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#NYFW: Rachel Zoe X Honest Beauty {Get the Runway Looks}

 

This is New York Fashion Week.

The iconic week of runway shows, parties, glamour and glitz gave a couple of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, Rachel Zoe and Jessica Alba, a perfect opportunity to collab.

For Rachel Zoe Spring 2019 Collection show held on Tuesday night, Alba’s new cosmetic line, Honest Beauty, made up the models who walked the runways to Zoe’s show.



“I am so excited to have Honest Beauty partner with the Rachel Zoe Collection since both brands are all about achieving an effortless, chic style” Alba shared about the look that her lead makeup artist  Monika Blunder created.  “I especially love the look that she did on the eyes using the Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Palette. The palette is foolproof and has versatile shades that are perfect for taking your look from Summer to Fall.”

Honest Beauty lead makeup artist Monika Blunder offered some deets on the look she gave the girls.

“I wanted to create a fresh-faced, Parisian inspired look utilizing monochromatic pink shades that are subtle and allow your skin to shine through,” Blunder said of her inspiration for the look. “I’m obsessed with how chic the lips are in this look – I just added the Honest Beauty lip crayon to the center of the pout and blended outward to achieve that effortless, flushed look.”

If you want to create a similar look, here’s how it broke down:

FOR THE SKIN:

  • Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99)
  • Elevated Hydration Mist ($13.99)
  • Everyday Radiance Moisturizer ($27.99)

Tip: Start and finish your makeup with a spritz of the Elevated Hydration Mist to condition and soothe the skin and lock in moisture.

FOR THE EYES:

  • Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer ($14.99)
  • Eyeshadow Palette ($19.99)

Tip: Brighten up your eyes by sweeping Iced Cotton across your entire lid for a shimmery base followed by the Matte Plum from lash line to crease and a touch of Soft Bronze on the outer corners. Mix and smudge all three shades across the lower lash line and finish with a coat of the Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer.

From the show: Sarah Wright Olsen, Sara Foster, Jennifer Meyer, Rachel Zoe, Jessica Alba, Kelly Sawyer, Erin Foster

FOR THE COMPLEXION:

  • Everything Primer Matte ($21.99)
  • Everything Cream Foundation ($21.99)
  • Invisible Blurring Loose Powder ($19.99)
  • Creme Cheek Blush in Peony Pink ($12.99)
  • Luminizing Powder in Midnight Reflection ($19.99)

Tip: Before applying foundation, start with the Everything Primer Matte to ensure your skin is shining in all the right places.

FOR THE LIPS:

  • Magic Beauty Balm ($12.99)
  • Lip Crayon Demi-Matte in Fig ($12.99)

Tip: Glide on a flush of color using the Lip Crayon in Demi-Matte Fig and complete with a tap of Magic Balm for a glossy finish (Apply any extra Magic Balm on Honest Beauty products are available at Honest.com, Target.com and select Target retail locations

Rachel Zoe’s New Lifetime Fashion Review Show is Nicer than ‘Fashion Police’

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Rachel Zoe is back on TV hosting a weekly fashion review program on Lifetime Television called Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe. It premiered on September 24th. It is like Fashion Police meets Watch What Happens Live. But she says it is nicer.

Each week, Zoe and her co-host fashion insider and Vanity Fair‘s Man On The Street, Derek Blasberg, her  husband Rodger Berman, and their celebrity friends, meet up to talk fashion and review the week’s red carpet and celebrity street style.

It also reminds me a bit of the show on E! that I loved that Kristin Cavallari co-hosted, The FabulistI’m not sure if it returned because I haven’t seen new episodes.

Anyway, back to Zoe.  On the second show, the celebrity stylist turned designer interviews another Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum, Molly Sims.

During her 10 questions segment, Sims reveals she is always late and her favorite hashtag is #MomLife. She answers other rapid fire questions. Watch!

This coming Thursday, tune in to see her joined by another one of her friends and another Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum, Nicole Richie!

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And another Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Jessica Alba popped in for the first episode.

Watch Zoe chat about the show and why it is different from other fashion talk shows out there now on a recent episode of Access Hollywood.

 The show airs Thursdays at 10:30 pm ET.

Rachel Zoe Inspired Fall Looks in Budget, Moderate & Splurge pricepoints!



If you are pregnant this fall and scrambling to find chic outfits to assemble for the season, we recommend looking to the stylish looks that we’ve seen on designer and celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe during her second pregnancy. We selected one of her looks that she wore during her first two trimesters of her second pregnancy. 
Below, we offer a look for a 1st to 2nd trimester preginista in three price points: budget, moderate and splurge (high). Take a look and get inspired!
RACHEL ZOE INSPIRATION- BUDGET
Sveva, Asos, Rock & Republic, Forever 21
Rachel Zoe inspired maternity for a first to second trimester preginista in a budget-price point range
Approx.: $150
RACHEL ZOE INSPIRATION- MODERATE
T-Bags, Free People, MICHAEL Michael Kors
Rachel Zoe inspired maternity for a first to second trimester preginista in a moderate-price point range
Approx: $750
Approx: $ 5,000

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The Zoe Report’s Summer 2017 Box of Style Summer Unboxing

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It seems like everyone is getting into the fashion subscription business. However, one of the more successful boxes has been one curated by our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Rachel Zoes style brand, The Zoe Report Box of Style. 

