Jun 11

Lane Bryant announced this week that Project Runway Designer Christian Siriano will be creating a limited-edition line exclusively for the specialty sized retailer.  The collection will be in stores Spring 2016, and will be sold under the Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant label. He launched his first collection in 2008 and In 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).  He has designed for such celebrities as Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.

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Christian Siriano said about his collaboration with Lane Bryant, “In my opinion, fashion should never be defined by size. Regardless if it’s for red carpet or a day at the office, every woman should feel stylish and comfortable in their clothes.  I’m excited about this partnership with Lane Bryant because it allows me the opportunity to showcase my designs on the everyday woman and allow them the opportunity to feel as beautiful and fashionable as possible.

No stranger to designing for plus size, Siriano recently designed a gown for blogger Nicolette Mason.  Nicolette’s gown was beautiful with tulle in a pale shade of blush, sequins and jewels in a floral pattern.  Quite a fairy tale wedding gown, indeed!

We look forward to seeing what Christian comes up with for 2016!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Chic at Any Age.

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Jun 7

 

We are excited to present the Fashion Flash for Summer.  We know you will love all of the information that they have to share!

 

Chic at Any Age talks about the alkemistry of jewellery. Why are we attracted to certain gemstones as opposed to others. Learn more.


Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 and AARP YouTube Channel Host, wants every woman to know that great skin can be yours! All you need are the right tools: sunscreen, moisturizer and THIS MAGIC POTION!


Have you tried beauty oils yet? Cindy over at Prime Beauty found two budget friendly beauty oils with powerful skincare ingredients and they come in a convenient rollerball!

What do Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt and Kate Middeleton  have in common?  They all have to deal with eczema and  Deb of No-Nonsense  Beauty Blog will explore   the causes and care of this  all too common skin problem.

Traveling at all this summer?  Terry Leary and Nancy Bergman did enough of it in their first lives that they decided to buy the hotel and settle down in Nicaragua.  Now that’s some second life!

Inka of glamourgrannytravels felt like a princess on board a traditional dhow, gliding along Muscat’s stunning shoeline in Oman.

Midlife blogger Pamela Lutrell interviews a FASHION LEGEND about reinvention and designers who like our age group!

Do you know your best colors for summer? Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com explains that it doesn’t matter if you’re a “summer” or a “winter” – here’s the real way to find your true colors.

Clicking Joints: Should I worry? What are those clicking, popping and crackling sounds in my joints? Mirabai Holland Certified Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach gives you the answer.

Melanie and Michelle from Society Wellness are inviting all of us to join them in their 3rd annual cardio challenge. The dates are June 13th – 25th. If you are in need of some friendly and supportive motivation to step up your cardio workout, this is it!


Over at Black Cat Plus, Summer is coming for sure with events, weddings and more.  Check out our Simply Silk items for weddings and occasion wear!


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May 30

I had been in such a snit lately because all of my friends are wearing Lululemon.  There they are working out in their activewear and then running around to do their errands and look so cute.  I refuse to work out in anything hideous!

Well, now we have found the best plus size workout wear and yoga line and wanted to share!   I cannot say enough about this line and look forward to wearing it and offering it to our customers!

From tanks to tops, jackets, cardigans, pullovers, capri’s and pants in fashionable styles and colors, you will definitely want to buy your favorites and stock up on those  basics.    The capri’s and tanks are wonderful!

Marika.com

Marika Curves Collection has the perfect answer to the, “what to wear to yoga and then to dinner” problem.  Casual and stylish and not sloppy at all.  The Marika Curves Collection features Marika Curves, Balance and Marika Magic.

The parent company, Rock Fit is a privately held global apparel manufacturer specializing in women’s fashionable and functional active wear and apparel, as well as men’s and children’s apparel.  Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Commerce, California, Rock Fit proudly remains family owned and operated.

Marika, the company’s original fitness brand, features multi-sport active wear.  The Balance Collections is on-trend with soft fabrics and feature yoga, fitness and lifestyle apparel.

This is our fave jacket, the Angela Slimming Jacket, stylish, functional and flattering!

Check them out today!

 

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May 24

It is wonderful to see that Tess Holliday, a size 22 plus size model and body image advocate is on the cover of the latest issue of People Magazine.    A social media sensation and Size 22, she embraces her curves and teaches us all about positive body image, overcoming adversity and thriving in today’s world!

 

She not only challenges everyone’s perception of beauty she defines it! Way to go Tess! Read all about her story in the lastest issue of People!

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May 2

Diet supplement company Protein World, has attracted widespread criticism, with billboards which talks about getting beach body ready.  Many billboards have had graffiti written all over them and plus size brands and customers are up in arms amid concern over the advertising’s effect on body image.

