So Much to Celebrate: The Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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We are super excited to showcase brands this May with gifts of love for mom – from fashion, beauty, decor, jewelry and accessories as we celebrate moms fiercely!

A Rare Jewel Apparel offers rhinestone and inspirational tshirts. We also provide custom tshirts, so we welcome your designs.  Learn more about the brand here.

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Hello Gorgeous says Mary Kay. Mary Kay is one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics in the world. Be sure to connect with Lynne here as she’s ready to serve you and she’s an ADVANCED Color Consultant – using MK products is best way to enhance your beauty! 

 

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Linell Ellis’ handbags and accessories for the woman who believes that true luxury is found in lifes experiences. “Theresa Tote in Red”- It’s finally the weekend and you have things to do and places to see. As you head out the door to meet your girlfriends, you grab your new Theresa Tote. The clean lines and buttery soft leather have become your go-to. Placing your keys in the zippered pocket and your phone in the slip pocket leaves plenty of room for a small clutch just in case happy hour is on the horizon. Check it out here.

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Tell your story with a meaningful, customizable Living Locket by Origami Owl® . Choose the Charms that represent your passions, memories, dreams and the things you love and capture them in your Living Locket. Let Robin pick out the perfect locket gift for your favorite lady in your life, learn more here.

 

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Strut_DC’s Mobile MoGals bring to you a Boutique On wheels. TheStrutTruck offers Stylish, Trendy, USA Made Fashion to you!  Shop the truck online today here.

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Be sure to follow these brands via their website and social media pages:

The Strut Truckwww.theStrutTruck.com / Twitter: @theStrutTruck, Facebook: @theStrutTruck, Instagram:@theStrutTruck

Robin Harris’ Origami Owlwww.robinharris.origamiowl.com / Facebook: Origami Owl-Robin Harris, Independent Designer, Instagram: @Lockets_By_Puddy

A Rare Jewel Apparel – www.etsy.com/shop/ARareJewelApparel / Twitter: @NOLAJewels, Facebook: A Rare Jewel Apparel, Instagram: @rarejewelapparel,

Linell Ellis  – www.linellellis.com / Twitter: @linellellis, Facebook: Linell Ellis, Instagram @linellellis

Lynne Peace by Mary Kay – www. marykay.com/lynn2army / Instagram: @lynnepeace_esq, Twitter @lynnepeace

 

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Exhibitors Can Save at Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show in Houston, Chicago and DC!

EXHIBITORS DISCOUNT WITH PROMO CODE

 

Are you a brand looking to connect with influential moms – fashion moms, beauty moms and lifestyle moms?

We are excited to connect with new and former brands of products and services geared towards moms!  As part of the kick-off of our Expo season, we are super excited to share our Vendors Discount opportunity as we continue to celebrate expecting moms and new moms on their pregnancy journey at this years’ Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show featuring ‘Bump the Runway’!

This discount can be applied to any of our 2015 Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show cities!

Houston, Texas – April 18, 2015

Chicago, Illinois – August 22, 2015

Washington, D.C. – October 10, 2015

Don’t wait! Savings of $50 off the PREMIER Vendor or STANDARD Vendor packages only, this won’t be around for long!  Use Promo Code BLINGKISSES when registering. Click here to REGISTER today! Offer ends Wednesday February 4, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

Learn more about Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show here.

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Are You A Part of the Mommyhood Market?

Hello everyone!

As we kick off the new year with one of our signature events – Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show (featuring ‘Bump the Runway’) as we continue to celebrate expecting moms and new moms on their pregnancy journey, we are excited to announce our Vendor Call.

TEXAS HOUSTON BABY BASH AND BLING EXPO & SHOW (2)Do you have a brand of products and/or services and ready to connect with the motherhood market?  We’d love to connect with you in Houston, Chicago or D.C. this year.  View our website here for more details and info!

Thank you for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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Chic Pregnancy: Shine with Kmart and Samsung Holiday Commercials

Hello everyone!

Over the Christmas break, I’m sure we’ve all seen the Kmart | “Santa Baby” Joe Boxer commercial featuring the ‘bumps’ of pregnant moms!  Of course, I love it.

{Its well in line with Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show – we are all about celebrating and embracing the pregnancy journey}.

When I saw it for the first time, I said aloud “are they pregnant?”. I’m glad to see that being ‘with child’ is celebrated on a national scale such as a holiday commercial.

These pregnant moms have some serious dance moves, watch them take Santa Baby to the next level. Let the holidays bring you something special this year with great holiday sleepwear for the whole family, even the bun in the oven.

 

And if that wasn’t enough, I spotted actress Kristen Bell (and her hubby Dax Shepard) in the Samsung commercial showcasing her bump.

From wearing matching PJ’s and sweaters to over-the-top decorating, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard know how to do it big for the holiday season. This year, they’re inviting you over to ring in the holidays with their family.

Two fun-loving and lighthearted commercials celebrating pregnancy over the holidays. What can be better than that?

