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Maternity Capsule Collections Get you Through Pregnancy and Beyond

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Dressing a bump is fun, there’s no doubt. It’s a rare time when our proportions get flipped around and a bulging belly is something to show off rather than disguise.

But that full belly is actually a fairly short blip in the whole process — a process that presents new challenges for dressing with each phase. And don’t forget about after the birth and the possibility of months of nursing.

With that in mind, here are some pieces to get you through the early months, those big-belly days and beyond — when you need all the help you can get.

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Kim Kardashian’s Maternity Style Palette; What Else She Should be Wearing

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Kim Kardashian West has said she will be keeping her maternity style simple this round. While pregnant with her first child with husband Kanye West, the reality TV star got a lot of ridicule and teasing on her over-the-top outfits, some of which wasn’t the best fit for her body type.

Not everyone can carry their baby weight only in their belly like some of these Hollywood starlets out here.

I notice that she’s had one consistent style palette so far: a bump hugging pencil skirt dress  in neutral tones under a long sweater, wrap, jacket or coat. She’s kept her hair slicked back as well.

It works for her!

I cannot imagine being knocked up in the public eye and being constantly photographed, featured on websites, blogs, and gossip magazines and newspapers, only to be picked apart, scrutinized, critiqued and ridiculed by every Tom, Dick and Harry with an opinion. Ugh!

It’s a trade off for fame.

Though her selection works for her, I’d mix it up a bit and branch out some occasionally.

Here are the couture level picks I’d go with if I had the budget of a Kim K or  Kim Cavallari. The belted looks can be worn above the bump. The high end pieces can be adjusted to fit your body in a more flattering way. There are a lot more styling and adjustment options for those that can afford to pay top dollar.

Below that are the more sensible, around-the-way girl price point selections I like.

Check them out.

Do you like.

 

 

 

For less pricier pieces, here are some items to consider:

 

Trend Alert: How to Rock Vertical Stripes

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Traditionally, stripes are a no-no for women because of their perceived effect of making one look wider. Vertical stripes though can elongate the body. They are a trending look this season.

Trend conscious moms, young moms and preginista moms-to-be who may be looking for ways to pull off this look can try espadrilles, accessories, scarves and other fashion items to interweave the trend in their wardrobe.

 

 

Those who are bolder can bring in color vertical stripes as a twist on the prison stripes.

If you are not so brave, going with striped earrings could be a subtle and minor way to play up the trend while still being safe.

Have it your way!

 

ThrowBack: Eudoxie Agnan Bridges’ African Tribal Maternity Shoot

 

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This is not necessarily new, but still I am crushing on the tribal print skirt, head band and bandeau top in a maternity shoot that Eudoxie Agnan Bridges wore in a maternity shoot she did while pregnant.

It juxtaposed nicely with the traditional Western shot the Gabonsese beauty  took with her American husband, Fast and Furious franchise actor and rapper  Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges  and in with a floor-length lace lounge jacket, also during her final trimester of her first pregnancy.

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Also, still loving the tranquil lilac nursery she decorated for their newborn daughter Cadence Gaëlle, that the philanthropist and Med-School student shared on her Instagram.

Atlanta-based photographer Donna Permell of Prime Phocus Photography did a superb job on the shoot!

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Back to School: 20 Swagilicious Outfits for BOYS

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It’s back to school shopping time! If your kids don’t got to a school that requires uniforms, back to school shopping also means clothes shopping.Sometimes when parents-to-be find out and share with others that they are expecting a little boy, relatives and others’ first retort is to mention the lack of cute clothing option for boys.

Well, if you are creative and have a little imagination, imagine that you too could have your baby boy looking like Mason Disick  or Kingston Rossdale or Skylar Berman um if you wanted to.

Check out these little rascals with plenty of swag that are the current stars of our Bellyitch Couture Kids Pinterest board right now. You can get some inspiration from their style while putting together outfits for your little tike’s first day of school:

How to Get that Smoldering Balmain Smoky Eye for Date Night (VIDEO)

 
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The iconic couture brand Balmain is coming to H&M this November as part of a collaboration with lead creative designer Frenchman Olivier Rousteing and the ready-to-wear modest price point chain store.  I can hardly wait to see what will be made available to everyday women and young girls this fall.

The line is a fave among its latest spokes models including our Bellyithch Bumpwatch alum Kim Kardashian, her sister Kendall Jenner, model Joan Smalls, pop singer Rihanna and others.

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A recent provocative campaign from the line which features Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Joan Smalls and her sister and others have been much buzzed about lately since it was released last week.

It featured famous sisters wearing the brand’s exquisite structured  pieces and smoldering sexy smoky eye make up to really set off the look.

It’s a really hot eye if you can pull it off. I found this tutorial from Maya Mia that everyone seems the love that shows you how to achieve this fab look. It’s great for date night, an evening out with the girls or any night time event.

Check it out and try it out for yourself:

 

Trend Alert: 80s Acid & Stone Washed Jeans are BACK!

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I was in the mall the other day and realized that acid and stone washed denim was back in style. Whoa! How did I miss this during the last season’s international Fashion Weeks ready-to-wear runway shows?

