The Diva Experience

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I’ve always admired women that have themselves together. Great hair, amazing outfit, killer shoes, what the tops the look off to me is a flawless face. I never really wore makeup until I got in the modeling industry. Why do you ask? It intimidated me!

I know it sounds crazy, but I know there are many other women that feel the exact same way. I was elated to hear that Staci Hardy, also known as @blumahogany is sharing her skills at her class, The Diva Experience. In this class, she will share tips and tricks on how to achieve a flawless face. If you’ve been wanting to get the celebrity look at home; this class is perfect for you.

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The Diva Experience presented by Blumahogany and Melissa May Designs will take place at Studio 10Two5 in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 12th from 1 pm – 3 pm. To leave your deposit and reserve your spot, click here.

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Models: Limarie, Colleen, & Yve / Makeup by Staci Hardy

 

 

 

Flash Sale Alert!!!

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For all my curvy fierce friends in Philly, I have great news! BellaNOR Boutique is having a flash sale this Saturday. The sale is in-store only. (Sorry to my non-Philly residents :( )

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If you’ve read my blog before you probably know that BellaNOR Boutique is my absolute favorite place to shop. In the plus size community, we have gotten used to shopping online. Call me crazy, but I still like shopping in-store. I like to touch and feel the fabric, try on, etc. I also love the personal attention that I get at BellaNOR. I tell everyone; it’s definitely worth the trip.

The sale is on this Saturday, June 28th. It is only 1 hour, from noon – 1 pm. You get 50% off every thing except for accessories. I’ve never seen a sale like this at BellaNOR before so I am super excited!!! My guess is they are clearing out space for fabulous fall inventory, and we benefit with amazing savings!

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If you are a customer you probably are putting this on your calendar right now. If you haven’t been to BellaNOR Boutique yet, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out. I’ll be there. Tweet me @CurvyFierce if you are planning to stop by. ;)

See you Saturday! xoxo

Petite Plus Size Models: The Missing Element – First Mega Photoshoot

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There aren’t many opportunities for petite plus models. Luckily, there are a few people working to change that. One of those people is Plus Gorjus. She has started a movement through social media to give petite plus models exposure, Petite Plus Size Models: The Missing Element.

Their first mega shoot is happening in Brooklyn this Saturday. This photo shoot will give you the images needed to market yourself in the industry. She has garnered the support of one of my favorite photogs, Rick Jones. The rate is amazing and you don’t have to be plus or petite to participate. The contact information is on the flyer below.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to update/upgrade your portfolio.

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“Petite-Plus Size Models: The Missing Element is having their first Mega Photoshoot. We welcome all of Petite Size Models and their supporters. You dont have to be Petite or plus to participate in the shoot.
This shoot has been established to build the the platform for future events and opportunities for Petite Plus Size Models. There’s currently no market for this model type. We are building the opportunity to change that. Come join the movement. ..if you are or you support an individual who has put in hard work towards a career in modeling but has been turned away simply because of their size and height. Then, you need to join this movement and support the cause for Petite-Plus size models.
Book your slot and come out on May 3rd in the beautiful area of DUMBO Brooklyn, NY. For more details: plusgorjus@gmail.com.
MUAs will be available. We will have video footage capturing the event’s highlights. Not to mention our photographer is the industry’s renowned Rick Jones of RJones Photography.”

 

Ace Blakley – “Lyghts” Trunk Show at BellaNOR Boutique

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ChaCha N’Kole unveiled her Spring 2014 collection at a trunk show at BellaNOR Boutique on April 12th. ChaCha N’Kole is a designer based right here in Philadelphia. She makes clothing for sizes small to 3X. I always love when designers include straight and plus sizes. It’s nice to know that we can get the same clothes that our smaller friends have access to sometimes.

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First set of looks from the “Lyghts” collection from Ace Blakley by ChaCha N’Kole at her BellaNOR Boutique trunk show.

Spring is usually over run with floral prints but ChaCha was inspired by night life and street lights for her Ace Blakley collection, thus the name “Lyghts“!

I loved all the pieces she showed, from tops to skirts, to pants, to dresses the collection has you covered. ChaCha makes all her items in limited quantities. Since each piece is made to order there is always some variation in each piece and you never have to worry about catching someone else with your dress on.

I got to work with some of my favorite models and a met a few new ones! Carolyn Leona, Dana Louise, Angie de Milo, Quita Bishop, and Yve Edmond. Te’dara Watts beat our faces down and we were ready to rock the runway for all the in-store guests.

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Selfie with two of my long time model friends, Quita & Angie

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Selfie with my girl Yve

You can order your piece now at www.aceblakley.com!

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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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