Aug 2

I have been running around these past few days in New York City and was shocked to see no plus size departments at Century 21 and Saks Fifth Ave. and not to mention that at Bloomingdales, the plus size department was a third of the square footage it used to be.

When I inquired at Bloomingdales, #1 where the plus size department went and #2 where were all the PANTS?  The answer was they took it down because no one was shopping in them and was given a blank stare about the pants.  There were three of us at the check out line looking at each other going, “We’re here and the other two women were like, ‘Yes, where are the pants!”

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That is not the first time I have heard that statement.  I cannot imagine why and where the discrepancy is between what is and what the stores say it is? I do not understand how they can make such a statement and what constitutes enough sales to justify clothing in a particular department?

I have heard Saks is rethinking their business model for plus size. When?

Good move. Maybe the problem is assortment in fit, variety, price? I cannot imagine what the variables are, but it seems to me that there should be some viable solution?  Let’s hope so.  It was very depressing.

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Jul 26

Welcome to this week’s Fashion Flash! We have great items for you to read this week from all of our bloggers! Read on! Have a great rest of the summer!

 

Is summer’s heat making you cranky? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com suggests these tips to de-stress – #5, who knew?

Lifestyle blogger, Pamela Lutrell, shows us a sure fire way to cover gray in between coloring…and she got the idea from the late JOAN RIVERS!

 

Chic at Any Age talks about What to wear for a trip to the theatre and dinner.

Prime Beauty joins the beauty army and gets muddy with Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Mud Mask!

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog explores the “it” beauty ingredient of the year– tea tree oil.

Inka of glamourgrannytravels.com likes to chill out in style in Greece. Just look at these fabulous destinations.

Society Wellness talks about, “If you love mangoes, cold soups in the summer, and the heat from chipotle and ginger, this recipe is for you!”

Tone up and cool off  with this Aqua Ballet Workout by Certified Health Coach & Exercise Physiologist,  Mirabai Holland from www.mirabaiholland.com

Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 and AARP YouTube Host, wants all of you to know how to protect your skin from the INSIDE OUT! Check out her #1 best tip for beautiful skin at any age.

Eva Scrivo, acclaimed hair and makeup artist, advises second life women of the one thing they can control in the aging process.  So don’t go gray until you read this!

Do you ever wonder what dating is like for single men over 40? Here is a taste of what some of the men you are dating are experiencing.

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Jul 19

We have found a great new item!

The Half-Tee is designed as a layering piece that is “all style-no hassle” and fits up to its name. The Half-Tee provides coverage in the bust line without adding the extra layer to your midsection and features a non-slip band that is truly non-slip.

I admit, I was a bit skeptical at first for plus size, as I was afraid that I would be walking around with a “bare midriff” that everyone would absolutely be able to tell, but that was not the case. The short or long sleeve styles are perfect for women who want to wear tank tops but do not want to bare their arms.

I wore the Half-Tee under a low cut V-neck tunic and it did the trick and I was not hot at all.  That was the selling point for me.

 

Styles include: Tank, short-sleeve and long sleeve and fabrics include in cotton, lace and modal fabric. The fabric is so lightweight you feel as though you do not have anything on. Prices range from $17.99-$34.99 retail for the full tee. For those ladies who are a bit modest and who won’t consider the half tee, the layering shirt fits the bill! That shirt has become a favorite item of mine for working out, lounging and layering! Go to www.halfteee.com for more information.

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Jul 11

Celebrities such as Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson have influenced plus size manufacturers to take notice as they are about to design their own plus size clothing lines.  It is sad that in spite of the positive influence of celebrities such as McCarth and Wilson along with Tess Halliday, who recently graced the cover of People Magazine, plus size offerings are far and few in between leaving retailers such as Torrid and new plus size line X-Two, with an endless market to sell to.

“The industry has done a disservice to themselves by not offering some of those great choices for the plus-size consumer,” says Marshal Cohen, NPD retail analyst.

 

Cohen says major clothing stores aren’t eager to make a serious commitment to the plus-size market because it isn’t growing.

“Until the plus-size business grows at a rate greater than its current growth of 2 percent, they are going to wait. And that means that plus size is going to have to accelerate its growth rate closer to 4 and even 5 percent before the retailers are really going to embrace this,” Analyst Marshal Cohen says even the large department stores have more offerings on their websites than they do on the racks. For a lot of Americans, he says, in-store shopping is not a positive experience, Cohen adds.

It will be interesting to see just exactly what it takes!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Aging Backwards.

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Jul 3

Straight/Curve, a documentary which will debut in the Fall of 2016, follows top models, photographers, editors and stylists for two fashion seasons, diving into the current status of models in the media and determine whether a size zero will remain the norm.


The film emphasizes that the use of stick-skinny, size zero models on runways and in magazines and encourages a negative body image among women. The promo for the documentary shows plus-size models, like Jennie Runk and Leah Kelley, explaining how one universal average size does not exist.

