Monif - 11.09.08

So this past weekend, I celebrated my anniversary with ball-n-chain…we’re not married yet, but one day he’ll have the pleasure of being tortured on a daily basis by me :-) . So…I wanted to show you all how I go from frumpy to fab for a date like this.

Most people think that because I am a fashion designer, I look fabulous all the time. My team at the office know that is far from the truth. Sure there are things I will and won’t do…I never wear sneakers, I am always wearing a dress even if it’s over leggings, and I always have on some over-the-top earrings, but I seldom wear makeup and sometimes I’ll wear that dress with a pair of Ugg boots. I need my comfort you know…I mean, I’m always on the move! BUT when it’s time to dress up, I DRESS UP…I absolutely love getting glammed up, I just wish I had more time to do it.

So here I am to show you all my before and afters so you can see it’s not hard for you to get glamorous also.

So here’s how I looked when I came to the office on Friday:

I know…ROUGH… I could say we had a very large shipment that went out that day which kept me in the factory all day and blah, blah, but even I’ll admit it, I look rough… i still see some glimmer of fashion sense, Marilyn Convertible Dress – Mustard wrapped as a top, Tory Burch flats…but I knew I was getting dolled up later, so I didn’t put in much more effort than that.

So…let’s get the AFTER picture…drumroll please….


HOT Mama! If I can say so myself…

So how did I do it?

It really didn’t take much…

  • Curling iron
  • Spanx – Higher Powers…imagine a biking short that comes to up under your bra. that’s the higher powers…they basically smooth over the bumps and the lumps…you can call the NYC store to order.

  • Fierce Makeup (thank you Tara Taylor!)
  • Gold Sandals, I think mine are from BCBG…they are like 3 seasons old, so I’m not 100% sure, but here’s a cute pair you could try:

  • Jewelry, the bigger the better to me…in our New York plus size boutique, we have jewelry by 2 great jewelry designers: Amazon Barbi & Divine Sugar…they do all of our jewelry for our photo shoots and runway shows like Rip the Runway…although we don’t sell them on our site at this time, you can always shop it in the store or if you are looking for something specific to match a dress you are ordering, just call us and we’ll email you some photos of stuff we have and you can order over the phone.
  • And the piece de resistance:

The “Marilyn” Convertible Dress in Red…I simply wrapped it as a dress…now I have big boobs as you can all see, so when I wrap mine, I turn the dress around with the straps in the back and bring them over my head…that way, the back is already closed up and I just wrap the fabric around my boobs…

So that’s it…as you can see with a beautiful dress, a good curling iron, heels, and some makeup, you can change the way you look also…and with the holidays coming, it’s the perfect time to go from frumpy to fab!

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Monif - 11.05.08

So, my bestie in the plus size industry is fellow designer Gayla Bentley…Gayla has a great sophisticated line with lots of beautifully tailored jackets and dresses and she loves ruffles and RED…her signature is red lips, and every time I see her she’s got red lipstick on…

So Gayla, who’s based out of Houston, comes in twice a year and we always get together for food (gotta have food), champagne, lots of girl talk, and sometimes depending on what’s going on with our businesses some tequila and vodka shots…Yesterday we had lunch and as usual it’s just great to get together with her and share ideas and contacts and talk about fun stuff like men and jewelry. She always has ChaCha AKA her assistant Rachael with her and this time I had my ball-n-chain, with me.

We enjoyed chinese food and 4 or 5 1 or 2 Mai Tai’s…yes it was only 1pm, but it’s gotta be happy hour somewhere. Gayla, Safe Travels back home, love you hun!

Here some flicks…

Me, Gayla, and Rachael

Me and ball-n-chain

Ball-n-chain, Gayla, and I

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Monif - 11.04.08

I’m not a political blogger and I don’t know all the nuances of politics, nor am I the best writer, but I just had to drop a quick note because of the awesomeness of this moment in time.

Whatever your party affiliation, color, religion, or political views, this moment we are all watching is truly a great moment for American history. The inspiration, energy, and love that is being felt not just in America but worldwide will do so much to stifle the anonymosity and dissension that we have felt in this country and abroad for many years now and I hope we will all do our part to really see the promise of this great land the Creator blessed us with.

I’m still crying from last night, but they are indeed tears of joy!

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Monif - 11.04.08

It’s here! The new Dazzle – Holiday 2008 Collection of plus size dresses is here! Don’t wait to order, we are EXTREMELY limited on every style. Please heed my warning, we did not make as many pieces per style this season for a number of reasons, but mostly because we decided to just come out with a Holiday collection this year rather than a Fall & Holiday collection. For that reason, were we would usually make 400 pieces of a style, we made 100 or 200 depending on what it is. We always get calls asking for styles and we have to tell people they are sold out…don’t be left out this year!

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, hop to it :-) !

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Monif - 11.03.08

So I’ve been working with my web master on getting the new styles up for the last 6 hours straight…needless to say, I’m exhausted. I haven’t even been able to send out the email blast yet OR put the new front page up, and we already have Holiday orders! You guys sure are fast….

Today is going to be a whirlwind today, between driving an hour to go vote with my mom back in my old town to getting the new email blast out, to fitting the new Spring 2009 styles (yup Spring!), and going to 3 election night parties, I don’t know how I’ll be standing tomorrow…I’ll be sure to share pictures and everything tomorrow with you all.

In the meantime, check out the New Dazzle Collection for truly beautiful plus size dresses for Holiday 2008 and MAKE SURE YOU VOTE! And go get your Ben & Jerry’s today for voting…I mean, what more do you need to push you to go vote today but icecream…it’s a win, win!

Oh, and PS., for those emailing saying they can’t comment on the blog, we are working on that issue, give us a few days.

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