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My Two Wrong Predictions About Baby West and Baby Sussex

Wrong and Wrong.

I speculated that perhaps Duchess Meghan of Sussex had given birth at home because she was not captured by photographers leaving her home or arriving.

However, last week, Kensington Palace revealed that the Suits actress, formerly Meghan Markle, gave birth.

Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor  was born at Portland Hospital, a private hospital on Great Portland Street in London, a copy of the baby’s birth certificate revealed.

With the baby overdue and her somewhat advance maternal age at 36, a hospital was probably better in case of an emergency.

Also, I was wrong about the name Kim Kardashian and Kanye West would have given their newest child, a son, born via surrogate last week.

I and other speculators the baby would be named Robert for two reasons. One, Kim showed an image of the name Robert during a Snapchat and during a recent episode of her reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashian a psychic in Bali told Kim and Khloe Kardashian their dad, Robert Kardashian, would be reincarnated in her son.

The couple named the newest arrival Psalm which is a Hebrew word for song and is the name of one of the books in the Bible. A source to E! News told the site that Kanye chose the name “and is a representation of their spirituality.”

The sources explained, “it was a very important to him, and Kim wanted the name to have a significance that held a true representation of their family, so she agreed on the name.”

Nice!

Well, you can’t win them all!

This Australian News Mag Article About Motherhood Ruining Miranda Kerr’s Figure Got Me Heated

Opinion; by Jay Jay Ghatt

I was online and an article from an Australian news mag, news.com.au,  scrolled through my feed with an article discussing Australian super model Miranda Kerr, and specifically her comments in a recent Marie Claire article that are supposed to be about body positivity.

Kerr gave birth to her second son, Hart, six months ago, with husband, Snapchat founder, Evan Spiegel.

However, to me, the news.com.au article and especially its headline and Kerr’s statements in her Marie Claire interview do nothing to affirm the confidence of women who are mothers. Absolutely nothing in my opinion!

I am not sure the intent but they both missed the mark.

Let’s go through it, shall we?

At first blush, the headline reads that Kerr is “Ok that motherhood ruined her figure.” Oh really?

First of all, motherhood did not ruin her figure.  That is a very off-the-mark suggestion.

I am pretty sure motherhood enhanced her life and I’m also certain it gave her new curves. In  many cultures and countries around the world, curves are very much appreciated by many women and men worldwide.  Some women I know personally work hard to acquire curves.  Also, look at the Kim Kardashian phenomenon, for example. Note all these Instagram models that are getting butt enhancements, injections and wearing padded pants or photoshopping curves into there photos!

In that sense, then, motherhood made her figure better! It did not “ruin” her body, at all, necessarily!

Second, the headline casts a negative light on pregnancy and relays why a lot of women experience pregorexia and deprive themselves and their babies of much needed nutrients while pregnant over fear of gaining weight. This headline feeds into that very harmful notion of pregnancy being something that will mess up one’s body and figure.

I cannot stand it!

Inside the Marie Claire piece, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel who has a 7-year old son named Flynn with ex Orlando Bloom says “It’s OK, I’ve got a mum-bod and it’s fine!”

There is a very negative connotation behind the term “mum-bod” in that quote. This sentence relays that she is content with having a body associated with mothers. Ugh.

Society continue to tell women who are mothers that there bodies are unacceptable, not attractive and should be something we work hard on changing, altering, or improving.

The News.Au site feeds into this horrible notion when it states of Kerr, “even when she was heavily pregnant, Kerr showed off her curves for photographers.”

“Even when? “ “Even When?”

Hear me now: Women with or without having a baby bump have curves and take photos and have photos taken of them. Having curves is not a reason to not be worthy of being photographed!

I really hate this article! It’s so mean!

Then Kerr doesn’t add much to the convo by being quoted saying in that Marie Claire article, “I don’t mind. It’s all part of it. I took nine months – well, 10 months – to grow a beautiful child and it might take 10 months to feel good in a swimsuit again.”

You shouldn’t need a size 0 figure or body to feel good in a swim suit. It’s not a body positive article at all.

That’s all I have to say about this topic but there is no wonder women are not supported in so many aspects of their lives, before, during and after they join motherhood.

Media and major influential figure internalize and spout out so much toxic positions.

Ok. Off my high horse for the day! Have a great week all!

Let’s continue the conversation. I can be found everywhere in social media  @Bellyitch on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook!

 

Loved My Essence + Ford My City 4 Ways Food, Arts, Music and Lifestyle Festival DC Stop Experience

I had quite a busy, yet amazing and awesome weekend at the Essence + Ford My City 4 Ways pre-event dinner and food, music, arts and lifestyle festival’s DC stop.

The second annual event gives both brands an opportunity to bridge their respective audiences in a festive journey that infuses culture, celebs, influencers in an open air venue that is the revitalized  Union Square Market.

