Check Out Cardi B’s Fabulous Steve Madden Shoe Collaboration

Bloody shoes might be her mantra, but Cardi B is making money moves with popular shoe brand Steve Madden. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper, who was named one of PEOPLE’s 25 Most Intriguing People of 2017, has partnered with the label to curate a collection and create how-to fashion videos that reflect Cardi’s vivacious personality and unique style.

On Dec. 13, Steve Madden posted five separate videos starring the 25-year-old on the company’s YouTube channel that reveal her sartorial tips. The videos all center on different types of shoes.

Here’s what the singer has to say about pointy ones:

“I’m so excited to be collaborating with one of my all-time favorite shoe designers!” Cardi said of teaming up with Madden. “As a little girl I would die for a pair of Steve Madden shoes, now I’m working with him! It’s really a dream come true.”

The designer also gushed about his partnership with the chart-topper. “Cardi B is our girl,” Madden said. “She’s an inspiration to many. She’s the definition of Self Made.”

Madden expressed his interest in working with Cardi last month when rumors of a possible collaboration swirled: “We like Cardi — she’s great. We’re talking to Cardi,” he told Footwear News.

The collab is a smart move for the shoe brand. The Bronx-born rapper helped spike a 217 percent increase in online searches for Christian Louboutins in 2017, according to Business of Fashion, thanks to her catchy line in “Bodak Yellow” that references the iconic shoe’s signature look: “These expensive, these is red bottoms, these is bloody shoes.”

Cardi B’s curated collection with Steve Madden is available now on stevemadden.com.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/chica/cardi-b-steve-madden-shoe-collaboration/

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Meet Malu Trevejo, the 15-Year-Old Internet Sensation Making Her Music Video Mark

Malu Trevejo may be your typical teenager in the sense that she likes to play with makeup and accessories and post about herself on social media. Not typical: She has over 5 million followers on Instagram who have helped the blossoming singer’s music videos sky-rocket to success. “I started like a year ago,” she told PEOPLE CHICA of becoming Instafamous. “I posted a video of me dancing and people liked it a lot and they started reposting it. I started getting followers and started doing more music videos and videos of me dancing.”

That led her to record her first single “Luna Llena.” The sultry video, which highlights her hip-shaking moves — watch out Shakira! — has over 44 million views on Vevo since it was posted in late September. “My mom is Cuban and my dad is from Spain so I grew up listening to Spanish music,” the Cuban-born singer says. However, her second single, “En Mi Mente” (over 2.5 million Vevo views since Dec. 8) has more English verses and her upcoming album will be in Spanglish, including songs in both languages. “I’m into English music, hip-hop or rap,” she says of her influences.

A big JLo fan, she would love to record a duet with the Latina icon. At the speed she is rising, that dream might not be far off for Trevejo, who signed with label In-Tu Línea, a division of Universal Music Latino, in June. “I felt really good but weird too because everything was happening fast,” she says of her record deal. And she has family support: “They think it’s super cool and they are proud of me.”

Success has come with a price though for Trevejo, who has encountered bullies and Internet trolls after she stepped into the spotlight. “I’m homeschooled because I cannot go to school. There are too many people coming up to me and asking dumb questions,” she admits. “I can’t be a normal teen, to be honest. If I want to sing, then I have to live this life.”

Her Instagram bio bares the mantra, “A queen always turns pain into power” — a message she relates to. “I’ve had a lot of pain and all of that makes me stronger,” she adds. “All the haters and all the bad vibes make me more powerful, more intelligent.”

Anonymity, she now realizes, had its perks. “Sometimes I feel pressure because I can’t do the things that normal kids do, but I also feel super proud because I have all these followers that listen to me,” the young influencer says. How will she manage to enjoy the rest of her adolescence with her growing fame? “I don’t know,” she concludes with a laugh. “But God knows, so I’m good.”