For about $349.99 for the year, or $99.99 per quarter,  subscribers are delighted with items hand-picked by celebrity stylist, designer and talk show host, Rachel Zoë.

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The plus about her box is that there is an item in each box valued at $100 minimum.  Friends at The Zoe Report sent me one complimentary box, its Summer 2017 version, to check out and I must say, it was quite exciting to receive the box in the mail.

As a regular reader and subscriber to The Zoe Report, I am aware of the great regular style and trend advice the editors dispensed, so I was prepared to be wowed by the items in the box. As anticipated, each of the items I pulled out of the box met my standards and expectations.

Inside was an amazing array of fabulous items valued at over $400!!! Wow! So it really is worth the value.  The box contained:

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‪A cool woven straw Panama Hat from Sole Society with whimsical poms on the brim, valued at about $30 retail.  This hat stylishly shades your face from the sun. It looks stunning over tousled hair, and styled with off-duty outfits.

‪California brand Raen contributed an exclusive pair of tortoise shell Durante sunglasses  (valued at $150). They come in jet black as well for Box of Style subscribers .

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‪A soft, lightweight floral Helena Quinn Kimono  (valued at around $165) that can be worn on the beach at the pool, casually with cutoffs on the weekend or over trousers and a light blouse at work. Love! Love!!

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‪BeautyCounter protect sunscreen stick, a lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen formulated with non-nano zinc oxide to blend seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays.  It goes on sheer‬. (valued at $32)

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Also by ‪BeautyCounter, the Color Pinch Cream B lusher that can be worn on the lip or cheeks. (valued at $37). It brightens cheeks with natural, dewy color. Jojoba ester and carnauba wax condition and hydrate skin, making the smooth, non-sticky formula easy to apply on the go.

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‪The Brave Collection‘ s 14K gold plate compass necklace, with the proceeds going towards helping stop human trafficking. The sterling silver or gold vermeil version cost $115)

Fab! I love it all! What a great deal for such amazing and quality products and I couldn’t help but put them ALL on at the same time! Look!

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Check out my official unboxing and I plan to add photos from wearing these items this week to this post later.

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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Here are the Strollers Celeb and Posh Moms Use

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It has been 10 years since I last posted the annual Bellyitch Most Expensive Strollers post. It was a yearly blog post staple and used to get tons of traffic because, honestly, I think people, generally, are obsessed with knowing what baby items are used and coveted by the super wealthy and celebrities.

Since the last post, a few stroller companies have gone out of business. RIP to Orbit, Maclaren and newer brands 4Moms and iCandy, which were once considered “it” strollers in their day but no longer manufacture luxury strollers.

In 2013, I published the list as part of the Bellyitch 100, a book of the top crib makers, maternity wear designers, stroller makers and baby clothes brands.

You can get your Free Copy of The Bellyitch 100 here!

Anyway, so I used to publish the Most Expensive Strollers list at a time when I was raising a young family and brands would boast that they were on the list.

My social circle at the time included professional working women, stay-at-home moms, and mom bloggers, several who were affluent and looked at the stroller as a status symbol.

Here is another secret about what happens among moms at the park, at the school pick up lot, in the mall and other social places where mommies congregate. They check out what strollers they’re pushing a baby or child in and make judgments.

Yes, there is a definite hierarchy in quality of strollers and believe me when I tell you that certainly check out what stroller another mom’s child is being pushed in and make judgments.

When I was raising my children as a young lawyer, I went through 6 strollers, which is a low number considering many of my friends at the tiem had way more.

Our first stroller was a Peg Perego  which converts from a baby carriage or pram to a push stroller. At the time, it was among the best. Then, when my first born turned into a toddler, we ordered the Inglesina Swift umbrella stroller from the Italian stroller manufacturer. It had a great run!

To pair with the Inglesina, a sturdy Italian brand, we got a lower cost Combi umbrella stroller for travel, a stroller we could beat up which was so much less that so that we wouldn’t mind if it got lost by the airline or damaged during travel.

Then, when I was expecting baby #2, I got as an amazing shower gift from my co-workers at my old job: a Peg Prerego Aria double stroller!

By the time baby number 3 rolled around, the Inglesina had hit the dirt, we left the Combi on some island we visited for vacation once and we had loaned out the Peg Perego Buggy to relatives who didn’t take good care of it.

The wheels on the double gave out and we opted to give to Goodwill rather than try to fix it or get the company to repair it.

B.O.B.

We opted for a lesss expensive Graco Snug Ride for Baby #3 and a B.OB. jogging stroller (the air-filled jogger stroller with hand activated rear wheel brakes that can ride smooth on any terrain) when I was ready to get back in shape.

Now, while we didn’t get any of them to make a statement, I have had many moms and dads comment on the pricier high end ones while walking in the parks, malls etc. People are always looking for a status symbol and there is a preconception that most expensive means the best!

It’s no wonder, you can see celebrities strolling their children in many of those on this list. The celebrities know that too. That is why Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony sued Silver Cross from publishing on their website an unauthorized endorsement which featured a People magazine photo of them pushing their twins in two Silver Cross prams.

People flock to buy whatever celebrities purchase and that stroller companies know that endorsement mean lots for their bottom line.

Anyhoo, on to the list. Of course, as a disclaimer, this list is not exhaustive. As usual, this list is based on my own personal research and I urge readers to point out other vehicles that should grace this list. Certainly, I would amend the post to reflect corrections.

