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Angela Simons and Rasheeda Are My Fashion Spirit Animals (GET THEIR LOOKS)

I’ve decided that Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Growing Up Hip Hop‘s Angela Simmons and Love and Hip Hop:New York‘s  Rasheeda are my fashion spirit animals.

Maybe it’s the fact that I think Simmons and I have similar body shape and height as hers and I love how she experiments with color and embraces blazers, colorful pumps but still rocks her army green and black all day. She does figure hugging body con and sporty Athletic Baseball dresses well.

With Rasheeda, she’s that edgy wild child that I am in my mind. No one can rock a lace up gladiator boot like this mama! She’s also queen of the distressed denims and funky and edgy rocker tee worn under a cute camo jacket or stone or acid washed coat jacket.

They’re definitely fashionable moms after my own heart and they are also hustlers. Each sell clothing, do club appearances and star on reality TV shows and got their hustle game on! Love!

Shop their looks:

Inside JoJo Simmons’ Brookyn Baby Shower (PHOTOS)

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JoJo Simmons always came across as the non-committal unsettled brother on Run’s House, the long running MTV reality TV show he starred in with his dad, Rev. Run of the 80s rap group Run DMC.

But it looks like JoJo is all grown up and will soon be a dad. He and his girlfriend Tanice Amira had a baby shower on Sunday, January 17  at the Milk River Restaurant and Lounge in Brooklyn, NY, to celebrate the impending arrival of the new addition to the family. His sister Angela Simmons was there as was his R&B crooning brother Diggy and the baby Russell (who isn’t the baby anymore)

It looks like the theme was royal and gold was a central color of the theme. There was a cake shaped like a little throne.  The couple are expecting a daughter and they have already given her a name, Mia.

Very pretty. Take a look of the rest of the pics by event photographer Tristate photos, Bloom Cakes and Malista Batista photo as shared on IG.

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Vanessa Simmons and Mike Wayans welcomed daughter Ava Marie Jean on Valentine’s Day

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Simon Cowell isn’t the only celebrity to welcome a baby on Valentine’s Day!
Reality TV star of MTV‘s Run’s House actress Vanessa Simmons and her beau Mike Wayans welcomed their daughter, Ava Marie Jean Wayans.
Her great uncle Danny Simmons revealed the news ahead of the family.
 “My brand spanking new Grand niece is named Ava Marie Jean Wayans…you go mommy,” he shared on his  Facebook page, later writing, “Ooops didnt know I bleeped it out early.. yall wuz the first to know..well except for the immediate fam…u guys got the scoop”
Simmons announced the pregnancy via her Instagram page this past September 2013.
It’s Hip Hop/Black Hollywood royalty as Simmons’ dad is the legendary rap artist Rev Run of the iconic 80s group Run DMC and her uncle is hip hop clothing (Phat Farm) and music (Def Jam) business mogul Russell Simmons whose ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons we’ve “bumpwatched” before too. Vanessa’s brother Diggy Simmons is a R&B charttopper as well.
Wayans‘ dad is TV vet comedian Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) whose family includes actor director/producer Kennon Ivory Wayans (In Living Color), actor/filmmaker Shawn Wayans (White Chicks, Scary Movie) and actor/filmmaker (The Wayans Brothers, Little Man).
Congratulations!
This is the first child for the couple. Simmons also starred with her sister model, actress and designer Angela Simmons in a few seasons of the MTV spin-off Daddy’s Girls. 

 

Inside Vanessa Simmons’ Baby Shower (PHOTOS)

 

 

Reality TV star and sneaker designer Vanessa Simmons celebrated her candy themed baby shower this weekend with her beau Mike Wayans  at the Sugar Factory  in West Hollywood, California.
It was a union of two Hollywood families as Simmons’ sister  Angela Simmons, dad Rev Run, uncle hip hop and business mogul Russell Simmons, Mike’s dad TV comedic legend Damon Wayans and other celebs joined in the fun that took place in a private residence.
Vanessa announced the pregnancy this past September 2013 when she shared a photo of her daughter’s sonogram photo on her Instagram account.  The star of MTV’s Run’s House and its spin-off Daddy’s Girls has stayed out of public spotlight since the announcement, though she’s posted belly progression photos once or twice.
 
Check out the photos that the family and attendees shared on their respective Instagram accounts.
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The Simmons & Wayans celebrate at Vanessa & Mike’s baby shower.
Get a striped Maxi dress like Vanessa wore at her shower

Angela Simmons shows off a lollipop at her sister’s baby shower.

Future uncle & aunt Marlon Wayans & Angela Simmons Insta selfie at Vanessa  & Mike baby shower.

The Wayans, Simmons & Tyrese pose “Say Cheese” at Vanessa & Mike Wayan’s baby shower.
Photo Credit: Angela Simmons & Marlo Wayans Instagram

 

Need Weekend Looks? Try My Celeb Faves

I’ve decided that Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Growing Up Hip Hop‘s Angela Simmons and Love and Hip Hop:New York‘s  Rasheeda are my fashion spirit animals.

Maybe it’s the fact that I think Simmons and I have similar body shape and height as hers and I love how she experiments with color and embraces blazers, colorful pumps but still rocks her army green and black all day. She does figure hugging body con and sporty Athletic Baseball dresses well.

With Rasheeda, she’s that edgy wild child that I am in my mind. No one can rock a lace up gladiator boot like this mama! She’s also queen of the distressed denims and funky and edgy rocker tee worn under a cute camo jacket or stone or acid washed coat jacket.

They’re definitely fashionable moms after my own heart and they are also hustlers. Each sell clothing, do club appearances and star on reality TV shows and got their hustle game on! Love!

Shop their looks:

Budget-Friendly Celeb Swimsuit Styles for Every Body Type

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Pools open and families start making plans to hit the beach. Moms can use the opp to sunbathe and relax with the fam to also show off cute swimsuits without fear or shame or hiding their bodies.

These days, there are tons of swimsuit manufactures that cater to all tastes and comfort levels.

Women who have children are no longer forced to stick with the swim skirt or tankini. They can experiment with cuts, color, design, shape and patterns to accentuate their best features and shield those they are not comfortable with while still being confident.

Here is a roundup of various swim suit options out there and how to accomplish your pool-side or beach body look goal:

Ample bust

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For those who have ample busts, itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikinis just won’t do. Exposing the girls to a beach full of folks is not an option. For them, go with a one piece bathing suit with a halter top or a top with wide straps to provide max coverage and security. There are specialty stores that cater to large cup sizes and other designers make cuts that can also handle the boobage.  I like Carmen Marc Valvo‘s  Cape Town Beach Crossback One Piece suit. The back will give the extra support needed and it has runching in the side for max comfort and give. It’s under $100 at $69 at Swimoutlet right now.

Small Bust

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If you have a size A-B cup chest, you can afford to be bold and daring with your look.  Off the shoulder tops are perfect and you can do string bikini tops with no problem and then can throw on a high cut bottom and go!  One option is Beach Riot Pretty Lights’ Mirage Plunge One-Piece swimsuit with  a plunging neckline which is under $100.

Full-Figure or Pear Shaped

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If you want to distract from any areas of your body that you consider “problem” ones, call attention to other areas like your shoulders, legs or waist in one of  Canadian-Nigerian designer Andrea Imayah‘s retro-style high-waisted swim suits. They have beautiful cut-outs making them very mom friendly yet still sexy and chic. Imayah has been featured in many fashion mags and other press Cosmopolitan UK, Ebony Magazine,Style HQ and other sites and her designs have been still also worn by celebrity bloggers Necole from XO Necole and Claire Sulmners of The Fashion Bomb Daily, and Hollywood figures Christina Milian, Adrianne Bailon, and Angela Simmons. The swimsuits cater to full-figured, petite, hourglass and pear shaped women. The bathing suits are full of color, patterns and prints that are inspired by cultures on the African continent

Ample or Wide Hips

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Instead of a swim skirt, scope out the 1940s style swim suits that have built in body contouring that clenches the hips and hides your butt cheeks. Bring the focus of your pool-ready look to your chest, not your hips, in this flirty black number, for example. 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 $105.

Wide Waist or Large Belly

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Draw attention from a belly with a suit that has sides that are black but a design in the middle. It will minimize the waistline. A suit like Spice Temple DD Maillot with its classic Aztec print mixed with solid side-panels will give you  a slimming effect to create an hourglass silhouette. It’ s little on the pricey side at $187 at WalaSwim, but you can certainly find a similar look online or in the stores for less.

Short Waist or Long Torso

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Now if you have a short waist and want to elongate your torso a bit, (or if you have a long torso and want to shorten it) a color block swimsuit is the way to go. Pick one with a pattern that either has long strips to lengthen the waist or short blocks to minimize it.  We like Calvin Klein’s Color Block suit with sells for under $70.

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Finally, not everyone like the high waist bikini bottoms, but we love them because they are great at concealing your tiger stripes from pregnancy. You can get an assortment of them in different patterns and colors and then get a solid black or other solid color bikini top to wear with the various bottoms.

Consider These Mom-Friendly Swimsuits by Andrea Imayah for Upcoming Resort Season

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I was checking out the recent video for one of my fave recording artists, Jidenna and was taken by the gorgeous swimsuits worn on the women featured in the video.

What struck me most was the fact that they were retro-style high-waisted and had beautiful cut-outs making them very mom friendly yet still sexy and chic.

I did a quick Google search and determined that the designs are from the creative mind of Canadian-Nigerian designer Andrea Imayah.

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She has been featured in many fashion mags and other press Cosmopolitan UK, Ebony Magazine,Style HQ and other sites.

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Angela Simmons in Andrea Imayah swimsuits

Her designs have been still also worn by celebrity bloggers Necole from XO Necole and Claire Sulmners of The Fashion Bomb Daily, and Hollywood figures Christina Milian, Adrianne Bailon, and Angela Simmons.

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I love that the swimsuits cater to full-figured, petite, hourglass and pear shaped women. The bathing suits are full of color, patterns and prints that are inspired by cultures on the African continent

Resort season is just around the corner and these swimsuits are vibrant and would make you feel like you’re on a secluded beach on an island even when at home.

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You can scored some pieces directly from her website or select boutiques in Nigeria, France, Ghana and Canada.

 

22 Sexy & Fashionable Virgo Celebs 

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As this month is a fashionable one with all the various designers unveiling their Spring 2016 and Fall 2015 collections on runways at various cities’ respective Fashion Weeks, and it being Virgo season, I thought I would highlight all the fashionable celebrity moms and designers we’ve covered in Bellyitch over the years.

Tom Ford also infamously said, “You know, the world might be a very scary place if it were only run by Virgos.” True, but every organization needs a Virgo in it to keep it running smoothly. So does the world!

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I admit I am biased given my birthday was on September 6 and I myself am a proud Virgo and share a birthday with at least one spouse of a Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum  and the sign with other alums (above) including the Queen Bee Beyonce (Sept. 4), Country singer Jennifer Nettles, (Sept. 12), TV host and former model Padma Lakshmi (Sept. 1) , Songstress P!nk (Sept. 8) and powerhouse singer and actress Jennifer Hudson (Sept. 12).



Our Virgo Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums who are actual designers include Stella McCartney (Sept. 13), Nicole Richie (Sept. 21), and Rachel Zoe (Sept.1)


Male Fashion Icons and Designers I love and admire (either for their fashion sense, work ethic or a combo of both) include: my birthday mate and alum Idris Elba (Sept. 6), Tom Ford (Aug. 27), Karl Lagerfeld (Sept. 10); and guys whose S.O. we recently covered Wiz Khalifa, ex to Amber Rose (Sept. 8) and Evan Ross, spouse to Ashlee Simpson (Aug. 26).

Young and/other influential in-demand Fashionable women I enjoy seeing dressed up as fashion muses for several designers: Taraji P. Henson (Sept. 11), KeKe Palmer (Aug. 26), Misty Copeland (Sept. 10), Zendaya Coleman (Sept 1) and Angela Simmons (Sept 18).


Finally, fashion forward and super sexy Salma Hayek (Setp. 2), Jada Pinkett Smith (Sept 18) and Sanaa Lathen (Sept. 19) also rock the Virgo Virgin sign well.



And of course Ludacris (Sept 14), rounding up for pops of recent alum Eudoxie.

Happy Birthday, Virgos!

Celeb Social Media Round Up

On this lazy hazy Sunday, why not check out what your fave preggers celeb were up to by gawking some of the photos they’ve shared in social media and recently.

We stalk them so you don’t have to, like Ciara who was in New York city with her new baby Zahir who she gave birth to this past May.

And Vanessa Carleton taking a selfie of her bump. “Is it still a selfie if it’s just an enormous soft egg with a chick that used to be your stomach?” she asked on Instagram.

Alicia Keys promoting her new song by creating a viral hashtag and encouraging her celeb friends and others to tell the world why they are here with the hashtag #WeAreHere. “I am here for you!! What you are here for? Tell me & pass it on… My love @THEREALSWIZZZ, What are you here for? ;-),” she captioned this Twitter pic.



Zoe Saldana said Jason Wu “killed” his presentation at the Hugo Boss runway show last week.

And Eva Marcille who was showing off pics of her daughter Marley.

And Jenni “JWoww” Farley’s fiance Roger Matthews fell asleep feeding their new daughter, Meilani who they welcomed this July.

And  new mom Kelly Clarkson with alum Hillary Scott and Kacey Musgraves after performing at ACM Honors this month. “Got 2 sing with 2 amazing ladies tonight, @HillaryScottLA & @KaceyMusgraves 🙂 Congrats @shanemcanally #ACMhonors,” Clarkson wrote on Twitter.

Kerry Washington promoting her fall show Scandal with our past feature subject actress Viola Davis and Belllyitch alum Ellen Pompeo, who all have shows on ABC this fall.

Kourtney Kardashian was “all black everything” and the bump too in this Instagram share.

Savannah Brinson James is craving grapeleaves and Greek food while waiting for the newest member of the LeBron James clan. 

“Pregnancy craving #6387. Steamed grape leave stuffed w/ rice and ground turkey and a lemon greek yogurt sauce. Sooooo yummy!!! #CouldBeWorse #ChefV, ” she captioned this Instagram pic.

Vanessa Simmons had her daughter Ava on the runway supporting her sister Angela Simmons’ New York Fashion Week runway show.

Celebrating her husband Swizz Beatz‘ birthday, Alicia Keys captioned this Twitter share”You make me happier than I have ever been in my LIFE!!! May this year continue to be full of all the things that matter!! I wish you only happiness and meaning and I promise to be the one that brings it to you everyday!!! Happy Birthday my love @therealswizzz!!!! The most magnificent man I know!! To many many many more!!!”

Evelyn Lozada got some pampering and TLC recently and shared the final look on Instagram.



“I love how he looks at me,”  Kim Zolciak Biermann captioned this pre-date night Instagram  selfie.

Savannah Guthrie outfitted her daughter in Eagles gear, “ur little good luck charm!! RT @feldmike: And we’re up! #Eagles” she wrote in the Twitter share.

Instagram queen Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi took a selfie after moving stuff in her and fiance Jionni LaValle‘s new home.

Love is Teresa Palmer‘s hubby with their baby daughter while vacationing in Tahiti this month – Instagram.



Danielle Jonas‘s mom was matching with her new baby with hubby Kevin Jonas.

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Headlines: 50+ Celebrities we Bumpwatched in 2015 and their New Arrivals

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We try to cap off each year, with some sort of acknowledgement of our Bumpwatch class and their babies. For 2015, we’re just going to do a rundown of the celebrity pregnancies we “bumpwatched”. As usual, our list this year included reality TV stars, actresses, singers, talk show hosts, wives of celebrities,  and more.

