Heavy on Fashion Giveaway: MacroBar + Goulding Ticket = Ellie Goulding Ticket Sweepstakes *

Hello, all my divas and gurus! I have a great TGIF gift just for you. Today, I am hosting a fabulous giveaway. Starting today until next Wednesday, you have a chance to win a Go Macro Ellie bar with Goulding ticket. This Goulding Ticket is a chance to win VIP tickets to Ellie's concert this summer in Nyc or a one-on-one workout with Ellie in LA.  

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Heavy on Fashion Reviews Stearns & Foster and Hammitt Lockland Handbags & Giveaway*

Hammitt Los Angeles Lockland handbag

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am here to bring you an exclusive review and giveaway from the lovelies at Stearns & Foster and Hammitt! Stearns & Foster and Hammitt Handbags have come together to bring American-made luxury, timeless, limited-edition, handcrafted “Lockland” bag.  Stearns & Foster is an iconic, American-made, premium, luxury mattress brand, well known and well respected for superior craftsmanship, timeless design and hand finished details. Hammitt Los Angeles is a maker of American made, hand-crafted, timeless leather handbags. Imean this is a epic collaboration of craftmanship and lux!



Hammitt Los Angeles Lockland handbag


This is the Lockland bag! This bag makes a serious fashion statement with a classic silhouettes, gold rivets, and great craftmanships. The Hammitt Los Angeles S&F Lockland retails for
$75 0.00 and worth every penny! This bag is made by hand in the U.S.A. The interior feels like butter, well it should it is of the finest suede. Yes suede lining! You can not get more luxurious than that. I also love that three interior compartments and an external cell phone pocket.


Hammitt Los Angeles Lockland handbag

Check out all the fabulous bags that Hammitt has to offer at http://hammitt.com/

Side Note: Keep your eyes open, this Hammit Bag will be making an appearance on my next style post! Stay Tuned! 


Now through December 15, 2014, S&F and Hammitt will be giving away five handmade “Lockland” bags per month. Yes, you read correctly, you can win a limited-edition handmade luxury “Lockland” handbag.

The Grand Prize winner will win their very own hand-stitched Stearns & Foster Lux Estate mattress!
This has to be the best giveaway on facebook right now! 

My fashion divas and gurus, you have to get into this giveaway!

Go to Stearns and Foster facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stearnsandfoster/ 
Like the page and enter for your chance to win a Lockland bag and even a Stearns & Foster Lux Estate mattress.

You can not buy the Exclusive Lockland Bag anywhere...so I suggest you enter the Stearns & Foster and Hammitt Lockland Handbags & Giveaway!

Until Next Time 
Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion Giveaway and Review - Majestical Jewelry*





Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to introduce you to a great online jewelry store - Majestical Jewelry. Majestical Jewelry is a online jewelry store that sells fashion jewelry, costume jewelry and handmade jewelry at wholesale jewelry prices! Yeah you read right, whole -sale- prices! I am all for finding a great deal especially when I can stick to my budget. With Majestical Jewelry, you can buy something beautiful regardless while keeping some cash in your pocket. 




Check out these lovely Fleur De Lis Long Drop Earrings. These long drop earrings are fabulous. The bling is insane and the length is great for a night out or a black tie affair. The weight of the Fleur De Lis Long Drop Earrings is light enough to wear all night long. I love that these earrings are so well-made.  Oh and did I mention the bling. I love to shine and these earrings will bring some flare to my wardrobe. Check out my instgram @heavyonfashion for additonal looks these lovely earrings on me!! 

You can pick up a pair of Fleur De Lis Long Drop Earrings at http://www.majestical.com/Long-Drop-Earrings-p/efe0031-fb.htm



Guess what! You can win a $20 eGift Card from Majestical Jewelry.
You can add some serious pieces with this prize . 

I would like to thank Majestical Jewelry and Brandbackers.com for Sponsoring this Giveaway! 

 Check out Majestical Jewelry at http://www.majestical.com/ 
and on
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MajesticalJewel

Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion Review & Giveaway - Spa Sonic*



Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am so happy to bring you my latest review. There are tons of skin care systems out on the market but Spa Sonic is affordable and works great! The Spa Sonic skin care system includes 4 attachments- 1 face-and-body polisher unit, 2 small brush heads for use on your face, and 1 pumice stone. The Spa Sonic is a great affordable price and available at many major retail stores including Target and Costco. 


You can win your very own Spa Sonic on Heavyonfashion at http://heavyonfashion.blogspot.com/

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I never was a huge fan of facial polishers but the Spa Sonic really changed my mind. Spa Sonic has become one of my favorite beauty tools because it is easy to use. Just pop in 4 AA batteries, choose your attachment, and push the switch. I also love that Spa Sonic face and body polisher is very easy to hold especially when I was using it on my face. I found that Spa Sonic really helped to improve my complexion. I also love that the attachments are gentle on my skin. Spa Sonic was a mini spa treatment for the home. No Appointments needed!



