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Get Inspired by Beyonce’s Bold Statement Jewelry

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I love statement jewelry and my muse is our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Beyonce Knowles Carter.

Each outfit she wears is accented perfectly with just the right ring, bracelet, earcuff, bracelet, necklace or body jewelry to complete her look. I was most impressed with the exquisite unique pieces Blue Ivy‘s mom wore in the videos to her 2013 self-titled album.

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My fave was the Black Lynn Ban PVD Armor Ring that she wore as knuckle rings in the “Superpower” music video! They retail at $420 each so you’d be set back  over $3,000 to replicate the precise look on your hands. She also wore 16 of the designer’s  Pave Coil midi rings in the “Haunted” video. They are embedded with white diamonds and black diamonds which retail at about $3500 each   I think that vid helped bolster the midi ring craze that following Spring.

You can get a similar style for under $20 from Free People or Ily Couture. And you can find the bold statement rings she wore in the “Telephone” jewelry at mid price range from other jewelers.

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Another coveted set of jewelry are the Edie Borgo wrist cuffs and ear cuffs Bey rocked in the “Jealous” video.

That was one of my fave tunes from that visual album. Can you tell I recently discovered that the videos were released to the public last November? This past weekend, I relived my enjoyment watching  them all again on a larger screen. I  first purchased the album back when it first came out and had to view the videos on my iPhone.

The other great thing I discovered was that the Edie Borgo pieces from that video all are in a mid-range price point under $150 so they’re totally affordable!

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And when Bey‘s not killing the game in her edgier looks, Mrs. Carter steals the spotlight in her bright and vibrant pieces, like these colorful Aztec art necklaces paired with that fab Mayan-inspired ring in that photo on the right.

I was totally crushing on those eye-catching accessories and adornments.  

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Revisiting that album last weekend also reminded me of how much I really dug the complete layered jewels look in the “XO” video too. I curated and assembed some inspiration pieces from our partners at ShopStyle for you to consider getting or using as a guide for the next time you’re out jewelry shopping.

If you want to nab some of  these glam pieces of jewelry, you can be creative and check out arts and music festivals this Summer.  Those events that have vendors who are at-home jewelry makers. They typically sell interesting and one-of-a-kind selections, and usually you can find big bold selections as well.

Happy shopping fellow jewelry lovers!

SWOON!

HERE ARE SOME LOWER PRICE PIECES

Our eBook ‘How To Look Like Old Money’ is NOW available for DOWNLOAD!

Hey Friends! 
I’m so excited to announce that my latest eBook, “How to Look Like ‘Old Money'” is complete and on digital shelves NOW! 
This is the eBook version of a popular blog post I wrote years ago that I’ve seen other authors, websites and bloggers borrow and use as an inspiration for their own version and literary projects on the topic.
I know the title may sound a bit superficial and shallow. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. But trust me, if it’s not for you, it is for someone you know and others out there. I know because I’ve studied the analytics of the number of search queries for this insight and it’s up there! 
So I aim to give the people what they want in an easy to digest, visually stimulating format.
It’s that quick little guide for that gal or guy who aspires to give off the appearance of being from the upper echelon, blue-blood class without breaking the bank! It’s the ultimate how-to for that snob or bourgeoisie wanna-be! Alternatively, if your interest is piqued by the topic, this book offers you that insight to quench your curiosity. 
And at $5.99, that’s a steal! It’s less than the cost of a venti latte and a scone at Starbucks and you’ll be edified for life! You can even weave it in social conversations later, maybe. 
How do you like my pitch?! (smile)
This is my 4th ebook in a series of about 12 fashion and business blogging ebooks I’ll be publishing over the next few weeks. This time, rather than publish on the lesser-known platform Gumroad or the business presentation platform Slideshare, I’m offering the last series on Kindle! 
They will be available on iBooks and Google Books in coming days too!
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Kate Middleton maternity fave Madderson London hits a US store

One of the designers that Kate Middleton wore while pregnant with her daughter has hit the US shores!
Luxury British label Madderson London will be sold in US maternity apparel designer and retailer A Pea in the Pod starting next month. 
The store will start by stocking five Madderson styles including an exclusive version of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge‘s  Naomi shift dress (above). The A Pea in the Pod version is made of navy jersey, updated with new French tweed in green, gold and white statement accents on the pockets and hemline.
The label was founded in 2012 by Sara Madderson and Helen Hughes and features maternity and womenswear targeting style-conscious fashion mavens. 
The initial collection will also feature a silk dress, solk tops and a navy cardigan ranging in price from $155 to $299. It will also be available at select Destination Maternity stores. 
New styles will stock in the Fall.

A Pea in the Pod is a fave and has been worn by many of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums including Jessica Simpson, Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek, Nicole Richie, Amy Adams, Busy Philipps and others.

