Senate approves resolution allowing Duckworth to bring newborn on floor

After becoming the first senator to give birth while in office, Tammy Duckworth faces what millions of women around the world face: how to balance caring for their family while also thriving in their career. But a new Senate resolution just made it a whole lot easier for this new mom and democratic senator from Illinois.

According to The Hill, the Senate has approved a resolution to allow Sen. Duckworth to bring her baby on the floor, opening the door for any senator to “bring a child younger than one year of age onto the floor during votes.”

Because senators have to be physically present in the Senate chamber in order to vote, The Hill said Duckworth filed the resolution shortly after giving birth to her baby girl, and senators Amy Klombuchar (D-Minn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) quickly moved it out of committee. The resolution was eventually passed with unanimous consent.

“We are proud to have Senator Tammy Duckworth — working mom to a newborn —among our ranks and I’m glad the Rules Committee was able to swiftly make this historic rule change for her and future senators,” Klobuchar said in a statement, according to The Hill, with Blunt adding that “being a parent is a difficult job, and the Senate rules shouldn’t make it any harder.”

For Duckworth, the move may have larger implications beyond the Senate floor.

“The Senate is leading by example and sending the important message that working parents everywhere deserve family-friendly workplace policies,” she said in a statement. “These policies aren’t just a women’s issue, they are a common-sense economic issue.”

While changes like these to workplaces around the U.S. may not be on the horizon just yet, this resolution may just open the door for changes that provide family-friendly workplaces for all.

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Lush unveils Mother’s Day collection

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and while mom may get flowers for her special day, she might want some products from Lush’s new Mother’s Day-inspired collection.

According to PopSugar, the beauty brand has recently released 11 new products that are sure to provide moms everywhere with a piece of the pampering they so deserve. Offering everything from a “Madame President bath bomb” to floral soaps and marbled “Bubbleroons,” PopSugar says individual items in the collection all cost under $10.

But, if you really want to spoil mom, Lush also sells prepackaged Mother’s Day items in a bundle, making shopping both easy and fun; sets range in price from $16 for a bath duo to $55 for a “Honey Mummy” gift set. ”

So go ahead and hit up lush for your Mother’s Day shopping this year; no matter what you pick out for your mom, you know she’ll love it — and you.

Stefani closer to unveiling beauty line

Gwen Stefani may have a makeup line in the works — or at least that’s what the trademark filings indicate.

According to Glamour singer, designer and The Voice judge reportedly filed trademark documents in back in March to start work on her own beauty line. Filing the documents for “P8NT” — pronounced “paint” —  Glamour says Stefani has registered the trademark for 21 product categories solely in makeup, which range from “lipstick and lip balm to fake eyelashes and fake nails to ‘eyebrow gloss.'”

But the line doesn’t seem to end there: Glamour reports that the United States Patent and Trademark Office filing indicates a potential 31 product in skincare, registering for “toner, masks, moisturizer, essential oils, sunscreen, depilatory creams, bath oil, and ‘bath powder.'”

And don’t think Stefani forgot two other very important areas; in hair, Glamour reports seven product categories, including “‘hair waving lotion,’ hair color remover, box dyes, shampoo, rinses, and conditioner,” while the filing also made mention of perfumes and incense.

Looks like this line is shaping up to be bananas — B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

Beckham embarks on first Reebok collection

When you think “Victoria Beckham,” there’s a pretty good chance that words like “posh” or “fashion” pop into mind. But what about the word, “athleticwear”?

Well, now you can associate Posh Spice herself with the very word, because the first photos of her debut collection with Reebok have been released, and they all depict an ‘ode to Shaquille O’Neal,’ according to Harper’s Bazaar. So far, the photos show ’90s-inspired athleticwear modeled by Beckham and O’Neal, whose height disparity is on full display while standing next to the 7-foot-1 basketball giant.

Wearing matching looks from the collection, Harper’s Bazaar says Beckham shared photos of the unlikely duo in a series of Instagram posts, giving a peek of Shaq-inspired T-shirts, as well as her son Romeo wearing a sweatshirt from the line featuring a silhouette of Shaq delivering a signature slam dunk.

As for the specifics of the line, Harper’s Bazaar reports that the unisex line is will be available “soon,” and is the first installment of her collaboration with Reebok, which is rumored to include both apparel and footwear and debut later this year.

Shoe brand to release size-inclusive line

A model and a shoe brand walked into a design room — what they came up with was not the punch line of a corny joke, but size-inclusive shoes that are the perfect fit for any body.

According to Glamour, Jeffrey Campbell announced a collaboration with model La’shaunae Steward that provides a capsule collection of size-inclusive shoes. The five-piece collection promises that the designs will “fit your every curve,” says Glamour, keeping in mind that when they say their shoes “are made for everybody [they] truly mean everyBODY.”

So where did the idea for a size-inclusive footwear collection come from? Glamour says Steward and friend-slash-Jeffrey Campell creative direct Sanam Sindh once had a conversation about a lack of boots for curvy customers when the idea was hatched:

“I was telling her how a lot of the boots don’t fit thicker legs, and as my friend—who knows how the fashion world doesn’t celebrate fat brown women enough—she saw this as an opportunity for me, an underappreciated curve model.”

In helping to bring the line to life, Steward is not only opening the door for more inclusive designs to be created in the future, but also for consumers to see themselves represented by a brand.

