Monthly Archives: June 2013

Full Figured Fashion Week Press & Buyers Reception

      by Elisa Deterville-Martin

Fashion tastemakers and media elite were all in attendance at the Full Figured Fashion Week Press & Buyers Reception on Tuesday afternoon June 18th, an opportunity for individuals to purchase select pieces from designers. When I first arrived I had no idea what to expect. Originally I pictured designers and potential clients sitting around a huge round table with images of fashion pieces discussing quantities and values; an idea I got from watching the fashion documentary The September Issue way too many times. It actually turned out to be something totally different. I quickly realized that it was time to put my networking skills to the test, and personally get to know the designers and what inspired them to go after their dreams.

Walking into the Fitzgerald Ballroom at the Affinia Hotel NYC, I noticed all the designers were stationed around tall bar tables with information about their fashion lines displayed. Most designers had an assistant or a business partner, and stunning models to bring their pieces to life. It was definitely lighthearted and fun as we posed for photos with the models and the designers while laughing over drinks; yet they (models and designers) were still able to remain business minded while attracting buyers and press. When talking to designers such as Serwah Asante (Rue 114) and Lori Ruffin (Sean Anthony Designs), there was definitely a common theme amongst them all- for curvaceous women to love their curves and love the way they looked and felt in their outfit of the day ranging from swimwear to evening wear. Whether one was a newcomer or a seasoned veteran, all the designers loved what they do- make clothing that made women look good and feel beautiful.

Here are some of the featured designers and looks I came across:

EloCin: The brand’s designer mixes sexy and sophistication! Feminine shapes mixed with edgy designs and cuts. Elocin woman are desirable, intelligent, powerful and fashion forward.

Elo Cin

ZMJ JEANS: ZMJ Denim caters to the plus sized market. ZMJ is founded by the Jones sisters. Both are graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. This company strives to stay on top of the latest trends, keeping it young and relevant.

ZMJ Jeans

TRU DIVA DESIGNS: A plus sized women’s wear collection for the beauty of real curves.  Tru Diva Designs is inspired by its creator Veronica L after not finding clothing that she felt sexy and sophisticated in which appreciated her curves. Tru Diva Designs is the epitome of sophistication, style and confidence.

Tru Diva Designs

Sean Anthony Designs: Founder and CEO of Sean Anthony Designs Lori Ruffin began her quest in 2009 with a clothing line coats for the “average sized woman.” Which she thought was roughly a size 10, until her mother enlightened her. With that, she began to design a line that focused on accentuating a fuller figured woman.

Sean Anthony Designs

Huudaverti: A collaboration by Australian designers, the brand is now based in NYC. Huudaverti first made its appearance at the 2012 Fiji Fashion Week. With design inspiration blossoming from the 1970’s, these designers are ready to bring their overseas fashion to the United States.


Swim Sexy: For over a decade, Swimsuits For All has been one of the nation’s leading retailers of swimsuits on the east coast. For the last eight years Swim Sexy has reached an audience of over half a million, catering to curvaceous women with the sexy design and perfect fit.

swim sexy

Curvy Couture: The owner of this lingerie line has been a seamstress/lingerie designer for 20 years. She wanted to acknowledge full figured women, and how they to want to feel sexy behind closed doors.

Curvy Couture

Rue 114: After attending Dartmouth and majoring in Pre-Med, these ladies knew their true calling was designing. These two are definitely an eclectic bunch pulling inspiration from everything and everywhere.

Rue 114

Amiiee: Luxurious fashion for the average woman, Amiiee, an exclusive luxury designer brand, provides pieces for plus sized woman both nationally and internationally. Descending from a family of traditionally European designers, Amiiee is now primarily based in NYC.


Skinny Billionairess: Originally spawning as an accessories line, Pamela Wood’s designs give her clients everything from erotic to vintage. She shifts the paradigm from high end fabrics, to evocative cuts all done by hand. Her designs are now featured in fashion magazines.

The Skinny Billionairess

OnOz: A new comer on the scene. This Paris, France based designer has definitely accomplished a lot within the one year she has launched. Almost all of her designs are inspired by a landmark in France.

On Oz

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Twitter Party – Thank You

A special thank you to all the ladies that chimed in, on June 26 at 3pm ,for Bronze Magazine’s first twitter party, Espeically our guest pannel.

