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Back To Glam: Get Back To Your Style, Post-Pregnancy

October 24th, 2016 - By MommyNoire Editor
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Angela Simmons mom style


We’ve all seen the snapshots of some of our favorite celeb mommies like Kelly Rowland, Chrissy Teigen, Teyana Taylor and Angela Simmons post-pregnancy. They were spotted on red carpets and on Instagram weeks after giving birth rocking fabulous outfits and five-inch heels like the words “delivery room” were a distant memory. I’m not just talking about weight loss here, I’m talking about their looks, their attitudes. They clearly gave new moms and moms-to-be life with their sass and style post-pregnancy.

I consider myself a die-hard “BlackGlamourMom,” hence the name of my blog. I was THAT mom who rocked her four-inch heels all the way through the eighth month of pregnancy and pretty much refused to rock maternity wear. However, I can admit, that post-pregnancy I fell into a “short-lived” glamour rut.

Let me explain.

After giving birth to my son, I initially struggled with getting back to me and what I was all about. I can remember trying to get dressed and not being able to pull my looks together. It was as if this baby changed me into a “plain Jane.” I was constantly rocking basic pairs of jeans and graphic T-shirts like that was my staple go-to uniform. (Trust me, I’m not knocking any mommy who prefers this as her go-to look, the fact of the matter was, it just wasn’t my look.) I was spotted carrying the same LV handbag week after week as I pretty much refused to swap out my bags the way that I used to pre-baby. I mean, really, it was so easy to throw bottles and wipes into this bag for those short trips to the grocery store or anywhere else I needed to quickly run out to. It actually got to the point, where I had to stop and laugh at just how much my fashion game had changed.

To be honest, as we moms know, having a baby is a major adjustment. I wasn’t yet comfortable with my new figure, mainly this new bulge of a stomach that I now owned and quite honestly, I think I started to believe that I had to style myself a certain way because I was now a mom. Fast-forward, six months post-pregnancy and I would say a change came over me. I started to realize that I had to get back to the “Glam Mommy” that I was pre-birth. I selected a weekend and got to cleaning out my closets and sifting through racks of clothes and shoes to determine what I should keep; I had clearly forgotten about what I even owned.

As I stand here today and look back at that time four years ago, I realize that I had lost a bit of my identity post-pregnancy when it came to my fashion game. What I learned is that you don’t have to lose yourself or your sense of style because you’ve given birth. In fact, I’m so excited to share that I clearly have my glam back. Yes, heels and sexy tops are back full-force!

Ladies, it’ so easy to lose your glam post-pregnancy, so I’ve rounded up my four tips for “Getting Back To Glam” after giving birth.

 1Understand That You Are Still The Same Person

Yes, you may now be the mother to a little one, but that doesn’t mean that you stop being who you are. It’s super important to remember that. Your style may actually increase post-pregnancy as you learn to adjust to your new body type and role as mommy.

2. Realize That You Don’t Have To Adopt A “Mommy Style”

A lot of times you see new mothers who totally switch up their looks after having a baby. No, I’m not saying that you should parade around town in crop tops and cut-off shorts post-pregnancy, but I am saying that you shouldn’t feel as if your look has to be totally covered up now that you are a mom. I personally have always dressed a certain way, but I still believe that you shouldn’t feel that certain items are “off-limits” now that you’ve added mommy to your list of roles. The key is to always dress for your body type as well as the occasion.

3. Pay Attention To Other Stylish Moms

Not only can you keep up with mommy style bloggers, but you can also pay attention to celebrity moms. They are always rocking the latest looks and can totally give you inspiration as you get back to your own personal glam.

4. Enjoy The Moment!

You’ve birthed a life, so you deserve to take time for yourself and do you, even if that means dressing less glamorous. The point here is that if you’ve always been that glam-type and want to get back to being that type, don’t think that all is over once you’ve given birth. I say, enjoy the moment, but remember who you were and who you are now.


Michelle Matthews-Alexander is the founder of, a mommy and lifestyle destination for young, fashionably chic, career and entrepreneurial-minded moms who refuse to trade their luxury crossovers for minivans and their Christian Louboutin heels for Crocs, just because they’ve entered the wonderful world of mommy-hood.

It’s All In The Details: The Boldest Looks From Fall 2017 Bridal Fashion Week

October 13th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It was the most wonderful time of the year!

No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about Bridal Fashion Week!

Okay, on a serious note, I’m sure you probably didn’t even know all this was going on. Still, New York International Bridal Fashion Week is a pretty big deal, and it just took place from October 8-10. It’s the time of year when the masses get to see all the chic looks designers have planned for 2017 brides. Every unique design you can think of was featured on the runways. There were massive hats, a flurry of fringe, embroidery to the nines, sheer panels, and more unique looks that reminded us that when it comes to bridal fashion, it’s all in the details. But I must say, modern takes on bridal attire ruled the catwalk, including jumpsuits and gowns in bold colors. With that being said, check out the looks from all the big bridal designers and get some inspiration for your own big day — or just stare in awe at the beauty of it all just because.