“I grew up never being able to afford the things I like and for [a brand I’ve] loved since a young teenager to believe in me and to acknowledge me is amazing,” Steward told Refinery29 in an interview.

And she is amazing.

Model campaigns to be first trans person of color on VS runway

There’s a first for everything, and one model is trying her best to break new ground in the fashion industry.

According to Cosmopolitan, model Leyna Bloom took to Twitter last week to tweet two stunning photos of herself in a bikini. But it was the caption that caught people’s attention — and spurred a movement: “Trying to be the 1st Trans model of color walk a Fashion show. 💕

With one single tweet, the model — who has already appeared on the runway for Chromat and The Blonds, says Cosmo — began a crusade to become the first transender model of color to walk the runway for the major lingerie brand. Cosmo reports that so far, the post garnered well over 100,000 retweets and 30,000 comments in support of Bloom’s campaign.

With people flocking to her support, Bloom knows that should she get the chance to appear in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, her presence on the runway has the potential to be game-changing.

“[That brand has] the power to set the tone, and that would be the biggest leap up to date,” she told Yahoo, according to Cosmo. “Can you imagine what that would do for our world? We all have unique stories; we are just different, and we have every right to be. We just want to be represented, and maybe they will want to represent us too.”

Cardi B to design Fashion Nova line

Cardi B is on top of the world right now: her new rap album “Invasion of Privacy” recently debuted to rave reviews, she made her first Saturday Night Live appearance AND in the same night, revealed that she’s pregnant with her first child.

But that’s not all this rapper has going on: according to Harper’s Bazaar, Cardi recently announced the launch of her collaboration with Fashion Nova, an ” online retailer for women’s clothing that Cardi has been wearing and repping long before her ‘Bodak Yellow’ days.”

Rumored to be released in October, Harper’s Bazaar says her collection will include 80 to 100 items that Cardi designed on her own in what is Fashion Nova’s first design collaboration; pieces will range from “dresses to jeans and outerwear.”

Fashion Nova CEO Richard Saghian told Harper’s Bazaar that Cardi isn’t just a good choice for their first collaboration, she’s the only choice.

“I can’t think of a better fashion icon for our first design collaboration than Cardi B,” he said. “Cardi loves the brand and was wearing it before she became famous. She’s the ultimate fashion muse and has incredible style.”

Can’t wait to see what this muse dreams up for the collection!

Disney teams up with designer for luxury shoe collection

Disney may be all about fairy tales and magic, but they may pale in comparison to the magic that is a brand-new Disney-inspired footwear collection.

According to PopSugar, fashion influencer and designer Chiara Ferragni has teamed up with shopDisney to “create a limited-edition capsule collection of footwear inspired by Minnie Mouse.”

The line, which is a total of only five pieces, offers both mules and sneakers as its primary styles, though don’t let that fool you: PopSugar says each pair is draped in “sparkly embellishments and luxe fabrics” that make these shoes just as stylish as they are comfortable.

As if you already weren’t getting the royal treatment, PopSugar reports that all styles are made in Italy with velvet, suede and patent leather.

So how much does a pair of these modern-day Disney glass slippers cost? By far the cheapest option clocks in at a lofty $299.95, while the most expensive totals $469.99.

Perhaps we’ll wait for a fairy godmother to send some our way!

To peruse the line, click here.

Lawrence poses body-positive social media message

With warmer weather quickly approaching, many may feel pressured to get ready to share bikini photos on social media. But one model is here to tell us that we don’t have to.

According to Cosmopolitanmodel and Aerie REAL model Iskra Lawrence recently posted a fresh patch of bikini photos to Instagram, and along with them, a caption that offered that not every bikinigram has to be accompanied by a body-positive message or a “philosophical caption.” Instead, she offered that we all should feel comfortable posting as much or as little as we want, showing as much or as little as we want — because all of us are deserving of respect.

“A bikini pic or anything else doesn’t have to have a philosophical caption or be about body posi because maybe it seems more purposeful now or demands more respect,” she wrote in her post’s caption, Cosmo reports. “You deserve the same respect regardless of what you choose to wear.”

Lawrence wanted to make one other thing clear: we all shouldn’t feel pressure to “post swim or underwear pics for likes, follows or because u see people like me doing it. Your comfort and confidence is wayyyy more important, so stay true to you.”

And with that, Lawrence wrapped up her comments with a cool “no airbrushin no problem” and sent us on our body-positive, feeling-confident way. And sometimes, that all we need is a quick reminder to do what works for us.

 

Hilfiger unveils follow-up to adaptive clothing line

Tommy Hilfiger is releasing a follow-up line to his ever-popular adaptive clothing line for adults with disabilities.

According to PopSugar, the designer’s new Spring 2018 collection offers both men’s and women’s styles that are ” true to Tommy’s signature all-American aesthetic but each piece has been produced to be more accommodating for people with disabilities.”

Featuring his iconic red, white and blue designs, PopSugar reports that the all the items in the collection have modified closures and adjustable details, such as “bungee cord closure systems and updated Velcro brand closures,” all of which aim to make it easier to put on and take off the items.

Another addition to this latest collection is its star-studded campaign, which PopSugar says features major disability advocates like Paralympian gold medalist Jeremy Campbell and dancer/vlogger Chelsie Hill.

Just one more way to show that no matter who we are or what our limitations may be, we all deserve to look and feel our best.

Click here to shop pieces from the collection.