Designer Cenia Paredes Designs sold at Macys

I was invited to cover Macys Fashion Show in Puerto Rico, Designer Cenia Paredes would be presenting her designs, she has been associated with Macys for about two years now. I arrived and was received by Georgi Morales Pipkin, Macy’s Media Relations Manager, Southeast and South Central Regions, such a charming young lady, she introduced me to Cenia , I was talking to a Top Designer, very recognized in the Fashion World and I felt I had known her forever, she was so easy to talk to.


Photo taken by: Apolonia Vargas

She told me that she grew up in a family dedicated almost entirely to the fine art of dress making in her native Dominican Republic. Her mother was a custom made seamstress and Cenia started designing for her mother’s customers at a very early age. Cenia’s mother often had to deal with the difficult situation of having a customer request a dress that was being made for another customer and expect it to look the same way on her even though both had different body types! Cenia would then redesign the dress to make sure it flattered that specific figure.


Photo taken by: Apolonia Vargas

Paredes developed her distinctive fit concept since an early age. After having the opportunity to come to America, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in 2004. She then worked in New York’s competitive fashion district for various renowned brands, but always kept her dream of designing her own line as her ultimate goal.


Photo taken by: Apolonia Vargas

In 2009, Cenia launched Cenia Paredes®, a day into evening dress line that takes pride in its quality and blends modern, clean aesthetics and sophistication with a revolutionary fit concept that offers four distinctive fits that cater to the four most predominant female body shapes and collections created exclusively to flatter and compliment them! It is her belief that clothing should be designed with the type of figure it would flatter in mind and always knew that she wanted to design a clothing line that not only represented her vision and design sensibility, but that would also help women look their best no matter what shape they are!


When designing Cenia Paredes® collections, Cenia takes the body shape into consideration in every step of the design development process from the initial concept, to sketching, pattern making, fittings and through production, I was at awe with her beautiful designs. Her designs go up to a size 14 but she is considering expanding to larger sizes. Caridad Fernandez UNICA Agency Owner and PRHFW President was the Master of Ceremonies, always looking beautiful and poised. The models modeling were different shapes and sizes and I loved that. They had appetizers, beverages and Gift Cards for everyone, I would say that we got the royal treatment. If you have a chance go to Macys check out Cenia Paredes Designs you will love them…

Watch this video about her and her designs below…


Marta Rivera is a blogger from Puerto Rico, she is an English professor  and a Plus Size advocate on the Island, an Island that is mainly for thin models, but she is trying her best to change that. Marta will be blogging for Curvy Girl on a Budget letting us know everything that is happening in the Plus Size community from fashion to events in Puerto Rico.




Have you heard of 113? It  has been a huge buzz around the plus size fashion world and I can see why! When you first log onto the website this is what you see…


I love how BOLD they were with this campaign and were no hold’s bars when it came to creating these amazing pieces.


There clothing aren’t some frilly girly, polka dot filled dresses, these are bold, fearless,unafraid,undaunted pieces.


They just scream to me I am a fearless woman who wear’s what she wants and won’t apologize for it.




I am in love with this piece, the shoes make the whole outfit.


There website say’s it all

One One Three is a premium fashion design label for plus size women, by plus size women.


This brand is a UK brand,  all items are available up to a size UK32 which is amazing!

Would you rock these pieces?

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ECO Fashion: Elements of Green Collection by Franovik’s

It gives me so much joy to share with you this amazing line that I love! The Designer’s are Franovik’s, and there pieces are breathtaking. There latest collection called the ECO Carpet collection was specifically created by Franovik’s ELEMENTS OF GREEN fashion show division for New York. They call the collection ECO Carpet to create a staple for award shows and venues that need to show elegance while being completely Avant Garde.


For this collection, they wanted to take pieces that already existed (as they do with all their pieces) and create a fresh new look with those special pieces. They played with garments that were donated by friends, clients, followers and some bought pieces that were found in thrift stores. This is what makes me love their line!!


They take them apart and use the best pieces, because these garments are older, you have to look for the best part and turn it into a new creation. Just like all the other designers, they look at colors, trends and put their inspiration into every piece.


The final is a collection worthy of the “RED CARPET” for any award show, pageant, gala and/or special evening.


I am in LOVE with this piece!

Every piece in this collection is breath taking and shows the incredible talent of the designers Francisco Perez and Viktor Franovik, by recreating each garment into a masterpiece and making each one stand out and take your breath away. They have had their garments in various magazine’s.


This piece makes me feel like I can be a goddess, I could just see it now…. David Beckham feeding me grapes…… Wait… I’m sorry what were we talking about!?

This collection is just so amazing and I am so glad I can share with my readers about these two talented designers! 
Designers: Francisco Perez and Viktor Franovik
MakeUp: Face Future by KN Cosmetics
Photography: Anton Oparin
To see more of their Designers and upcoming event’s please check out their website.

