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Eva Mendes Adds ‘Sexy Mom’ Flavor to Her NY&CO Collection

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Eva Mendes has been designing clothes for her New York & Company line for several seasons now, but one recent major life event has since shifted her perspective on what women want to wear: becoming a mother.

E! News caught up with proud new mama to baby Esmeralda and chatted with Mendes about much her new September collection means to her.

“I think that being a mom now myself, I love dressing…not so much like a mom but there is a sexiness in kind of giving into the mom thing and that I’m dressing as an example for a little girl. Like, I’m someone’s example!”

The brunette beauty added, “That’s exciting for me and I make clothes that I think are really beautiful for moms, for all women, but certainly for moms.”

Surrounding by her fall collection at a TODAY show promo - Instagram

Surrounding by her fall collection at a TODAY show promo – Instagram

And when asked how she feels about seeing more diversity on the runways at fashion weeks across the globe, Mendes dished, “I don’t think it’s one or the other. I think as long as there is diversity and everyone is represented, that’s pretty rad.”

During her recent interview with Glam Belleza Latina‘s 2015 Fall issue, Mendes shared that she loves getting feedback from her customers and women on social media about her New York & Company collection and her CIRCA Beauty line.

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In fact, many have wondered if it’s really her taking the time out to respond to the many comments on her Instagram, to which she answered, “That is 100 percent me. It actually breaks my heart when I can’t respond. I love connecting with women; it’s fun for me.”

That Mendes is a real girls’ girl!

Eva Mendes' collection works with pregnant women too - Instagram/EvaMendes

Eva Mendes’ collection works with pregnant women too – Instagram/EvaMendes

 

And even Jennifer Hudson wears it!

 

reprinted with permission E! News

 

22 Sexy & Fashionable Virgo Celebs 

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As this month is a fashionable one with all the various designers unveiling their Spring 2016 and Fall 2015 collections on runways at various cities’ respective Fashion Weeks, and it being Virgo season, I thought I would highlight all the fashionable celebrity moms and designers we’ve covered in Bellyitch over the years.

Tom Ford also infamously said, “You know, the world might be a very scary place if it were only run by Virgos.” True, but every organization needs a Virgo in it to keep it running smoothly. So does the world!

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I admit I am biased given my birthday was on September 6 and I myself am a proud Virgo and share a birthday with at least one spouse of a Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum  and the sign with other alums (above) including the Queen Bee Beyonce (Sept. 4), Country singer Jennifer Nettles, (Sept. 12), TV host and former model Padma Lakshmi (Sept. 1) , Songstress P!nk (Sept. 8) and powerhouse singer and actress Jennifer Hudson (Sept. 12).



Our Virgo Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums who are actual designers include Stella McCartney (Sept. 13), Nicole Richie (Sept. 21), and Rachel Zoe (Sept.1)


Male Fashion Icons and Designers I love and admire (either for their fashion sense, work ethic or a combo of both) include: my birthday mate and alum Idris Elba (Sept. 6), Tom Ford (Aug. 27), Karl Lagerfeld (Sept. 10); and guys whose S.O. we recently covered Wiz Khalifa, ex to Amber Rose (Sept. 8) and Evan Ross, spouse to Ashlee Simpson (Aug. 26).

Young and/other influential in-demand Fashionable women I enjoy seeing dressed up as fashion muses for several designers: Taraji P. Henson (Sept. 11), KeKe Palmer (Aug. 26), Misty Copeland (Sept. 10), Zendaya Coleman (Sept 1) and Angela Simmons (Sept 18).


Finally, fashion forward and super sexy Salma Hayek (Setp. 2), Jada Pinkett Smith (Sept 18) and Sanaa Lathen (Sept. 19) also rock the Virgo Virgin sign well.



And of course Ludacris (Sept 14), rounding up for pops of recent alum Eudoxie.

Happy Birthday, Virgos!