This billboard by plus size retailer Simply Be, is a parody of the campaign showing the “curvy” size 14 model Jocelyn Corona in a bikini will be displayed along the escalators and platforms of Knightsbridge station in London.

It is great that companies and plus size women are no longer willing to accept the status quo for defining what is beautiful or in this case, beach body ready.

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Apr 25

I have talked about this before that just like regular size models, plus size models’ measurements are more balanced and proportionate than the majority of plus size women.  US Weekly editors did an experiment because of the fact that a lot of plus size clothing is sold on line leaving women to decide for themselves whether to buy an item based on how the clothing looks on the model.

Editors Kristin Chirico and Sheridan Watson, who frequently shop for plus-size fashions, signed themselves up for a day of trying on clothes from brands including Forever 21, Torrid, ASOS, and Fashion to Figure.  Their experience with outfits had more than a few snags.  Items on a 5’11″ model looked way different on the shorter editors.

Read more about their experience and see if you agree?  While there is not a one-size-fits-all solution, there may be ways technology can assist plus size women with shopping for their particular silhouette.

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

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Apr 17

We must change the way we see ourselves.  When you are plus size, things are not good or bad; right or wrong.   Blogger, Jessica Kane proves just that point.

Jessica Kane took offense to the label of “brave” when she posted a photo of herself in a swimsuit on Facebook.

“When you say you’re being brave, what you’re implying is you are doing something you probably shouldn’t be doing,” the Florida-based fashion blogger told PEOPLE Magazine. “I know so many people who are doing actual brave things in this world that mean something much deeper, and I want to emphasize that me getting in a swimsuit shouldn’t be perceived as brave.”

Kane – who is the creative director for the plus-size fashion line Cool Gal Blue – and the owner of Skorch Magazine, was inspired to post her swimsuit shot on Facebook after a well-meaning friend said, “Wow, I wish I was brave like you,” in reaction to posting the photo.

As she says, “It is all about perspective.”  We must live our lives for NOW! Thanks for the reminder, Jessica!

Check out this week’s Fashion Flash!

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Apr 9

Yup, what’s the point?  It’s a direct dig at Victoria’s Secret.  But, why and to what end?    Watch the video as it features plus-size models wearing bras and panties from the new Cacique by Lane Bryant collection.  How does this remind us that all women are sexy?  Can’t we celebrate both Victoria Secret and Cacique?

The 30-second spot is done in black-and-white and without any music with a few sound bites from the models, who all declare that they’re no angels.  Take a look and decide for yourself.

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

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Apr 5

As if this decision to sell Lilly Pulitzer at Target wasn’t controversial enough! The Lilly Pulitzer brand is the next fashion brand to sell at Target after such brands as Vera Wang and Missoni, Target decides to sell the popular, bright and summery resort wear prints on line for plus size.  While it is a good thing that SOME plus sizes are even offered, the brand is selling up to a size 18, it is not encouraging to see another brand sell plus only on line. Target’s explanation talks about providing an assortment and allowing for some trial and error, but BLAMES the customer in that the last time they tried plus size designer collection it did not work?  Really?

 

The promotional efforts look great and the brand even has its own video and an app.

The brand is available on April 19, 2015.  Transport yourself to the land of Lilly in Palm Beach by watching the video at People Stylewatch, and we bet you’ll be in a beach ready for sure!  Get  closer look at the collection here in an interactive party setting that seems to be a preview of the app being launched with the collection.

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Mar 29

The #DropThePlus campaign, which was created by former host of The Biggest Loser Australia, actress and author Ajay Rochester and supported by Dita Von Tesse model Stefanio Ferrario, hopes to encourage worldwide reform that will see the fashion industry casting aside the term completely.

They all believe that the use of the term, ‘plus-size’ is ‘damaging for the minds of young girls’ and want to put an end once and for all to size segregation.

In a post on Instagram, Stefania Ferrario – who is a size 12 – wrote: “I am a model FULL STOP. Unfortunately in the modeling industry if you’re above a US size 4 you are considered plus size, and so I’m often labelled a ‘plus size’ model.

“I do NOT find this empowering.”

She continued: “A couple of days ago, Ajay Rochester [@ajayrochester] called the industry to task for its use of the term ‘plus size’ by making the point that it is ‘harmful’ to call a model ‘plus’ and damaging for the minds of young girls.

 

Rochester explains in her blog findingmymojo.com, “I wanted to make reference to the fact that using the word PLUS on anyone, least of all someone who could hardly be considered plus size in the “real world” (ie MOST “plus size” models), it  instantly defines them as different, not accepted…. If you define it by “Plus” size and “Regular” Sized models then Plus means “irregular” which means not of the norm.”

 

Do you think that this new mindset will take hold?  We hope so!

Check out the Fashion Flash from Over50Feeling40!

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