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.

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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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.

Holiday Style with Lane Bryant Plus Giveaway! #LB12days

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.

So I went on a mission to find the perfect holiday outfit and my search of course lead me to Lane Bryant! I am attending a few parties and fashion soiree’s before the new year so I need an outfit that will make a statement. And of course because I am fashion obsessed I just couldn’t find one item I loved it turned into one, two many! I need help I know!! hahaha I wanted to show you these two items that I had to have!


I am in love with that Tunic when I saw it I’m like YES YES YES! I have to have it.  I can see myself wearing that tunic plenty of times. The sweater dress is perfect for a cold night out it looks so cozy and warm. I want some hot chocolate now!  🙂  Did you know that Lane Bryant is having “12 Days of the Most Wonderful Surprises”? Well you do now, this is the perfect way to get your favorite must-have fashion items for the holiday season at great prices.  Each day there is a new special offer in stores and on their website.  Today’s offer is pretty great!

Today Only!


Also Lane Bryant is offering a GIVEAWAY to my readers! Enter to win one of two $30 gift cards to Lane Bryant!

To be entered into the giveaway follow the instructions below:

 Pin your favorite Lane Bryant looks to your own Pinterest account, using the #LB12Days hashtag.  Then leave the link to your pin board in the comments sections.  This will make you eligible for a prize. Also make sure to leave your email so i can contact you if you win! Good luck Dolls! 🙂

This giveaway will close on December 15th at midnight.  Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.  If I haven’t heard from you within that time, a new winner will be chosen.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

FFFWeek 2013 Casting tour is coming to your city..

The FFFWeek® Casting Team is going on the road to scout the best of the best catwalk divas across the nation. Do you have what it takes to walk theFFFWeek® New York runway in 2013?

FFFWeek® is searching for plus models who are 5′ 8″ and taller in their bare feet and between sizes 14 – 20, but they will consider plus petite models (in the same size range) as long as you have strong runway abilities.

You will need to bring either a current composite card and/or two photos (a beauty shot and a full body shot) which are clearly shot, unobstructed by props (i.e. sunglasses) and show you and your body in the very best light. Submitted photographs and comp cards can be no more than one year old. Photos will not be returned. Wear stylish, well-fitting clothing that look good on you (The casting will be filmed) and allows them to see your curves. A foundation garment worn underneath your clothing is also recommended. Be sure to wear some make-up and a hairstyle that flatters your face. They don‘t want any bare faces. Bring a closed heel (no slingbacks, platforms, stilettos, excessively high heels and/or boots) that is at least 3 inches in height and no more than 4 inches in height. They recommend that you bring a shoe that you are comfortable walking in, as they are looking for your very best runway strut. All models will be notified of their decision by email. Please do NOT call or email them for updates.

fffweek 2013

Casting Cities/ Dates/Locations

December 8, 2012 Los Angeles
12:00pm-3:00pm Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 Carson City
Torrance, CA 900503

January 12, 2013 Detroit (Location TBA)
January 19, 2013 Chicago, IL (Location TBA)
January 26, 2013 Orlando, FL (Location TBA)
February 9, 2013 Atlanta, GA (Location TBA)
February 23, 2013 Charlotte, NC (Location TBA)
February 24, 2013 Columbia, SC (Location TBA)
March 2, 2013 Dallas, TX (Location TBA)
March 9, 2013 Washington, DC (Location TBA)
March 10, 2013 New York Tri-State Area (Location TBA)

For more information visit their website at

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Holiday Collection 2012

“Creating something that is universally beautiful. That is art.”-Mr. Shu Uemura’

For the Holiday 2012, Shu Uemura announces an exceptional collaboration with the legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. With his artful hands and revolutionary vision of Mr. Shu Uemura transformed the image of women through make-up, passionately elevating beauty into a true work of art. Karl Lagerfeld’s illustrious career as a master of fashion design and photography has presented a worldview so unique he has become one of the most influential creators of his time. Both have propelled their crafts into the future with their untiring quests for innovation and beauty.In collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld the 2012 holiday collection is an exquisite collection with a surprisingly unique edge.  Here are just a few items from the collection:

Karl for shu smoky velvet palette:

mon shu girl appears against a classic red background on the palette case setting the tone for this moody palette. The smoky shades include: silky smooth eye shadow in glitter black and deep khaki; pressed eye shadow accents in elegant light silver, mint green, glitter beige; dusty rose on cheek give an impression of sophistication. silk smooth eye shadow I, 2 pressed eye shadow 3, 4, 5 glow on 6


Karl for shu prestigious bordeaux palette:

