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Cult of California Launch Party

Are you a fitness fashionista or looking to become one? Cult of California recently had a launch party for their collection and it was pretty awesome. Held at the infamous Writer’s Room in Hollywood, invited guests were treated to black licorice flavored candy, music by Betty Ninja and the Nunchix, and a runway show.

Jen Wilder, the designer behind Cult of California, has given us fitness apparel you won’t be afraid to wear at yoga, Zumba class, or running errands. The line is definitely fierce with edge. I have a lot of favorites…don’t think I can choose just one. Check out the collection today…oh…and they are now accepting pre-orders!

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FFFWeek 2012 “Sonsi Be-YOU-tiful Pop-Up Party”

Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 was jammed pack with activities for bloggers, which I loved! I mean, come on…we’re the voice of fashion in the social media world. But, of course, that’s just my opinion LOL! I know one brand that appreciates that and definitely knows it is Sonsi. If you’re living in a cave and don’t know who they are…they’re an online marketplace destination that offers shopping and socializing for women sizes 12 and above.

Sonsi hosted the “Be-You-tiful” Pop-Up Party for us bloggers and it was so much fun! Not only did we get a look at some of the latest fashions from Sydney’s Closet, S.W.A.K, and Catherines, but we took pictures, won prizes, got mini-manicures, and makeup touch ups! There were a lot of fashionable bloggers there too.

Of course I have pics for you…

*All photos were taken by me and are my personal property. No use of these images without my written consent.

Disclosure: I received a swag bag and goodies at this event. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 “JMS Style Breakfast”

And the photos keep on coming! Yes, I told you I took over 2,000 photos…I was not kidding. LOL! On day two of Full Figured Fashion Week, we were invited to a breakfast by Just My Size (JMS). We got a look at their summer collection and a sneak peek into their fall/winter line. I’m loving their undies!

We chatted and ate yummy food. It was also a great way to meet the JMS team whom I’ve been working with. They’re so great and dedicated to dressing the plus size woman.

Are you a JMS fan? 


Disclosure: I received a swag bag at this event. The above is my true and honest opinion.

Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 “Curves In The City” Shopping Event

Who doesn’t love shopping? Really? The Full Figured Fashion Week “Curves In The City” shopping event was pretty much what I needed at this point. I snatched up a beautiful Queen Grace dress for $34! In my world, that’s pretty exciting!

Vendors sold clothes, jewelry, beauty products, and accessories. I even got a bra fitting by Cacique, which you should get every 6 months by-the-way. And don’t get me started on the cake pops I devoured courtesy of MYNT 1792-they definitely have my attention right now.

Of course, I was snapping away…here are more pics!

*All photos were taken by me and are my personal property. No use of these images without my written consent.

Disclosure: I was an official member of the 2012 Full Figured Fashion Week’s Fashion Front. I received a gift bag and complimentary access in to all events.

Full Figured Fashion Week “Curves at Sea” All White Sunset Cruise

As we waited in line to board Full Figured Fashion Week’s “Curves at Sea” All White Sunset Cruise, all I could think of was how beautiful everyone looked. Of course, I was also looking to see how many of these beautiful ladies were wearing the same thing, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were only one or two repeats. Yay! I know it was hard to find what I was going to wear. LOL!

The cruise was so much fun with the Sonsi Photo Booth (that I missed), the swag bags, and the FFFWeek Big and Tall Male Fashion Showcase. The ladies were definitely loving the men! There were giveaways, dancing, and a beautiful view as we cruised around the island of Manhattan.

I snapped a few photos below…I’d love to know what you think! Were you there? Will we see you next year?

*All photos were taken by me and are my personal property. No use of these images without my written consent.

Disclosure: I was an official member of the 2012 Full Figured Fashion Week’s Fashion Front. I received a gift bag and complimentary access in to all events.

Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 Press Event

PHEW!!! I’m back from Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek) in New York and I’m exhausted! LOL! But, it’s a good kind of exhausted. Let me just start off my saying, that if you haven’t made it out to any of the FFFWeek events, then I highly recommend you trying to attend next year. It was such an amazing experience!! To see fashion for us on a runway  in New York City never gets old!