My final grade for Spa Sonic is an A. I love that Spa Sonic is so easy to use and portable. The only thing I wish that Spa Sonic had was a carrying case for travel. Other than that, Spa Sonic Face and Body Polisher is great for all my beauty divas and gurus especially since it is cheaper than other cleansing systems. 

Thanks to the divas and gurus at Spa Sonic, 
You can win your own Spa Sonic Face and Body Polisher!
Enter today! 



Until next time

Live,Style,Write,
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion Eats: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month & Giveaway!*

Hello all my fashion divas and gurus! I am very happy to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 - October 15 with IMUSA and McCormick Spices. I cooked an Hispanic influence meal (actually my first meal ever - with help from my kitchen guru husband Ian from Body by Ian). Check out my slide show of my cooking experience and how I made my first Hispanic meals! 




Here is my recipe for my version of Monfongo! 
Ingredients
Green plantains 6-8
Head of garlic 1
Olive oil
McCormick Salt from the salt grinder
McCormick Black pepper from the peppercorn grinder
Bacon (Turkey or pork)

How to Prepare Malan's Monfongo
Add the bacon to your pan, and cook until crispy then set aside.
Fill your IMUSA Dutch oven half way with water, add salt cover and bring to a boil.
While the water is boiling, peel your plantains and cut into 2 inch pieces then add to water. Cook plantains until soft; drain (reserving the water into another pot), then add plantains to a large bowl.
Using a IMUSA Wood Mortar and Pestle start mashing your plantains and slowly mixing in your garlic and pork or ham pieces. Spoon in some of the hot liquid reserve if mixture starts to get to sticky.Using a small soup bowl; spoon some of the mixture in. Using a ice cream scoop, place the monfongo on a flat plate and serve immediately.

Here is my verison of Cuban Styled Flank Steak

Homemade Mojo Marinade Ingredients:

1 cup of lemon juice
1/2 of lime juice
1/4 cup of vinegar
1/2 cup of Garlic minced
1/2 cup of Onion minced
Pinch of  kosher salt
Pinch of  McCormick orengano
Pinch of  McCormick ground pepper
1/2 cup of olive oil (extra virgin)

How to Prepare Malan's Cuban Style Flank Steak
Cut the excess fat from the Flank steak. Than score the steak so the marinade can penertate the meat. Place the steak in the Marinade for at least  2 hours (For more intense flavor, marniade the flank steak overnight) . Place the steak along with marinade into the broiler, oven or grill. My husband and I placed the steak into the baking pan. Please don't forget to preheat the oven for 400 degrees. Depending on your oven, cook the for 30 minutes or cook to your desire. Let the steak rest for 5-10 minutes. Slice up your flank steak diagonal and serve!






Oh I almost forgot You can Win a SOUTHWEST / MEXICAN Cooking PACKAGE including: 
IMUSA’s Lava Rock Molcajete, 
Tortilla Warmer, 
Cast Iron Tortilla Press, 
Cast Aluminum Comal and Salsa Dishes
McCormick’s Black Pepper, 
Cumin, 
Mexican Oregano, 
Chili Powder, 
Cilantro Leaves, 
Taco Recipe Mix, 
Enchilada Recipe Mix, 
Tinga de Pollo Recipe Mix,
 Mayonnaise with Lime and Mexican Rice Mix





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Special Thanks to IMUSA http://www.imusausa.com/
 and 
McCormick Spice http://www.mccormick.com/

Until Next Time
Live, Style, Write
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion looks at THE IZO-EHI COLLECTION & Giveaway (Ad partner)



Hello my fashion divas and gurus! I am very happy to introduce you to an up and coming indie designer. Today you guys get a sneak peek at the IZO-EHI  jewelry collection and a super fabulous giveaway. Yes, You can win a pair of earrings from IZO-EHI! 


Here is a look at some of IZO-EHI jewelry collection. 






Juanita Ehioba is the creator of IZO -EHI Collection. The IZO-EHI Collection was created by designer Juanita Ehioba. Juanita studied fashion design at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, MO and earned a Bachelors in Christian Studies from Faith Bible College. 



 IZO-EHI was established in 2006 as a Full Figure Line. IZO- EHI has a variety of unique fabrics and jewelry, that make one stand out from the crowd. Juanita love for design earned her one of the "BEST" emerging designers of Baltimore's Fashion Week in 2009. Juanita Ehioba will be presenting her line on September 3, 2013 in New York. This summer IZO -EHI will add metal working to her jewelry line and leather handbags to her collection. 




Here is a look at some of IZO - EHI metal work. These earrings are very unique.




You can check out more from The IZO-EHI collection on Juanita Ehioba facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/izora.jones.3 



You can also buy tickets to attend An evening of Fashion with IZO-EHI collection at

The IZO-EHI Collection Giveaway





I would like to thank Juanita Ehioba for sponsoring the giveaway on Heavy on Fashion. 
 Make sure you in it to win it! 