Liz Everett of lizeverettstyle

Tracey Brown of BlingingBeauty

Tennille Price of Essence Beauty Co

Tennelle of Doseofvitaminf

If you missed the talk check out our twitter handle, @bronzemagazine  and follow the hashtag, #DESTINSMMR; or check down below for a couple of photos of our conversations.


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Becuase of the great trun out keep a look out for a next twitter party.


Dating Myths That Shouldn’t Be Myths

Lets be real, dating sucks. It can be uncomfortable, questions and laughter dont come easy, and honestly your not ready for it.We all know, it sucks to be alone.

Solution ? Stop feeding into society and get out there and take rejection like a big girl. Dont let those myths stop you from meeting the man of your dreams

In the history of men it has never been heard of a man saying, “This girl is smart, amazing, funny, and beautiful, but there is one thing…I slept with her on the first day”

Ladies dont wait out there for prince charming you might get impatient, go out there and find whats yours.


Here are a list of myths that have women not taking the first move:

#1. “Don’t sleep with him on the first date.”

If you’ve done it….move on with life, get to know the guy. He isn’t pondering the first date.

#2.“Don’t pursue him.”

A man dosent run away if you start off the conversation. I promise in the back of his mind he ISNT thinking “wow how desperate”

#3. “If He’s Single, Either He’s Gay, Crazy, Or He’s Lying.”

Why cant it just be he has not found the right one. c Chances are maybe he is a true gentleman.

#4 .”Men love aggressiveness”

Yes, men do love assertiveness but they do fall deeper for a women with a warm heart. So stop trying to wear the belt!

#5.”nice guys finish last”

Nice guys come out with the women of their dreams and a happily ever after.


-Now that you know these myths shouldn’t be lived by what are you waiting for ? Go at the dating game !


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Khloe Kardashain VS Nicki Minaj VS Rocsi Diaz in Giuseppe Zanotti

Khole wore them, Nicki wore them, Rocsi wore them but who wore them the best?

Khloe Kardashian was spotted at Ulta Beauty Store in Los Angeles where she promoted the family’s new tanning lotion, Sun Kissed. Khloe was wearing a pair of blue Giuseppe Zanotti the same shoes Nicki Minaj and Rocsi Diaz, former host of BET, are pictured wearing above .

All there ladies styled the shoe differently but who takes the look?

Here at Bronze Magazine we think Rocsi Diaz wins this battle. The blue of the Giuseppes bring out the blue flowers on her dress, completing her look.

Who do you think won this battle?

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Fashion Makes A Cultural Statement at Adiree’s Africa Fashion Week Pop-Up Shop Event

Written by Ada Mbogu

Photography by Brianna Ek


Fashion made a cultural splash as style enthusiasts and onlookers gathered at the Pikolinos flagship store in Chelsea for Adiree’s African Fashion Week Pop-Up Shop Event on Friday June 14th.
Pikolinos, a shoe and bag retail magnate, showcased their impressive boot, sandals, clothing and satchel collection while serving the guests glasses of red and white wine, hors d’oeuvres and cultural music.
But the real reason behind the evening’s festivties was to celebrate Pikolinos Maasai Project, a collaborative effort to debut a line of shoes and bags designed in Kenya by over 1600 women from the Maasai tribe. The Maasai tribe is one of the most threatened groups of people on the planet according to the United Nations.
“The Maasai Project is a great way to help the women in Kenya become more sustainable and independent ,” said Bisila Bokoko, who is the global brand ambassador and strategist for Pikolinos and The Maasai Project.
Bisila Bokoko with Bronze Magazine Writer Ada Mbogu

