May 31

Inga Eiriksdottir along with other plus size models including Marquita Pring, Ashley Graham, Julie Henderson, and Danielle Redman  founded ALDA (which means “wave” in Icelandic),  to promote size diversity in modeling.  Ashley Graham was the model who graced the cover of Elle Quebec June issue.  These NYC based, full-figured models  have joined forces to power their way into high-paying, high-profile jobs typically reserved for models who wear a size 2 or smaller. The women got the idea after Ford Modeling Agency closed its plus model division last summer.

The group also approached IMG Models — which reps straight-size supermodels including Gisele Bündchen and Karlie Kloss — and saw that the agency had only one plus size model and the ALDA women all signed with the agency in January.

ALDA also has plans to promote healthy self-esteem in girls everywhere through workshops, lectures and other events. In recent months, agencies have begun removing the label “plus-size” from their models and have pushed them for castings in New York runway shows as well as major fashion editorials and advertising campaigns.  While the New York runway gigs have yet to come to fruition, it may not be long.

Demand for clothing size 14 and up increased 7 percent in the past 12 months, totaling $17.6 billion in sales, according to David Riley from market researchers company the NPD Group.

Congratulations for the group of Alda women who forged their own path!

Welcome this week to Melanie from Society Wellness who is hosting her first Fashion Flash!

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May 25

Just in!

Abercrombie and Fitch is going through a re-do in many ways.  To counteract sluggish sales, the chain has decided to offer larger sizes and to change the atmosphere in the stores by turning up the lights a bit more and playing music that is not so loud and using less perfume.  According to CBS News, Company profits also went down 77 percent in the past year, while sales at newly-opened stores internationally dropped 19 percent.

 

Photo credit: Hammerin ManFoterCreative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Interestingly enough, the retailer is also getting rid of photos of abs in its advertising by replacing the photos with images of clothes, and mannequins wearing them.

Glad to see that this chain has come to its senses!   Too bad it took a dip in sales to make them realize that times are changin!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Barbara at Best of Everything After 50.

 

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May 18

Ladylike, romantic Lace is everywhere again this season.  Think boudoir and vintage-inspired for this continuing trend.

Whether it is used as a feminine accent or an overall look, you will see lace on hemlines, in detailing on tops and bottoms, sleeves and as the key fabric in separates and dresses.

No longer is lace just for evening.  This fabric provides a seamless transition between day and night: Dress it up, dress it down and you are right in style!

The key to plus size lace separates is stretch!  Check and see if the garment has a bit of lycra or spandex to flatter your curves.   Just a touch will do!

We love these lace tunic in black from Comfy USA.  Wear a cami and pair with your favorite leggings and you are off!

Lace provides an irresistible trend this spring!

 

Check it out, it’s Fashion Flash Monday on Moving Free with Mirabai.

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May 11

Happy Spring!  We are excited to give you the latest and greatest from our Fashion Flash Bloggers!

 

Do you have  a mass of freckles on your chest?  Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog tries out different methods to get that creamy smooth  red carpet decollete.

Positive Living advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks that women over 50 can actually feel more confident and pretty if they use less makeup! Here are her best tricks for looking pretty and polished in minutes!

An Osteoporosis Prevention Workout can go a long way towards protecting bone mass and preventing falls that can cause a fracture. Learn what type of bone loading exercises you should do from Women’s Fitness Expert, Mirabai Holland.

Do you think you can really tighten and tone your tummy in just 30 seconds a day? Pictures don’t lie!  DivaDebbi proves you can with Mio’s Get Waisted.

We want to get you thinking about your adrenal health. The post Society Wellness is sharing to peak reader’s interest about adrenal health, because it is one of their  favorite subjects on their blog. Put it this way; are you busy, multi-tasking, or juggling what feels like a million things? Then this post is for you.

Prime Beauty keeps her peepers clean and hydrated with Tarte’s fabulous new Fresh Eyes Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes. Trust me, you’re gonna LOVE them, pinky swear!

We know we go through a lot of changes when going through menopause, but what about the changes in our skin during menopause? Fab Over Forty went to the experts to see how we can adapt to these changes.

How do you look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks? It’s easier than you think! Style expert Deborah Boland shares her tips for looking fabulous when money is tight.

 

 

Spring is in full swing!! Check out Parsley & Sage and Art of Cloth for the newest in Spring Fashions!

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May 2

Here it is again.

Kath Read, blogger of Fat Heffalump and fat activist wrote recently about being called derogatory names and photographed by strangers just because of her size.  Known for her bright, colorful clothing style, Kath is the brunt of comments and jokes about her size. As she tells her story, one kid went so far as to snap a photo with his  phone while she was eating in a restaurant.  She now makes it a habit of snapping a photo back.  I love her blog, by the way, go and check it out when you get a chance.


This is a form of discrimination and bullying at its worst.  The same old scenario and the result, the dehumanization of people who are overweight.  I think it is a sad state of affairs and says a lot about our society.  The message: Fat woman is not attractive and fat woman is worthless.

I wonder when and if ever, this form of bullying and discrimination will stop.  It makes me sad.  Teenage girls worry more about their appearance today than ever before and eating disorders are on the rise and I am not sure what the answer is and how to stop it.

Check out her blog, Fat Heffalump, it really makes you think about how women are viewed by society and her desire to go against norms and define their own reality.  I give Kath credit for her bravery and her candor.

I am just not sure what to do about it.

Check out No Nonsense Beauty Blog with Fashion Flash Monday~

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