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My Tips On How to Get Good Quality Brand-Names Kids Clothes on the Cheap

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It’s not that clothes that cost more are necessarily better. There are certain less expensive brands that are made of quality material and are well structured, manufactured and would last through several washes.

However, for the most part, it has been my experience that clothes that I spent an extra penny for traditionally have had a longer shelf life. Part of the higher price is because the material the clothes are made of are better and therefore they are more durable.  Some people believe that since kids grow so fast, especially in their early years, there is no value to really spending much on their clothing.

I make the case for why this is not necessarily so.

  1. The hems in cheaper clothes start to unravel faster and sometimes after one wash or one rough and tumble play at preschool. They are not double stitched and therefore cannot stand the test of time.
  2. The color in cheaper clothes do not always remain true even when you use color-stay detergents created to help color in clothing last longer through several washings.
  3. The cheaper clothes sometimes pill and start to look old after just one wash. Then clothes you purchased for school, or nice outings out get shifted to the play clothes drawer quickly when you go for the cheap stuff.

Many of these issues go away by spending a few extra bucks for a mid-range to upper range brand.  You don’t have to go from one extreme to the next and spend a killing on couture labels either. Mid-level price point brands like GAP, A Children’s Place, Hanna Andersson and Gymboree make clothes that cost more than the brands you’ll find at Wal-Mart, KMart, Sears, JCPenny and Target.

However,  you get your money back in not having to go back to purchase new clothes after a few months to replace the tattered, old-looking, color-washed out ones you purchased trying to save money and go with the cheap stuff. If money is an issue.

  1. Establish a wish list on Amazon.com or some other site and refer God Parents, grandparents and friends who have no children and perhaps more disposable income to it and encourage them to purchase these items in sizes well beyond the size your child is currently wearing.
  2. Shop at discount stores that sell designer brands for a fraction of the original cost like Ross, Loehmann’s, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory and Marshall’s. You can rack up on quality brand named clothes at these stores.
  3. Go to the wealthier areas of your town and shop the Thrift stores, Goodwill and consignment shops near there for deals on quality clothes for pennies on the dollar. Many times, you can find clothes with the tags still on that were given away when a kid outgrew the clothes.

Overall, be creative. There are ways to get better quality and longer lasting clothes that may be economically a better deal anyway than sticking with the cheap stuff.



Preginistas: Here is Your Spring/Easter Inspiration Look Book

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Preginistas (“Fashionable & Stylish Pregnant Women), as you prep to clean out your closet for Spring and make room for more pieces to complement your growing belly and your lifestyle, I’ve curated a selection of looks from past posts to inspire you.

I recommend colorful maxi dresses that are comfortable and stylish and can be dressed up with a pair of wedges and costume jewelry or down paired with canvas shoes, ballet flats and a denim jacket.

You cannot go wrong with A-line dresses that are belted above the belly with a colorful blazer or cardigan over top. Carry a large vibrant colored tote or clutch to add a pop of color element that is functional because it can also carry all your stuff in it is as well. For the transition weather, you can still get away with some knee high boots with a baby doll or sweater dress.

A cool new pair of aviator or Jackie-O shades will set off any Spring look. As usual, boho  or slouch hats, scarves and chunky jewelry like rings, statement necklaces, charm bracelets and big pearl stud earrings are a safe bet for adding style and sophistication to any basic look.

Hit the discount and outlet stores for quality pieces from a previous season to save money or mix and match pieces already in your closet for a stylish look.

Stay fab!

Jimmy Choo Dory Caged Leather Sandal, Kew • Jimmy Choo • $347

Jetsetter Convertible Backpack • Henri Bendel • $195–278

Sophia Webster Melissa Polka-Dot Wedge Sandal, Rosa/Spearmint • Sophia Webster • $247

Loeffler Randall Luz Tassel Lace-Up Leather Sandal, Wheat • Loeffler Randall • $395

TOM FORD Large Calfskin Zip Clutch Bag, White • Tom Ford • $690

Mamalicious 3/4 Sleeved Jersey Body-Conscious Dress With Wrap Front • Mama Licious • $24

Long Caftan Dress Print • Rachel Pally • $242

Rachel Pally Long Sleeve Caftan Dress • Rachel Pally • $78.40

Isabella Oliver Wrap Front Midi Dress • Isabella Oliver • $180

Mamalicious Nursing Short Sleeve Belted Shift Dress • Mama Licious • $62

Anya Dress • Rachel Pally • $153

Mamalicious Woven Dress With Flutter Sleeves And Waist Tie • Mama Licious • $30

Mamalicious Long Sleeve Knitted Dress • Mama Licious • $48

Mamalicious Wrap Front Skater Dress • Mama Licious • $22.50

Stecy • Steve Madden • $29.98–79.95

Calvin Klein ‘Clancey’ Over the Knee Boot (Women) • Calvin Klein • $192.50

Stuart Weitzman Build Your Own Highland or Lowland Over-the-Knee Boot • Stuart Weitzman • $798–875