 

 

 

 

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/chica/internet-sensation-singer-malu-trevejo/

Club Monaco Is Having a Major Holiday Sale – Here Are the 5 Best Styles to Shop

Club Monaco is known for its mix of feminine and on-trend styles, which is why if you’re a frequent shopper of the brand’s cool clothing, then you’re going to want to check out the website today. Right now, you can score an extra 30 percent off all sale styles including tons of pretty pieces that will take you from now through winter – and beyond. No promo code is needed to receive this amazing discount, so once your shopping cart is full of fabulous finds such as cozy knits, chic jackets and pretty dresses just checkout and your extra 30 percent off will already be applied. Scroll down to shop some of the cutest buys before the offer ends on November 21st.

Trench Coat

A pretty blue hue and chic silhouette? This trench coat is everything we want to wear for the season and into spring.

Buy It! Elila Trench Coat, $139.30 (orig. $298)

Striped Crewneck Sweater

A striped crewneck sweater is a closet essential. Try wearing it with your favorite jeans or over a chic button down for the office. The possibilities are endless!

Buy It! Mackenzie Merino Sweater, $34.30 (orig. $69)

Floral Dress

Holiday party season is here and nothing is prettier than a floral dress with ruffles – especially one that’s on sale!

Buy It! Maezee Dress, $104.29 (orig. $329)

Faux Fur Collared Coat

Statement coats are huge this season and we especially love this refined, grey colored coat with its luxurious faux fur collar. Layer it over cropped trousers and booties for a pretty and sophisticated look.

Buy It! Evangah Coat, $209.30 (orig. $299)

Leopard Print Slip Dress

This leopard print slip dress is perfect for all occasions. Try adding a block heel bootie and a cozy knit on the weekends or a sexy lace up heel and a pair of statement earrings for a special event.

Buy It! Paz Dress, $69.29 (orig. $229)

What styles are you scoring on sale? Comment below and let us know!

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/style/club-monaco-online-sale/

Top Conservative Activist Urges Congress to Investigate Trump Sexual Misconduct Allegations: His Accusers ‘Need to Be Heard’

The president and CEO of the conservative advocacy group The Family Leader is calling on Congress to investigate the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against President Donald Trump by more than a dozen women.

Bob Vander Plaats declared that Trump’s accusers “need to be heard” and said their allegations shouldn’t be dismissed simply because Trump was elected president.

“A lot of these ladies came forth in the election, and for whatever reason, the American people said, ‘We’re going to give the presidency to Donald Trump,’ ” Vander Plaats said in an interview on Iowa Public Radio. “That doesn’t mean their issue went away because he became president.”

“I think if these ladies need to be heard on this — and I think they probably should be heard — then let’s let the facts play out,” he added. “I don’t think it should be really dismissed.”

The top conservative activist, who endorsed Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2016 presidential election, added that Congress should launch an investigation into the allegations against Trump.

RELATED VIDEO: PEOPLE Writer Natasha Stoynoff Breaks Silence, Accuses Donald Trump of Sexual Attack

Vander Plaats’ comments come days after a group of Democratic lawmakers called on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to look into the sexual misconduct allegations against Trump. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, shot down the request almost immediately, referring it to the Department of Justice, over which Trump has oversight.

But Norm Eisen, an attorney who served as ethics chief for the Obama White House, told PEOPLE that Democrats on the Oversight committee can look at the allegations “on their own, though they do not have formal power to hold an official hearing or issue an official report absent majority (Republican) consent.”

He added that there are other House and Senate committees that could look into the matter, calling Gowdy’s referral to the Justice Department “all the more reason” for the DOJ to take up the matter.

Three of the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct also called on Congress to investigate the allegations in a joint press conference on Monday.

Trump, who has denied the allegations against him and called all of his accusers liars, later claimed in a tweet that he “didn’t know” the women or had never met them.

PEOPLE provided photo proof that he had, in fact, met several of his accusers, including PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff, who alleged Trump pushed her against the wall and forced a kiss on her mouth in a 2005 interview.

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/politics/conservative-activist-congress-investigate-trump-sexual-misconduct-allegations/

Dad Starts Christmas Tradition with Toddler Son After Wife’s Death: ‘It’s Not Moving On. It’s Always Moving Forward’

A single father is putting up his late wife’s Christmas tree this season, two years after her death, so he can start a new tradition with his 2-year-old son and continue their journey toward healing.

