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Plus Size Fashion: Bright Colors & Bare Arms

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I’ve come a long way from being the plus size teen who wore sweatshirts in the middle of summer in order to hide her body. Last year, I made strides to become the plus size woman who doesn’t hide behind cardigans (if you’re obsessed with cardigans, click here).

The summer is my favorite time to celebrate my body.  Bright colors, showing my arms, preventing inner thigh chub rub… these are all ways that all the ways I’ve learned to embrace myself right now.

This outfit kind of captures all of that for me… outfit details are below.

Summer isn’t over yet, so if you’ve been wanting to show a little more skin but you’re nervous I encourage you to just go for it. I promise, it feels amazing.

 

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Fashion Blog  Vintage Halter Dress

 

Thanks, Ms. Lydia Hudgens for the photo snaps

 

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Fashion Blog Vintage Halter EshaktiDress: Here | Strapless Bra: Here | Bag: Vintage | Shoes: (similar) Here

 

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Thinking About a Brazilian Wax? Read This…

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Summer is here so, let’s talk brazilians! I’m answering all of your questions about taking a trip to Brazil. Thinking about a brazilian wax? Read this for everything you need to know.

Thinking About a Brazilian Wax- Read This

Q.) What is a Brazilian Wax?

A.) A Brazilian Wax is when you use wax to remove hair “down there”. When you get a brazilian, they remove everything from the front to the back (Yes, “the back”!)

Q.) Will I be charged more because of my body type? or how much hair I have?

A.) Nope. A big girl should not be charged more for a Brazilian wax. My Aestetician says that rates are based on the type of work (i.e. legs, bikini line, full brazilian) not the size of the person. If someone tries to charge you more based on your size, leave immediately.

Q.) CeCe, I’ve watched your brazilian waxing video a million times, but I’m still scared– HELP!

A.) I know it can be scary the first time, but finding the right person to do your wax will help ease your anxiety. Walk into a few salons and see what kind of vibes you get. Having good chemistry with the person doing your wax makes the awkward/intimate process of waxing so much easier. Don’t be afraid to walk away or ask for someone else. Its your body and your money 😉

Q.) How do I find a Waxing Salon?

A.) I always skip nail salons, I find that their rooms and processes are often a bit shady. I go to dedicated waxing salons or spas for my wax. This makes it easier to find someone who makes me more comfortable, if needed.

Q.) The lady who does your waxing sounds awesome! Would you mind giving me her number?

A) Sure, Irina is the best!! and I’ve sent lots of my readers to get waxed by her. Click Here and I’ll email you her phone number so you can make an appointment. Be sure to tell her that CeCe referred you!

Q.) What should I wear for Brazilian Wax?

You will have to take your clothes off from the waist down, so I often wear a dress so that I can just take off my chonies (aka underwear) and pull the dress up easily.

Q.) What if I have a tummy or big thighs, can they wax me?

Yes! I always offer to help, when needed. Sometimes, I have to move my chub out of the way and/or hold my tummy taunt. Saying “let me know if you need me to help” in the beginning tells my aesthetician that she wont offend me by asking.

Q.) How do they… um… get everything?

Getting a wax can often feel like yoga. Irinia, my wax lady has me in a lot of crazy positions so that she can get to all my “nooks and crannies”, for me this is why good chemistry makes things easier

Advice you didn’t ask for but I’ll give you anyway: Always remember, having a brazilian wax can make a girl feel very… womanly *wiggles eyebrows* I always try to make sure I get my waxing done at times when it wont affect my decision making on dates. That’s all I’ll say about that!

Watch my full video on going to brazil at any size, I blush through the whole thing lol

Related: How to Get Rid of Ingrowns & Shaving Bumps

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#theCURVYcon 2015 Recap

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*deep breath*

So, before I jump into my thoughts on the first ever #theCURVYcon conference, I’ll let you watch our little recap video…

 

I’m still in awe that this day actually happened. If you read the true story behind theCURVYcon, you know that we had about a year to put this together. My heart is full of gratitude for many people.

theCURVYcon attendees

Some of our gorgeous attendees

If you got a ticket and showed up solo or if you grabbed some of your girls and came in a group, thank you for coming to theCURVYcon!! As I said the other day, I don’t take it for granted that you girls see and understand my dreams…

theCURVYcon volunteers

One of our MVP volunteers passing out swag bags

We had a rockstar crew of volunteers (including Mr. Man *blush*) who volunteered their time to make our day run smoothly. Our volunteers were so friendly and kind to everyone and made people feel comfortable. Huge thank you to you girls!

theCURVYcon red carpet

Julie Henderson, Model | Kierra Sheard, Gospel Artist/Designer | Chastity & Me | Ashley Graham, Model | Victoria Lee, Model

The curvy community truly rallied around us. Kierra Sheard launched her new clothing line, Eleven60 with us on her birthday! Women who I’ve always looked up to, took time out of their day to attend theCURVYcon and hang out with everyone with no frills. Ashley Graham, Victoria Lee, Julie Henderson– thank you ladies, so much for walking our “flash runway” with our attendees just for fun!

theCURVYcon flash runway

Werk!!!!!!!!!!

Amber Riley theCURVYcon

Chastity Garner, theCURVYcon Co-Creator | Amber Riley, Actress | (moi) CeCe Olisa, theCURVYcon Co-Creator

Of course, special thanks to Amber Riley for being our Keynote Conversation. We did a survey asking who you girls would like to hear speak at theCURVYcon and she was the #1 pick, so the fact that she agreed to come is just… *hands up emoji*

Basically the point of this recap is to say THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

…and or those asking, yes we are already hard at work for theCURVYcon 2016. Become a curvyVIP here to get special discounts and early tickets! xx

theCURVYcon 2016

 

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Don’t Wait On Your Weight To Live Your Life

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As a plus-size girl, there have been so many things I’ve put on hold, telling myself that they should happen “next year” after I’d lost some weight. But then, “next year” came and went, and my weight barely budged.

