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Expecting Teddi Mellencamp and RHOB Castmates Take NYFW

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Congratulations to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave woh announced last week that she is expecting her third child then took to the runway only 4 days later to walk in her co star Kyle Richards New York Fashion Week for her new fashion label and collaboration, Kyle & Shahida, co-designed by Shahida Clayton.

During the show, cast mates walked along seasoned models including former model Lisa Rinna,  Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, and Denise Richards.

Rinna, Mellencamp Arroyave and Richards herself walked, wearing daring bodysuits under bright floral floral robes. Girardi walked in a colorful tunic which is signature to her style under red silk wide leg pants while Kemsley rocked red pans wore red pants with a black tube top under a black blazer, and accented with Femmes Sans Peur heels.

A few days after the show Mellencamp Arroyave  had to defend herself against haters who slammed her walk during the runway show.

“Now, I am no model — I can barely walk down the street properly — but I walked out there feeling good and excite to support my friend,” the 4-time mom-to-be captioned an Instagram post on Thursday. “That quickly shifted when I was hit with the barrage of memes and insta comments throwing negativity at me and my walk.”

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to walk in a fashion show during NYFW. Now, I am no model— I can barely walk down the street properly— but I walked out there feeling good and excited to support my friend. That quickly shifted when I was hit with the barrage of memes and insta comments throwing negativity at me and my walk. I can definitely make fun of myself and am in on most jokes but sometimes it just gets to be too much. So I had a big ole cry and felt truly embarrassed— until I remembered this @brenebrown quote: “If you aren’t in the arena getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” And you know what, I am so damn proud of myself for having the courage to step out of my comfort zone, especially at 15-weeks pregnant in a flesh-colored bodysuit, and do my very best. We cannot control other’s actions, we can only control our own. So now, I’m just gonna smile brighter and keep on strutting. 💕Shoutout to @kylerichards18 for absolutely killing it with @kyleandshahida! Such an amazing accomplishment 💕 #nyfw #babyonboard #bucketlist

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She was referencing the mean comments that flooded her previous post of the media feedback of the Housewives’ presence during the show.

 

 

“I can definitely make fun of myself and am in on most jokes but sometimes it just gets to be too much,” Mellencamp’s response continued. “I am so damn proud of myself for having the courage to step out of my comfort zone, especially at 15-weeks pregnant in a flesh-colored bodysuit, and do my very best.”

The outfit she wore showed her growing baby bump which she showcased during her announcement last week:

She wasn’t the only person who is not familiar with modeling in the show. Richards also had her daughters, 19-year old Sophia Umansky and 23-year old Alexia Umansky walk in a striped yellow ruffled crop top and skirt with Femmes Sans Peur heels and a tiered ruffled maxi dress, respectively.

Mellencamp Arroyave and husband EdwinArroyave are parents to  5-ear old Cruz Arroyave , 6-year old Slate Arroyave, and 10-year old Isabella Arroyave, Edwin’s daughter from a previous relationship.

She previously shared that she had multiple miscarriages before conceiving her son via IVF

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So You’re Shopping For a Wedding Dress and You have a Baby Bump?

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Are you planning a fall or winter wedding while still expecting your bundle of joy because you want to be married before baby arrives?

If so, chances are, you may be fretting how you’ll look with a bulbous belly on your big day. Fortunately for you, a lot of wedding designers now cater to pregnant brides. Several styles you’ll find sold from mass producers can be retrofitted to accommodate a baby bump.

In fact, when you conduct a search  for wedding gowns online store, you’ll actually be surprised by the number of options out there. Compare the current situation to not long ago when brides-to-be who were simultaneously “moms-to-be” had very slim options.

The limits of styles, cuts, shapes and dimensions of dresses actually could cause a frustrated bride to give up.

As with bridesmaids dresses, a bride with a bump has to consider cut and shape and look for a gown or dress that flatters her body and her pregnant body.  Avoid going with large tent dresses that can actually dwarf you.

