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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.

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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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, Marie of The Curvy Fashionista, Stylist Reah Norman, Marketing and Advertising Sales Director of PMM Tulin Reid, Ivory of, Chenese Lewis, and Allison of

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 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!

Sign Up Now!

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 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 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 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.

Los Angeles Event: Win FREE Tickets to Sassy City Chicks!!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you know I’ve been to a few of the Sassy City Chicks events here in Los Angeles, it’s a sample sale heaven! You’ll find fashion and beauty items up to 80% off. You’ll get to indulge in spa treatments and sip on yummy cocktails!

Is Southern California your home? Then you should definitely check it out on April 26, 2012 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. In case you’re wondering, there weren’t really many plus size vendors at the last event, but they have a great jewelry and handbag selection. And there are some pieces that run big and could possible be compared to a size 14/16. I’m hoping (crossing fingers) they find a few vendors this year with curvy women in mind.

Want to join us? You’re in luck! I have 25 tickets to give out! Southern California residents only please!

Be one of the FIRST 25 fashionistas to enter code CURVES at checkout and you’ll get a FREE Sassy Tote Ticket! Includes admission, swag bag, open bar, & more.


Disclosure: This event is 21 years-old and over! No exceptions. This is first come first serve! Void where prohibited. I was not compensated for this post. The tickets are courtesy of Sassy City Chicks.

Los Angeles Event: Style-A-Thon

Hello my loves! I hope you had an amazing weekend. If you did…yay! If you didn’t…boo! I hope this Monday is a lot better for you. Don’t have “a case of the Monday’s.” LOL! I guess lack of sleep is making me a little silly right now.

Anyways…I wanted to share an event I’m participating in this Saturday, March 31st. I will be one of four bloggers helping to style a fashion show at the 365Hangers Style-A-Thon here in Los Angeles. I will send three beautiful models down the runway wearing fashion from is an awesome place to score women’s designer fashion at sample sale prices. Seriously…you wouldn’t even believe how amazing the prices are. As of right now, they only offer up to a size 16, but I think there may be bigger sizes in their future (crossing fingers).

If you live in Los Angeles, I’d love to see you! The event is FREE, but you should RSVP here. There will be shopping and complimentary manis. Let me know if you’re going!! Thank you in advance for your support…as always! xoxo

Check me out on Plus Model Radio Tomorrow!

Hi my loves! I just wanted to pop in really quick on this Sunday and let you know that I will be on Plus Model Radio tomorrow! My good friend Chenese will do a quick interview with me. I’m really excited and kind of nervous, even though I’ve been on once before. So, forgive me now if I mess up. LOL! Kim McCarter of Project Curve Appeal NYC, Model Sommer Green, and Stephanie Penn the Editor of Daily Venus Diva will also be on. Visit for more information. Hope you listen in! xoxo

Woohoo! I MadeThe Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week™!!!

Guess what my loves? I am one out of 17 bloggers chosen as a member of The Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week™!!!

That means I get to cover the hottest fashion week around! Yay! If you can’t tell I’m really excited and very honored to be a part of this amazing group of bloggers. And I’m even more excited because I get to go to New York City!! I can’t wait to see what FFFWeek™ 2012 has up it’s sleeve!

Please take a second to check out the list of bloggers below and make sure to visit them!

In Alphabetical Order, Please Meet The 2012 Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week™:

For all press inquiries please regarding The Fashion Front for Full Figured Fashion Week™, please

MAGIC, Project, and Pool Tradeshow Photos

Here are the rest of my photos from MAGIC, Project, and the Pool Tradeshow. Like I had said before, these spaces were so huge! There was such an array of clothes and accessories. Once again, we didn’t get to see everything.

MAGIC and Project were home to fashion brands, while the Pool Tradeshow was more of the indie designers and brands. It was amazing. Ivory ( and I had a chance to chat with the ladies over at Nation LTD. They’re really passionate about their plus pieces that you can find at Nordstrom. That’s very inspiring! I also fell in love with the fringe handbags from Ember Skye at Project. I loved the colors!

And I died over the jewelry from Cosmic Thread  and Designs by Alicia P. at the Pool Tradeshow. The jewelry was very unique! Loved it.  I had such an amazing time and I can’t wait for my next WWDMAGIC visit!