I was a member of The Fashion Front, a selected group of bloggers to cover all of the FFFWeek events. We were given early access and behind the scenes look into all of the plus size happenings. I did take over 2,000 photos while I was there. I will try to post them daily…I ask for mega-patience! LOL!

On the first day, I attended a special press event at 320 Studios (the terrace was amazing). It was a packed house! Most of the designers that were showcasing were in attendance and the press had a chance to meet them and get a sneak peek into their collections. It felt like a reunion as I ran into so many friends, but also met a lot of great people along the way. Take a peek at a few of my photos below!

*All photos were taken by me and are my personal property. No use of these images without my written consent.

SORELLA SWIM
SORELLA SWIM
LANE BRYANT
LANE BRYANT
EVANS USA
EVANS USA
ASHLEY STEWART
ASHLEY STEWART
QUEEN GRACE COLLECTION
QUEEN GRACE COLLECTION
SK WiLBUR
SK WiLBUR
SYDNEY'S CLOSET VIA SONSI
SYDNEY'S CLOSET VIA SONSI
FFFWEEK CREATOR GWEN DeVOE (in green)
FFFWEEK CREATOR GWEN DeVOE (in green)
CURVATO
CURVATO
17 SUNDAYS
17 SUNDAYS
YOUTHEARY KHMER
YOUTHEARY KHMER
ASHLEY NELL TIPTON (designer on right)
ASHLEY NELL TIPTON (designer on right)
BLOGGERS-Karen Ward, Nadia Aboulhosn, & Marie Denee
BLOGGERS-Karen Ward, Nadia Aboulhosn, & Marie Denee

Disclosure: I was an official member of the 2012 Full Figured Fashion Week’s Fashion Front. I received a gift bag and complimentary access in to all events.

Full Figured Fashion Week Here I Come!

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image via microsoft clip art

Hello my loves! The countdown to Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek) is almost complete. Tomorrow I will be in New York City! It feels so awesome to say that. I will be surrounded by fashionistas in one of my favorite cities. I’m looking forward to so much while I’m there, I don’t even know where to start.

If you couldn’t make it this year (which sucks by the way), then you can follow me on Twitter via @CurvesandChaos where I’ll be tweeting the entire week. I’m part of the official Fashion Front, so I’m going to be everywhere!! You can also keep up with us by following the #SonsiFFFWeek hash tag on Twitter as well.

I am going to try and post while I’m there, but I know I’m going to be super busy! I’ll try my best. If you’re going, I hope to see you there! And if you’re wondering about tickets, I just read it’s all sold out.

New York City…here I come! xoxo

Full Figured Fashion Week Countdown…18 Days!!

I seriously CAN NOT believe that Full Figured Fashion Week is only 18 days away!! Did I mention that I am completely not ready? Yes, I’m part of The Fashion Front and I’m unprepared. Wow…it just hit me!

If you’re realizing what I’m realizing then you’re probably panicking like I am.

Do you have your tickets to some of the hottest events??? Go here…

Did you see who will be rocking the runway??? Go here…

Have you booked your hotel??? Go here…

Just take a deep breath Monique…we can do this! NYC here I come!

To keep up to date visit Full Figured Fashion Week on Facebook and Twitter!

Events: BECCA ETC Swimwear Preview

Last week, Plus Model Magazine invited a group of us bloggers to preview the new BECCA ETC Swimwear plus size collection.

If you’re like me, then you know how hard it is to find swimwear that not only fits, but actually looks trendy. And in a color other than black.

We had a chance to meet the entire BECCA ETC team, including head designer Rebecca Virtue. Not only did we see the different styles of swimwear on the models, but we also gave our input on what we like and what we don’t like. For me, I’m concerned with support in the chest area. That’s numero uno in my book. What’s yours?

I’m going to do a separate post with their swimwear line, I just wanted to share these photos with you. We were also given a tour of the facilities and got to try on the pieces ourselves. Everyone was in love with this line!

