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Yellow, Gold and Celestial Beings at Met Ball 2018 Red Carpet (PHOTOS)

So the annual fundraising gala to mark the opening of the new Spring exhibit at The Metropolitan Gallery of Art in New York City went down last night.

As with this event every years, guests are asked to come dressed according to the theme of the new exhibit: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination. This year’s official hosts were Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Amal Clooney (above in Richard Quinn) and Donatella Versace (who dressed a lot of the attendees this year)

With a theme like that not only do you expect some backlash at what could be expected as a parade of sacrilegiousness, but you sorely expect some interpretations of Angels, the Virgin Mary, the Pope and Cardinals! They all were there last night too.

We just cover the moms and other celeb women we have frequently covered starting with two moms-to-be:  Homeland star Claire Danes who is expecting her second child with husband Hugh Dancy and rapper and reality TV star Cardi B who is expecting her first child with her fiance rapper Offset.

Danes wore a custom floor-length empire waist Marni precious duchesse  red, magenta and caramel color block gown paired with Marni Monile handbag  and multicolour platform sandals.

Cardi looked regal in a custom golden bejeweled white Moschino gown. She was accompanied to the event by designer Jeremy Scott though her fiancé was there with the other two members of his group, Migos.

Of our other Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, we noticed a few trends within the theme.

Gold was one. Kerry Washington in a gorgeous floor-length Ralph Lauren dress with her afro serving as a halo! Evan Rachel Wood, Kim Kardashian-West in Versace and Irina Shayk.

We saw structure, ornateness and royal crimson in Solange‘s Iris Van Harper ensemble, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez‘s spectacular Balmain modern take on Joan of Arc and Scarlett Johanssson

Yellow was a prevalent theme and color and everyone wearing it last night looked stunning including Lily Aldridge in Ralph Lauren, Huma Abedin and Gabrielle Union in Prabal Gurung dress, Tasaki jewels, Stuart Weitzman shoes and a Tyler Ellis clutch.

Anne Hathaway went with volume in her  Valentino gown which she paired did James Banks earrings, a The Code bracelet and Jimmy Choo heels.

Meanwhile, Gisele Bundchen did old Hollywood glam but in an environmentally friendly way by working with Versacd to repurpose an old dress.

“Thank you @versace for working so hard to make me an eco dress. The fabric and lining used are both 100% organic silk ecologically dyed, the threads are 100% organic cotton and everything is certificated as GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standard,” she captioned a photo of herself in the dress before heading out to the ball.

Kylie Jenner made her first official official red carpet appearance in a black velvet Alexander Wang gown with Chopard jewelry with her beau rapper Travis Scott since the two welcomed their first child together, daughter Storming

Uma Thurman was accompanied to the event by Maya Hawke, her daughter with Ex Ethan Hawke and  donned a white Gabriela Hearst dress, Giampiero Bodino jewelry, and Manolo Blahnik heels

Most people played it safe but understandingly so because they probably didn’t want to cross the line and have to dodge lightning bolts! ha!

20 Couture Kids Pieces to Get For Your Posh Tots Today



A lot of people admire the the couture clothes worn by children of wealthy celebs like Blue Ivy, North West, Harper Beckham and Princess Charlotte , but in today’s age, it is not uncommon for non-celebrity kids of rich parents to dress similar.

A few years ago, we did a post on New York Post  piece highlighting some of the affluent parents who spend loads of money outfitting their children as young as a few months old in super expensive couture and designer kids clothing.

One Brooklyn mom, Priscilla Monteiro, purchased for her then 5-month old daughter Yasmine and then 4-year old girl Vera outfits that cost over $1400 total each to wear to a swanky industry party on a yacht during the Cannes Films Festival. Another mom, Danielle Fornes, a blogger and former educator, mixed up high end  with affordable pieces but still didn’t think twice about dressing her daughter Jolie in a $395 Ralph Lauren dress and $75 Nordstrom ballet flats.

Another Brooklyn mom Sharra Dade told the paper she dresses her daughter Alyssa who is a child model and actress in upscale clothing because of all the industry events she attends with celebrities. As the Post noted,  Salma Hayek dresses her daughter, Valentina, in Gucci, and Victoria Beckham, dresses Harper, often in Burberryand Stella McCartney.

