This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. I love this site with a mix of great plus size fashion and activism. And what you may not know about Jodell is that she is the mother of an gorgeous prize winning black cat– after whom the site is named. I am thrilled because Black Cat Plus will be one of the first sites to be featured on the soon to open Fashion Flash Boutique— an online store of carefully selected items that the our members love and use. The first selections include clothing from Black Cat Plus, fitness equipment from Moving Free With Mirabai and from No-Nonsense Beauty Blog, my favorite skin care item in my beauty tool kit. Watch for it in the coming weeks.
The Jewish Museum in New York City is offering an amazing exhibition on the life and style of legendary cosmetics tycoon Helena Rubinstein. Born in a small village in Poland in 1872, she not only created an industry than spanned four continents, she changed public perceptions about skin care and make-up. She literally started in her kitchen cooking up pots of cream to relieve dry skin. Called creme Valeze is was the start of a cosmetics empire that she ran with an iron hand until her death at 92.
Madame Rubinstein was not just major player in the creation of the modern beauty industry, she invented new marketing and packaging concepts as she grew her company. Recognizing the links between beauty and medicine, she dubbed herself ” The first lady of beauty science”. As a marketing ploy she had her portrait painted by the leading artists of her time. As she grew older Madame Rubinstein became as well known for her jewels and art collection as her skin care and make-up. She was a genius for memorable tag lines including my favorite–” There are no ugly women, only lazy ones”.
The exhibit at the Jewish Museum ( 5th Avenue and 92nd st) will be open until March 22– a must see for all beauty junkies.