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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Maternity Style As A Football Fashion Mom

Hello everyone,

If you’re anything like me you’re watching NFL football, spending time with family and catching up on errands – blogging, cleaning and organizing as we get ready for a normal work week – for some.  I’ve gotten several texts and tweets about showing love to expecting moms who love the game of football.  I’m here for you and want to share some of the latest maternity style that the NFL offers and a bit of pregnancy style from some of the brands we love!

Pair your favorite NFL team jersey with a pair of these Preggo Leggings.

Ok, if you are preggers, you totally need these. Preggo Leggings is equal parts comfy and cute maternity leggings that will become an essential and ultimate go-to fashion item throughout every stage of your pregnancy. A total classic but with a very sexy twist that you seriously can’t live without. Our super stylish seamless over-the-belly leggings is made with the softest stretch fabric so that your baby bump and legs feel and look amazeballs. Preggo Leggings is cleverly designed to flatter your growing bump so that it will never get too tight through your first, second and third trimester. Ummm, the best of all of worlds, right? Mix and match all of our gorgeous colors to create dozens of new outfits in your existing wardrobe. Dress it up or down, or even lounge around in them, totally up to you!

NFL Maternity TShirt from Motherhood Maternity

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  • Purchase your NFL maternity tee here!
New Orleans Saints NFL Maternity T Shirt

New Orleans Saints NFL Maternity T Shirt

 

New York Giants NFL Maternity T Shirt

New York Giants NFL Maternity T Shirt

As a fashion mom who loves football consider this from Emikay Maternity:

Make your baby arrival public with this cute tshirt! This top is perfect for your baby announcement or social media photos. The Black Fitness Maternity T-Shirt with white and burnt orange print. All items are hand printed and made to order.

Coming in Fall Fitness Maternity T-Shirt

Coming in Fall Fitness Maternity T-Shirt

There are a few fabulously chic brands that offer maternity jeans any fashion mom would love.

Stay chic throughout your pregnancy with the ASOS Maternity collection. Flatter your bump with jeans cleverly designed to accommodate your new curves.

ASOS Maternity Ankle Grazer Jean In Heritage Blue

ASOS Maternity Ankle Grazer Jean In Heritage Blue

The gray maternity jeans from the ASOS Maternity Collection are designed to fit through all stages of pregnancy

  • Super soft high-stretch denim
  • Stretch added for comfort and fit
  • Low rise to sit under your bump
  • Stretch waist insert for comfort and support
  • Ultra skinny fit through the leg
  • Contoured bottom lifting back pockets
  • Figure flattering high-rise
ASOS Maternity Ridley Skinny Ankle Grazer Jean In Slick Gray

ASOS Maternity Ridley Skinny Ankle Grazer Jean In Slick Gray

Don’t forget to add a few stylish accessories to your closet as a fashion mom – expecting mom!

I love this! Handmade leather diaper bag tags (from our Etsy friends Champion Unlimited) are the perfect gift for the chic mom who doesn’t want to be covered in chevron and bows.

Handmade Leather Diaper Bag Name Tag

Handmade Leather Diaper Bag Name Tag

Headed to football party?  Don’t forget your stylish diaper bag from our friends at Baby Highpants – they have several chic diaper bags for any fashion mom.

POPPY Diaper Bag

POPPY Diaper Bag

Wherever your football Sunday takes you – walk in style!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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Bump in the City Week Kicks Off Monday September 15th

Hello everyone!

Get ready for a fab week!  Bump in the City Week kicks off Monday September 15th through Sunday September 21st. Stay connected with us and @themonicabyrd (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest) for fabulous prizes, goodies and more – as we lead up to our Washington, D.C. Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show featuring “Bump the Runway” fashion show! #BBB #BumpintheCityWeek

 Baby Wishes and Bling Kisses 

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Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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HOW TO WEAR A MIDI SKIRT IN YOUR 20S, 30S AND 40S

Courtesy of Mama Fashion Files

Courtesy of Mama Fashion Files

This article was recently published on the MamaFashionFiles but I loved it so much (and she’s a fellow fashion blogger friend) I wanted to share it here as well. Thanks Aracely! 

Hello everyone!

Take a look into this great blog post from Mama Fashion Files published on July 10, 2014.  “How to Wear a Midi Skirt in Your 20s, 30s or 40s. Read a bit about the article below and can’t wait for more, view full article here.

 I am a huge fan of midi skirts. Although many women may be afraid to try it because of their height or frame, the key to pulling off a midi skirt is having the right balance. It’s true the skirt cuts your leg off mid calf, however, if you pair it with a fitted top and heels you’ve successfully pulled off the look. I think you can actually wear the skirt beyond your 40s but I’m showing you three looks in three age groups. This was fun and I may try to do something similar again for the fall. I recruited my daughter Crystal who is in her 20s and my sister Jessica who is in her 30s for this post.

 

Thanks for reading (and re-reading 🙂 and see you soon!

