Jan 30

Here are the Black Cat Plus picks for Valentines Day!   Make your selections now!

The key trend this season is romantic lace. Take a look at Kiyonna’s Boudoir Lace Dress in Black.  It is our most popular dress. Our second most popular dress is the Lace Bodice Dress.   You can play it up with tasteful accessories and have a great night out on the town!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from No nonsense Beauty Blog.

 

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Jan 29

Plus Size Model Tess Holliday (Munster) signed a deal with MiLK Modeling Agency.  The 5′ 5″ size 22, plus size model is a lot shorter and larger than many traditional plus size models.  Most plus-size models are typically taller and between sizes 8 and 16.

“I think we’re the only agency with a model of her size. She is by far the largest model I have in the [Curves] division,” Anna Shillinglaw, the owner and director of MiLK, told the New York Daily News.

Tess Holliday/Facebook

Holliday, who has been featured in Vogue ITalia, but was discovered on her Instagram account.  She shows another side of plus size and how refreshing is that?  Congratulations, Tess!

 

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Jan 18

We love this season’s choices for the plus size resort collection by Tadashi Shoji and other designers.  This year’s theme is by-the-sea! Perfect for this time of year as we long to get back to a more pleasing climate, especially if you live near where we are located in Upstate New York!

 

Shades of blue with blue and white and sea shell patterns set the stage for Resort 2015.

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Jan 11
Fashion Flash Winter Edition
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Happy 2015!  Here’s the latest and greatest from our Fashion Flash bloggers!

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog has a great solution to winter dry skin and hair.

 

Chic at any Age talks about how the addition of a new bag or some chic underwear is a great way to spice up your January wardrobe.

Cindy over at Prime Beauty discusses the newest trends in hair washing. See which one is right your hair!

Fashion blogger, Pamela Lutrell gives us three questions to ask before we copy what a mannequin is wearing!

 

Another good reason to quit smoking in 2015: Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com discovers that smoking is worse for women than men.

Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of the best-selling essential roadmap to positive aging —  The Best of Everything After 50 — knows the secret to getting unstuck so you can build your best life, no matter what your age. Get those garbage bags ready . . .

Top Ten Fitness Tips for 2015 Mirabai Holland, Women’s Health & Fitness Expert gives advice how to make those New Year Fitness Resolutions come true!

B12 shots are popular this time of year when there is an increase of people going on weight loss or detox programs to support their New Years resolutions. Often times B12 shots are suggested as part of a plan, but are they worth it? Society Wellness gives us the information we really need to know.

And, over at Black Cat Plus, we are making room for Spring 2015.  Check out the latest!

 

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Jan 3

As the new year begins, adopt a few fashion resolutions of your own.

Make sure you know your body type and find which styles, fabrics and embellishments work best for your type.

Don’t hide! Show off your curves! Make it your New Year’s Resolution to find pieces that will flatter your curves.   For a thicker waist,  try an asymmetrical tunic or a drop-waisted dress which accentuates your best features such as this Art of Cloth Camille Three Quarter Sleeve Dress.

 

For key pieces such as this Diane Kennedy Treasure Dress find a professional Tailor who you trust to make sure your outfit fits well in the bust, arms, length, and waist and to make sure it looks as great on the hanger as off!   

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Dec 19

I read an interesting post this week from Cece Olisa.  She talks about whether black women get some kind of “plus size pass.”  She talks about how harmful that is to women of color and unfair to generalize.

She says, “These plus-size pass rumors are dangerous. All women, including women of color, have body image issues. All women, including women of color, have to work to become confident in the skin they’re in.”


How true.  But now, what do we do about it?  How do we stop the passing on of untrue stereotypes? One step at at time.

We should all be talking about how important it is for each one of us to have our own definition of what positive body image means.

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Over50Feeling40.

 

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Dec 9

The We. Women project is a wonderful project with wonderful photos.

 

The goal:  How is a “beautiful” woman defined?

Neringa Rekasiute’s photo spread attempts to answer this question.  Through her work she is trying to give women back their power to decide what qualities are inherent in a beautiful woman.

 

The project started with a sketch drawn by Beata Tiskevic, who is an actress and TV  host in Lithuania.

“Beata showed me this drawing of a woman looking into the mirror and there were words written on her body: the words which throughout her life she heard addressed about her ‘imperfect’ body. Beata and I had been discussing extensively how much Lithuania needs an empowering project for women,” Rekasiute said. This was it. “I told her, ‘We have to do it.’”

Using social media, the team invited women to share images of themselves in their underwear and to share their story.  Selections were made from those images and stories.  The photo shoot allowed the 12 selected women to confront their insecurities and  types of destructive behaviors such as bulimia, anorexia, fat-shaming, skinny-shaming, violence from men, and negative self-perception.  They wanted to bring women’s bodies into the forefront to see them in a different light.

