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Does Laila Ali Really Put Being A Mom Fourth on Her List?

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I saw Refinery29’s feature on Laila Ali and was captivated by the headline which read, “Why World-Famous Boxer Laila Ali Puts Being A Mom 4th On Her List.”

Interesting because a lot of women put motherhood in front of everything else in their lives, including ahead of themselves and their own dreams and aspirations.

So, to read a headline that insinuates a famous actress and boxer prioritizes motherhood so far down on her list, is eye catching (and click worthy).

Indeed, the feature focuses on Ali’s work on encouraging and empowering other women and mothers to not sacrifice ther hopes after they become moms.

“The 39-year-old mother of two is in New York with T.J. Maxx (a Refinery29 sponsor) promoting her role in the brand’s Maxx You initiative, which is aimed at helping women shrug off the stereotypes that hold us back,” writer Laura Norkin notes.

Though, ironically shortly after, Norkin pens that nothing about Ali “flashing a French manicure, palest pink pedicure, and a bright-red bodycon dress that can barely contain the face-bashing biceps for which she is most known” says “mom.”

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Well I know plenty of moms that fit this description, individually and collectively, but she’s right, society doesn’t equate sensuality, femininity and physical  strength with motherhood. It should.

And for the record, Ali didn’t say she put motherhood fourth in order of her priorities, rather when asked the ways she self-identifies, Ali simply named “mom” fourth.

“I’m a professional boxer, athlete, entrepreneur, mom; now cooking enthusiast coming out with a cookbook.”

Later she adds that she also has a podcast, Norkin writes.

Really, the headline was literally accurate in that she did list it fourth but to me, naming it fourth doesn’t make it fourth in order of Ali’s focus. So realistically, it is misleading.

But I get it.

The point of the Maxx You Initiaive is to encourage women to shield whatever obstacles hold them back.

“Despite the stereotype of motherhood as an all-consuming identity, I know many people who’ve achieved new levels of career success after having children. I’m wondering if you relate to that experience at all,”  Ali says.

“I think in general people assume that when you have children, that’s all you are — a mom, and that’s actually not true. You can be a mother and still pursue your dreams.”

Ali will be hosting the Maxx You workshop later this summer alongside Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran; 80 selected online applicants will receive a cash prize and personal mentorship from the two.

 

Parents: 2019 Espy Red Carpet Arrivals

The 2019 Espy Awards celebrating sports phenoms went down last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California

Among those attended were several of the moms and parents featured in Bellyitch in the past including, singer/model Ciara and her husband Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Ciara donned her signature slick dark colored gown with cut outs with Giuseppe Zanotti heels.

Also in attendance was boxer, author and entrepreneur Laila Ali.

Brand new parents actress and America’s Got Talent newest judge Gabrielle Union and her husband NBA player Dwayne Wade. Union wore a short lace dress by Raisa Vanessa and Jimmy Choo heels.

New mom Allyson Felix didn’t showed up and out in a neon yellow crop top with matching pants.

13 Celebrities who Run their Own Very Cool Mom Blog

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Some Mom bloggers have influence status like celebrities and then some celebrities too have flipped the script and have become well-known for running pretty awesome mom blogs where they talk about more than just themselves.

They cover parenting, fashion, recipes, and a bunch of the topics you’d see discussed on the average mom blog. Refreshing!

Here is a list of 13 celebrity moms who have really really great blogs that are great resources!

  1. Ayesha Curry- Foodie Blog Ayesha Curry
  2. Bethenny Frankel – Bethenny Frankel

  3. Elizabeth Banks – Elizabeth Banks

  4. Felicity Huffman- What the Flicka

  5. Laila Ali – Laila Ali Lifestyle 

  6. Gwynth Paltrow – GOOP

  7. Ivanka Trump – Ivanka Trump

  8. Jessica Alba – Honestly Beautiful

  9. Molly Sims – Molly Sims

  10. Soleil Moon Frye – Moonfrye

  11. Tamera Mowry Housley- Tamara Mowry

  12. Tori Spelling – Tori Spelling

  13. Zooey Deschannel – Hello Giggles

Go check them out and subscribe to their newsletters so you are alerted when they are updated with great new content!

