6 Years Later | Blogaversary Giveaway (Closed)

This is my first post of 2016! We all know I don’t make new year’s resolutions. It’s just not my thing. I try to live my life day to day. Every morning I wake up, I have another chance to accomplish any goal I put in front of myself. But, there is one thing I have been doing every January for the past six years, it’s celebrating my blog’s birthday (AKA blogaversary)! Since 2010, I have been sharing my journey with you guys and I don’t regret one word I’ve written here.

And just like this blog, I feel like I have evolved over the years. I am definitely not the same person I was when I first started Curves and Chaos. Not only has my style changed, but so has my attitude about who I am and the body I live in. I am more confident now than ever. Yet, I am human and I recognize when I am not happy with what is going on in my life. This is something that was really hard for me in the past. I was unhappy and I stayed in that darkness for longer than necessary. I feel like my life experiences and the people I surround myself with have really helped me along the way. This includes you—the beautiful people who read my blog and allow me a space to share my life.

Over the past six years, I have met some very amazing people and visited some wonderful places because of this blog. To say I am grateful might just be a little bit of an understatement. I have learned so much about myself and the nature of others—this includes the negative. Like I said, I am exceptionally grateful for all of it. Without it, where would I be?

When I first started this blog, I had no idea about the plus size fashion blogging community or the fashion industry. All I knew was that I didn’t know where to find cute clothes in my size. I also knew that if I felt this way, so did other women. I wasn’t copying any other bloggers, because I didn’t really know any of them at that time. I started by researching our shopping options (which were only a few) and sharing that with anyone who would read it. It wasn’t until a few months in when I discovered other plus size bloggers. You can read those Blogger Q & A’s here.

This is when I truly discovered I was not alone. Since then, there has been a boom of style bloggers. Some of those I interviewed for my blog in 2010 are still around, others aren’t. I sometimes wonder why they quit blogging. Then I think of why I’m still around six years later. It’s simple, I do what I love. If I didn’t have the passion for writing here, I’d move on. But, for now the fire is still burning. I have my reasons and that’s all I need.

The plus size fashion industry has also changed a lot since then. I’ve mentioned before that’s there’s still a lot of work to do, but I feel like we have many more options and amazing designers than ever before. I look forward to what the next six years will bring. For now, I will continue to write about my style journey and any thing going on in my life.

I know I’ve said thank you to you guys hundreds of times now, but I want you to know that I truly mean it. And as always, I show my appreciation in the only way I know how—with a giveaway of course! I’m going to give one lucky reader a $100 gift card to the plus size online retailer/designer/boutique of their choice (if they offer online gift cards of course). Enter below and good luck!

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  • weesha

    Congratulations Monique! I can’t believe it’s been so long, 6 years!! I remember finding your blog all those years ago and I’m happy your blog is still a source for some amazing style inspo <3

  • FELICIDADEZ!! May there be decades more <3

  • Babblingsofamommy

    Happy blogaversary Monique!! Wishing you many many more. I started reading your blog after meeting you at FFFWeek 2 or 3 years ago?? I can’t keep track anymore! Haha!

  • I am so happy to hear your story and how much you still enjoy blogging. Still being a blog newbie, I have also found a wonderful community of women that I never knew existed prior to starting blogging. I love seeing your posts and am uplifted by your journey when it comes to both fashion and body acceptance. Thank you for sharing!

    Janeane
    http://www.designingfrommycloset.wordpress.cm

  • Lauren

    Congrats!! I think I started reading your blog regularly last year. I’d choose Universal Standard.

  • elfeleven

    Congratulations! You really inspire me. 🙂 I think I started reading a couple of years ago.

  • Nichole

    Happy Blogaversary! I’ve been a reader for a long time… maybe 4+ years? Time flies when you’re having fun! I would choose Avenue for my gift card 🙂

  • mami2jcn

    I’ve been reading for a couple of years. I would choose Lane Bryant.

  • Karen Glatt

    Congrats on 6 years! I have been a reader for 2 months now, and the retailer that I would choose is Lane Bryant. There clothes are amazing!

