Over the past two and a half years, I’ve lost weight. I’ve gone from the biggest I’ve ever been (size 28) to the smallest I’ve ever been (size 18).
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that my journey with spinning has been a long process of trial and error, and learning what works best for me.
That’s my polite way of saying… I’ve always hated spinning because it hurts my… um… “lil CeCe”.
I received such an overwhelming response to my Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe for Fall, that I had to come back with one for Winter. You can use these items to create endless outfits, perfect for winter! This Winter, I decided to take some of my favorite pieces from Lane Bryant and create as many outfits as possible. Watch my WinterPlus Size Capsule Wardrobe, then click the arrows below for details on how I mixed and matched these looks.
Thanksgiving is becoming my favorite holiday as I lean more into gratitude at all times. I’m thankful for everything that’s happening in my life, even when it doesn’t feel good because I know that good and better things are always on the way.
Thanksgiving is also great because you can rock any style and it will work.
Not sure what to wear for Thanksgiving? I’ve got FIVE thanksgiving outfits perfect for any style… Leave a comment letting me know your favorite!
This weeks Dressing Room Confidential is happening inside of Forever 21. Shopping in between seasons is always a little tough, but I managed to find a few things I like.
Take a look and let me know what I should keep and what I should leave behind. I’m especially curious about the leather dress I tried on. I’d love to know if you like it and how you’d style it.
Links to everything I tried on are below!
Striped Top: http:/bit.ly/25D1q5g
Denim Skirt: http:/bit.ly/1pOSiKa
Yellow Top: http:/bit.ly/1UGhZKh
Maxi Skirt: http:/bit.ly/1MFh21R
Leather Dress: http:/bit.ly/1RsMjFk
BodyCon Dress: http:/bit.ly/1q7pZXS
Blue Trapeze Dress: http:/bit.ly/1ZOWndX
The Forever 21 plus section updates often online, so here are a few additional items that I’m loving. Click the photo for pricing and sizing details!
Have you started turning your closet over for spring yet?
I’m getting better at purging my closet and then going shopping for new items as I need them. This season, I’m looking to bring in more white and brights to my wardrobe. More white items and more bright colors. I typically avoid wearing white because I hate the idea of getting stains on my clothes, but… this season, I’m going to get over it. I guess that’s what the dry cleaners are for, right?
I’m pretty good at finding bright colored dresses, but this season I want to find unexpected bright casual pieces for my wardrobe too. I did a loop at Kohl’s the other day and they came through with some cute for my spring style goals.
I took advantage and put together two looks, both based around white shoes, let me know which one you like best!
Side Note: I’m trying really hard not to make a “Daniel, back at it again with the white Vans” joke, but if you decide to leave a “daaaaaang CeCe!!” comment below, I will probably laugh out loud and love you forever.
Okay, back to the outfits– which one would you wear? (Click the Next Button for outfit #2!)
Set your DVR, because… I’ll be on the Rachael Ray show doing a plus size fashion segment.
The episode airs Monday (March 28th), I’m not giving any spoilers but the episode should be lots of fun.
In the meantime, here’s what I wore for the segment:
When I posted this outfit on my YouTube channel, someone asked about wearing skinny belts as a plus size girl, and honestly, the key is shapewear.
Skinny belts have tendencies to creep into a girls, um… “nooks and crannies”. No one wants a skinny belt getting lost, you want it to accent your body nicely and not to budge. So what I do for this look is grab a light pair of shapewear to smooth out any lumps or bumps. My favorite plus size shapewear are maiden form, flexees.
Let me know if you catch the episode! xx
Model or Me is not a competition. I think it’s body positive to see that items can look just as good on a big girl with lumps as it does on a model with a perfect figure. So, these posts are just my way of leveling the playing field a bit and opening our eyes that we can wear whatever we want. The main point is comparison and seeing that different can be good.
Now on to today’s post where you get to vote if you like it on the model or on me!
Here are the overalls on the model
My main concern with overalls is how they’ll fit across my tummy. So, I decided to over mine two sizes larger than my pant size. I knew that I could just tighten the straps and customize the fit across my bust.
