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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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Back to School Hair Style Inspiration Ideas from IGer Jill Ehat

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If you are planning Back to School First Day of School hairstyle ideas, we invite you to check out mom of 3 Jill Ehat‘s Instagram account. 
Daily, to her 45,000 110,000 followers (updated since we first discovered her last year), Ehat shares some of the creative styles she puts on the heads of her 7-year old twin daughters, Hallie & Brighton.
When Ehat isn’t styling the girls’ hair, she is managing their performance careers along with that of their 9-year old brother.
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Kristin Cavallari to Cover American Baby magazine

It looks like third time mom-to-be Kristin Cavallari will be the next celebrity mom to be featured in the next edition of American Baby magazine.

The Laguna Beach alum who is mom to 2-year old Camden and 15-months old Jaxon shared a sneak peek from the shoot on her Instagram account today.

Cavallari has been keeping busy since on hiatus from her co-hosting duties on the E! TV show, The Fabulist.  

The shoe designer has also been promoting her forthcoming book, “Balancing in Heels.”



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This Store is Like an H&M for Curvy Plus Size Fashionistas

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So I was shopping in my local mall with my mother-in-law this week and we popped into this hip and trendy clothing store that caters to sizes 12 to 26 only. I was blow away at all the vibrant colors, chic and sexy pieces and accessories in there. My mom-in-law felt it was too young for her, of course, but I could barely get away without snapping a pic of this curvaceous mannequin in a really cute club dress.

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I had never seen clothes for curvy and buxom women so youthful before.

I went home and did my research and learned the store Fashion to Figure was founded by two New York city brothers, Michael and Nick Kaplan, who had the fortune of having for a grand mom plus size fashion pioneer Lena Bryant. Yes! That Lena who founded Lane Bryant (Fun Fact: the store is called Lane because she mispelled her name on a bank slip and kept it)

Well it all makes sense now! They have fashion (and money) in their gene pool and I’m so happy the brothers saw the wide open market for H&M and Forever 21 type of clothing for larger sized women and capitalized upon it! They opened their first store in 2004, then several others throughout New York city and currently boast 26 stores, per ABC TV’s Nightline recent plus-size fashion segment that included a snippet of the two.

From the colorful and trendy website, here are my fave tops, dresses, accessories and outfits I saw on the store’s website:

Plus Size Aurora Abstract Peplum Top Fashion To Figure

 I love this Aurora Abstract Peplum Top because of its assymetric front and pattern. It sells for $28.90

Plus Size Jade Scuba Peplum Top Fashion To Figure

I love a Peplum and this Jade Scuba Peplum top in black is versatile and can be dressed up with black pants of a pencil skirt or dressed down over a pair of jeans.

It costs $32.90

Plus Size Ayumi Leopard Duster Fashion To Figure

Long dusters are in style this fall and you can’t go wrong with one in an animal print which has been trending for several seasons now. This Ayumi Leopard Duster sells for $32.90.

Plus Size Adelaide Stripe Top Jumpsuit Fashion To Figure

I love a romper and a Jumpsuit because I find them quite sexaaay and great for date night, cocktail hour or an art gallery opening even. Fashion to Figure’s Adelaide Stripe Top Jumpsuit is so cute and goes for just $33.99! Amazing!

Plus Size Edie Color Block Dress Fashion To Figure

Color Block is ideal for playing with lines and the eye and in this eye-catching turquoise, black and white, this Edie Color Block Dress works and at top of the line price of $42.90 is still quite the steal.

 

Plus Size Calie Halter Dress Fashion To Figure

Still hawt! The Calie Halter Dress is everything. It sells for $39.90.

Plus Size Alaina Knotted Dress Fashion To Figure

I also dig the Alaina Knotted Dress because it can be work at the office or on a first date. love it! And it retails for just $36.50!

Plus Size Serpentine Embossed Clutch Fashion To Figure

This Serpentine Embossed Clutch caught my eye instantly upon walking into the store. Certainly it could also be a conversation piece as it looks like snakeskin but isn’t. What an optical illusion. You can nab it for $36.90.

Plus Size Iris Beaded Body Chain Fashion To Figure

Get me body with this Iris Beaded Body Chain which is sultry and just $22.90.

Plus Size Get Up Tank Fashion To Figure

And for weekends being out and about, heading to the grocer’s or just chilling with your boo, this Get Up Tank is also refreshing and is just $22.90.

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Break The Rules Tee indeed with this funky graphic tee that got its own come-hither action in the back! It will set ya back $26.90.

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Plus Size Juliette Asymmetric Wrap Dress Fashion To Figure

Finally, this Juliette Asymmetric Wrap Dress is a nice work wrap dress that can go from 9-to-5 to happy hour and runs under $40!