Monica

 

 

 

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FabFriday Mom: Yaya (Dacosta) Alafia

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Yaya (Dacosta) Alafia

Yaya (Dacosta) Alafia

We’re loving the journey of America’s top model and newest member of mommyhood.  Yaya Alafia arrived on TV screens more than a decade ago as Yaya Dacosta, the young model proud of her African and Latina roots in Season 3 of America’s Next Top Model. But, as she tells NPR’s Michel Martin, she has come a long way since competing on the series. “I have practiced such deliberate amnesia when it came to that show,” she admits. “Just hearing my voice at such a young, vulnerable age, forced into this other world that I wasn’t prepared for.”

 
Yaya Dacosta has been busy acting, getting married, and having her first child. As an unofficial spokesperson for natural haired beauties everywhere, it’s no wonder why the 31-year-old new mom would be exploring more ways to go au naturale in her life, starting with her parenting style.
 
Yaya Breastfeeding

Yaya Breastfeeding

More recently DaCosta, was ‘spotted’ on Instagram breastfeeding her son – an intimate act as beautiful and natural as this – Yaya you’re our  FabFriday Mom!

 
Yaya and the family

Yaya and the family

We celebrate you Yaya! We appreciate your craft – and all that comes with it.  Actor, wife, mother, entrepreneur, activist, beauty maven, naturalista, business woman, Lifestyle Mom, Hot Momma, Haute Momma, America’s Top Model and our FabFriday mom!

 
Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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FabFriday Mom: Kate Bennett

Kate Bennett

Kate Bennett

Hello everyone!

FabFriday Mom:  As one of the most recognized fashion editors and publication gurus, Kate Bennett is awesome! (see what I mean – check her out on Twitter @KateBennett_DC).  She’s the Fashion Editor of Washingtonian, the largest regional lifestyle publication in the Washington, DC area; Editor in Chief of Washingtonian Mom; Editor in Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, a luxury, twice-yearly weddings publication.

Washingtonian magazine is full of articles and features from the monthly print magazine about living in the Washington, DC, area, including restaurant and arts reviews, real estate, shopping and more! Washingtonian Mom is the go-to magazine for Washington moms and Washington, DC’s wedding inspiration celebrate all things wedding and fun at Washingtonian Bride & Groom magazine.

Kate and daughter

Kate and daughter

Per a snippet from fellow Founder and Editor-in-Chief (Kate Kirby @minimagkate) of @theminimagazine and @tullemag, Bennett shared what she loved most about producing publications. “I love the whole thing. Really, I do. I love coming up with stories, or even meeting the people or seeing the places, noticing the trends, going to the spots, that will BECOME stories. I love seeing the stories sort of “grow” in my head into real concepts, with a writer, a photographer, a lede. I love the process of the photo shoot, the styling, the location, the magic of transforming a person or thing. And I love putting it all together. And I really, really love shipping it off to press. Obviously, the best part is the day the magazine arrives. I think this is why I will always stay in print.”

Be sure to follow the amazement of Kate! @Washingtonian Magazine, Fashion Editor. @WashBrideGroom &@WashMOMMag, Editor in Chief. 

We celebrate you KATE on this FabFriday. 

@KateBennett_DC you’re our FabFriday Mom!  #KateBennett #mother #mediapersonality #fashioneditor #publicationguru #publisher #washingtonian #washingtonianmom #multifaceted #beauty #styleicon #stylemaven #entrepreneur #positiveinfluence #beautymaven #personality #bizwoman #LifestyleMom #HotMomma #HauteMomma #fashion #style #FabFridayMom 

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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Kate Bennett's Publications

Kate Bennett’s Publications

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FabFriday Mom: Eunique Jones Gibson

Hello everyone!

FabFriday Mom: Now recognized as an artist and cultural architect, @EuniqueJG was born in Washington, D.C. Creator of the Because of Them, entrepreneurial spirit, talented artist, uncanny imagination, mommypreneur, motivational speaker, wife, mom and pioneer – Eunique is an awesome talent!

We celebrate you EUNIQUE on this FabFriday. 

Congratulations on your success and wishing you future blessings to you and yours!

FabFriday Mom: Eunique Jones Gibson

FabFriday Mom: Eunique Jones Gibson

In 2013, Eunique launched the Because of Them, We Can™ campaign during Black History Month with a mission to empower the next generation to honor the legacy of their ancestors through their own individual pursuit of greatness. The campaign featured photographs of adorable children channeling leaders, activists, and celebrities, past and present. 

FabFriday Mom: Eunique Jones Gibson

FabFriday Mom: Eunique Jones Gibson

@euniquejgyou’re our Fab Friday Mom!  #EuniqueJones #mother #mediapersonality #naturalhairpioneer #vlogger #LLYHTour #naturalista #multifaceted #beauty #styleicon #stylemaven #entrepreneur #positiveinfluence #beautymaven #personality #bizwoman #LifestyleMom #HotMomma #HauteMomma #fashion #style #FabFridayMom 

Ready for more, delve into Eunique life and talents here.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

Monica

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