Robert Clergerie Leather Ballet Slippers • Robert Clergerie • $88.02

Parker Venice Strapless Maxi Dress, Capri • Parker • $107

Repetto Leather Ballet Slippers • Repetto • $187.03

Tory Burch Logo Minnie Travel Ballet Flats, Leather • Tory Burch • $225

Blue Life High Tide Maxi Dress • Blue Life • $46.20

#RelationshipGoals: The gorgeous Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis at NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

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When your name is Olivia Wilde and you’re this gorgeous and your job is to cheer on your actor fiance Jason Sudeikis at the Celebrity All-Star game in Toronto this weekend…

In between putting away several three-pointers to help his Team USA with its 64 points game total, the Horrible Bosses actor checked in with his beautiful superstar wife sitting court side.


First of all, who knew the funny man had all those B-ball skills?! Not us!

It wasn’t enough, however, as Team Canada, coached by rapper Drake, topped with 74 points.

Home court advantage has its perks.

Second, how cute was The Lazarus Effect actress in her black overall skirt, white tee accented with leather boots and a white knit slouch hat?!


Wilde and  Sudeikis have an almost 2 year old son, Otis, who they welcomed in April 2014..

Here is your 2016 Valentine’s Day Date Inspiration Style Book

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If you are looking for an outfit to put together for Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February 14  , here are a few looks we plucked from out Style page on Pinterest and from recent posts for you to consider!

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Get some inspiration and have fun tomorrow!

This Valentine’s day if you are pregnant and heading out to lunch or dinner with your honey, here are a few inspirations for spicing up your look and for getting festive for the day of love! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY love muffins!
1. You can go with a large faux or natural red flower in the hair like singer Monica…
2. Red Nails can get your partner feeling hot for you…
3. A red scarf wrapped as a winter layer or part of your outfit as worn by Nicole Richie can set it off…

And here are some outfit ideas:






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These Moms Invented a Nursing Bra that takes Anxiety out of Public Breastfeeding (WIN $75 Gift Giveaway)


We’ve come a long way baby! As the cliche goes, necessity is the mother of invention and a group of Moms got together to create a practical solution for nursing women who don’t want to expose their skin while breastfeeding.

Maternity wear, in general, has evolved. No longer are pregnant women relegated to wear muumuus and overalls for their entire pregnancy. After baby, women who were fashionistas before becoming pregnant are no longer forced to stick with tent dresses until they get back down to her pre-pregnancy size. Our options are abundant.

What is still a bit of a challenge for many new moms is breastfeeding in public.  Part of the discomfort comes from the idea of having your side boob or tummy exposed while nursing, or having the baby pull down a nursing cover.

Thankfully, a group of inventive moms put their heads together and came up with a solution that is Undercover Mama nursing tanks. We’ve teamed up with Undercover Mama to share this fabu invention with you all.

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The innovative strapless tanks, made of 80% cotton and 20% spandex,  clip onto any existing nursing bra or top a new mom has on,  allowing her to be  free to go out with baby without fear that a nursing break could be uncomfortable.

The Undercover mama nursing tank is a solution to the versatility that is needed for public nursing. No more fear of exposed skin!


This is not your mom’s nursing tank.

To use, simply attach to an existing nursing or sports bra or whatever nursing top you have on. The shirt alleviates the problem of having your sides show.

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And they cater to all body types and look great on each one.


The Amazon.com reviews of the shirts are mainly positive. Reviewers report that the shirts are durable and top quality. They do not pill after several washes, maintain their shape and are not tattered after months of use, nursing moms who have reviewed the shirts have said.

We got a review version and we can co-sign as to the versatility and durability of the tops construction. It slipped on easily and our in-office reviewer said the top even alleviated the fear of muffin-top exposure in the back! ha!

The clips to latch on to an existing top or bra look stable and like they will endure the stress of time.

And we are loving the price point, starting at just $24.99 which is a virtual steal in this very crowded market where some items are overpriced and heavily marked up without reason. You get quality at a great price with these shirts.

Winning! (smile)

Stock up with a few shirts in a variety of colors. You can save money by purchasing a value bundle, a slimming tank that cinches your waist, or in a lace trim. Get them at Amazon.com.

Or…You can use a generous $75 gift certificate Undercover Mama is offering to be split among three Bellyitch reader to get their very own Undercover Mama Tank!

Enter here!