In the meantime, check out this year’s list of “it” strollers pushed by the most Poshest of moms and celebs out there (I’m updating this list with a few more after the initial post so come back and ping me on Twitter if you don’t see one you think should be on this list)

SILVER CROSS

DESCRIPTION: For over 128 years, Silver Cross has been handcrafting traditional prams in Northern England. This hallmark company is known for being pushed by Royals in the UK and across Europe and beyond.

The Silver Cross Balmoral Pram model boasts three coats of high shine lacquer, English leather and is painted by hand and individually numbered.

GET IT FOR: $5,000 at the company website

There is another less expensive line you can get for $4,025 from an exclusive line of Aston Martin Silver Cross strollers.

If you like the look of a British pram but not the funds to shell out $5,000, you can still get the Limited Edition Doll Pram from Harrod’s for just $902

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Geri Halliwell Horner (“Ginger Spice”), Nicky Hilton

MIMA

DESCRIPTION: Mima® is an established Dutch designer and manufacturer of strollers and high chairs and a favorite brand for European new parents that want high-end design, functionality and a very chic aesthetic.

This relatively new entrant to the market makes a very functional and innovative stroller that features a patented “carrycot inside” system.

The popular Xari Black Chassis Stroller can be used as a carrycot or as a stroller and comes with a reversible seat that allows your baby to face you or the world ahead. It has one of those super fancy simple fold mechanism. It is very stylish and chic and has a design that grows with your child and provides enhanced convenience for parents.

CELEBRITY OWNERS:  Kourtney Kardashian, Alex Curran Gerard

CYBEX

DESCRIPTION: CYBEX delivers Versatile, elegant and convenient line of top-notched quality strollers, many that features a reversible seat, one-hand seat recline, and a quick-fold chassis usually in an ultra premium, lightweight design that adapts to your growing family’s changing needs. This American-made Massachusetts company makes renowned products.

The Cybex Priam Cherub Stroller is part of the Cybex Platinum Priam range in collaboration with renowned designer Jeremy Scott, this 3-in-1 stroller has been made from high-quality fabrics with a smart, luxe appearance. Its flexible frame can be turned into a travel system with matching carry cot, combined with one of the brand’s award-winning infant car seats, or transformed into a luxurious stroller sporting a reversible seat unit. A vibrant cherub print and golden wing attachments offer a heavenly touch to suit your little angel.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Serena Williams, Rosamund Pike, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Wilde, Irina Shayk 

STOKKE

DESCRIPTION: The StokkE brand of stroller is an “it” stroller indeed. And about a decade ago, this Norweigian company’s strollers slowly replaced the Bugaboo as the favorite or wannabes, posers and the nouveau riche. The babies inside these strollers are decked out in mini-adult Designer clothes. The diamonds on the hands of the moms pushing these things can put your eye out, I mean the shine is that bright. And they are being folded and thrown in the back of Land Rovers. Pretentious? Naaaah! Their owners just appreciate a gorgeous quality crafted stroller, that’s all (wink).

The Stokke™ Xplory® Complete baby stroller is the only stroller you’ll ever need to buy! The Stokke Xplory Complete is an innovative urban stroller that adapts to your changing needs.

CELEBRITY OWNER: Chris Hemsworth, Sienna Miller, Stacey Keibler

BUGABOO

DESCRIPTION: This Dutch company has had a major mark in the business since the early 1990s. The strollers Bugaboo manufacture guarantee a full of smooth ride, no matter the surface, city street or bumpy park. The brand has long been considered a posh status symbol and continues.

The classic Donkey buggy is fully loaded with push handle to shift the wheels to tackle any terrain, 5 harness straps, multiple recline position, a spacious under carriage bassinet, as well as a reversible, fully reclining seat.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Leelee Sobieski, Amy Poehler, Julianna Marguiles, Jon Stewart, Matthew McConaughey and Gwen Stefani 

PHIL & TED’S

DESCRIPTION:  Phil & Ted’s is a small New Zealand company that has made children’s products for over 20 years and about a decade ago was known for its super sturdy brand of tough terrain buggies and strollers for the rugged athletic and sports enthusiast parent who takes baby out on jobs and mountain hikes. It is still the market but has retreated to a smaller share given new competitors on the market.

Its Sport Stroller line feature a smart handle with one touch brake, smart fold, aluminum frame, and top quality tough, washable cloth.

CELEBRITY OWNERS:  Jessica Alba and Cash Warren, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts

JOOLZ

DESCRIPTION: Joolz is a very new entrant to the market. This Australian company hinges its products on sustainable and eco-friendly renewable design and materials.

The Joolz Geo² Studio Complete Stroller features a modular design that offers 3 different configurations that make it the ultimate stroller for any family adventure. The award-winning design captures ergonomic comfort, ease, style, and maneuverability. It can be used as a toddler stroller, a modern pram for newborns, and an infant car seat carrier

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Harry Judd, Carey Mulligan

UPPA BABY

DESCRIPTION:

Another American company is Boston, Massachussets-based UPPAbaby which makes innovative, high-quality strollers and car seats that fit the needs of parents, while appealing to the sense of style they’ve always had.

