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We’re Loving Angela Simmons’ Bikini and Maternity Style (PHOTOS)

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Angela Simmons has been babymooning in the islands and on a boat with her mystery fiance. She shared a trio of bikini pics recently on her Instagram account that reveal her growing baby belly.

Simmons is expecting her first child with a person she has yet to reveal to the public. But she did reveal back in May that she expecting a boy.

“I can’t wait to kiss your little toes baby boy,” she captioned an Instagram photo of an ultrasound.

Before confirming the pregnancy, Angela hid her bump and dodged rumors  and since then has been showing it off more.

She is aunt to her sister Vanessa Simmons‘ daughter with her beau Michael Wayans and her brother JoJo Simmons’ first born child with his girlfriend. Vanessa gave birth to her first child, daughter Ava Marie Jean, in 2014 and younger brother JoJo just became a father earlier this year with his girlfriend, Tanice Amira.

We enjoyed bumpwatching Vanessa but I must admit Angela is so much more fun because she posts often in social media and her maternity fashion game is on fleek. Check it out. And this is just the early second trimester.

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This sheer top with embellished adornments and black pencil skirt paired with cute black pumps is a super cute look. I love the slimming effect of the slim skirt. She went with the glam waves to the side for a bombshell look.

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In another sheer and denim mini dress with a slight slit in the front with these nude Louboutins is adorbs. I love her plum lipstick and baby blue nails.

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The off-the-shoulder shirt is trending this season. She could still wear distressed jeans in a non-maternity style in this pic even though she is a bit advanced in her pregnancy. Lucky girl.

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The crimson medicine bag captures your attention but this black bump-hugging t-shirt dress is boss. Tossing the fatigues army shirt jacket over this dress makes this outfit set off and tres cute. And the Dwayne Wayne (A Different’ World character referenceshades rock. The blue sneakers give this look a sporty yet casual vice.

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Simply chic and elegant. I love the mauve pumps too.

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This layered tent top is perfect and I am lusting after those black and white pumps. Cute.

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This striped dress with a cropped top revealing her bump is fab.

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This track suit with the big floral print is so unexpected and are those Converse wedges on her feet?

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Another fatigues print dress. Digging her sandals too. And all this is just the second trimester! Follow Angela on Instagram HERE! She announced plans to open up a retail store in Brooklyn for her previously online-only  boutique Angela I Am. 

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photos: courtesy Instagram

Summer Swim Suit Guide for Moms: 7 Cute Styles and Cuts

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Today is the first official day of Summer. That means beach and pool season is  officially open, for real. If squeezing into that itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini is no longer in the cards for you after having a baby and putting on a few healthy new curves, you’re going to want to mix up and upgrade your bathing suit game.

Lucky for us modern moms, swimsuits have come a long way and a lot of companies and brands are finallyoffering a variety of cute, sexy and/or modest styles for new, experienced and veteran moms.

Here are 7 super cute inspiration suits the team at Bellyitch curated for you. If you want to purchase these, most are modestly priced.

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Save Time/Money with This $149 Pre-Filled Maternity Hospital Bag You Can Win Here



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One of the last things you will have to do as you approach your due date is pack your hospital bag. This task will entail going to the store to pick up supplies, going around the house gathering items or digging in drawers and on top of shelves pulling out items to go in the bag.  You will also have to do some internet surfing  to find hospital bag checklists and narrow down the perfect items for you and your needs. Then, you will have to find the time and energy and get motivated enough to actually pack the bag. Phew!

Now, if you are working up until your due date, you will need to find moments in between work and other things on your to do list to put this bag together. It can be daunting.

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Fortunately for the busy expecting working mom, the mom who has another child or children to care for or who just doesnt’ have the time, energy or interest to undertake this task, there is an option in the Kiwi Maternity Pre-Packed Hospital Bag. The bag is the mastermind of mom to two Anita Koppuzhayil, who co-founded a maternity brand with her husband after her first pregnancy.

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Anita Koppuzhayil, daughters Aria and Ava, and husband Roshan

 

Actually, two inventions came from her experiences.  She struggled to put on and off her pantie during her third trimester.Out of necessity, Anita designed a panty that could be put on and taken off without having to bend over and step into them.

