Archive for May 2009

Qristyl Frazier is a designer based in Brooklyn New York who specializes in clothes for curvy women.  When I first found out about Qristyl Frazier from the blog The Curvy Fashionista, the spelling of the name alone was reason enough to find out just what was being offered.  Needless to say, the clothing did not disappoint…

Sexy Jumper

qristyl frazier sexy jumper solids and printsAvailable in Solids and Prints…Finally a Jumpsuit that’s not all black!

Heavy Denim Short Sleeve Wrap Dress With Top Stitching

qristyl frazier heavy denim short sleeve wrap dress with top stitching

Limited Edition Simone Signature Top

qristyl frazier designs limited editon simone signaturetopThe more I look at this shirt, the more I love it.

Strapless Short Jumper

qristyl frazier strapless short jumper black

Ultra Long Dress

qristyl frazier ultra long dressAlso Available in solid colors.  Fabulous, I would love to see this on the runway.

Leather Denim Short Skirt

qristyl frazier leather denim short skirtI love deconstructed pieces like this, always good for a day when you wake up feeling good.

Qristyl Frazier is definitely uping the diva quotient with her line of goodies.  There’s more to see on her website.

Check out the Meet Qristyl section to see her extensive resume in the fashion industry.  Among others she has worked for Sean by Sean Combs and Victoria’s Secret.

Her pieces range from sizes 12-24, although in some cases her sizes vary by design.  Ex: the strapless short jumper is available sizes 12-18.  And when ordering be sure to look and see what pieces are offered in different colors, you maybe able to get that color you want, which is a definite plus for this summer.

Via: Qristyl Frazier Designs


Unfortunately New Look doesn’t currently ship to the U.S.   However, we can still fawn over their clothing…

Frill Hem Skirt Grey

new look frill hem skirt greyI adore this skirt, but I’ll be 27 next month…I am too old to consider this an option?

Sleeve Tab Top Black

new look tab sleeve top black

Mini Flower Blouse Green Print

new look mini flower blouse green patternI like the shape and style of this blouse.

Georgette Blouse Grape/Pansy

new look georgette blouse grape-pansy

They also offer cute wide width shoes

Knotted Stiletto Red

new look knotted stilletto red

Wicker Style Wedge Blue

new look wicker style wedge blueAlso offered in red, white, plaid and black…I love them all!

Strappy Wedge Tan

new look strappy wedge tanSort of a hybrid of a gladiator sandal and an espadrille, I think I like it.

Bold Paisley Dress Red Pattern

new look bold paisley dress red patternI know this is out of order, but I just love the paisley dresses that have been popping up…you don’t understand, lol.

If you get a chance to go overseas and shop in one of their stores, New Look offers clothing up to a U.S. size 24, which means size 26 in the U.K..  Shoes are are sold up to a U.S. size 12, which is a 9 in U.K. shoes sizes.

The store is not onlyfor plus sizes , their main collections are geared toward straight size women, but the clothing for plus size women is still pretty decent.

Via: New Look


Hey Fabulista Fam…

Torrid is having a major clearance sale this weekend!!!

50% off

Starting Thursday,  May 21st

and ending  Monday, May 25th

There are Lots of Cute Goodies to be had!

Head to your nearest Torrid location and start shopping the sale on Today!


Click the banner to shop online!


Vive La Femme is the only plus size boutique located in trendy Bucktown onIMG_0058 the North Side of Chicago.  On Saturday of this past weekend, I was given the opportunity to hang out with the staff and shoppers during one of the store’s 7-year Anniversary events.  The owner, Stephanie Sack (a high-energy, doll of a woman), held three days of events along with her staff (fascinating women themselves).

Friday kicked everything off with a book signing with Kate Harding, the Co-Author of Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere.  Kate is also the founder of Shapely Prose, a blog of which I am a fan. Saturday was the day for customers to receive Mini-Makeovers from Nars, but the make-up artists never showed up (tisk, tisk Nars representatives).  Sunday capped off the events with a shoe trunk show with Kathryn Kerrigan; her shoes go from U.S. sizes 6-15 and Euro sizes 36-46.

When  I arrived, I fully expected to see a store with women eager to find something perfect (which I did), and racks of clothes to die for (which I also saw) and I thought I would only have the opportunity to write about Vive La Femme as a great store that you must visit (and buy something 🙂).  IMG_0063

However, what I did not expect was to get a chance to meet a group of employees who have such great stories to tell about becoming Vive La Femme staff members.   