I was very surprised by how soft the denim is on these, they feel amazing!
I have nothing bad to say about these, I’m pretty much in love. I’ve worn them while running errands and I paired them with heels for a dinner the other night.
Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Do you like these overalls on the model… or me?
This Fall, I brought “Plus Size Model or Me?” to the blog with this post.
Some of you asked: “Why make it a competition?”, “Why ask us to choose?”, “Is this even body positive?”
Here’s my answer:
As plus size women, many of us automatically think our bodies are a hindrance to wearing certain items. Big girls often feel they aren’t even in the same “league” as a smaller girl. I do think there’s some body positive affirmation that comes when you can root for the fat chick. I think it’s body positive to see that items can look just as good on a big girl with lumps as it does on a model with a perfect figure. So, these posts are just my way of leveling the playing field a bit and opening our eyes that we can wear whatever we want. The main point is comparison and seeing that different can be good, not competition.
Hope that makes sense… now, on to today’s post!
I’m going to show you an item on a model, I’m going to explain how I made my purchase (what size I chose, color, width, etc.), then I’ll show the item on me and you can decide if you like it on the model… or on me.
Here’s the dress on the model.
The only long dresses I own are summer maxi’s, so I was really excited about this gown. It seemed simple enough to wear for any occasion where I want to step things up and I knew with the right accessories this dress could be super glam.
There is a long sleeved version of the dress here, but I chose the short sleeve version
- so that I could pull it out during any warmer months too.
- Because the long sleeved, floor length dress looked like I was trying to cover up my body
- I think if you’re wearing a floor length gown, you should show a little skin 😉
Normally, I order maxi dresses a size larger to get some extra length, but with this one I ordered the dress in my normal dress size 18, because I didn’t want it to be baggy at all, that would kill the fun of this curve hugging dress. I just crossed my fingers that it would be long enough (I’m 5’10).
Here’s the dress on me.
The dress was more than long enough (yay!). The only thing that’s a little awkward is how the fabric clings in the tummy area, but that’s nothing a little shapewear can’t fix. Styling the dress was super easy. I found a fur stole at the goodwill (yessss!) and the clutch and shoe combo is something I’ll probably use with other Little Black Dresses, its unexpected and fun.
So, here it is on the model and on me.
Let me know what you think in the comments…
This month’s plus size fitness essentials roundup actually has nothing to do with being plus size because none of these items are size specific! I own each of these products and they make my workout life so much easier, so here’s what I’m loving this month and why:
S’well Bottle: I am obsessed with my S’well bottle! It’s a reusable stainless steel water bottle. Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours, hot for 12, non-toxic, non-leaching, and BPA free. Holds 25oz. I take mine to the coffee shop in the morning, fill ‘er up and then when I’m done I rinse it and start filling it with water through the day.
Haiku Duffel Bag: I have this bag in pink, obvi 🙂 My favorite thing about this bag is that the shoe compartment is separate from the clothing area so my NYC dirty shoe bottoms don’t touch my cute dresses. Take the Haiku Sprint Duffel Bag along with you to the gym, or when you’re heading out for an overnight or weekend trip. It is sized to fit in a gym locker, and includes a locker loop so you can hang it to easily access your stuff. Its large zippered main compartment will hold a change of clothes (or two) and a towel, and includes two stretch drop-in pockets, and a separated, ventilated compartment for your shoes. Slide your yoga mat, a jacket, or a rolled towel through the adjustable strap that sits at the top of the bag, and tuck the strap away when you don’t need it.
Master Speed Dial Lock: I hate memorizing number combinations and I have lost the keys to my lock twice now– this lock is a live saver for me. World’s first combination lock that opens on up/down/left/right directional movements. So your code could be like “up down up down up down” #Empire lol
Saucony Kinvara 6 Sneakers: These sneakers go all the way up to a size 12 and they’re cute! Mine are orange and I love them for my walks, runs and cardio dance classes. These shoes are light, but they give great support and stability