Fashion

My Body My Story | Lucy Activewear Giveaway (Closed)

This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and lucy #lucyForEveryBody blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. When I was in my early 20’s, I would drag myself to the gym. I never wore anything form fitting and would cringe the minute someone good looking jumped on the treadmill next to me. I was so self-conscious about my appearance and would always beat myself up about gaining weight—which happened a lot. Today, I’m 39, and I give zero cares about anyone else’s fitness expectations. I am my own person. I do what I…

Style Trend | Velvet

It never fails. The fall season rolls around and I just want to wear sweaters, scarves, and velvet. Yes, I’m having a velvet moment. In fact, I ordered some pumps from Shopbop (SALE ALERT) but they were too small and my heart broke just a little bit. No worries. I know I’ll have plenty of other chances to buy myself a little something. When it comes to wearing this lush material, you don’t have to stick with just clothes. Although, that’s a super great option to have. You can spread your wings and venture out with some super hot accessories.…

Style Trend | Military Brass

Give me all of the buttons! I haven’t shared a style trend post with you guys in a while. I guess I wasn’t feeling too inspired. That was until I saw these military-inspired pieces. With a double row of buttons, this trend really gives off a vintage vibe. Maybe that’s why I like it so much. From blazers, to a dress, and outerwear—these selections are all on my wish list. Which piece do you like the most?  1. Torrid Zip Front Military Jacket 2. American Rag Trendy Plus Size Military Jacket 3. Eloquii Military Peplum Top 4. Eloquii Mock Neck Military…

Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant | NYC Launch

Since day one, I’ve been a Christian Siriano fan. I knew he would do amazing things and design glamorous gowns. When I first heard he was collaborating exclusively with Lane Bryant, my heart kind of skipped a beat. High fashion was coming our way! With this limited edition collection, he has given us fall looks straight from the runway. And I was lucky enough to attend the launch party in New York City and snag an impromptu interview with the designer himself. Even though this was a whirlwind of a trip, I was really excited to be in the…

Anna Scholz | New York State of Mind Collection

If you’re an Anna Scholz fan, you know she’s all about her bold patterns and bright colors. That’s what I love most about her. She’s not afraid to dress the plus size woman in what is normally seen as taboo for our curves. Her latest capsule collection, New York State of Mind, is a perfect example of that. The collection launched yesterday and I am all about it. As you’ll see below, she used “The Big Apple” as the back drop for the photoshoot. What do you think? Are you a fan? You can find the latest Anna Scholz collection here.

Zelie For She ‘Dream and Destroy’ Collection

One of my faves, Zelie For She has collaborated with Dream & Destroy to create a brand new collection—Dream and Destroy. “With not many options in plus size fashion for street wear, I wanted to design a collection that isn’t just your basic graphics or sayings. I wanted to bring you a collection that has meaning and purpose behind it! I teamed up with Dream & Destroy (street wear for the conscious mind) and created one of a kind designs for Zelie for She,” said Elann Zelie. This collection is available in sizes Small-3X. I love that she’s offering these…

Spring Layering with Lightweight Jackets

When Reah Norman of StyledbyReah.com asked me to take part in the Bloomingdales Shop For Women Spring event, I jumped at the chance. She showcased seven spring trends and I was asked to help with one of my favorites—layering with lightweight jackets. We might be right smack in the middle of spring, but that doesn’t mean it’s been all sunny days and blooming flowers. No matter where you live, you know the weather has been super crazy with a mind of it’s own. It’s been an interesting task getting dressed every day not knowing how the day’s temps will treat…

15 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Don’t panic guys! You still have time to buy the favorite mom in your life a gift for Mother’s Day. Although, we know that they should be honored every day. Excuse me while I try to win some bonus points with my mama (hi ma!). I put together a little Mother’s Day gift guide featuring 15 things I think would make great gifts (besides a spa day or vacation obviously). When you head out shopping, remember to always think of her first. What would fit her lifestyle, personality, needs, and style? Consider all of these things when buying her gift. And…

Festival Season Inspiration

Festival season is here guys! And it all starts here in Southern California with Coachella. I know that’s all you’ve been hearing about right? I’m not going to lie, I’ve only been to Coachella once. But, when I lived in Germany I made it to a few music festivals. So, what do you wear during festival season? Whatever you want of course! If it was me, I’d definitely get my boho on in the most comfortable way possible. But, that’s just me. If you’re not sure what to rock, I pulled some looks from some of my favorite retailers and posted them…

Marina Rinaldi Spring/Summer 2016 Preview

When it comes to plus size fashion, I think a lot of people tend to forget that luxury designers are part of the industry. A brand like Marina Rinaldi, which has been around since 1980, is designing sophisticated yet modern designs for the curvy woman. I was invited to a special spring/summer preview at their Beverly Hills boutique and I was in love with so many pieces. As you’ll see below, this italian brand is all about colors and prints for the upcoming seasons. My favorite part of the collection is the collaboration with Japanese Fashion Designer Tsumori Chisato. It’s…

Get Your Penney’s Worth with JCPenney

Sponsored by JCPenney. I am one of those people who knows the worth of every single penny. I can thank my mom and dad for that. There’s no way around it either. The hubby and I work really hard for every cent, so we make it count. I think that’s why I’m so impressed with JCPenney’s new promotional offer—”Penney Days.” They are offering select items available for just a penny. Yes, you read that right…a penny. From now until March 5, 2016 JCPenney customers will be able to purchase an apparel item from The Original Arizona Jean Co.® brand and…

My Fitness Accessories Favorites

Working out on a daily basis isn’t the easiest thing to do. We all know it’s hard. Getting my butt to the gym would be a lot easier if I had a little help in the accessories department. That might sound a little weird to some of you, but if I love my workout gear then there’s no stopping me. I’ll take the motivation where I can get it guys. And as a Shopbop partner, I know they have some of the hottest designer fitness accessories out there, which I need in my life. Whether you do yoga, go running, play…

10 Accessories I Need This Winter

I know what you’re thinking…”You live in L.A. Monique! Do you really need winter accessories?” The answer is Yes. Normally, I don’t. But, El Nino is supposed to visit us this winter and I want to be prepared. Besides, I travel a lot and having these on hand makes sense. Oh…and I found all of these over on Shopbop.com where you can take up to 25% your entire order with code GOBIG15 (ends 11/30/15). So…yeah…I need these 10 winter accessories.

Guess What? Kmart’s Bluelight Specials are Back!

Sponsored by Kmart.

When I was a kid, my mom was an avid Kmart shopper. We would go there for pretty much everything. Yes, that even included a stop at their snack bar for popcorn and a slushy drink, if we were good. And no matter what, we always waited for one thing. Yes, you know what I’m talking about. We always had our ears open for the next Bluelight Special! Well, guess what guys? “Attention Kmart Shoppers!” Bluelight Specials are back! 

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