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October 2014

Entertainment

Alyssa Milano Is A Beautiful Breastfeeding Mama!

October 28, 2014
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There’s nothing more beautiful than a mother feeding her child. Whether it’s from the breast or a bottle, nourishing your child while staring into their eyes is a moment that every mother enjoys!

Alyssa Milano put that moment on full display today when she posted a picture of herself breastfeeding her baby girl, Elizabella Dylan. She captioned the post with a quote by Milan Kundera.

“Ah, the joy of suckling! She lovingly watched the fishlike motions of the toothless mouth and she imagined that with her milk there flowed into her little son her deepest thoughts, concepts, and dreams.” ~Milan Kundera

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Ahhh, gorgeous right! Elizabella, born on September 4th, is Alyssa’s second child with her husband, David Bugliari. They also have a three year old son named Milo.

Fashion Product Reviews

Why “Be Inspired Boutique” Is Better Than The Rest!

October 26, 2014
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From humble beginnings as a Facebook consignment page to an in-demand fashion brand — Be Inspired Boutique is one of a kind!

B.I.B was created by Michelle Brasher, a stay-at-home mom with three kids who had a dream of homeschooling her brood. After just one year in business, Be Inspired Boutique has a community following over 450k and has just cleared $1 million in sales … talk about a “mommy mogul”!

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Brasher and her B.I.B community share common ground as women who love online shopping, giving back, and inspiration. Not only are the clothes offered by Be Inspired Boutique, beautiful, original and affordable, the first 10% of all profits go to worthy causes and charity.

I know first-hand how awesome B.I.B is because me and my mini-me got the chance to wear dresses from the “Just Like Mommy” line and we absolutely loved them! We got tons of compliments and #CharlieB didn’t want to take her dress off when we got home :)

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The dresses in the collection are stylish, comfortable and durable enough for a toddler, yet sophisticated enough for mommy!

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And there are tons of styles to choose from. Even if you don’t have a “mini-me”, B.I.B is still for you. With a full line of dresses, tops, bottoms and even shoes, you’re sure to find something that fits your style. Click here to check out Be Inspired Boutique and follow them on Instagram @BeInspiredBoutique! I promise, you won’t regret it.

Entertainment

Kim Kardashian: North Won’t Be Spoiled, She’ll Have A Job!

October 26, 2014
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Just when we thought the world was going to have to deal with another spoiled Kardashian kid, Kim K. assures us that won’t happen.

Even though North West’s parents, Kim and Kanye West, could buy her practically anything on the planet, Kimmie says she’ll make little Nori work for what she wants instead. #roundofapplause!

While speaking to the London Evening Standard magazine Mrs. West stated, “I was saying that earlier to my friends, ‘I wonder what [North's] first job is gonna be.’ And they were like, ‘What? She’s gonna have a job?’ and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Of course she is.’ She will have to work for what she wants.”

We must admits this news is refreshing! KK went on to recall a time when she had to save her own money for something she really wanted.

“I saved up for this Dolce & Gabbana dress I really wanted, or like in high school these Prada shoes that my parents wouldn’t buy me,” she told ES Magazine. “And I remember they were $400, and I had to save for the entire year to get them. … We didn’t get anything [from her parents], we had to get a job if we wanted it. So I was working in a clothing store and I would save and save.”

Even though North will have to get a job, something tells us it won’t be at the local Abercrombie & Fitch — Although Kim does think she may have a future in fashion, “She loves fashion. Maybe she’ll be a designer. Who knows? It’s too early to tell.”

Arts & Crafts

3 Easy Halloween Craft Ideas For Tiny Tots

October 21, 2014
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It’s easier to get your kids involved with craft when their a bit older and have full control of all their little limbs. But what about those tiny toddlers that want to be involved but can’t be trusted with their own pair of scissors and a glue stick?

My baby girl, #CharlieB, is 16 months old and enjoyed these three craft ideas that were quick, easy and fun.

1. Paper Plate Pumpkin – Charlie got to get messy and finger paint the paper plate orange and daddy finalized the pumpkin by cutting out the eyes, nose and mouth from black construction paper. Win-Win!

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2. Cotton Ball Ghost – Charlie pulled the cotton balls apart to make them stringy and I glued them down to the contraction paper. And of course, daddy did the eyes and mouth, but this time used bits and pieces from a black pipe cleaner.

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3. Paper Plate Spiders – Now this project has the same concept as the paper plate pumpkin, but we used more colors and finished them off with eight colorful pipe cleaner legs.

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Bonus: When we were all done with the crafts, we baked sugar cookies and let Charlie decorate them with sprinkles, icing and edible glitter!

