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Academy Awards: A Visual History of Bumps on the Oscar Red Carpet

Last year, 2019 was no different in witnessing expecting women grace the red carpet at the annual Academy Awards red carpet. Kyrsten Ritter, the  Jessica Jones star debuted her baby bump at the 2019 Oscars cradling her stomach on the red carpet while wearing a lacy maroon gown next to boyfriend Adam Granduciel.
In 2016, A glowing Emily Blunt went pink and jewels in 2016 while waiting for the birth of her second child with husband, John Krazinski. In 2017, Ciara looked regal in crimson velour with a jeweled choker at the annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2017 while carrying her and husband Russell Wilson‘s first child together.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at 2016 oscars
In 2016, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked glam at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party afterparty with her husband, Jason Statham, wearing a one shoulder Versace gown with Nirav Modi earrings.
Chrissy Teigen at 2016 Oscars red carpet
Also that year, Lipsync Battle host Chrissy Teigen radiated in a Marchesa gown while expecting her second child with husband John Legend. In 2012, Adele welcomed her first child, son Angelo, and the next year, she won an Oscar for Best Song for the and explained having to express breast milk in the bathroom to relieve her engorged breast. The “Rolling in the Deep” singer missed out on having to be heavily pregnant on the red carpet like several of her fellow A-listers in year’s past. Oscar has played host to several heavily pregnant In 1992, Susan Sarandon was almost due with her son Miles  whom she welcomed (with then-beau Tim Robbins) when she was nominated for her role in Thelma & Louise at age 47. (She didn’t win but was nominated 5 times and won Best Actress in 1996 for her role in Dead Man Walking.) In 1998, Glen Close was 8-months pregnant when nominated for Fatal Attraction. In 2000, four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening was nominated for her role in American Beauty at almost 8 months pregnant with her fourth child with husband Warren Beatty, daughter Ella.
Catherine Zeta Jones with Oscar
In 2003, Catherine Zeta-Jones accepted the award for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Chicago while almost full term with daughter Cary with husband . In 2004, Marcia Gay-Harden was nominated for her role in Mystic River, while pregnant with twins! In 2006, Rachel Weisz was 7-months preggers with her and then-boyfriend Darren Aronofsky when she won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for The Constant Gardner.
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In 2008, while expecting daughter Honor, Jessica Alba shone in a purple Marchesa gown at the Oscars.
In 2010, Paula Patton was seven months pregnant and rocking a Caroline Herrera gown on the red carpet while awaiting the birth of her son Julian with then husband Robin Thicke. !
In 2011, Black Swan star Natalie Portman was 6 months pregnant with her and her choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied,  first son, Aleph when she accepted her Best Actress award.
In 2013, while still married to Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan wore a black lace Rachel Roy gown to the Oscars while very preggers.
Kerry Washington at Vanity Fair Oscar party
In 2014, although Kerry Washington was not nominated for an Oscar, she did attend, cradling the baby bump from her first child, Isabelle.
Olivia Wilde at oscars
Also that year, Olivia Wilde walked the red carpet in a black Valentino gownwhile a couple months away from welcoming her first child, Otis, withher husband, fellow actor, Jason Sudeikis
That same year, Chris Hemsworth ’s wife, Elsa Pataky  in 2014 wore blue sequins but maybe made a fashion mistake of wearing it under and not on top of her belly.

JJ’s Favorite Things {2019 Gift Guide}

This year, instead of producing 15 holiday guides with tips and suggestions of products I’ve learned about from others, marketing materials sent to me or from what social media says is the hottest “must-have” items, I’m publishing just one guide/list.

This list includes items that I have either 1) purchased or was gifted personally and I use and love; or I have researched and inspected and want on my personal “wish list”.

Therefore, followers and readers of this blog will get my authentic, genuine and unbiased perspective on what items I believe are great gifts!

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First up is this Naipo Shiatsu neck and upper back massager. The makers gifted this to me over a year ago to review and I must say it is the absolute best. My husband and I are still using it today and it has not malfunctioned and continues to provide almost daily relief to our achy necks and backs after a long day at work, sitting at a computer desk all day or after waking up from a restless night sleep. The massager cover is made of leather and has oscillating balls and three settings that deeply kneed into your muscles to break up knots, soothe aches and pains.

An expecting or new mom would absolutely love this as she experiences the aches and pains of carrying a baby and caring for a new born.

It’s $49.99 at Amazon.com with free shipping for Prime members.

I absolutely recommend this massager as a gift. Tell the recipient it came highly rated by me! They will love you for it

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Second, as a work at home mom blogger and solo-preneur who works from home, I am always on the go, covering events, shuttling my kids to sports, music activities, practices, meeting up with clients at coffee shops, blogging from cafes and lounges and local libraries and just hustling about.

