Monif - 05.19.09

So I’m back from Houston! I had an AMAZING time!!!! Thanks so much Nnete, owner of Strut Plus Size Boutique and 97.9 The Box Radio/TV Personality for inviting me and my buddy Gayla Bentley to do the trunk show. It was great meeting my Houston customers…this is going to be quick commentary because I am still recovering (those girls wore me out!), so enjoy the pics!

By the way, the Atlanta trunk show is scheduled for June 6th, you must RSVP to monif (at) to get the information so if you haven’t done so, I suggest you do so QUICKLY!

Rachel (Cha-cha), Monif, Gayla (Gigi)

“Nia” Silk Butterfly Dress – Pink

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – Teal

“Elaine” Ruffle Dress – Red

“Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress – Tangerine

“Liza” Beaded Silk Maxi Gown

“Nia” Silk Butterfly Dress – Blue Aztec

“Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress – Black

“Malinda” Silk Chiffon Dress

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – Teal

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – Fuchsia

“Elaine” Ruffle Dress – White, she was my dress twin for the day

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – Teal

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress Triplets

“Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress – Black

“Nia” Silk Butterfly Dress – Pink Paradise

“Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress – Tangerine

“Nelli” Ruched Dress – Blue

We’re ready for July 4th!

Me and my industry BFF, GB!

Nnete had a fashion show and this model came all the way from Mexico!

This customer is turning 40th (can you believe it?) and came for her birthday dress!

This customer is also turning 40, and this is her dress (if you are going to her party, act like you didn’t see this :-) )

Me and Nnete! Thanks for having me! If you are in the Houston area, visit her store in the Galleria, she’s got the Monif C. collection and lots of other goodies!

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Monif - 05.13.09

Customer Love for this week! I’m off to Houston on Saturday for our trunk show at the Strut Boutique at the Houston Galleria, hope to see you there, it’s going to be MAJOR! :-) Call Strut @ 713.621.4000 Oh, and we are going to do a shopping event in Atlanta on June 6th so email monif (at) with Atlanta Shopping Event in the Subject for more details!

“Elaine” Ruffle Dress – Red

“Nia” Butterfly Dress – Yellow Paisley

“Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress – Tangerine, Shante is wearing this for her rehearsal dinner for her wedding in Dominican Republic, send pictures Shante!

“Liza” Cobalt Blue Beaded Silk Maxi Gown- this dress is the dress in my opinion for a evening wedding, imagine it with beaded/rhinestone jewelry and some beautiful heels and a clutch! owww!

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – fuchsia

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – white

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – black

“Farrah” Silk Swirl Dress – Pink

“Nia” Silk Butterfly Dress – Pink Paradise

“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – Fuchsia

This is a long time Monif C. Customer Lala, poet and aspiring model, so she sent me pics of her new photoshoot in the “Nelli” Ruched Dress – Black


Talk to you next week with lots of pics from Houston!

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Monif - 05.11.09

So last Wednesday, Brandon, my preggers cousin Pamela, and I went to the Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale at the Warwick Hotel courtesy of one of my bestestestestest customers Steffany!

So the doors opened at 9am, but Steffany warned us to get there very early like 6am. I couldn’t find the strength to hustle myself out of bed that early, so I sent Brandon ahead of me to get a good position. Brandon got there about 7am and said there were about 30 women ahead of him so I already knew this sale wasn’t a joke.

Sooooooooooooo, fast forward to 9:30am when I show up, LOL, Brandon had the entire section of size 42s already sequestered and picked out 3 pairs that he knew I would love (I love my personal stylist/assistant/bestboyfriend).

Now, here’s the kicker, each pair of shoes cost ……………………………………….……………. wait for it ……………………………………………… $100 a pair. Um, yeah, no jokes, here’s a pic of the price list

Thank goodness I didn’t see any skins or boots I wanted, so I got a great deal on my 4 pairs.

Here are some more pics from the sample sale:

The madness! Oh, and I’m wearing one of the pairs I bought, black/white zebra print pumps

Shoes, glorious shoes!

