Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday: How to Dress for Shoppping Guide

 If you've been out since early this morning, or hitting the stores later today or this weekend, you want to stay comfy, especially if you are also preggers. To look stylish and chic while scoping out the deals, you want to layer a tank, a jersey shirt or others as an alternative to wearing a thick sweater. As you go from store to store in an outdoor market type shopping area or mall hop, you'll be in varying levels of being overheated or too cold. Layers are more breathable and can be unpeeled and peeled back on all day.

Also, scarves can keep you warm and can double as a pashmina like cover up. They have the dual purpose of looking stylish and functional as serving as supporting your layered look for staying comfortable and arm.

If you have a fave jeans, go with that because they are durable and functional while still chic and fashionable. A great pair never goes out of style. Also, they work for various climates. If you're in the balmy west coast of the States, or the brisk bulstery pre-winter east coast, jeans  are versatile.

To endure long treks through malls and while combing through racks, go with comfy shoes like ballet flats or low heeled boots. Both are functional and stylish options to pair with your shopping look.

Finally, a great tote or saddle bag completes the look. The saddle bag is best because it keeps your hands free as you add more bags throughout the day and can be worn safely and comfortably at your side the front. A big tote also can be worn on the shoulder and are also good for freeing the hands.

Good luck and happy shopping!
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Head Start: Links to Shopping Deals

If you're done stuffing your face and looking to get a head start on all the best Black Friday fashion shopping deals, we have a running and updated list! Check in here often

BCBG: 50 Percent Off Holiday Must Haves now until Dec. 1.
BCBG Generation: 50 Percent Off Site Wide Online today only.
Bloomingdales: Today Only! Early Bird: take 15 percent off a great selection of regular and sale price merchandise with code THANKS + free shipping.
Boutique To You: 20 percent off sitewide today only with code AF20THANKS.
Calvin Klein: 25 Percent Off Women's + Men's Underwear+ Free Shipping now until Dec. 2.
Calvin Klein: Extra 40 Percent Off + Free Shipping Sitewide now until Nov. 30.
Cost Plus World Market: Save 50 Percent On Hundreds Of Items + get an extra 10 Percent Off by using the code savebig10.
Cynthia Rowley: All Sale Items 60 Percent Off and 20 Percent Off all Full Price Holiday & Resort! Gift with Purchase of $300+ now until Dec. 1.
Fossil: $25 Off $150, $50 Off $200, + Free Shipping & Returns on All Orders until Dec. 1.
Luisaviaroma: Extra 20 Percent Off Winter Sale Collection now through Dec. 2.
Net-A-Porter: Enjoy Up to 50 Percent Off now through Dec. 31.
Nine West: 20 Percent Off Purchase of $125 or More through Nov. 28.
Saks Off 5th: Take an Extra 40- 50 Percent Off Your Purchase with code BLACKOUT now through Nov. 30.

Nordstrom: Designer clearance event now through Jan. 6

DKNY: 20 percent off sweaters and outwear now until Nov 29.

BCBG Generation: 40 percent off online today only.

American Eagle: Take 40 percent off and free shipping at American Eagle with code GOBBLEUP.

Charlotte Russe: It's buy one, get one free at Charlotte Russe. Buy one, get one free with $5 dresses and $5 shoes.

Express: Get 50 percent off everything Nov. 25 through Nov. 28 at Express.

J.Crew Factory: Get 50 percent off everything plus free shipping at J.Crew Factorywith code THANKS.

Kate Spade New York: Save up to 75 percent plus $5 ground shipping in the US and $10 in Canada at Kate Spade New York.

Lands' End: Get 40 percent off select categories each day and 30 percent off the remainder of your order at Lands' End through Nov. 30.

Lucky Brand Jeans: Save 45 percent on all orders and get free shipping at Lucky Brand Jeans.

Theory: Shop the Holiday Kickstart Sale and get 40 percent off select merchandise at Theory.

Tibi: Get a free additional 20 percent off sale items at Tibi through Nov. 28 with code BLACKFRIDAY14.

Stella and Dot: 25 percent off all sale items now through Nov. 30.

Madewell: 25 percent off sitewide now through Nov. 30 with code GIFTON.
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23 Celebrity Moms' 2014 Thanksgiving Day Photos

Today is Thanksgiving and many families are taking the time to gather and celebrate all they are thankful and grateful to have. We checked into social media to peep what some of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, current moms-to-be and other past featured moms are doing this Thanksgiving Holiday week.

Blue Ivy, Beyonce's daughter, gazes upon an ornately decorated tree

Drew Barrymore and daughter were featured in a perfume ad

Kelly Rowland was sharing a piece of her new baby blesing

Jaime King and her brood in Christmas sweaters

Garcelle Beauvais and her boys pose for an usie.