The VISTA convertible stroller allows for multiple configurations to transport up to three children, making it a great choice for growing families. The included bassinet features a longer, ventilated mattress, while the toddler seat is perfect as your little one grows. It has a telescoping handlebar and a large, easy-access under-seat basket that holds up to 30 lb. make the VISTA fuss-free for parents.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Katherine Heigl 

PEG PEREGO

DESCRIPTION: When I started having a family, the Peg Perego was the it stroller. It is an Italian family-owned brand which makes baby strollers, car seats, high chairs and kid-sized riding toys for children and babies all over the world.

The versatile and agile Duette Piroet inline double stroller by Peg Perego can easily pass through narrow places, folds compactly, and is travel system ready. Comes with two independent adjustable seats with reclining backrests and two-position footrests. Peg Perego Duette Piroet features a versatile and extremely agile Italian inline double stroller design that can easily go through narrow pathways and allows various seating configurations for twins or different age siblings

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Rachel Zoe, Minnie Driver, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum

BABYZEN

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DESCRIPTION: This is another relatively new arrival for city dwellers and traveling families. Babyzen manufactures and markets baby products and designs, produces, and sells collapsible baby strollers. Babyzen offers its produces to retailers throughout Europe and internationally.

The BABYZEN YOYO+ comes ready to roll, complete with the YOYO Newborn and Seat Color Pack Fabric Sets. The YOYO+ is an incredibly lightweight, compact stroller and steers easily even with one hand, allowing you to navigate corners and tight spaces. An underseat storage basket makes a convenient spot for on-the-go items, and an included travel bag is perfect for storage.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried , Justin Timberlake, Keira Knightly

QUINNY

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DESCRIPTION: Yet another Dutch stroller manufacturer whose name has been synonymous with top quality is Quinny. This company is among Europe’s most respected stroller brand and set the standard for engineering, design and trendsetting style.The Quinny line offers clever solutions for the confident parent of today; solutions that are made with parents and their lifestyles in mind.  Stroll with ease and in stylish comfort with the rugged and innovative

The Quinny Mood Stroller features a unique hydraulic system that automatically unfolds stroller, plus never-flat, all-terrain tires that allow you and baby to conquer any terrain.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Allyson Hannigan, Ali Landry

AUSTLEN

DESCRIPTION: This is another American baby product company. The Austin, Texas company boasts a staff of in-house engineers, mostly made up of parents, that make products to accommodate the daily lives and frustrations of new moms and dads. They’ve stopped at nothing to create intuitive, purpose-driven, well-made products that make family life easier and more fun — giving parents more freedom to live in the moment without being overwhelmed by more and more.

The flagship model, the Entourage, is perfect for families on-the-go. This one-handed expandable frame has three positions, 5 recline positions, a market tote and expandable lower storage area, giving you the freedom to travel anywhere in comfort.

 

THULE

DESCRIPTION 

Thule is an established Swedish outdoors and transportation products manufacturer that is a leader in cargo carriers for automobiles. It recently expanded to get into the stroller biz.

The Thule Sleek is a stylish stroller for on-the-go travel adventures with the ever-innovative, marvelously multifunctional which features a ventilated canopy, a convenient window, a reversible seat, generous seating options and more.

 

MAXI-COSI

DESCRIPTION: Another Dutch company is Maxi-Cosi which started in the 1980s as one of Europe’s first permiere car seat manufacturers. It has since expanded and updated its quality of strollers to the point that is competes with the other exquisite brands out here.

Travel everywhere with ease with the Lila Modular Stroller is a convenient, compact and extra comfortable, making it great for dining out, shopping or vacation that is good with maneuverability and can accommodate an infant seat. It’s perfect for a growing family because it can easily turn into a dual stroller.

BABY JOGGER

DESCRIPTION This Richmond, Virginia-based company launched one of the first jogging strollers in the 1980s. It designs and manufactures jogging strollers and all-terrain strollers and offers strollers and joggers, such as urban use and three wheeled all-terrain strollers; and accessories. The company also provides dependable push chairs for children and adults with physical disabilities.

The City Select LUX is a rugged yet streamlined stroller features an extra seat with a telescoping handlebar adjusts to just the right height, while the hand-operated decelerating and parking brake provides additional peace of mind.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Toby McGuire, Ellen Pompeo, Elizabeth Banks, Miranda Kerr

NUNA

DESCRIPTION: This Dutch company started out as a baby furniture maker and expanded to strollers. Today, it is a premiere must-have stroller for the upper echelon. I love the logo.

The Nuna MIXX Travel System includes a stroller and the company’s featherlight PIPA Lite LX Car Seat which makes one superb travel system. An ideal set for you, but especially for your little one.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Gwen Stefani, Molly Sims, Jaime King

There you have it! Good luck stroller shop or social climbing, whatever floats your boat!

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Spring Style: 1 Top Styled 6 Ways

I was admiring some of the “How to Wear” pins on Pinterest and realized that few of them feature women who look like me and with my body size and shape.

So I decided to fill the void and create my own starting with this post on how to rock an orange off-the-shoulder peasant top.

I got mine from H&M which is now just $9.99 down from originally $24.99 or you can get a similar one by Rachel Zoe here or a more casual ASOS design here. and a youthful shorter cropped one also from H&M here or a plus size option here.

I styled it several ways and here are a few ways to pull it of.

CASUAL:

Pair it with cropped denim distressed jeans or cuff a pair of jeans you already own. I’m wearing American Eagle but you can get a similar jeans here and for a lower price point here. I dressed it down with quilted black Sperry loafers (similar style) and here is a similar brand for less or (splurge on Tod’s) and carried a signature Dooney & Bourke leather and canvas monogram logo hobo bag (which you can purchase here for just $60!

