Plus Size Summer Essentials: Pink, White & Blue!

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Thank you to everyone who attended theCURVYcon, recap coming soon!

Pink, White and Blue is one of my favorite combinations for the summer. Its a softer take on the American “red, white and blue” colors, but it feels perfect for BBQ’s, Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

This Pink White and Blue combo is my style for summer brunch after church or even a lunch meeting on a hot summer day. A just love pink gingham and a denim jacket always makes me feel cool and comfy.

Here’s how I put this outfit together (everything is on sale!):

CeCe Olisa Pink White and Blue Kohl's (1)

 

Denim Jacket: Here + Gingham Top Here + Belt (similar) Here + Skirt: old Shoes (similar) Here

Photo Credit: Mr. Man 😉

What I love about this look is that I can swap out the skirt for boyfriend jeans, or skip the denim jacket. I can even layer it under a plus size denim jumper like this one. The possibilities for a “pink, white and blue” look are endless! How would you rock it?

Thank you, Kohl’s for this fun collaboration. All opinions are my own.

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The True Story Behind #theCURVYcon

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Early last year I was sitting at my corporate job, g-chatting with my blogger boo, Chastity from GarnerStyle about our blogs and our readers and the plus size community in general. I wish I remembered how we got on the topic of meet-ups with our readers, but suddenly our g-chat messages were flying.

What if we did an epic meet up with all of our blogger boo’s at one time??

What if the meet-up was open to anyone who wanted to come?? 

What should we call it??

How about “the CURVY con”? Wait– is that website domain name available? YES!

TheCURVYcon was something that we’d day dream about from time to time. We had no money and events are expensive, so we figured we could get the event up and running in two or three years.

Fast forward to June 21st, 2014, when Gwen Devoe announced that Full Figured Fashion Week was not going to continue anymore. FFFWeek was something the plus size community looked forward to every year and with it being gone, there would be a huge void. We wouldn’t have a time and place for us all to get together anymore.

Suddenly theCURVYcon seemed more urgent. It went from feeling like something we thought would be fun, to something we absolutely needed to do.

So, we got to work and here’s where things got mind-blowingly amazing.

We made a plan: We said, we’re going to do a one day conference where we bring in as many plus size bloggers, youtubers and celebrities as we can together for panels and discussions requested by our readers. Then we’ll create a curvy mall with dressing rooms so that our readers can actually try on clothes in person instead of guessing their sizes online.

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We reached out: We emailed our blogger boo’s to see if they would even participate in something like this and the support was overwhelming– I mean, GabiFresh was the first blogger to sign on as a panelist. Then Grammy Nominated Gospel Artist Kierra Sheard, then Glee Actress/Dancing with the Stars champion, Amber Riley (what???).

CeCe Olisa Chastity Garner Amber Riley Kierra Sheard theCURVYcon

We raised money: Chastity and I hosted a huge online closet sale, where we literally sold the clothes out of our closets in order to raise our seed money for theCURVYcon and you (our readers) bought every last item. Then we matched that money with some of our personal finances and we were able to choose a date, start putting down deposits and creating a website.

Then you (our readers) came through again when you purchased tickets the day they became available. You sold out our platinum level tickets in 5 hours!! (Special shout out to my #PSPfit girls, I see so many of your names on the ticketed list, thank you).

Side Note: FFFWeek decided to come back for 2015 and our schedules line up perfectly! People doing both events don’t have to make two trips to NYC, no one planned for the aligned events but I’m so glad its working out (whoop! whoop!)

So now, here we are a few days away from #theCURVYcon. I never would have imagined that we’d be able to get this event up and running in a year, but on Saturday it is happening. All of the lost sleep and anxiety will be worth it when you girls walk through the doors at noon– we can’t wait!

As a special thank you, I’m emailing last minute discount codes for general admission tickets. If you don’t want to miss #theCURVYcon Request Your Discount Code Here.

See you Saturday!

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Plus Size Summer Essentials: a Denim Skirt

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Happy summer, girls!

A denim skirt is one of my summer wardrobe essentials. Throwing on a denim skirt makes me feel cute, comfy and cool instantly.