Bloggers included Cid of CidStyleFile.com, Marie of The Curvy Fashionista, Stylist Reah Norman, Marketing and Advertising Sales Director of PMM Tulin Reid, Ivory of IvoryJinelle.blogspot.com, Chenese Lewis, and Allison of CurvyGirlChic.com.

Full Figured Fashion Week 2012 Industry Awards

OK…go ahead and yell at me. I know I’m a little late on this, but I’ve been a busy blogger. If you didn’t already know, I’m headed to the original Full Figured Fashion in New York City as part of The Fashion Front. I’m beyond excited (you’re going to hear that a lot!). Can you blame me?

Will I see you there?

Back to business…I wanted to share the FFFWeek 2012 Industry Awards recipients! Congratulations to you all! Well deserved!!

  • Make-Up Artist of the Year – Tara Taylor
  • Plus Boutique of the Year – Curvaceous Boutique
  • Plus Designer of the Year – Jasmine Elder (Jibri)
  • Plus Fashion Blog of the Year – The Curvy Fashionista – Marie Denee
  • Plus Fashion Photographer of the Year – Stanley Debas
  • Plus Fashion Stylist of the Year – Spry Lee Scott
  • Plus Lifestyle Magazine of the Year – POSE Magazine
  • Plus Model of the Year – Ashley Graham
  • Plus Retailer of the Year – Ashley Stewart

Check out www.FFFWeek.com for more information!

Are You a Blogger Going to Full Figured Fashion Week?

I seriously can not believe that Full Figured Fashion Week is only 53 days away! I’m beyond excited…if you haven’t noticed. Fashion, Fashion, and Fashion all in one of my favorite cities, New York. Have you bought your tickets yet? Yes, they are on sale now! You can get them here. And if you’re a blogger going to this amazing event, make sure you sign up for the Sonsi Blogger Event.

Celebrate your inner beauty at Sonsi’s “Be-You-Tiful” Pop Up Party at this year’s FFFWeek™! Inside, you’ll be whisked away to a world of fashion, style, and fun (and maybe a little bit of pampering too!) We’re giving you a SNEEK PEAK at some new projects the Sonsi brands have revving up, introductions to the entire Sonsi team, and a chance to mingle with friends – both old & new. All in all, we’re featuring the things that are important to YOU – but with a fun, party twist. Don’t miss out!

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Styling at 365Hangers Style-A-Thon

If you know me, then you know I’m kind of a worrier. I tend to stress myself out over little things…sometimes. When I was asked to be one of the bloggers to style a few models for a spring themed runway show at the 365Hangers.com Style-A-Thon, I immediately said Yes! Then I sat back and thought about it…what am I doing? Why did I agree to this? I’ve never done anything like this before, so of course I felt out of my league.

Yesterday, I styled two models and I realized I made a lot out of nothing. That’s me! LOL! Ugh…I don’t know why I do this to myself. Thank goodness for amazing friends. They are so amazingly supportive and helpful. And a big THANK YOU to Robin and Shalon for walking in the show for me. Shalon wore a beautiful DKNYC wrap dress and Robin rocked a Jessica Simpson floral dress (both available at 365Hangers.com). And they both worked that runway! It was a lot of fun. 

The event was held at Space 1520 in Los Angeles on a drizzly morning, but thank goodness the sun came out! There was music and shopping. Belina, Dama Handbags, Nicolita, and Mr. Kate were on hand. We had snacks from PopChips, drinks from Dry Soda Co., and candy from The Candy Chef! And don’t get me started on my amazing gift bag. Lots of goodies from Argo Tea, Dama Handbags, NCLA, Pure Ice, Chipkos, The Candy Chef, and Mr. Kate. Thank you to the entire 365Hangers.com team…especially Sasha and Ferial. xoxo

Here are some pics I took…had a little fun when editing them. LOL! Hope you like!

My AMAZINGLY beautiful models, Shalon and Robin.

Disclosure: I did receive a complimentary gift bag at this event.