Bisila Bokoko with Bronze Magazine Writer Ada Mbogu

The Maasai women are the masterminds behind creating the immaculate Spring and Summer Pikolinos collection. The women handcraft the leather used on the shoes and bags with typical Maasai beadwork embroidery, which is then sent to Pikolinos factories in Spain to the finishing chain process, creating an exclusively designed an high-quality product.
“Pikolinos does a lot to give back to the community and the women of the Maasai tribe. All the profits from any of the shoes and handbags from the collection goes directly back to the tribe,” said store manager Lindsey Shweede,  showing how Pikolinos’s involvement in socially responsible projects can help benefit the community.
“Here at Pikolinos we are extremely excited and passionate about the new collection and are incredibly proud of the women’s ability to make such beautiful designs,” exclaimed Bokoko.
Speaking of the new collection, who is the fresh face behind Pikolinos cultural masterpiece?
“Olivia Palermo is such a great and talented person and a style trendsetter and when we discussed the project together she was really into it and really got involved,” said Bokoko. Olivia Palermo, who is currently the Maasai Project Ambassador, starred in the hit MTV series The City back in 2009 and is synonymous all over the world for her ecletic and polished style.
But the pop-up shop event could not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of the luxury communications and branding company, Adiree, who worked closely with Pikolinos to help showcase The Massai Project collection, as well as enforce the re-branding of Africa as a destination for luxury brands.
“Africa is well in life. There are beautiful aspects of Africa as there are beautiful aspects in every part of the world,” said Adiat Disu, founder of Adiree.
“I think collaborating with Pikolinos for example is great because they have a sustainable project and I love the way they present Africa. They present Africa and their partnership with The Maasai people as something very beautiful, not as a charity or poverty case. They showcase our people in their beauty and in their element.”
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CeleBeauty Watch: Get the Look—Iman at 4th Annual amfAR Inspirational Gala

by Tracey Brown, Editor in Chief of Blinging Beauty


Very few women are still wowing on the red carpet at age 57 like Iman.  Wearing a red Valentino gown with a featherweight train, Iman  managed to create the perfect photo-op for the paparazzi at the 4th Annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at The Plaza Hotel on June 13, 2013 in New York City. The former model turned mogul, was flawless head-to-toe, wearing of course, IMAN cosmetics, with makeup done by Valente Frazier.

Iman on red carpet


Prep skin with IMAN Undercover Agent Oil Control Primer (perfect for big events)

Follow with IMAN BB Cream

Apply  IMAN After Glow Bronzing Powder to cheeks for a healthy glow

Define eyes with  IMAN Perfect Eye Pencil in Black Shimmer and Luxury Eye Shadow in Pewter (add false lashes for red carpet drama)

Finish with  IMAN Luxury Lipstick in Barely Bronze

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Summer Makeup Essentials: 10 ‘Haute’ Pink Summer Blushes for Brown Skin

by Tracey Brown, Editor in Chief of Blinging Beauty


One of the prettiest ways to look fresh and fly for summer months is to pop some color on your cheeks.  A splash of “haute” pink blush brightens the complexion, gives eyes that certain sparkle and simply makes every woman look perfectly perky (even if perky disappeared last week). Sanaa Lathan proves that brown girls can get cheeky with pink blush, while looking refreshingly pretty.

We rounded up our favorite pink blushes–all of which, by the way, we have road tested on our brown skin, and picked 10 that will leaveyou “in the pink.


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Launch Party: Esnavi Live Collection by Dazzle Dry

Esnavi_Live8On Tuesday, June 11th VIPs were all in attendance at the launch event of the season. R&B recording artist ESNAVI  partnered with Dazzle Dry™ on the launch of a limited edition collection inspired by the singer/songwriter. The collection features three nail lacquers named after her songs Morning Dew, Oh My!, and Planet E, off her album Exit E. The event was hosted by Ni’Kita Wilson, winner of the 2013 Beauty Award for Innovative Cosmetic Chemist by Essence Magazine.

Developed by VB Cosmetics, Dazzle Dry is a quick-dry nail polish system with a vegan formula devoid of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor and nitrocellulose.  The ESNAVI Collection is now available at and each nail lacquer retails for $9.

ESNAVI with Ni'Kita Wilson

ESNAVI with Sibrena Stowe de Fernandez (celebrity publicist and pop culture expert)


Vivian Valenty, owner of Dazzle Dry

Vivian Valenty, owner of Dazzle Dry

From Left: Ni'Kita Wilson and Tanya Phillips of the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce

From Left: Ni’Kita Wilson and Tanya Phillips of the Greater NY Chamber of Commerce

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Dad Deserves Some Pampering

emerginCShow dad you care about his skin care needs – whether he admits it or not, all guys groom! emerginC has developed an advanced, cutting-edge line of products specifically tailored for men that address irritation associated with shaving, excess oil gland activity, uneven skin tone and texture and signs of aging.

emerginC is great for all skin types and includes ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea, rosemary and lemon as well other organic compounds.

This’s Father’s Day, enjoy 20% off your purchase of all men’s items on emerginC’s website.  Offer from now until 6/16/13. 


The men’s line includes:

  • post-shave reinforcer – $47
  • liquid gel cleanser – $35
  • p.m. fortifier – $49

emerginC men is available at leading spas nationwide and online via  *For every full size emerginC product sold, emerginC will plant a tree.

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