SPORTY

For the sporty version, I wore the shirt with a pair of black Nike running pants, (similar style for less) and opted for white sole black high tops (go big with Balenciagas) with a floral mini backpack (similar by AD Sutton) and cropped distressed army green jacket (similar lower price by SHEIN)!

WEEKENDER

A simple overcoat completes the casual look during cooler temps, during weekenders or while out and about running errands when layers are essential. Get this exact Amanda Smith creamsicle colored trench from my Poshmark store for just $45. (or similar a little pricier or here by Express)

OFFICE

A grey cardigan by Forever 21 worn over the black Theory pants (get similar by H&M for lower price) with pointy toed patent leather pumps with metal buckle accents (similar) made this look acceptable for the office on casual Friday or any day of the week to be honest.

HAPPY HOUR

I can swap out the cardigan for my black Calvin Klein faux fur ribbed sweater (similar for less) and the pumps for black leather slouch boots (get similar for less or here) and a leather fanny pack and I’m ready to meet up with friends at a happy hour or to catch an outdoor wine festival or concert.

It’s a really great a versatile way to squeeze in color into a usually gray and blah wardrobe! It’s also perfect for Spring!

The ‘It’ Posh Moms Strollers List of 2019

It has been 10 years since I last posted the annual Bellyitch Most Expensive Strollers post. It was a yearly blog post staple and used to get tons of traffic because, honestly, I think people, generally, are obsessed with knowing what baby items are used and coveted by the super wealthy and celebrities.

Since the last post, a few stroller companies have gone out of business. RIP to Orbit, Maclaren and newer brands 4Moms and iCandy, which were once considered “it” strollers in their day but no longer manufacture luxury strollers.

In 2013, I published the list as part of the Bellyitch 100, a book of the top crib makers, maternity wear designers, stroller makers and baby clothes brands.

You can get your Free Copy of The Bellyitch 100 here!

Anyway, so I used to publish the Most Expensive Strollers list at a time when I was raising a young family and brands would boast that they were on the list.

My social circle at the time included professional working women, stay-at-home moms, and mom bloggers, several who were affluent and looked at the stroller as a status symbol.

Here is another secret about what happens among moms at the park, at the school pick up lot, in the mall and other social places where mommies congregate. They check out what strollers they’re pushing a baby or child in and make judgments.

Yes, there is a definite hierarchy in quality of strollers and believe me when I tell you that certainly check out what stroller another mom’s child is being pushed in and make judgments.

When I was raising my children as a young lawyer, I went through 6 strollers, which is a low number considering many of my friends at the tiem had way more.

Our first stroller was a Peg Perego  which converts from a baby carriage or pram to a push stroller. At the time, it was among the best. Then, when my first born turned into a toddler, we ordered the Inglesina Swift umbrella stroller from the Italian stroller manufacturer. It had a great run!

To pair with the Inglesina, a sturdy Italian brand, we got a lower cost Combi umbrella stroller for travel, a stroller we could beat up which was so much less that so that we wouldn’t mind if it got lost by the airline or damaged during travel.

Then, when I was expecting baby #2, I got as an amazing shower gift from my co-workers at my old job: a Peg Prerego Aria double stroller!

By the time baby number 3 rolled around, the Inglesina had hit the dirt, we left the Combi on some island we visited for vacation once and we had loaned out the Peg Perego Buggy to relatives who didn’t take good care of it.

The wheels on the double gave out and we opted to give to Goodwill rather than try to fix it or get the company to repair it.

B.O.B.

We opted for a lesss expensive Graco Snug Ride for Baby #3 and a B.OB. jogging stroller (the air-filled jogger stroller with hand activated rear wheel brakes that can ride smooth on any terrain) when I was ready to get back in shape.

Now, while we didn’t get any of them to make a statement, I have had many moms and dads comment on the pricier high end ones while walking in the parks, malls etc. People are always looking for a status symbol and there is a preconception that most expensive means the best!

It’s no wonder, you can see celebrities strolling their children in many of those on this list. The celebrities know that too. That is why Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony sued Silver Cross from publishing on their website an unauthorized endorsement which featured a People magazine photo of them pushing their twins in two Silver Cross prams.

People flock to buy whatever celebrities purchase and that stroller companies know that endorsement mean lots for their bottom line.

Anyhoo, on to the list. Of course, as a disclaimer, this list is not exhaustive. As usual, this list is based on my own personal research and I urge readers to point out other vehicles that should grace this list. Certainly, I would amend the post to reflect corrections.

In the meantime, check out this year’s list of “it” strollers pushed by the most Poshest of moms and celebs out there (I’m updating this list with a few more after the initial post so come back and ping me on Twitter if you don’t see one you think should be on this list)

SILVER CROSS

DESCRIPTION: For over 128 years, Silver Cross has been handcrafting traditional prams in Northern England. This hallmark company is known for being pushed by Royals in the UK and across Europe and beyond.

The Silver Cross Balmoral Pram model boasts three coats of high shine lacquer, English leather and is painted by hand and individually numbered.

GET IT FOR: $5,000 at the company website

There is another less expensive line you can get for $4,025 from an exclusive line of Aston Martin Silver Cross strollers.