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She created a prototype of the panty she calls the Aria Maternity Pant and tested them out on herself during her second pregnancy.  The panty sells  for just $19.99 on her website.  The bag is more but still worth the price.

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The bag alleviates the stress and pressure of assembling a Hospital Bag. All the must-have items are hand-selected and curated for moms-to-be and delivered in a kiwi/light olive green colored high quality nylon bag that comes with a detachable shoulder strap, an interior zippered pocket and to interior slip pockets. The duffel measures 17.75″ x 8.25″ x 12.5″.

Inside, you’ll get:

✿ Contact Lens Case

✿ Colgate Toothbrush X 2

✿ Colgate Toothpaste

✿ Scope Mouthwash

✿ Hair Brush

✿ Hair Ties X 2

✿ Cosmetics Bag (To Pack Your Own Makeup If You Wish)

✿ Kleenex Tissues

✿ Bic Silky Disposable Razor

✿ Socks With Grip (1 Pair)

✿ Stress Ball

✿ Eye Mask

✿ Mead Notepad

✿ Bic Pens X 2

✿ Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Therapy

✿ Lansinoh Nursing Pads X 6

✿ Depend Silhouette Underwear X 2

✿ Preparation-H Wipes X 5

✿ Purell Hand Sanitizer

✿ Lubriderm Lotion

✿ Degree Deodorant

✿ Carmex Lip Balm

✿ Thank You Cards X 2

✿ Nalgene Water Bottle 24 oz (BPA Free)

✿ CLIF Bar X 1

✿ KIND Bar X 1

✿ Pringles

✿ Altoids Mints

✿ Q-tips

✿ Trial Size Empty Bottles X 3 (For Shampoo, Soap Etc.)

There is also a sheet where you can fill in contact information and other details  for your various healthcare providers.  The bag could also make an excellent baby shower gift and it costs just $149.00 which is below the cost of the purchasing all the items and the bag individually.

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The bag saves the time, money and frustration of putting your hospital bag together with our ready-to-go tote, stocked with 31 essential items in brands that you know and trust. The bag is as chic as it is spacious, and you will love using it long after your hospital stay. It also can be used as a diaper bag or travel bag after you check out!

Bellyitch readers can pick up their own bag and get it for 10% off by entering the word BELLYITCH at check out! Alternatively, you can also try to win your own bag. For now until June 30 at 11:59, you can enter to win. Limit to US and Canada. There are more ways than one to enter and you can enter multiple times.

Kiwi Maternity Pre-Packed Hospital Bag ($149)

Designer Guest Post: Add Celeb Style to Your 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?

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



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Rose Byrne1.  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!

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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 Deeley4. 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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Draya Michele has Elevated the Elegant Maternity Standard…and She Knows It

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So…in case you ever wanted to know what an elegant maternity shoot looked like, reality TV star and swimwear designer and entrepreneur Draya Michele shows you.

The beautiful model who has starred in the VH1 docu-series Basketball Wives the longest of all cast members recently shared videos from a recent photo shoot on her Instagram page.

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And it appears the Mint Swim creator is aware that she as elevated the standard because she captioned her last video, “So who wants to get pregnant next ????? Cuz um, the bar has been set.” 

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And about a week prior, she posted some other pics from her last shoot we talked about in a previous post. Get it Draya, beautiful and healthy mom-to-be personafied!  

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We also love that she is humble and is not ashamed to let her fans know she went low-budget on a dress and still looked fab in the process.

“Next time I need@angelbrinks to make mea dress……but in the mean time, this little $11.99 number from Ross did the trick. ?,” she captioned a photo of a red carpet event where she wore a cute lace, empire cut mini dress. 

 

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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

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)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

WIN AN UNDERCOVER MAMA NURSING TANK ($75 GIFT FOR 3 WINNERS)

Why The Riding Boot is a Winter Wardrobe Staple for all Moms-to-Be

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This winter, if you are preggers and looking for winter footwear to purchase for yourself or put on your holiday wish list, you cannot go wrong with The Riding Boot. Traditionally, these are Equestrian boots worn by those who ride horses, but fashion houses have taken them and put a fashion twist on them and mass produce them for the cosmopolitan market of fashion-conscious female shoppers.