It’s Lit! J.Crew Teams Up With New Balance For Preppy Activewear Collection

October 10th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Are you a fan of J.Crew clothing? Yes? So are we (and Michelle Obama)!

Are you a fan of exercise? Not so much? Oh. Okay…

Well, if you’re trying to get more into fitness and you realize, as studies have shown, that a nice set of workout clothes can encourage being more active, you will be glad to know that J.Crew is teaming up with New Balance to bring us a stylish activewear collection. Bright colors. Seamless clothing. Cooling tops. Printed bottoms. The collection, 20 pieces in total, is a color-block and pattern-mixing dream.

Prices range from $15 to $200 and will be available for purchase on October 11, which is tomorrow. And it seems that if you like what you see below, you should act fast. The New Balance for J.Crew pre-sell event took place late last week and sold out within 24 hours. But you can shop in select stores and online on Tuesday.

J.Crew president and creative director Jenna Lyons said about the collaboration, “I admit it: I dread the gym, cannot for the life of me figure out how to clip in and out of a spin bike and the thought of ice cream is the only thing that gets me to do any type of physical exercise,” Lyons said in a statement. “But when our friends at New Balance agreed to collaborate with us earlier this year, we jumped. We hope these clothes (along with ice cream) help motivate you to do whatever activity it is you like to do. And if they don’t, we still think they look great sitting on the couch.”

Athleisure is in, so collaborations between sport brands and fashion houses/brands are a must. Alexander Wang is collaborating with Adidas, Stella McCartney also teamed up with Adidas, Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci worked with Nike, and Kate Spade made a splash with Beyond Yoga. Now, J.Crew and New Balance are about to take preppy clothing to the gym, and we can’t wait. Here are a few pieces from the line for you to feast your eyes on:

Striped sports bra $46

Striped sports bra $46


Windbreaker $120


Long-sleeve colorblock crop top $55


Performance leggings in colorblock $95


Performance capri leggings $75


Striped cooling T-shirt $50

Running Shoes $80

Running Shoes $80

It’s lit!

Beauty And Fashion Inspiration From Black Beauties At Afropunk London

September 28th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Afropunk 🍊🍉🌽 #afropunklondon

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Some call it the Carnival of Consciousness, but most of us know the music and fashion-centered festival as Afropunk, a coming together of like-minded and beautiful people of color enjoying the sights and sounds of other creatives. Afropunk in Brooklyn was a hit, as usual, this past August. And Afropunk London, which took place this past weekend, brought out the chicest of the chic. From innovative haircuts to bold jewelry and makeup, everyone who stepped out to see the likes of Grace Jones (a fashion icon), SZA, The Noisettes and more brought their A-game. Check out some of the most creative looks, from head to toe, of the Black women who attended Afropunk London and turned heads. Enjoy the feathered lashes, face paint, funky prints and head wrap galore!

If you’re interested in attending an Afropunk festival soon, you still have a chance this year. The next stop for Afropunk is in Atlanta, October 14-16.

A pop of pink 🌷 . . . #afropunklondon #afropunk #blackjoy

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Don’t Come For The Kitty: Fierce Kitten Heels That Will Make You A Believer

September 27th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Say what you want about Hillary’s heels (though her shoe choice should have been the last thing people were concerned about during last night’s debate), but the kitten is making quite the comeback. In fact, according to W magazine, the former “trainer heels” are the new “It Shoe” for the fall season. We here at MadameNoire (okay, maybe just Brande and me) have always loved a good kitten heel. The right take on it can give you a dressy look without leaving you teetering over everyone. And while I know plenty of people love their sky-high heels, some of us, including the tall folks, don’t always desire the walking on stilts look for a night out on the town.

So for those of you who just don’t believe kitten heels are cute, I think you just might have a change of heart after checking out the variety of options we found online. Colorful and cute, kitten heels are being made by just about everyone these days, including affordable options from Franco Sarto, as well as Manolo Blahnik pairs that cost more than your monthly rent. Check these little kitties out.

Marc Jacobs Offers An Explanation For His First Problematic Response

September 19th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Marc Jacobs dreadlocks

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Last week, we reported about the faux locs debacle at the Marc Jacobs show. We also mentioned that when folks called Jacobs out on his faux pas, the designer offered a response that seemed to make a bad situation worse.

You can read the full thing here; but basically he said that he doesn’t see color, love is the answer and funny how no one cries cultural appropriation when women of color straighten their hair.


After that not-so-well-thought-out response, the internets, including this video:

Black Twitter, came for him.

Once he realized he was alienating entirely too many people, Jacobs toned it all the way down and issued a less defensive response.

