Jun 13

Melissa McCarthy made lemons out of lemonade when she could not find a designer to design her own dress for the Oscar Awards.

 

She decided to design her own collection.  McCcarthy has partnered with designer, Daniella Pearl to create a line of plus-size clothing for women.McCarthy, who once studied fashion design at Southern Illinois University, wants to rescue other plus size women from clothes that resemble “great grandma’s table cloth, a flower garden, and F&*#ING stretch synthetic fabrics”

We can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

 

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

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Jun 5

Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue, Move on Over!

 

Swimsuits for All has done it again! The swimsuit company which offers plus size swim wear has quite the image as part of a free calendar. What a great idea to have Robyn Lawley and three other plus size models re-create the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue to show that women can be sexy at any size!

The message is part of Swimsuits for All Sexy at Every Curve Campaign which helps women realize that they do not have to look a certain way to enjoy summer fun.

Swimsuits for All asks women to submit photos of themselves in their favorite Swimsuits For All bathing suits and features the images on the company blog or Instagram account. Women from around the country have been sending in pics of themselves styling their swimwear with accessories.

 

Photo: Swimsuits For All

Check out Fab Over Forty for this week’s Fashion Flash.

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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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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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