Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Beginning was born several years ago when I tried to convince one of my size 8 friends that there was not much selection out there for larger women, unless you like wearing a bright floral tent every day. "You should be wearing something more flattering" she would say. So, to prove it to her, I starting searching for online stores that sold plus size clothing in a variety of colors and styles. Some stores say they have plus size clothes, but they only offer 1 or 2 items. Pickings were slim, but I did find a few after a lot of time searching. I showed my friend the handful of stores that offered a good variety and proved my point. I then thought it would be a great to have a website where women could go to find the best plus size apparel stores on the web all in one spot. I am happy to say that over the years has grown along with the number of stores and designers that are now offering real variety in plus size clothing.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

How to Measure Yourself for that Perfect Fit

It can be frustrating to spend time selecting and purchasing your Plus Size Clothing only to find out the clothes do not fit properly. Hopefully, this Measurements Guide will help you get that perfect fit from your plus size apparel, swim wear or lingerie. You will need a standard measuring tape. If your measurements show that you are between two sizes, buy the larger size.

Bust – With a bra on and your clothes off, measure around the fullest part of bust and under the arms. Keep the tape straight across your back.

Waist – While in a relaxed position, measure around the narrowest part of your natural waist. Keep the tape somewhat snug, but still comfortably loose.

Hips - Stand with your legs and feet together and measure around the fullest part of your hips.

Inseam - Measure from the crotch point to your ankle bone. Or using a pair of your pants that fit you well, lay them flat with the front and back creases together. Measure from crotch seam to bottom of the leg hem along the inside seam.

Sleeve - Bend the elbow and measure from the center of the back of the neck to the elbow and down to the wrist.

Bra Measurements – There are two measurements you will need to make: Band Size and Cup Size.

Band Measurement – There are two ways to measure this and you should come up with the same result with both:

Measure around the top of your breasts. Go under your arms, high on your back and around the top of your chest. If this measurement is an even number, then this is your band size. If it is an odd number, then add 1” to determine your band size.


Pull a tape measure snugly around your ribcage, directly under the breast. If the measurement is below 33, add 5” to determine your Band Size. If the measurement is above 33, add 3” to determine your Band Size. (i.e. if the measurement is 29", the back size is 34; if the measurement is 35", the back size is 38).

Cup Size Measurement - With your bra on, measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust. Subtract your band measurement from your cup measurement (each inch is a cup size). For example, if your band measurement is 34” and your cup measurement is 36”, then the difference between these measurements is two inches, and you would wear a B-cup.

Please refer to the individual websites sizing chart to determine the appropriate ordering size. Individual websites sizing charts may differ slightly. Bra sizes may also vary slightly from one manufacturer to the next.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Susan Boyle

Everyone should give Susan Boyle a break. To go from an unknown to a world wide celebrity in a few weeks would get to anyone. Right now she needs some breathing room so she can continue in the competition. Good luck tonight and may the best voice win.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

The American Fashion Industry Has Not Gone Far Enough

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) recently recommended guidelines aimed at reducing eating disorders among young models. Although the American fashion industry has been reluctant to dictate changes, they acknowledge that there is a problem and have issued voluntary guidelines.

The CFDA recommendations are:

· Supply healthy snacks and water backstage and at shoots, and provide nutrition and fitness education.
· Develop workshops on the causes and effects of eating disorders.
· Educate the industry to identify the early warning signs of individuals at risk of developing eating disorders.
· Require models identified as having eating disorders to receive professional help.

The new guidelines do not go as far as some in the European fashion industry have gone, by barring models that have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18. Instead, the American fashion industry has taken the stance that if you provide healthy snacks and properly educate everyone regarding eating disorders, that these models will make the right choices for themselves.

I do not think it is nearly enough. As long as designers and fashion magazine editors still desire to use the ultra thin models, the models will not make the right choices. These girls want to work and to be models,. So if they are not naturally rail thin, they will still do whatever it takes to become rail thin, and keep their modeling job.

The Best Little Cat House In PA

I just wanted everyone to know about a wonderful organization, The Best Little Cat House In PA. Set in Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains NE of Harrisburg Pennsylvania, The Best Little Cat House in PA is one of the nations longest established organizations providing hospice care for the regions cats. The Best Little Cat House in PA is an IRS 501 (c) 3 ‘Not for Profit’ organization. Lynn Stitt and a dedicated team of volunteers run the shelter for old, unwanted and terminally ill cats. Cats brought into the shelter including ones that have been diagnosed with Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia can live out their lives in a warm, caring almost family environment and are provided with the best food and medication possible.The Best Little Cat House in PA is split into 4 main areas -

The Dome. Well Room. Wildlife Room. Bunny Room.

The Dome houses cats that all have either Feline Immunodeficiency Virus ( FIV or Feline Aids) or Feline Leukemia (FeLV). In many cases cats arrive at the shelter following Spay and Neuter programs of feral colonies by groups in the area that have tested the cats and removed the AIDS and Leukemia positives. Even feral cats can become friendly and eager to be combed and cuddled in this caring environment.

The Well Room is for non-infectious cats that are old, unable to be looked after due to illness, need regular attention or are unwanted, or have Cerebellar conditions (improper balance and co-ordination). Garth Brooks lives here as well as Tiger, Muffin, and Georgie.

The Wildlife Room regularly has hordes of baby rabbits, squirrels and possums, that are released back into the wild as soon as they are able to fend for themselves.

The Bunny Room is run by who else, The Bunny People. The BunnyPeople is a non-profit 501c3 all volunteer rabbit organization that have been organized since 1992 to improve the plight of abandoned and abused domestic rabbits.

How YOU can help them:

They do NOT charge an entrance fee for any cat, although any donations are gratefully accepted. They do NOT receive any Federal or State funding, the shelter is run entirely on donations. Donations are always appreciated no matter what the amount. You can help them carry on their work for the cats by using any of the following methods.

PetsMart Gift cards

Donations to their vet bill:

Animal Hospital of Dauphin County

241 South Hershey Road

Harrisburg PA 17112

Send checks to:

The Best Little Cat House in PA

PO Box 6346

Harrisburg PA 17112

Make a Credit Card donation to The Best Little Cat House in PA using PayPal.

Spay and Neuter your pets and strays. This will not only help the pet population but reduce the incidence of disease as well. There are spay and neuter groups in most areas who will gladly give advice and assistance.

Volunteer! If you “love animals” then love more than your own. Help create a better life for the sick, old and stray animals of the world. Find a shelter or hospice in your area and volunteer your time. Shelters can always use help with cleaning, feeding, fund raising.