Adrienne Bosh prepped her kids' children's table

And she also donated and volunteered at a local food kitchen for he homeless.

Mom-to-be CaCee Cobb's hubby Donald Faison and son Rocco were having a moment

Ciara conquered grocery shopping with her kids

Ivanka Trump and daughter were caught having an adorable moment during a promo campaign event.

Eva Marcille was celebrating getting her body snatched back into model shape

Kim Zolicak was celebrating her twins Kaia and Kane's 1st birthday.

Christina Milian chilling on a jeep.

Snooki was showing off her adorable daughter on her 2 month birhday

Rachel Zoe was trying her hand at flower arrangement for Thanksgiving dinner

Alessandra Ambrosio and her children vacationing on the beach

Kristin Cavallari's newest addition was all ready for turkey day and Bears football

Gwen Stefani on The Voice

Hilary Duff looking pensive

Jessica Alba vacationing with friends

Madonna getting a push by her daughter.

Molly Sims took her son to see Penguins of Madagascara
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Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

From the Ghatt Media Holdings Family of Blogs and 
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We are very thankful to have you all as loyal readers and supporters. Everyday you encourage us to create content that informs, incites dialogue, edifies, amplifies and inspires you.

Hope you and yours have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving, today and always.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Black Friday: 5 Ways to Save this Year

This year strategically plan your Black Friday adventure with Stephanie Nelson from the who offers these suggestions:

1. Plan and Budget - Come up with a holiday gift list and plan. Decide who you need to buy for, what you can afford to spend overall, and divide that among all your gift recipients. Then shop the deals, coupons and savings strategies to stretch the budget. Check the store ads and websites for special "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" deals.

2. Compare Prices - When you are shopping for a specific item, compare prices online on the item before hitting the stores or shopping online. Prices can vary significantly, and an online retailer may offer free shipping and have no sales tax.

3. Be Coupon Savvy - Use coupons to drop the price even further:
·        Sign up for the email newsletters of favorite retailers and shopping malls to be the first to get special coupons
·        Follow a retailer's social networking page (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to get access to special coupons or limited-time flash sales
·        Go to an online coupon site like to find coupon codes for discounts and free shipping
·        Watch the newspaper ads and catalog mailings for in-store coupons.

4. Buy Gift Cards - Buy discounted or bonus gift cards to give as gifts or to use to shop for gifts .
·        Take advantage of bonus gift card offers that many restaurants offer at this time of year to give as gifts (for example, buy $100 worth of gift cards and get a free $20 gift card)
·        Redeem cash back rebate dollars from credit card programs for bonus gift card values. For example, use $20 of your credit card rebate dollars to get a $25 gift card to selected retailers.
·        If you are using a gift card to shop for gifts, be sure to combine them with coupons if available.

5. Get Cash Back for Purchases - If you have a cash back credit card, shop through the credit card website's shopping mall to get extra rebates on your purchases.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Halle Berry wins court order to stop ex from straightening daughter Nahla's hair to make her less black, she alleges

Who straightens the curly, yet already fine-textured, hair of a school aged little girl?  Model Gabriel Aubry, that's who, while he had his daughter, Nahla Aubry, who he had with Halle Berry in his care.

Berry accused him of trying to make Aubry appear to be more white and sought and receive an injunction stopping him from straightening 7-year old Nahla's hair. 

Man, that's almost sacrilegious in some communities to chemically straighten a girl's hair at such a young age, though there's no evidence that was done here.

It all had me thinking of this recent story about a half-Jewish, half-black college co-ed, who didn't even know she was bi-racial until she sent in her photo with her Georgetown University college application materials and the college sent her back a letter about the Black Student Union.  It turns out she was the product of her mom's extra-marital affair with a black man and her parents decided to get past it, which included never telling her of her African American heritage.

It was so interesting about identity. That student is now a 37-year old film maker Lacey Schwartz who submitted her documentary "Little White Lie" in the San Francisco film festival recently. The feature will air on PBS soon. 

Check out the teaser.

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Bump Day: Ali Larter shares belly progression silhouette

How super cute is mom-to-be Ali Larter's recent belly progression photo the TV host and former model shared to  her social media followers this Sunday?

Her 2-year old son Teddy sat hugging her leg. "Happy Sunday!" she captioned the Instagram photo. "I hope somebody you love is holding you close today."


Larter, who is expecting her second child with husband Hayes MacArthur, also has a great mom brand and blog. 

You need to stop by  and check out her awesome Thanksgiving post!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Study: Low alcohol consumption while pregnant not linked to birth defects

Heavy alcohol consumption during pregnancy has long been linked to a range of developmental problems and birth defects including fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), low birth weight, and preterm delivery, but a new study from Yale and Brown University shows that low to moderate alcohol consumption is not associated with an increased risk of specific birth outcomes and measures of fetal growth.

