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!

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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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Feb 14

We know that the Groundhog saw six more weeks of winter and it is a fact that this Winter is tough, but you can brighten up your day with these great plus size finds!

Here are a few pieces that are selling out this season.

 

Parsley and Sage is a great line for tunics and for Winter.  Check out this Lisi Top.

Do we ever have jackets!  The perfect topper can go with anything.   There is nothing better than an open jacket.

Take a look at this Linda Jacket from Parsley and Sage.  One of the faves this season is Art of Cloth Coco Jacket in Cabernet.

Check this week’s Fashion Flash from Aging Backwards.

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Feb 12

We love this JORD Fieldcrest watch in black! When this this watch came in, everyone in the store was curious and had to try it on as well.  The Fieldcrest watch goes with absolutely everything and is very rich and elegant in appearance.   It makes a statement that says modern, sleek with precision craftsmanship and design.   The price is perfect at $120 retail.

 

Give as a gift or buy one for yourself.  A purrfect treat!

 

 

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Feb 8

This year, Robyn Lawley is named as the first plus size Sports Illustrated model.  A firm believer in health and fitness, and self-confessed “foodie” Lawley is a size 12.  While some argue whether plus size is a size 12, it is still great to see that Sports Illustrated is following the same patterns as other major publications in featuring women who have different body types.

Photo: Robyn Lawley

Lawley is pictured wearing a bikini from her own line.  As she says, “I don’t know if I consider myself as a plus-size model or not,” Lawley, who is represented by Wilhelmina Models, says. “I just consider myself a model because I’m trying to help women in general accept their bodies. ”Congratulations Robyn who is nine months pregnant and due just about any day!

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Jan 30

Here are the Black Cat Plus picks for Valentines Day!   Make your selections now!

The key trend this season is romantic lace. Take a look at Kiyonna’s Boudoir Lace Dress in Black.  It is our most popular dress. Our second most popular dress is the Lace Bodice Dress.   You can play it up with tasteful accessories and have a great night out on the town!

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

 

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