It’s a wardrobe “must-have” in my book. Pregnant or not, each woman should have a pair of Riding Boots in her shoe closet.

The Riding Boot is also the pregnant woman’s best friend compared to other types of fall and winter boots.

The Riding Boot is stylish and comes in a lot of different colors and variations. Most brands sell leather Riding Boots but occasionally, you will spot a pair made of tough suede.

The Riding Boot is also easier to slip into while pregnant compared to a wedge boot. A lot have zippered sides and the calf area is usually wider so if you’re experiencing swelling during your pregnancy, that wider shaft can assist that extra girth in the calf.

You can also get a Riding Boot in a supple and flexible material with some give.

The heels on Riding Boots are usually low or flat which are perfect for moms-to-be who have to adjust as their center of gravity shifts as their bellies grow.  With high heel boots, a pregnant woman risks a fall that can be potentially fatal to her baby.

My fave brand is Via Spiga because they sell in a moderate price range and you can get a good boot between $70 to $100 and even way less if you catch a good sale or find a pair in one of those discount stores.

Vince Camuto and BCBG Generation boots are most stylish and appealing to me. I love the classic look of Tory Burch. Her signature gold insignia on the boot also stands out and lets others know you’re wearing a quality boot. Of course, the Hunter and Burberry Boot is a great brand that is quality and recognizable. They are long lasting. Take care of them by polishing and brushing them regularly.

They’ll be a great investment!

Here are a selection of my fave Riding Boots, powered by our partners at ShopStyle:

Easy Street Women’s Kelsa Wide Calf Riding Boot • Easy Street Shoes • $89.99

Journee Collection Women’s Taven Riding Boot • Journee Collection • $69.99

Women’s Fly London Axil Elastic Back Riding Boot • Fly London • $299.95

Women’s Blondo Pakita Waterproof Riding Boot • Blondo • $169.95

Burberry House Check and Leather Riding Boots • Burberry • $495

Crown Vintage Women’s Sporty Riding Boot • Crown Vintage • $59.99

Women’s SlimpackTM Riding Tall II Boot • Sorel • $215

Tory Burch Sofia Tall Riding Boots • Tory Burch • $348.60

Sam Edelman Portman Riding Boots • Sam Edelman • $175

G by Guess Harson Tall Riding Boots Women’s Shoes • G by Guess • $89

Tommy Hilfiger Ilia2 Wide Calf Riding Boots, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes • Tommy Hilfiger • $79.99

Style & Co Madixe Riding Boots, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes • Style&Co. • $49.99

Inc International Concepts Frankii Riding Boots, Created for Macy’s Women’s Shoes • INC International Concepts • $129.99

Croft & Barrow® Alice Women’s Ortholite Riding Boots • Croft & Barrow • $49.99

Women’s Cole Haan Katrina Riding Boot • Cole Haan • $219.90

Women’s Blondo Volly Waterproof Riding Boot • Blondo • $159.90

All of Daphne Oz’s Maternity Looks We Missed in One Post

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I didn’t know Daphne OZ, (Dr. Oz’s daughter) from The Chew was expecting her second child. She and her investment analyst hubby John Jovanovic  welcomed a son, Jovan Jovanovic ((JJ for short) about 6 weeks ago.  Pooh!






The couple have an almost two year old daughter Philomena Bijou  (nicknamed Philo for short), who they welcomed last February. The thing with pregnant TV hosts on daily shows is they have the best stylist to hook them up with the most adorbs looks. And Oz names the brands she wears so her fans and followers on social media can get the same style or look.  Awesome sauce! And now, all the photos we didn’t get to stalk earlier. (smile)


 


 


 


 

 

dreading having to wear real clothes again…ever.

 

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today’s @abcthechew outfit – and a bippity bump!! ?

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we are revealing some secrets about ourselves on today’s @abcthechew ? and here’s my OOTD!!

 

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