Instead, aim for an A-line but or a dress with an empire waistline. That cut actually is the most common. It looks and feels good and less constraining on a growing midsection.   Seriously consider opting for a bohemian wedding dress which would work perfectly for a more casual wedding, one on the beach or in a less formal venue.

Here are other things to consider

A. Comfort and Fit: Ultimately, you want a dress that flatters your figure and that you’ll feel great wearing. Look for a flowing empire-waisted gown, or a dress that can be ‘enhanced’ with an extra panel to accommodate that lovely baby bump of yours!

B. Alterations: Make sure you’ve got a good tailor who will be able to make last minute alterations a little bit in advance of the wedding date. As you know, all of those measurements are going to change. And then change some more.

C. Support: Speaking of those changing measurements, the right maternity bra can do wonders for a girl’s mood at a wedding, not to mention her back! Once you reach your third trimester, you will likely need to trade in those lacy bras and reach for something more substantial. Just don’t forget to make sure that your maternity bra works with your dress as the date nears.

Be mindful of your due date so if you’ve scheduled your wedding close to your delivery date, make sure all vendors have an option that preserves a portion of the deposit to be used after baby arrives.

Of course, consult with your doctor and ensure that the wedding venue is within a reasonable distance of your hospital or birthing center.

There is no hard fast rule you need to adhere to. Your comfort level and adherence to any style or fashion aesthetic or silhouette are the most important things to consider when shopping for your big day before your other big big day arrives!

Good luck!

 

Halloween Costume Idea: 1970s Hippie, Bohemian or Roller Girl

This weekend, I attended my friend’s milestone birthday party which had a 1970s Disco Theme. Guests were encouraged to come dressed in Disco outfits. I didn’t focus on the disco part and thought 1970s and came up with three non-disco themed ideas! Doh! lol

First, was the Roller Girl, which works because Roller skate girls frequently went to the disco and Disco music was played often in roller rinks during the 1970s.

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Next, I thought Afrocentric Bohemian. Get a black tube top[shop the look], cropped or not, then paired it with a large Dashiki print skirt from Etsy.

Finally, I came up with 1970s hippie chick with a Bohemian dress, shag vest, circular red sunglasses and sandals. She would be attending a music festival to listen to Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix but I’m certain she’d sneak off to the disco too sometimes. ha!

To get the winning look, check out the pieces below from my partners at Shopstyle:

Besides Kylie Jenner, Which Celeb Wears Their Baby as An Accessory Best/Most?

Mommy and Me fashion is not a new concept.

I think most of us can attest to noticing how our fave and fabulous Fashion Instagrammers manage to turn their brands into mommy brands seamlessly by featuring themselves in matching stylized outfits with their baby.

When celebrities who are most famous for one thing, like acting, being on a reality TV sow, modeling, do this, they are accused of wearing their baby as an accessory.

I think Victoria Beckham might have been the first referenced that way after she welcomed her last child and only daughter Harper in 2011, but certainly, I think we all can agree, that if we were to crown a champion celeb who appears best styled with a child, Kylie Jenner would be crowned the queen.

I’ve scrolled through my Insta feed and identified about 10 that look to use their babies as accessories the most/best. I’m not judging. Not saying it’s good or bad, but visually, they look so well coordinated and stylized, we cannot help but to take notice, and stare in awe!

In the next few days, I’ll share a few posts outlining the 10 celebrity women I think accessorize their personal brands with their baby the most/best.

Stay Tuned, but do drop me a note at jj (at) bellyitchblog.com if you have a candidate that should definitely be on this list.

