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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)


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



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.


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.


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.

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.


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!

6 Hacks to Get that Sun-Kissed Bronze Look this Summer


This summer, you don’t have to risk the dangers sun rays to get that bronzed and sun-kissed look by sunbathing for hours. There are plenty of tricks and hacks you can implore to fake it without baking yourself, compliments from our pals at SmileSimplicity.

Here are 6 easy Tips for getting that sunkissed and outdoorsy look with less the hassle:

1. Wear white and lots of it. And just as nice, you’ll feel and look cool and collected.

2. Consider a new nail polish. White isn’t the only color that will bring out your inner golden goddess. Any color that is lighter than your skin will make your

complexion look bold by comparison. Neons, corals, and golds are good choices.

3. Pile on the turquoise jewelry. This soft color pops against skin. Pastels like mint green work well too.


4. Whiten your smile. There are many tooth whitening options on the market, from whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses to in-office treatments. But why

not brighten your smile permanently with SmileSimplicity porcelain veneers? This is a new generation porcelain veneer that doesn’t require any drilling away

of sensitive tooth structure and thus no anesthesia. Bonus: this magic transformation can also correct chips, cracks and imperfections.

5. Go for the bronze: Dust a bronzer over cheekbones, but ask the makeup counter expert to help you pick your shade. Ideally, it should be no more than

two shades darker than your natural skin tone. You’re going for glow, not stripes.

5. Choose a coral lipstick and sheer gold eye shadow.

 6. Sun kiss your hair with blond streaks. Already blond? Add dimension and

contrast with some low lights.

Our Pick of the Best Spring/Summer Maternity Looks from Fashion Bloggers

Bellyitch Rewind

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With the warmer weather of Spring & Summer comes more opportunities to be out and about outside more. Moms-to-be can also use the change in temperature to also do more with their wardrobe.  They can experiment with more color, skirts, maxi dresses, sundresses and tops.

To help inspire your new seasonal look, here  are our picks of some of the freshest, most stylish, chic and fab looks we spotted on Fashion IGers, Bloggers and Pinterest in recent years. Which is your favorite? Tell us below!

My Corner View




Cara Loren



Little Blonde Book



A Spoonful of Style

The Day Book



Glamour-Pink Peonies


Refinery 29



Trend Alert: Round Bold Statement Sunglasses

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You don’t have to like all the trends that come into fashion each season. As a person with a round face, I tend to stay away from sunglasses with round frames. So personally, I will be skipping out on the round statement sunglasses trend this Spring and Summer. The cool style has been spotted on some famous faces of late.
How about  you? Round Sunglasses: Are you a fan or no?
Georgia May Jagger



Scarlett Johansson



Lady GaGa

DOWNLOAD: How to Execute a DIY Fashion Shoot in 10 Steps (eBook)



A few years ago, I had to come up with all the steps for organizing a fashion shoot for this blog. It was daunting because after conducting online research, I discovered that there were no blog posts or other guides around providing step-bey-step instructions.

So I did it myself and shared the steps in a blog post that has since been accessed thousands of times.

Since I realized there was an interest and market for this information, I encapulsated it all and put it in an ebook that is available for download at Kindle and soon the iTunes store and Google Books.

If you or someone you know such as an aspring model, fashion blogger, photographer, stylist or any other fashion industry -type is thinking of producing a shoot and has a limited budget, this is the eBook for him or her.

No where else can you find a concise step-by-step guide so it is very worth the $3.99 cost!

Download it TODAY!