NY Fashion Week: Celeb moms on and off the runway

 

 

We are in the middle of another New York Fashion Week and already we’ve spotted some new and current Bellyitch bump watch alums and moms at shows and a few on the runways, and behind the scenes. 

 

 

Before singer Ciara, Future Jr’s mom, was a R&B pop star, she was a model and these days we’ve seen her return to her model life. She rocked casual attending the Ralph Lauren show this week. 

 

 

And posed up with another recent bump watch alum Liv Tyler (mom to 7-year old Milo and 7-month old Sailor) and her dad Steven Tyler at Givenchy. Tyler was a long-time Givenchy spokeswoman.

  

 
 

Brand new mom Emily Bustamante (Emily) from VH1‘s Love and Hip Hop was a model mom this week. Her son Rojan is a child model and walked in several shows. 

 

We saw celeb stylist-turned designer Rachel Zoe (another Virgo) supporting backstage at the Givenchy show.

  

 
 

And attend the House of Gant Fall presentation on Thursday with the designers and her hubby Rodger Bermnan.

 

 



While previously sharing on IG that she and her team are hard at work on her own show that runs today.

    
 

Current 2nd-time mom-to-be Karolína Kurková was also at the Gant show, hamming up the bump in the line’s athletic sweat pants.

 

 

  

Earlier, the Victoria Secret angel shared with her fans and followers in social media that she is a working mom model. 

  

 
 

She is having another baby boy, she revealed recently after announcing this summer that she and hubby Archie Drury are expecting again. The couple are parents to 5 year old Tobin Jack

    
 

Last, but not least, Jennifer Husdon, who is also a Virgo and celebrates her birthday today, wore Givenchy while attending and seemingly walking at Givenchy’s show.  

She joked about the long walk to her front row seat at the show. 

Trend Alert: This is one of the ‘IT’ Bags to Wear this FALL 2015

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This Fall, expect to see box bags and clutches again making a big splash on the runways and fashion scene. These unique pieces were much ablaze on the runways this past Spring and are expected to make another appearance as we gear up for NYFW and the fall Fashion Week season at various fashion cities world wide.


Here is a  collection of some of our faves we spotted in various price points for various budgets. Consider them for your inspiration as you plan your fall wardrobe, mamas and moministas:

 

You are not limited to one color or style. Mix it up and have it your way.

photo: PopSugar

Kimberly Caldwell’s Suave and Eclectic Maternity Shoot

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Kimberly Caldwell, best known for being a finalist on the very first American Idol, and her hunky husband Canadian soccer star Jordan Harvey recently took some pre-baby maternity portraits and the results are stunning.

Our fave is a photo (above) of the couple decked out in all black formal wear.

“To kick off entering the third trimester, we posed for our maternity photos with Kari Heese, my friend and owner of the boudoir studio, Lux Portraits, that I am lucky enough to do hair and makeup for in Vancouver, B.C.,” Caldwell told PEOPLE magazine.

“It was so empowering to celebrate my bump and own my new curves,” the part-time TV personality and host added. “The best part was not having to suck in standing next to my husband and his abs!”

The photo Caldwell, who is also a leather handbag maker, is talking about is the very cute one featured exclusively on PEOPLE last week with her wearing yellow BoHo harem pants and her husband showing off his athletic pecs and a very rad arm tattoo.

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Caldwell is in her 33rd week and is entering the homestretch. She announced the pregnancy earlier this Spring.

 

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Get the Look: Kourtney Kardashian’s Red Jumpsuit

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I am getting ready for my birthday weekend and still scrambling for that perfect outfit to wear to various events I will be attending and using as an excuse to celebrate another year of life.

After watching our Posh Mom Style Icon for 2015 winner Kourtney Kardashian wow in a fire engine red plunging neckline Balmain jumpsuit this past Sunday at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, I think I’m going to shift focus and hunt for a jump suit! She accented the look with a Cartier cuff and gold box clutch.