When Dennis Cosgrove met his future wife, Megan, in February 2013, things moved quickly for the two lovebirds: Dennis moved into Megan’s apartment in September, and by January they bought a house together. They kept up the pace in the months that followed, becoming engaged in July 2014 and marrying that December. By February 2015, Megan was pregnant.

In those few years, Cosgrove says he lived more fully than he had for the previous 32 years of his life, and it was all thanks to the energy and enthusiasm that stemmed from his sweetheart.

“We just ran through everything. And we got a chance to experience everything,” Cosgrove, 37, from Stewart Manor, New York, tells PEOPLE. “Megan was the strongest, most confident, beautiful woman who lit up a room with her laughter and personality. She’s just one of those people that makes everyone around her better and brings out the best in people. She truly did that to me. I thrived as a person being with her.”

But the day after Thanksgiving 2015, Megan’s water broke while the couple was exercising at the gym. When they arrived at the hospital, Megan was induced, but quickly started showing symptoms of pre-eclampsia—a potentially threatening complication characterized by the onset of high blood pressure.

Doctors performed a C-section to deliver their son, and that’s when Megan developed eclampsia, a rare but dangerous condition where high blood pressure causes seizures. Megan also developed a brain aneurysm, and when emergency brain surgery didn’t help her condition Cosgrove made the wrenching decision to take his wife off of life support, just hours after the birth of their first child.

Megan passed away on November 29, the day after baby Declan was born.

“It’s still very hard, it’s the best day of my life, followed by the worst day,” Cosgrove says, adding that he is thankful Declan’s birth and Megan’s death did not occur on the same day. “It still just gives me a little bit of separation to where we can celebrate his birthday and try to make it a happy day, then mourn her the next. It’s always going to be hard.”

In the two years since Megan’s death, Cosgrove has received help from friends, family and strangers, who have generously donated money and supplies to support the single father after the tragedy.

One woman even filled the family’s living room with diapers and formula, and surprised them with a bag full of Christmas gifts for Declan, which were already wrapped and addressed ‘From Santa’.

“For me, the big things aren’t hard,” Cosgrove says. “But it’s those little things like that, like wrapping packages, or gifts. Knowing that I had to get my son gifts and trying to celebrate the holiday … She took care of this stuff. We were just in complete shock that someone would come and do that for us.”

This generosity inspired Cosgrove to pay it forward, and he joined Family Lives On, a foundation that works with families who are grieving the loss of a parent. The organization — which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary — has a unique program that focuses on carrying on the traditions that were previously created by the child and the lost parent, such as going to a sporting event or listening to a favorite musician. Though Declan never had a chance to create a family tradition with his mother, Cosgrove was inspired to help other families grieve through the program.

“I didn’t have a chance to establish traditions with my wife, and my son didn’t either,” says Cosgrove, who is now on the board of directors of Family Lives On. “I couldn’t imagine one of those things that you always did with your parents, and then not being able to do it because you lost your parent. It hit home with me. That’s how I ended up there and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

This year, to help Cosgrove start a holiday tradition with young Declan, he is bringing out his late wife’s Christmas tree, the same one she used to decorate with her mother until it was “perfect.”

“My mother-in-law misses that, so I just told her ‘You know what? We’re going to do it again, and we’re going to do it with Declan, and he’s going to see it,” Cosgrove says. “We’re going to set up the tree, because I know how much my wife loved to do it. This is what our tradition is going to be. It’s not moving on. It’s always moving forward. That’s what it always is.”

This year’s Christmas tree will be a symbol of the woman who changed his life forever.

“What we had was something that a lot of people chase for their whole entire lifetime. Some people get it and get to do it over the course of a lifetime, and some people never get to have it,” he says. “I consider myself lucky in the sense that I did get an opportunity to have that and know what it feels like.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/human-interest/widowed-dad-christmas-tradition-son/

A Roaring Good Time! Kim and Kourtney Share More Photos from Saint and Reign’s Monsters Inc.-Themed Birthday Party

Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West are giving their subscribers a closer look at their sons’ birthday festivities.