OOTD: Faux Fur

Hello Dolls, hope you all had an amazing weekend and a wonderful valentines day. I just wanted to share with you all a fabulous deal I came across at Lane Bryant.


I saw that a few weeks ago lane bryant had a 60% off all clearance! Which was amazing! I found so many great items there. Especially this Faux fur jacket  which retailed for $70 dollars. So I was so happy when I saw it for 60% off!


 Thank you for Nikki M, for styling me! And Brazilia Moda from P.H.A.T and Loving it blog for photographing me. 

newwwSo I went to the checkout and whipped out my $15 off coupon. I was so excited because the faux fur vest was originally $70.00 with a 60% off discount it made it $20.00 and with my $15.00 coupon it all totaled to $5.20!! Yes Five dollars at lane bryant!


Outfit Breakdown:

Shirt: Walmart for $3.00

Jeans: Ashley Stewart $20.00

Faux Fur Vest: Lane Bryant $5.00

Booties: $13.50 (I was 28.50 but i had a coupon plus clearance)



I kept on falling in the dirt, we were laughing so much!


I went to bargain hunting again today, and found some great deals! Can’t wait to post it soon! I am working on a huge post about buying stylish clothing while on a budget.

The Clearance Rack is my Best Friend!

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Curvy Girl star visits Puerto Rico!

I love the Reality Show Curvy Girls and getting to meet and be at a behind the scenes shoot with one of the stars was an amazing experience. Lornalitz Baez arrived at Photographer Vanessa Velez’s Studio for hair and makeup which was done by and amazing MUA named Raiza Gonzalez Montes.

Lornalitz and MUA Raiza Gonzalez Montes

Lornalitz and MUA Raiza Gonzalez Montes

We talked so much about the Industry, her show, and her family whom she adores, having such a wonderful time, she is so easy to talk to, I felt I had known her forever.


After hair and makeup was done we headed to Piñones, it has a beautiful beach there and started the shoot, we were also joined by another great photographer named Enuel Viera whom helped out with the shoot, I saw some of the professional pics and was at awe, just beautiful!


Lornalitz shooting with Photographers-Vanessa Velez and Enuel Viera

In my opinion the success of this shoot was the amazing team of professionals that Vanessa Velez works with. I want to share some behind the scenes of the shoot, hope you enjoy!!




  Lornallitz and Photographer Vanessa Velez


Rihanna’s Fashion Collection to Debut at London Fashion week…


Rihanna is to debut her first-ever style collection with River Island at London Fashion Week in February. The 24-year-old singer’s clothing and accessories will hit the runway next month at London Fashion week.

She said in a statement: “Launching at London Fashion Week is a dream come true for me. “I have wanted to design my own collection for a long time and to present my collection for River Island alongside all of the other great design talent at LFW is a real privilege. I can’t wait to see the reaction from my fans and the fashion press!”

The Rihanna for River Island collection will launch globally in River Island stores and online on March 5. The line has also been picked up by another retail outlet for distribution in the US.


Rihanna tweeted on Thursday: “And for the fly girls in the U.S. Im very happy to announce that my #RihannaForRiverIsland fashion line will be carried by OPENING CEREMONY.”

 Would you purchase Ri Ri’s new line? What do you think about it?


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Recap of 2012 for the Curvy Community in Puerto Rico..

2012…what an amazing year this was for our Curvy girls and Models in Puerto Rico. I am going to focus on the positive things that happened……Designer Nelly Trinidad uses beautiful Curvy Models for her Fashion Show Sensual Delights, Nanette Blossom owner of Blossom Boutique decides to put a Plus Size Model on the runway with straight size models modeling her Lingerie at Bridal Expo.

Three of Sensual Delights Models

Jesus Bernardo Nieves a great photographer on the Island also decides to use a Plus Size Model in a Boudoir Seminar. I got to meet Madeline Jones, Editor and Chief of Plus Model Magazine along with some beautiful international models at Fashion Passport Fashion Show, a life long dream of mine as I admire her so much for what she does for the Plus Size Community.

Plus Size Model Ana Garcia modeling for Blossom Boutique at Bridal Expo

I love her passion and drive for what she believes in. My Tropical Curves production was a hit and was covered by EGO TV…I have had a chance to write for EGO blog Fashionable Curves, Ruby Leonne, Curvy Girl on a Budget and P.H.A.T. Blog…..Vanessa Velez and Plus Size Model Ana Garcia’s editorial was chosen by Plus Model Magazine for the Swimsuit Edition 2012…

Plus Size Model at Jesus Bernardo's Boudoir Workshop

Esposa Moderna Magazine goes Curvy and chooses Curvy Models modeling Bridal dresses and Lingerie….Designer Trinidad’s and Yolyne Negron, Majestic Curves Designs at South Fashion Week were talked about internationally. The Curvy Girls editorial in EGO Magazine was amazing and got great reviews…and a new queen was crowned Miss Bold and Beautiful 2012 Shasquia Diaz, a beautiful and inspiring young woman.

