Monday, August 19th, 2013
May the force be with Hart of Dixie star Jaime King when she goes into labor this fall! The pregnant actress and George Lucas fanatic, was feted by friends (including super-stylish celeb pals Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson and Selma Blair) at her Star Wars-themed baby shower on Saturday at the Soho House in West Hollywood.
The centerpiece of the baby shower was an elaborate cake featuring Jaime as Princess Leah, and her husband Kyle in full Jedi gear, surrounded by Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, and their baby on a planet (most likely in a galaxy far, far away). Since the couple doesn’t know the sex of their baby—and plan to be surprised on his or her birthday—the cake read: “May the force be with baby Newman.”
Why the Sci-fi theme? The space adventure holds a special place in Jaime and her husband’s hearts. Aside from both of them being obsessed with all things Star Wars, Kyle directed Jaime in the 2009 movie Fanboys—about buddies who take a cross-country trip to Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace before its released—and Jaime voiced several characters on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series from 2009 to 2012.
While I’m not as R2D2- and C3P0-obsessed as Jaime and Kyle, I love that they (and her friends throwing the shower) went outside the box with the baby shower theme. It’s a tip for everyone to learn from. Your (or your friend’s shower) should focus on the mom-to-be’s likes and interests and really be personal to her. Love books? A nursery rhyme, Alice in Wonderland, or Dr. Seuss-themed party is perfect. Can’t get enough of animals? A circus, jungle or petting zoo-themed shower could be for you. Have a special interest, like football, music or even knitting? They can all be incorporated into a baby shower tailored just for you, making your day extra-special.
For your own Star Wars-themed baby bash, check out these awesome recipes and craft projects. You can even take your love of the movies one step further by naming your baby after the epic series with these cool baby name suggestions. Star Wars not your bag? Get inspired by these other fun baby shower themes.
TELL US: What was/will be your baby shower theme?
Image of Jaime’s baby shower cake via Ashley Madekwe’s Webstagram.
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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Those of you who’ve been following this blog know that Jessica Alba was my maternity style muse when I was pregnant (she always looked so chic!), and she’s one of the coolest mom crusaders out there educating people about all of the hidden toxins in baby and household products, so I was super-excited to get to chat with her in person after she received the Mount Sinai Champion for Children Award in Greenwich, Connecticut. And for the fashion junkie in me, her head-to-toe black ensemble did not disappoint!
Aside from her incredible style, I was struck by the fact that the actress, author, and momtrepreneur really knew her stuff when it came to all of the scientific mumbo jumbo surrounding the toxic threats to our babies’ health and wellness. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t done your research yet. Jessica started looking for baby-safe products when she was pregnant—like you—after her mom told her to wash all of the adorable clothes she got from her baby shower in what was supposed to be the best detergent on the market for little ones. (Yes, pregnant ladies, you should throw everything into the washer while you’re still pregnant, so it’s clean and ready to go when your baby is born since you never know how early you might go into labor. My water broke 10 days before my due date.)
“When I opened the package, I started to sneeze,” explains Jessica, mom to Honor, 4, and Haven, 1. “Then my hands started breaking out in welts. First I called my mom, then I turned to Google. People say it takes a village to raise a kid, the new village—the community—is the internet.”
There, Jessica found out about all of the toxic chemicals—which may contribute to childhood conditions like asthma, allergies, ADHD, Autism, and even cancer—that go into everything that touches your baby from diapers and wipes to shampoos and lotions and household cleaning products. She was shocked (as was I!) to find out that even prenatal vitamins can contain artificial colors and flavors along with things like wheat, soy and gluten—which many people are allergic to.
That’s when she reached out to now co-founder, Chief Product Officer, and environmental health expert, Christopher Gavigan, to help her launch The Honest Company, which sells an eco-friendly line of bath and body products, diapers, wipes, household cleaners, and soon prenatal and children’s vitamins, and fluoride-free toothpaste. Basically, she went and created the baby-safe items she couldn’t find in stores or online.
Jessica realized first hand that being pregnant is absolutely amazing, but it can also be “scary, exhausting and overwhelming” at times, thinking that this tiny person inside of you is completely dependent on you—and only you—to make decisions to keep him or her safe. One thing people don’t tell you is that when you’re pregnant, your motherly instincts kick in and you will do everything possible to make sure your little nugget is well taken care of.
Jessica’s health rules for moms-in-training are simple: Know exactly what’s going into and on your body. Don’t assume everything that says it’s eco friendly, or a specially-designed baby formula is safe. Read the labels, do your research, and remember you don’t have to give up style for function (like her über-absorbent Alexander McQueen-inspired skull and crossbones diapers!).
If Jessica could go back and tell her first-time pregnant self anything it would be, “To take a deep breath, and say, ‘You can do this.’” Moms-to-be need that encouragement sometimes because anyone who has ever been pregnant knows that “mom guilt” starts way before your baby is even born. Who knew?!
Tell us: Are you looking for eco-friendly products for yourself and baby? What are your favorites so far?
Image of Jessica Alba courtesy of Patty Adams Martinez
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
At first when the person I worshipped as a pregnancy
goddess—Jessica Alba—admitted to Net-A-Porter that she wore “a double corset day and night for three months” after
her second daughter, Haven, was born (seemingly to disguise the baby weight), I was mad. Jessica’s disclaimer about her modern-day torture device: “It’s not for everyone.” I certainly hope not! Unrealistic “role models” just make it that much tougher on the rest of us (and our egos!).
Then when I stopped and really thought about it, it just made me sad for her. Why on earth would a woman do something so excruciatingly painful? The answer is obvious: Jessica has insecurities just like the rest of us.
Admit it: Once you started gaining the baby weight—even though the sane you knew that it was all for a good reason (hello, you’re nourishing a baby!)—you started to freak. Maybe not a lot, but at least a little. I know I did, and unfortunately I don’t think I’m alone on this one. On a daily basis, women put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, like the beyond-beautiful, mom-of-two, Jessica Alba.
That pressure somehow seems to multiply when we’re pregnant. We’re worried about whether we’ll be good moms, if we’re eating all of the right foods, not forgetting to take our vitamins, working out even when we’re having morning sickness morning, noon and night—and we want to look amazing while doing it. That’s a lot to live up to! And don’t forget we’re completely emotional thanks to our raging hormones, so our Debbie Self-Doubter is in full effect!
As a celebrity, Jessica Alba has even more pressure on her to bounce back from baby weight gain in a flash. Paparazzi are photographing her every move. Tabloids make snarky comments and circle stars’ cellulite on the covers of their magazines. And it’s not just on the superficial front—if she doesn’t lose the weight, her next job may be at risk. Imagine if your career success was just as dependent on your looks as your talent. You’d probably go to some extreme measures too. So we need to cut her some slack, and not jump onto our judgy high horses.
Ladies, let’s make a pact to stop torturing ourselves—and each other (come on, give Kim Kardashian a break!)—over baby weight gain. It took nine months to put on the pounds, so we can’t expect ourselves to magically lose it overnight. Pinky swear!
Tell us what you think: Are you surprised Jessica Alba would do something so extreme to look more fit post-pregnancy? Or have you done something equally-surprising to hide or lose the baby weight? Confess! Leave your comments below.
Image of Jessica Alba courtesy of Shutterstock.
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