On their respective websites, the sisters each shared new photos from Saint and Reign Aston‘s join bash held earlier this month, featuring Monsters Inc. theme and winter-wonderland elements like ice skating, sledding on a hill covered in (fake) snow, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and more.

“The kids has such a fun afternoon,” Kim, 37, wrote on her website, noting that the day also included a “fun elf-making craft station” and sharing a variety of adorable photos featuring Saint, who turned 2 on Dec. 5.

“How cute were Saint and Reign’s matching cakes?!” she added of the boys’ coordinating character confections. “Sharing moments like this with cousins the absolute best!”

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Two other friendly faces to make an appearance (aside from the boys’ sisters North, 4½, and Penelope Scotland, 5)? Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, the protagonists from Monsters Inc. and its prequel, Monsters University.

“Since the monsters in the movie are blue, purple and green, we used those colors for all the decorations,” Kourtney, 38, wrote of the hybrid-themed event.

She added of her son, who turned 3 on Thursday and sported a Sulley costume of his own for the party, “Obviously, running around with Mike and Sulley was the highlight of Reign’s day, LOL!”

RELATED VIDEO: Kim Kardashian West Unveils Star Of 3rd 2017 KarJenner Christmas Card Installment: Nephew Reign!

Kourtney writes that the ice-skating rink was transformed from her basketball court for the party (which she hosted), and that dessert also included s’mores, gingerbread-cookie sandwiches, a cupcake-making station and, for the adults, a coffee station featuring mocha and peppermint lattes.

The mom of three (son Mason Dash also had a birthday on Thursday, celebrating turning 8 at Disneyland and with a balloon Ferarri from aunt Khloé Kardashian) went all out for the day, making sure to have a plethora of not only sweets but a large lunch buffet and lots of photo ops.

“We had Santa and Mrs. Claus come and take photos with the kids — so we set up a few photo zones for families to pose together,” Kourtney explained. “I also put outdoor rugs and oversized pillows on the lawn in a few different places, so kids could hang out in the shade.”

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/babies/kim-kardashian-west-kourtney-kardashian-saint-reign-monsters-inc-birthday-party/

Puppy Mill Rescue Turn Social Media Superstar Toast the Dog Dies

Toast the dog‘s 377,000 Instagram followers were greeted with sad news today.

The puppy mill rescue who became one of the first canine social media stars has died. The Instagram post sharing the tragic announcement did not offer any insight into what led to her death, but it did pay tribute to the famous pup and her impressive career.

“Heaven has a new star tonight. We’re heartbroken to share the news that Toast has passed. This puppy mill rescue had an exceptional life. She wrote a book, had a televised wedding, appears on billboards across the country promoting rescue and modeled for an international eyewear campaign,” reads the post. “But above all, she was a best friend, a world champion little spoon…but she was far from being an angel.”

The caption adorning a smiling shot of Toast goes on to explain that she loved to snore, steal toilet paper and get carried around her home during her private hours. Publicly, the canine was celebrated for her dedication to shutting down puppy mills, even donating proceeds from her extravagant wedding to the cause, and for her amazing sense of style.

In remembrance of the pup’s philanthropy, her owner, fashion publicist Katie Sturino, plans to post tributes to Toast on Instagram and raise money to continue the dog’s fight to end puppy mills.

Along with donating, the post also asks Toast’s fans to consider posting photos with the hashtag #ToastMeetsHeaven to honor the special animal.

“Toast loved meeting fans at meet ups and on the streets. She knew she was loved and adored by people around the globe and we are so grateful to have known her. Our hearts will eventually heal knowing that she will live on forever in people’s hearts,” the Instagram caption concludes.

Toast is survived by her two fur siblings Underpants and Muppet. This somber announcement follows close behind the sudden death of Chloe the Mini Frenchie, another canine social media star.

 

 

from PEOPLE.com http://people.com/pets/toast-the-dog-dies/