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Plus Size Shopping at Bloomingdales: Dressing Room Confidential

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The other weekend I went shopping with my little sister at Bloomingdales, at the request of one of my YouTube subscribers. They have some great plus size fashion for fall… lots of leather detail which I loved.

If you don’t live in NYC, I’ve got links to all of the pieces below!

Which pieces do you like the best? Which do you think I should buy?

Pink Coat: http://bit.ly/1tdaVac

CK Sweater Vest: http://bit.ly/1CYTH2g
CK Quilted Jacket: http://bit.ly/1qrtHDO
CK Faux Leather Print Dress: http://bit.ly/1sm4G2H
CK Ribbed Sweater Dress: http://bit.ly/ZgK285
CK Drape Front Dress: http://bit.ly/1sm5FQt
CK Faux Leather Pleated Skirt: http://bit.ly/1oVmZXf
CK Faux Leather Mixed Media Jacket: http://bit.ly/1yR3tVn
CK Long-Sleeve Blouse: http://bit.ly/ZgL4ks
Michael Kors Faux Leather Sleeve Cardigan: http://bit.ly/1s0B5tK
Michael Kors Studded V Neck Jumpsuit: http://bit.ly/1qrGTIT
Ralph Lauren Faux Leather Front Leggings: http://bit.ly/1oVq3m6
Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Plaid Poncho: http://bit.ly/1qrHwSK
Lysse Denim Skinny Leggings: http://bit.ly/1o218Tf
Vince Camuto Leopard Print Roll Sleeve Top: http://bit.ly/1yR6cOI

Dressing Room Confidential Bloomingdales

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Dear CeCe: How do I Start a Successful Blog?

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Dear CeCe!

I love your blog! I really want to start my own blog, but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any advice for starting successful blog? How to get noticed? How to get people to my site? HELP!

-SD

Hi SD!

I’m flattered that you’d ask me for advice on blogging. In the grand scheme of things, I definitely consider myself a baby blogger, but I have learned a lot the past few years. I am passionate about blogging, I love it and it has become a huge part of my life which is something I didn’t expect.

I’m going to answer some of the questions I get asked most often about blogging here and hopefully this will help you out :-)

How to Start a Successful Blog

How do I start a blog?

When I started my blog I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it. I just kind of started making posts as an online diary for myself so there was no pressure, when people actually started reading and commenting… I was shocked! So… I say just start :-) That’s the only way to get going, go ahead and get that first post written. I know its scary, but there’s no way around it. Things to do before your first post:

  • ask yourself what you want to talk about and who you want to talk to
  • choose a blog name that’s easy to spell/remember
  • decide how often you want to post (I’d say a minimum of once per week)
  • open your blog for free on blogspot or wordpress (I recommend wordpress)

side note: I don’t use CeCeOlisa.com, but I own it because I would hate for someone else to start a site using my name for something random, or worse charge me a ton of money to buy ceceolisa.com from them (it happens!). No matter what your blog is called, you may want to also purchase yourname.com. I purchased my domain name for a few dollars here.

How do I get people to read my blog?

I am grateful everyday for my Plus Size Princesses who hang with me on this site and share my posts. The interesting thing about the internet is that its hard to say how people find different blogs. The one thing I know is that having posts/content is key. My experience is that blogging from the heart is the best way to go. Blog about what you have a passion for, blog about what you love, then people who are passionate about those things can find you.

How do you balance your blog and your full time job?

Between my job, my blog, #PSPfit, my family, friends and Robert… I’m stretched pretty thin. But I love everything I’m doing right now so I make it work. They key to juggling everything for me is scheduling and making lists. I have lists of blog post ideas and things I want to talk to you girls about. I have lists of outfit items I need to track down. Sometimes when I know I’m busy, I’ll write blog posts and auto schedule them to live while I’m at the gym. I make a blog calendar from my list of topics I want to discuss so I know what to work on. I also have days that are off limits, so that I can keep my personal life in tact. Most importantly, I know my limits… I like to put up a new post three times a week, but sometimes that can’t happen and I have to just keep it moving. I know I can’t do everything all the time and I’m 100% okay with that.

How do I get my blog out there/recognized?

Earlier this year, I woke up and one of my blog posts was going viral. It was the craziest thing, but it happened because a few key people and websites picked it up on social media and shared it. So for me social media has been instrumental in getting my work “out there”. When it comes to social media, there are soooo many options. You don’t have to be on all platforms all the time, but just choose the ones that work for you. I’m on twitter, facebook, pinterest and YouTube and that’s more than enough to keep track of (*ahem* you’re following me, right?) Anyway, choose the social media platforms you like and then use them to share your blog posts and links!

Side Note: For tips on how to make the internet work for your blog traffic and following, AwesomelyTechie has everything you need to know and more. I learn from her site every day.

How do I work with brands?