Before the Saturday day-long festival, I was fortunate to be invited along with a few bloggers, social media taste makers and the like to pre-game the evening before at a Dine and Paint and Sip and Paint event at ArtJamz, a preeminent creative art space in Dupont Circle, launched by DC’s Capitol File Magazine’s editor in chief Michael M. Clements, in the spirit of independence and innovation of the Washington DC artistic influences of Duke Ellington, Dave Chappelle, Marvin Gaye, Go-Go Music, Chuck Brown, Dave Grohl and more.

Before dinner, I sat down to chat briefly with Raj Register, Head of Brand Strategy and Growth Audience Market at Ford, who shared that Ford came up with the concept with Essence to curate from a “grassroots level” an experience event to be developed to the national level. The concept selected DC, Memphis and Atlanta because of these three cities’ high concentration of women and the opportunity to make maximum impact and reach for the target demo.

Register shared that Ford has a new partnership with the WAZE app “so instead of looking on your phone like we know you shouldn’t be, when you plug in your iPhone, it will activate the app”  and also talked a bit about other forthcoming tech partnerships. Some current and future vehicles will have “Wi-Fi” connectivity. “If you want it, we have it,” she added. Another wonderful addition is the rear view camera tech that will be standard in all vehicles moving forward! That’s great news for families. Good stuff!

During the festival the next day,  participants and attendees would get an opportunity to “Ride and Drive“, e.g., take a test drive or ride along in Ford’s recent vehicles in their fleet, and experience the new technology and other amenities for themselves first hand. It’s all a part of a mission to cultivate new brand affinity in emerging markets.

Back to Friday for a bit: after enjoying a yummy salmon dinner with wine, I and my fellow bloggers headed down to ArtJamz’s studio space to create our very own artistic interpretation of the Ford Mustang Pony. In between brush strokes, we noshed on dessert, a nice sampling of cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries. It was a fun time!! I loved meeting new friends there and connecting and networking with the wonderful dynamic group of women who organized the event. It was a marvelous sisterhood experience!

Here are a few photos from the evening:

I enjoyed this dinner of blackened Atlantic salmon with grilled asparagus and potatoes au gratin so much, I went home and purchased a few stalks of asparagus to recreate the meal later.

Meeting new blogger baes!

We were joined by renowned artist Hamilton Glass who recreated the campaign’s logo on a wall in the art and dine studio.

At the event the next day, I ventured out in the drizzly day to experience the last stop of the My City 4 Ways tour, after a stop in Atlanta and Memphis late last year, the other two cities on the tour.

I got there just in time to catch a panel of entrepreneurs hosted by friend Tiffany Aliche, The Budgenista that included another friend,  Arsha Jones of Capitol City Mambo Sauce and Tees in the Trap successful multi-million dollar business ventures along with Roc Nation apparel’s Emory Jones on the panel as well.

Also, I am a new fan of Melissa Butler, the founder and creator of a line of vegan lipsticks called The Lip Bar. She too was on the panel. Her brand was there offering all attendees a free matte lip stain!

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Kelis served up some of her specialties from her new cookbook, “My Life on  A Plate, then later participated in an on-stage Q&A talking her new line of sauces called Bounty and Full,  and balancing motherhood with a recording career and entrepreneurship.

Here are some photos from the My Ford City DC event at Union Market nabbed from social media, my own personal pics and a few official photos below:

Yas!!! #BlackAlley #myfordcity #mycity4ways

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Southeast-DC born and bred band Black Alley shared their brand of  unique musical elixir that the group describes is made up of hip-hop, soul, and rock to create  a genre-bending sound called #HoodRock”, adding some authentic DC flare to the event.

DC’s own Grammy-nominated, BET Awards-winning recording artist Raheem DeVaughn swooned the audience with some soulful R&B crooning of his own power hits and a few other well-known covers.

Chef Resha of the very popular Carnal Dish blog provided a sampling of delicacies from her kitchen.

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I am in the market for a new SUV myself and our first family car was a Ford Explorer. It was also awesome to get to ride in a 2017 Fusion because I never realized how roomy the 4-door sedan was inside and so much so that it could sub for the larger vehicle we were planning to get. I really dug the dual control temperature system and the fact the new 2018 versions will be Wi-Fi-enabled.

Also, I checked out the latest version of the Explorer. It has been upgraded substantially since with a quad tip exhaust and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets,a powerful 3.5L EcoBoost® engine, sport-tuned suspension and a best-in-class 15 365 V6 horsepower with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission.

And practically speaking, the seating remained pretty spacious with lots of cargo room in the back for family road trips, hauling furniture or groceries. I love the hands-free, foot-activated liftgate feature as well as the 180-degree camera with Split-View and Washer.