Although my children are t/weens now, not long ago, I used to buy them toys and books for Christmas. I discover some at the library, book stores and am pitched several. My fave books for a baby or new mom are these 18 board books for Baby’s First Library

But if you want a book that is visually stunning, stimulating to a young brain and eye popping as a gift, I highly recommend the ABC 3D pop up book by French designer and artist Marion Bataille that I discovered while thrifting and vintage shopping one day. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes.  SEE It for yourself up close in this YouTube Video!

You can buy it for just $10.55 on Amazon!

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I have several stylish and colorful oversized bags that I chuck all my stuff, laptop, umbrella and other remote office stuff in before hitting the road, but I really need a deep sturdy laptop backpack instead.

I found the Incase Icon Pack in black online that I like because it has several compartments I can use to store an umbrella, pens, make up, my phone, a water bottle, and other items separately so I can find them in a pinch. I am otherwise always digging and rummaging around a big abyss when I need to find something.

I also like it because it looks sleek and has a sexy silhouette. Get it for $90 from Amazon.

This backpack would be much appreciated by the blogger, student, mom, dad or anyone in your family who need to stay organized and is always on the move.

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When my son was being incubated in my belly during my first pregnancy, I played The Nutcraker Ballet’s “Dance of the Sugarplum Faeries” song regularly and when he was born, whenever he would fuss while in the back seat during travel, for example, he would immediately stop crying, cock his head towards the music and calm down. Music miraculously can calm, soothe and wire our babies brains for intelligence, I believe.

 

Invest in some belly buds to gift to a mom to be. The results will be long lasting, I think. There are a lot of brands out there and a relatively new comer to the market is mbrio which stands out because it pipes out music at a lower volume than its competitors for a safer level for the baby. Moms-to-be can clip the soft medical-grade silicon covered buds to their pants and connect. The buds are  just $34.95 and are compatible with apple iPhones and devices.

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I am not certain a woman exists on earth who would not appreciate a trip to the spa. I know some people out there dislike strangers touching their bodies and face, yes, but they are the minority. A Spa Gift Cardis a perfect gift for any  expecting mom could use a massage, facial and some good old fashioned pampering while she waits for her bundle of joy.

You can purchase a card starting at $25+ and add on from there, depending on the cost of spa services in areas where you live

 

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Anything personalized is usually more cherished and loved because the giver obviously had forethought to seek out something just for the receiver. At this late stage in the game, time is running out to purchase a personalized item. I’ve given each of my kids when they were younger a personalized book and they loved it and still have it in their bookshelves today.

You can still get a personalized children book in time for Christmas from Uncommon Goods for US buyers for just $35.

 

 

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I just got an iPhone 11 and purchased a basic black Otter Box case which works functionally. I only use Otter because it is the only case that I can rely on to keep my phone safe but the black is not cutting it because it gets lost in the bottom of my purse too easily and I lose track of it all the time because it blends in with counters, and tables. I’ve left my phone several places and luckily got it back but I really blame the cover’s color for this problem. So I’m hoping to get an Otter case in a bright color for Christmas.

It sells all sorts of colors but I would love to get it in yellow for $50

 

insta pot

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Because slow cookers have been updated and now it’s quicker and easier to whip up a nutritious meal for the family with minimum effort, Instapot is the hottest thing around. The holiday season has revealed the lowest prices ever for them now as well. Currently, an Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker  which is almost $100 can be purchased for half off at $49 over on Amazon.com!

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Here is a personal thing. I am in love with Caroline Herrera scent “Good Girl“. It is my new second fave to Jessica McClintock’s self-named perfume which works with my chemistry and gets me compliments every time and all the time. If you are familiar with a fave scent, get it because many come with a free gift at the department stores. If you order Good Girl from Ulta for $69.99 you can get a free gift, a luxurious soft throw or robe. Nice! It’s like two gifts in one!

dooney and bourke wallet

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Finally, I would love a new leather wallet. I have a very cute square coin purse wallet my brother in law gifted me from Brooks Brothers years ago. I get a lot of compliments because of the odd shape but it is not practical. I think anyone would love a nice quality new wallet for the new year!

I’m eyeing Booney & Bourke‘s Saffiano Large zip around wallet which the brand sells on its website for just $69! Woot!

 

There you have it! My 9 (10) favorite things for 2019!

Ivanka Trump, Daughter, Mom and Wife at Inauguration

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This weekend, our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Ivanka Trump witnessed her dad Donald J. Trump get sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.

The business mogul and The Apprentice reality TV show star carried her children Arabella Rose, Theordore James and Joseph Frederick with her to the swearing in ceremony at the US Capitol building  this past Friday, January 20, 2017.  She was captured leaving the President’s room of the US Senate after her dad formally signed his cabinet nominations into law. She wore a gorgeous white pant suit.

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That night, she stunned in a jeweled and beaded long sleeve Caroline Herrera gown and took a dance at the Freedom Ball at the Washington Convention Center with her husband Jared Kushner who recently got cleared to serve as a special adviser to the president.

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What a special moment for her and the family. They all looked great at the Lincoln Memorial the night before the inauguration witnessed a celebratory concert.