Working with brands is one of the perks of being a blogger. I mostly talk about brands and products that I buy, but every so often I agree to collaborate with a company. I’m typing this post on a light weight Intel 2 in 1 laptop/tablet as we speak (p.s. I’m getting one of these for my parents as an early Christmas gift, they need a new laptop and this one is in the budget). If I wasn’t a blogger I wouldn’t be testing out this awesome computer. So, how does someone start to develop relationships with brands? The more you blog the more brands will reach out to you, but here are a few ways to introduce yourself to a brand:

  • Tweet a brand if you mention them on your blog
  • Make sure your email address is on your site, so brands can contact you
  • Join networks that broker brand/blogger partnerships. I recommend Izea and if you’re interested in collaborating with Intel you can join the intel advocate experience below

How do I work with brands? (part two)

No one asked me this, but I want to keep it 100 with you guys– I know it seems cool to have a brand reach out to you and ask you to blog about their product, but always remember that you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. It took me a long time to get comfortable saying no to brands who wanted me to do things I wasn’t comfortable with. At the end of the day its your name and face out there, so be true to yourself. Also, if a brand calls you on the phone and you make an agreement, be sure to recap the agreement in writing via email and ask them to confirm. Two of my rules for working with brands

  • No negative reviews I only write about things I like and I think you girls will like. I also don’t put brands on blast for bad products. That means I’ve had to have a few “but… it doesn’t work” conversations with brands, it was awkward but it kept my integrity in tact
  • No irrelevant collaborations After I started doing #PSPfit, a weight loss pill offered me $$$ to collaborate. It would have been nice to pay a bill or two, but I’m not about that diet pill life, so I told them NOPE

How did you start writing for Refinery29?

I guess you could say “Home Training” got me writing for Refinery29 lol. Manners and being polite is something that my parents instilled into us and even though the internet can feel impersonal sometimes, I still always say thank you, when I can. Earlier this year, Refinery29 mentioned my viral Yoga post on their site, I did some research on how to contact the person who wrote the article about me, then I sent them a thank you note and a few emails later they had offered me a weekly contributor spot on the site. The R29 crew is an amazing group and I learn a lot from them… so I’m happy to be there!

Okay, so those are the questions I get most often, but here a few other thoughts on being a successful blogger:

  • Decide what success means to you. My blog is diary of my life as a Plus Size Princess and that makes me happy. What do you want out of your blog… a place to be creative? a large following? fame? money? There’s no wrong answer, but deciding what’s important to you will help you stay true to yourself
  • Stay in your lane– or create a new one! I started blogging anonymously and I still laugh thinking about how I did fashion posts without putting pictures of myself on my site (who does that???). There are no rules when it comes to blogging, so don’t feel like you have to be like (insert famous blogger here), do it your way!
  • Don’t break the bank! Yes, good equipment makes blogging easier, but take it slow and don’t spend all your money before you even have a post up! My first outfit pictures were taken on my cell phone camera, it was only this year that I upgraded to this Canon DSLR and I got it used! I’m all about blogging on a budget
  • Give yourself time someone once told me that it takes about 5 years for a blog to really “blow up”… I dont know if that’s a fact, but oddly enough, I went viral around my 5 year anniversary

I hope this post was helpful, but if you have additional questions leave them in the comments and I’ll respond there so we all can read them and learn together!

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my site and Intel This could include Intel providing us w/content, product, access, etc.

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3 Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt + $150 Talbots Giveaway

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***UPDATE*** Talbots just extended this giveaway added an additional $100 gift card grand prize!Talbots Plus Size Denim Shirt Three WaysIf you watch my YouTube Channel you may have seen my Dressing Room Confidential video where I discovered that Talbots has some cute stuff for younger Plus Size Princesses. Now that the seasons have changed, I went back and tried on Talbots fall Plus Size collection and I was pleasantly surprised (video below).

Everyone is saying that a denim shirt is the “must have” piece for fall and I just might agree. Plus size denim shirts are hard to find, but I fell in love with the ones I tried on at Talbots. They’re long enough to wear with leggings, cut well through the arms and bust and the cuffed sleeves don’t unroll or become lose after washing. As you can see I’ve been rocking this one non-stop!

p.s. I’m 5’10, but if you’re on the shorter side, Talbots has a petite plus line too…

Talbots Denim Shirt Dress Wide Calf Boots BrunchThanks Ms. Lydia Hudgens for the photo snaps!

Talbots Denim Shirt Wide Width Boots Date Night

Talbots Plus Size Denim Shirt Burgandy Skirt WorkBrunch Look: Denim Shirt Talbots | Sweater Talbots (Size XL) | Leggings Here | Necklace similar here | | Boots here 

Date Look: Denim Shirt Talbots | Jeans here | Cowboy boots similar here 

Work Look: Denim Shirt Talbots | Skirt Talbots | Belt similar here | Boots here 

The entire Talbots site is 25% off right now, you can watch my Dressing Room confidential video to see what I liked and enter to win a gift card below!

Now for the giveaway: I have three gift cards up for grabs and multiple ways for you to win one. Head over to Talbots.com, choose your favorite item, then leave the link in the comments section so I can check out your choices! I’ve also got ways for you to win via pinterest, twitter, facebook and even email…
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My 2014 Wide Calf Boot Picks (under $99)

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Hi CeCe,

Since fall is underway, any recommendations on wide-calf riding boots?

