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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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…

http://www.ceniany.com/en/video-promotional.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MARTA RIVERA

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.
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One..One..Three

 

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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…

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

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

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

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

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There website say’s it all

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

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

Would you rock these pieces?

Connect with 113….

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OneOneThree/208951602565914?fref=ts

Website: http://www.oneone3.co.uk/

Tweet them: https://twitter.com/113sowhat

PS: I have a new website it would be great if you can go on it and sub there! http://www.curvygirlonabudget.com

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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…..

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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: http://clvr.li/128tjBx

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: http://clvr.li/SYaCNf
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.

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!

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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!

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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.

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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 www.fffweek.com.

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 http://monifc.com

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…

1426 Fashion Week Meet and Greet 2012: Jeans and Pearls

I am so excited to share with you about 1426 Fashion Week’s Meet and Greet last Thursday  let me just tell you it was amazing! I met so many great people, and networked with alot of people in the industry. 

From Left to Right: Myself,Plus Model Alexis, Kimberly, Plus Model Vivian

Gorgeous models at the event!

Hanging out with these ladies was a blast i am so blessed to have met them.

Michelle and Jennifer let me tell you these ladies killed it on the runway!

Some of the Male Models

Some of the models having a good time!

With Fallon Sinclair of IPM Model and Nikki from Blogger Southern Hollywood Productions 

Linda Scott CEO/Founder of 1426 Fashion Week and Academy. (Pictured in Red)

Beautiful Mother and Daughter

Plus Model Nessa and Alyssa

Some of the Models and Designer Angel Myers from Angel Myers Designs  (Pictured in Yellow)

Vivian and I, it was such a pleasure meeting her she is awesome!

Some of the Models working it! Left to Right: Plus Models Terressa ,Aiysha, Brazilia Moda, and Alexis!

Outfit of the Day:

Corset: Ashley Stewart $6.98

Jeans: Ashley Stewart $20.00

Jacket: Thrifted

Necklace: Bought it at an Halloween shop for $2.00

Clutch: Rainbow $10.00

Shoes: Payless $2.00

I had an amazing time at the 1426 Meet and Greet, i wish i could have been there all night but a girls gotta get her beauty rest doesn’t she? 😉  I cannot wait to share with you the 1426 Fashion Week Runway show. It was truly a beautiful experience, straight size and plus size integrating the runway is something amazing.

~Curvy Girl On a Budget~

Pluzz Fashion Model Search 2012 Winners

I blogged once about a beautiful boutique called Pluzz Plussizefashion here in Puerto Rico. The owner of the store is a charming and beautiful lady named Melissa Duran Reyes, and a while back they had a contest called Pluzz Fashion Model 2012, they were looking for three models in the categories of Fashion and two Junior’s.

Melissa Duran Owner of Pluzz Plussizefashion Boutique

The final event took place at the Manhattan Lounge in San Juan and the winners were Neyreemar Fuentes, Maricarmen Rivera in the Junior Category and Delmarie Rodriguez won the Fashion Category.

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These beautiful girls will be representing the boutique in Charity Events, Fashion Shows and many other great activities that the store has. Melissa tells me that it is a joy to work with them, because they are humble, and so sweet. I wish Melissa all the luck in the world because she works very hard to help our Plus Size Community, and make them look gorgeous in the stores beautiful clothes, if you are in Puerto Rico or visiting the Island, their phone number is 787-513-4182, their clothes and accessories are amazing!

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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 Budget letting us know everything that is happening in the Plus Size community from fashion to events in Puerto Rico.

Another Victory for Plus Size Models in Puerto Rico!

Hotel Melia, Ponce. Puerto Rico

I had the honor of Covering Designer Nelly Trinidad and Yolyne Negon’s Fashion Show Majestic Curves this past weekend, in Ponce , Puerto Rico and it was amazing. I arrived at the Melia Hotel on Saturday and met up with the girls because they did makeup and hair there, the makeup artists were Abinelys Garcia and Ana Garcia and these girls did an amazing job, the models looked fabulous.

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The Fashion show started at 8PM and they were the third Fashion Show to present their collection, the Plus Size Models came out and rocked the runway, I always listen to comments from people in the audience and one lady was at awe with the amazing designs she loved how the designers combined the colors gray metallic and red.

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The last model to close the show was IPM Model Ana Garcia wearing a red dress that was one of the most beautiful designs I saw that night. I was so exited because it was the first time that South Fashion Week had a Plus Size Fashion Show and the producer of the show Rene Cruz was very pleased with the outcome, so history was made at Ponce, Puerto Rico this year having Plus Size Models on the runway at this mega event!

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IPM Model Ana Garcia closing the Fashion Show with this beautiful design!

Designers of Majestic Curves Nelly Trinidad on the right and Yolyne Negron….

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.

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Domino’s Dollhouses: Spooktacular Halloween

Yes yes yes! Domino Dollhouse has come out with Sexy vintage Halloween costumes for the curvy figure.

The thing i love about these costumes is that you can use them after Halloween which is a huge plus and a bang for your buck. I am in love with the Victorian Vampire Jacket i can just see how much fun i am going to have with that one.

Which one is your Favorite outfit?

To see more of Domino Dollhouse fab outfits swing by their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Domino-Dollhouse/153696141311426?fref=ts

Their website: http://www.dominodollhouse.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=39