This weekend marked the return of the Baby Bash and Bling Expo and Show to Washington, DC, an experience that embraces glam and Mommyhood. The event targets not just new and expectant Mommies but I dare not say veteran Mommies rather Mommies such as myself who have been in the game for longer than a minute (pauses to wipe brow).
|Prior to dishing all things Mommyhood|
I had the pleasure of kicking off the expo activities the night before by lending a voice amongst a panel of fabulous ladies some of whom are my Blogger buds, for #HotMommaHaute. The ladies and I dished amongst an engaging audience about everything from fashion and beauty to juggling the Mommy lifestyle while managing our individual brands.
|Myself and the rest of the #HotMommaHaute panelists|
|Our swag bags await!|
Founded by Monica Byrd and sponsored by Tieks, Babies R Us, Lash Moi, Huggies and Happy Family, Baby Bash and Bling was hosted by Pop Culture Specialist and Entertainment Correspondent, Tanika Ray. Tanika is a celebrity Mom in her own right, she has a 14 month old newbie. She joined in the dish amongst the panel the night before also and provided a generous peek into her Mommy lifestyle.
|The panelists dishing with Celeb Mom, Tanika Ray|
|Tanika hosting Saturday's Show|
Saturday's Baby Bash and Bling featured, "Bump the Runway" fashion show produced by Maggy Francois, LLC. The show included children's fashion, maternity wear and scrubs for Daddy. The models were adorned in apparel from TJ Maxx, Hush Boutique and more.
|This Hush Boutique denim vest was totally swoon worthy. This Mom to be looks in no way preggers from the back|
|Preggers models and their beautiful baby bumps|
|This kids walked the pink carpet with poise in adorable outfits|
|This lil' diva was the star of the show|
|A non-traditional take on maternity wear. An oversized shirt paired with leggings and boots|
|Sooooo much swag, whatever will I do with all that swag?|
|My Tieks gift card was my FAVE. I'm already eyeing Tieks ballet flats in Lilac|
|Pictured with Maggy Francois, the beauty and the brains behind "Bump the Runway" fashion show|
|Pictured with Keri Henderson after her adorable style session showcasing how you can be on trend even as a new Mom juggling ...EVERYTHING!|
There was an interactive style session led by Keri, Henderson of adivastateofmind.com, a complimentary Brow and Lash Bar by Lash Moi and a marketplace full of vendors. Myself and other attendees shopped everything from life insurance and cupcakes to organic children's wear and jewelry.
|One of my FAVE marketplace finds, Perfume Chick shea butter. The signature beloved scent is AMAZING.|
I so wish Monica had birthed this concept when I was expecting ...
|Pictured with Founder and friend, Monica Byrd|
But being as though I've been in the game as I said, some of this swag has to be passed on to someone who can put it to much better use being as though my three are so far beyond the newborn stage. Surprisingly enough, I won a raffle at Saturday's affair for a 4Moms rockaRoo, valued at 179.99. The rockaRoo is the ultimate in just keeping a baby tame and quiet. What Mom new or otherwise can't appreciate that???? Raises hand HIGH!
|Follow me on Instagram @bagladies for giveaway details|
The rockaRoo offers a unique swinging motion, five different speeds, removable toy balls and get this, an mp3 plugin!! Oh, how I wish it accommodated adults. The rockaRoo is so well known amongst new and expectant Moms, upon winning I had to hightail it out of the Renaissance Dupont cause excitement about this give-a-way was already brimming. Specific details about this giveaway will be posted to my Instagram @bagladies this week. So please be sure to follow me there. And if you know of any new/expectant Moms who might want in on this, tell them to get on the list today! Click here.
And that's not even all I'm giving away ...Stay tuned!