Liz Lange Tips: This is How to Add Celebrity Style with a Maternity Wardrobe

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As the pioneer of “maternity chic”, I’ve spent almost 20 years in the maternity clothing business, styling celebrities and forging licensing deals with Nike and Target, and the Liz Lange maternity line available exclusively at Target stores and Target.com. While pregnant celebrities often have the luxury to work with high profile stylists to  create the perfect look, my experience has taught me that any expecting woman can create an outfit that is comfortable, affordable, and maternity chic mixing high and low priced pieces… but it doesn’t hurt to have some inspiration! Here are my top five favorite celebrity maternity looks. How do you put together your own celebrity inspired style?

                                                                                                                                                                                              –Liz Lange

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Designer * Ÿ Style Expert Ÿ * Inventor of “Maternity Chic”

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Rose Byrne – 1.  Classic

Rose is known for her graceful beauty and style with classically feminine colors and cuts. Her polished dresses and simple ensembles keep her looking elegant and confident.

Liz Lange Suggests:  A classic maternity wrap dress perfect for every stage of the pregnancy, and is a great way to show off that baby bump!

Jana Kramer – 2. Modern

For Jana, maternity wear was all about a modern silhouette.

Liz Lange Suggests: A cowl neck tunic top or maxi dress with statement making accessories for a confident look for any trimester!

Anne Hathaway – 3Casual

Anne’s laid back approach to maternity kept her comfortable without sacrificing cool.

Liz Lange Suggests: Achieve this look with an effortless fringed wrap shawl with a cropped jacket, or let accessories like scarves and hats do the talking with flowy tunics and stretchy leggings.

Cat Deeley – 4. Contemporary

Cat Deeley stunned on the red carpet at the 2015 Emmy’s in a body-hugging gold beaded gown.

Liz Lange Suggests: Take a page out of her book with simple and sexy pieces like this little black shift dress with sparkly shoulder details.

Chrissy Teigen – 5. Risk Taker

A pregnant Chrissy Teigen has never shied away from skin-baring maternity style while looking absolutely flawless. When she’s not sporting a low-cut v, or maternity bra top, Chrissy keeps it chic in of-the-moment pieces perfectly suited for any fashionista, pregnant or not.

Liz Lange Suggests:  Take a cue from Chrissy and stray from tradition with this body-con dress with horizontal stripes and mix it up!\

Good luck, preginistas!

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Forget Everything! These are the only Two Things You Need in your Postpartum Wardrobe

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Right after you have a baby, you may be anxious about getting back to the gym and working on getting rid of the pregnancy weight gain. I know I couldn’t wait until after my six week postpartum visit to hit the gym. When you are breastfeeding, you can’t pop diet pills or take any diet aid supplements to help your weight loss effort. There is a risk they may negatively impact your baby’s development and nourishment as well.

The only way to do it is slow and steadily, monitor your eating, exercise sensibly and stay active. Breastfeeding is said to help you burn 500 calories a day from the act itself so there is an added benefit to nursing.

But in the meantime, if you are a fashionista (or even if you’re not but still want to look a bit put together), there are just two things you have to have in your casual wardrobe to get you through.  You can be stylish and comfortable.

My advice is:

  1. Get yourself some uber cute sweats in figure forgiving styles and  yummy colors and Juicy Couture makes the cutest and most comfortable sweats still. They are great for running errands and receiving visitors in and you can hide your still large tummy in them pretty well too.

2. Carry around a fly chic fashionable tote as your babybag! That’s it.

You can pair your fab bag and sweats with some cool shades for balance but that’s all you need for an effortless chic look. So long as your hair is brushed and you have on  light blush and a dust of face powder, you’ll look great!


A Look At Chrissy Teigen’s 2nd Trimester Maternity Style


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And now for the portion of our coverage when we dissect Chrissy Teigen’s second trimester looks.

Teigen announced  in October that she was expecting her first child with her husband John Legend and we have been loving her maternity style!

Teigen hilariously told InStyle Australia and she and Legend come from a family of bigger people and said they have to watch what they eat and exercise otherwise they’ll blow up.

Well, you wouldn’t be able to tell by the way she remained pretty svelte and still able to get away with some edgy fashion for her second trimester of her pregnancy.  She stuck with A-line dresses but didn’t shy away from mixing and matching pieces too.

  1. I love the color of this Malene Birgir vertical striped silk dress. Hey, when you’ve got the legs, right?! Teigen went with Givenchy Clark Shark Lock Suede Sandals in a neutral color to match her camel colored coat. Fab!
  2. I did a Splurge/Steal post on this very cute outfit Teigen wore shortly after announcing her pregancy. There was tremendous buzz over the outfit because it was sheer as well.

  3. I like the plaid A-Line  shirt dress Teigen while out and about. It’s freeing yet still stylish.  This Peak-lapel wool-blend coat by Mugler worn overtop is fierce and as it should be when paired with a sharp black Hermes Birkin bag. And I want those Chloe platform boots but am bummed they’re sold out at Neiman’s. Shucks! Teigen capped off the look with a pair of aviator shades by Victoria Beckham.

