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Meghan Markle On Why She Doesn’t Do Social Media…Or any Media!

Last week was International Women’s Day and also an important week for the former Meghan Markle who was appointed by Queen Elizabeth, the Vice President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trus t on Friday.

The organization supports young leaders promoting social change, bettering their communities and providing work opportunities and hope for others across the globe.

Prince Harry is the president.

As part of her new role, the Duchess of Sussex will spotlight the work of the Trust with young leaders across the Commonwealth, in particular, the work of those supporting women and girls.

Perfect for this Women’s History Month!

To celebrate the new appointment and International Women’s Day, the duchess also spoke on a panel of female thought-leaders and activists at King’s College London.

“If things are wrong and there is a lack of justice, and there is an inequality, then someone needs to say something” she stated on the panel while wearing the Azzura Swirl Printed Shift dress by Reiss ($345) under a black Alexander McQueen Leaf Crepe blazer ( $1995), black Manolo Blahnik suede ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pumps ($625) while carrying a leather with gold accent Stella McCartney Shaggy Deer Faux Leather Crossbody Bag and diamond pearl drop earrings by Caroline Parr with her hair in a messy bun.

Among several things she revealed during that panel is that she has canceled social media, explaining that she doesn’t engage with social media much as a personal choice, in an effort to avoid “getting muddled” by the “noise,” the UK’s Press Association (PA) news agency reports.

The response came after the former Suits TV star was asked how she felt about headlines that called her feminism “trendy.”

She replied: “I don’t read anything, it’s much safer that way, but equally that’s just my own personal preference, because I think positive or negative, it can all sort of just feel like noise to a certain extent these days, as opposed to getting muddled with that to focus on the real cause.”

She cotinued: “So for me, “I think the idea of making the word ‘feminism’ trendy, that doesn’t make any sense to me personally, right? This is something that is going to be part of the conversation forever.”

When asked later if she looked at Twitter, she replied: “No, sorry, no. For me that’s my personal preference.”

Good for her!

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.

 

Fashion Support: When Celeb Moms Wear Other Celeb Moms

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I think it’s cool when I see our Bellytich Bumpwatch alums supporting one another by wearing each other’s designs. Like this week, Jennifer Lopez was taking a break from her Vegas show and spotted in a Stella McCartney cotton sleeveless Lion Shirt and a pair of Victoria Beckham classic aviator shades.

Both McCartney and Beckham were featured prominently on the blog when they were expecting their respective last bundle of joy!

JLo paired the top with dark denim, while toting a Christian Loubotin Paloma leather tote with leopard print sides… and look, are those Converse sneakers, Chuck Taylors to be precise? (What do you think? Ping me and let me know.)

With all this talk about the mom hair and mom jeans, Converse trainers may be the new “mom tennis shoe” after all. (Smile)

 

Stella McCartney Honors Her Mom, Designs Bra for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Designer and Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Stella McCartney is paying tribute to her mother for Breast Cancer Awareness month by designing a feminine and fashionable mastectomy recovery bra. Linda McCartney died at 56 in the late 1990s from the disease.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women of all backgrounds and is the second common cause of death for white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We wanted to bring something feminine and beautiful into a bra that is taboo,” McCartney told The Telegraph. “There are so many different emotions attached to the tragic realities of having had a double mastectomy, many cultures are unaccepting and terrible things happen to women both physically and emotionally.”

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McCartney is calling the bra the Louise Listening bra after her mom’s middle name. It will be released in October and will have a pale rose with white overlay with a zipper in the front. There is no underwire and it has deep sides for support and compression to help as the scars heal.

“We just wanted to make something that allows women undergoing this to have something to be proud of, something with no shame attached,” the mom to two boys and two girls added. “We wanted women to know that you can still be feminine, have your sensuality, have all of the things that are attached to being a woman and that part of your body can still feel beautiful on the outside, as well as the inside.”

Bravo!

photos: creative commons, Getty