Jan 30

If you are one to shy away from a vest–WAIT! Reconsider! There are so many great choices in the market today, that you will be able to find a plus size vest that is perfect for your silhouette.

We have found three reasons why you need at least one vest in your wardrobe.

  1. They conceal where you want and accentuate the positive.
  2. They provide layering without all of the bulk.
  3. They provide the opportunity to mix and match.

You will find with a longer vest such as this Comfy USA Crinkle Vest that you are able to conceal problem areas and put the focus on your best features.

Don’t be afraid to try a vest with some embellishment and texture.  This Comfy USA Jackie Vest is lightweight and comfortable and great for a traditional look!

Don’t forget lace this season.  For the Beach, for work or a night out, a lace vest can go from day to evening in a flash.  Take a look at this lace zip vest as a wonderful addition to any wardrobe.

Don’t be afraid to add at least one vest to your collection this season.  Go for long or free flowing style if you are not sure.  You’ll be in style and on trend!

Check out Fashion Flash with Menopause Makeover.

Jan 24

Congratulations to Glee Star Amber Riley for launching her plus size eboutique, Rileyland Fashions!  The site sold out but is restocking so be sure to check back soon.

She is an advocate for plus size women and talks about the importance of having confidence and a healthy body image as a plus-sized woman.

Amber said that she just wanted to show young girls that you can be active and flaunt their curves at any size.  She added that plus-sized girls should not let anyone tell them they can’t do certain activities like dancing.

We are looking forward to seeing what Amber has in her boutique!   Congratulations!

Check out Fab Over Forty for this week’s fashion flash!

Jan 18

Just as in previous issues with Melissa Mc Carthy, Elle has chosen to have a head shot for actress Mindy Kahling.  Kahling, of The Office and Mindy Project fame, was on the cover with Amy Poehler, Allison Williams and Zooey Deschanel for the February 2014 cover.  Poehler, Williams and Deschanel were on alternate covers for the Women in Television issue.

Cover: Elle Magazine

Kahling says, “I am not model skinny but also not super-fat and fabulously owning my hugeness.”

But the controversy surrounding this cover has overshadowed Kaling’s moment.

“I was, for the first time in my career, on the cover of a fashion magazine, which is such an awesome, nice thing,” she told David Letterman on Friday. “It felt great!”

She said she didn’t expect this reaction and the uproar it caused on body image.  Kaling said, “There was a weird reaction, which was, ‘Does Elle magazine think Mindy’s not skinny enough to show her whole body, standing up from head to toe?’”

Elle issued a statement shortly after the critics began responding in order to defend their position.

“Mindy looks sexy, beautiful and chic,” it read. “We think it is a striking and sophisticated cover and are thrilled to celebrate her in our Women in TV issue.”

If that is the case, it is simple? How about showing all of her just like the other actresses and not just a head shot?

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Moving Free with Mirabai.

Jan 12

Make the Most of What You Got: Fashion Tops for Full Figured Women

Most of us will recall standing in front of the mirror as a teenager and praying for bigger breasts. A few of us were lucky enough to have those prayers answered, but those with plenty up top often find it difficult to find clothing that fits well. A big bust demands attention and is a symbol of sexuality that has the ability to bring grown men to their knees. If you are one of the lucky ones, then you are already well aware of your bosom’s almost magical powers. Showing just a hint of cleavage is more than enough to spice up an otherwise dull outfit. However, there are some occasions when it’s better to keep your best feature under wraps. The following collection of tops will ensure you look your best for every occasion.

Wraparound Tops

This style of top is extremely versatile and can be played down for the office or dressed up for a night on the town. If you’re worried about flashing too much cleavage, a small tank top worn underneath will preserve your modesty. Wraparound styles also make fantastic evening dresses. The new collection from navabi.us has some on-trend designs that will look fantastic on big busts.


V-Neck Tops

Show off what you’ve got with a deep V-neck top such as this flattering Nora top by Art of Cloth that provides the perfect frame for your enviable assets. The right bra is crucial to getting this look right as one that doesn’t fit or boosts you up too much will make you look trashy. If you’re extra-large, avoid push-up bras that will look overly sexy. Too-tight bras that cut into the sides of your body or create the dreaded “four-boob effect” are a big no-no. Also make sure that your bra strap sits at the same level all the way around your body and is not riding up your back.



Corsets are a great option for big busts, but as with V-neck tops be careful not to overdo it. Corsets will lift and enhance your bust and bring in your waist giving the perfect hourglass figure and look terrific underneath a trendy blazer.


Floaty Tops

For a carefree, feminine look, a floaty top such as this Kaftan top from Sienna Rose in a delicate fabric worn over a pair of skinny jeans is a wonderful option. Experiment with loud patterns and different textures to create a multitude of different looks. This style of top is usually low cut to balance out the extra fabric and is a great way to show some cleavage while still creating an elegant effect.

Shawls and Blazers

Draping a shawl around your shoulders is a classy way to cover up in chilly weather, or you could simply use a patterned silk scarf as a way to add some style to your outfit. Those who prefer a more modern look can team their top with a fitted blazer such as this blazer from Neon Buddha and skinny jeans for an ultra-trendy look.

However you decide to drape your bust, confidence is the key to pulling off any outfit. Feeling comfortable with your body is the first step on the path to finding your own individual style, so spend some time searching for the perfect outfit that you believe looks best for your shape.


Janice Carlson loves women’s fashion. She enjoys writing about flattering wardrobes and new trends on style blogs.

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


Jan 5
New Year 2014 Fashion Flash
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Black Cat Plus is so excited to have one of the first Fashion Flash posts for 2014!!

Fashion Flash is a weekly round-up of the best fashion and beauty posts from 40+ bloggers! Take a look below!

Let’s see what is in the news from our fabulous Fashion Flash Bloggers!

Are you feeling unhealthy after the eat-too-may-sweet treats holiday season?  The Menopause Makeover Food Pyramid supports finding your healthy weight by eating yummy foods 5-6 times a day.  The Menopause Makeover is not about getting skinny, it is about getting healthy embracing your own unique shape and frame-size.  I lost 25 pounds in 12-weeks after I created the 8-step 12-week Menopause Makeover program.  You can too!  Check out these inspiring Menopause Makeover testimonials, and start your makeover today.

It’s a new year and a new time to rethink our beauty routines. Fab Over Forty reviews Mireille Guiliano’s latest book French Women Don’t Get Facelifts. See what the French women do that maybe we should all consider for 2014.


Cindy from Prime Beauty is head-over-stilettos with a fabulous new foundation. SENNA’s Lasting Illusion Foundation has a satin finish perfect for the over 40 woman.


Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks too many women over 50 let sex slow down to a screeching halt! But, the truth is . . . sex after 50 can be the best ever. WATCH THIS!


While smoking is often glamorized in Hollywood, there’s nothing beautiful about the effects it can have on your face and health, as Jackie from AgingBackwards.com points out.


Deb of No-Nononsense Beauty Blog tests a home remedy for winter dry skin.



Mirabai Holland, women’s fitness expert says ” I’ve spent a lot of my career studying why fitness program succeed or fail. Try my top 10 fitness tips to help you ward of decrepitude.


There was a time when wearing white after Labor Day was a fashion faux pas. But not anymore! Deborah Boland shows you how wearing white will make you stand out in a sea of drab wintry wardrobes.