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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Monif - 11.02.08

So everyone’s been wondering for a few week’s now, where’s the new holiday collection????? Well look no further, it’s here! The new collection will be up on the site within the next 2-3 days, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some behind the scenes shots from the photoshoot that took plac

e just yesterday. Oh and FYI, I am warning you all, when the new collection hits, ACT QUICKLY, we are making a limited number of each style and these styles will NOT be rerun…comprende? will NOT be rerun so don’t call asking when they sell out :-) …when they are gone, THEY ARE GONE. Especially the beloved Convertible Dress, in black alone we will usually make and sell about 400 black ones, but this season we are ONLY making 200 and preorders already total 129…in other words, get in where you fit in….matter of fact, just go to the site and preorder it NOW…

So on to the photoshoot…

Brandon and Rachel prepping the clothing…

Rachel couldn’t believe I only had three dresses for her to hand sew and prep for the shoot, usually some pieces are only half way made and I expect her to create miracles to finish the pieces RIGHT at the photoshoot…

Plastic hangers Brandon? They’re easier to pack than wood hangers Monif… Oh sorry.

Oh shoes, glorious shoes!

WHAT in the world are these ball breakers shoes?

Yup, Rachel’s still slaving sewing away!

Tara Taylor – makeup, Mia – model, Krista – Photog, Lars – lighting, computer, plant god, Krista & Lars – Newlyweds

in the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight….A-weema-weh A-weema-weh A-weema-weh

Oh, that’s better…

We feed our makeup artists with donuts, not money…

Um, when are we going to start people?

Oh good, the first shot…looking good Mia!

Rachel & I behind you adieu…well so long for now…

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