So I’m back from Bermuda…I’ve officially falling in love with a new island. I thought Barbados was beautiful (which it is), but Bermuda is amazing!!! And to think I get to go to Bermuda twice this summer because we’ll be returning in August for the Monif C. Curvy Girls At Sea cruis
e. By the way, there are still spots available for the cruise, so if you decided “dang-nagbit I deserve a vacation this summer!”, you can still join us, click here for details!
So for those that don’t know, I was invited to Bermuda to be the featured plus size clothing designer for the Duchess and Dukes Fashion Show produced by AB Dolce Productions. I want to thank Amon Butler and his team Kevin, Joyanne, Olivia, Dean, and everyone else for making me feel at home and giving me the VIP treatment! Here’s a few pics from Bermuda, I’ll be adding fashion show pics in the next post.
The team put my up at the Fairmount Southampton Princess hotel which was BEAUTIFUL!
I grab a pic of the Barbados flag whereever I see it!
My hotel room
Room Service! Yum, yum, goody goody…
The team went out to dinner at the Pickled Onion later that evening
This chicken pasta was so good!
They had a great band at the Pickled Onion and I just had to get a picture because at one point they did Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” and the guy even rapped the Jay-Z part!!! They were so good!
Amon the fashion show producer and Miss Thang, radio personality at Hott 107.5. She actually interviewed us on air prior to dinner, but I forgot to take pics in studio. Montell Jordan (“this is how we do it…”) was in studio also but I forgot to take a pic of him also…I really need to do better on my picture game.
Me and Dean Parris Runway coach extraordinaire!
The guys behind Jeantrix clothing based in Philly!
Kevin from the production team
Inside Pickled Onion
So fast forward to Sunday and we all decided to have brunch in the hotel. The guys from Philly were leaving (I got to stay longer, more on that below), so we all got together a last time.
These waffles were so damn good
This is my girl Roxanne, friend and one of my best customers, who lives in Bermuda looking FABULOUS in her Nia Pink Butterfly dress. This business has been a blessing in many ways and has brought people into my life that I have also built friendships with. Roxanne is one of them, AND she was sweet enough to let me extend my trip and stay in her home after the fashion show for 2 days. I got the chance to explore the island, hang on the beach, and hang out with her son Riley.
Here are some of my sight seeing pics:
This is the view from Roxanne’s porch…OMFG!!!
Beach Time! I am such a water baby, I could live on the beach.
Pics from the fashion show coming up next!
Love should be fun! This video put such a smile on my face! Love it!
So I have a confession to make…I like exercise, I even sometimes love it…I know society and the media would have you believe that plus size
women aren’t active, but you and I know that isn’t true. As with everything in life, there are different strokes for all different folks. So as I keep expanding this blog to showcase a variety of things, I decided to create a plus size and fit section for the blog.
Now, I actually told someone this recently and his remark was, how can you be a plus size designer if you lose weight??….All I could give him was a :blank stare: for his ignorance…oh bless his heart. Working out and getting in shape for me is nothing about losing a particular amount of lbs or fitting into some mold, it’s about moving my body and having more energy to keep up with my hectic schedule. What alot of people don’t know about me is I’ve actually always been a very active person, having thrown shot put in high school, being co-captain of my high school track team, and placing in the state championships (pat on the back for me ). AND one of my favorite things to do in my spare time is boxing, I actually belong to 2 boxing gyms, and my type A personality loves hitting the bags to release stress. Oh and guess what, I’ve done ALL of this and have ALWAYS been over 200 lbs. That’s my reality, and I’m happy with that.
The Plus Size & Fit blog will be about me blogging over the next year doing different physical activities including bootcamp, pole dancing (aka skrippa dancing) classes, belly dancing classes, trapeze jumping (A CRAP LOAD OF FUN), wall climbing, etc. And guess what, there will be opportunities for you to get in shape with me! I would love to have a bunch of you all come with me and have like a big Monif C. group to take on these activities. I am also working out special Monif C. customer discounts so you can come work out with me. And I have one for you below today!
SO for today’s installment of Plus Size and Fit, I present to you:
Aja Davis Bootcamp in Brooklyn, NY – Fort Greene Park
So let me give you some background…one day Mia (one of my fabu plus size models) and I are on a shoot and she starts telling me about a new fitness bootcamp she joined in Brooklyn. She apparently heard about it from Erica Watson (fabulous curvy comedienne) and decided to give it a try. The bootcamp meets 4 times a week (T – Fri) for an hour and 15 minutes in Fort Greene Park for 4 weeks. Not only did Mia look different, her energy was up and it looked to be doing wonders for her. I love trying new things so I mentioned to her I would love to try it out. Plus the bootcamp craze has been really big these days so I thought it would be a good way to jumpstart my fitness pledge!
Aja Davis is a personal trainer based out of Brooklyn and is NO joke, don’t let the angelic face fool you! I jumped in hook line and sinker and enrolled in her latest 4 week session. Aja takes it back old school to get you in shape, jumping jacks, push ups, crunches, squats. We even played tag one day which had us running around for about 1/2 hour non-stop. Aja is tough and will make you push yourself, but you won’t get yelled at like a drill sergeant.
Aja is offering a discounted rate for a 4 week bootcamp of $199 for Monif C. customers. Check out her website at http://www.ajadavis.com to sign up today. Come work out with me, I’ll probably take her bootcamp for the next 2 sessions going into September, so I would love to work out with you. Be sure to tell Aja I sent you so you can get the discount. If you want any additional information from me, email me info (at) monifc.com and put Bootcamp in subject.
Here are some pics from week 2 of the bootcamp! I’ll be doing a video blog next week so you can see the workout in action!
Sign up today, can’t wait to see you!
I love that it’s a small group and everybody’s a cute curvy girl!
There’s the teacher’s pet Mia
Me with my Club Cushions tee (thanks Tondalaya!)
Don’t forget if you have any questions, email me info (at) monifc.com with Bootcamp in the subject! Hope to see you @ bootcamp!
I am so honored to have been asked to participate in the Duchess & Dukes of the Runway fashion show this Saturday at the Fairmont Southampton Princess in Bermuda! A little sun, a little beach, a little work…I can’t wait!!! If you are in Bermuda, please come by to experience a fantastic fashion show!
See you there!
For our Vancouver customers!
DuJour Boutique, http://www.iwantdujour.com, carries the Monif C. line in Vancouver Canada and Klay the owner recently sent us these pictures of the convertible dress promotion in their store.
If you are in Vancouver, be sure to go check out his store:
628 Abbott Street, Vancouver, BC
Klay told me his mannequin is called Anna Nicole, LOL…shouldn’t she be blond then?