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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Apr 25

Black and White is everywhere!  The fun continues this spring with black and white stripes in tops and bottoms such as this slimming black and white skirt from Multiples.  Yes, you can wear the stripes as they are in divergent patterns.  You will also see a lot of black and white abstract patterns and color blocking.

Want to mix it up?  Look for a black and white with a neutral shade such as this Giselle Topper from Comfy USA!  The best thing is that you can use the prints to layer and the solids pieces to balance the silhouette.

Also, for this Spring you will see a lot of sheer, transparent fabrics.  Don’t fret!  Use a boob tube or a thin cami tank to go underneath a sheer top such as this Quinn Button Up Shirt in Piano.  A great piece for sure! Oversized shirts are in!

Black and white is for sure a clean, flattering combination that looks so cool and is great on the plus size silhouette.  Be sure to mix and match til your heart’s content!

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Apr 17

A 2012 study released by The NPD Group, a leading market research company, shows that two-thirds of females ages 13 and over in America say they wear clothing that is “special sized.”  One-third of these females classify themselves as plus-size females.

So, where are the plus size prom dresses?

Black Cat Plus does not cater to that market at present.  However, we have a few styles and brands that may fit and be appropriate for the plus size teen such as this dress from Kiyonna.

If they cannot find something to wear, many teens are having to borrow a dress or have a dress made by a seamstress.  Our friends at Sydney’s Closet do a great job of catering to this market.  However, more brands need to design for this particular market which is under-served.  Let’s see who will take the challenge?

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

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Apr 6
L’eggs are Back!
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We were pleasantly surprised this past week when we received a gift basket with L’eggs Sheer Energy Pantyhose! What a trip down memory lane!  L’eggs was the first hosiery brand to have mass market distribution back in the 1970′s.  According to Women’s Wear Daily, it is ranked among the top 20 hosiery brands.

So, here’s what they did.  L’eggs Brand Inc. sent us  a kit stuffed full with all their must-have Spring essentials,  including two of the classic Sheer Energy L’eggs eggs, this season’s hottest nail polish, tinted lip-gloss, a pedicure kit and more!  What a nice surprise!

It is sure “eggxciting” to have L’eggs as we Spring Forward with the season’s styles.  With its sheer panty, lightweight hosiery fabric, these pantyhose are perfect to wear with the season’s monochromatic and pastel dresses and tuics–that range from sorbet shades of blush, violet, mint and blue.  (We always stored jewelry and other things in those eggs!)

There is a great story behind the packaging as well.  Apparently, the hosiery company has received requests to bring back the iconic eggs with the L’eggs pantyhose ever since they retired the packaging back in 1992!  And, yes!  We immediately put them on AND The L’eggs hose are still the same, tried and true hose we knew and loved back then.

 

Wait, that is not all! There is the Fabulous After 40 promotion!  Women over 21 will have the opportunity to win more than $40,000 in prizes!

The L’eggs Lucky Egg Sweepstakes grand prize winner and guest will receive a round trip to Las Vegas for a special egg hunt, a $2,000 shopping spree, a beauty make-over, and tickets to attend a Las Vegas show.  That’s not all– the grand prize winner will receive $25,000. The sweepstakes runs until April 28.  Go to www.leggsluckyegg.com and complete the sweepstakes form.

The eggs are available at Walgreen’s as well as some Rite-Aids and Wal-Mart stores.  They retail for $5.50. Go to the  L’eggs Facebook page for the chance to win weekly prizes.

Go now and enter!  And grab those L’eggs eggs before they are gone!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Fab Over Forty!

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Apr 6

We are filling in this week and have the honor to host Fashion Flash!  Take note of these fabulous posts and tips from our favorite bloggers!

 

Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog has a confession.

DivaDebbi takes a look at extreme plastic surgery; celebrity style and how jarring it is when well know faces change before our eyes.

The black and white trend is going strong. Deborah Boland shares classy yet casual ways to wear this flattering trend.

Positive Living Advocate Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks you can shop in your own kitchen for fabulous health and beauty products! Check out some of her best finds (and you won’t need your Amex!)!

Prime Beauty is ditching her black, gray and brown winter wardrobe for the brights shades of  summer. Bring On The Brights!

Getting fit can change your life! Women’s health and fitness expert Mirabai Holland shares her insight.

 

And, at Black Cat Plus, we were excited to participate in the Fabulous After 40 L’eggs Promotion! Check it out!

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Mar 29
Plus Size Shirt Chic
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This season you will see a lot of button down shirts from the tried and true crisp and clean white to an over-sized button down pattern shirt such as this popular stick print shirt from Comfy USA.  Pair your shirt with white pants for a real on-trend look.  Try a reverse button shirt.  Button the first three buttons and the remainder of the shirt unbuttoned with a cami or high waisted pant.  Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from our newest member, Diva Debbie.

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Mar 24

Today we have some great posts for you to read from our fab Fashion Flash bloggers! Enjoy!

 

 

Have you tried a monthly beauty subscription service? Cindy from Prime Beauty shows you what she got in her March Ipsy Glam Bag and why she sticks with it!

Deb  of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog adds some new favorites to her beauty tool kit.

Want happy hair? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com reminds you of hair tips you know and reveals a few you may not know.

Want to lose weight? There’s an app for that! Women’s wellness expert has the skinny on weight loss apps.

Positive Aging Expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman thinks every woman can look fresh, pretty and modern in minutes with the right makeup in the right places. See her latest tips for looking fab over 50!.

Halfway between perfectly pretty and goth lies a new type of bloom that’s dark, moody and mysterious. Deborah Boland shares the perfect way for women over 40 to wear spring’s latest trend, dark florals.

Is a lipstick worth $49? Find out what Dana from Fab Over Forty thinks about these Tom Ford lipsticks for Spring.

DivaDebbi test drove Color WOW Temporary Root Touch-Up Kit. How did it fare compared to her usual fave root fix Gray Away? Find out here

 

 

 

 

And at Black Cat Plus, Spring is a poppin’ check out our new line of Sping items at www.Blackcatplus.com.

 

 

 

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Mar 15

We have been wearing the SONSEE tights and they are perfect for every plus size figure!

The tights are made in Italy and they don’t roll, they are not tight or uncomfortable and we have no problems hand washing and wearing them over and over.

From the web site…

• 3D & 360 degree elastane stretch technology allows SONSEE Woman hosiery to fit the lower legs, thighs, hips and waist without sagging, bagging or the dreaded “muffin-topping.”
• An Anti-Roll Waistband so hosiery can be worn high or low on the waist.
• Extra reinforcement at the thighs for greater durability.
• Unlike shape-wear – our product is both comfortable & smoothing with broad ranges in sizing, products and seasonal colors.

Sizing goes by dress size.  The tights got here in a matter of a week.  They are not heavy, hot or uncomfortable.  These tights are really great and can be worn with any of your tunics.  Try a Comfy Tunic such as this Stella Tunic, great with these tights!  Also, check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Prime Beauty Blog!

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