2014 Soul Train Music Awards Weekend: Celeb Mamas (Photos)

This weekend was the 2014 Soul Train Centric Awards Weekend at the Orleans Arena Stage in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We spotted several Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums at various pre, show and post-show events.  Tamar Braxton Herbert stopped by the pre-event gifting suite and graced the style stage and sang her hit song. She had various outfit changes through  the night.
New mom Lil Kim walked the red carpet and rocked the stage. 


Erica Campbell of Mary Mary looked fab on the red carpet as did actress, ex-boxer Laila Ali
Yesterday, November 8th Tisha Campbell-Martin accepted an award during the Centric Comedy event which also featured Bellyitch 2nd time dad-to-be Donald Faison.


The show was pre-taped and will air on Centric on November 30, 2014. 


Check out some of the pics from the weekend. 

Bonus. Not a bumpwatch alum but an international soca star from my husband’s native Trinidad and Tobago, Machel Montano, won for Best International Performance.

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2014 ESPY Awards: Bellyitch Alums on the Red Carpet

Some of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums looked stunning while on the red carpet and attending the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theater in L.A. Live at  Wednesday, July 16 in Los Angeles, California.
Above former boxer, TV personality and model Laila Ali was glowing in an electric blue Michael Costello  dress on the carpet while posing with her husband Curtis Conway.

Jessica Alba was fab in vintage Elie Saab with Melissa Kaye jewels, and rings by  Graziela Gems  while presenting with Russell Wilson on stage.

Former WNBA star Lisa Leslie was a winner in this stunning flowing multi color DeanZign Couture dress.

GORG!

photos: Getty

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Celebrity ‘Selfie’ Showdown: In the Gym and Make-Up less (Bumpwatch Class of 2011)

Today, we’re taking a trip down memory lane and are checking out what the ladies who we “bumpwatched” in 2011 have been up to. What better way to do this than a Selfie showdown.

Enjoy these photos of self-portraits these celebrity moms who were expecting and/or gave birth in 2011. Which is your favorite?
Alessandra Ambrosio is our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum who is most repinned on our Pinterest account.

Alyssa Milano is again preggers and promoting the new season of her ABC show Mistresses.

Mary Mary‘s Erica Campbell took time to pray with a fan then pose in a selfie with her.

Fantasia Barino gets her post gym selfie on

 

Ivanka Trump before heading out to a formal event

 

Jessica Alba is also getting her work-out on

 

Jessica Simpson posed up with a 2013 alum CaCee Cobb.

 

Country singer Jewel in a jewel-tone emerald shirt.

 

Kim Zolciak Biermann and her daughter Brielle look like twins.

 

Laila Ali was showing her super fit former pro-Boxer bod while working out

Singer Lily Allen is sticking with  the bangs and pony look on tour.

 

Melanie Brown looks great sans make up while being photobombed by her daughters.

 

Nia Long was posing with her son during a trip to DC

 

P!nk too selfie posed with her child. 

 

Meanwhile, Rachel Zoe was posing with a pal.

 

Reese Witherspoon is going natural as well while on set for her new movie. 

Sofia Vergara was giving us the windswept look.

 

Tia Mowry Hardrict also gave us the natural glow of her gorgeous face

Tori Spelling supporting her Beverly Hills 90120 pal Jennie Garth upon the release of Garth’s latest book.

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Ten hot Isabella Oliver Maternity Pieces to Buy NOW

Spring is around the corner but the temperatures are still chilly. If you are still building out your maternity wardrobe this pregnancy, Bellyitch Blog invites you to consider making a purchase from our partner and affiliate, Isabella Oliver which is having a 15% off sale going on now thru March 14 for Bellyitch Blog readers! Enter code SAVE125 at checkout and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on orders over $89. 
Here are 10 of some of our favorite pieces from the British designer label that has been seen on many of the UK and US’s hottest celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Ivanka Trump, Myleene Klass, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Laila Ali, Ali Larter, Tia Mowry and more. 
Take a look! Happy Shopping!