Obviously, he still doesn’t get the point. If I ever had the money to afford Marc Jacobs, the boycott would be on.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor for She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”

Purple Gowns And Crop Tops: Black Brides In One-Of-A-Kind Wedding Dresses

September 14th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Who doesn’t love looking at wedding dresses? Big skirts, cap and long sleeves, capes, bows, embroidery — they’re a dream to see. Images of other brides beaming on their big day leave us not only saying “Ooooooh” and “Awww,” but they also give us ideas. The inspiration isn’t based on traditional looks, though. Today’s brides walk down the aisle in some truly unique designs. They forgo white gowns for bold colors, they play with materials and prints, and they go all out to find or make the dress of their dreams. If you plan to think outside of the box when you finally tie the knot, get some ideas from these bold brides and their jaw-dropping dresses.

En (Flight) Vogue: Airport Style That’ll Make The Pilot Go Gaga Over You

September 14th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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For a period of time, there was no such thing as style when it came to airport passengers unless they were traveling for business. Most of us only cared about comfort on our 6:30 am or red-eye flights because, honestly, who would see us? That’s the question we all ask ourselves until we get to the airport and bump into that archnemesis of ours or that 8th-grade crush who’s looking fine as h-e-l-l while we look like we just rolled out of bed.

Well, before you embarrass yourself, here’s some inspiration to step your airport style game all the way up. #swag

5 Active Wear Brands Having Very Lit Labor Day Sales

September 5th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We often use the wide variety of Labor Day sales that pop up as a time to ransack the shelves of our favorite stores. New shoes? Got ’em. Leather bag on sale? Already in your possession. And while we love to take advantage of the sales to get all of the clothes our closets can handle, many of us sleep on some pretty great deals for active wear. And considering that so many of us complain about the price of workout clothing and use that as a reason we don’t go to the gym, there’s no better time than the present to stock up. So, here are a few active wear brands whose websites you should check out today.

Be Happy! Be Bright! Be You! Marika has the outfit to support you! 🌴☀️

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The brand, which offers cute and functional workout essentials for women of all sizes, is providing the masses with 40 percent off everything on their site, including sale goodies. Use the code 3DayWknd and prepare to sweat in style.

We’re #1 in bras. Accept no substitutes.

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Victoria Sport

I definitely took advantage of the Victoria Secret’s Sport sale this weekend, and so should you. They’re selling any bra (the expensive maximum support joints, too) and any pair of workout pants together for $50. Use the code SPORT50 to take home an entire outfit for a pretty amazing price. And considering the good quality of Victoria Sport pieces, it really is a steal.


Don’t sleep on Reebok, folks! The brand is having a 20 percent sitewide sale. Even better, the more things you buy, the more of deal you can get. Buy three items and you get 30 percent off. Four? You guessed it: 40 percent off. Take advantage of this sale by using the code LABORDAY. They also have free shipping on orders over $49. Stock up on CrossFit gear and make quite the impression in your next class.


Wanted those furry FENTY slides by Rihanna but refuse to pay $80 for them? Well, you will have to continue to wait for someone to buy them for you. Limited edition shoes are excluded, but a majority of the fitness clothing offered on Puma’s site is 25 percent off for Labor Day. I’m talking colorful training shoes for $38, sports bras for $19, and free shipping on orders over $75. Use the code LONGWEEKEND16 and get digging.


Not only does Asics have great casual shoes, but the brand also has some phenomenal running shoes and active wear. Their court shoes, specifically for tennis and volleyball, are also pretty popular. Get that and a lot more with 50 percent off select styles on everything from beanies to running underwear and sneakers — get suited up from head to toe for the low. Plus, you won’t have to pay for shipping!

In-style from the bottom up. // Link in bio to shop the Clover Capri

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Bonus: Fabletics

Yes, if you sign up for VIP membership with Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, you can get your first outfit for just $15. That’s a pretty great deal, and who doesn’t love having access to exclusive workout wear for an affordable price? However, be cognizant of the fact that once you sign up, even if you don’t buy an outfit as the months go on, you will end up being charged a fee. You have to log into your account and choose to “Skip the Month” by the 5th of each month to avoid that. If not, you will have to pay $49.95 on the 6th. Fabletics says that charge “can be used as a credit to spend or save.”  So, as with every membership, take advantage or make sure you cancel when you realize you aren’t as serious as you thought so you don’t waste money.

All Hail The ’90s: 9 Of-The-Moment Chokers To Rock Now & Later

August 29th, 2016 - By Loren Lee
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choker trend 2016

Chokers are officially mainstream. The once grunge-only trend from the ’90s has gotten a major refresh thanks to fresh fabrics, bold designs, delicate materials and more. We predict these necklaces of the moment will be just as on-trend in the upcoming fall and winter seasons, so now’s the time to stock up.

You can wear today’s interpretations alone or layered to perfection with other necklaces–think two, three or more styles paired together. Stick with necklaces in similar tones to create a cohesive set. Or, mix different metals together for a modern twist. However you style a choker, it’s crucial that you wear the look with confidence.

Ready to live your best life? Read on to check out 9 ways you can get in on the choker trend.

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