Fornes made a business out of it, charging Upper West Side parents $200 per hour and $150 for an additional child to dress their kids for upscale events and parties, and essentially to  “keep up with the Joneses.”

“These children on the Upper West Side go to a lot of parties, and though the mothers are friends, it’s embarrassing if their son or daughter is wearing the same outfit as someone else,” Fornes told the New York Post. 

It’s a lucrative field and one that many of the top fashion houses aren’t leaving on the table. Roberto CavalliMarc JacobsBurberry, Chloe and other top designer lines all have children’s lines of clothing launched within the last few years.later consigns the clothes that Alyssa wears only once or twice.

And business is booming.

Heidi Lieske of the store Be Mini Couture said “many of our customers are affluent 30- and 40-somethings influenced by mommy blogs and actors who appear with their kids in celebrity magazines.”

Whether you’re a posh mom of rich kids or aspire to be, we scoped out a few sales from our partners of up to 40% off of the top couture and high end designer brands for you to shop:

1.Adidas Black Branded Full Zip Top jacket and

2. Adidas Sweatpants in size 9 to 13 with matching retro-inspired soft leather

3. White and Shiny Black Kids Stan Smith Adidas tennis shoes (Trainers)

4. White Mini Meow Cat Print T-Shirt

5. Black Wilma Dungaree Dress

6. Red Check Trent Shirt

7. Burgundy Teo Chinos with Check Trim

 

8. Blue Stripe Oxford Mesh Shirt   Classic Ralph Lauren aesthetic on a smaller scale, this Blue Stripe Oxford Mesh Shirt will be the must-have piece for family gatherings and formal events. Crafted from woven cotton with button fastening down the front. The back has a double pleat and the brand’s signature polo player embroidered on the front. Dress it up with chinos or down with jeans.

9. Blue Down Feather Hooded Jacket

10. Red Hamilten II Snow Boots

 

Navy Stretch Chinos

11. Camouflage Rocket Girl Ski Jacket

12. Multi-Coloured Camouflage Ski Trousers

13. Green Multi Camo Speedy Snow Suit

14. Multi-colour Camouflage Ski Boots

15. Multi Incy Tutti Frutti Peep Toe Flats Crafted from a super soft and durable leather, these Charlotte Olympia flats feature a bounty of the juiciest looking fruits to the upper, a sturdy black sole and peep toe details to have her feeling that extra bit dainty this season. Pair with statement dresses for a look she’ll no doubt want to wear daily.

16. Black Multi Stud Ankle Strap Sandals – Your little darling will love making a statement in these eye-catching studded sandals from Fendi. Skillfully crafted with a contrasting cleated sole, zip-down fastening to the rear and multicolored oversized stud detailing, they look great teamed with dresses and cropped jeans. For a smart casual look, style them with white skinny jeans and a color pop vest.

17,White 3D Rabbit Sweatshirt – The BRAND’s white 3D rabbit sweatshirt is a soft seasonal update. It features rib detail to the cuff, collar and hem and a fun bunny motif with pom pom detail

18. Turquoise 3D Rabbit T-Shirt -This turquoise bunny tee by The BRAND is a bright seasonal update. With fun bunny applique with an extra pom pom for a tail, it has a regular fit. Style with soft trousers or a cotton skirt.

19. Junior Edition Riding Boots With Patent And Swarovski –For rising equestrian super stars, this pair of junior edition riding boots with patent panels and Swarovski detail from Cavallo is the perfect riding companion. Featuring a smart and sleek black patent leather panel and Swarovski studs, girls can wear this timeless style time and time again. A U.S based brand, Cavallo is committed to providing protection, support and comfort to both rider and horse.

20. Blue and White Satin Fit and Flare Dress Featuring an bright but subtle floral print, David Charles’ blue dress is a smart wardrobe update. The sleeveless design incorporates a gathered waist and full skirt with blue floral motif. Style with leggings or tights.

 

Naturi Naughton is Stylishly Cruising Into The Homestretch

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POWER’s Naturi Naughton has been looking fabulous while promoting this Sunday, June 25th premier of the 4th season of her hit Starz show.

And in a recent interview with Monarch magazine, the first-time mom-to-be express s excitement about welcoming her first child in July.