The study is published in the Nov. 19 issue of the Annals of Epidemiology.

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Get Gwen Stefani's 'The Voice' Style

We have been really digging all of the awesome, futuristic, retro and other structured and flowly looks Gwen Stefani's style team have been putting together for her this season as she sits as a season guest judge on The Voice. Her tenure marks a third Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum's role on the popular NBC singing talent competition. Christina Aguilera is an original host and Shakira has sat in Aguilera's stead in previous episodes.

After each show, Stefani shares on social media a link to her website where fans can go to to "get her look." Fun, fab and smart!

Check it out here! 

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Brown, Trayvon, Race and Parents' Responses to these Verdicts

After the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case when his killer George Zimmerman was set free, I witnessed my online and social media world split into two.

All of my friends of color, black, Hispanic and Asian, including those who were parents, expressed on their status updates and shares a lot of rage, frustration and fear for their own kids because they could empathize with Martin's parents. They didn't automatically accept Zimmerman's account of what went down either. 

Meanwhile, almost all of my white friends on all of my social media accounts (and I have plenty) were "unbothered," blissfully sharing photos of their getaway weekends, outfits planned for parties and cat jokes.  It was as if the volatile and tense moments leading up to the verdict and the verdict itself didn't matter, in their lives anyway.

Also around that same time, Glee actor Cory Montieth ended his own life via a drug overdose, a victim of years of addiction. I then watched as mournful tributes and sadness from those same parents flood my news feed and marveled at how split the world and America really is along racial lines when it comes to empathy over the death of people not from their respective, race.

This round, when I learned yesterday that Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown's killer, police officer Darren Wilson, was not indicted for the death, I expected the same division.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to see  a few Caucasian friends elevate the case on their social media accounts and one, particular influential one, let her immense followers and friends know that something isn't quite right here.  Others made bold stances to throw out their toy air rifles, perhaps in solidarity or concern and consideration of cases like a recent one in Cleveland, Ohio where a 12-year old kid playing with one at a playground was shot and killed by an officer who thought it was real.


The criminal justice system in America appears to over-police and over-enforces laws on black and Hispanic and under-police or at least serve to protect well-to-do and majority people from the intrusion into their lives  by  "undesirables" or those who "don't belong". 

It also routinely grants the benefit of the doubt, accepts the accounts of, and under-enforce the laws when the victim is a black youth at the hands of a man sworn to serve and protect.

To change it up so that status quo doesn't reign and "Justice" doesn't permanently morph into "just is',' as in that's "just how it is,"  we need more fairness, equity and parity.

We can never accomplish this until the unaffected or those who benefit from the system are outraged too. 

They also can't be so willing to blame the victim, assassinate his character or accept all uncorroborated testimony suggesting the victim deserved his or her fate or did something to invoke being shot and killed, for example.  

Also, I think of a passage from writer  Calvin Hennick"7 Things I can Do that My Black Son Can't" which addresses what he learned about privilege from being in an interracial relationship which produced a bi-racial son.

Number 6 was " I Can Complain About Racism"
When I point out that black people are incarcerated at alarming rates, or largely forced to send their children to underperforming schools, or face systemic discrimination when searching for jobs and housing, no one accuses me of “playing the race card.”
So true. This why, perhaps, words of support from those unaffected hold more weight than words from those expected to be in support.

Racking my brain to find some way to explain it so more are empathetic,  I thought of analogy to present to a young mother of 3 sons who I recently had a long Twitter exchange with who asked why do Blacks protest and complain too much when it has nothing to do with them specifically. 

I wanted to, but ultimately didn't, hit her back with a school analogy so she could understand: 
Imagine you have a talkative but otherwise good child who gets disciplined often in the classroom for talking too much, to the point as soon as she walks into the classroom or opens her mouth, she is presumed to be prepped to disrupt the class with her talking and gets sent to detention. 
Eventually, she is thrown out of school, altogether for being too talkative. As a parent, you take your case to the School Board. You gladly welcome parents of other talkative kids unjustly and routinely disciplined who have expressed similar frustration with the school's disciplinary procedures and anti-talkative kid bias. As they speak up on your behalf at the school board meeting, or to send in letters of support, you would never think to say they were complaining too much or didn't deserve answers for the discriminatory policy against kids like your own. 
If you could relate to that scenario re-read it again but replace the words "loquacious" or "talkative" with "black" and "talk" with "being black."

The exercise could have helped her "get it" finally, as to why these contentious cases imbue people to rally around victims. Ultimately, it is because they can empathize and/or  relate. 

What do you think? Are we divided based on our empathy to the victims of death, irrespective of how it comes? 

Or our cultural biases slanted so we care about some deaths than others or pick sides based on the side which we think we could relate to more? 
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