I usually stick with black because it is so slimming but this mom of three who looks to have been watching her diet and hitting the gym lately have me inspired to go bold! Here are some picks of red jumpsuits I found over at our partners at Shopstyle Collective.

2015 VMA Awards Red Carpet & Show Roundup

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Tonight was another celeb-studded musical event at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Several of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums graced the red carpet before the event, took the stage and were nominated for quite a few awards.

Mega star Beyonce Knowles Carter was a no show even though she was nominated for 5 awards for her “7/11” Video (Best Female, Pop, Editing, Choreography, Video of the Year). She won only one for Best Editing.

Jennifer Hudson couldn’t make it either despite being up for the Best Video with a social message award for her song, “I Still Love You.”

On the red carpet, model Lily Aldridge stunned in a black Alexandre Vauthier couture gown with a plunging neckline, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Jen Meyer Jewelry earrings, Anita Ko bracelets, and an Edie Parker clutch.

Britney Spears showed mucho cleavage in a showgirls-esque gold sequined number with cutouts in the tummy.

Kim Kardashian West covered her bump in a long sleeve draped military style dress.

Her sis Kourtney Kardashian was giving up the sexy in a hot pink jumpsuit, fresh off of winning our 2015 Posh Mom Icon award.

Their family’s arch nemeses Amber Rose and Blac Chyna came dressed in matching nude outfits with cartoon caricture lettering featuring all the insulting names that people have called the duo who are headed for an MTV reality TV show this fall.

The show wasn’t without its dramatic moments, of course, including some toxic exchanges between show host Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj who won the Best Rap Video Award for video for “Anaconda“. It was the same video Minaj suggested was deserving for being up for the Video of the Year Award but was slighted because she felt the women featured in the video weren’t thin.  Taylor Swift assumed it was a slam against her given all the women in her Bad Blood video were pretty much rail thin and the two had a brief Twitter beef which reeled their fans in on it and was more or less squashed until Cyrus added her two cents during a promo appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Cyrus said Minaj was “not nice”.  The rest is history and can be seen on Twitter but since we’re about promoting positivity by and among women, we’ll leave it at that.

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Ciara showed off a new bob in a fringed black outfit and Law and Order‘s Mariska Hargitay made an appearance in all black while walking with the other members of “The #SwiftSquad” from Taylor Swift‘s “Video of the Year” winning video “Bad Blood.”

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(Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Serayah, Mariska Hargitay, Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss)

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My fave look for tonight came from singer Tori Kelly who looked stunning in a a laced long sleeved top tucked  in a cute pair of high waisted shorts with a gold clutch and black bowed pumps, with tussled hair to complete the look. Her bronze sheer makeup was flawless. Yassss!

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Our 2015 Pop Mom Style Icon is Kourtney Kardashian

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It’s been over a year since we named a Bellyitch Blog Pop Mom Style Icon.

We’ve noticed mom-to-three Kourtney Kardashian has trimmed down and has also shed her Bohemian hipster styling for a more edgy sexy look. She has also been experimenting with more fab fashion choices, on top of balancing three kiddos on her hip.

The eldest of the Kardashian girls can thank a collection of Gianvito Rossi pumps and booties, her signature Saint Laurent fringe bag, distressed jeans, smart cut-off denim One Teaspoon shorts revealing super toned legs and fitted t-shirts for the makeover.

For the transformation, we’re giving the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality TV star the award this year.

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It has been over a year since we acknowledged a fashion-forward celebrity mom worthy to receive our elusive Posh Mom Style Icon designation.

The last mominista recognized with the honor was Jennifer Hudson.

The designation acknowledges and recognizes fashionable celebrity moms  who are effortlessly stylish with or without the help of a celebrity stylist.

We acknowledged songstress P!nk in 2012. Before her, First Lady Michelle Obama was dubbed an icon in 2011.

Other designees include Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Ripa, Victoria Beckham, Tichina Arnold and  Christina Milian.

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