If you like the look of a British pram but not the funds to shell out $5,000, you can still get the Limited Edition Doll Pram from Harrod’s for just $902

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Geri Halliwell Horner (“Ginger Spice”), Nicky Hilton

MIMA

DESCRIPTION: Mima® is an established Dutch designer and manufacturer of strollers and high chairs and a favorite brand for European new parents that want high-end design, functionality and a very chic aesthetic.

This relatively new entrant to the market makes a very functional and innovative stroller that features a patented “carrycot inside” system.

The popular Xari Black Chassis Stroller can be used as a carrycot or as a stroller and comes with a reversible seat that allows your baby to face you or the world ahead. It has one of those super fancy simple fold mechanism. It is very stylish and chic and has a design that grows with your child and provides enhanced convenience for parents.

CELEBRITY OWNERS:  Kourtney Kardashian, Alex Curran Gerard

CYBEX

DESCRIPTION: CYBEX delivers Versatile, elegant and convenient line of top-notched quality strollers, many that features a reversible seat, one-hand seat recline, and a quick-fold chassis usually in an ultra premium, lightweight design that adapts to your growing family’s changing needs. This American-made Massachusetts company makes renowned products.

The Cybex Priam Cherub Stroller is part of the Cybex Platinum Priam range in collaboration with renowned designer Jeremy Scott, this 3-in-1 stroller has been made from high-quality fabrics with a smart, luxe appearance. Its flexible frame can be turned into a travel system with matching carry cot, combined with one of the brand’s award-winning infant car seats, or transformed into a luxurious stroller sporting a reversible seat unit. A vibrant cherub print and golden wing attachments offer a heavenly touch to suit your little angel.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Serena Williams, Rosamund Pike, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Wilde, Irina Shayk 

STOKKE

DESCRIPTION: The StokkE brand of stroller is an “it” stroller indeed. And about a decade ago, this Norweigian company’s strollers slowly replaced the Bugaboo as the favorite or wannabes, posers and the nouveau riche. The babies inside these strollers are decked out in mini-adult Designer clothes. The diamonds on the hands of the moms pushing these things can put your eye out, I mean the shine is that bright. And they are being folded and thrown in the back of Land Rovers. Pretentious? Naaaah! Their owners just appreciate a gorgeous quality crafted stroller, that’s all (wink).

The Stokke™ Xplory® Complete baby stroller is the only stroller you’ll ever need to buy! The Stokke Xplory Complete is an innovative urban stroller that adapts to your changing needs.

CELEBRITY OWNER: Chris Hemsworth, Sienna Miller, Stacey Keibler

BUGABOO

DESCRIPTION: This Dutch company has had a major mark in the business since the early 1990s. The strollers Bugaboo manufacture guarantee a full of smooth ride, no matter the surface, city street or bumpy park. The brand has long been considered a posh status symbol and continues.

The classic Donkey buggy is fully loaded with push handle to shift the wheels to tackle any terrain, 5 harness straps, multiple recline position, a spacious under carriage bassinet, as well as a reversible, fully reclining seat.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Leelee Sobieski, Amy Poehler, Julianna Marguiles, Jon Stewart, Matthew McConaughey and Gwen Stefani 

PHIL & TED’S

DESCRIPTION:  Phil & Ted’s is a small New Zealand company that has made children’s products for over 20 years and about a decade ago was known for its super sturdy brand of tough terrain buggies and strollers for the rugged athletic and sports enthusiast parent who takes baby out on jobs and mountain hikes. It is still the market but has retreated to a smaller share given new competitors on the market.

Its Sport Stroller line feature a smart handle with one touch brake, smart fold, aluminum frame, and top quality tough, washable cloth.

CELEBRITY OWNERS:  Jessica Alba and Cash Warren, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts

JOOLZ

DESCRIPTION: Joolz is a very new entrant to the market. This Australian company hinges its products on sustainable and eco-friendly renewable design and materials.

The Joolz Geo² Studio Complete Stroller features a modular design that offers 3 different configurations that make it the ultimate stroller for any family adventure. The award-winning design captures ergonomic comfort, ease, style, and maneuverability. It can be used as a toddler stroller, a modern pram for newborns, and an infant car seat carrier

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Harry Judd, Carey Mulligan

UPPA BABY

DESCRIPTION:

Another American company is Boston, Massachussets-based UPPAbaby which makes innovative, high-quality strollers and car seats that fit the needs of parents, while appealing to the sense of style they’ve always had.

The VISTA convertible stroller allows for multiple configurations to transport up to three children, making it a great choice for growing families. The included bassinet features a longer, ventilated mattress, while the toddler seat is perfect as your little one grows. It has a telescoping handlebar and a large, easy-access under-seat basket that holds up to 30 lb. make the VISTA fuss-free for parents.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Katherine Heigl 

PEG PEREGO

DESCRIPTION: When I started having a family, the Peg Perego was the it stroller. It is an Italian family-owned brand which makes baby strollers, car seats, high chairs and kid-sized riding toys for children and babies all over the world.

The versatile and agile Duette Piroet inline double stroller by Peg Perego can easily pass through narrow places, folds compactly, and is travel system ready. Comes with two independent adjustable seats with reclining backrests and two-position footrests. Peg Perego Duette Piroet features a versatile and extremely agile Italian inline double stroller design that can easily go through narrow pathways and allows various seating configurations for twins or different age siblings

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Rachel Zoe, Minnie Driver, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum

BABYZEN

babyzen yoyo stroller

DESCRIPTION: This is another relatively new arrival for city dwellers and traveling families. Babyzen manufactures and markets baby products and designs, produces, and sells collapsible baby strollers. Babyzen offers its produces to retailers throughout Europe and internationally.