It was great just getting to know the girls and their stories.  They love the store and they are some of the best sales people I’ve met in a long time.  Let me introduce you to the women of Vive La Femme…


To start, there is Hannah, the first person who greeted me when I walked in the store. She pulled some of the best clothes for me. I nearly passed out when I tried on theKiyonna Posey Patio dress.  It fit wonderfully, but alas, my money is funny at the moment, and I had to leave the dress at the store :-(.  Hannah is a recent graduate of Inidana University Bloomington, (also my alma-mater), where she majored in Design and Apparel Merchandising.  This is how she described her move to work at Vive La Femme, “I walked in for interview clothing and I walked out with a job.”  Very cool.  She wants to start a line of scarves in the near future to get her feet wet in the clothing industry.  I’ll let you know when they are available, as I am hoping they are the flowy, feminine kind.



Anna was the first employee I was able to interview.  It was only her second day on the job.  Anna is originally from Miami, Florida and she recently graduated from Florida International University as an Art major.  She was introduced to the store by another employee, Amanda, and invited to attend an event called Curves and Cocktails (you gotta love that name), where customers were shown how to wear 1960’s-styled clothing.   When Anna saw the clothing and bought a couple of pieces, she knew she had to work there.  Oh, and I must mention, Anna offered me cookies…one of my weaknesses, they were very tasty and I wish I’d taken two more of the peanut butter :-).



Stephanie, (a.k.a. Stephanie 2.0), is also a customer-turned-employee.  She lives in the area, and as a customer would hang out at the store because of the “relaxed atmosphere” it has.  When she found out there was an opening, she jumped on it and she’s been there now for over a year.  Stephanie says that plus size fashion is a prominent part of her life and that’s why she enjoys working at Vive La Femme.  She still shows up just to hang out sometimes.  It’s always great when work is a place where you can also relax.  She just graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Social Work, so look for her to be changing lives in the future.  IMG_0068


And last, but certainly not least, there is Amanda.  Amanda shopped at Vive La Femme for a year before becoming an employee.  Her initial introduction to the space was as a designer.  She rents the basement of the store as studio space for her line of skirts, Red Skew.  Amanda has agreed to do an interview for fablove and I’ll be showing her pieces and giving more of her story in a future posting.



I will also be doing an interview with Stephanie Sack, who had to focus on the customers in the store.  Giving them tips and helping them find what looked best on their bodies.  Although, whenever she had a few seconds she gave me some really good tips on what to mix and match in the store.  She really knows her stuff.


Here’s a customer testimony about Stephanie Sack of Vive La Femme:

“….I love Stephanie, she cuts the fat and doesn’t BS you [on what looks good on for your body type].  I told her she’s my new best friend.” 

The customer, Gale, has only been shopping at the store for one month and came out to support the 7-year Anniversary events.  That shows you loyalty builds quickly at Vive La Femme and the clothing selection is wonderful. 


It really is a great store and I wish I lived closer to it.  Vive La Femme is highly recommended by fablove.  I will definitely be going back.

Stephanie was nice enough to give me a free container of lip gloss as recompense for the Nars Reps’ absence.  It’s her own brand, Belle Du Jour and it’s very creamy and luxurious.  Thanks, Stephanie :-)!

Visit Vive La Femme @ 2048 North Damen Avenue, Chicago Illinois, 60647 and on the web @ www.vivelafemme.com.


The “Meet A Diva Series” is new to fablove.  The Diva Series will highlight women from the Midwest and include all women from around the world…

Meet A. Nichelle Preston, a gospel singer and resident of Gary, Indiana, born and raised.  Ms. Preston is the Minster of Music and Director of Fine Arts at Christ Baptist Church in Gary, as well as the Executive Administrator of Young Saints (a youth gospel ensemble) of Charisma Music Group.

Very active in gospel music, she is an active member of SWV (Saints with a Vision) and EVANS, she is also a past member of Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Chorale.  She has been blessed with an incredible vocal talent; her beautiful voice is powerful yet moving.  Aside from her talent as a singer, she should be a make-up artist (always flawless) 🙂. Ms. Preston is currently working on her options as a solo artist.

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How long have you been singing?

Ask my Mom and she will say since birth, but my first cognitive memory was at age 4, the song was entitled “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”

Can you remember the first time you sang and people reacted positively?

I was in sixth grade and I sang at a PTA assembly.

Why do you enjoy singing?

Singing is like breathing to me, it lifts my spirit immediately. I hear music in everything.

Why is gospel music your chosen genre?Angie 6

Gospel music allows me to express my love for God, it is the perfect outlet. I do appreciate all music genres from Rock to Bach.

Was your first experience in a singing group difficult for you?

No, because from an early age I sang with my cousins so it’s like I was born into a ready made group.

Tell us about your experiences when you traveled to Europe with Ricky Dillard’s New Generation Chorale.