When I last saw that trend, it was the 80s and I was pretty sure back then that it would never make a come back. Never say never because the style has always been spotted on some of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums in recent weeks such as Hayden Panetierre, Busy Phillips, Kim Kardashian and Christina Milian.

And some of the trendier maternity lines are up on it. They have acid and stone washed offerings for the preginista who wants to stay hip and current during pregnancy.

 

And for new and veteran moms, many non-maternity brands are selling the trend too.

 

Would you revisit the 80s and go there?

 

Eco-Friday REVIEW: Aetrex sandals offer style and comfort for moms-to-be

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It’s been awhile since we’ve had an Eco-Friday post sharing our latest finds, news and information about living an eco-friendly, holistic and natural lifestyle.

Today, I would like to share my experience testing out one of Aetrex‘s family of comfy, orthopedic friendly yet stylish athletic shoes,  sandals, thongs, slippers and other feet support products for men, women, children and families.

Moms-to-be get swollen feet,  and often times, they go up a shoe size. Another side-effect of pregnancy for many women is achy joints and muscles having to balance their new re-distribution of weight so they are grounded and balanced.

Having comfortable shoes are a MUST! This brand’s shoes indeed could help out in that department.

The pair I checked out, The Emily Rose Flip Flop (complimentary) retails for $99.95 and felt like butter on my feet.

I got them in the mail after a couple of marathon days at the gym, running on the treadmill. My heels needed a break! So these puppies were perfect. They are light and offer plenty of give. I literally felt like I was walking on air wearing them.

Since 1946, the company has specialized in comfort and wellness footwear. The makers seemingly have perfected the art and skill of manufacturing a quality comfort shoe.

The Emily thong sandal is a classic warm weather shoe and it is fully adjustable for the ultimate fit.

Highly recommend and the brand sells a variety of styles as well for different tastes and style palates. Check them out and find a store near you that sells them HERE!

8 Affordable Celeb-Inspired Slimming One Piece Swimsuits

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Celebrities, including celeb moms, are often photographed by paparazzi on the beach in their bikinis. Gossip magazines put them on their covers, seemingly taunting you. It’s the type of thing that can drive you up the wall especially if you think bikinis are off limits to your post-baby.

Thank goodness we are in modern times and bathing suit designers are coming up with attractive, stylish and also sexy swimsuits for those of us who prefer one piece suits. Here are eight suits that are slimming and affordable while as stylish as the ones celeb moms are spotted in online.

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Bring the focus of your pool-ready look to your chest, not your hips, in this flirty black number. The halter top gives your chest ample lift while the ruffled, but fitted, skirt slims the look of your tummy and hips. This suit by Tommy Bahama is available in sizes 8 to 16. It’s on sale now for $142.

 This Miracle suit is great for those with ample tops who need support because it has wide shoulder straps, but is still sexy with its slight v in the front. The crossing wrapped design guides the eye away from any bulges. It comes in sizes 8 to 20. Available at Lord & Taylor for $105 on sale now.

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This shoulder-baring one-piece suit features front-control lining to smooth the tummy and hidden underwire bra cups to enhance your shape. This bathing suit comes in sizes 6 to 16 in blush, twilight (pictured) and black. Priced down to $109 from $148.

At the lower price point, we love this electric blue Amoena: Rhodes Wire-Free Swimsuit which is down to $25.99 from $54.00 at Bare Necessities. It is a sportier design with opaque lining in front and rises higher at the neckline for ample coverage. The panel seams in the front provide a slim silhouette. It has bilateral bra pockets to secure the boobage while at the beach riding a wave on the boogie board.

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Show off your refined style and conceal your bottom if you’re insecure about your derriere being exposed in this LAUREN by by Ralph Lauren Bel Aire Solids Shirred Bandeau Skirted Mio Slimming Fit One-Piece . It has shirred detailing that slims the silhouette and the halter tie is great for those with ample bosoms as well. The bandeau bodice also has slimming effect while still looking hip and current.

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If you love how draped wrap dresses magically hide mid-section lumps, then check out this fashionable look in a swimsuit! This one-piece looks like a modern two-piece tankini while featuring color blocking and tummy control to instantly slim your shape. This suit is available in sizes 6 to 16 with the top half either blush pink, slate gray or twilight blue against a black bottom. Price: $150 from $134.99 at Macy’s.

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This blouse like tankini top is perfect for the new mom to conceal a still there bump.  The loose, flowing bandeau-style top hides your midsection while flaunting your bare shoulders. This swimsuit top comes in sizes 6 to 12 in deep blue or black. Pair it with the Athena Finesse Banded Bikini Bottom in sizes 6 to 16. Top and bottom, on sale $59 and $32. Get them at Athena Fitness.

We love the color, contrast and detailing of this simple but elegant Nautica Safe Haven Stripe Racerback Tankini Top.  It has a racer back, removable cups and adjustable zip front. It’s down to $46.20 from $77 at Dillards.

Happy shopping!

35 Last-Minute Fourth of July Recipes

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If you’re like me, you are frantically scrambling around in preparation of a 4th of July backyard cookout with the family. 

Six Sisters’ Stuff has a great post full of 35 Fun 4th of July recipes and ideas that you should peep. If anything, they are visual “pin” worthy delights!!

I’m off to the grocery store to pick up last minute ingredients to try to pull some of this off! Enjoy!