Isabella Oliver Pianna Maternity Shirt Dress

New this season, the Pianna Shirt Dress is a modern classic for easy yet smart springtime styling. Complete with collar and rolled-up sleeves that have a chic button tab detail, it has all the appeal of a structured shirt while remaining feminine thanks to its empire waist and belt ties. The dress is designed in an unlined viscose for optimum comfort. Team with trainers for an off duty vibe or add ballet flats for an easy yet stylish workwear option.

Isabella Oliver Scala Maternity Stripe Dress
Such a great style for spring, the Scala Stripe Dress offers your wardrobe a fresh look with all the benefits of its knee skimming length, and long sleeves. In our iconic soft signature jersey, its washing and wearability is of the very highest standard. Boasting ruched detailing throughout the silhouette for stretch and design interest, it’s a perfect piece for elegant off-duty styling. Looks great teamed with loafers or trainers. 

Isabella Oliver Eva Knit Waistcoat
Easy, stylish and so versatile, this sleeveless knit is destined to become a wardrobe essential. With its relaxed fit and draped front, it looks effortless thrown over a maternity T-shirt or tank. This piece has a self-tie belt and has been designed in a merino wool blend for a luxuriously soft feel. This style works particularly well during pregnancy, nursing and post pregnancy.





Isabella Oliver Seville Tunic Maternity Dress 

New this season the Seville Tunic in the exotic palette of Bali Blue and Citrus is a gorgeous everyday style with a bright new season feel. Designed in thicker Ponte jersey for a more tailored look, it boasts an exposed zip running from its neckline to an empire waist with pleats falling simply over the bump. Sitting just above the elbow, the sleeves are a lovely summer length. Team with ballet flats, a satchel and a great pair of sunglasses for effortless city dressing.

Isabella Oliver Carla Maternity Dress
As a mid-length style designed in our silky luxe jersey, the Carla Dress offers the best in occasionwear styling with the appeal of everyday wearability. Benefitting from a self-lined back to help hide lingerie lines, it features a cross over front detail at the bust and a twisted knot allowing the fabric to fall over the bump. A great piece for day-to-night styling, wear with pumps and a blazer.

Isabella Oliver Allegra Maternity Dress 
The  flattering Allegra Dress is unlined and airy which makes it perfect for summer parties. Featuring a collar band to which the jersey is gathered and a button closure at the centre back, the dress then fastens with an obi belt above the bump. The belt is a removable feature so styling is up to you creating optimum versatility. Team with flat strappy sandals and sunglasses for an effortless elegance. 

Isabella Oliver Ruched One Shoulder Maternity Dress 

Wow! This Ruched One-Shoulder Dress is such a stunning piece, you’re guaranteed to make a style splash. Offering the ultimate in asymmetric elegance, it combines our signature ruche detail with a sexy one shoulder that’s perfect for special occasions and parties. This season, choose from classic Black Caviar and Dahlia Pink. Team with a killer heel and a beautiful clutch and make that entrance.

Isabella Oliver Serafina Maternity Dress

Every pregnancy wardrobe needs a simple go-anywhere dress and our Serafina Dress with its soft v neck dress, beautiful empire waist and closure that ties at the side seams is just that. A flattering style for any stage of your pregnancy, choose from Dark Grey Melange and Iris Blue. Team with a simple court shoe for a clean and minimal look.

Isabella Oliver Maternity Pencil Skirt

Our Classic Maternity Pencil Skirt in thick Ponte jersey has a deep waistband for optimum comfort. Finishing just below the knee it follows your curves beautifully while allowing for ease of movement. Wear with our crisp white maternity shirt for a polished look or choose one of our tees for a less formal appeal.

