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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!


Blackcatplus
Aug 11

 

I am so honored to be a part of the Fashion Flash!

Winding down for the last weeks of Summer. At Black Cat Plus, we are getting ready for Fall! Exciting items coming in daily!

You get the best-of-the-best with these amazing women!  So,see below, for this week’s best from our fabulous bloggers as they talk about getting the most out of the last few weeks of Summer!

Kari from Fab Over Forty shares with us how she takes her summer beauty to fall beauty with her favorite beauty transition pieces.

It may be the end of summer, but keeping a healthy weight year round is important especially during the winter months.  Eating high-protein snacks can curb cravings and increase metabolism. MenopauseMakeover.com has a great list of high-protein snacks to help you obtain or maintain your healthy weight.

Prime Beauty introduces the LUNA, a new skin cleansing and anti-aging device that has her ready to abandon her beloved Clarisonic. Read her review and enter to win your very own LUNA, a $200 value!

Positive aging expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman interviewed world-famous dermatologist Dr. Doris Day for her book, The Best of Everything After 50, and discovered that simple skin care always works best. Want to know the secret to great skin at any age?  Read On...

Summer may be winding down, but the colorful fingernails trend is still going strong! Style expert Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40 shows you how to freshen up your manicure with one of these popular nail trends that will flatter your fingers.

Women’s Fitness Expert Mirabai Holland shows you how to use cross training to stay cool in summer’s heat.

Summer winding down signals back to school. That means less time for morning beauty and skin care prep. Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com has shortcuts every mom could use for school day – or any day – beauty.

Deb of No-Nononsense Beauty Blog explores a popular protein powder as a beauty food.

 

 

 

Meet our newest blogger, Shelley Zurek of Still Blonde After All These Years.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 5

We  have this conversation every year! Yes! You! Can! Wear stripes and polka dots.  Well, maybe not together, but you can wear stripes with confidence! Nothing says Summer more than stripes.

Remember. it is all about proportion.  Looks for diagonal stripes such as this Mindy Tunic from Comfy USA which elongates and slims the silhouette.  I found these great flip flops at TJ Maxx to pair with the outfit for a complete stripe look!


Perfect outfit!

Afraid of being too bold? Try a thinner stripe or a stripe/solid combo?

Try a crop top to break up the pattern with a solid tank or top underneath Check out this great crop top in fuchsia and orange.   Take a look at this Comfy USA Crop Top it is a great alternative to a long stripe top.

Make sure your accent pieces are solid color separates which also elongates and provides some contrast in color like a color block pattern.

Uneasy about large stripes? Try a smaller stripe rather than a real large stripe if you want to be a bit more conservative?

If you are still hesitant…use stripes in accent pieces: Shoes, purses, even jewelry!

If Stripes are too much, how about polka dots? Have fun with a burn-out pattern, which dulls the fabric and is not as bold of a pattern. Check out this Polka Dot Tunic Top from Comfy USA.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the best pattern of the season! You’ll be right on trend in stripes and polka dots and can just have fun in the sun this season!

Blackcatplus
Jun 30

This season pay special attention to lightweight, loose jackets in fun prints.  Black and white is also popular and goes with everything as well.   We love this Cover Charge Salient Breeze Mesh Cape.  Jackets are loose weave or in a mesh fabric which is great for plus.


Pair your jacket with a tank, capris, or use a short jacket such as this Art of Cloth jacket that can be paired with a tank dress for a fun, summer style.

While you are out and about, don’t forget your Mirrored sunglasses – a la Victoria Beckham.  Check out these cook Mirrored Sunglasses from Jeepers Peepers. Available at Asos.com.

Also, this week check out Mirabai from Moving Free with Mirabai with this week’s Fashion Flash.

 

 

 

 

Blackcatplus
Sep 5

With the unofficial end of Summer on Monday, we were doing an inventory of what we had in stock and what was coming in over the next month or so.

Transitioning from one season to another is easy if you do a wardrobe review and make a few small, but significant changes.

Summer Trend #1: The Hi Low Skirt such as this Art of Cloth Kelsey Skirt can be paired with a cardigan, scarf, tights and boots as the weather gets cooler.

The next trend that can transition very easily is the Neon Look such as this button blazer jacket from Neon Buddha.

The key to Neon for Fall is to tone it down a bit with textured, warm and cozy pieces. Try grey bottoms for a toned-down ensemble.

Have you gotten the Shoe of the Season yet? The Ankle Boot like this cute ankle boot from David Tate is the must have item.

So, don’t be sad that summer is over!  Take inventory and make this Fall your best season ever!

 

Check out the Fashion Flash hosted by Fab Over 40!

More as it happens, Jodell

Blackcatplus
Aug 19

Hi from Fabulous Las Vegas and MAGIC where we are attending our trade shows this week to see the new Spring 2013 Fashions! We’ll catch you up on the latest and greatest later for on trend plus size styles.  Today, we are doing a seminar at the Off Price Show! But for now, here’s the news from my blogger gal pals!

Up first is news from Staness:

A new study reveals that combined with a healthy lifestyle, drinking red wine could reduce your risk factor for breast cancer. MenopauseMakeover.com has the results of this study.

It’s always fashionable to be healthy! Jackie Silver from AgingBackwards.com has the info on a new wellness contest. Submit your video today!

Looking for a classic beauty look for fall? Fab Over 40 gives us her thoughts on this classic Giorgio Armani Beauty palette for fall.

Eating fewer calories, exercising more and still having a hard time getting those extra pounds off? Here’s a question for you: How’s your sleep? Mirabai Holland has some interesting research to share


Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog finds the perfect facial.

Fab Over Fifty shares the 10 best hair products for women over fifty. See them here.

 

Cindy over at Prime Beauty got her youthful glow back with Ellen Lange’s Retexturing Peel Kit! It’s fun to use, restores radiance,  is economical and fabulous for the over 40 woman!

You want to have style over 40 AND be comfy when going to the movies, right? Check out this sure-fire style recipe from the Glam Gals at Fabulous After 40.

How many calories should YOU be eating? Female Fat Loss Over 40 Expert, Shawna K, gets this question all the time. Check out what she has to say about that HERE.

 

Blackcatplus
Jul 8

This summer, you’ll  love the that there are great accessories for every occasion!

You can easily go from a Garden Party to a Picnic to a Day at the Office and show off some great accessories that will take you well into Fall!

Tribal Jewelry like these two necklaces from Express.com serves as a great conversation piece and is perfect accent to any outfit!

 

Cobalt shoes, handbags and jewelry such as these great Cobalt crystal earrings from Real Divas are Large this wonderful plus size fashion accessory store.   This accessory store offers necklaces, bracelets, rings, hair and clothing accessories.  Check it out!

 

and  Wedge Heels  like this Leifsdottir Ilona Wedge from Shopstyle

put the finishing touches on the perfect outfit!

All in all, it is a great season for accessories! Have fun and find your signature accessory!

More as it happens, Jodell

 

 

 

 

 

 

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