Sean Anthony Designs – “It’s All About the City” Fall Fashion Showcase

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Sean Anthony Designs unveiled their F/W 2014 collection on April 11th at their fashion show, “It’s All About the City”. At the Top of the Tower, the view of the cityscape was amazing and the perfect backdrop for the showcase. I was excited to be one of the models. I have been working with Sean Anthony since I first started modeling and it is always a pleasure. The collection features pops of color and bold prints.

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Photo Credit: Jamal Stovall

I got to work with some amazing models, Vicky Poole, Barrett Rosser, Brittnie Scurry, Courtney Mills, Faye Wooten, Domonique Revere, Nadine Florent, Angela Perymon, and Angie de Milo. Our hair and makeup was done by the lovely team at I Say Yes Salon & Spa. We were styled by the uber talented Corrinn Chishimba of Beauty Box Style. Needless to say I had so much fun! My husband and daughter came out to support me. Some of my favorite industry people were in the building too, Yve Edmond from Plus Model Magazine, Chanea Davis from BellaNOR Boutique, Limarie Lewis from Daily Venus Diva Magazine, Zakiyah Caldwell for POSE Magazine, Allison McGevna of Inside Allie’s World, Georgette Niles of Grown and Curvy Woman, and the list goes on!

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(From L to R)
Yve Edmond, Allison McGevna, Angie de Milo, Limarie Lewis, Jayla Stovall, Colleen Stovall

Only 25 of the bomber jackets will be manufactured! This extremely limited quantity is available for pre order starting Friday, April 17th. Only 30 of the printed circle skirts will be made! So don’t wait until the last minute to place your orders! The rest of the collection will be available at the end of April.

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Visit Sean Anthony Designs at www.seananthonydesigns.com
On Facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/SeanAnthonyDesigns
On Twitter at, https://twitter.com/saDesigns
On Instagram at, http://instagram.com/seananthonydesigns

Event Recap – Spring Fling at BellaNOR Boutique

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On Saturday, March 15th, BellaNOR Boutique gave onlookers a taste of spring! The latest spring fashions were showcased featuring looks from BellaNOR & local designer ChaCha N’Kole.

Models Yve Edmond, Quita Bishop, Daffodale Smith, and myself wore amazing outfits to show those in attendance that you can be ahead of the latest trends for spring. Makeup artist, Staci Hardy made sure we all looked amazing and showed off with vibrant colors to show some spring trends for makeup.

We had a good time and a great turn out. Special guests included Patty Jackson from WDAS, Rick Jones from RJones Photography, Plus Gorjus from Petite Plus Models, Georgette Niles from Grown and Curvy Woman, Zakiyah Caldwell from The PhotoSalon and the list goes on!

Did you miss the event? ChaCha will be back for a trunk show at BellaNOR on Saturday, April 12th so make sure to save the date!

What was your favorite look?

Face of Full Figured Fashion Week Cover Model Search

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I entered the Cover Model Search for the Face of Full Figured Fashion Week 2014. I am excited about the opportunity. I know I am ready to take on the responsibility.

Before being a model at FFFWeek, I was a fan. My first time attending was in 2012 and I was so impressed. It was literally like a curvy family reunion. On top of that, the runway show was amazing. The best by far the plus size community has. I had such a great time. In 2013, I was blessed to be selected as a model. The experience was nothing short of what I imagined and I loved every minute. This year I hope to return as The Face.

The picture I selected, is one that I feel reflects the polished brand that Full Figured Fashion Week has established. The photographer is one of the best in the plus industry, Rick Jones. The makeup was done by one of the best artists in Philadelphia, Staci Hardy. I definitely think my beauty shines through in this picture and I hope the judging panel feels the same way.

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Photo: R. Jones Photography
Makeup: Staci Hardy

Check out my video and let me know your thoughts. You can see all the contestants and their submissions on the Full Figured Fashion Week website.

Thanks to my friends, Staci and Angie that helped me with taping; BellaNOR Boutique for the fab dress; and to all those that encouraged me to apply.

BellaNOR Boutique featured on CBS Talk Philly

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I had the pleasure of working with my client BellaNOR Boutique today on CBS Talk Philly. The owner, Chanea Davis passionately spoke about fashion tips for plus size women, spring fashion trends, and her upcoming Spring Fling event taking place this Saturday.

 

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Owner of BellaNOR Boutique, Chanea Davis, Models, Angie deMilo, myself, Yve Edmond
All three looks are available at BellaNOR Boutique

All of our faces were  done by Makeup Artist, Staci Hardy. She is my favorite MUA and one of the best in Philadelphia. If you want to look your best, she is the one to get you there.