Madeline Jones and International Models at Fashion Passport in Puerto Rico

I feel so happy with all these wonderful things that have happened on an Island that is a thin models territory, and I hope that 2013 will also bring wonderful things to our Curvy Community as well……Happy New Year!!…

Vanessa Velez's Swimsuit Editorial for PLus Model Magazine 2012

I got to meet Madeline Jones Editor and Chief of Plus Model Magazine at Fashion Passport, a great and charming lady…my blogs were shared on Plus Model Magazine page.

One of Esposa Moderna's Curvy Brides Karla Medina

Evolve Magazine from London has been supporting us…..what is in store for 2013 for our Curvy Girls…..a great magazine is doing it’s first Curvy Editorial, I am planning my next Fashion Event, and God willing I will get the chance to work with Charmed Eyes Greis on a project…..a makeup artist that is so talented…

Tropical Curves Design-Curvy Model Leemar Ago


Majestic Curves Fashion Show at South Fashion Week

Miss Bold and Beautiful 2012- Shasquia Diaz

So God Willing 2013 here I come!!!!!


Fashion Show benefits a noble cause in Puerto Rico


When Fashion Shows are to benefit children it warms my heart, especially if they are in need…there was one last week , the models took Christmas presents for the children of a foundation called “Hogar niñito de Jesus” some of our plus size models participated among them Azalea Firpi, and Odalyz Jimenez and Plus Size Models from Pluzz Boutique.


 Models Odalyz Jimenez Azalea Firpi

There were many great designers among them Fernando Gantier, one of my favorites and Pluzz Boutique showcasing their beautifuI clothes.


Designer Fernando Gantier

Congrats to them for such a wonderful and inspiring Fashion Show…

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I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas blessings to all!!


Lane Bryant Holiday Winners! And Holiday twitter party! #LB12Days #spon

Thank you Lane Bryant for sponsoring this post! Lane Bryant’s 12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises is the perfect way to get your must-haves from Lane Bryant and Cacique for the holiday season. Click here for surprise offers announced daily through Dec 16.

Thank you so much everyone for entering the Lane Bryant Contest. I am so excited to announce the winners of the Lane Bryant gift cards, you guys posted some fabulous outfits!! And the winners are…..



Congrats Ladies i will be contacting you shortly!

Don’t worry if you didn’t win a gift card, you will have 18 more chances to win!! Below read about the twitter party that is coming up!

Lane Bryant “Holiday Fashion Fun” Twitter Party

 Need a little fashion inspiration for an upcoming holiday party? How about tips on how to keep your look fresh this season? Sure it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t feel and look sassy, stylish, and maybe even a little flirty through the winter! Come one, come all, because we’re talking holiday fashion with our friends at Lane Bryant! Join our @LaneBryant “Holiday Fashion Fun” Twitter Party this Monday, 12/17 at noon PT/3pm ET! Fab prizes! RSVP to win prizes, including $30 Lane Bryant gift cards! RSVP:

And don’t forget! Lane Bryant’s “12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises” is still going on now until December 16! You can unlock a new surprise offer every day on the Lane Bryant Facebook page. It’s the perfect way to get your favorite must-have fashion items for the holiday season, at great prices.

The Details:
What: Lane Bryant “Holiday Fashion Fun” Twitter Party
When: Mon 12/17 noon PT/3pm ET
Where: On Twitter! CleverTweets:
Follow: Hashtag #LBHoliday @CleverGirlsColl @LaneBryant
Prizes: 18 $30 Lane Bryant gift cards
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Nononsense: Leggings oh my! #StyleMadeEasy

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine. No nonsense tights and leggings can be found at food and drug stores as well as mass retail stores.

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So can you believe that the new year is speeding towards us?! In just 12 days it will be Christmas  seems to fast right? Anyway i wanted to share with you about Nononsense Leggings. I was asked by Nononsense to create two fall looks with these Fabulous and oh so comfortable Red corduroy leggings. These leggings come in a variety of styles, colors and fabrics.


First outfit: Shirt: :Lane Bryant – Leggings: Nononsense -Shoes: Lane Bryant- Necklace: Gifted

Second Outfit: Shirt: Lane Bryant- Necklace: Thrifted


They are extremely comfortable and very stylish they contour to your body in a good way. I love leggings i have so many pairs in my closet they are  must have especially if you want to just throw something on really quick but yet so stylish.  I love the control top it’s very smooth and not like those other control tops that take a village to help you slip it on haha You can wear a tunic with it, a long blouse even a mini dress with black legging or whatever color of your choosing.  And because these are corduroy that i am wearing it keeps you a bit toasty, I live in south Florida hence the pool in the background , but around this time of year it does get a bit chilly so these leggings are to be my go-to pair.


I am so ready for Christmas with all this red I am wearing, I want to break out the eggnog and start singing some holiday tunes.

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Are you a leggings kind of girl?

Find your pair of affordable No nonsense tights and leggings here. I was sponsored by No nonsense for this opportunity. All opinions are my own.