Aug 22

Art imitates life or not?

Here’s an interesting anecdote that I wanted to mention.  We know that there are stereotypes we need to overcome, especially if you are plus size.

Recently, I was doing a promo sheet for a magazine that I write for.  While I was trying to find some graphics, I found it virtually impossible to find a graphic that shows a plus size woman being valued for  ”herself.”  I was not interested in graphics which depicted a plus size woman standing on a scale, looking in the mirror 25 pounds thinner or exercising.    I finally settled on the graphic below since I thought this image could be also saying that size does not matter and is a mindset.   To me, this was the least offensive.  The graphic is being used after all, for a plus size editorial and advertising promo sheet.

It is a sad commentary that every plus size graphic had a plus size woman on a scale or working out like mad.   I am so glad that I had our graphic designer CREATE what is the reality.  That plus size women enjoy full lives on their own terms.


Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Diva Debbi.

Aug 17

Welcome to the late summer edition of Fashion Flash! Read on for some great info from our favorite bloggers!

Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks women have to stop being ashamed when they experience this very common condition . . . because . . . it’s NO BIG DEAL!! Check out her best tips!


Cindy over at Prime Beauty has discovered a revolutionary new foundation from Laura Mercier that is perfect for over 40 women! She test drove the new Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide and was thrilled with the ride!

Last summer, during August, fashion blogger Pam Lutrell reminded us of lessons learned from What Not To Wear? as the show began it’s final season.

Today’s post, explains one of those magic lessons!

DivaDebbi is always trying new anti-aging potions, so when her colleagues cornered her to say, “did you do something to your neck”? She had to stop and think…ah yes!…

Do you need to  you use a moisturizer with a sunscreenDeb of No-Nonsense  Beauty Blog  has the answer.

Did you know that any ailment you have ever had that has a name that ends in “itis” has a strong inflammation component to it? Society Wellness gives us some tips to support the healing and soothing of any “itis” condition.

Link for the Ten Commandments for a Second Life.  They may not be what you expect!

As we come to the end of summer, it’s time to remind ourselves to be vigilant about our health and fitness. Test your Fabulous Forever health IQ with this at home quiz created by Mirabai Holland, Women’s Health & Fitness Expert.

With the Emmy Awards coming up soon it’s time to think about red carpet. Fab Over Forty’s interview with Kate Somerville lets us in on her secrets on how the stars get their skin red carpet ready and how you can do it at home.


Aug 8

Another controversy when it comes to size.  Except this time it is about being too thin.


Most recently, Gap has been on the receiving end of criticism as of late after the company tweeted a photo of a super-skinny model wearing a pastel plaid dress.  The image sparked an endless amount of controversy with followers of the Twitterverse, with some followers defending the model’s thin physique, while others expressed outrage over the controversial shot on both sides of the issue.


.Photo:  Twitter/Gap

Gap has since responded to the controversy via a statement to E! News. “Our intentions have always been to celebrate diversity in our marketing and champion people for who they are,” Edie Kissko, Gap Inc. spokesperson said. “Upon reflection, we understand the sensitivity surround this photograph. Customer feedback is important to us and we think this is a valuable conversation to learn from.”

When are we going to learn as a society that it is not good to criticize fat or thin?

Aug 3

Discouraged by the bias toward plus size in Russia and the lack of plus size models, Dilyara Larina has found a solution….

She has written a book and founded her own agency! According to the national research center Healthy Eating, almost 59 percent of Russian women are overweight.

The imposition of model beauty standards on everyday Russians is a multi-million dollar industry. One reason for this has to do with retail stores themselves and the lack of variety when it comes to size.

Larina has been promoting plus-size models and has written a book on the subject called Living in a Non-Standard Body. She has also opened her own modeling agency, called Plus-Size Model Agency.  She is a perfect example of living life to the fullest at any size!

Source: Anton Denisov / RIA Novosti

Larina explains that for plus-size models, what is most important is not necessary being curvy, but having a beautiful face and inner strength. “The body of a beautiful, well groomed woman attracts male attention,” she says. “I love my weight because it’s mine. In it, I find something even dearer than my body itself. In it, I find something that satisfies the soul.”  She said she strives to represent the people whose products she promotes.

Equal rights when it comes to beauty and fashion…that is her real goal!

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