 

Get Joanna Krupa’s Weekend Look {SHOP}

First time mom-to-be and Real Housewives of Miami alum Joanna Krupa was spotted out and about shopping in a bump hugging striped dress with a pair of The Row Canvas Ballet Flats ($640)

Get a similar look by pairing the Hatch 3/4 length cotton dress (get for $88 on sale) with Easy Espirit Dabi Ballet flats (buy for $40) and a pair of Vera Wang round glasses (buy for $14)

Krupa, who hosts the Polish version of Next Top Model, and her husband of one year, entrepreneur Douglas Nunes, announced the news. She is divorced from real estate developer Romain Zago whose relationship with Krupa was a big part of her storyline on that BravoTV reality TV series.

She announced on June 15th that she was 19 weeks pregnant, making baby due around November 9 or so.

Back To School: Stock up On Posh Kids Faves {FREE SHIPPING}

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As school goes back in session, those of you with posh upscale retail clothiers taste may want to start stocking up on Fall faves.

My partners at Janie and Jack asked that I share with my readers the fact that its fall clothing line is now up and available.

Get reasonably priced, high quality premium clothing that will stand the test of time and look and feel lux and comfortable from Janie and Jack and receive Free Shipping Over $100.

I went through the site and picked just a few items that are on my fave list and they include:

This quilted ribbon belt dress (buy for $54)

And this Floral Jumpsuit (buy for $59)

Scallopped Potine Dress in size 3 moths to 12 years (buy for $49)

For boys

Varsity Letter jacket in 6 months to size 12 (buy for $89)

Colorblocked Oxford shirt in (buy for $26)

Pique cotton blend joggers (buy for $26)

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Stunning: Eva Marcille’s Polished Pregnancy Looks

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 winner, actress and model Eva Marcille is coasting into her third pregnancy and looking chic in body con while doing it.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Bravo TV franchise star is usually known for her flowy Bohemian, carefree looks and faux locs and ultra long braids, but recently, she’s pulled it all in and gone more polished while attending formal and red carpet events this pregnancy.

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That tummy getting round🌻 Happy Sunday

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Earlier on, she hosted an event in a mustard colored sleeveless pencil skirt dress.

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Mrs. Sterling shed the extra hair and went dark and closely cropped while donning another bare shoulder white bump hugging dress under a white coat.

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And most recently, the Girlfriend Confidential: LA alum attended the launch of co-star Cynthia Bailey‘s new wine shop, The Bailey Wine Cellar (the same event where Bailey’s boyfriend, ESPN sports commentator Mike Hill proposed), in a brown off the shoulder dress.

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Love it all!

4 Subtle Ways to Rock this Summer’s Neon Trend

The neon trend can be hard for anyone to pull off. Women who are expecting usually stick to solids and darker colors to divert attention away from their expanding bellies and girth and therefore fashionistas who are expecting are more likely to avoid this particular Spring trend.

However, I’m here to tell you it can be done by incorporating accessories in your wardrobe.

1 BANGLES

Go bold and expressive by layering multi colored bangles with any outfit to brighten the room and your mood. I like Berry Jewelry Neon Bangle Bracelets which come in a set of 4 and you can pick up at a heavily discounted price of just $30 at Nordstrom while supplies last.

2. NAILS

If you work at a place that permits expressive nail color, you could get away with wearing neon yellow nail polish.

3. HANDBAGS

Bags can be conversation starters. From totes to clutches to colorful backpacks, you can show off your chic and trendy side of your style aesthetic through colorful bags in the season’s hottest shades!

I love the late Karl Lagerfeld’s Neon Tote which you can cop at Farfetch for about $270!

4. Tanks

A neon color tank layered under a shirt or crop top and blazer can add a pop of unexpected color to a look while revealing your trendy side.

This week, I wore a tank under a light colored shirt in a less brazen color and I think the contrast worked.

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Preginistas: What to Wear to the 4th of July Cook Out

Happy Birthday, America!!

If you’re expecting this Independence Day, you may be wondering what to wear to the cookout, picnic or Fireworks celebration going on later today.

Temperatures along many coasts in the US will creep up to the 90s today so you want to make sure you stay cool.

