I Killed The Summer Box of Style on the Beach; Subscribe and Get Yours

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As promised after my unboxing and review of the items that came in the Summer 2017 Box of Style curated by the fashionable editors of the Zoe Report and celebrity stylist-turned designer and reality TV star and TV host, Rachel Zoe, I wore the items during a recent beach trip.

The top quality pieces were a hit!


I think I wore the Helena Quinn kimono everywhere and turned lots of heads on the beach and pool side doing so. I have also been rocking those cat eye sun shades by Raen consistently as the Panama sun hat from Sole Society. Again, I think it is very cool that the items inside are valued at over $400 though the box itself only costs $99 per quarter. . (You get a $50 discount if you order for the year.)

In case you missed my unboxing, you can check it out here:

In the meantime, I loved it all so much, I joined on as an official partner and am now promoting it actively. If you purchase using my link, I get a small profit share so thanks in advance for signing up using my link here!

Here is what is inside:

Powerful Working Women Have Work Nurseries; How to Build Your Own

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This week, First Daughter Ivanka Trump shared a photo of herself holding her baby Theodore while taking a business call in the White House. The image drew tons of love and praise and jeers and taunts. Some called it an example of feminism and others called it hypocrisy. Politics is a tricky game and these days, they are at a fever pitch. But politics aside, the topic of balancing work and motherhood is an ongoing hot bed issue.

Trump and Marissa Mayer both infamously announced plans to take short maternity leaves after having their babies but each soon learned that it is very difficult to have it all, and they reversed course. Fortunately for each of these women, they are the boss and therefore, they have tons of options.


Mayer, for example, built a nursery alongside her office so she could have easy access to her infant, whom I believe she was breastfeeding at the time. It was a controversial move because it came around the same time that the ex-CEO of Yahoo! banned telecommuting for her workers. Many women (and men) with children loved that option so they could work and care for their little ones.

My mom watches my baby sister’s 10-month old daughter while my sis works and my mom reports the baby not wanting to go to her mom after work. Having a baby nearby for those early years are crucial for bonding and the emotions of having your baby prefer a nanny and caregiver over his own mom could be devastating for any mother.

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I really did what another Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum, Rachel Zoe, did for the women who works for her. Zoe said in a blog post on her The Zoe Report website that five other women in her company were expecting in 2014.

“I found out they were all expecting within the span of a couple months (something’s in the water here, I swear), and my immediate thought was: We need to open a nursery. We might not be styling out of my garage anymore, but I still think of my staff as family,” Zoe wrote. “I wanted to create an environment where these new mothers wouldn’t have to make a choice between career and motherhood. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to grow my company from just a few people to more than 40 while having my kids (and my husband) by my side, and so I knew I had to do everything in my power to give my staff that same luxury.”

It was a great move by a woman in power who wanted to empower other women too.

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“My days are filled with an assortment of photo shoots and school pickups, business meetings and play dates, styling sessions and grocery runs. I am launching style boxes and boxing school lunches.” she penned. “In the words of Penny Lane (eternal muse to my editors), ‘It’s all happening.’ And if I can bring my babies to editorial meetings (it happens), fashion shows (guilty) and designers’ parties (most fun ever), why can’t my girls have their babies close by too?”

Zoe opened a nursery in her West Hollywood office that December right next door to her studio. She said she thought all companies ought to consider the same.

“Sure it required us to make additional investments—the physical space, the insurance required to protect everyone, the furnishings—but what we are getting in return is invaluable; the working mothers at our company can improve and grow our business without having to sacrifice spending precious time with their babies at such a crucial stage in their mother-child relationships.”

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Bravo! In the course of two years, my eldest son had two different teachers check out after having their babies and my youngest lost two teachers who opted to stay home after having their little ones rather than return. Nearby nurseries could be a great alternative for those who want to continue their craft, passion and work and be near their babies.

And for those, like me, who work from home, a nursery office could be a great alternative. Here are the elements of creating a fab home office/nursery.

Start with a space-saving crib that isn’t too bulky! You can get one that coordinates with the furniture already in your office or redecorate to have one cohesive theme.

Fill the walls with colorful and attractive wall art to lift the mood and keep things vibrant and alive!

Finally, accent it with  a colorful or ‘in-theme- rug where baby can play while you work. A toy chest to house rattles, stuffed animals and educational toys would be a great added fixture.


Good luck!

photos: courtesy Apartmentherapy

That 4Moms Origami Stroller is a Celebrity Fave

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It’s been a long while since I last did my most expensive baby stroller post and since then the market has exploded with some amazing strollers.

One of the top strollers known and widely loved by tech aficionados is the  4moms Origami Stroller. It’s loved because it take the  stress out of traveling about with your kid. I mean it folds and unfolds automatically when you press a button and comes equipped with tech features like a built-in phone charger, thermometer, mileage counter, and LED headlights. If you had any doubt that this is the Rolex of strollers, the Origami Stroller even charges itself as you walk!