I will never forget my experiences in Europe. It showed me how large our world really is and how music can bridge cultural differences. There were nights that we would perform in front of audiences of non-English speaking people but as soon as we would start to sing, you would see them crying and praising God and they were so happy for that profound privilege.

Besides having the opportunity to sing, were you able to be a tourist?

Yes, our days were free unless we were traveling to another destination. Shopping in Europe is great!

How has becoming the Minister of Music at CBC changed your life?

My life has been changed tremendously. God has allowed me to accomplish a great deal in my life, but my assignment at CBC, I know has been ordained by God, He called and qualified me for such a time as this.

What artists are you looking forward to working with in the future?

Well, to be honest when I traveled with Ricky Dillard & the New Generation Chorale I was fortunate to work with most of today’s influential gospel artist. I am being produced by my friend and brother Pharis Evans Jr. who is an outstanding artist in his own right. He has written and for produced for Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Kelly Price and numerous others, he also traveled with The Williams Brothers for many years. So working with Pharis put’s me in the company of some very distinguished artist.

I have to ask you…Are you really a mime?

Lol, absolutely not! That is just a part of my weird sense of humor, I love to laugh.

How did you acquire this skill?

What mime skill, no answer needed…lol

What other passions do you have besides singing?

My FIRST passion is my family, I adore them!

What would you consider the most joyous day of your life?

The first time I ever held my daughter (which was when she was three days old, because I was in intensive care).

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What is the message behind the music you are working on?

It is personal worship, music that ministers to me.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years musically and in your ministry?

WOW! Prayerfully still Minister of Music at CBC and maybe working on my second CD.

What would you like to say to other plus size women out there who want to achieve their dreams?

Remember that the only person inhibiting you is YOU, let no one deter your destiny and BELIEVE, BELIEVE AND BELIEVE!

Last but certainly not least, just because they make it in our size it doesn’t mean we need to wear it 🙂.

Is there a place readers can go to hear your music?

When my music is ready I will have a MySpace music page but until then, I invite everyone to visit us at Christ Baptist Church to hear our choirs and be empowered as we are by our Dynamic Pastor, Rev. Dr. W. Maurice White Jr.

You have been blessed with an amazing gift and I hope more of the world gets a chance to see (or hear).  Keep up the great work and continue to be a blessing to others.  Thank you so much for being a part of the fabloveMeet a Diva” series.

I am not your cookie cutter mode of beauty that is the general American standard but Psalms 139:14 tells me that I am “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” and I have learned to live that scripture. Every inch of me has been designed by God and in the last two years I have learned to honor my body and take better care of my temple. I may never ever be a size 10 but I can be the healthiest size 28 I can be. I encourage you to love yourself as God loves you. Plus size sisters I want you to rise up and defeat any oppressor you may have, including YOURSELF.

Much Love…Angie

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A. Nichelle’s Myspace

Face book info: Angela Nichelle Preston


Tina Rainbow Sequins Party Dress

monif c. tina rainbow sequins party dressOMG…Just O-M-G!


Sunner Colorblock Maxi Dress Blue Multi

monif c. sunner colorblock maxi dress blueAlso available in Orange Multi


Elaine Ruffle Sleeve Frock Red

monif c. elaine ruffle sleeve frock redYou wouldn’t be able to tell me anything is dress!…lol


Liza Beaded Maxi Gown Cobalt Blue

monic c. liza cobalt blue beaded silk maxi gownCobalt Blue + Silk = FABULOUS


Farrah Silk Swirl Dress With Crystal Detail Pink

farrah silk swirl dress with crystal detail pink


Diva Silk Chiffon Dress with Crystal Brooch Fuschia

monif c. diva fuschia silk chiffon dress with crystal brooch


Marilyn Long Convertible Dress Fuschia

monif c. marilyn long convertible dress fuschiaThe Marilyn Convertible Dress in Maxi Length…Yes Please!


I love every single one of these dresses!  I am not aware of who the model is in these pictures, but I will be on the lookout.  ‘Cause the woman is selling these clothes!


And sorry for not linking the dresses directly to the site.  I ran into techincal difficulties.


 Update: The Model is Charlotte Coyle.  She is from Derry, Northern Ireland and she’s also done work with Torrid. 

Via: Monif C.

Full Figured Fashion Week will commence on June 25th –June 27th of this year in New York City and buzz is not only surrounding the event, but also its creator, Ms. Gwen DeVoe.

gwenGwen DeVoe is the Founder and CEO of DeVoe Siganature Events (DSE), an event production and managemnent company for plus size affairs.  Ms. DeVoe is a former plus size model and has created numerous events that cater to plus size consumers, models and the plus community as a whole.   She travels the United States with DSE uplifting and empowering plus size women with workshops, fashion shows, and a remarkable sample sale experience. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Ms. DeVoe.  In the interview, she speaks to fablove on FFFWeek, other events that highlight plus size women and fashion and plans to take FFFWeek international.