Here are the other styles:

Silk Adjustable  Bow Neck Maternity Top

Button Embellished Maternity Cardigan

Elbow Sleeve Pleated Maternity Dress

Elbow Sleeve Pocket Maternity dress, a version of Kate Middleton fave “Naomi” dress

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FASHION: Salma Hayek killed it at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Yes, we are down with the “Ask her More” campaigning encouraging the focus of celebrity women on red carpets to be about their careers and accomplishments. But we are also part fashion blog, we cannot help but point out that  Salma Hayek is killing it, fashion and style-wise, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.
In this age of celebrities over 40 being accused of not dressing appropriately for their age, Hayek, a past Bellyitch bumpwatch alum, shows how to be sexy, classy and graceful while still current and age-appropriate stylish
She appeared mainly in Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent with a sprinkle of other couture designs. Along her side often was her billionaire business man husband and Frenchman François-Henri Pinault.
She wowed in Gucci on the red carpet to the premiere of Carol on May 17.
She looked radiant in red Alexander McQueen while talking at the American Pavilion.

 

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Was FAB in Saint Laurent at the Kering Official Cannes Dinner at the Place de la Castre.

It wasn’t all fashion and glitz, Salma lent her expertise and perspectives as a few roundtables and female empowerment events during the annual event.  For example, on  May 16, she slayed in another classic MQD Alexander McQueen Tuxedo dress while attending the Variety Celebration of UN Women at Raddisson Blu.
And on Friday, May 15 she started the weekend in Black while attending “The Art of Behind the Scenes Jaeger-LeCoultre and Finch & Partners” party at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.

 

That same day, she worked it in a Saint Laurent silk patchwork Georgette dress at the Kering Talks ‘Women In Motion’ at Kering suite during The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France.

Loved the dotted Alexander McQueen dress she rocked the day before that at the Premiere of “Il Racconto Dei Racconti” (“Tale Of Tales”)  on May 14, 2015.

And earlier in the day in another Alexander McQueen dress at the photo call for that event.

Va Va voom!

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DIY: Memorial Day-inspired Nails and Make-Up

Congress has in place recommendations and rules that limits the way the American flag is displayed and used, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac. For example, it should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise; it should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free; should never have anything placed on it; and never  advertising purpose, nor embroidered on cushions or handkerchiefs, printed on paper napkins or boxes, nor used as any portion of a costume. 

That doesn’t stop make up and nail polish design aficionados from using the colors and Old Glory to inspire their designs and looks. Here is a collection of unique interpretations from our Pinterest following.

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2015 Billboard Music Awards Recap – Bellyitch style!

Tonight was the 2015 Billboard Music Awards which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was a star-studded event. As usual, the celeb women we’ve featured on Bellyitch in the past rocked the red carpet: Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez in Charbel Zoe, Taraji P. Henson, Britney Spears, Idina Menzel and Danica McKellar all looked stunning.
As did model Lily Aldridge who is married to Kings of Leon band member Caleb Followill.
Britney Spears made a triumphant return to the Billboards stage performing her hit song with Iggy Azalea, “Pretty Girls”. WATCH



Maria Carey took us back in time with a glorious performance of her classic song “Vision of Love” and finished up with her latest single, “Infinity.”


Kelly Clarkson gave a memorable performance of her hit song “Invincible” and looked amazing doing it in her new rocker girl hair.
And finally, the fashion trend for tonight was creme and black and plunging necklines as seen on Henson, Taylor Swift (who looked amazing and very sexy), co-host for the night Chrissy Teigen and Rita Ora. 


photos: Getty

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Celeb Inspiration: How to Wear Summer Whites

This upcoming Memorial Day triggers the opening of pools and also traditionally, fashion-wise, it’s when more people feel comfortable wearing whites. Pregnant women may try to avoid white for that perception that it makes one look larger than they already are but when played up right, they can look fab rocking Summer Whites too.

Here are a few ways to do it:

Get a white a white shirt or a “baby doll” dress and pair with a pair of Keds or gladiator sandals and shades for a cool look.

Go free flowing and free with a white maxi dress. Belt it above the breastbone or throw on a denim cropped jacket for a fun casual look.

And of course, you can go big and bold with ACCESSORIES!

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4 Memorial Day Inspirational Style Looks

This Memorial Day, many people choose to celebrate the day off by heading to cook-outs, barbecues, pool parties, picnics, fesitivals and beach outings. If you are a mom, new, veteran or expecting trying to figure out last-minute what to wear, we’ve assembled some style looks to inspire you as you plan  your outfits.

Enjoy!

For that All WHITE PARTY…

MATERNITY STYLING POOL SIDE

RETRO VINTAGE STYLE…

VINTAGE CHIC-HIGH WAIST FOR MOMS….

RESORT LOUNGE MATERNITY….

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Fashion Confession: I’m a fan girl of Arm Candy

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The right accessories can really help accent and in some cases, make a look or outfit. Even if you are pregnant and sticking to black to hide your growing waistline, a wonderful conglomeration of jewelry at the wrist is a fab distraction.
Right now I’m coveting arm candy. It’s the sugar and calorie free reference to series of bracelets, bangles or watches worn together for maximum style and effect. Here are my faves I’ve seen in recent searches for inspiration and ideas.

Mk Bags

 

Personalized From You and Me

 

Hot Beauty Health

 

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Up Close and Stylish

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#GetTheLook: Rasheeda Frost Style muse- All black with a Pop of Color

From our sister blog, Posh The Socialite

Style inspiration of the day comes from our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Rasheeda Frost in all black with a pop of color. I’m loving Rasheeda in this look, in a matter a fact I’ve been style stalking Rasheeda theses days.

Look out for more style inspiration and Get the look in future post!