Plus Model Magazine Blogger Conference Recap

As New York Fashion Week came to a close last week, Plus Model Magazine hosted  a  blogger conference in order to  introduce Mynt 1792; a new plus friendly clothing line that recognizes just how much “luxury-sized” women like to show off their assets. The collection featured embellished denim, fur vests and brightly-hued motorcycle leather jackets.  The bloggers in attendance were practically giddy with excitement because the  line recognizes curvy women are not afraid of rich and vibrant colors- like the bright Kelly green and fire engine red motorcycle  jackets paired with skinny jeans featured in the collection.  I was particularly fond of the gold slim fitting jeans as they offer a perfect option for the upcoming holiday season when you want to be festive and stand out in something other than the typical cocktail dress.  Mynt 1792 uses fit models that are a size 18 and they recognize that not all curvy girls have an hourglass shape and as a result the collection offers something for everyone.

 

Mynt 1792 will be available on their website as well as Nordstrom.com in October.
Check out a video of the collection here

mixologist creating *mynt* themed-cocktails

 

These gold skinny jeans offered the perfect “wow” factor

The team behind the Mynt 1792 brand

 

These motorcycle jackets are beautifully crafted with an awesome fit

Curvy Fashionistas Host NYC Shop and Swap 5/1

Some of the websphere’s most fashionable (and popular) curvy bloggers will be hosting a swap and shop for curvy fashionistas ranging from sizes 10 and up.

 

The Shop & Swap was created by curvy style blogger Kellie Brown- FatshionInsider.com and will be hosted by fellow curvy stylistas Gabi Gregg, Nicolette Mason, Nadia Aboulhosn and one of my personal favorites Ty Alexander, EIC of www.gorgeousingrey.com. Each of these fashionistas has a unique, aspirational sense of style and break the mold of the misconception that fashion is limited to a size 0.

Here’s a pic of Ty Alexander, of Gorgeous in Grey in one of her always well-styled ensembles and a link to the post where she speaks about the event.

 

Ty, EIC Gorgeous In Grey

In addition to the hosts offering up coveted pieces from their own wardrobes, plus size retail brands Lane Bryant, Kmart//LYS, Simply Be USA will also be on hand to offer a sneak peak into their latest collections.

 

The event is open to the public so grab a few of your girls and be prepared to shop (and swap)  till you drop!

Details:

WHEN: 6-9PM Tuesday May 1, 2012

 

WHERE: Tammany Hall – 152 Orchard Street NY, NY 10002

 

WHY: Because fashion belongs to every*body* ™ – Fatshion Insider

 

RSVP:  info@fatshioninsider.com

 

 

 

Voluptuous Vixen- Curvy Girl Shopping in The French Quarter

Travel and regional retail therapy go hand in hand for me. Whenever I venture to another area, I want to get a feel for trends, beauty and hair looks that seem to be prevalent in other parts of the country.  On a recent trip to New Orleans I kept hearing about a store called Voluptuous Vixen, needless to say the name alone had me thoroughly intrigued. I logged into my places app and found my way to the store.  Located in the Chartres Street shopping area, I was enamored by the boutique the moment I crossed the threshold of the store and Heather, the beautifully dressed sales person only enhanced my experience.  

 Voluptuous Vixen is the brain child of Jaclyn McCabe who opened the store a little over 4 years ago after becoming a frustrated consumer trying to find stylish items beyond a size 12.   The store carries sizes 12-28 in a wide range of designers we know and love including David Meister, Adrianna Papell and one of my hands down curvy girl favorites- Monif C and features both jewelry and a cosmetic line Magnolia crafted from Crescent City locals.   The only thing that trumps the clothing selection is the beautiful range of bras that start at a 36D- and extend to JJ.

 The website is in the process of being upgraded and is set to launch with the option to make purchases later this month, however in the interim, you can visit their facebook page and call the store to make a purchase which they will happily ship to you.

 

Happy Shopping!

 

Here are the details:

Address 818 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 · Get Directions

Phone 504-529-3588

Website http://www.thevoluptuousvixen.com/  

Hours Mon – Thurs: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Gorgeous lingerie sizes 36D-JJ

 

a peek into the gorgeous clothes!

 

Jewelry crafted from local artists

 

 

 

 

 

Curvy Girl Shopping Swap

Shopping Swaps are the newest, recession friendly way to unload your own gently loved clothing in exchange for some new fabulousness. Essentially you will simply need to bring items from your own closet, in addition to paying a nominal fee. The rest is retail therapy at its finest!

Sweet Roll Entertainment will be hosting a Curvy Girl Fashion Swap in Brooklyn this month. Clothing sizes 10 and up will be exchanged.