 

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Jun 27

The 29-year-old American model is front and center on a swimsuitsforall’s new ad entitled ‘Beach Body. Not Sorry’, aimed to inspire women to be more confident in their own bodies.   In a completely unretouched images and video she talks about how curvy women should just have confidence and be who they are!

Great video! Wonderful images!

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Jun 21

A big “THANK YOU” to movie and television star, Melissa McCarthy has a clothing line in the works!  The line is for women of all sizes!

She is launching her own namesake line Melissa McCarthy Seven7 which features an 80-piece line designed by McCarthy herself, for women ranging from sizes 4 to 28!

She said,  ”People don’t stop at a size 12. It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you and you probably don’t want to be seen.”  Melissa is everywhere and we love to see what she is doing! Here she is on the cover of the June issue of More Magazine!

Her line will be available on QVC and her web site Melissa McCarthy.com.  We can’t wait!

 

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Prime Beauty Blog.

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Jun 11

Lane Bryant announced this week that Project Runway Designer Christian Siriano will be creating a limited-edition line exclusively for the specialty sized retailer.  The collection will be in stores Spring 2016, and will be sold under the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant label. He launched his first collection in 2008 and In 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).  He has designed for such celebrities as Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.

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Christian Siriano said about his collaboration with Lane Bryant, “In my opinion, fashion should never be defined by size. Regardless if it’s for red carpet or a day at the office, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable in their clothes.  I’m excited about this partnership with Lane Bryant because it allows me the opportunity to showcase my designs on the everyday woman and allow them the opportunity to feel as beautiful and fashionable as possible.

No stranger to designing for plus size, Siriano recently designed a gown for blogger Nicolette Mason.  Nicolette’s gown was beautiful with tulle in a pale shade of blush, sequins and jewels in a floral pattern.  Quite a fairy tale wedding gown, indeed!

We look forward to seeing what Christian comes up with for 2016!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Chic at Any Age.

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Jun 7

 

We are excited to present the Fashion Flash for Summer.  We know you will love all of the information that they have to share!

 

Chic at Any Age talks about the alkemistry of jewellery. Why are we attracted to certain gemstones as opposed to others. Learn more.


Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 and AARP YouTube Channel Host, wants every woman to know that great skin can be yours! All you need are the right tools: sunscreen, moisturizer and THIS MAGIC POTION!


Have you tried beauty oils yet? Cindy over at Prime Beauty found two budget friendly beauty oils with powerful skincare ingredients and they come in a convenient rollerball!

What do Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt and Kate Middeleton  have in common?  They all have to deal with eczema and  Deb of No-Nonsense  Beauty Blog will explore   the causes and care of this  all too common skin problem.

Traveling at all this summer?  Terry Leary and Nancy Bergman did enough of it in their first lives that they decided to buy the hotel and settle down in Nicaragua.  Now that’s some second life!

Inka of glamourgrannytravels felt like a princess on board a traditional dhow, gliding along Muscat’s stunning shoeline in Oman.

Midlife blogger Pamela Lutrell interviews a FASHION LEGEND about reinvention and designers who like our age group!

Do you know your best colors for summer? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com explains that it doesn’t matter if you’re a “summer” or a “winter” – here’s the real way to find your true colors.

Clicking Joints: Should I worry? What are those clicking, popping and crackling sounds in my joints? Mirabai Holland Certified Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach gives you the answer.

Melanie and Michelle from Society Wellness are inviting all of us to join them in their 3rd annual cardio challenge. The dates are June 13th – 25th. If you are in need of some friendly and supportive motivation to step up your cardio workout, this is it!


Over at Black Cat Plus, Summer is coming for sure with events, weddings and more.  Check out our Simply Silk items for weddings and occasion wear!


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May 30

I had been in such a snit lately because all of my friends are wearing Lululemon.  There they are working out in their activewear and then running around to do their errands and look so cute.  I refuse to work out in anything hideous!

Well, now we have found the best plus size workout wear and yoga line and wanted to share!   I cannot say enough about this line and look forward to wearing it and offering it to our customers!

From tanks to tops, jackets, cardigans, pullovers, capri’s and pants in fashionable styles and colors, you will definitely want to buy your favorites and stock up on those  basics.    The capri’s and tanks are wonderful!

Marika.com

Marika Curves Collection has the perfect answer to the, “what to wear to yoga and then to dinner” problem.  Casual and stylish and not sloppy at all.  The Marika Curves Collection features Marika Curves, Balance and Marika Magic.

The parent company, Rock Fit is a privately held global apparel manufacturer specializing in women’s fashionable and functional active wear and apparel, as well as men’s and children’s apparel.  Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Commerce, California, Rock Fit proudly remains family owned and operated.

Marika, the company’s original fitness brand, features multi-sport active wear.  The Balance Collections is on-trend with soft fabrics and feature yoga, fitness and lifestyle apparel.

This is our fave jacket, the Angela Slimming Jacket, stylish, functional and flattering!

Check them out today!

 

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