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Plus Size Shopping at Forever 21

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
Cover-Ups: http:/bit.ly/1pOT1Lm
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!

Hello, Spring Whites & Brights

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.

From March 28 to April 3, Kohl’s is giving in-store and online customers $10 off $30 plus size apparel, use code PLUSTYLE.

I took advantage and put together two looks, both based around white shoes, let me know which one you like best!

Plus Size Khaki and White Kohl's March 2016 Skort

Denim Jacket: Kohl’s | Tank: Kohl’s | Khaki Skort: Kohl’s | White Converse: Kohl’s | “Hello” Bag: Kohl’s

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!)

CeCe Olisa on the Rachael Ray Show | Plus Size Fashion Segment

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:

CeCe Olisa Rachael Ray Show Plus Size Fashion

Eloquii Pin Stripe Shirt Dress 1

Dress: Eloquii | Shoes: Zappos | Belt (Old)

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.

CeCe Olisa Rachael Ray Show Eloquii Plus Size Fashion

Let me know if you catch the episode! xx

Model or Me: Plus Size Overalls

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!

Torrid Overall Jean – Black Wash

Torrid Overall

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.

Plus Size Overalls 1

Striped Top: Torrid | Plus Size Overalls: Torrid | Sneakers: Amazon | Watch: Amazon | Fitbit: Amazon

plus size overalls 3

Lip: Stilla Como | Matte Black Nails: Here

model or me plus size overalls

Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Do you like these overalls on the model… or me?

Model or Me: Eloquii Gown

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.

Eloquii Long Sleeve Petal Neckline Gown


www.plussizeprincess.com model or me CeCe Olisa Eloquii Gown

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).

www.plussizeprincess.com CeCe Olisa Model or Me? Eloquii Gown

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.

www.plussizeprincess.com CeCe Olisa Model or Me: Eloquii Gown

 Clutch Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes: Here | Nails Etsy | Stole (similar) here or here

www.plussizeprincess.com CeCe Olisa Model or Me: Eloquii Gown

 Clutch Rebecca Minkoff | Nails Etsy | Stole (similar) here or here

CeCe Olisa PlusSizePrincess.com

www.plussizeprincess.com Model or Me? CeCe Olisa

So, here it is on the model and on me.

Let me know what you think in the comments…

Plus Size Fitness Essentials | May 2015


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:

May Fitness Essentials Plus Size CeCe Olisa (1)


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. 

s'well bottle


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.

gym bag


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

What Happened When I Used A Full-Body Pic On A Dating Site

It took months for me to finally upload a full-body photo to my online-dating profile. Because I’m plus-sized, I figured that a head-to-toe picture would prevent men from messaging me; I assumed cute, up-close selfies would work in my favor — but, boy, did I misjudge that one.

I had heard people say I have a pretty face (the classic “big girl” compliment), so in the beginning, my dating profile pictures highlighted my face — and cut off my body. I usually made sure to include my chest, since, well, that was another area that usually got attention. You know the photo I’m talking about: the selfie taken from a perfect, slightly raised, double-chin-hiding angle — cropped just below the chest.

Putting those assets proudly out there felt like I was presenting the best version of myself — not unlike the way we put our best foot forward when interviewing for a job, right? Could what I was doing really be considered lying if my (innocent) goal was to give a strong first impression?

At first, this approach seemed fine. Many guys messaged me, and while we were flirting I’d always send over a head-to-toe photo of me in a cute outfit — so I wouldn’t shock them when we met in person. That’s when things would get awkward. Some guys would stop texting me; the others made it obvious that they only wanted to hook up. I’d been chatting with one guy regularly, but after I sent the full-body photo, he went from calling me every night (to ask how my day was) to sending messages at 1 a.m. (to ask whether I was dominant in bed).

Related: Is Dating As A Plus-Size Princess A Blessing Or A Curse?

What Happened When I Used A Full-Body Pic On A Dating Site

I was frustrated beyond belief. It became exhausting to sense chemistry with someone and then have to wonder if everything would change once he saw my body. It almost made me want to stop dating online altogether. But, that was before I stopped to consider: Was I doing this right?

To find out, I decided to re-do my profile. I was still eager to present my best self, but this time with honesty and integrity. So, I added five full-body photos to my dating profile, and the results were somewhat surprising: Continue reading

Don’t be a Layer Hater

I swear sometimes I have the silliest fashion fears. Although I love the look of layering on other girls, I always thought that too many layers would make me look “bulkier” because I’m plus size. Of course, when I actually tried layering I realized that this is one of my favorite plus size casual looks! I’m not a Layer Hater anymore….

CeCe Olisa Plus Size Sweaters How to Layer

Sweater Here | Turtleneck similar Here | Jeans similar Here | Watch Here | Shoes Here | Bag Here

The trick for layering plus size sweaters for me is not being afraid to buy baggy sweaters. Once I have a thick baggy sweater (ponchos work well) I use more curve hugging turtlenecks and tanks underneath. As the temps drop, I layer a colorful plus size coat under a look like this and I’m good to go!

Here are some adorable sweaters and ponchos that are perfect for layering plus an affordable 3-pack of plus size turtlenecks in different colors.

click each image for details and pricing

How to Wear a Plus Size Tutu

When I first got my plus size tutu I knew I loved it, but I wasn’t quite sure how to wear it. With time and practice I’ve learned that its a pretty versatile piece that can be styled up or down depending on where I’m going. This is one of my favorite pieces because even as my personal style evolves, this skirt still makes me feel amazing.

Here are three different ways I like to wear my tutu and if you’re looking for a plus size tulle skirt, I’ve got links for you below!

How to Style a Tulle Skirt PlusSizePrincess.com

CeCe Olisa Plus Size TuTu Tulle Skirt Formal

Tutu Here | BodySuit Similar Here & Here | Belt Similar Here | Shoes Here

Putting a bodysuit on under my tutu creates an instant cocktail dress. I’ve worn this look for singing gigs and for more formal events. I could definitely see this as a New Years Eve outfit. To add color, I swapped out the black satin sash that comes with the skirt for a thick leather belt in burgundy. Continue reading

3 Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt


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.

Three Ways to Wear a Denim Shirt PlusSizePrincess.com 2

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