The BABYZEN YOYO+ comes ready to roll, complete with the YOYO Newborn and Seat Color Pack Fabric Sets. The YOYO+ is an incredibly lightweight, compact stroller and steers easily even with one hand, allowing you to navigate corners and tight spaces. An underseat storage basket makes a convenient spot for on-the-go items, and an included travel bag is perfect for storage.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried , Justin Timberlake, Keira Knightly

QUINNY

Quinny

DESCRIPTION: Yet another Dutch stroller manufacturer whose name has been synonymous with top quality is Quinny. This company is among Europe’s most respected stroller brand and set the standard for engineering, design and trendsetting style.The Quinny line offers clever solutions for the confident parent of today; solutions that are made with parents and their lifestyles in mind.  Stroll with ease and in stylish comfort with the rugged and innovative

The Quinny Mood Stroller features a unique hydraulic system that automatically unfolds stroller, plus never-flat, all-terrain tires that allow you and baby to conquer any terrain.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Allyson Hannigan, Ali Landry

AUSTLEN

DESCRIPTION: This is another American baby product company. The Austin, Texas company boasts a staff of in-house engineers, mostly made up of parents, that make products to accommodate the daily lives and frustrations of new moms and dads. They’ve stopped at nothing to create intuitive, purpose-driven, well-made products that make family life easier and more fun — giving parents more freedom to live in the moment without being overwhelmed by more and more.

The flagship model, the Entourage, is perfect for families on-the-go. This one-handed expandable frame has three positions, 5 recline positions, a market tote and expandable lower storage area, giving you the freedom to travel anywhere in comfort.

 

THULE

DESCRIPTION 

Thule is an established Swedish outdoors and transportation products manufacturer that is a leader in cargo carriers for automobiles. It recently expanded to get into the stroller biz.

The Thule Sleek is a stylish stroller for on-the-go travel adventures with the ever-innovative, marvelously multifunctional which features a ventilated canopy, a convenient window, a reversible seat, generous seating options and more.

 

MAXI-COSI

DESCRIPTION: Another Dutch company is Maxi-Cosi which started in the 1980s as one of Europe’s first permiere car seat manufacturers. It has since expanded and updated its quality of strollers to the point that is competes with the other exquisite brands out here.

Travel everywhere with ease with the Lila Modular Stroller is a convenient, compact and extra comfortable, making it great for dining out, shopping or vacation that is good with maneuverability and can accommodate an infant seat. It’s perfect for a growing family because it can easily turn into a dual stroller.

BABY JOGGER

DESCRIPTION This Richmond, Virginia-based company launched one of the first jogging strollers in the 1980s. It designs and manufactures jogging strollers and all-terrain strollers and offers strollers and joggers, such as urban use and three wheeled all-terrain strollers; and accessories. The company also provides dependable push chairs for children and adults with physical disabilities.

The City Select LUX is a rugged yet streamlined stroller features an extra seat with a telescoping handlebar adjusts to just the right height, while the hand-operated decelerating and parking brake provides additional peace of mind.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Toby McGuire, Ellen Pompeo, Elizabeth Banks, Miranda Kerr

NUNA

DESCRIPTION: This Dutch company started out as a baby furniture maker and expanded to strollers. Today, it is a premiere must-have stroller for the upper echelon. I love the logo.

The Nuna MIXX Travel System includes a stroller and the company’s featherlight PIPA Lite LX Car Seat which makes one superb travel system. An ideal set for you, but especially for your little one.

CELEBRITY OWNERS: Gwen Stefani, Molly Sims, Jaime King

There you have it! Good luck stroller shop or social climbing, whatever floats your boat!

cover photo Cella Jane, Pinterest

56 Celebs Who Gave Birth After Age 40

It recently occurred to me that since 54-year old actress Brigitte Nielsen gave birth to her 5th child last year, I haven’t updated my growing list of celebrity women who gave birth over the age of 40.

It was about 40 when I last posted and since then we are up to 50! Here they are and if I missed any, please ping me in social media @Bellyitch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Thanks!