Back to School: Get Inspired by This Fly 4-year old (PHOTOS)

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It’s still back to school shopping time in many households worldwide. If you haven’t shipped your kid or brood off yet and have a little girl who goes to a school where they don’t wear uniforms, I invite you to check out the stylings of 4-year old Instagram model Nylah K from Oxon Hill, Maryland.

I found this tiny fashionista on Instagram and was immediately smitten by her very cute outfits.

Her mom is a braider who does  a fab job outfitting her naturalista daughter in the cutest get-ups for fashion shoots, contests and other gigs. These are my fave style picks I spotted from her and her mom’s IG. I found some similar pieces from our style partner at Shopstyle to match in case you want to get her look!

Just in time for back to school shopping!

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50 Low Cost Summer Concert, Carnival and Festival Outfits

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Late Summer is peak music and food festival season. Here are my picks for how to dress for outdoor events that will entail dancing, feteing, standing on your feet for long periods of time or jamming to a music truck or band, moving down the road or on stage at a multi-artists venue or event:

The Romper: A romper is timeless and a simple choice. You can get them in a variety of designs, colors, patterns, materials and styles, from strapless, to full-sleeved, to cap or spaghetti sleeve. They flatter many body types so long as you are comfortable showing leg. The only downside is when you have to go to the bathroom in a port-a-potty at an outdoor event, but other than that, they’re a good bet.
You don’t have to break the bank either to get a nice cute romper. Stores like Forever 21, Asos, and H&M sell them and now that Summer is shortly coming to a close, there are tons of End-of-Summer sales in the malls and in online stores and boutiques.

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Shorts and T-Shirts – You can never go wrong with some denim shorts and a graphic tank or t-shirt. The shirt should be a very light and loose material so in the heat, it doesn’t stick to your skin as you sweat. This is a safe bet also because they are easy to pack and can be rolled up into an overnight back and easily mixed and matched. If you get a graphic tee with a funky print or saying on it, you’ve got an instant conversation piece that also photographs well.
Stores like Old Navy, American Apparel and online boutiques sell these for super low prices.

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The Sundress –The classic sundress is also a great pick for watching a summer concert or parade. Get one in a very light material, that also isn’t too clingy. Go for an A-line or Sheath material for maximum breezability. Don’t forget to wear shorts underneath not just in case you find yourself on someone’s shoulders during a concert, but also to avoid chafing between your legs as you walk and sweat.
Pair the sundress with wedges, espadrilles, very low heeled sandals, gladiators or strappy sandals. Do NOT wear slip on shoes because you will risk injury jumping up in them or chasing a music truck. You need something that will secure your shoe to your foot at all times.
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Off the Shoulder top and Cropped Distressed Denims – I love an off the shoulder loose T-shirt. It’s sexy, simple and perfect for outdoor events or concerts. A pair of distressed cropped denim pants cuffed at the bottom are the perfect pairing for this look.

 


Peplum and Mini Skirt or Shorts –While peplum tops are making their way out of fashion, I still think they are a great option for giving you a cinched waist and masking rolls in the tummy. Pair these with a sexy mini skirt, skort or shorts in a sateen, lace or leather material for a really cute night event or fete.

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Cropped Bandage Top and Pencil Skirt- Admittedly, not everyone can pull off the cropped top because it would require you to have a somewhat trim midsection, but yet, you can still do it if you wear it with a high-waisted pencil skirt or bandage skirt. The bandage material compresses the tummy area. It’s not the outfit you wear to a “jump up” and wild and wassy fete, but the one you wear with your man, at a breakfast fete, or that event when you’ll just be styling and profiling in a VIP box or suite or something.

 


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Tee and Denim: The loose Graphic T-Shirt with denim shorts is just a great look that works with most folks. It’s not too stoosh but cool for going down the road following a band at a carnival or watching an outdoor summer concert.


 

 

 

TREND: Florals by Dolce & Gabbana, GET THE LOOK

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Florals are great to wear anytime but especially in the Spring and Summer months.

We spotted some of our diva-level Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums recently sporting the feminine pattern in sophisticated dresses and billowy peasant tops.

Jennifer Lopez wore a black and silver floral Dolce & Gabbana cap sleeve mini floral print dress with a matching D&G Sicily mini printed leather shoulder bag and white pumps at a recent event.

Beyonce, who is on active Bumpwatch, was seen recently in a billowy Lucy Paris floral peasant top with black trouser shorts and sandals. Late last month, the singer-songstress headed out in a Dolce & Gabbana knee-length dress that she accessorized with black Ray Ban sunglasses, a Stuart Weitzman Nudist Ankle Strap sandal and a nude Dannijo Lypton Chain detail cross body bag.

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Fab ladies!