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Chrissy Teigen’s Maternity Style is Victorian Feminine and Chic Casual

Like this Lavin dress she wore to a premier and this $13,000 embroidered Gucci gown the model wore while covering the latest edition of Marie Claire magazine!

Also, like this crimson feminine Costarellos dress with beautiful jewelry by Leticia Linton and EFFY, ring by Le Vian and Judith Leiber purse she wore to another event recently.

It’s all ornate but light at the same time. Love it!

She keeps it casual too!

Left in Saint Laurent Sunglasses, a bag by Aerin, Yeezys, a Givenchy bag and a grey Multi Alice+Olivia coat; Center in Victoria Beckham shades, Alexander Wang jacket, Sweater  by One X One TeaspoonGucci belt and Saint Laurent Booties and J Brand jeans, which she wore again, Right and paired with a Rta sweatshirt, Victoria Beckham  shades again and a Chanel Purse

We Are Experiencing The Rise of the ‘Bully Moms’

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Women may be stereotyped as “catty” but the truth of the matter is, generally, we sometimes are most judgmental of one another and often, we do, in fact, prey on each other’s insecurities. We then use them to impose and dictate our standards onto other women and shame them when they don’t measure up.

I’m guilty of this for sure.

Moms do this too.

Heck, the Mommy Wars is all about Judgy Judy McJudsons, and in fact, a recent survey of millennial moms reveal that 80 percent of them have been shamed by other moms. le sigh

Getting bullied and made to feel inadequate by the popular girls and cliques was supposed to end at high school graduation, right?

Women talking at baby shower

But it doesn’t.

In a new piece by Anne Roderique Jones in MarieClaire published today, Jones describes the “Bully Moms” (also the title of the article”) who are fueled by  social media and pop culture.

I love how Jones starts:

You can’t identify a mean mom by her Birkin bag or her lycra Lululemons. She comes in all sizes and socio-economic classes and lives in no specific zip code, rearing her head in the heartland, crunchy California, the Deep South, New York City. But you know a mean mom when you meet one: She criticizes your parenting style, calls you out on Facebook, or slathers you in snark. These are the mean girls, all grown up and blossomed into adult bullies with kids of their own. You’ve probably encountered a few at your local playground. Hell, maybe you are one.

The author then goes on to perfectly explain the evolution of “Keeping up With the Jones” from the perfect TV families to Reality TV wives and beyond:

I hesitate to blame pop culture for the mom-on-mom hate, but life does imitates art. Our parents’ generation grew up watching scripted sitcoms with impeccably behaved children (The Brady Bunch, Happy Days) and modeled their own actions accordingly. But as our entertainment appetites evolved, so did the way we treat each other … Girls who watched ‘The Simple Life’ as teens in the mid-aughts are now moms hooked on ‘The Real Housewives.’

In a world dominated by Pinterest and Instagram, is being a mother (which women have been doing since the beginning of time, mind you) starting to become an endless race towards perfection, lest you get called out for being anything less? Do we all have to keep up with the clever birth announcements, the gender reveal parties, the elaborate maternity shoots, the professional post-birth shots in the hospital ward? I recently came across a post in my feed of a beautiful blonde woman wearing an off-the-shoulder shirt with #MomLife scrolled in gold letters across the front. It’s all a perfectly curated existence, this motherhood thing.

 Maybe moms today—with the pressure to be selfie-level beautiful, to cook Instagram-worthy (organic) meals, to plan lavish playdates, and to maintain a career so they can, in many cases, not just contribute to their household but be the breadwinner or even the sole source of income—are just too damn exhausted.

Fascinating and sadly accurate!

Head on over to MarieClaire.com and digest the rest. 

 

Kerry Washington opens up on Motherhood and parenting a Girl



Kerry Washington is a private person but during recent interviews she has opened up quite a bit about being a parent. 
In a new Marie Claire interview which was with HBO‘s Girls star and creator Lena Dunham, for example, Washington reveals what she wants for her  daughter Isabella who she welcomed almost a year ago. 
“I just want [Isabelle] to know that she’s heard. Really heard, because I feel like that is what we all really want. When I think about any of the missteps in my life that I’ve made, all of which I’m grateful for, it’s because I just so wanted to be truly seen and heard for who I am and was afraid I wasn’t or wouldn’t be. I see you, I hear you, I’m with you as you are.”
Also a recent book launch luncheon on international women’s day, Scandal star Kerry Washington revealed a bit about her feelings about motherhood.
“It’s just made my life better in every way,” the Emmy -nominated actress told PEOPLE at Sunday’s book release event for Expecting 411.”
She and husband NFL‘s Nnamdi Asomugha plan to celebrate her first birthday on April 21.
Washington also had great things to say about the book: “This book was by my bedside the whole time I was pregnant,” Washington shared. “It’s as if your very best girlfriend was a brilliant OB and wrote a book for you.”
Last fall, Washington also shared that she has been breastfeeding her daughter and hopes to pass along a healthy lifestyle to her. 
“I’ve always been a person who really approaches health in a proactive way,” the Image Award winning actress stated. “I work out, I eat right, so those are things I continued to do once my doctor said I could, but not to be crazy about it. I’m breastfeeding, so I can’t starve myself. It’s important for me to be a good mom and a good actor, and be responsible to myself and my family.”

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Why are people giving Mila Kunis a hard time about her interviews?

“Leave Mila Alone!”
Star-Ledger reporter Stephen Whitty had some not-so-nice things to say about a recent 25 minute telephone interview he had with mom-to-be Mila Kunis while she was promoting her latest project, Third Person.
According to Whitty, Kunis assumed when he asked her in the beginning of the interview how she was feeling, he was referring to her pregnancy. The question led her to quickly shut him down, “I don’t talk about that for publication.” And it went downhill from there, he says.
The Philly Tribune summarized:

“Every question I ask over the next 25 minutes seems to strike her as either dull, insulting or burdened by some sort of agenda,” he writes. 

Kunis appears less than impressed with the questions that follow – from her immigration to the United States as a child (“It’s the most mundane subject possible”) to her string of dramatic roles (“People have this misconception that comedy’s easy”). Then they touched on what made her take up acting in the first place (“There was nothing else to it. I don’t know if that’s the answer you’re fishing for.”) Ouch.

Some lay blame on the snippy interview on pregnancy hormones and another on the fact that there was another quasi-unflattering Marie Claire  interview that released that same day as the Whitty interview.
Which reminds us that the Jupiter Ascending star who is expecting her first child with fiance Ashton Kutcher did reveal to loving her new boobs in that Marie Claire piece. 
“They’ve tripled in size. I was a 34A; now I’m a 36C. I’m so excited! I’m telling everyone I know, ‘Go ahead, touch them!’ Without being an asshole, I have to say, I love being pregnant,” she mused.
About the type of children she wanted to raise, she said, “I just don’t want my kids to be assholes. I feel like so many kids nowadays are. Both of us just want to have well-behaved, honest, nice children who people meet and say, ‘That’s a good kid.'”
Perfect answers if you ask us!

PRESS PLAY!!

 Again, Leave Mila ALONE! ha!

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