Early Black Friday Sales

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Thank goodness the pre-black Friday sales have begun because shopping from the warmth of my apartment sounds like heaven. I’m starting to gather my winter/holiday essentials now before everything is out of stock. Here are the best plus size fashion sales happening this weekend. Click the images to shop the sales!

Modcloth: 50% off

Modcloth

 Bloomingdales: up to 50% off!

Bloomingdales Plus Size Sales

 

 Lane Bryant: Buy One Get One 50%

SimplyBe: $40 off with code party40
SimplyBe

 Avenue: Up to 30% Off

 

Forever21 Plus Sizes: Up to 50% Off

Evans: Up to 30% 

Eshakti: 40% Off 

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Don’t be a Layer Hater

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I swear sometimes I have the silliest fashion fears. Although I love the look of layering on other girls, I always thought that too many layers would make me look “bulkier” because I’m plus size. Of course, when I actually tried layering I realized that this is one of my favorite plus size casual looks! I’m not a Layer Hater anymore….

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Sweaters How to Layer

Sweater Here | Turtleneck similar Here | Jeans similar Here | Watch Here | Shoes Here | Bag Here

The trick for layering plus size sweaters for me is not being afraid to buy baggy sweaters. Once I have a thick baggy sweater (ponchos work well) I use more curve hugging turtlenecks and tanks underneath. As the temps drop, I layer a colorful plus size coat under a look like this and I’m good to go!

Here are some adorable sweaters and ponchos that are perfect for layering plus an affordable 3-pack of plus size turtlenecks in different colors.

click each image for details and pricing

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How to Cook Butternut Squash #PSPfit

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Today’s post is from our #PSPfit Nutrition Coach, Abra Pappa. She’ll be sharing some nutrition tips for healthy curves with us! In today’s post, Abra will be teaching us 4 easy ways to cook butternut squash!

How to Cook Butternut Squash

Can we all agree that butternut squash is one of the yummiest foods fall has to offer? I am a huge fan!

I have many clients that love ordering butternut squash soup from restaurants but feel intimidated to cook with squash at home. If you can relate, I’ve got some good news for you. Firstly, grocery stores over the past few years have offered a major game changer in the squash world, peeled and cubed butternut squash. The most labor intensive bit of cooking with butternut squash is peeling and chopping so if that is your biggest intimidation factor go ahead and buy the peeled/cubed variety. If you are a squash peeling master, awesome, you get bonus points! Whichever side of the fence you land on try these amazing recipes to get some more squash in your life.

In addition to the yum factor, butternut squash is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Here are a few reasons why your body will thank you for eating more squash:

*The starch compounds in winter squash have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-diabetic as well as insulin regulating properties. So for my ladies with PCOS butternut squash is a supportive food for blood sugar regulation. Yippee!

*Butternut squash is an excellent source of beta-carotene (this is what gives squash it’s orange color) which converts to vitamin A in your system once ingested. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient required to help the liver process estrogen.

*Butternut squash is an important source of omega 3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatory compounds that are essential for the body but must be obtained from food. Winter squash (butternut included) contains about 340 milligrams of Omega 3 per cup.

Cooking and Recipe Tips:

The simplest thing to do with butternut squash is roast it.

Simply drizzle squash with a bit of oil (I love coconut oil) sprinkle with salt, pepper, and your favorite spices (cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, and cayenne go really well with squash) lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet and roast in a 400° oven for 40-55 minutes or until tender.

Once you have this easy variation down you can do so many more things with squash!

Like make a killer soup:

Maple Curry Butternut Squash Soup

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http://www.nutritiousamerica.com/recipe/blog/curry-maple-butternut-squash-soup-vegan/

Add it to a delicious salad:

Farro Butternut Squash Salad

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http://www.nutritiousamerica.com/blog/fall-for-farro/

Squash, Fig, Kale Salad

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http://www.nutritiousamerica.com/blog/eat-nutritious-squash-fig-kale-extravaganza/

or even make a healthier mac and cheese (how do you like me now???)

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

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http://www.nutritiousamerica.com/recipe/blog/macaroni-and-cheese/

Do you have a favorite recipe for butternut squash?

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All Leather Everything!

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How to Wear Plus Leather CollageI always felt like leather was too daring of a fabric and would call attention to my body in the “wrong ways” whatever that means. This season, I got a little daring and ordered two leather items. A Plus Size Leather Dress and Plus Size Leather Leggings… and I’m in love!

I wear this look to work often. Because the dress is cut in a modest A-line it manages to still feel office appropriate and transitions well from day to night. Throwing a cardigan over this dress seemed to obvious, so instead I chose to put a simple denim shirt underneath.

Edited Plus Size Leather Dress CeCe Olisa HDress: Here | Denim Shirt: Here | Shoes: Here | Bag: Here

I pretty much wear leggings and a sweater as much as I can during the winter– this is just an amped up version of that. This thick cable knit sweater and leather legging combo is perfect for anything from an event to hanging with my girlfriends.

Plus Size Ralph Lauren Leather Leggings CeCe Olisa

Sweater (similar) Here | Leather Leggings Faux Here/Genuine Here | Shoes Here

I like to pair my leather with fabrics that are less striking. Denim and knit fabrics are an easy way to balance out the boldness of leather, while still feeling like I’m taking a little fashion risk. Sprinkling leather pieces into my closet is lots of fun– here are some other plus size leather items (both real and faux) that I have my eye on (click the images for discounts and pricing). How do you girls feel about wearing leather?

 

 

Looking for genuine leather only? Here are a few plus size genuine leather options for you!

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Why Meeting The Parents Terrified Me

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Last fall, I walked into my new apartment carrying a pizza, being careful not to trip over the array of boxes. Straight ahead, I caught sight of something that made my heart skip a beat: My dad and my Robert, putting together my furniture. I stood in the doorway, frozen for a few minutes as I let it sink in: Woah, am I in, like… a relationship?

Although I’d been on the dating scene a while and had been monogamous in the past, this was the first time I’d introduced a significant other to my parents. And, it was a really big deal.

Related: What Does Your Boyfriend Look Like?

A few years ago, a guy I was seeing suggested we take a trip out west — where my family was. I brusquely blurted, “Why would we do that?” Although it wasn’t my intention to be rude, I realized I’d hurt his feelings. He thought going home to see my folks would be fun — something that would bring us closer — whereas I just felt like our relationship wasn’t ready for that gigantic step. Suddenly, a sweet suggestion turned into an argument. read more..

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Saturday Sales 11.15.14

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On weekends, I like to share sales on my facebook page, Here are my favorite sales for this weekend…

Eloquii

Up to 50% off with code XOQ


ASOS

Enter Code 10OFF100, 25OFF150 or 40OFF200 to save $10 off $100, $25 off $150 or $40 off $200.


Bloomingdales

20% Off with Code HOLIDAY


Rebecca Minkoff Bags

20% off with code HOLIDAY

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