“mon shu girl” appears against a cool silver backdrop on the palette case of this gorgeous array of coordinated colors that revolves around rich bordeaux. Silky smooth eye shadow in glamorous glitter wine and deep brown; pressed eye shadows in pale purple, soft brown, and brick gold add sensual accents; coral rose for sparkling allure on cheeks. silk smooth eye shadow I, 2 pressed eye shadow 3, 4, 5 glow on 6

Karl for shu premium eyelashes and mini eyelashes:
Striking premium edition tailor-made false eyelashes decorated with small red crystals on black and white fabric are the perfect gift. Each exquisite hand-made pair takes hours to create. Mini natural false eyelashes that add a festive charm to eyes. A mix of silver sequins and beautiful black hair with a red accent add a holiday spirit.

mon shu mini brush set:
Compact size silver brush case that features the SUKL logo and mon shu girl illustration. The smart black interior with graphic accents includes a multi use pocket and 4 silver handle brushes- one goat hair cheek brush, two eye shadow brushes in nylon and sable, one lip/eyeliner brush-all made in Japan.

Rouge unlimited:
From iconic red to cute coquettish pale tones, tint your lips with rich moisture and long lasting comfort. A stylish black box outfits the lipstick package that features the cute mon shu girl character.

Satin purple Shade:
This Sophisticated blackish satin purple shade enhances eye definition and adds a dash of sultriness to the holidays.

Nail Love:

Karl Lagerfeld dares you to tint your nails with iconic colors and velvety smooth and shimmery textures, or go a step further and play with specially designed nail stickers. karl’s black polish, dares you rock his black enamel polish with a hint of shimmer.  Royal Beige, is a neutral shade that will make your fingers look longer and can be rocked with any outfit! Shu Shu Red has to be my favorite! It’s so glamorous and  is a classic red shade. Also they offer Mon Shu girl nail stickers! Customize your nail color with Karl Lagerfeld’s artwork, a nail sticker for each nail!


What is your favorite from this collection?

Also tomorrow is the last day you can take advantage of the 20% off plus free shipping use promo code WISH2021 at the checkout. I know i am! 🙂

Photographer Vanessa Velez’s next Icon!!



Vanessa Velez’s Studio

I have been following Photographer Vanessa Velez’s Icon Series Look Book getting the chance to be behind the scenes of the shoots. Her first Look Book Icon Sophia Loren was breathtaking, and now she will reveal in December another Icon that was one of my Idols back in the days!

Makeup Artist-Ana Garcia   Photographer Vanessa Velez      Model-Yamilette Arana

The lovely Curvy Model was Yamilette Arana, the makeup artist was Ana Garcia and the sneak peek of the shoot was amazing. It is my opinion that the success of these shoots is the combination, photographer, model, styling and makeup. I also got a chance to see Vanessa’s new studio and I loved it. It is simple and elegant, it reflects Vanessa’s personality. Just as soon as the Look Book comes out I will be blogging again so you can see the finished results.

Model Icon Sneak Peek

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.

All Black Everything: Pop of Orange

Just wanted to share with you guys this outfit that I wore just the other day. It’s  super comfortable and fall friendly, Let me just tell you beauty is pain because those heels killed me lol. Because just before i popped them on I did a rigorous workout and boy did it hurt to walk on them. But nevertheless it made me feel beautiful and was worth the pain. I hope everyone has a beautiful holiday with their family and friends. 

Outfit Breakdown:

Tank Top: Apple Bottoms $6.00 at Macy’s it actually came with a cropped beige jacket and scarf.

Leggings: Just my Size $8.00

Shirt: Fashion Bug $3.00

Shoes: Rampage at Marshalls Was $40 dollars but it was on sale for $16.00 dollars then I had another discount and I ended up paying only $8.00

Bracelet: Ashley Stewart $12.50 buy one get one free sale

Earrings: Received them as a gift 🙂

What are your plans for the Holidays?

~Curvy Girl On a Budget~

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Monif C Holiday Collection 2012: Glitz and Glamour

Monif C  came out with an amazing holidays collection which features tons of holiday sparkle, glitz and glam. I have been a huge fan of Monif C. work for a long time and this collection is giving me life. And of course because it’s the holidays I am looking for that extra special dress for holiday parties I’m attending. So when I went on Monif C website I was pleasantly surprised to see a new website  and new designs.

Josephine” Seqins Party Dress Gold

I cannot put into words how much I love this dress it’s so glitzy and surely will make a statement  at any party you attend. This body conscious silhouette glides over your curves like a second skin.

Chole” Embroidered Georgette Dress Taupe 

“Amelia” lace Panel Velvet Dress Black

“Isabel” Lace Peplum Dress Black/Red

You can purchase these pieces on

Which dress is your Favorite? And how would you rock it?  Also, please cast your vote for me for the Curvy Blog Awards.  I’m #21.  You can vote here…