Jan 31
Weekly Fashion Flash
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This week’s host is the No Nonsense Beauty Blog.  The author of this blog, Deb, is a health and beauty writer who focuses on science and beauty to develop an anti-aging plan.

I always love to find out more about how to take care of my skin.  Put your best foot forward and look and feel great.  We can take advantage of the newest advancements in technology!

So, while you are there, check out Deb’s other posts on the science of beauty.  I find her Build Your Beauty Toolkit very informative and of course, no nonsense!

Next Monday, it is my turn to host the Fashion Flash! I can’t wait to introduce you to all of the talented Women of Wonder!

Jodell

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Jan 30

I do wish all of this pressure for celebrities would stop!

Health and wellness I am all for, but it seems to be a constant message to stay thin and it really is sending the wrong message.

Maybe I am more sensitive to it?? I can sympathize.  I don’t see a heavy Carrie Fisher or Kathy Bates, I see two talented actresses… Here is Carrie Fisher, who says she is tired of being fat…

I am all for healthy eating, and exercise regime and  (good shapewear in between) as a plan to live well and long! But, everywhere you turn we see yet another celebrity and the pressure to stay thin at every age!

I admire talent and strength and accomplishment at any size!

Speaking of talented celebrities. Have you seen Academy Award winner Kathy Bates new show, Harry’s Law? A well written (David E. Kelly of Ally McBeal fame) well produced show about misfit lawyers who come together and defend those in need at Harry’s Law and Fine Shoes. Love the shoe idea!  Watch it! You’ll love it! Mondays at 10 pm on NBC.

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Jan 24

We are so honored to be a part of this new group.  Each week Black Cat Plus will bring you the latest from around the blogosphere along with our blogger friends who will share with you their latest tips on fashion, beauty, healthy living and more. That’s more tips! More info and more fun for all!

This week’s Fashion Flash is being hosted by  The Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40. I think you will love reading  the posts from our friends as well as the Glam Gals’ blog.  Deborah and JoJami are talking this week about what to keep and what to throw away when cleaning your closet. I think you’ll like the Glam Gals!  They believe that,  “Life  is too short to be frumpy.”

Amen.

More as it happens!

Jodell

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Jan 23

As you may know, I am a big fan of plus size model Crystal Renn. I love that she takes chances, keeps us guessing as to what she will do next AND, I hope, will pave the way for more plus size models to enter the world of high fashion as representatives of real women with real bodies!

Well, good news!

Photo: Shot by Inez and Vinoodh from Jimmy Choo.com

Crystal is once again moving through the ranks of the main stream high fashion designers and is the new face of Jimmy Choo.  Starting with the Spring ’11 collection, Crystal puts her own touch of elegance and style in ad campaigns and on the runway for the Jimmy Choo brand.  Love those shoes!

Speaking of shoes…I have been shoe crazy lately.  By the way, did you do what I told you to in a previous post and sign up to win shoes every week for a year from Saks? Go now. Well, read this and then go!

Speaking of shoes…I have received a few emails asking we at Black Cat Plus carries shoes in wide widths and/or extended sizes.  Sorry, we do not carry shoes. But! I did a little bit of research and you can go to Zappos. (Finish reading) I have a wide foot and love Ros Hommerson. Ros Hommerson has the best shoes for wide feet! Stylish, comfortable and reasonable, you cannot go wrong with this line. Also check out Annie shoes, very very reasonable. My two fave! You can sign up when to receive email alerts when Zappos has new styles in your favorite brand. Very good day when you receive that email! But rush to order as they go fast! Free overnight shipping! Even better!  Also sign up to receive their Digest which has great info and resources. (One reader wrote that she goes to Vegas to buy shoes because a lot of the show girls have large feet and because of the demand, the stores there stock the larger sizes. Who knew?) In addition, other sources are Nordstrom Rack and Nine West.

More as it happens! Jodell

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Jan 17

I really loved the actresses’ collective tastes  this year.  Kudos to them and their stylists!

Black. Check.  Glitz, Green, check. More glitz, check.  Here’s something new–subdued, as in subtle shades of pink, from blush to barely there pink to me squinting at the television and saying, “Well then, what color is that?? Nude? Shell?”

Yup, more minimalism and simplicity and femininity. Perfect for the times!  Except Sandra, sweetie. You are like our sister, daughter, cousin, best friend all rolled into one. We WANT to see your pretty face. Cut the bangs. I know, I know,  what a difference a year has made for you. But, we worry constantly about you!  So, cut them! Just a tad! For us, please.

Scarlett Johansson in Elie Saab. My favorite. Maybe because it reminds me of a Fairy Princess dress. Leighton Meesler in Burberry. Diana Agron in J. Mendel. Carrie Underwood in Badgley Mischka.

I believe I love the hint of color most of all, because then the focus was on their faces and their hair style.  Did you also notice that there were minimal accessories?  Not ten bracelets dripping in diamonds with earrings that cost more than my house, car and all wordly possessions put together.

Interesting…I really loved the universally flattering simple elegant lines, low, low, low, backs and then to the opposite end of the spectrum, glitz with a hint of, what was that? Gasp,  the 80′s? Amber Riley of Glee and below, Anne Hathaway in her Armani Prive bringin’ sexy back dress. WOW.

Of course, the first thing I always ask myself is, “Well, would a plus size person wear that?” Well, except for the amazing January Jones Versace gown, Probably! And there’s a good chance we can get into something similar!  You remember the gown that January wore!  This one..

Photo Getty Images.

Note to self: Don’t feel bad, you never could wear something like that and no matter how much you try you never could even when you were four. Don’t stress.  This dress looked great on January. I even love her name.  (I was born in January. In case you want to send an email birthday wish, it is the 30th. :)

And, we really can take away some good style tips from the first show of the Awards Season!

Neutral tones, play up the face! Simple lines are always in style and can make any dress work. We can wear sequins and look awesome! Low backs, hmnn. Well, not as low as Miss Anne’s, but we can go low, to a point.  And, try a different color-such as Emerald Green?

Off we go to the Emerald City!  A very nice color and a very nice change. Take a look at Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace and Mila  Kunis in Vera Wang. Are those shoulder pads in Angelina’s dress?

So, grab your Golden Globe Grey Goose Cocktail and here’s a toast to Fashion!

Try this recipe from Grey Goose in Celebration of Style!

Grey Goose Le Fizz recipe:

An elegant and refreshing combination of Grey Goose vodka, fresh lime juice and elderflower, topped with ice cold soda.

Ingredients

1 oz Grey Goose vodka
1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur
1/2 oz Freshly-squeezed lime juice
Top up Soda water

Method

Combine Grey Goose, elderflower liqueur and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute. Top with chilled soda water.

Can’t wait for the Oscars!

More as it happens! Jodell

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Jan 16

Shoes. I could not resist! I am in the process of writing a post about shoes and just saw this Style Watch Promo and wanted to share it real quick!  It says you could win new shoes every week for a year from Saks Fifth Ave.

Why not?  And since the Golden Globes are on tonight and I am in a good mood…

Here’s another chance to win one of our Back Alley Bargain Boxes! P0st a message to us here on our blog and leave your email by Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. Eastern and we will choose one Back Alley Bargain Box winner. Don’t forget the shoes!

And for a shameless plug! How about clothes? We’ve got a sale goin on!

More as it happens later!

Jodell

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