For safety purposes, the vehicle also comes with a branded Ford Safe & Smart® Package feature that alerts you of unintentional lane drifting  and allows you to set cruise control and select the speed and distance you want to maintain from the vehicle in front of you.

Lots of good stuff. We definitely will be exploring (pardon the pun) this option on our search.

The Lip Bar did lipstick makeovers.

I listen to WKYS-FM on the radio in the evenings at times so it was also great to see one of the DJs on there I admire, DJ Little Bacon Bear (real name Khalia Canty). I asked the petite curly haired DJ about the origins of her name and she shared it came from a childhood friend for a fictional dynamic duo they formed.

That friend is now a flight attendant. “I’m sure she’s no longer going as our childhood name,” the 5’1′ 100lb young talent  laughed!

Captiol City Mambo Sauce and Tees in the Trap vended and I copped a fab “Thug Wife” Tee!

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend experience that I highly recommend everyone attend if they can the next time the tour makes a stop. There are new cities being added as the festival expands! Keep an eye and ear open for them when announced! I’ll keep you guys updated when I hear again!

@essence @ford “My City 4 Ways” DC #MyFordCity 👌🏾

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Kylie Jenner Just Shared a Close Up Photo of Stormi Webster and She’s Gorgeous!

It was a week after make up mogul and  reality TV star Kylie Jenner complained about not using Snapchat much anymore that the social media app’s stock to fell more than 7 percent (a loss of $1.3 billion in market value).  The youngest of the Jenner/Kardashian clan  has redeemed her love for the video sharing platform (and hopefully some stock value) after sharing a sweet video of her gorgeous one month old baby girl, Stormi Webster on Snapchat on Friday, March 2.

The Life of Kylie star’s quick vid was captioned, “my pretty girl” while daddy, rapper Travis Scott, shared his own version of the same photo of baby sucking on a purple pacifier all bundled and snug in an off white furry blanket.

Stormi’s closeup pic debuted a few days after her cousin Chicago West appeared on Snapchat.  No wonder the fans of Kim Kardashian West and Jenner are feuding. These coincidentally-timed reveals give the fans a lot of fodder to play with.  It appears, along with Dream Kardashian, the girl cousins may grow and be close the same way Penelope Disick and North West are buddies. 

The sisters dismissed it in Twitter responses.

So fucking lame!!! Kim and I are saying how much it has changed and why the divide. We are sisters, best friends and most of all supporters of each other. Bizarre https://t.co/4PowCoMLsC

Celeb Baby Bumps Making Red Carpet Rounds This Award Season

Last Night, Chrissy Teigen looked stunning in silver sequins while attending the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York city with her husband John Legend. She isn’t the only expecting celebrity or (celeb partner) who stunned during this year’s Award Season.

Miranda Kerr was fab in black while  at a Golden Globes After Party.  So was Orange Is the New Black star Yael Stone at the SAG Awards but not in black but sunny yellow! Yael and her husband Australian actor Dan Spielman are expecting their first child, Daily Mail reports.

Kerr and her husband, Snapchat founder Evan Speigel are expecting their first child together. She and ex-hubby Orlando Bloom share a son named Flynn.

Fuller House star John Stamos kissed the bump on his Model fiance Caitlin McHugh while walking the SAG Awards red carpet. This will be the first child for them both.

 

Serena Williams Says She Won’t Defend her Australian Open Title This Year

Serena Williams famously won the 2017 Australian Open while she was 9 weeks pregnant but on Thursday, the 23-tim Grand Slam champ said she won’t be defending her Australian Open title this year.

It has only been 5 months since she gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. The newly wed to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian turned Snaphcat to share the news, stating in part:

“My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time. With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I’ve decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year.

“The memory of last year’s Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again. I appreciate the support and understanding of my fans and everyone at the Australian Open.”

The tennis tournament begins on the 15th of this month.

The Australian Open tweeted best wishes shortly after her announcement, saying in part: “Good luck for the rest of 2018, Serena! We’ll miss you”

Williams had tried to push it by registering for a tournament last month but didn’t make it out the first round. She lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

“I don’t think I am going to rate my performance,” Williams said. “I have plenty of comebacks, from injuries, from surgeries, but I’ve never had a comeback after actually giving birth to a human being. So, in my eyes, I feel it was a wonderful, wonderful match for me.”

Williams struggled with her serve and Ostapenko won 6-2, 3-6 and then 10-5 in a super tiebreaker, but as US Open opined, she  “still impressed to take a set off the No. 7-ranked Ostapenko after nearly a year away from tennis.”

She can do it and there is a track record for it!

The legendary Margaret Court won three majors after giving birth to her son in 1972. Kim Clijsters won three of her 4 Grand Slams after the birth of her child. Lindsay Davenport won 3 of her 55 Career titles after giving birth to her son. There are at least three other major female players to make mommy comebacks and silence all the critics and naysayers!

