Author: CeCe Olisa

Five Beauty Products I Love: October Empties

Do you ever notice that you have random jars of unused beauty products around your bathroom?

If a jar is sitting in my bathroom for months and I’ve only used it once or twice, chances are I didn’t love it but I feel bad about being wasteful so it just sits on my shelves.

I recently realized that a great way for me to figure out which products I truly love is to look at the containers that are empty!

This month I’m sharing five products that I’ve used all the way to the end. I also made a video review on my instagram – you can watch that video here!

My Strapless Bra & Shapewear Guide

I went from a size 28 to 18 and now my tummy rolls and back fat are a bit… um… UNRULY. 

I keep my confidence up with foundation garments…

Some might ask if foundation garments are “body positive”. That’s a decision you have to make for yourself.

Walking into a meeting feeling self conscious about my back fat pulls my focus away from work. If sliding on some Shapewear keeps my mind on building a better future for plus size women, as I build theCURVYcon then it’s a body positive decision for me.

Here is my Guide to Flawless Shapewear & Strapless Bras:

From my Corporate Job to THIS

Five years ago, I had a corporate job… today I’m a model and ambassador for LOFT!

I can’t believe I’m saying “I’m a model” because I never ever saw myself as a model.

I never thought I was good enough (or pretty enough) to be a model.

Instead of dreaming of becoming a model, I dreamed about building my self confidence. As my confidence has grown over the past 10 years, opportunities that I couldn’t have dreamed of (like modeling) are coming my way.

This is very exciting to me because I now know that if it can happen for me, it can happen for anyone… including you.

Don’t quit your daydream, doll! 

How to Throw a Last Minute BBQ (in 1 Hour or Less!)

As co-founder of theCURVYcon, my dreams are coming true, which also means that my work life is a lot more demanding than it used to be. This is a beautiful thing, but I don’t get to spend as much time just hanging out as I used to. I’m noticing that people in my life are much more appreciative of time spent together, than they are a perfect meal made from scratch. So, I do the best I can and give myself grace so that I “don’t make perfect the enemy of good” -Voltaire

Here’s How to Throw a BBQ in 1 hour or less:

How to Decorate a Small Apartment (on a Budget!) | Kitchen Tour

A few months ago, I moved into my dream apartment here in New York City. This apartment is the first time I’ve rented a space completely on my own with no help from my parents. I’m growing up, yall!

At first when I moved in, I was really intimidated by the idea of interior decorating. I was convinced that I didn’t have the talent for home decor. I reached out to a bunch of decorators to help me, but no one I contacted was the right fit.

I’m learning in life, that if something isn’t coming together smoothly, it means I need to take a pause and revisit my approach. 

I sat in a semi-furnished apartment for MONTHS and then it finally hit me… maybe I should be the one to decorate my space! I know what I like and more importantly, I know how I want my home to feel.

As a Cancerian (June 26th), my living space is like my crab shell. I want to feel safe and cozy! So, maybe my new apartment would feel most like home if I had a hand in decorating it myself.

How to Dress Like a French Woman | Plus Size Fashion

I see so many “How to Dress like a French Woman” posts on pinterest, but I don’t see many with plus size women… so I thought I’d create some plus size french girl fashion inspiration for us. Here are the Plus Size Parision Style looks I put together for my trip.

The Truth About Nike Plus Size Mannequins

This week, Tanya Gold saw a plus size mannequin at the Nike store and had a full meltdown, which she poured into her article for the guardian. When I read her words I laughed, got irritated, then I opened my laptop and started writing this post

I Use These Products For Healthy Sisterlocks

When I first got my sisterlocks, I remember being so worried about taking care of them. I was nervous that my sisterlocks would unravel, snap off, not lock or even worse… not grow as long as I wanted them to. Five years later, I know that my hair isn’t as delicate and fragile as it was that first year when I was locing. 

Now that I’ve relaxed about my hair a bit I’m much more open to trying new products in my hair. Over the past few months I’ve been slowly testing new things to see what I like.

These are the products I use on my sisterlocks: