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Bellyitch BumpWatch alums in Victoria Secret Fashion Show

Three of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums walked in the 2014 Victoria Secret Annual Fashion Show, this year held at Earls in London, England last week.
Even though we missed seeing one of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Miranda Kerr who has “graduated” from the event, Lily Aldridge graced the stage as did Brazilian beauties Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima


Ambrosio and Lima are rumored to have walked for the last time this year as well. 


These ladies are getting so hot and sought after that I’m sure their asking price to rip the runway is getting up there. 


Ha! More room and time for Aldridge, who is married to the lead Caleb Followill  singer in one of my favorite bands Kings of Leon. 


All looked svelte and saucy in their body-hugging outfits they each wore to the show’s after party. Check out some of the pics:


ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO
Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio in their final show as Victoria Secret Angels
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Lima and Ambrosio final walks, serenaded by the talented Ed Sheeran. (love him!)
Adriana Lima at the After party



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Lily Aldridge at the After party

Holiday Guests are Coming: Your Housewares Checklist

As the holiday season fast approaches, many families will find themselves hosting relatives and friends inside their homes. Doing so may require them to do a inventory of their household items and stock up, where necessary, to make sure they aren’t handing out raggedy towels and setting up their guests to sleep on stained linen.
Home and Garden TV (HGTV) personality Carley Knobloch offered the 6 checklist items on The Fashion Spot.
Check out the full post here

Here are some tips from our partners at Rue La La:

And the folks at Healthy Sole have something for you germaphobes who usually ask people to remove their shoes before coming into your light carpeted for freshly waxed floors.  Their HealthySole device is an elegant “first to market” device that leaves up to 99% of infectious germs at the door – not on the soles of shoes.  Step on this sleek, innovative mechanism (looks similar to a bathroom scale) that uses green UVC technology to disinfect shoes from bacteria and viruses in a little as 7 to 10 seconds. Interesting!
Good luck and Happy Shopping!

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Not Blake Lively: The Battle for the Most Stylish Pregnant Celebrity

So…this weekend Gossip Girl  actress Blake Lively was spotted out and about in New York City in some pretty fab looks. Many fashion outlets (US Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar,  Cosmopolitan) are declaring her the most fashionable pregnant celebrity ever….

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*eye roll* Cry? Really, Cosmo??





Anyway, not so fast! 
Lively, who is expecting her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds, did look fab in her Michael Kors  cropped top and white flare embroidered daisy skirt, topped with a Thomas Sires coat and accented in vintage Christian Louboutin pumps and a bold turquoise statement necklace. 
But I’m not gonna cry tears of joy over it.
As a matter of fact, I still maintain that Miroslava Duma former editor of Harper’s Bazaar Russia was the most stylish pregnant “celebrity” ever.
And I also maintain Instagrammer Up Close and Stylish  who boasts over 1 million followers was the most stylish social media celebrity when pregnant and is still unseated. 
That’s my opinion. Anyone beg to differ or have proof otherwise they’d like to share? Hit me up in the comment section. 

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#TGIT: Some complain The Limited’s new ‘Scandal’ collection is out of their budget

Today is “Thank God It’s Thursday” (#TGIT) on ABC when many tune into shows starring many Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums like Jessica Capshaw and Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy); Kerry Washington (Scandal) and our past featured mom Viola Davis   (How to get away with murder)

Now “Gladiators”, the name for Scandal fans can get the look of the show’s lead character crisis management expert Olivia Pope who is known for her polished, structured looks, which include trenchboats, wide-legged pants, angular dresses and clean lines.



It would be only a matter of time that someone would capitalize on the legions of female fans who crave to get the Pope look.

Show costume designer Lyn Paolo and Washington inked the deal to collaborate on the line for The Limited stores which launched on September 23.

“Our collection evokes the striking and aspirational style that has become synonymous with the Scandal brand and its heroine Olivia Pope,” head designer for The Limited says Elliot Staples said of the line,  “We believe the collection tells a story of confidence and professional sophistication as well as maintaining a strong feminine point of view.”

The only thing now we notice is that many of the women in the target market, including many African American women who helped fuel the fanatical following of the show have replied that they cannot afford the clothes which sell at a price point between $75 to $500, depending on the piece.

Just Married: Bellyitch Fave Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

Since we’ve featured this couple often in Bellyitch (here, here, here, and here) we thought you’d know that How I Met Your Mother alum Neil Patrick Harris and his long-time beau of 10 years David Burtka tied the knot this weekend during a quite private ceremony in Italy.

The couple are parents to 3-year twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace who were born on October 12, 2010.

Congrats

photo courtesy: People/Daneille Levitt

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8 Home Decor Celeb Style Tips on a shoestring budget

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What sets a celebrity’s home apart? Is it the millions of dollars worth of stuff that they contain? No, it is simply the execution of a plan, meticulous detail and a whole load of imagination. Your home too could look like that of a celebrity, and what’s more, it won’t cost you the world! 
Here are 8 tips for updating your home, celeb style!
1) Let’s talk theme: A little known fact is that most celebrities have a common theme running throughout their home. That theme could be the Wild West, as in Mel Gibson’s ranch or lilac and peach, in Halle Berry’s Paris flat. Either way, the benefit of a theme is dual fold, one it is easier to know what kind of home furnishing, accessories and general home decor pieces to go with. And secondly it keeps cost down. How so? Read on…
2) Elegant yet inexpensive: Many celebrities are fixated on a particular color, texture or print. Do the same, when painting your walls, use subtle variants of the same shade to bring about the semblance of a theme throughout the home. One trick to break from the monotony is combining artifacts with the wall paint to create a signature space. 
3) Go antique: Remember, vintage never goes out of fashion. To give your home a serious face lift, invest in antiques. Now we don’t mean you break the bank pursuing a statue or painting at auction, we simply mean visit websites for online home accessories. Most such websites have home decoration pieces that look antiquated, but are relatively inexpensive. 
4) In the bathroom: Go looking for faucets and fixtures that are vintage. Unlike accessories, you could find these old fixtures rather cheaply at a plumbing supplies store. Make sure they are in a good condition, and aren’t rusted or weathered in any way. 
5) Get online for great pieces of art: If you’d like to hang a renowned artwork like the Mona Lisa on your walls, there is a way to do it, for absolutely free. Download a high resolution image of the art from the internet, print it out, and frame it. There, a world famous art work and it didn’t cost you a thing! 
6) Make your bath, your Nirvana room: Your bathroom, either big or small can be your oasis of serenity in the maddening world you live in. Invest in small pieces of art work like a Buddha statue, votive scented candles and incense, to make your bathroom, a tranquil oasis of peace, not unlike many celebrities. 
7) Fill your bookshelves with rare tomes: If you have a study in your home, ensure that you have some rare books in them. Make the room a regal one where you can escape and enjoy reading a rare book. A coffee table, a nice lush carpet and a curio or two, and you’re sorted. 
8) Reupholster/Reuse/Recycle: If you have an old couch, bring it up to speed with a reupholstering, instead of purchasing a new one. Reuse some of your tees, once you’ve sewn them together as pillowcases or comforters. Recycle old milk bottles and tinted beer bottles as ashtrays or flower vases. Put your own unique spin on things. In truth that’s what makes a celeb’s home stand out. 
Noureen Almeida, is a trendy indoor stylist who loves consulting with clients about avenues of purchasing home decoration online. She also designs spaces for clients with home furnishing bought exclusively online

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How to create a toxin free nursery

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Mothers and fathers take pride in bringing their little one home to a cozy, beautiful and safe nursery. The flurry around creating the perfect nursery can overwhelm everything else. Babies are quite delicate and super sensitive to their new surroundings, so we want to try our very best to take every precaution to protect our treasured little bundle from harmful agents.
Outside the protection of the home, there is not much you can control. You can’t control how the air smells, or the exhaust from car that drives down the road, or the particular person nearby who is sick. You make every attempt to keep your baby away from hazards, but you take a chance each time baby is outside. At home however you can keep your baby’s nursery safe, sanitary and totally free from dangerous toxins.
Cleaning
Keeping your nursery clean is essential to providing a safe environment for your baby. 
Make sure you regularly clean your carpets using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. The filter will help eliminate the majority of harmful pathogens, allergies, dust particles, pet dander and more. 
According to a 2002 U.S. Geological Survey, 80% of cleaning products leave behind a residue that may include antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, etc. That is a poor exchange for germ-free surfaces! These chemical substances can be very harmful if ingested or inhaled and can affect the development of your baby’s immune system. 
Go to the store and find cleaning products that are ‘non-toxic.’ They are just as effective as their toxic counterparts and smell significantly better. You can also try home remedy cleaning solutions that are tremendously less costly and totally free of poisonous residue. 
Crib Bedding
Your crib bedding is the last thing your baby sees before bedtime and the first thing your newborn sees when he/she wakes up. Your newborn will spend about two-thirds of their day in the crib, so selecting safe baby crib sets and taking appropriate care of it should be one of your top priorities. 

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20 Last Minute Things to do before Baby Arrives

Are you in your last month of pregnancy and flustered about what you need to do and worry if you have the time? No fret, cousin JJ is here to give you a checklist of crap you need to haul ass and get done. 
A list should ease the stress: 
What to Pack in the Baby Bag:
1. A warm and comfortable blanket but one you don’t mind getting ruined with all the juices, balms and secretions that accompany labor. It won’t be the same after. errrr.
2.  Mint or lollipops – You may be restricted from eating. The sugar in the lollipop can help curb hunger pangs and keep you from stink breath. Stink breath is no bueno.
3. Lip balm – You may get dehydrated. Keep your lips moisturized. I like ESOS!
4. Moisturizer – Get a very thick tube of moisturizer. I recommend Aquaphor because you don’t need a lot to do the trick.
5. Smart phone camera or digital camera – No explanation necessary
6. A couple pair of granny undies – But no more because you will get the mesh disposable undies plenty at the hospital. You can even take home extras the nurses bring in your room. They’re the best!
7. Baby going home outfit – This is the outfit you dress baby in when the hospital photography company comes by.
8. Gifts for the nurses – Some go above and beyond to make your short stay pleasant. Purchase a box of candy, or a mini spa kit or a journal or cards. I love Steep Seep’s Grapefruit Bergamot gift set which costs under $20!
9. Music – have a playlist of soothing music on a CD or on your phone’s portable speaker that you can plug in and help you calm down and get through a long labor. 
10. Breast pad – You may leak so breast-pads and some Lansinoh Nipple Cream may come in handy for cracked or sore nipples from nursing.
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11. Get the carpets cleaned and get rid of any cat or dog hair and other allergens.
12. Create a music playlist for labor and delivery.
13. Buy all the creams, lotions, medicines, and miscellaneous  items you need for yourself and baby.
14. Buy clear plastic containers to organize baby clothing, accessories, toys and a label maker
15. Organize baby’s clothes and label the bins: newborn, 0 to 3 months, 3 to 6months, 6 to 12 months. 
16. Create a “call list” on your smart phone so your hubby, spouse or partner knows who to contact after you give birth.


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You have to make sure you are presentable for labor and delivery, photos after baby arrives and just for feeling good about yourself and the end of the 40 week journey. Don’t know who said letting yourself go was okay during pregnancy, but they lied. If you feel fresh, clean, primmed and prepped, you will feel energetic and ready for pushing out that baby. 
17. Get your nether regions waxed. You really don’t want doctors and nurses seeing your business looking like the Brazilian rain forest. Opt for a Brazilian wax instead. If it’s out of the budget, consider going with Nair Bikini removal gel which will not require you to use a razor and nick yourself, but be careful. 
18. Wax your eyebrows. You’ll feel better and look great in the post birth pics. But if you’re going for the Anastasia the Russian Gladiator look, then no.
19. Get a Mani and Pedi – A mani because your hands will be in pics and you don’t want to cut baby with your hang nail. Not good.  A pedi because your toes may be in the air and/or in stirrups during the pushing stage and you don’t want to be embarrassed by crusty and ashy hammer toes in people’s faces. 
20. Get a hair appointment and get your hair in braids and/or cornrows. You need a low maintenance style bc you will not have time to do your hair after baby arrives and braided styles look great in pics.

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Kelly Rowland is not the first celebrity to work out intensely while pregnant

Just saw on The Wendy Williams Show mention that Kelly Rowland is apparently catching a lot of flak from fans on the Internet over her Instagram pics showing that the Destiny’s Child band member and chart topping solo artist has been having an active pregnancy which includes working out regularly.

Unfortunately, many of her critics must be unaware that maintaining an active lifestyle including regular exercise is actually recommended by doctors so long as it is done in moderation, is balanced with hydration and a healthy diet and is keeping with the type of activity the mom-to-be had before she got pregnant. In other words, inactive cubicle hermits shouldn’t be doing what she is doing to stay fit while pregnant but a globe-trotting performer who dances regularly can. Furthermore,  she is not the only physically active and currently pregnant celebrity. MTV’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who is expecting her second child currently with fiance Jionni LaValle,  frequenlty shares photos from the gym during this second pregnancy.
Also,  former WWE wrestler Stacy Keibler, who also known for being the long time ex girlfriend of George Clooney has been on several fitness magazines and done many interviews where she shares all of her work out secrets. She does Pilates 4 times a day and for the “Making of” video for her Fit Pregnancy cover shoot, she explained that she has been working out most days of her pregnancy doing  muscle toning work outs sometimes four times a day, playing tennis, hiking, golfing and meditating. Her trainer noted  in that Daily Mail article that said Keibler doesn’t eat junk food and eats clean. During her recent baby shower, hosts provided guests healthy  sugar-, dairy- and gluten-free foods. Again, it’s all about the type of woman she was before pregnancy. It doesn’t change after pregnancy and  just because you didn’t used to see it in social media doesn’t mean Rowland wasn’t a work out fiend before. 
Other celebrities like Married to Jonas star  Danielle Jonas, who recently welcomed her first child with husband Kevin Jonas, Instagrammed themselves working out often during their respective pregnancies and didn’t seem to get much push-back.
Alec Baldwin‘s Pilates Instructor wife Hilaria Baldwin,  Kristin Cavallari, Teresa Palmer and international model Doutzen Kroes all Instagrammed themselves working out during their pregnancies. (see above collage)

We are very proud of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Ivanka Trump, Daphne Oz, Kristin Cavallari, Danielle Jonas, Emily Deschanel, Molly Sims for their Fit Pregnancy  magazine covers and hope to see one of Kelly soon!

photos: Instagram, Fit Pregnancy, US Weekly

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Inside Lil Kim’s Royal Themed Baby Shower (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

Lil Kim had her baby shower this weekend at the Broad Street Ballroom in New York City. The lavish, ornately decorated and extravagant affair was designed by TV host David Tutera and filmed for his WETV show “CELEBrations” which will premiere this summer on August 1 at 9pm.
Mr. Papers and Kim pose for pictures.

Perhaps it was a Games of Thrones/Royal Baby Shower theme as medieval court buglers dressed the part and announced the Queen Bee’s arrival in a detailed jeweled gold bump hugging evening dress. 
The color theme was variations of royal purple and gold.
Before the event, Kim picked up the baby shower cake. 

Some of the celeb guests attending the event included several reality TV show vets of yesteryear including Hip Hop rap pioneer  Sandra “Pepa” Denton from the 90s female rap group Salt n Pepa and theVH1 show Let’s Talk About Pep and The Surreal Life and Tiffany “New York” Pollard from the VH1 shows I Love New York and Flava of Love.



Mr. Papers, Lisa Raye and Juelz Santana
Of course her child’s father “Mr. Papers” was in attendance at the co-ed event, as well baby’s god dad Fred the Godson and rapper Juelz Santana, Single Ladies actress Lisa Raye, Love and Hip Hop New York’s Kimbella Vanderhee.
Her fans and some guests to the red-carpet affair shared some early pics and videos of the event and arrivals on their respective social media accounts. 

Lisa Raye gives remarks

Lisa Raye’s daughter plus sized model Kai Morae, Kimbella Vanderhee, Mob Wives star Drita Davanzo, Lisa Raye, Gia and TV personality Claudia Jordan

Kai Morae, a guest and Tiffany “New York” Pollard pose for a pic.

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