It’s on the pricey side but if you can afford it you’ll join the likes of a bunch of celebs who have been photographed out and about with their kids in them. about $850!

Kourtney Kardashian, Rachel Zoe, Tia Mowry, Kim Zolciak, Bethenny Frankel, Melanie Brown, Denise Richards, Kim Zolciak, Neil Patrick Harris and Mario Lopez all have been seen pushing their tots in it.

Check out ABC News review here:

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Want to scope out more parenting tech gadgets? Check out some of the other parenting tech essentials at the Beacon!

Woman’s Day: Celeb moms celebrate ‘Expecting 411’ book launch (PHOTOS)

Perfect timing for International Women’s Day, four of the women we’ve spotlighted in the past attended a Woman’s Day luncheon today to celebrate the launch of a new book.  

Second-time mom-to-be Molly Sims, designer Rachel Zoe, actress Kerry Washington and TV host Vanessa Lachey all shared photos of the event celebrating the publication of Expecting 411, co-authored by celebrity OB/GYN, Dr. Michele Hakakha and Dr. Ari Brown. 

According to the book’s website, Hakakha is an award-winning OB/GYB who has contributed to numerous articles and educational videos on pregnancy. Bown is an official American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson and has been featured on NBC‘s TODAY show.

The women have 4 children, ages 2-14, between them. 
photos: Instagram, WhoSay

Inside Molly Sims’ Baby Shower

Actress, model and author Molly Sims had a fab baby shower to celebrate her expectant baby girl that she is due to deliver. Celebrity attendees included our past Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms Rachel Zoe, Ali Larter and Vanessa Lachey. 

Sims and husband Scott Suber  are parents to 2-year old son Brooks. This will be the second child for them both. Here aresome of the photos Sims shared on her website post “Showered with Love”:


See the other photos and what else she had to say about the occasion here!

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World AIDS Day: Get Jessica, Gwen and Rachel-designed Aden+Anais for Charity

Today is World AIDS Day. All around the world and the United States various foundations, philanthropic organizations, companies, governments and other bodies are raising awareness of the ongoing fight against the deadly disease and HIV.
Three of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch Alums, Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani and Rachel Zoe have teamed up with aden+anais baby product manufacturer of warm and cozy receiving and swaddling blankets. They’ve designed three Special Edition Organic Swaddle blankets that will be sold on Alba’s Honest Company website and AdenAndAnais.com for $54 as part of the global initiative  (PRODUCT)RED.

One hundred percent of the profits which amounts to 25% of the retail price will be donated to the Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS.
Together with RED, aden + anais is trying to make the dream of an AIDS-free generation in Africa a reality by 2016.
Please Help that cause! 

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Most Stylish Mom and Son Fashion Duo: Blogger Cara & son Hanes

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I spotted Cara Loren Van Brocklin browsing around Pinterest one day, followed the 23-year old fashion blogger to her website and was mesmerized by her awesomely fab personal style and the oh-so-super-handsome way she dresses her equally gorgeous toddler son, Hanes.
I immediately thought, “forget Rachel Zoe and Sklyer”… now this is a duo that could give them a run for their money as most stylish mom and pre-schooler son around.
Check these beautiful pics from her website:  http://www.caraloren.com/

 

 

 


 

 

Photos: http://www.caraloren.com
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Inside Gwen Stefani’s Star-Studded Baby Shower (PHOTOS)

No Doubt  lead singer and mom-to-be Gwen Stefani was treated to a baby shower hosted by her manager’s
wife this weekend at the Hotel Bel Air
on Saturday, February 8.
The star-studded event was simple, elegant and feature white
flowers and understated elegant décor, insiders told E! News.
Guests included past Bellyitch
Bumpwtach
moms designer and TV host Nicole
Richie
,  designer and former Reality
TV star Rachel Zoe, actress Gwyneth Paltrow,  and  actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba who brought along a diaper cake from her Honest company.
Stefani and her husband Bush
guitarist and singer Gavin Rossdale
are expecting their third son soon. They are parents to 5-year old Zuma and
7-year old Kingston.
Check out the photos Stefani  shared on her fairly still new Instagram  account:

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Rachel Zoe welcomes second son

Congratulations to celebrity stylist-turned designer Rachel Zoe on the birth of her second child, a son, today, December 22.

She tweeted the news:


Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman are already parents to 2-year old Skylar Morris.

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Jessica Alba hosts Gwen Stefani, Rachel Zoe & other celeb-moms at charity event

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum actress Jessica Alba‘s The Honest Company hosted the 3rd annual Baby2Baby Holiday Party this past Saturday, December 14 in Cali.

Current celeb moms-to-be singer Gwen Stefani and designer Rachel Zoe attended with their little ones as did recent new mom (again) Busy Phillips of Cougar Town. 







The charity collects supplies and donations that are given to low income families, including new mothers and their babies.

Looks like a good time for a worthy cause.


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