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Makeup Artist, Staci Hardy working her magic on me.
Follow her on Instagram @blumahogany

Chanea is so amazing at what she does. She truly believes in the mission of the store and it comes out in all she does. If you are in the Philly area, give it one visit and your life will be forever changed. You’ll definitely be back! Saturday’s event would be a great time to visit. Her in-store events are always a blast. This one is FREE from 6pm – 9pm at 7117 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

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Info for Saturday’s In-Store Event featuring local designer ChaCha N’Kole

Not in the Philly area?! You can shop BellaNOR Boutique online.

Missed the segment? Click this link below to watch it.
BellaNOR Boutique on CBS Talk Philly

Daily Venus Diva Magazine: The Loving You Issue

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February 2014 Issue of Daily Venus Diva
Photo Credit: Photos by Swan
Styling: Beauty Box Style
Makeup: Nakia Williams

I am the cover model for Daily Venus Diva Magazine for February 2014! I am honored and truly excited to share this news with you.

Thanks to Daily Venus Diva for not being afraid to push the envelope through ethnic, size, and height diversity! I want to thank the team behind the photo! The photographer, Aaron Swan actually did my first photo shoot when I started modeling so it was really cool to work with him again and see how we have both grown. My wardrobe and hair stylist, Corrinn Chishimba of Beauty Box Style is super talented and never disappoints with her vision. My makeup artist, Plus Model Nakia Williams, beat my face down and made sure I put my best face forward. They were all amazing and have great books of work. If you are in need of a photographer, stylist, or makeup artist, please make sure to reach out to them. And thanks to all my supporters! I appreciate each and every one of you. Whether you like a post, share it, comment, or subscribe, it all pushes me to keep going and be my best self.

I really enjoyed chatting with Venus Diva’s Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Penn. Check out the interview and learn more about me and my journey as a plus size model.

One Maxi, Three Ways

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There’s nothing like a good wardrobe staple. I recently got this maxi dress from SWAK Designs and I already know you will be seeing me in it  VERY often. I’m not ashamed to be a “repeat offender” (as Parker from Everyday Runway would say) when it comes to my wardrobe. I definitely don’t apologize for it when I can style it in various ways that may make you forget that you’ve seen me in it before. ;)

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I wanted to show you some of the many ways you can style this dress. This dress can be dressed up for date night or dress down for a day running around town. Let me know which look is your favorite.
Note: For my petite plus divas, you will probably need to hem this dress. I have on 5 inch heels in the pictures and the dress still touches the floor.

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Look #1
Dress: SWAK Designs
Jacket: Forever 21+
Belt: Torrid
Shoes: JustFab

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Look #2
Dress: SWAK Designs
Shirt: Forever 21+
Necklace/Earrings: Charming Charlie
Bracelet: Ashley Stewart
Shoes: Payless

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Look #3
Dress: SWAK Designs
Belt: Fashion to Figure
Necklace/Clutch: Charming Charlie
Bracelet: Juicy Couture
Shoes: Payless

You can find the dress here at SWAK Designs.

Special thanks to my friend, Yve  for snapping these pics.

Want to see other bloggers’ #SWAKstyle? Click here.
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#PSPfit Meet-Up at Lane Bryant

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Happy New Year! 2014 is starting off with a bang. I’m excited to say that I am hosting the #PSPfit Meetup for the Philadelphia area!

What is #PSPfit? The brainchild of CeCe of The Big Girl Blog, #PSPfit proves that plus size women do workout and live healthy lifestyles. The beginning of the year is a time where I put my plans into action. Last year, I was diagnosed with PCOS and this year I plan to conquer it. When I found out about the January Jump Start, it was perfect timing. If you want more info on the clean eating plan, click here.

I hope to see you at the Lane Bryant in King of Prussia Mall this Saturday from 2 pm – 4 pm. Come hang out with me as we celebrate health at every size! We’ll have swag bags for the first 25 attendees and major prize giveaways for a few lucky ladies in-store. Are you excited?! I am. I can’t wait to see you all!

Not near Philly?! There are 10 meetups in 10 cities. Check out the one closest to you! RSVP here.
#PSPfit 10 Bloggers V2Have questions? Comment below or visit PSPfit.

 

Behind the Scenes with Elocin Plus

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Recently I had the pleasure of modeling for Elocin. Their New Age collection was a hit at Curvy Closets and brought the whole crowd to their feet for a standing ovation. I’ve known Nicole Nolan, the designer behind the brand, for over two years now and it has been amazing to watch her grow.

 

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Behind the scenes with designer of Elocin, Nicole Nolan

As we all know high fashion in the plus size industry is not too common. Most emerging designers are scared to touch it because in this age of fast fashion they believe plus size women will not purchase garments past a certain price point. I love that Elocin is not scared to delve into it. The designs are edgy while still sophisicated. The fabric and construction is quality. You can tell that each piece is a labor of love.

