Apr 17

We must change the way we see ourselves.  When you are plus size, things are not good or bad; right or wrong.   Blogger, Jessica Kane proves just that point.

Jessica Kane took offense to the label of “brave” when she posted a photo of herself in a swimsuit on Facebook.

“When you say you’re being brave, what you’re implying is you are doing something you probably shouldn’t be doing,” the Florida-based fashion blogger told PEOPLE Magazine. “I know so many people who are doing actual brave things in this world that mean something much deeper, and I want to emphasize that me getting in a swimsuit shouldn’t be perceived as brave.”

Kane – who is the creative director for the plus-size fashion line Cool Gal Blue – and the owner of Skorch Magazine, was inspired to post her swimsuit shot on Facebook after a well-meaning friend said, “Wow, I wish I was brave like you,” in reaction to posting the photo.

As she says, “It is all about perspective.”  We must live our lives for NOW! Thanks for the reminder, Jessica!

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Apr 9

Yup, what’s the point?  It’s a direct dig at Victoria’s Secret.  But, why and to what end?    Watch the video as it features plus-size models wearing bras and panties from the new Cacique by Lane Bryant collection.  How does this remind us that all women are sexy?  Can’t we celebrate both Victoria Secret and Cacique?

The 30-second spot is done in black-and-white and without any music with a few sound bites from the models, who all declare that they’re no angels.  Take a look and decide for yourself.

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

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Apr 5

As if this decision to sell Lilly Pulitzer at Target wasn’t controversial enough! The Lilly Pulitzer brand is the next fashion brand to sell at Target after such brands as Vera Wang and Missoni, Target decides to sell the popular, bright and summery resort wear prints on line for plus size.  While it is a good thing that SOME plus sizes are even offered, the brand is selling up to a size 18, it is not encouraging to see another brand sell plus only on line. Target’s explanation talks about providing an assortment and allowing for some trial and error, but BLAMES the customer in that the last time they tried plus size designer collection it did not work?  Really?

 

The promotional efforts look great and the brand even has its own video and an app.

The brand is available on April 19, 2015.  Transport yourself to the land of Lilly in Palm Beach by watching the video at People Stylewatch, and we bet you’ll be in a beach ready for sure!  Get  closer look at the collection here in an interactive party setting that seems to be a preview of the app being launched with the collection.

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Mar 29

The #DropThePlus campaign, which was created by former host of The Biggest Loser Australia, actress and author Ajay Rochester and supported by Dita Von Tesse model Stefanio Ferrario, hopes to encourage worldwide reform that will see the fashion industry casting aside the term completely.

They all believe that the use of the term, ‘plus-size’ is ‘damaging for the minds of young girls’ and want to put an end once and for all to size segregation.

In a post on Instagram, Stefania Ferrario – who is a size 12 – wrote: “I am a model FULL STOP. Unfortunately in the modeling industry if you’re above a US size 4 you are considered plus size, and so I’m often labelled a ‘plus size’ model.

“I do NOT find this empowering.”

She continued: “A couple of days ago, Ajay Rochester [@ajayrochester] called the industry to task for its use of the term ‘plus size’ by making the point that it is ‘harmful’ to call a model ‘plus’ and damaging for the minds of young girls.

 

Rochester explains in her blog findingmymojo.com, “I wanted to make reference to the fact that using the word PLUS on anyone, least of all someone who could hardly be considered plus size in the “real world” (ie MOST “plus size” models), it  instantly defines them as different, not accepted…. If you define it by “Plus” size and “Regular” Sized models then Plus means “irregular” which means not of the norm.”

 

Do you think that this new mindset will take hold?  We hope so!

Check out the Fashion Flash from Over50Feeling40!

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Mar 21

One trend we have seen on the runway this Spring is the continuation of boho chic, but this time with an update.  This style is flattering for plus size women as it provides a draped look and continues with a romantic touch.

No one does it better than our friends at Sienna Rose!

You will see flowy, dreamy silhouettes with a hint of retro from the 60′s and 70′s without all of the volume of the past, but a more fitted and feminine look.  Important rich, vibrant prints and sweeping pastel hues and kaleidoscopic prints are at the front and center of this on trend look from Sienna Rose.   The kaftan style is perfect for plus.

Boho chic also contains the tie dye look and prints that can be mismatched. The kaftan style is perfect for plus size as it minimizes and keeps you on trend and in style.

This comfortable, laid back style is great for casual and can be dressed up for daytime!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Society Wellness!

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Mar 12

Over the past few months, I had been asked to try the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit.  Unfortunately, after a few tries I had to discontinue using the system because I had extreme tooth sensitivity.  The process was easy, I made a mold of my upper and lower teeth and sent it in and waited to get my tray back.  After a few weeks, I did receive the tray back and proceeded with the instructions.

