT Awards.

 “Praying for Time” was an ode to times we live in where there is copious and overindulgence and greed abound with a message of warning to mankind. It is one of my favorite tunes from this album. Love this song.  Given ongoing battles with his record label at the time, Sony, he refused to appear in the videos for the songs on this album so the video is just lyrics on a black screen which is actually ahead of its time, given that lyrical videos are such a big trend nowadays.

“At some point in your career, the situation between yourself and the camera reverses. For a certain number of years, you court it and you need it, but ultimately, it needs you more and it’s a bit like a relationship. The minute that happens, it turns you off … and it does feel like it is taking something from you.”  he told the Los Angeles Times in 1990 about deciding not to do photo shoots or music videos any longer. “I would like to never step in front of a camera again.”

I think Freedom 90!  is one of the sexiest videos of all times and it featured super models at the time in a video directed by the same person who directed Madonna‘s “Express Yourself” video, David Fincher.  It included Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz and was inspired by Peter Lindbergh‘s now-iconic portrait of the five models for the January 1990 cover of the British edition of Vogue. Instead of playing someone’s girlfriend, as is common for models in music videos, they each lip synced the song. Brilliant!

More models werking the catwalk can be seen in the video for “Too Funky“.

This remake of Stevie Wonder‘s song is prolific given Wonder sang it recently in tribute to Michael Jackson and it could aptly apply to George Michael today.
His career started off as part of the two member pop music band, Wham! The preeminent 1980s big band sound was loud and apparent in this song and it peaked in the era of music television when MTV just launched. The video for it surely sold the song even more than the appeal it already had as a really awesome song:

 This song, “I’m Your Man” also takes me back to a carefree and less stressful time of my life, my late teen years.

 Another great hit from Wham!

My son loves “Last Christmas” and it has played almost twice an hour this past month on our local radio station that plays Christmas songs from Thanksgiving to Christmas non-stop. Even my 11-year old was shocked and upset to know one of the guys who sings a fave song has passed.


The biggest song from this album was “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go 

As a solo artist, George Michael performed some awesome duos like this one with Aretha Franklin, another fave of mine:

With Elton John, this song just makes me feel good every time I listen to it

And Queen (at a tribute concert for the late great Freddie Mercury)

And finally with the late great Whitney Houston, “If I told you that” 

Thanks for the music, George Michael.  You will be missed but your legacy will live on!

MTV’s 16 and Pregnant Alum Valerie Fairman Dies of Suspected Overdose


Rest In Peace to 23-year old Valerie Fairman, one of the stars of the MTV’s reality TV show “16 and Pregnant.”

Fair man was found deceased in a friend’s bathroom early Thursday morning.

Fairman’s mother told TMZ that “the friend repeatedly called for Valerie, who was in the bathroom, but she did not come out.” 


That friend eventually broke down the door and discovered the Fairman’s body.
She leaves behind her 7-year old daughter Naveah.

“We are saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman’s passing,” an MTV spokesperson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.”

“16 and Pregnant” was a documentary-style reality show that aired from 2009 to 2014 on MTV. Each episode showcased a different teen dealing with pregnancy. The show spawned three spinoffs, “Teen Mom,” “Teen Mom 2” and “Teen Mom 3.”

The cause and manner of death are still being investigated but Fairman apparently had a long history of drug abuse. 

Out thoughts to the family and her daughter.

Laura Perlongo on Being Free in Her Skin at VMAs, Bare Bump and all

Mom-to-be Laura Perlongo sent tongues flapping when showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night with her bare bump revealed through an open army green jacket.

The fiancé of Nev Schulman,the host of MTV’s Catish, said she has gotten postive response from women who believe it is okay for a pregnant woman to dress sexy.

“There is so much pressure on women to look a certain way. That ‘way’ is hard to achieve even when you’re not pregnant. Be sexy, but not too sexy. Be confident, but wear something that fits our current standard of acceptable,” Perlongo told the website attn. “When it came to choosing an outfit for last night, I wasn’t feeling the pregnancy options that were out there — they made me feel like a big blob or were tight and constricting. That is, they made me feel more self-conscious than just being myself and wearing my skin. And yeah, I wanted to rep my fellow pregnant ladies (s/o to the baby bumps).”


While the people on social media had a lot of mixed opinions about the look, Perlongo said attendees of the event were more accepting.


“It was overwhelmingly positive and supportive. Kim Kardashian loved it,” she added. “Other pregnant women and women with children came up to me with praise and congratulations throughout the night. Good vibes all around. I don’t regret the decision at all.”

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Her fiancé loved it.

“Whoever says pregnant and sexy can’t go together, you’re wrong!” Schulman said of his bride-to-be. “Over the past eight months I’ve watched my fiancée carry and care for our child and transform into the magical goddess​ she is now and to me this is the most beautiful she has ever been. I couldn’t be more proud of and inspired by her.”

Photos: Getty, Instagram

Here’s Our 2016 MTV VMA Run Down

Did you catch the MTV Video Music Awards held at Madison Square Garden in New York City last night, August 28th?

It was heavy on performances including a lengthy set by our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Beyonce, who sang many songs off her latest album “Lemonade”

She also won the biggest award of the night, Video of the Year, for her song “Formation.”


Two of our Bumpwatch alums, Kim Kardashian West and Alicia Keys introduced performances.

Meanwhile, Keys tributed Martin Luther King, Jr.on the 53rd anniversary of his “I have a Dream” speech. She read a poem that ended in a song while looking flawless in no make up. 

Kim showed off her super slim down shape in a sheer curve hugging slip dress.  

Other alums, Heidi Klum, Amber Rose, Jennifer “J Woww” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi also attended and looked great on the white carpet. Britney Spears did a superb job during her comeback performance, singing her hit song “Make Me” with rapper G Eazy. 

And one more thing: we also noticed that black and very sheer was a trending look on the carpet as well. 

Angela Simmons Finally Confirms her Pregnancy via Instagram of Course

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Angela Simmons confirmed her pregnancy this week by sharing a photo of her bare belly to her fans on Instagram on Thursday.

“We are overjoyed and super excited to receive a blessing this big,” Simmons captioned the photo. “Starting a family was something that I could have only dreamed of.”



The former star of MTV‘s Run’s House and Daddy’s Little Girl reality TV shows has not shared with anyone who her fiance and future child’s dad is.
Simmons and her siblings’ dad is 1/3rd of the 1980s rap group RUN DMC.

Angela and her sister Vanessa Simmons launched a tennis shoe line called Pastry that claims to currently be the number one show for dancers. She now has a lifestyle blog and runs a fledgling clothing company, Foofi & Bella.

She is the third of her siblings to welcome child. Her brother Jo Jo and his girlfriend  earlier this year. Vanessa welcomed a daughter, Ava, with her boyfriend Michael Wayans in 2014 on Valentine’s Day.