Monif - 11.23.08

So I was at home last night minding my business when I got a text from Mia one of my models…

“Hey Mo, watching the AMA red carpet and most are wearing sequins n beading…its right on target w/what ur doing w/the party dresses!! Congrats!”

I wasn’t surprised, sequins are going to be everywhere this season and even going into the Spring…Although I’m not a big trend dresser, I know the trends given my business, but frankly I know like most people know that sequins are something that have been around forever and you can pull out a great sequins dress 5 years from now and wear it to a party and it will continue to look just as fresh and stylish.

I didn’t get a chance to check out the red carpet, I put on the TV just in time to see Beyonce “wuk up stink” (that’s good in case you don’t know) as my Bajan mother commented, but I did check out the red carpet pics after.

Pink was my favorite one of the night…but…

Monif C. “Olivia” Sequins Party Dress – Black/Dusty Purple

Monif C. “Olivia” Sequins Party Dress – Blue/Silver

I don’t know about you, but the thick girls look better in my opinion!

Monif - 11.20.08

So this past Sunday, Monif C. held a customer appreciation champagne luncheon for the 40 customers that are our biggest supporters. These women consistently support the Monif C. brand and some of them have more Monif C. clothing than me! It’s important to us to acknowledge and show our appreciation for those that help our little engine that could :-) , so we had a fantastic luncheon for them on Sunday.

The luncheon was catered by a fantastic caterer out of Pennsylvania (if you are looking for a fantastic caterer that specializes in Caribbean food, email me)…add in too much champagne (and a late run for Cranberry & Vodka), red velvet cake, and shopping, and what more can you ask for!

We were so happy with the turnout…many of our customers are not even in the New York area, but you all traveled to come lunch with me, so I appreciate that!

I would like to thank my father, Duane, Brandon, Rachel, and Doris (the A team) for coming in and getting everything together! Also, thanks to Tara Taylor, makeup, and David Paul, photographer.

For those that were invited and could not come, email me, I have a special gift for you…

In the meantime, check out some of my favorite pictures from the luncheon:

Preston Bailey, eat your heart out :-)

my expressions are a mess…

Hey Deb!

Brandon, you are really enjoying that food huh?

Lisa & Mia

Me in the “Malinda” Crystal Beaded Chiffon Dress – Dusty Purple and Shantell in the Nikki Little Leopard Dress…now those are some hot plus size dresses!

Red Velvet Cake – Thanks Make My Cake!

did everyone have enough food, drinks, and shopping??? say cheese!

Thanks to all the customers that came and couldn’t come, we appreciate you!

  • Marshan P, NYC
  • Concetta D, PA
  • Mrs. Coates, NYC
  • Shantell W, NJ
  • Christine C, NYC
  • Julie J, NYC
  • Patti G, NJ
  • Tanya B, NJ
  • Bahiya W, NYC
  • Nadra W, CA
  • Chiquita W, VA
  • Jamila W, NJ
  • Katrina D, NJ
  • Roxanne C, Bermuda
  • Cheryl O, NYC
  • Shanda F, NJ
  • Josu R, MA
  • Layne E, CA
  • Tricia C, NJ
  • Jazmine W, NJ
  • Adrienne N, NYC
  • Carmen M, CA
  • Jennifer P, TN
  • Sabrina T, NJ
  • Melanie C, MA
  • Iris C, NYC
  • Lisa S, NYC
  • Audrey S, NYC
  • Tamara W, Chicago

Click here for more pictures from the Luncheon!

Monif - 11.19.08

Let me tell you all a story about Honey. Honey is my first child, and she hails from good ole Astoria, Queens.

So this story starts with Rachel…

Rachel, my trusty assistant, calls me back in March 2008 and tells me that she’s taken in this stray cat that would be perfect for me… Rachel knew that at the time I lived alone and probably needed companionship. Although I was a bit weary about taking in a pet given my schedule, I couldn’t bear the idea of Rachel putting her back on the street, so I reluctantly said yes.

Now, I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, and wouldn’t you know that the day I took Honey in, my family’s cat Frisky that we had since I was 11 years old passed away…the same exact day…so I guess you could say Honey helped us all with the loss.

Honey circa March 2008…she had an attitude even back then…

So March becomes April, April becomes May, May becomes June…and one day I wake up to find this:

ummmm…the joke’s on me! the little harlot was preggers the whole time…hip hip hooray for me! I guess this is how mothers feel when their teenage daughter comes home and says they are pregnant…

So again in the spirit of everything happens for a reason, Honey (with my assistance) nursed and raised these kids for 10 weeks before we found homes for all 4…my parents got 2 of them and coworkers of Rachel’s, one with 2 kids, took the other 2. I was happy Honey could provide companions for more families. It was truly a blessing.

BUT NOW, this damn Honey is driving me UP A WALL…so she starts this little game called peeing-all-over-Monif’s-white-couch…I don’t know about her, but I am not enjoying this game. At first she actually was peeing on everything, the couch, dirty laundry, everything…After doing some research, I realized she is probably in heat because she hadn’t been spade since the kids were born. So I promptly took her for a visit to the snippy-snip doctor.

But NOW, she’s STILL peeing! I need help people…she doesn’t do it often, but once every 2 weeks, I find her “remnants” on my couch…no where else but the couch. So needless to say my white couch is toast…I am hoping someone reading this is a veterinarian or cat lover and can give me some advice…

Here she is after her trying to run away from my water spray bottle after her most recent incident…

I took a picture of the pee, but I don’t want to gross anyone out…I don’t know why i took it…maybe it’s cause when I put her out and the ASPCA comes back to arrest me, I’ll have proof in pictures……

But I need help people, i am at my wit’s end…can someone email me with some advice PLEASE… monif (at)… im desperate…

In the meantime, I’ll try my mother’s suggestion of turning over my couch, putting plastic bags all over it and lining it with orange peels (apparently they hate citris)…this should be fun, I feel like I’m doing a vampire ritual or something…

Monif - 11.17.08

Hey Everybody, we got an early shipment of the “Olivia” Sequins Party Dress in. If you are looking for that perfect holiday dress, you’ve found it.

Don’t wait! Stock is limited!

Click picture to purchase…

Pictures from this past weekend’s customer event are coming hopefully by tomorrow. Until then…adios!

Monif - 11.13.08

TGIF – Thank Goodness it’s Friday (for the uninitiated :-) )…I have a big Customer Appreciation event this weekend for our top customers, so I’ll have lots of pictures for you all next week.

In the meantime, did you know Monif C. can also be found on myspace, facebook, and twitter? I don’t know how I am going to keep up with all of this, but make sure you friend me on all those networks. The links are below. In the meantime, have a fantastic weekend, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…which doesn’t leave you with many restrictions, so go for it!

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Until Monday, be safe and be grateful!