Dec 31

At Black Cat Plus, we are always willing to help! Check this out from our friends at Coupon Mountain!

With One Click, One Dollar Goes to Toys for Tots

The holidays are coming to a close, and hopefully the season was very merry for you. But for some kids, Santa doesn’t make a stop at their house. Which is where Toys for Tots comes in – helping provide thousands of toys for families in need. It’s really a wonderful program.

To help this great cause, CouponMountain.com (an online coupon code site) has pledged togive up to $50,000. But it’s up to you how much Toys for Tots will get. Because they’re going to give $1 for every Facebook Fan they have on Dec. 31.

So please – take a minute to log on and “Like” CouponMountain. Then pass it on

How You Can Give $1 to Toys for Tots:

·      Go to their Facebook page

·      Select “Like”

·      CouponMountain will donate $1

·      Spread the word to your friends

Always willing to help!

Hug your kids! Hug your cat! Hug your dog! Have a fun, safe evening!

Happy New Year!

Jodell

Blackcatplus
Dec 30

Well, here we are at the end of the year already!  These last few days of 2010 are a perfect time to reflect upon the events of this past year and to look ahead with anticipation and promise as to what we have to look forward to for 2011.

The plus size fashion industry has been in the process of a revolution over the past few years.

One of the things that I have learned these past few years is that the industry as a whole moves very slowly.  More like evolution, rather than evolution. However, it still moves and I like the cycle we are in now.

While we still see bias when it comes to plus size as evidenced by Maura Kelly’s post about CBS-Television’s sitcom, Mike and Molly, I’d like to think that we have made some inroads with the One Stop Plus and their Fashion Show in NYC this past Fall and models like Lizzie Miller who represents real women so beautifully.

So…I predict that more plus size designers will take up the mantle for plus size women and give us clothing that fit into our busy lives.  This includes current fashion designers like Toula, who has completed its first season’s collection for Saks Fifth Ave.

Having a variety of plus size offerings in the store, will lead to increased demand for plus size fashion, both on line and in-store. Funny how that works.

We will continue to see a trend in plus size seasonless dressing with yoga-inspired pieces.  Diane Kennedy (check out the pants) and Comfy USA

are perfect examples of  easy-to-wear, easy care, year-’round dressing.

I am looking forward to hearing more about The Curvy Revolution’s Plus Size Convention at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas  February 18-20,  2011.  I will be in Vegas during that week for my buying trip and hope to pop in and say Hi and see what’s going on. I think we’ll see more conventions of this nature.

I also believe we will see more plus size resources and directories such as the new plus size search engine, Plus for Us.

And….here’s my wish for each one of you! May you have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year and May All of Your Dreams Come True!

Cheers! Drink some champagne and celebrate your accomplishments this past year!

See you in 2011!

Jodell

Blackcatplus
Dec 20

Next on your “To Do” list!  Check this site out!

A new search engine for all things Plus Size: Plus for Us

With its organized categories, vast resources for the full figured and fabulous as well as access to the latest information for all things related to living plus size, Plus for Us is a truly your “global source for everything full figured!”

You’ll have no trouble at all navigating through this plus size search engine with its attractive home page, easy-to-read font and featured, growing categories of all things related to plus size which includes: Shopping; E-publications which includes magazines and blogs; Entertainment with interesting articles, upcoming events and radio shows; Dating sites; Modeling resources;  Blog and more.

As you scroll down the home page you will see quick search links to specific shopping categories and sites, dating sites, radio shows and E-publications, making your search quick and easy.

We will keep you posted for any additions to this professional and comprehensive site as they show us how to stay fashionable, connected, and confident and most of all , “embrace who we are not what they think we should be.”

Follow Plus For Us on Twitter for breaking news and information.

A full figured site to follow for sure! Plus for Us!

Blackcatplus
Dec 13

Whew! It has been a whirlwind around here! We have got the latest and greatest fashion finds for Holiday 2010!

This holiday season pay attention to “Real World” dressing which reflects the busy woman’s lifestyle and priories.  You will see that the focus is on easy casual and sophisticated chic!

Easy casual, is defined by practical, year-round, fashionable clothing which easily transcends from day to evening.  Think beyond basic black and look  for solids in chocolate, wine, charcoal and navy which absorbs light and slenderizes. Take a look at our Art of Cloth Seabreeze Jacket in crimson and charcoal-a perfect topper to wear to a holiday party.

Easy casual and sophisticated chic are personified by the sheath dress with flattering princess seams such as our Neon Buddha slip dress. Add a splash of color with a red wrap and you are set to party!

Always in style–separates! We are having great success with easy casual and sophisticated jackets! Try this Cover Charge Rose Slinky Cape for a jacket with a hint of glam and embellished with tiny rhinestones. If you need a bit more of a glam  look, consider a  jacket from our Simply Silk line. This purple burnout pattern kimono jacket extends past the hips.

Want something a bit more dressy? Sophisticated chic is defined by clothes that are dressy, but not overdressy!  Seek clothes that skim and show off your curves. Pieces made from jersey-like fabrics, have V-necklines and low knots accentuate in all the right places.  We love the color and fit of our Kiyonna Gabrielle Tie Dress.

This holiday season have fun with family and friends.  Be sure to take advantage of the easy casual and sophisticated chic trends as you count your blessing and celebrate  the season and into 2011!

Blackcatplus