  1. ALYSSA MILANO was 41 in 2014 when she gave birth to daughter Elizabella Dylan Bugliari.
  2. ANA ORTIZ had just turned 40 when she gave birth to her 2nd child.
  3. ANNETTE BENING has four kids with Warren Beatty and gave birth to her youngest at age 42.
  4. AUDRA MCDONALD was 46 when she welcomed her surprise baby in 2016.
  5. BEVERLY D’ANGELO welcomed her twins at age
  6. BRIGITTE NIELSEN was 54 when she gave birth to her fifth child and first daughter, Frida, in June 2018.
  7. BROOKE SHIELDS underwent seven rounds of in vitro fertilization treatments. After these treatments, she gave birth to her first child, Rowan, at age 37. At the age of 40, she traditionally conceived her daughter, Grier, with husband Chris Henchy.
  8. CELINE DION was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys
  9. CHERYL TIEGS had her first child, a son, at age 44.
  10. DOMINIQUE DAWES welcomed her fraternal twins, son Lincoln and daughter Dakota, in late January at age 41.
  11. EMMA THOMPSON spent several years trying to have a baby. She opted for in vitro fertilization treatments and eventually welcomed daughter, Gaiain her 40s.
  12. EVA LONGORIA was 43 when she welcomed her first child, son, Santiago.
  13. EVA MENDES was 42 when she gave birth to her second child with husband Ryan Gosling and 40 for her first.
  14. GERI HALLIWELL was 44 when she welcomed her son in 2017,.
  15. GWEN STEFANI was 44 when she welcomed her 3rd son, Apollo.
  16. HALLE BERRY had her daughter Nahla at age 41, and her son Maceo at age 46.
  17. HELEN HUNT gave birth to her first kid, Makenalei Gordon in May 2004, with boyfriend, Matthew Carnahan when she was 43.
  18. IMAN was 45 when she welcomed her second son with David Bowie.
  19. JAMIE PRESLEY had a set of twins at age right after she turned 40 last March.
  20. JANE KRACOWSKI surprised everyone when at 45 she had her first child, a son.
  21. JANE SEYMOUR was already a mother of four at the age of 45 when she underwent fertility treatments in her mid-40s after her divorce with former husband. She and her current husband, director James Keach, welcomed twins, Johnny and Kristopher in 1995.
  22. JANET JACKSON welcomed son Essia at age 50.
  23. JENNIFER CONNELLY was 43 when her 3rd kid, daughter Agnes, was born
  24. JERRY HALL, Ex-wife of singer Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, gave birth to the last of her four children, Gabriel, at 41.
  25. JUDY REYES was 41 when she welcomed daughter Leila in 2009.
  26. JULIANNE MOORE gave birth to her similarly redheaded second child, Liv Helen, at age 41.
  27. KELLY PRESTON had her son Benjamin Travolta at age 48.
  28. KENYA MOORE welcomed her first child, daughter Brooklyn at age 47.
  29. KIM FIELDS was 44 when she and her hubby welcomed their second son Quincy.
  30. LAURA LINNEY welcomed her first child at age 49.
  31. LISA LING was 42 when she gave birth to her second child, daughter Ray in summer 2016.
  32. LISA LOEB quietly welcomed her 4th child at age 45, a son named Emet.
  33. MARCIA CROSS, star of Desperate Wives, gave birth to fraternal twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44, with husband, Tom Mahoney, in February 2007.
  34. MARCIA GAY HARDEN was 44 when she gave birth to her twins
  35. MADONNA was 41 when she gave birth to her son Rocco.
  36. MARIAH CAREY was 42 when she welcomed her twin, Morrocan and Monroe.
  37. MARISKA HARGITAY was 42 when she gave birth to her first child, a son and later went on to adopt more kids
  38. MAYA RUDOLPH was 41 when she gave birth to her 4th child.
  39. MERYL STREEP was 41 in 1991 when she welcomed her last of 4 kids.
  40. MIMI ROGERS was 45 when she gave birth to her last child, a son.
  41. MIRA SORVINO was 44 when she welcomed her daughter Lucia and was 41 when she welcomed her son. She has 4 kids total.
  42. MOLLY RINGWALD was also in her 40s, age 46, when she welcomed her twins.
  43. MOMICA BELLUCCI, Italian actress, gave birth to her second child at age 45
  44. NANCY GRACE was 48 when she welcomed her twins, John and Lucy.
  45. NIA LONG gave birth to her second son when she was 41.
  46. NICOLE KIDMAN gave birth to her first child, Sunday Rose, at the age of 40 with her husband, Keith Urban.
  47. RACHEL ZOE was 42 when she welcomed her 2nd son, Kaius.
  48. RASHIDA JONES welcomed her first child, son, Sam at age 42.
  49. SALMA HAYEK gave birth to her first child, Valentina Paloma, at age 41, in September 2007 with her then-fiance, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. They later married in April 2009 before eventually divorcing.
  50. SUSAN SARANDON gave birth to her son, Jack at age 42. Three years later, she welcomed another son, Miles, at age 45.
  51. TAMIKA “TINY” HARRIS was 40 when she gave birth to her last child, daughter Heiress.
  52. THANDIE NEWTON had just turned 41 when she gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Booker Jombe Parker.
  53. TINA FEY gave birth to her first child, daughter Penelope at 41, and a second daughter Alice two years later at age 43.
  54. TORI SPELLING was 43 when she welcomed her fifth child.
  55. UMA THURMAN was 42 when she gave birth to her first kid with beau Arpad Busson.
  56. VANNA WHITE gave birth to her daughter the same year she turned 40.

Fashion Reigned Supreme at the 2018 CFDA Awards

The Council of Fashion Designers of America—in partnership with Swarovski for the 17th year—(CFDA) held its annual awards last night at the Brooklyn Museum which was hosted for the first time in 10-years by a woman, Insecure star, producer and writer Issa Rae. 

During the red carpet of the event, we noticed several of the celeb moms (and one mom-to-be) we have featured on the blog looking tres fashionable.

In collage above: Top: Irina Shayk, Jourdann Dunn, Lily Aldridge, Busy Phillips, 2nd-time mom-to-be Clair Danes; Bottom: Rachel Zoe, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian-West, Alessandra Ambrosio and Ciara looked ravishing!

Kardashian-West won the Influencer Award.

Congrats to her!

photos: Getty