Here are the details:

When: Tues. May 10, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Where: Night of the Cookers, 767 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY

Cost: A “sweet” $16 and 5 gently used stylish clothing items (accessories and shoes welcome)

Price includes food, gift bag, prizes, and unlimited swapping

You can buy tickets in advance: here

Style Item of the week- Hello Kitty Tee, Forever 21

I have an undeniable jones for both graphic tees and Hello Kitty. I have been in love with the ubiquitous kitty since I was a wee fashionista and for some reason, my love of her has not subsided. Rather than shun what is clearly an icon left over from my childhood, I embrace her and consider myself a Hello Kitty collector. With my love of Ms. Kitty truly being undeniable, imagine my delight when I happened across this delightful tee from Forever 21? An added bonus is the shirt is from the extended size collection so curvy fashionistas get your credit cards out!

Happy shopping,

GF
 
 

HUGE savings at Monif C!!!

Holiday shopping is in full swing and if you are like most overworked, super-fashionistas you are probably at the very bottom of your “to do” list. During this season, remember to focus not only on the true purpose of Christmas, but take a little time out for yourself.

Spend quiet time away from the rushed, frenzied and sheer madness that can be found in the malls and if part of your “me” time involves a bit of online retail therapy take the liberty of buying something fabulous for yourself.

What better place to get your holiday swag back then the fabulous Monif C? With a whopping $30 bucks off, (Enter 30Holidaygift at checkout) you can get the perfect dress to show off your curves at the next holiday celebration.

After all, you’re worth it…

GF



Monif C- New Boutique Open!

Monif C has long since been a favorite of curvy fashionistas everywhere. Her convertible Marilyn dress has reached iconic levels with its flattering shape and multiple ways to wear it this dress is a must! Well in celebration of her 5 years of fabulousness, including being named “Best Plus Size boutique” by City Search Monif C has relocated to new digs- the new boutique features the Marilyn dress as well as sophisticated and chic pieces for sizes 12-24 and a range of footwear in sizes 9-13.

I am absolutely in love with this new collection because the designer recognizes that curves should be embraced and celebrated and women who wear extended sizes want to be sexy and chic.

Here are some of my favorites from the fall collection:

Alexandra Draped Dress
Naomi
 
Nikita Leather dress w/ jersey panel

The Monif C. boutique, open Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm, Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 12pm-5pm, is located at 325 W. 38th St, Ste 207, New York, NY 10018. For more information call 212-842-1641 or visit www.monifc.com.

Also, take note if you are in the DC area Monif C will be hosting a shopping event on November 20th. Stay tuned for more details on that!

ShapeFX Swimwear

by Lisa
Though summer is winding down, and many fashionistas have begun to plan their fall wardrobes, beach and bathing suit season is still in full effect.

The ShapeFX brand offers body slimming pieces with a haute couture twist. This summer, the brand has paired with Carlos Falchi to bring you the Chi brand with chic swimwear to control tummy, hips, and breast.
Here’s a peek at the collection:

 
 
View the entire collection here

Style Item of the Week- Big Girl Cosmetics Diva Gloss


by Lisa

The GF firmly believes every woman should have signature pieces both in her wardrobe and as part of her makeup regime that make those who know and love her say, yes, that looks like YOU. I rarely cross the threshold of my front door without mascara, a little powder and my signature gloss – everyone who knows me well knows of my affinity for pink, almost nude lips that pop.

I am always on the hunt for the “perfect” glosses here are a few things I consider before making a purchase:

• No stickiness! I hate it when my hair gets stuck in my lips because of overly sticky lip-gloss formulas

• Moisturizing- I love a product that serves double duty- offering up a powerful punch of color, while keeping my lips kissable and soft

• Color- unfortunately, I am a creature of habit and I inevitably opt for a pink nude, or sheer brown hue. Though there are many options that fit these criteria, I’m always looking for something that adds a bit of sparkle to my sheer lips

Big Girl Cosmetics Diva gloss hits all of my criteria- Here’s a bit about the product from the site: Diva Gloss for the Diva in You! When only the best will pass the test. We’ve paired high shine and great shades to create the ultimate lip gloss. This is the ultra-brilliant formula that delivers transparent shine, sensuous shimmer, and sumptuous shades.

I received a sample of the Berry Diva and I absolutely fell in love… the Diva gloss is currently on sale for $10! Visit Big Girl Cosmetics to order yours today.

DC Shopping Event! Monif C.

by Lisa

Okay ladies, if you have been seriously wanting to try curvy fashionista designer Monif C’s gorgeous designs, but you’re reluctant to order from the web site, or you haven’t been able to make it to NYC, here’s your opportunity to check out the designer in DC!

Monif C will be hosting a shopping event on Saturday, May 22nd. You MUST RSVP to monif@monifc.com for location details.

Until then, check out the video of the Marilyn convertible dress.

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