Designer’s Spotlight: Monif C

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I had a ball working as one of the models for Monif C’s #MyBeachIsBetter swimsuit press event! I got to catch up with some of my fellow plus models and plus fashion media friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. There was a set up beach equipped with sand, beach chairs, and all for the models. Others stood on pedestals like beautiful statues. They had slushy drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres like you were at a exclusive beach party. Her new swimsuit collection is full of bold colors and fun patterns. You will be a show stopper when you hit the beach in these pieces! Monif definitely has stepped it up for the curvy girl who isn’t afraid to show off her curves on the beach.

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Photo Credits: @plusmodjeannief, @everythingcurvyandchic, @popupplusny, @jezrammodel, @modelchristinamendez, @thickgrlscloset3, @charreah, @plusmodelmag

Friday Favorites

I wanted to share some of my favorites things from this week.

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 C & T Shoe Bar

London Trash Phoenix

From following SWV songstress Coko on Instagram, I noticed her shoe boutique she owns C & T Shoe Bar. These fabulous London Trash Phoenix are a perfect spring shoe staple. The shoe goes up to a size 11.

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Beyonce Feyonce

This sweatshirt combines my love for Beyonce and marriage! Hopefully I’ll rock it soon with a rock on my left hand or I can rock it as a prophecy lol. Check out their store for other cute tops.

Velvet Caviar

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While scrolling on Instagram I ran across some dope phone cases. I went to the site and there is a nice selection on phone cases and jewelry.

Jourdan Dunn is Maybelline’s Newest Spokesmodel

I love while in London in February, you couldn’t go anywhere and not see the British Supermodel Jourdan Dunn.From the “Yonce” video to every store window there H&M to Top Shop. The stunner has been named the newest spokeswoman for Maybelline New York.

“Jourdan’s look, style and positive energy are perfect for the Maybelline New York brand,” said Jerome Bruhat, global brand president of Maybelline New York, as reported by Vogue UK.

Drake for Ken

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15-year-old Kennedy Brown was unable to finish the school year at Houston’s Carnegie Vanguard High School due to a terminal brain tumor.  Her classmates surprised her with setting up a campaign to make sure that she didn’t miss out on any major school events. They threw her and early prom and crowned her prom queen. Kennedy favorite rapper is drake and her classmates  started the hashtag on social media #DrakeForKen. Drake’s camp found out about it and made it happen. I love feel good stories.

 

Wednesday Wrap Up

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Iman Shumpert Crazy Crossover

Nets forward Paul Pierce was hit with a tough crossover Tuesday night Nets vs. Knicks. Knicks shooting guard  Iman Shumpert gave Paul Pierce the business with this move:

Serena Williams Graces The Cover Fitness May Issue

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Serena talks about treating her body right and eating healthy. She also open ups about insecurities.

When I was young I thought I should be built more like an athlete — long and lean — not with a womanly figure. But then people my age started coming up to me, saying, ‘I love you because of the way you look.’ They could relate to me. That was really motivating. So I learned to be proud of my curves and to embrace my large boobs and my butt. It’s all about loving who you are and realizing that you’re beautiful.

Her Fitness issue when it hits newsstands on April 22.

Jay-Z News

I’m a Bey stan & Jay Z is my favorite rapper so imagine how happy I was when I heard this news today! All over social meda is that Jay-Z and Beyonce will be doing The Mr. and Mrs. Carter world show tour this summer. 20-stadium tour across the U.S. beginning in June. My fingers are crossed that I can make the NY show.

In more Jay-Z news…. Mr. Carter and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that this year’s Budweiser Made in America festival will take place in Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia. No announcement about who will play on this year’s lineup. Presale tickets are available for Philadelphia.

 

 

 

 

Model Mondays: Jenny Packham Uses Plus Size Models at NYBFW

Jenny Packham 2015 NYBFW

Over the weekend I was scrolling through Instagram and I noticed Marie Claire posting pictures from New York Bridal Fashion Week (NYBFW). What stood out the most to me was the beautiful, Jenny Packham 2015 Bridal collection. I was so happy to see plus size models Marquita Pring and Ashley Graham walking the runway. Marquita opened the show in a stunning embroidered floor-length gown. Ashley closed the show with an elegant floor-length flowy gown.

To see the full video Jenny Packham’s runway show site, click here.

To see the full Jenny Packham 2015 Bridal Collection, click here.

Photo Credit: Robert Mitra

Friday Favorites

I wanted to share some of my favorites things from this week.

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Oprah

Oprah just gets better with age! Here she is 60 years old and slaying the May’s cover of O Magazine. She is definitely on her #HealthyCurves movement too. I’m a proud subscriber to her magazine and I can’t wait to attend her The Life You Want Weekend Tour when it hits DC.

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones is a woman I know and admire. She is co-founder of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), an award winning political strategist (Obama Administration & Campaign), and lifestyle expert. She is a woman of many hats and now she will be adding author to her impressive achievements.  Her book “The GirlPrint” will be available June 3, 2014. You can pre-order now from Amazon.

The Crystal Cult

The Crystal Cult is a designer I found while scrolling on Instagram. If you follow me on there, you know I love some sunglasses. Founded by actress Olivia Alexander, The Crystal Cult is a growing Los Angeles brand that specializes in genuine Swarovski eyewear and much more. Prices range from $34 – $110.

Beautiful Textures

Tangle Taming Shampoo

Even though I rock my weaves for work, I am #TeamNatural underneath! I went to a 135th St agency event and got Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo in a gift bag. I tried it this week and loved it. It left my hair soft, more manageable, clean & smelling good. I strongly suggest it. Check out Beautiful Textures products for your natural hair. You will be amazed how you can have straight hair without getting a relaxer.

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Core DeJour is an artist/designer I found via a friend’s sweatshirt that I fell in love with this past weekend. They have affordable hot tees and sweatshirts with iconic photos and sayings. I have to get their Wesley Snipes/New Jack City sweatshirt. It goes hard!

Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy Achieves 100% College Acceptance

Urban Prep Academies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates a network of all-boys public schools including the country’s first charter high school for boys.

240 seniors at Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy have been accepted at four-year colleges or universities this fall. It’s the fifth year in a row the school has achieved exemplify excellence. On Tuesday the seniors celebrated at a school ceremony where they traded their red uniform ties for a red and gold striped tie which is a representation of their new triumph.

Image: Urban Prep Academy

Big Sean Officially Calls Off His Engagement

Big Sean has released a statement confirming that his engagement to actress/singer Naya Rivera has been called off, according to US Weekly.

“After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off,” the statement reads. “The recent rumors and accusations reported by so called or fake sources are simply untrue. Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter.”

RIP Ultimate Warrior

The WWE lost a true legend. The Ultimate Warrior, one of the leading stars in professional wrestling history died Tuesday. It’s crazy because he was just inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He was 54 years old.
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” he said. “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior,” he told a New Orleans crowd at Monday night’s Raw. 

My father and I watched WWF every Saturday. It was our father and daughter ritual. Today in honor of, go be the ULTIMATE WARRIOR of your LIFE! Be courageous, fight for what you believe in and do things to leave a legacy!