Shoes make me happy

Another pair I bought, silver metallic leather pumps

Another pair, pink suede kitten heels, I got these for myself and bought my sister a matching red pair

Don’t these remind of you Jay-Z & Beyonce “03 Bonnie & Clyde” video?

Pamela, 9 months pregnant but still buying shoes and me with our damages

Till next time

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Monif - 05.07.09


DC was a whirlwind! The Monif C. Private Shopping Event in DC was amazing! Rachel, Aisha (my best friend of 10 years), and I loaded up the trunk and sach-sayed our way down to DC for the weekend. It was so great to meet Monif C. customers who were so sweet and it truly was a great Saturday for all. We were only supposed to have 50 customers but about 95 customers showed up AND stayed until 9pm…we literally had to KICK girls out! But it was alot of fun, and we are so grateful for the support!

There are tons of pics below including pictures of some new styles that the DC girls got to preview first (don’t be jealous…), so check them out.

Next stops on the Monif C. Private Shopping tour are Houston May 16th at Strut Boutique in the Galleria, call Strut at 713.621.4000 for details! I’ll also be in Atlanta soon after! Look out for that info…

Also, I am thinking of doing an event in Chicago…what do you all think? Midwest curvy girls, let me know if we should come, email me at monif (at)

Here are the pics!

Marilyn Convertible Dress – Tangerine

“Elaine” Ruffle Sleeve Dress – Red

“Nia” Silk Butterfly – Yellow

“Marilyn” Convertible Dresses

“Nia” Silk Butterfly Dresses and Convertible Dresses

“Dazzling” Silk Maxi Gown

This customer had a Monif C. dress from maybe 2 years ago VINTAGE!!!

“Elaine” Ruffle Sleeve Dress – Red

“Nelli” Ruched Dress – Black

“Sunner” Colorblock Dress – Orange – we’re bringing it back!!!

This shot feels like a CD cover for a girl group, all “Marilyn” Convertible Dresses!

“Sunner” Colorblock Maxi Dress – Blue Multi

This is the new “Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress in the fuchsia color.

My FAVORITE gown this season, the new “Liza” Cobalt Blue Beaded Silk Maxi Gown

“Nelli” Ruched Dress – Black

this red is just so beautiful in the “Elaine” Ruffle Dress!

“Nelli” Ruched Dress – Blue

“Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress – Tangerine, just so you all know the tangerine has now sold out twice and we are waiting on the next shipment…can’t keep these in stock, so I suggest you order quickly!
“Marilyn” Convertible Dress – Black wrapped as a top

pretending I’m working

“Nia” Silk Butterfly – Blue Aztec

“Sunner” Colorblock Maxi – Orange Multi

“Farrah” Swirl Dress w/Crystal Beading

Aisha in the “Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress – Tangerine

Short White Marilyn Convertible & Long Tangerine Marilyn Convertible

“Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress – Black; I don’t know how the heck Rachel and Aisha wrapped this one

Rachel channeling Cher

The beautiful Fennimas jewelry we had at the event! Rachel the designer! If you see anything you like, call us 212.842.1641 we can ship to you!

Aisha exhausted…

My bed that I crashed in even before the last customer left

Rachel clowning as usual

Aisha leaves you with this artsy photo that I am sure you are dying to download, print, and post on your wall…thank me later.

Oh, and don’t mind the lighting on the sequins dress, it’s much brighter, it’s just hard to shoot sequins… Until next time…

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Monif - 04.28.09

I often get asked about how I started Monif C. and thoughts on how to start a business and the notion of success. I think about a quote I read somewhere years ago, “The difference between success and mediocrity is all in the way you think”…I think this quote was by Dean Francis. I truly believe that your thoughts are a big driving force behind who is successful and who isn’t.

In that vain, I wanted to share with my lovelies some great books that have helped me to “focus” my thoughts throughout the years:

Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill

Ask and It Is Given, Learning to Manifest Your Desires – Esther and Jerry Hicks

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

Conversations with God – Neale Donald Walsch

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