-Maribel

Hi Maribel,

Great question! The wide calf boot hunt is definitely in full effect right now. Living in New York City, my Wide Calf boots must be: Comfortable and Supportive, Fun and Fashionable, Made to last a few seasons and, of course… affordable.

I’ve ordered three pairs of wide calf boots that I’m loving, but here are four more options from brands I trust from past purchases. Hope this helps and let me know what you end up getting!

xx,

CeCe

Wide Calf Boots Under $99 2014

 

1. Faux Leather Wide Calf Boot 2.) Over the Knee Wide Calf Boot 3.) Stacked Heel Wide Calf Dress Boot

4.) Tri Color Wide Calf boot 5.) Classic Wide Calf Riding Boot 6.) Two Tone Wide Calf Riding Boot

7.) Faux Suede Wide Calf Wedge Boot

I also scooped up these genuine leather wide calf boots, using this coupon I got $50 off! You can check out my boot haul below…

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Plus Size Princess in Pink & Peplum (Say that Three Times, Fast!)

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How do you girls feel about peplum tops these days?

Every time I think peplum doesn’t work for me, I find one more variation that I want to try, so I ordered this plus size peplum blazer and surprise! I liked it!!

Plus Size Peplum Blazer Plus Size Full Pink Skirt 1

This jacket basically speaks for its self, so I can also pair it with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt.  I can wear it as a light jacket during date night or as an all day office blazer. I don’t own a lot of blazers because they make me feel restricted in the arms/shoulders, but this one fits almost like a workout jacket, with a zipper instead of buttons, so its comfortable and looks structured without being structured, this makes it easy for me to wear it all day.

Plus Size Blazer Peplum Plus Size Full Pink Skirt 2Plus Size Peplum Jacket Here | Plus Size Full Pink Skirt Here | Wide Width Leather Heels Here | Faux Leather Trim Tank Here

Since I’m in the mood to try new things, I’ve also been using a new laptop for my blogging. I’m an Apple girl, but when Intel asked me to test out the Intel 2 in 1 laptop/tablet, I was like “obvi!”.

I do love I can eject the monitor from the keyboard and voila I have a tablet. I also love that carrying it in tablet mode lets me have all of my saved info with me in one place. I could see this being an option for someone who doesn’t want to invest in an tablet and laptop separately… This device definitely budget friendly.

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Shop my outfit below!

 

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my site and Intel This could include Intel providing me w/content, product, access, etc..

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How to Wear Ankara Prints for Work or Play

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When I was a little girl, my aunts would send me the most beautiful clothes from Nigeria, where we are from. I remember loving the fabrics but feeling like the outfits weren’t necessarily styles that I could wear every day. I always craved trendy clothing made from African fabrics. When I had more time, I would make Ankara pieces for myself but these days I’m too busy. Thankfully, the internet has come to my rescue and now its pretty easy for me to purchase plus size Ankara clothing in trendy/modern styles.

I’ve been mixing and matching my new African Wax/Ankara Print pieces into my wardrobe at work and on the weekends and here are some tips on how to wear African Ankara Prints anywhere!
How to Wear African Ankara Prints For Work or PlayPeplum is a great silhouette for the office in any print. I purchased this Ankara peplum top because I knew it would work well with a simple pencil skirt. This look is chic, professional but still lets me rock my Nigerian girl style!


Plus Size African Ankara Print Peplum TopPlus Size Black Pencil Skirt Here | Plus Size Ankara Peplum Here | Wide Pointy Flats Here

 I wore this Ankara maxi skirt during the NYCurvyCloset Sale this past weekend. I paired it with my favorite plus size denim chambray shirt. The denim gave me relaxed look that still felt put together. This skirt also has nice deep pockets so I was able to keep my phone and other essentials close to me while meeting some of my awesome readers :-)

Maxi Skirt

Plus Size Denim Chambray Shirt Here | Plus Size Ankara Maxi Skirt Here | Necklace Similar Here

Remember the other week when I was rocking vintage skirts and Tshirts? Welp, that rule easily applies with African prints. A simple black T-shirt let this tea length teal Ankara skirt speak for its self! Again, this skirt had pockets so yay!!

Tea Length Teal

This skirt was actually part of a two piece mixed Ankara set that I ordered for under $100. I snatched up the two piece set quickly because I can tuck the top into a plain skirt too (maybe a long black maxi? or even my black tutu!), that gives me at least three different ways to wear this set… winning! This look got me featured in Ebony‘s “5 Plus Size Women Killing it at Fashion Week” round up!
CeCe Olisa Ebony Ankara Plus Size Fashion

Plus Size Two piece Ankara set Here | Bag (similar) Here

Keep in mind that the pieces I ordered were hand made and most of them came from West Africa, so it took about 4 weeks for them to arrive… but it was sooo worth it!!

What do you think? Are these looks that you could see yourself rocking?

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