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At this young age it doesn’t take much to have a fun time doing arts and crafts, plus they’re usually so tired afterwards that the go to sleep early!

Lifestyle

5 Tips To Tame A Tantrum

October 19, 2014
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Old Navy will never be the same again…

It started out as a normal day, we took #CharlieB to the mall to do a little shopping and she seemed to be enjoying herself. That is until we entered Old Navy. While shopping for shoes, I hear a blood-curdling scream that was jarring, yet familiar. I turned around to see MY child laid out on the floor in a full out tantrum … I couldn’t believe me eyes. To make matters worse, my husband had no idea how to keep the freak out from going nuclear. The situation went 0 to 100, REAL QUICK! Luckily, I had a few tricks in my bag (literally) that helped tame the tantrum.

1. Get down low — I’m talking eye-to-eye so they know it’s about to get real.

2. Use your indoor voice — They may be hella loud, but you don’t have to be. No matter what your request is, say it in a soft yet strong and authoritative voice…even if you think they can’t hear you over their own screams.

3. Diffuse – Whatever is causing their meltdown needs to be addressed. In my case, Charlie wanted to hold a dress that needed to go back on the rack. The dress was removed, but replaced with something else.

4. Deflect and Distract — While taking the dress, I offered her a snack — A toy, book, game, etc…could also work. And yes, I know there are folks who would curse my use of food to taper a temper-tantrum, but I don’t care. A few Cheerios won’t ruin your child.

5. Exit the scene of the crime — If all else fails, remove them from the tantrum site. Sometimes a change of scenery helps to calm the situation.

Disclaimer: These tips worked for me, but as you know every child is different. However, if what you’re currently doing isn’t getting the job done, then what’s the harm in trying a new suggestion?!

Got your own set of tried & true tips? Let us know at Stilettos.SippyCups@gmail.com.

Fashion

Shop Sorella Swim & Support Breast Cancer Awareness!

October 16, 2014
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October is Breast Cancer awareness month and there’s a new way to show your support — by sporting a super cute swimsuit!

Sorella Swim is already one of our faves because it’s slogan is “Designed with Curves in Mind” (can we get an amen!). But on top of that, this month they’ve partnered with the Susan G. Komen foundation in order to help raise funds and awareness about breast cancer.

10% of all sales on “Rose” colored swimwear is donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Los Angeles County in support of breast cancer research. Click HERE to shop the Rose swimwear collection! Plus, take a look at the behind-the-scene video from their “Sisters in All Sizes” campaign shoot below. The swimsuits are absolutely stunning!

Arts & Crafts

Pink-o-ween Punch!

October 11, 2014
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Let’s celebrate Halloween Pinkoween!

There’s more going on in October than just Halloween — it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness month. So in honor of both, many are now opting to celebrate Pink-o-ween. While this concept may be old to some, it was new to me so I made a punch for my first Pinkoween party. It was tasty and pretty, but I forgot to take a picture. Womp.

Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
2 cartons – Minute Maid Pink Lemonade (64 fl oz. each)
1L – Sprite
2 pints – Häagen-Dazs Raspberry Sorbet
Frozen Blackberries

DIRECTIONS
Combine pink lemonade, Sprite and sorbet in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Top off with as many frozen blackberries as you desire. Many people use plastic black spiders (pictured above) to tie into the “Pink-o-ween” theme, but I prefer the blackberries because they still go with the theme but add a little extra flavor and act as ice cubes.

Pour and enjoy! Recipe yields about 15-20 servings.

Product Reviews

Snooknuk Kid Cafe: To Play or Not To Play?

October 9, 2014
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It’s an unassuming spot — drive too fast and you’re sure to miss it — but Snooknuk is a place you definitely want to visit.

Described as an “Arts & Indoor Play Cafe/ Boutique”, Snooknuk stays true to it’s name. The “nook” like space is pretty cozy with limited seating and a somewhat modest play area, but what they lack in size they make up for in uniqueness.

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During our trip to the posh play-spot, my daughter Charlie B enjoyed the numerous items she could climb on, slide down and play with. From the jungle gym to the Jack In The Box (that had her cracking up!), there were definitely plenty of things to keep her curious mind occupied.

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The owner, Cheri Moon, is a singer/songwriter and is responsible for all the music you hear in Snooknuk … my absolute favorite part of this cute little cafe! The songs hit on various toddler topics and get across important messages with fun, youthful melodies and lyrics. It’s the perfect soundtrack to listen to while you’re eating a snack. The Cafe offers frozen yogurt, paninis, salads, a full range of hot & cold Espresso Drinks and much more. Charlie B had the watermelon sorbet and loved it!