  4. Teigen loves her friend Beckham who outfitted her in this cute white mini dress. It is simple and chic and the bun makes it even cuter. And I was surprised to find out thse gold Kurt Geiger KG Hero Platforms are reasonably priced at just $64. Nice!

5. This Lace Trimmed Pencil Skirt dress by Self Portrait actually sold out, I believe after it was part of a trending topic on Social Media. Teigen wore look at an event also during the same week after she announced her pregnancy. It too was much buzzed about!

That was an A+ maternity look for the Second Trimester! Let’s see what Teigen and her stylist team bring us for this last trimester she is heading into. (if not already in)


Inside Chrissy Teigen’s InStyle Australia Fashion Shoot (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

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Chrissy Teigen looked radiant on the February cover of InStyle Australia and in the inside cover shots. The TV host and model is expecting her first child, a daughter, with her husband John Legend.

The photos give out an aura of outdoor, romantic yet natural. It’s awesome that the magazine found such unique pieces that flatter with such style and sophistication. It is also great that they went with national designers from Australia. So many shoots feature the usual suspects from Paris, France and Milan, Italy.

The FABLife co-host revealed in the cover story that her good friend Kim Karadashian gave her maternity wear advice.

“She told me to go stretchy,” Tegein shared with the magazine. We agree! Great advice. Stretchy is quite forgiving yet accentuates the curves.

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How simply elegant is this white Bally‘s shirt dress?! Owww. It is accessorized with XIV bangles and very exotic Christian Louboutin straw booties. They give me that “Outback” vibe. They fit in perfectly with the rustic shoot. SwoonTegien also confessed that she and Legend haven’t settled on a baby name yet. “We change the name every day, basically,” the LipSync Battle host said while adding that they haven’t done much work on the nursery either. 

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We are also loving this gorgeous flowy black and white cotton and silk maxi dress by Australian designer Maticevski. I love the four bold white Dinosaur Designs white resin bangles which is perfect accompaniment to the up swept bun and bare feet. Perfect!

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And she gets to be flirty in this black cotton dress that looks like intertwined chains made by Romance Was Born, another Australian designer. And are those asps we see on that Giuseppe Zanotti sandals? Could be. They are hawt!

Check out the cover shoot video:

h/t Daily Mail

25 Blogs to Visit for Winter Maternity Style Ideas

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Being pregnant is an exciting time.  Visions of nurseries dance in your head and it’s likely that you find yourself consumed with shopping for onesies, stuffed animals and the perfect blanket to wrap around your bundle of joy. You also have probably noticed that, in addition to all of the things your baby needs, you need a new wardrobe to fit your expanding belly as well. These days, designers have the most stylish looks in maternity wear.  You can buy things for work that allow you to look professional and still be comfortable or for the weekend when you are kicking back and enjoying life.  And for that fabulous party you have coming up, there are plenty of party dresses too.

Combine those with comfy sleepwear and workout wear and you have yourself a whole new wardrobe, and what’s more fun than buying brand new clothes?  You want to look fantastic while you are pregnant right?  Check out these 25 fabulous fashion blogs that will send you in the right direction.

Work Wear
Sometimes it can be tough to get yourself out of bed, especially as

your body grows and changes with the baby, but keep in mind that when

you look good you feel good.  Look for clothing items that will grow

with you.  These five blog entries will show you what’s in style for

maternity work wear.
Weekend Wear
Step out in style as you enjoy life before baby.  You’ll need a great

pair of jeans and some comfy sweaters.  Tights and leggings are also a

way to stretch your existing wardrobe. Throw on some maternity leggings,

a long sweater and some boots and you are ready to go anywhere and

still be in style. Take a look at these five blog posts regarding fun

and functional weekend wear.


Party Wear
You may be pregnant, but that doesn’t mean you don’t still have

places to go and people to see.  What if you have a wedding to attend or

a business dinner on the calendar?  These blog posts will give fashion

ideas for dresses you can wear to all different types of events, from a

party to the opera.  Think haute couture is out of your reach when

you’re pregnant?  Think again!
Sleeping can be difficult while you are pregnant.  You can’t seem to

get comfortable and your favorite position to sleep in doesn’t really

work right now.  With all of those sleeping hurdles you don’t want to

have sleepwear that is uncomfortable too.  Check out these five blog

posts with comfy sleepwear options.
Workout Wear
Doctors recommend that pregnant women continue to work out if they

previously followed a workout regimen. Fortunately, many athletic pants

and tops are stretchy and will allow you a little time before you need

to change anything.  But once you get past the middle of your second

trimester you may not want tight clothes on your tummy.  These five blog

posts have included some maternity workout clothes so that you can stay

healthy for the baby and for you.
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