 

After three days, I noticed that my teeth actually hurt and I had trouble drinking hot and cold liquids.  I had a visit scheduled with the dentist in the meantime.  She noted that my teeth were white even after a few tries and I told her what I was using and she said to discontinue as it was normal with some people and wait a few weeks and try it again.
Unfortunately, after a few tries I had to discontinue use altogether.   It was too bad because the process was easy and I did notice a marked difference.  I would encourage anyone to give it a try as the system does work, is easy and convenient to use.

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Mar 12

Applause for Kelly Clarkson who is confident enough in her own right to shrug off negative comments about her weight by a British “journalist.”

Clarkson said,  “That’s because she doesn’t know me. I’m awesome! It doesn’t bother me. It’s a free world. Say what you will.”  Clarkson went on to clarify, “I’ve just never cared what people think. It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family —  I don’t seek out any other acceptance.”

Katie Hopkins, a writer for the British Tabloid, Sun, has been saying negative things about Clarkson’s weight in recent weeks.

Hopkins first took her attacks to Twitter, tweeting negative comments about Clarkson’s weight on Feb. 20, 2015.  Hopkins said, “Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happily I have wide-screen.” She added, “Darling, if you had a baby a year ago, that is not baby weight. It is fat. Quit calling it cute names to make yourself feel better.”

Good for Clarkson who took the high road and shame on the so-called journalist to judge.  Perhaps she was trying to boost her own profile in the press.  Mean girls never win in the long run, Hopkins.

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Mar 8

I’ll admit, there are days when I feel that I can use as much help as I can get.  But, for retailers, are skinny mirrors helping or hurting their business and in the long run, their customers?

On the site, the manufacturers of the Skinny Mirror says that, “The Skinny Mirror offers a subtle slimming reflection (5-10 lbs) that works on the psyche over time. It gives the users the instant visual gratification of a “slimmer you” while educating that how you choose to feel about your body has nothing to do with your actual shape, size or weight.  The Skinny Mirror is successfully inspiring positive self-image in both the home and business.”

Ok, I can see perhaps that having a skinny mirror in your own home may be an advantage at times.  You have set a goal to get in shape and are working towards that goal and a daily reminder of what success will look like, may be a good thing.  But, when retailers use the skinny mirror to sell clothes, especially without telling their customers that is deception.

What do you think?

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Mar 2

How many more weeks of Winter?  Stay warm and cozy and read these Fashion Flash posts from all of our FF Bloggers!

What to avoid the road to Frumpytown?  Read these thoughts from fashion and style blogger, Pamela Lutrell

Can a vegetarian diet  lead to more  wrinkles?  Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog tackles the question.

Look Fabulous at any age with this make-up range specially formulated for mature skins.

DivaDebbi is a Personal Shopper professionally, so she loves to rehash the best and worst of the Red Carpet during awards season.

See her loves and loathes and if your agree, here.

The Sport Illustrated annual swimsuit issue is out….a sign that Spring can’t be too far off!  What supermodel graced that cover three times?  And guess what she’s doing now in her second life!

I’ve responded to sneaker stimuli, bought myself some new ones and shared my formula for sneaker shopping and how to pick yours at Moving Free With Mirabai.

Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of “The Best of Everything After 50,” thinks full brows are the best way to look modern, fresh and ready for Spring . . . and here’s how to get them!

 

 

Society Wellness explains how supplements are measured, and what measurements to look for when purchasing different kinds of supplements.

Your type of beauty shows up in your facial features, body language, thoughts, feelings, behavior tendencies, and personality. Prime Beauty has partnered with makeover expert, Carol Tuttle to help you find your unique style! Prime Beauty is giving away a Dressing Your Truth online course worth $297! Find out which of the 4 beauty types you are, what colors look best on you and how to dress for your figure and personal style!

And, over at Black Cat Plus, take a look at our sale page! We are clearing out for new things!

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Feb 19

Here are three key pieces to keep you feeling warm and cozy this Winter!   Think dresses with tights, your favorite pair of leggings and a cozy tunics and vests you are all set!   Cool blues is the key color tone this Winter!    Mix and match and you will be right in style.

A dressed up favorite in royal blue to brighten up your day, with this Ming Wang Royal Blue and Black Dress.  Put on your black tights and heels and accessorize with gold or silver jewelry and you are all set for day and evening.

Don’t forget the leggings.  As seen on Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today Show, these Lysee Leggings serve as shape wear and leggings and can be paired with any of your favorite tunics.

The Delaney Cowl Tunic from Parsley and Sage is so popular we have ordered it several times!  This tunic is great to wear for work or play.  Don’t forget your tights or leggings and you are all set!

Layer, layer and layer.  This Madison Cowl Vest from Comfy USA is the perfect piece for layering and for a comfortable look.

 
Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from No nonsense Beauty blog.

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