  • Livivua Chandler

    Congrats! I have been reading for two years and I would love to shop at city chic

  • Teresa Kennedy

    Good luck and thank YOU! I’ve been a read since close to the beginning, probably about 5 years. It would be so hard to choose which store to get the gift card from because I love to shop EVERYWHERE! Maybe ASOS because I haven’t ordered anything from them in a while. Or maybe Society+ or Boohoo, who knows??

  • jerseygirl137

    Congrats on your 6 year Anniversary.
    I having been reading your blog for about 2 years or so.
    The retailer that I would choose is Torrid.

  • I’ve been reading for 1-2 years. I would choose Lane Bryant.

  • Ana

    Happy 6 years! To many, many more! It was great meeting you at the Texas Style Council event in Austin a couple of years ago. You’re such an inspiration, both in your blog posts and in person. Keep on keepin’ on! And thanks for all you do 🙂

  • I have been reading your blog for over a year and I ‘d choose Nordstrom.

  • Kristen

    I’ve probably been reading about 2 years. I’d choose ModCloth.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    Congratulations Monique! That is awesome.I have been a reader for a couple of years or so.I would love PinkBlush!

  • Sarah Hayes

    Ive been a reader for a few months and Id choose walmart (if thats an option). Ive found some nice basic pieces there that Id like to have and they have really nice plus size workout gear!

  • Rona Berry-Morin

    Girl. All of these looks are right on point. “I just love your style”! It’s a pleasure following you! I’ve been following you for awhile. I’m a Gwynnie Bee gal!

  • Gina M

    Congratulations on 6 fabulous years! I have been a reader for about 2 years. If I won I would love a gift card to Torrid.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • latanya t

    I would choose Lane Bryant and I have been reading your blog for about six months.

  • congrats , monique !!!

    i’ve been a reader for around 4 years or so .

    i would choose forever 21 .

    thank you for the chance !

    ––– nicole o.

  • Elle

    I have been a reader for about a year and I would pick Forever 21.

  • mitadav

    Happy blogaversary, I’ve been reading for a couple of years. t I would choose is Torrid.

  • steve weber

    I’m going on 3 years now I believe — congrats on your blogaversary! I would choose Lane Bryant

  • Tabathia

    Maybe a year.I may choose Lane Bryant.

  • MilaXX

    Congrats on the anniversary! I’m a fairly new reader. I probably discovered your blog within the past 6 mths. I’m always on the look out for bloggers who interest me.

  • Thomas Murphy

    I have been a reader for about one year and I would choose Lane Bryant

  • Dawn Monroe

    I’ve been a reader of yours about a year now. I’d probably choose Lane Bryant.

  • Courtnie

    I’ve been a reader for about 2 years. I would choose Forever 21!

  • Laurajj Jacobson

    Congrats and thank you so much for all your great posts!!!!! I cant remember how long I have been reading….I would say about 2 years now! I think I would choose Lane Bryant if I won.

  • The_Weed

    Happy blogaversary. It is such an honor to watch you as this blog and you have grown into the woman you are. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us!!

  • Dede

    I’m a new reader! I’d probably go with C J Banks.
    Dianna

  • Congratulations! I can’t believe it has been 6 years!! WOWZA. *cheers to another 6*

    Rose | http://www.hertaintedlips.com

  • arress

    I am a new reader, almost 2 months now. congrats on 6 years of blogging. Lane Bryant for me.

  • JAIVIANSMOMMY

    I AM A NEW READER 🙂 FIRST TIME HERE !!! I WOULD CHOOSE CHARLOTTE RUSSE PLUS SIZE 🙂

  • Jennifer Ann Hayden

    Happy Blogiversary!! I’ve been a follower for maybe 6 months or so. I think that I would choose Lane Bryant. Thanks!

  • natasha lamoreux

    Wow Congratulations! Im actually new to the blog but it looks amazing! Its nice to see a site that has women with curves and fashionable clothes to go with it. I would choose Lane Bryant,

  • Toughcookiegirl

    I love you and I would love to shop at Swimsuitesforall.com

  • tracylr

    I just found your blog! I would choose Macy’s my favorite store, to shop at Macy’s Woman.