Live,Style,Write 
Malanb

Sorry for being M.I.A!

Hey guys I am so sorry for being MIA on Heavy on Fashion. I recently moved to back to my hometown in a new house, Yay! My macbook is sick! Macbook + apple store repairs = ton of  $$$!

While I working on my tech issues, head over to my Music and Street fashion blog Milan Malan Word on the Street. I am having a great giveaway from Anything Goes UK apparel company! I am giving away a wonderful graphic tee! Check my latest giveaway at http://milanmalan.blogspot.com/2012/07/milan-malan-word-on-street-fashion.html
Photo courtesy of Anything Goes UK apparel

Don't Worry, Heavy on Fashion will be back before you know it with some great reviews, event coverage, interviews, and videos!

Make sure you check out Heavy on Fashion's Tumblr Page at http://heavyonfashion.tumblr.com/ 
and my Twitter account @malanb
for the latest updates! 

Live,Style,Write
Malanb

Heavy on Fashion talks to Pretty Pear Bride ...and Giveaway



How did Pretty Pear Bride magazine come to be? Where can we pick up Pretty Pear Magazine? 
After countless attempts by my wedding friends, PPB magazine came to be because I saw a void and filled it.  I knew nothing about magazines, where to start or how to make one but I knew that there was a void and I was eager and hungry to fill it.  PPB Magazines are available through our website and in salons and boutiques across the country.  Visit or website for locations, that are being updated constantly. 

I love Pretty Pear Bride blog. What made you venture into the blogosphere? 
I started out in the cyber world of wedding industry blogging by creating Divas and Weddings, wedding inspiration for the wedding diva.  I loved being able to share with the world my creative visions and take on weddings.  I myself being a plus size bride noticed that there were no resources, like Style Me Pretty and other wedding blogs for plus size brides so my mission was clear: merge my love for blogging and wedding planning with creating a place for plus size brides to see themselves in wedding inspiration.

What is the most important thing you learned from being the Owner and Editor of Pretty Pear Bride?  
Determination!! It is not easy hearing "No" and this venture has really taught me that you have to be determined to get what you want out of life.  But good things do come to those that wait!

                  What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?  
Stay true to you and your vision. It's so easy to get caught up in creating something and forget what you started out to do.  Know your vision and never lose sight of it.  

I see that you are a Certified Wedding Planner and Plus Size Bridal Stylist. What is the best wedding advice you can give to all those Pretty Pear Brides?  
Take one thing at a time.  Yes, planning a wedding can be stressful and hard but if you take one thing at a time, it makes it so much easier.  Trust me it will save your sanity as well as everyone else around you.

From a Biology Degree to a Certified Wedding planner and stylist, that is a interesting career change. How did that come to be? 
Well, I was always the cool and social science person, as they called me in college.  Everyone was always like “you are a biology person but you’re so social and fun.  So I’ve always had that planning, social vibe to me.  While in college I was in charge of the whole social/events organization on my campus so I definitely got my fix of social and planning even when I had my science side.  And when I graduated, I did the science/medical thing to pay the bills because at the time being a planner and stylist wasn't as lucrative as it is now but I always had my hand in the event planning realm.  So eventually my husband told to go out and start my own company.  So here we are.


There are many people who would like be a certified Wedding planner. 
What advice would you give to them?  
Experience, Experience, Experience!  Being certified is great, it looks good and will give you that advantage over other planners who are not but don't think that just because you are certified that you will automatically get clients.  You need to get the experience to go with the certification.  Do internships, volunteer, shadow other planners, the more hands on experience the better. 


When I was getting married, I found it pretty hard to find a great dress. What advice would you a bride to be who is looking for the perfect dress for her special day? 
Any store/brand suggestions.  

"Try it on"  So often people see things on a rack and just know that it won't look good on them but how do you know.  You don't know until you try it on.  You will be amazed at how different a dress looks on you as opposed to on the rack.  I am in love with Alfred Angelo right now. They really understand the plus size bride and are making more options that compliment our bodies.  Also don't be afraid to get a dress custom made, especially to match your size.  This is a great option for that bride that has a specific vision and can't find it anyway.  

What is your favorite plus size bridal designer(s) right now?   
I love Alfred Angelo, White by Vera Wang and Etsy for those custom made dresses.

What advice would you give a bride planning her special day? 
 It's your special day so make sure and enjoy it!

The Giveaway!

I am happy to announce the first Giveaway on Heavy on Fashion!
Today Heavy on Fashion and Shafonne Myers, owner and Editor in Chief of Pretty Pear Bride Online 
and Pretty Pear Bride Magazine will be giving away the latest Issue of Pretty Pear Bride Magazine! 
Sign up and be a winner! 
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I would like to thank Shafonne Myers, owner and Editor in Chief of Pretty Pear Bride Online 
and Pretty Pear Bride Magazine for the interview and the fabulous giveaway! 


Check out the Pretty Pear Bride at: www.prettypearbride.com