For those who are just being introduced to you, how long have you been in the fashion industry?

Collectively, I have been in the fashion industry for over 15 years.

How did DeVoe Signature Events (DSE) come about; was this an idea of your own or did it evolve from a team of individuals?

DeVoe Signature Events, was a company that I started on my own after having been a party promoter under the name of Diva Affairs.

gd interview curvesity_awards_21DSE does lots of events/mixers for plus size women, what makes you focus exclusively on plus size women?

I focus on plus size women because I am a plus size woman and I know the challenges I sometimes face when I am looking for events that are specifically targeted to my interests.

One of the events coming up very soon is Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFWeek)…Can you tell us a little about the inspiration and concept behind this event?

I was inspired to create FFFWeek because plus size fashion designers have traditionally been left out of the traditional Fashion Week events.   Also, I believe that plus size consumers need to know that there are other choices available to them besides those that they are accustomed to hearing about.

Is the goal for FFFWeek to become as respected and anticipated as say, New York Fashion Week or Paris Fashion Week?

That is absolutely the goal.  But, in order to get this respect, we need the support of the plus size community and the media, or it will be just another “event” or another “fashion show.”

Do you have plans for this event to travel the globe?

Absolutely!  We already have partnership offers from individuals in London and Australia to bring the concept there.

Are there other cities involved in FFFWeek this year?

We anticipate adding at least one more city to the calendar this year.

Is there anything you wanted to add to this year’s event, but were not able to?

Yes, there were a few components that we wanted to add to the event.  But, I won’t spoil the surprise element of those components because we intend to nail it next year.

What do you think of all the excitement surrounding FFFWeek?

I am thrilled, but not really surprised about the excitement.  It’s time for this type of event to happen and I am happy to be able to turn the concept into reality.

Now, tell us about some of your other ventures such as, Full Figured & Fabulous, Dangerous Curves…the Tour and Project Curves; what do those events entail? gd interview MANNEQUIN3

Full Figured & Fabulous is a runway model competition for aspiring plus size models; Dangerous Curves…the Tour! is our traveling runway show and sample sale; and Project Curves is our traveling plus model workshop….we do A LOT of traveling 🙂.  DSE is New York-based but we want to be able to afford women in other cities the opportunity to receive the benefits of all that we have to offer them and, as such, we are willing to travel to them.

What is DSE’s objective during the Summer Networking Party?

The Summer Networking Parties are a way for my staff and I to unwind during the summer.  Typically we travel during the Fall, Winter and Spring months.  It slows down a bit during the summer so when we’re home we like to have events that re-connect us with our friends here in NYC.

Will there be a Summer Networking Party this year?  When?

We have already begun having monthly networking parties this Spring.  They are monthly events held at the beautiful Katra Lounge in Soho .  Dates are announced via our website and on our Facebook page.

What other causes are you involved in outside of DSE?

DSE and the rest of my brands have me pretty busy, but I do host other events for organizations whose mission involves empowerment of women.

Do you see yourself as a pioneer in Plus Size events and promotion?

Indeed, others have told me that I am and I graciously accept that label.

Lastly…Is the fashion world ready for Gwen DeVoe and DSE?

I think the fashion world is definitely ready but whether or not they accept us is another story.  I intend to do it like it has never been done before.

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I have to tell you, I am very excited about Full Figured Fashion Week and I hope it gets bigger and better with each passing year!  Thank you for seeing fit to focus on women with a curvy figure and those who make fashion happen for them.  It is truly an honor to have you on fablove Ms. DeVoe.

Full Figured Fashion Week will be a monumental stepping stone for the plus size industry.  Many of us have joined forces to create a forum that will showcase the best fashion and plus size models in the nation.  We encourage every plus size consumer who has ever felt the frustration of not being able to walk into a store and find something as simple as a black dress to help us spread the word about FFFWeek.  Follow us on Twitter, visit our website, read our blogs, and tell your curvy friends to tell their curvy friends. We WILL make a difference, but we need your help.

Find out more information about Gwen DeVoe and DSE at the following websites

DeVoe Signature Events websites:  www.dseventsinc.com

Request to be a friend on Myspcace:  www.myspace.com/devoesignatureevents and on

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-NY/DeVoe-Signature-Events/42123642849

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Find out more information about FFFWeek here:  fablove May 1st post and www.fffweek.com


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