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At Intricate Studios in Philadelphia with Photography Andre McNeil of Olympus Studios

I was super excited to shoot with Elocin Plus.  Nicole did a great job of putting together a professional and fun team. Andre McNeil of Olympus Studios was the photographer on staff and Valencia Jordan of Vee Image on hair and makeup. We all met up in Philadelphia at Intricate Studios to make magic. I’m looking forward to the finished product. In the meantime check out some of the pictures from behind the scenes.

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In hair and makeup with Valencia Jordan of Vee Image

Are you ready to step outside the fashion box? If you are visit Elocin Plus Size to check out her New Age Collection. You won’t be sorry!

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Get Ready for Curvy Closets 2013

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So I’ve been busy, busy, busy planning the best fashion show for plus size women that Philly has ever seen with my partner, Domonique Revere-Lincoln! I hope you have your ticket in hand. If not get it now before they run out! Click here for to purchase yours.

Things have been so hectic I haven’t been writing much but there are so many exciting this in store. I’m laying out some of the details here for my readers!

So who are the designers? We have ten amazing designers that cater to your curves showcasing this year! Our host, plus model and blogger Allison McGevna is debuting her collection, TwentyFour20 at the show!

Here’s the entire list:
Empress Lingerie
K.SY+
Marle Originals
BellaNOR Boutique
Kiyonna
Sean Anthony Designs
Ace Blakley
Elocin
Marco Hall
TwentyFour20

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Photo from Plus Model Magazine

So who are the models? I’ll be setting the runway on fire with 28 other gorgeous models. We have beautiful women from sizes 12 to 24 of all shades walking in the show. As you know I fight against height discrimation so I think it’s beautiful that our models range from 5’2″ to 6’1″.

Here’s the entire list:
Veronica Tejado
Iyanni Reaves
LaShonna McRae
Ashley Edwards
Sunni Diggs Russell
Tamara Woods
Nadine Florent
Desiree Hodge
Jamie Moore
Chanel Porter
Kare Johnson
Ronnie Howard
Ke’Nisha Dunlap
Kysha Hampton
Kim Ryan
Angie de Milo
Nakia Williams
Samantha Lebbie
Megan Johnson
Colleen Stovall
Nakea Fuller
Yve Edmond
Shannon Hiett
Quita Bishop
Vanessa Mays
Mandy Frank
Kera Coston
Brittany Lewis
Shardae Wescott

Don’t forget our vendors! We’ll have a various array of companies with curvy girl friendly products that will be available for purchase. Make sure to check them out!

Here are some that will be present:
Glamorous Diva Photography
Marle Originals
It Works!
My Fat is Not My Flaw
Peek A Boo Fantasy
Toys Cosmetics
Tower of Jewels
Ace Blakley
Virtuous Boutique
TraciLynn
J Elay
Qutie Peye Accessories
TBL Jewelry

I want to give a special thanks to our sponsors Sonsi and Elocin. They both have amazing clothing for plus size women. Make sure to support them!

Again, don’t wait on the sidelines, come out and join us! See you there, Saturday, October 12th at the Crane Arts in Philadelphia! Tickets are available. Click here for purchase.

Denim Debunked

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I was contacted by All You Magazine to try Catherine’s new denim. Ever since my friend/boutique owner Chanea put me on to premium denim I really haven’t looked back so I thought it would be interesting to give a major retailer a try. I find most plus size women struggle to find great jeans, especially denim that won’t break the bank.

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Jeans/Top: Catherine’s
Necklace/Cuff: BellaNOR Boutique
Boots: JustFab
Photo credit: Jamal Stovall

I went to the nearest Catherine’s and tried their new “Right Fit” jeans. I always go in store to try on jeans but these actually fit true to size. As you know, I’m petite woman, but surprisingly the petite version of the jeans were too short on me. They have elastic in the waist, which scared me. I thought ‘mom jeans’, but I was surprised that it fixed the gapping in the waist that I’ve experienced with other brands. I did like the fit. I do wish the leg was a little slimmer, but that’s just a personal preference. Overall, I really think they are worth a try. If you like the pair I chose, you can find them, here.

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Jeans/Top: Catherine’s
Necklace/Cuff: BellaNOR Boutique
Boots: JustFab
Photo credit: Jamal Stovall

Jeans/Top: Catherine’s
Necklace/Cuff: BellaNOR Boutique
Boots: JustFab

Note: I was provided a $100 gift card to Catherines along with an issue of ALL YOU in exchange for a shopping experience, product reviews and as a part of a contest for the chance to win a $500 gift card to Catherines. All opinions are my own.

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