To learn more about their new arrivals, simply click the headline.

January

Ali Larter and actor husband Hayes MacArthur welcomed second child, daughter Vivienne, on January 15

Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith welcomed, daughter, on January 27

February

Shakira and Spanish soccer star beau Gerard Pique welcomed second child, son, Sasha, on January 29

Actress Liv Tyler gave birth to her second son, baby Sailor

Carrie Underwood and hubby welcomed son, Isaiah Michael, on February 27

The Talk‘s Sara Gilbert and Wife Linda Perry welcomed son Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry on February 28

March

Molly Sims welcomes daughter, Scarlett May

TV Designer host Nate Berkus and hubby welcome daughter, Poppy, on March 23.

Extra’s Terri Seymour welcomed daughter with her model beau Clark Mallon.

April

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel welcomed son, Silas Randall.

Kimora Lee Simmons gave birth to fourth child, son Wolfe

Alfonso Ribeiro and wife Angela welcomed second child, son, Anders.

May

Duchess Catherine (nee Kate Middleton) of Cambridge and Prince William welcomed daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on May 2.

Imitation Game actress Keira Knightley gave birth to her first child with her musician husband James Righton

TV Host Haylie Duff welcomed daughter Ryan.

CaCee Cob & Donald Faison welcome daughter, Wilder

June

Jennifer Love Hewitt welcomes 2nd child, son Atticus James

Hilaria and Alec Baldwin welcome son, Rafael Thomas

Terrence Howard and Wife Mira welcome son, Qirin Love, on June 15.

Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks who welcomed their first child 

Eudoxie Agnan and Ludacris welcome daughter, Cadence Gaëlle

Tiffani Thiessen welcomes son, Holt Fisher Smith

Jack Osbourne and actress wife Lisa Stelley welcomed a second daughter, Andy

Rose

Love and Hip Hop’s Emily Bustamante and rapper beau Fabolous welcomed a son, Jonas

July

Ayesha Curry  and husband Steph Curry of the NBA championship team the Golden State Warriors welcomed son, Ryan Carson on July 10.

‘The Real’s Tamera MowryHousley welcomes daughter, Ariah Talea, on July 1.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel on the birth of her first child, a daughter.

Hart of Dixie alum Jaime King welcomes second son,

Musicians Brandon and Leah Jenner welcomed their first child on July 22, a daughter the couple named Eva James

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey welcomed her second child, a girl, in July.

Ashlee Simpson and Hunger Games husband Evan Ross welcomed son Jagger in July.

August

Lucy Liu welcomed a son, via gestational carrier, on August.

Piano Man Billy Joel on the birth of his second child, daughter Della Rose Joel with new wife Alexis Roderick.

Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and The OC’s Adam Brody welcomed daughter Arlo

September

Tennis star Andy Rodick and actress Brooklyn Decker welcome daughter.

Odette & Dave Annable welcome daughter, Charlie Mae, on September 7

The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge welcomed 2nd child.

Country singer Jessie James Decker and NFL Eric Decker welcomed son. 

Glee actress Naya Rivera gave birth to her first child, son Josey, in September.

October

Italian model Elisabetta Canalis welcomed daughter Skyler Eva.

American Idol alum and TV host Kimbery Caldwell welcomed daughter Harlow Monroe.

November



Kelis welcomed her second son

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler welcome third child, daughter Saylor James

Coco Austin and Ice T welcomed daughter, Chanel Nicole

The Walking Dead’s Alanna Masterson

Lauren Bush and David Lauren welcomed first child James Richard on November 21

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan welcomed first child, daughter, Maxima

19 Kids & Counting stars Jessa Duggar Seewald and her husband Ben Seewald welcomed their first child together this week, November 5.

December

Reality star Kim Kardashianand her rapper, producer and clothing designer husband Kanye West welcomed son, Saint West arrived on 5 December

FABLife’s Leah Ashley welcomed first child, son, Ford Francis