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“I’m a little past half. I’m in the last stretch of this but I feel so purposeful,” she said about the journey. “I feel really, really beautiful and blessed and honored to be taking on such a responsibility and opportunity to bring a life into the world, and motherhood. It’s rewarding thus far.”

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At the premier of Power in a THEIA couture dress, Irinia Karandrikas jewels and a purple clutch by S’uvimol in DC at the Newseum. 

The gorgeous petite powerhouse also shared gratitude over the support she has been getting from her long time beau Ben, her parents and castmates.

“I feel like at this stage in my life it’s really all coming together,” the former 3LW girl band member added. “At this age, I still feel young but I’m also not too young. I feel like I’ve matured a lot and I can teach this child so much. I know I want to be just as good of a mother as my mother was to me. I feel really excited to step into this next phase of life. I’m really excited for the new journey.”

We are in love with her style choices as she ran through press junkets slating hard.   

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Like here, killing them softly in an orange Ralph Lauren pleat dress, Haus of Topper earrings and rings by Lairucci.

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Yellow looks fab on Naughton, posing up with co star Lela Loren, in an Aisha Mcshaw dress.

more fabulosity…

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This Very Smart, Savvy Mom Consignment Shopping Secret in MD just got BIGGER – HUGE!

 

 

Okay. This luxury baby products consignment extravaganza hosted in Maryland twice each year has to be one of the most innovative things around!

The schtick: Get savvy, sophisticated, smart and eco-conscious moms who love and value quality designer clothes, baby goods and products together to upcycle items they and their children no longer use and fit and earn some extra cash in the process.

And for those who don’t have much to sell  or are brand new moms or mega shoppers, invite them to come shop for FREE and stock up on durable top brand merchandise and gently-worn clothing for their brood at a tiny fraction of the cost of buying new!

That’s the idea behind Wee-Sale of Maryland which is going on this weekend. The organizers outgrew one of their old locations and have decided this fall to combine their Anne Arundel, Charles and Prince George’s County sales they host each year into one mega sale at the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Complex in Hyattsville, Maryland.

“If you loved any of our sales in the past, this mega sale promises to be the best yet ,” said Mimi Shea, founder of the Wee-Sale. “We simply outgrew our old locations and are thrilled to now work in the most spacious of venues yet! The Sport and Learning Complex is ideal to display the thousands of kids/baby items our consignors bring season after season. It is centrally located for most of our past consignors and shoppers and we hope to add some new fans of the Wee-Sale too! We are so very excited about the Wee-MEGA-Sale!!”

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Gymboree, Baby Gap, Ralph Lauren, Janie and Jack, Wheat, Peg Perego, Graco, Fisher Price, Pottery Barn Kids, a wide array of boutique fashions and much more to fit newborns to kids size 16 – all will be available.

And, I love the fact it has a New Mom day for brand spanking new moms or those who have recently adopted a baby. For $10, they get to come a day ahead of the 4-public days and shop first.  Sadly, space for that day is already sold out this year, but isn’t it a great concept?

Those who donate must give a minimum of 30 items to sell but with no max, tho there are max limits for clothing for space purposes. The hosts keep 45% of the sales but those who donate clothes can earn a higher commission on their items by volunteering!

So, for example, if you work three 4-hour shifts, you can keep 70% of your sales and get chances to shop early yourself.

It’s a super ingenious way to staff the event without having to incur added overhead costs of hiring sales staff.

And it pays. The creators say the average consignor pockets about $250 in cash. Sweet!

But what if you’ve got too much going on and don’t have time to sort, wash, prep and price your stuff? Don’t sweat it!

You can pay a $30 drop off fee and give up a small percentage of your consignment commission to a “Busy Mom” associate who will do all that for you! So smart!

At the end of the weekend, all unsold merchandise get donated to charity so it’s a win-win-win situation!

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Public sale hours are Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24-25 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sept.26 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (25 percent off day) and Sunday, Sept.27 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (half-off day). Admission and parking are free. Due to safety concerns with a high volume of shoppers on opening day, no children are allowed at the sale on Thursday, Sept. 24.

The Fall Wee-Sale will take place Sept. 24-27 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Hyattsville, MD. More than 800 consignors will bring over 80,000 items and 75,000 square-feet worth of children’s clothing.