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While a weekend visit to Snooknuk is ideal, you can also join them several times a week for their various classes. Taught by Cheri, the classes range from Kids Hip Hop to Music & Rhythm. They also offer acting, improv and even ballet classes!

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You can visit Snooknuk at 506 N. Larchmont Blvd. LA, CA 90004 and also check out their website with class times, food items and much more at www.Snooknuk.com. Tell them Stilettos & Sippy Cups sent you! :)

Entertainment

Blake Lively Has A Bun In The Oven!

October 6, 2014
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Looks like everyone is catching baby fever!

Blake Lively now joins the every growing list of pregnant celebs. She, and husband Ryan Reynolds are expecting a little bundle of joy next year.

Lively and co. announced the news on her website Preserve.us. In a note to her fans she stated, “With family on our mind, we looked to the origin of it all, to the women in our lives who are right there, at that special moment; at the creation of the family.”

Awww, we can’t wait to see how Blake, who was once the face of Chanel, dresses her baby bump!!

Entertainment Stilettos

Kelly Rowland Goes Nude For ‘Elle’

October 6, 2014
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Kelly Rowland’s bare baby bump is everythinggggg! The superstar singer just bared it all, in a beautiful way of course, for Elle.com.

Whether it was a men’s inspired suit, a sleek floor-length gown or … nothing at all, Kels worked her bump and that flawless brown skin like never before. The photos were shot by actor Lance Gross, who Kelly gushed about during her interview.

Tell us about your photo shoot with Lance Gross. What was the experience like? What was your vision for the shoot?
I had a chance to work with Lance Gross during a video shoot for the ["Here I Am"] album, and I remember looking at his Instagram page, and seeing all these crazy hot photos. I texted him, and he said he’s really been into [photography]. So we had been planning for a year to shoot and of course, I got pregnant and thought I’ll have Lance shoot the photos for my pregnancy. Lance and I had all these great ideas and we just put our heads together to execute the looks. It was a lot of fun.

Rowland also talks about how she plans to raise her baby boy while being in the spotlight, her baby bump beauty regimen and how she plans to balance motherhood, being a wife and her amazing career.

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Your skin is glowing! What’s your pregnancy beauty regimen?
I’ve switched out anything with harsh chemicals. I use nothing but shea butter, pure cocoa butter and coconut oil. It’s amazing how all of those things work so well for my skin. I’m going to continue to just use those after the baby gets here.

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You’ve become quite a role model for staying fit during pregnancy. What tips would you give for other mothers who want to stay healthy and in shape while pregnant?
Everybody always tells you to go crazy with food, and you can eat whatever you want. It’s fine to have your cravings but I wanted an easier delivery. All the women that I’ve talked to, that have worked out, have such an easy and speedy delivery. Exercise really helps that. And I like being able to have peaceful sleep at night, though there’s no such thing as that now in the last trimester [laughs]. To be honest, I did modify my exercise routine a bit by just listening to my body. I would tell my trainer [Jeanette Jenkins] “This move doesn’t feel right,” and we’d modify it. I still walk two miles everyday. I still work out. It’s important to me.

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What kind of celebrity mom will you be? Would you take your son to award shows or fashion shows?
I just plan to play it by ear. Everybody has their normal. And sometimes, award shows are a part of that. I have girlfriends who have that experience, and they’ll say ‘You know, I just really didn’t want to be without my child today.’ And it’s just that simple. It’s about finding your normal, whatever that may be.

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You have a successful career, a marriage and you’re entering motherhood—how will you balance it all? What advice do you have for women who want to pursue their professional aspirations and have a family?
I watch Diana Ross and Donna Summer and all these women—they’ve managed to do it all. I think ‘What makes me different? I can definitely do it.’ And this is something I’ve wanted. I’ve been talking about babies since last year. I believe I spoke it into existence during a conversation with my friend, and I feel like I became pregnant overnight! And she said all we need is a community of strong people around us, and we rely on each other and our families.

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Entertainment Stilettos

Ciara Shows Off Her Toned Tummy … 4 Months After Giving Birth!

October 3, 2014
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Ciara gave birth to her son Future just four months ago and now the #SASYmom is showing of her killer curves and super fly stomach in a new Calvin Klein ad.

“After Delivering My Son I Feel Like There’s Nothing I Can’t Do. I Feel Like I Can Conquer The World. #ANewMe #NewMusic. So Proud To Rock #mycalvins 60lbs later!!,” CiCi posted on Instagram.

Can you believe Ci lost 60lbs in just four months!!! She looks fantastic! The “Ride” singer also posted another pic in her undies to promote the new #MyCalvins movement.

I feel so proud to say that 4 months after delivering a 9 lbs. 10 oz. baby, I can finally rock My Calvin’s! #mycalvins

This girl deserves a round of applause!