 Oliver Sophie Zip Coat

The only coat you’ll need this season, the Sophie Zip Coat offers minimal styling and an oversize fold-down zip collar

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Kerry Washington & celeb moms rock the 7th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon (PHOTOS)



   

Mom-to-be Kerry Washington and some of our past Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms and other mothers looked absolutely radiant gracing the red carpet and ballroom of the Beverly Hilton for the Essence magazine 7th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards luncheon.
The event honored Lupita Nyong’o, filmmaker and first African American woman to win the  Sundance Best Director award Ava DuVernay and film marketing exec Cheryl Boone Isaacs
This is my absolute FAVORITE look of all time on Washington this award-season and pregnancy. That cobalt blue Calvin Klein off the shoulder asymmetrical sheath dress matched perfectly with her complexion. The loose ringlets fell perfectly along her face with the matte look and soft nude lips. I loved the simple black Jimmy Choo  pumps.  And the Emm Kuo clutch set off the look perfectly. She accented the ensemble with an EF Collection ring and House of Lavande earrings. Lovely!
Other red carpet moms bringing the bright reds, roses and oranges included:

Brandy, Tamar Mowry-Housley, Salli Richardson and Garcelle Beauvais

Looking fab in White, Black, Grey and Neutrals was …

Holly Robinson-Peete, Laila Ali, Chaka Khan and Regina King

Essence had a photo booth on site where guests did cute and fun poses…

Garcelle Beauvais, Salli Richardson, Regina King and Vanessa Bell Calloway; Niecy Nash, Tichina Arnold does over the top diva; Laila Ali frames the picture and Holly Robinson-Pete gives pretty face time. 

 Behind the Scenes

Kim Whitfield, Angela Bassett and Holly Robinson-Peete take a selfie

It’s Uhuru! Well really actress Nichelle Nichols looking fab

Awww Oprah hugs TV host Tanika Ray‘s pregnant belly. Cute

 

Tischina Arnold instagrammed fun pics

photo: Instagram, Zimbio, Michael Rowe for Essence, Starcast, Essence.com

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30 New Year’s Eve Greetings & PHOTOS from Celeb Bellyitch Moms

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It’s been a wonderful year for many of our past, current and recent Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms and moms-to-be. Several of them have been enjoying the holidays celebrating with their first babies and their families. And of course, they’re amped to share the love and the moment with their fans and followers in social media.
We assembled 30 tweets, WhoSay, Instagram and Facebook shares including photos and well wishes and greetings that some of our favorite celeb moms shared in social media for the New Year!
Enjoy!

 Adrienne Bosh rung it in with her hubby Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and their friends, including recently engaged Gabrielle Union and Heat player Dwayne Wade.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez was showing off on her Facebook page  the fact that she’s still one of the hottest chicks in the game. You know, randomly chilling on the IRT.

Bey and Jay were doing the wifey/hubby thing via her IG page

Eva Marcille shared this awesome inspirational 2014 poster on her Instagram Page

Fergie was looking like she didn’t just drop a baby months prior in this black sequinned catsuit she rocked out in during NYE
Tamara Mowry-Housley rung in the new year with her hubby and their friends.

Tamar Braxton-Herbert lamented on her shows, baby, multiple Grammy nominations and amazing year via IG

Rasheeda looked fab heading out for the night

Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman sent greetings via IG

 

Monica shared some inspirational messages about what she wishes for her fans and followers.

Kim Kardashian was marveling her amazing year which included a new baby and a fat 15 carat engagement ring

Jaime King got all controversial with it, sharing a firm kiss with our Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom from the past, her bestie Selma Blair with Blair’s son sandwiched in between.

Holly Madison went throwback and shared tons of pics from her FairyTale wedding to fiance Pasquale Rotella and this photo of her looking like a Ballerina.

Laila Ali run in the New Year as a bridesmaid in her sister’s wedding, pictured here with her children.
Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Rasheeda rang in her New Year with another 2013 Bumpwatch mom, Phaedra Parks of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.





             Aubumn Reeser shared photos of her New Year’s baby, her second child. Too sweet.                            
Courtney Lopez had fun playing a joke about having too much fun in NYE.
Rochelle Humes from The Saturdays shared a Flipagram of her celebration with her hubby Marvin Humes and friends.