Dec 30

As the New Year approaches, I always  take stock of what we have done this past year both personally and professionally.  I am excited about the direction of plus size fashion as it seems that progress is being made, slowly but surely.

Photo credit: hownowdesignFoter.comCC BY-NC-ND

This year, vow to try new color combinations and styles.   Mix and match as you define or re-define your personal style.  For a great glitzy, glam look try metallics such as this Art of Cloth Zoya Glimmer Tunic in Meteor.

You’ll see lots and lots of lace this season, into next Spring and Summer! Try a lace tunic such as this Comfy USA Lace Tunic! Great for a New Year’s Eve Party at home!

Vow to try something different this year starting the New Year off with a Bang!! You’ll love the results!!


Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Barbara Hannah Grufferman of The Best of Everything After 50 for more tips for the coming year!

Dec 27

Like people, should Barbie’s come in different shapes and sizes?  Wow! What a concept!!  What do you think?  See below!

On Facebook the group, Plus Size Modeling posed the question and nearly 40,000 people liked the concept, but some disagreed with certain features.

Dec 21

I was watching Catie Couric’s now cancelled, talk show with Personal Fitness Instuctor, Jeanette De Patie and I loved her message. Stop saying, “When I lose weight, I will…” She urges all of us to stop putting on hold what we want to do when __________… How true is that?

As a plus size person, she decided to become a fitness instructor, run a marathon and compete in a triathalon.  She has also led several hot flash mobs!

As she says, “Not everyone who exercises is going to look like a super model.”  She reminded me to keep on keeping on and stop saying, “When.”

Take a look at her interview with Catie and see what she has to say.

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Deb at the Nononsense Beauty Blog.

Dec 14

As an advocate of plus size fashion, I am always looking for new retailers or retailers who have decided to enter the plus size market.  I love their edgy on-trend style and look forward to seeing what styles the design team will choose for the plus size women.

Photo: Violeta by Mango

Popular Spanish retailer, Mango has decided to enter the plus size market in a big way starting with its Spring-Summer 2014 campaign with plus size fashions and accessories to its largest markets of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Russia and Spain, with e-commerce available to shoppers across Europe, Turkey and Russia.

I can only hope that Violeta by Mango will come to the U.S. as well and join brands H&M and other retailers in serving the plus size market.   And, soon.

Fashion Flash from Fabulous After 40.



Dec 7

Along with the colder temperatures, for many people winter usually means dry, flaky, itchy skin. Those frigid temperatures mean we crank up the furnace which blows dry, heated air. Long, hot showers to thaw out cold extremities only serve to further dry out the skin, which is already subject to winter’s naturally low humidity levels.

Photo Credit: Douglas Brown CC-BY-NC-SA

Here are five great tips to counteract winter’s attack on skin hydration and keep your skin well-moisturized throughout the harshest season:


1.  Moisturizers: Choose creams over lotions

When moisturizing your skin, choose a cream instead of a lotion. Lotions are water-based and easily absorbed, while a thicker cream tends to create a seal that locks in moisture. The cream then provides an additional level of protection to the top layer of the skin. Select a moisturizing cream that is fragrance-free and be sure to apply it immediately after your shower before your skin has a chance to lose moisture.


2.  Avoid using perfumes

Fragrances can be an irritant to the skin. The alcohol in your favorite perfume will also dry out your skin and disrupt the skin’s own regulation process which helps it to maintain a healthy moisture level. If you do wish to use perfume, use it sparingly.


3. Change your shower habit for winter

This tip may be difficult for the shower lovers out there. Lowering the water temperature and shortening the length of time you spend in the shower will be a tremendous benefit to your skin over the course of the winter months. Baths and showers should be limited to no more than once a day for optimal skin hydration. In addition, using a moisturizing body bar will be gentler on your skin than a harsh soap.


4. Drink more water

One of the biggest factors in maintaining properly hydrated skin is hydration within the body – not only on the surface. One of the most effective actions you can take in the winter is consuming more water than you believe you need on a daily basis. The additional water will be absorbed by your cells as a replacement for the water lost to old man winter’s drying elements. There are some great online tools to help you determine how much water you should consume given your body type and health history.


5. Stay away from alcohol

During the holidays there is always a lot of toasting going on. But did you know consuming alcohol can negatively affect the appearance of your skin? If you really want to achieve maximum skin health during the winter, refrain from (or at least limit) alcohol consumption during the holidays.


6. Get your omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the essential keys to skin health. These fatty acids have a multi-faceted protective effect on the skin. They help to ward off the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure, make hair shinier, and help to keep the skin well-hydrated. You can take in omega-3 fatty acids through supplements found in the natural foods section of the grocery store or pharmacy or at the health food store, or you can also get sufficient quantities by eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish (salmon, sardines, or halibut), walnuts, flax seeds, and tofu.

Winter skin doesn’t need to be that uncomfortable, dry skin that you may have become accustomed to. Take time to follow these six easy steps and you will keep your protective covering supple and glowing even through the season’s coldest days.


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