Eventually, I asked myself: If I never lose weight, will I never live the amazing life I want?

Putting my entire life on hold until I looked a certain way sounded like a crazy idea, so I decided against it and born was my motto “Don’t Wait On Your Weight.”

I looked closely at my fear of embarrassment and rejection, issues that that kept me from trying new things and living life to the fullest. I realized that I was rejecting experiences as a defense mechanism so that I wouldn’t be rejected.

Related: How to deal with Rejection

Once I came to terms with my behavior, I began to challenge myself. Every time I felt myself shy away from something because of my size, I took a deep breath and walked towards the very thing that was scaring me. Read on for ways that I challenged myself — and ask yourself if some of them don’t sound all too familiar:

Don’t Wait On Your Weight…

To Date Online
I can remember a friend in high school telling me that guys don’t date girls who are bigger than a size 10. I took that rule to heart and was convinced that love wouldn’t find me until I found my way out of the big girl’s department. But, with my new motto motivating me to step outside of my comfort zone, I set up an online dating profile and ignored the negative voice in my head. I even put up a full body photo of myself and to my surprise — and delight — I went on awesome dates.

To Travel
Sometimes big girls have to push through seat-belt extenders and narrow plane seats to get where we need to go, but the world is too much of a magical place to let silly things like that get in my way. I’ve yet to die from asking for a seat-belt extender and pushing past that fear has given me amazing experiences like parasailing over the Atlantic Ocean and hiking in Runyon Canyon.

plus size hiking runyon canyon cece olisa

To Hit The Gym
Its easy to peep through the gym windows, see the chiseled, rock-hard bodies and feel like you need to drop ten pounds before you even walk in the door, but the gym is for everybody and every body. My health is one thing that’s non-negotiable and I’m not going to let myself feel intimidated by gym culture.

I know I deserve a healthy life at any size, and I work hard on my healthy curves journey. The gym’s just as much a place for me as it is for anyone else. Don’t rob yourself of a healthy lifestyle because you don’t have a flat tummy. Get some cute workout clothes and start sweating.

Related: Plus Size Fitness Essentials

To Wear A Bikini
I would have never thought in a million years that I’d be on vacation in Miami wearing a two- piece swimsuit, but a few months ago, I did just that, and it was the best trip I’ve had in a while. No one stared at me, no one laughed at me, and I even got a few compliments. I had an amazing time and I shudder at the thought that I would ever skip something like that based on numbers on a scale. Life’s too short to skip the beach!
plus size bikini cece olisa

Related: How to Pack for Miami (Plus Size Edition)

Admittedly, it wasn’t overnight that I donned a bikini in public or signed up for parasailing. You’ve got to start out small. It’ll get easier, I promise. On weekends, instead of pouting and saying “why go out and dance with my girlfriends, no one is going to talk to me until I lose weight,” I took pains to remind myself that I love to dance, and I wasn’t about to let my size hold me back. Reasoning that I’d be happier out dancing than moping in my apartment, I went out. I refused to rob myself of something I enjoyed because of how other people might react to me.

Once I consciously worked to break the habit, I learned that most people are too caught up in their own insecurities to focus on mine. I also learned that I am very good at imagining terrible scenarios that never actually happen.

If you feel like your weight is holding you back, I encourage you to start taking the steps to claim the life you deserve to live. The next time a social opportunity arises, throw on a cute outfit and go! Of course, you may face rejection or experience awkward moments (who doesn’t?), but you also might have the time of your life.

Read More of my work on Refinery29 Here

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Plus Size Fashion: My Looks from #theCURVYcon

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I’m still working on my full recap of #theCURVYcon, but I figured we can start off with a roundup of my outfits!

The week leading up to our big day was full of dinners, meetings, TV appearances, cocktail parties… and LOTS of work. I mapped out a few days worth of outfits that I could wear all day even though I really wanted to throw on leggings and sneakers for all of the running around we did lol

Here’s a breakdown of what I wore:

CeCe Olisa theCURVYcon Looks

Day One: Meetings & Working Dinner

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Fashion thecurvycon

 

Top: Similar Here | Laptop/Camera Backpack: Sold Here | Skirt: Here | Shoes: Sold Here

Day Two: Conference Calls with Sponsors

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Fashion thecurvycon camo shorts

 

Shorts: Here | Sneakers: Here

Day Three: Huffington Post Live Interview

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Fashion thecurvycon wrap maxi dress

Dress: Here

Day Four: Cocktail Party with Eloquii

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Fashion thecurvycon plus size barbie

Top (It’s actually a dress!): Here | Skirt: Here

Day Five: theCURVYcon (!!!)

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Fashion thecurvycon plus size ankara dress

So I’ve had a zillion questions about this dress and the details are that I bought some fabric and had it made here in NYC, then I layered my trusty plus size tutu underneath it for an extreme a-line. I was extremely happy with how the dress turned out and I can’t wait to wear it again with/without the tulle skirt underneath.

I’ll never be able to say thank you enough to everyone who supports the work I do, between #PSPfit and #theCURVYcon I’ve been able to give hugs to so many of you in person, which makes me super happy. I don’t take it for granted that you girls see and understand my dreams… stay tuned for a full recap of theCURVYcon in a few days! xo

 

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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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