Monif - 01.04.12

Happy New Year everyone!  I haven’t updated this blog in forever so I hope you guys don’t kill me!  Those who follow us on our Facebook fan page and on Twitter know that we update there often so Like us and Follow us!

Thank you to everyone that supports Monif C., we love all of our customers.

In the spirit of loving our fabulous customers, a few months back we did a photoshoot featuring 3 of our customers made over in some of our favorite holiday dresses.  We asked each lady to bring the outfit they wore last year for a holiday party, a hot date, and their birthday party just so you can see how a fab dress, some hair and makeup can really up your look!  So without further ado, here are the fab ladies!

 

Denise is a long time customer and with her tall frame and fabulous legs we decided to dress her in the “Miranda” Draped Jersey Gown in Emerald Green!

Check out her before and after

 

 

One of my fav new bloggers Jenna was also a part of this shoot and we remade her for a hot date.  

Check out her usual date outfit and her Monif C. makeover!

 

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Also check out her blog at: In-Between Fashion

 

And last but certainly not least is Danielle who was made over for her upcoming birthday party!

Check out her before and after

 

These ladies are fab and it just goes to show you that looking good can be easy if you start with the right dress.  Treat yourself ladies, you deserve it!

 

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Monif - 12.08.11

 

I am so excited to tell you guys about this fabulous collaboration!!  Our friends over at Indique Hair created a fantastic 10-piece clip in set.  Anyone who knows me k

nows how much I LOVE hair so when Indique contacted us to partner on this fabulous photoshoot to launch the Perfect 10, I was all in! We brought together 10 women, a fabulous mix of models, “real women”, reality stars, and forerunners in the entertainment industry to show the latest addition to the STUDIO Collection, Indique Hair Perfect 10: 10-piece clip in set and Monif C’s 2011 Holiday collection.  Check out the pictures below!

 

Porsche is wearing the “Samantha” Sequins Party Dress and Indique’s “Perfect 10 in Wavy, Chestnut”

Sabrina is wearing the “Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress and Indique’s “Perfect 10 in Wavy, Chestnut”

Tionna is wearing the “Charlotte” Velvet & Lace Boatneck Cocktail Dress and Indique’s “Perfect 10 in Relaxed Ebony”

Krista is wearing the “Carrie” Gold Metallic Ruffle Dress and Indique’s “Perfect 10 Wavy in Chocolate”

AmandaLisa is wearing the “Marilyn” Short Convertible Dress and Indique’s “Perfect 10 in Wavy, Chestnut”

Gabrielle is wearing the “Zoe” One Shoulder Charmeuse Dress and Indique’s “Perfect 10 in Wavy, Ebony”

Shanda is wearing the “Miranda” Draped Jersey Gown and Indique’s Perfect 10 in Wavy Natural (custom colored)

Chelsea is wearing the “Marilyn” Ruched Convertible Dress and Indique’s “Perfect 10 in Relaxed Natural”

Liris is wearing the “Marilyn” Ruched Convertible Dress in Peacock Blue and Indique’s “Perfect 10 in Wavy, Ebony”

Lauren is wearing the “Marilyn” Long Convertible Dress and Indique’s “Perfect 10 in Relaxed, Natural”

 

And Ericka Dotson, the CEO of Indique Hair and I even got to play a little bit :-) !

 

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Monif - 06.16.11

You are invited!  RSVP to monif@monifc.com to let me know you are coming!  Come shop with me at Essence Music Festival!

 

 

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Monif - 05.30.11

It has been a really long time since I updated this blog regularly and I am trying to get back into the swing of it.  Honestly the business is just moving so quickly with so many new opportunities and new store projects that I can hardly keep up.  I am working on hiring new people and expanding and the blog has been pushed to the side a bit.  I can’t promise that I will update everyday but I am going to start blogging more often so I hope you guys will read and comment!

Here are some long overdue shots of customers wearing a variety of items. I want to tell all of you to send me pictures/videos of yourself wearing Monif C. to info (at) monifc dot com.  If you are our fan on Facebook, you can tag us there also.  Go Here to like our fan page! 