I think the most important that the project does is to serve as a reminder that having a positive body image is empowering.

 

Check out this week Fashion Flash from Mary Lou at Second Lives Club.

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Dec 5

We are excited to see that there is a new print magazine in the U.K. which features plus size models in a positive manner.  The magazine began as an internet only publication in 2011 with printing and selling the magazine off of its own web site.

Photo: Slink Magazine

Today,  the magazine, which will be distributed across 15 countries, features inspirational plus size models.  Each edition will include such topics as shopping features, interviews, features, travel and beauty tips to change the reputation of plus size fashion.

Responding to critics who say that the magazine would promote an unhealthy body image (like regular size models, look healthy??) “We are extremely conscious of our responsibility to promote a healthy body image both physically and mentally,” Editor Rivke Baum said. “In our next issue, we are introducing a new healthy eating and fitness column to further back this. But what we are also aware of is that health doesn’t come in one dress size and there are numerous factors that play a part in our well-being…It’s about promoting health and happiness without suggesting it can only be achieved at one dress size.”

The magazine has a policy against body alteration and will not photoshop images.  What an excellent addition!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash with Jackie and Aging Backwards!

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Dec 1

Tis the season for jeans!  Our preference for jeans has lasted over 100 years.  New fabrics and technology have made jeans the go-to garment in just about everyone’s wardrobe.  Did you know that denim jeans can be found in the wardrobes of 96% of U.S. female consumers who on average, own seven pairs of designer jeans according to Cotton Incorporated’s Retail Monitor™ survey.  Men own an average of six pairs.  It’s a fact that both men and women love jeans!  For women’s jeans, take a look at a classic such as bootcut jeans which can be worn with anything from heels to flats and paired with tunics to jackets for a flattering, timeless look.

 

Photo: True Religion

Front and center this season not only in designer jeans for women, but designer jeans for men feature embellishments such as zippers and embroidery.  You will also find that there are many different kinds of ripped jeans for women to choose from.  When selecting the right pair of ripped jeans be sure not to go overboard or you will risk looking grunge instead of glam.   The ripped style can be seen in just about every cut and dye so you will be able to easily find a pair that meets your taste and silhouette.  Be sure to pair your jeans with tops and accessories that do not overpower your overall look.  Skinny jeans for women can be worn by every shape and size.  The key to wearing the skinny jean is to pick a jean with the right amount of stretch.  Remember, the darker the color of denim, the more slimming the silhouette.

 

Photo: True Religion

True Religion has a wide selection of jeans for women – even extended sizes in some styles, including the skinny and bootcut jean styles.  So the men won’t feel left out, they will also find plenty of selections to choose from with True Religion Brand men’s designer jeans.

 

 

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Nov 17

 

Many women tell me that they do not want to wear jeans anymore because they feel that they don’t look good in them.  I always ask what brand and style of jean they are wearing because denim has come a long way in the past few years and there is no reason why every woman can’t find a jean that fits!  There are plenty of slimming jeans on the market, it just takes some patience to wade through all of the choices in fits, washes and design in jeans for women.

 

Photo credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/gelatobaby/2562891042/”>A Walker in LA</a> / <a href=”http://foter.com”>Foter</a> / <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/”>CC BY-NC-SA</a>

There are three main areas to keep in mind when you are buying that perfect fitting jean.

#1: It is all about fit and how the jeans flatter your curves.  Do find a jean with some stretch.  You may need to actually go down a size so that your jeans do not become baggy or sloppy looking by day’s end.  Utilize technology and consider your silhouette when selecting the right pair of jeans.  There are many technological advances in denim that will provide you with assistance to flatter your curves!  For example, NYDJ jeans features a lift tuck technology that makes you look and feel a size smaller.

#2: The cut of the jean is also very important and offers some options to accentuate your best features or minimize an area where you do not want to call attention.   Wide leg jeans can balance out a larger bust so that you do not appear to be top-heavy.  If you carry your weight in the middle, find a jean with a wider waistband.  If you have fuller legs and thighs, try a trouser jean, which will stay right below the waist and provide you with a polished and professional look.

 

#3: Do you remember lying down on the bed to get your jeans on?  How uncomfortable was that?  Quality and Comfort go hand-in-hand when you are choosing the right pair of jeans.  Keep in mind that the right pair of jeans will slim the tummy, contour the hips and lift the butt without feeling as though you are stuffed into your jeans.

Don’t be afraid to try on different pairs, ask questions of the sales staff, and pretty soon you will be Rockin’ those Denim Jeans!

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

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