I recommend wearing the lightest of fabrics, ideally cotton or preferbly a light linen.

If you own a kaftan or tunic made of very breathable fabrics, go with that! If not an A-line or sheath dress will do.

If you’re further along, an empire waist blouse with your comfy cropped maternity stretch jeans will be perfect.

On your feet, skip the wedges and stick with sandals.

Avoid flip flops because they can be a hazard if there are spills or if you’ll be walking in areas with a lot of dirt and grass.

If you plan to do a bit of walking, for example, to set up for your family’s spot along the fireworks route, then go with some canvas shoes.

Now, traditionally, I’ve done a post highlighting all of the celebrities who have worn Stars and Stripes American Flag apparel to celebrate the 4th of July, Memorial, Veterans or some other patriotic American Day.

However, given new awareness that is kinda against an old law to wear Old Glory in anything other than a FLAG, here are creative ways to wear stars and stripes:

Even for the kids! By the way: our partners at Janie and Jack are having a 20%off sale!

Have fun!

Chic Mom SwimSuits Priced So Low You Can Get Them All

Summer is here! If you haven’t gotten into the type of shape you want for bathing suit season, don’t sweat it! Go as you are, mamas!

Summer gets whatever body it gets, right!?!

I’m all about body confidence and am looking forward to hitting the pool and beach this month and next!

I curated a selection of super cute and sexy bathing options for moms from my partners.

All of the bottoms are high waist and most offer an assortment of coverage while still looking quite chic and cute.

I thought maybe because they’re so inexpensive that you’d be sacrificing quality but a scan of the reviews from verified purchasers reveal that there are few complaints in that deparment.

Besides, if not for a simple pool dip, they can be great for impromptu photo shoots for the Gram:

Hit the beach in this Green and Monstera High-Waisted Bikini which features a smocked bikini top with ruffled trim in a pretty emerald green.

I love the coverage for a bit of tummy modesty.

Get it for just $33.99†

I love the retro look to Asos’s Curve ASOS DESIGN Curve swim suit. The ruffle design on the arms provide ample coverage for any mom who is not comfortable with her arms being exposed and coverage. The polka dots and pin stripes are a perfect imperfect match.

Get it while it’s still in stock and half off at ASOS for $11.50

The color blog mix and match trend is so hot. This bottom gives off a tropical feel and is ideal for a vacay in the Islands. Ordinarily I try to stay away from swimsuits with zippers in the back which this suit has but I love it!

Get it at Cupshe for just $27.50

I love the color block on this high waisted bikini set and especially the side panels which create a slimming effect and illusion of a narrower hip if that is the look you crave.

Nab this cute set for just $25.50!†

This Shein Plus Striped Colorblock Cami One Piece Swimsuit is giving me Baywatch vibes. Get it for just $15

Soak up the sunshine in the Orange Stripe and Floral High-Waisted Bikini set. Adjust the lace-up back straps on the high-neck bikini top to find your perfect it. Matching high-waisted bikini bottoms provide flattering tummy coverage and give this set a summery retro-inspired look you’ll love.

Get it from Cupshe for just $24.50

You cannot go wrong with sizzling red to catch some attention. The cross over detailing in the front gives this Misguided brand suit its appeal.

Get this Misguided suit for $11.00

Sultry and sensuous are two words to describe Shein’s Mesh Panel Suit suit. I am digging the high neck which I would hope would offer some support.

Get it for just $14!

I can see someone getting this Romwe Random Floral Top With High Waist Bikini to have options to wear poolside or for a photo shoot.

Enjoy it for just $12.95

It’s a steal at $12.95 but I’m not sure I’d trust it in the ocean

I also like the print tropical tie back one. Get it for just $13.95

Or this Pineapple Print Criss Cross lace back is lower at just $11.95. Get this one too!

Get it for a low $11.95

GO BIG THIS SUMMER, LADIES!!