  • Erika926

    Happy New Year Monique! Congrats on your 6 years and counting! I have been a reader of your blog for 3 years now and counting 🙂 … I would choose Lane Bryant.

  • Ambrielle Bender

    Wowzerz! 6 years! Congratulations! I have been a follower for a couple years. I think I would probably choose Torrid, Last summer I scored over 300 worth of clothes for about 80 bucks, so I would STRETCH that Gift card! lol

  • Kerri Stewart

    I’m a new follower of your wonderful blog. I’d choose Lane Bryant. I love their bras.

  • Heather Hayes Panjon

    CONGRATS! I’ve Been A Reader Of Your Blog For Around 3 Years, I Choose The Avenue Plus Size Store.

  • Terra Heck

    I’m a fairly new reader to your blog. Love that you feature clothes for plus-size women. I’d choose AMI Clubwear. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • maleficent mcneff

    i just started reading your blog.i think I would choose Catherin’s.

  • Easy2Save Blog

    I just found you today and then noticed the giveaway! I would like Lane Bryant if I am the lucky winner 🙂

  • Congrats on 6 years! I can only hope my blog makes it to that many years! I haven’t been a reader long but I’m very glad I found you!

  • Linda

    I have been a reader for about 6 months. I would choose Macy’s.

  • lori clark

    I just found your blog, and I would choose Torrid! congrats on 6 years!

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    I am honestly not sure how long I have been foloowing you. I know it has been awhile though. I came across you when doing a search for some clothes for curvy women. I apppreciate all you do! I would choose Lane Bryant if I won.

  • Birdiebee

    I have been a reader for the last year. I may choose Lane Bryant but not sure.

  • missbobloblaw

    Congrats on 6 years! I’m a new reader, and am looking forward to your new posts! I’d choose Amazon or Torrid!

  • Joanne Badbadkitty Nielsen

    Not sure how long I have read the blog. I really have no idea. Great blog with good information! I would choose Torrid!

  • Karen Glatt

    I put in the wrong tweet for today 1/25! Sorry here is the correct link

    https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/691660152211046404

  • Terri Irvin

    Congrats on your successful blog! I am a happy new follower. I like the plus size section at Macy’s Department store.

  • twenteries

    I’ve been reading for about 2 years now. I would choose Lane Bryant!

  • Awww yeah!!! Congrats on 6 VERY stylish years!! I’ve been reading for about three years and I continue to get inspired! If I won, I’d definitely want to hit up ASOS!!

  • tannawings

    Happy blogaversary! I have been a reader maybe a bit more than a year maybe longer! I like your blog because youre a ‘real’ woman not afraid to be stylish. I personally would choose WalMart. They have great plus size clothes at very affordable prices. I have never really shopped at any fancy stores an so thats what I am familiar with.
    ellen beck on form tannawings at gmail dot com

  • Sherry Fram

    Happy Blogaversary! Love your posts!

  • jenmalonee

    I think I have been following you for a few years now maybe 2 or 3. I would pick Lane Bryant.

  • Constance Jordan

    Happy Blogaversary! I believe that I have been a follower of your blog for almost 3 years now. It doesn’t seem like that long. If I won I would choose SimplyBe or LaneBryant. They both have a little bit of everything for your closet.

  • perla m.

    I have been a follower/reader for 2 years and counting and I love reading your blog! Happy Anniversary! If I win I will pick Torrid

  • Tara

    I just found you! I would choose Nordstrom!

  • carogonza

    i’ve been a reader for 5 years

  • Sven

    I have been reading your blog for a few months now, probably would go for ASOS.

  • susitravl

    I have no idea how long I’ve followed you – time flies you know! I’d like Lane Bryant to get some new clothes for work.

  • nancy_conn

    Happy Blogversary Monique, I really enjoy your blog looking forward to many more years

  • Toughcookiegirl

    Congrats on 6 yrs.

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    congrats(: love your blog!!!(:

  • Ty Beth

    I’ve been following you for a couple of years now. I would choose City Chic

  • Danielle Day

    one year, macy’s.

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