Too soon, ma, too soon!

Miranda Kerr Announces She is Expecting with Her Snapchat Founder Husband

We need to start asking if all these Victoria Secret top models have a pregnancy pact.

Right after Bar Refaeli welcomed her second child and as Behati Prinsloo awaits the birth of her and Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine‘s second child, in comes Miranda Kerr to announce that she is expecting.

The gorgeous brunette shared that she and Snapchat founder Evan Speigel will welcome their first child together six months after they tied the knot. The couple famously abstained from sex  until marriage.

This will be her second child. She has son Flynn with first husband actor Orlando Bloom.

Back to Speigel, can we also give it  up for Tech geeks landing the hottest eligible bachelorettes? Tennis Champ Serena Williams is engaged and has a daughter with Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian.  Here is a long list of More!

Congrats!

Kylie Jenner Shows Off a Pretty Flat Tummy This Weekend: Let’s Compare

Yesterday, while celebrating her best friend Jordyn Woods at the Malibu Wine Safari on Friday, Kylie Jenner shared SnapChat and other social media images of the adventures.

In one photo, posted on Instagram,  the Kylie Cosmetics purveyor lifts up her shirt to reveal a still very flat stomach. The 20-year old is wearing a baggy black top and red pants, the same one she wore while watching her boyfriend 25-year old Travis Scott perform during a music festival in Las Vegas on Friday.

Well…this leads us to think a couple of things: 1) she is punking the world with the news for what reason, who knows?; or 2) she is sucking in her tummy and may be really 4 months along with a baby girl as reports from “insiders” state.

Check out the photos that various people have posted in social media an online of their 4-month belly and you can see it varies.

h/t ET Online

 

Serena Williams Clarifies: Venus Williams’ Accidental Gender Reveal Wasn’t What We Think

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Serena Williams was in PR fix mode recently after her sister Venus Williams appeared to have revealed the gender of her baby. While being interviewed following her first round French Open win, big sister Venus told a reporter that she hopes the baby will have her name.

“She’s going to call me ‘favorite aunt,'” Venus said during her post-match interview with Eurosport after winning the second round of the French Open on Wednesday.. “Every day we’re like, ‘Baby Vee, baby Isher, baby Lyn,’ so we all want the baby to be named after us.”

Not so fast, Serena relayed in an Instagram post essentially saying the pronoun “he” is not common in their household so that’s the reason Venus used that word. Hmmm….

“To clarify what Venus said, I am always joking with my sisters to see what favors I can get them [to] do for me next,” Serena Williams wrote in the “words” photo. “If I want something from one of my sisters, I say ‘Baby Venus, Baby Lyn, or Baby Isha needs it.’ I did not grow up with any brothers, only sisters and we all say ‘she’ more than ‘he.’ ”

 

Serena has previously said she planned to wait until the birth to reveal the baby’s gender.

“I think the surprise of knowing what you are going to have on that very special day you give birth is probably the best surprise you can ever have,” she said. 

Now we will know it is the truth if they have a boy! The Grand Slam champ accidentally announced on Snapchat this past Aprail that she and co-founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian are expecting their first child.

Kim Kardashian West Is Using Lasers Not Plastic Surgery to SnapBack After Baby

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Kim Kardashian West is using plastic surgery to help return her tummy to pre-pregnancy shape. This Sunday, she posted a snap about getting her stretch marks removed by cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Simon Ourian.

Using a voice-changing filter on Snapchat that gave her cute bunny ears, Kardashian West told her fans that she was leaving the doctor’s office after they “worked on stretch marks.”

 “I feel so excited that I finally did it,” she said, “I’ve been so scared to do it thinking it hurts so badly, and it didn’t hurt that badly. So I’m so grateful, and ’m so excited. I love you Dr. Ourian!”

Last week, she revealed that the same doctor worked on tightening the area around her belly button.

“So I’m spending my Saturday with Dr. Ourian and it f—— kills but it will be worth it,” she explained at the time. “We are lasering. You guys, I never thought I could love someone and hate someone so much at the same time.”

“If anyone that’s had babies understand what it’s done to your belly button, then you really understand how much you need Dr. Ourian to tighten around your belly button so it could look back normal,” she added.

And last summer, the biz mogul Snap documented her “skin-tightening” procedure with the Dr. O. The procedure is a less invasive tummy tuck, she shared on Snapchat.

And that led to what cosmetic surgeons are calling the “Dash Effect“, PEOPLE reported recently.

U.K. cosmetic surgery group Transform reports that they have seen a 73 percent increase in inquiries from patients citing Kardashian family members as inspiration.

The trend article calls the plastic surgery craze the “Dash Effect,” and states that after Kylie Jenner admitted to having lip fillers earlier this year, they received a 700 percent rise in inquiries about the procedure overnight.