Monif - 10.29.09

On the Monif C. Plus Sizes Facebook page, we are running a contest where one facebook fan can win a free “Marilyn” short Convertible Dress in your choice of current colors when we reach 2500 friends!  So yesterday we reached 2500, so the winner is…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………




drum roll please…







Tameka Harper of New York!  Tameka, email us at info at monifc dot com and we will get you hooked up with your dress!  We will be running more contests in the future, so keep checking back.  Another Facebook fan contest coming soon.  If you still aren’t a fan of Monif C. on facebook, click here to fan us!

Monif - 10.28.09

Halloween’s right around the corner and although I don’t really go all out for Halloween, one thing I do indulge in this time of year is candy corn!  Candy corn is the best thing about Halloween to me :-) .  So I found this really cool recipe for homemade candy corn and wanted to share

it with you.  When I get back from my vacation in Barbados (hate on me hater :-) ), I’m definitely going to try it to see if it’s any good.  If you try it, leave a comment in the comments section about how it tastes! 

Recipe and pics from Serious Eats

Homemade Candy Corn

- makes about one pound of candy corn -


1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup salted butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
red and yellow food coloring


1. In a medium sized bowl, combine the sifted confectioners’ sugar and powdered milk. Set to the side.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Once it reaches the boiling point, reduce heat to medium and continue stirring for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the vanilla extract and remove from heat.

3. Add the confectioners’ sugar and powdered milk mixture to the wet ingredients; stir well until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated and smooth.

4. Let the dough cool until it is firm enough to handle, about 30 minutes to an hour (I just let it cool in the saucepan).

5. Divide the dough into three equal parts and set each third into a separate bowl. Add 2 to 3 drops of yellow food coloring to one dish, one drop of red and two drops of yellow to another dish, and leave the remaining dish uncolored. Knead the dough to which you have added food coloring until the color is even (you may want to use gloves to ensure that you don’t stain yourself). If the dough is feeling very soft or sticky, you may want to chill the dough for about 20 minutes in the refrigerator before proceeding with the next steps.


6. On top of a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper, use your hands to roll each color of dough into a long, slender rope. You can roll it out to your desired thickness: for larger candies, make each rope thicker; for smaller candies, make each rope thinner.

7. Line the three ropes of dough together: white, orange, and yellow. To ensure that they will stick together, lay a piece of waxed paper on top and give them a very gentle rolling with a rolling pin. You just want to adhere them, not to flatten them.

8. Using a very sharp knife, cut the dough into triangles. Keep a damp cloth nearby so that you can wipe off the knife if it begins to get a candy residue. This method will result in half a batch of traditionally colored candy corn and half a batch with yellow tips (it’s OK—they taste the same). Let the finished kernels sit for an hour or two (do not stack them on top of one another as they will stick together!) to become firm.



Monif - 10.27.09

So I want to try this new thing where we do videos to show you different ways to wear some of your favorite Monif C. items.  I had 2 customers with 2 different body types, Rocky (hourglass, proportional), Kate (straight through hips, busty) to show different ways to make the “Charlie” Jumpsuit work for you.  UNFORTUNATELY though, the video camera that we used decided it didn’t want to cooperate, soooooooooooo, we don’t have the video BUT I do have 3 pics for you to see 2 simple ways we worked the jumpsuit.  I’ll have more pics to come, but wanted those that are interested in the jumpsuit to see that no matter if you are busty, hippy, or in between, you can make this jumpsuit work for you.

So Kate as I mentioned is straight through the hips, busty, some tummy (just like me :-) ), and I think the jumpsuit just by itself works well.  Here she wore another belt she had and some heels (these shoes wouldn’t be my first choice, but it’s what we had in the showroom, so don’t shoot us)


But then we added a cute leather jacket, and I think this brings the look together.  The jacket has curved seams, so it comes in at the waist and flares out a little bit at the hips creating an illusion of a more balanced hip.  It also tones down the bustyness (is that a word?) so everything is more balanced.

This last look is simple, Rocky our more hourglass customer just wears the jumpsuit as is with the tie belt that comes with it, a clutch and a pair of gold heels.  I love this look because it’s effortless style, effortlessly chic.  It doesn’t look like you tried to hard. 

More customer pics to come!

Monif - 10.26.09

So I met Hillerie back in March at my Las Vegas Shopping Event…After a little girl talk about clothes and Louboutin shoes, Hillerie mentioned to me how excited she was about her upcoming wedding and interest in using the “Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress for her bridesmaids dresses.  She thought it would work well because it fits all sizes and would work for her smaller bridesmaids and curvier ones.  She also had this great idea of a modern chic black and white wedding. 

Fast forward 8 months later and today she emailed me pics of the wedding.  I love the black and white theme, not traditional and stuffy, it’s very very modern!  It looked like a really beautiful ceremony and I LOVE Hillerie’s dress.

Congrats to Hillerie and John!

Monif - 10.23.09

I need this today…my girl Tina…a cobalt blue see-through dress with tassels…OMG! who can do it better than this?