Quick Tip: If you’re looking to avoid “chub-rub” during the summer months, a denim skort (skort = a skirt with shorts underneath) is an even bigger win because it keeps your inner thighs protected.

I found this plus size denim skirt at Kohls, it comes in a few different colors aaaaand it’s a skort, for the win! Here are three different ways to style a denim skirt this summer.

Kohl's Summer Denim Skirt 3 Ways (1)

Denim Skirt Here | Peach Lace Top Here | Denim Top (similar) Here | Bag (similar) Here

cece plus size Denim skirt DrinksFor me a denim skirt is a neutral piece, so pairing it with nude accessories made the ankara top really pop without looking too formal.

cece plus size denim skirt brunch

Brunch with my friends in New York can often turn into a marathon day of fun, so this look keeps me feeling dressed appropriately for anywhere the day takes us…

cece plus size denim skirt picnic

I never know how to dress for picnics, but this is basically my amped up version of jeans and a t-shirt. Of course having a skort underneath gives a little added modesty when sitting in the grass…

Do you have a denim skirt? How do you wear it?

Thank you, Kohl’s for this fun collaboration. All opinions are my own.

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Natural Makeup Tutorial for Dark/Brown Skin

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I’m a little nervous about today’s video because its my first full makeup tutorial. I’m no makeup artist, but I do wear makeup everyday to even out some dark spots/skin discoloration that I have.

When I’m going out, I like to play with smokey eyes and contouring, but on a regular day-to-day basis, my main goal is to get out the door without looking crazy, so I keep it simple.

I’ve had requests for a makeup tutorial from a few of you girls (special shout out to NJPineappleGirl who has been asking for years haha) , so here goes. I’ve listed all of the products and brushes I use below so you can grab anything that catches your eye. Let me know what you think?

 

  1. Moisturizer: Here
  2. Eyebrow pencil: Here
  3. Primer with SPF 35: Here
  4. Skin Perfecting Brush: Here
  5. Conceal and Correct Palette (Dark): Here
  6. Foundation Brush: Here
  7. Beauty Blender: Here
  8. Ultimate Kabuki Brush: Here
  9. Pro Finish Multi Use Powder Foundation: Here
  10. Dark Blush Palette: Here
  11. Blush Brush: Here
  12. Eyeshadow Primer: Here
  13. Full Exposure Travel Palette: Here
  14. Eyeshadow Palette: Here
  15. Roller Lash Mascara: Here
  16. Shea Butter Tinted Lip Balm: Here

Natural Makeup Tutorial for Dark-Brown Skin

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My New Obsession: Mini Purses

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I’ve had a nice assortment of clutches for a long time, but over the past few months I’ve kept them in the closet because I’m constantly carrying a mini purse.

A mini purse is more versatile than a clutch because the full length strap allows you to wear it on your shoulder, cross body or just to carry it in your hand.

CeCe Olisa Ralph Lauren Mini Purse

This Ralph Lauren mini purse has my initials on it, so its extra special to me. Similar Here

The long strap on a mini bag also makes it appropriate to carry during the day and at night. Last night I threw my keys, lip gloss and some cash into my Kate Spade mini purse and ran to the gym. I would have felt silly carrying a clutch to the gym, but the mini bag was perfect!

CeCe Olisa Kate Spade Purse Plus Size Fashion

This Kate Spade mini purse was a gift from my bae, GarnerStyle. Get it Here

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I love carrying this deep color when I go out at night and I just might be scooping up a white one for the summer. What do you think?

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How to Get Healthy & Stay Motivated | Free Online Class

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Hey Girls!

Do you have plans on Friday? I’m doing something fun for you girls and I’d hate for you to miss it!

My email is flooded with questions about getting (and maintaining) Healthy Curves. So instead of me trying to help you each one by one, I’m teaming up with our #PSPfit Nutrition Coach, Abra Pappa for a free online class called “How to Get Healthy & Stay Motivated“.

If you have questions about getting healthy or if you’re looking for some education and advice on nutrition, living a healthy lifestyle and staying motivated this is the class for you…

How to Get Healthy and Stay Motivated

This is an online class, which means you can join us from your computer no matter where you live,  yes my international girls can join in too– we have a special phone line just for you 😉

Soooo… are you coming? Space is limited so enter your info below and register today!

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