On to the pics!

 

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Frenchie Davis of American Idol & NBC’s The Voice rocking the “Marilyn” Ruched Convertible Dress in Coral to Niecy Nash’s wedding!

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Found this FAB blogger that bought these items and blogged about them, check out Elise’s blog by clicking here!  

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Monif - 05.18.11

By now many of you have probably heard or read the devastating news that my friend and the face of Monif C. Plus Sizes, Supermodel Mia Amber Davis Yard, has passed away.  It has taken me a week to even try to write down my feelings about Mia because my heart is so heavy and I am overwhelmed with sadness.

Mia texted me on Sunday, Mother’s Day.  After my mom passed away a year and a half ago and Mia’s husband Mike’s dad passed about a year ago, Mia and I always made it a point to reach out to each other on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day no matter where we were. We texted back and forth about her time in Los Angeles, and the show she was producing, that she missed me, and that we may see each other in June. Two days later, Mia passed away.  

I met Mia back in 2005 within months of starting Monif C.  She modeled for me in a fashion show produced by Gwen Devoe called Dangerous Curves.  I was immediately struck by her confidence, beauty (Mia was beyond gorgeous), and just how sweet she was.  Only a few months later, my mom and I contacted her to shoot with us.  Those early days of shooting with Mia were a trip.  I remember the scene like it was yesterday…we used to shoot with Kristie Lee out in Westfield, Mia would do her own hair and I’d do her makeup (:side eye) and even if the shoot took 2 hours more than we allotted, Mia never complained…we’d leave the shoot, go get some pizza, laugh it up and go home.  

Many Monif C. fans know Mia as the face of Monif C….and she was.  Mia worked with us on numerous photoshoots and even when we decided to work with other models, somehow, someway, we always got back around to shooting with Mia.  Matter of fact, she and I were making plans to shoot the fall 2011 collection together when she got back from LA.  Where ever I go, people always tell me, you know that model on your website, she is stunning…or I buy anything Mia models…or it feels so good to see a woman that looks like me modeling your clothes.  In addition to being the face of Monif C., Mia became a champion for Monif C.  She did public relations for us in the early days, writing press releases, planning numerous Curvy Girls Night Outs, and whenever there was a casting or TV opportunity, Mia always called me to submit Monif C.  Mia is one of the most sincere, compassionate, loving people I know.  I remember her telling me stories of women coming up to her on the train and throughout NYC, and she always stopped and talked to them.  She even started her blog MiaAmber.com to provide tips to women on how to become a plus size model.

Throughout those years of shooting together, a true friendship developed.  Mia and I joined a fitness bootcamp together and after class would sometimes spend hours talking.  I worried about the future of Monif C. and many times wanted to close the business.  Mia would tell me, are you crazy?  What will all of us wear?  Mia would sometimes worry about her own future within this industry and even though she accomplished so much would often wonder what more she could do.  I was always pushing her telling her, women look up to you, you are an inspiration and doors will continue to open for you to shine your light.  I remember one night in Fort Greene Park breaking down and telling Mia that my mother had her second bout with breast cancer and really worrying about her future.  We prayed together and she told me everything was going to be alright.  Mia was always reassuring, loving, and loyal.  She had a way of making you feel alright even in tough situations.  

I always say that when someone comes into your life and leaves such an indelible mark, it’s because God is trying to show you how you can be a better person.  Mia’s life has encouraged me to be even more kind, loving, gracious, and encouraging. Mia will hopefully also be an inspiration to all women to follow your dreams.  Mia was steadfast in reaching for new goals and taking on new endeavors (tv producing, modeling for Kimora Lee Simmons, advocating for the plus size woman on CNN). I hope that this will show us all that we are never promised tomorrow so it is imperative that we reach for the stars and make each day count by following our purpose and passion.  

Mia was an angel on earth and now she’s an angel in heaven.  I love you Mia and miss you terribly.

I am asking anyone who loved, admired, or was inspired by Mia to support her family and funeral costs by donating to the Mia Amber Fund, click here to donate.

Here are a few pictures and video of my girl in action…one of the best to ever do it…

 

 

 

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